From dream to move
Birchdale has been home to murderers and monks.
SaltWire's Carla Allen introduce us to Sarah Garton Stanley and Tracey Erin Smith, professionals with a background in theatre, who bought the century-old property in the woods and are settling in and getting to know their new community after self-isolating.
After her realtor joked "they could sleep in a different cabin every night for a different perspective," Smith was reminded of a dream 20 years ago that was still held meaning.
(If you want to visit, there's an open house this weekend, but you need to register in advance. Link in the story!)
A freezer of food and spotless sheep stalls
With his daughter in hospital after a motorcycle accident, Marcel Falkenham is grateful for the love of their community.
The Upper Stewiacke family has been able to be near the Halifax hospital thanks to a lot of neighbourly help, SaltWire's Joey Smith writes.
“It really is a strong community that way. I can’t say enough good about it,” said Marcel.
Tales from the borders
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Meanwhile, The Chronicle Herald's Aaron Beswick explored two lesser-known border crossings between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, east of the Trans-Canada.
"The Mt. Whatley Road, with its one-way bailey bridge, probably hadn’t seen more excitement since Jonathan Eddy led 500 men through here in his failed 1776 assault on Fort Cumberland. Though at times we may have envied their tax structure, the pandemic's rage south of the border should make us all thankful that the garrison of Royal Marines held their ground and prevented his bid to make Nova Scotia part of the United States," Beswick writes.
The region's rock formations — dating back to more than half a billion years — which include some of the best-preserved Ediacaran fossils in the world have earned a UNESCO Global Geopark designation.
This designation, writes SaltWire's Barb Dean-Simmons, will mean extra potential for the region’s tourism industry for the future.
Friday's announcement was the reward for 13 years of commitment by Bonavista's community leaders and volunteers.
The area was one of two Atlantic Canadian geoparks to receive UNESCO designation Friday — Harry Sullivan also covered the designation of the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark in Nova Scotia.
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