The District of Guysborough celebrated the opening of its new $11.5 million Chedabucto
Guysborough District Warden Vernon Pitts speaking at the official opening
Lifestyle Complex over the long weekend. The facility includes a 17,000 square foot community centre, an artificial turf soccer field and four lane track, a refrigerated outdoor shinny rink and a 1,000 foot refrigerated skating trail.
Guysborough District Warden Vernon Pitts says it’s a facility everyone can be proud of.
The municipality received 1.5 million dollars for the federal government and a similar amount the from the province for the project. The community has raised well over $400,000 for the
Antigonish Businessman and Guysborough County native Steve Smith flanked by Guysborough District Warden Vernon Pitts and St. FX Soccer Coach Graham Kennedy hold a sign for the soccer field named in Smith’s honour. They are joined by local soccer players. Smith was the largest individual donor to the project
project, with the ultimate goal of raising $500,000. Capital funds from the municipality also covered some of the costs of the complex.
St. FX Men’s and Women’s Soccer Coach Graham Kennedy, who has hosted soccer camps for almost a decade in Guysborough is excited about the potential for local players with the opening of this new complex.
Kennedy has also announced the X-Women and X-Men Soccer teams will play the Cape Breton Capers on September first at the CLC’s soccer field. It’s the fulfillment of a pledge to an old classmate and local businessman Randy Avery that he would bring his teams to Guysborough if the complex was built.
Council is getting some work done on its landfill.
During last week’s regular monthly meeting of council for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, members awarded a contract for over $4.3 million to Zutphen Contractors Inc for upgrades to the municipality’s landfill site.
Guysborough CAO Barry Carroll said the contract is for a cap of cells two and three at the landfill and for a methane gas collection system. Carroll said after a certain length of time, waste breaks down and produces methane. He said they are at a point where there is enough waste in the cells to warrant phase one in the collection system. Zutphen Contractors will build a flare tower that will have the potential to flare off the gas, with Carroll noting it won’t be an open flare like at some industrial sites.
He said the work is underway now and will like continue into early November.
The Municipality of the District of Guysborough will officially mark the grand opening of the Chedabucto Lifestyles Complex with a grand opening on June 29. Festivities will include the unveiling of the Steve Smith turf soccer field and track facility. Activities throughout the weekend will include the ribbon cutting at 2 p.m., a youth shinny hockey tournament, a family event on the skating trail, local entertainment at the fire pit in the evening. On Saturday morning, there will be a fun run and the hockey tournament will continue followed by a co-ed soccer game. Jug in Hand will play an adult dance, starting at 9 p.m.
Joining council, staff, and residents will be local MLA Lloyd Hines, Cape Breton Canso MP Rodger Cuzner, St. FX soccer coach Graham Kennedy and Logan Shaw of the Montreal Canadiens.
Warden Vernon Pitts said it will be a big day for the municipality and invited everyone to come out.
The recreation complex includes a 17,000 square foot community centre, the artificial turf soccer field and four lane track, a refrigerated outdoor shinny rink, and a 1,000 foot refrigerated skating trail.
The fatality inquiry into the deaths of Lionel Desmond and his family will be held in the
Guysborough District Municipal Building
Guysborough District Municipal Office in Guysborough, close to the community where the tragedy occurred. On January 3rd, 2017; the bodies of Desmond, an Afghanistan war veteran; his wife, their 10-year-old daughter and Desmond’s mother were found in a house in Upper Big Tracadie. It was later determined that Desmond took the lives of his family before he took his own.
The inquiry will examine whether Desmond had access to appropriate mental health services and whether his family had access to appropriate domestic violence intervention services.
The province pledged to hold the inquiry last December. A Provincial Court Judge and Crown counsel will have to be appointed, which should be occur in the next couple of weeks.
No one was hurt in a fire that gutted one home and damaged a nearby dwelling in the community of Guysborough overnight. The Deputy Fire Chief of Milford
Image of the damage from this morning’s fire. (District of Guysborough photo)
Haven Fire and Emergency Services Shawn Andrews says fire fighters were called to 45 Main Street at 1:45.
Andrews says fire damage to the second home was limited to the attic, and exterior damage to some shingles.
The Fire Marshal will be on the scene today to determine the cause of the blaze. Firefighters from Erinville, Larry’s River and Queensport assisted in fighting the fire. Telephone service to the Guysborough District municipal office will be out for the day as BellAliant works to restore it. Water service to about 20 homes has also been cut because of the fire. There’s no word on when it will be restored, but it will be out for the day at least. The municipality is working with the operator to restore it.