Council rescinds coal exploration

WESTVILLE — Town council has taken coal exploration off its agenda. Council unanimously passed a motion at its regular meeting last week to rescind its original approval for exploratory drilling on land bordered by an area that includes Cowan Street and a railway. Coun. Lynn MacDonald introduced the motion in what she said was a response...

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Lennie White running for mayor of Westville

WESTVILLE – A special election has been scheduled for December 14 to fill two vacancies on town council. Deputy Mayor Lennie White created a second vacancy when he announced at a special council meeting on Tuesday that he would vie to replace former mayor Roger MacKay. He announced his retirement as mayor last month, creating...

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Westville Council rescinds coal exploration

WESTVILLE – Town council has taken coal exploration off its agenda. Council unanimously passed a motion at its regular meeting on Monday to rescind its original approval for exploratory drilling on land bordered by an area that includes Cowan Street and a railway. Coun. Lynn MacDonald introduced the motion in what she said was a...

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Roger MacKay resigns as mayor of Westville

WESTVILLE – Town council will have a special item on its agenda on Monday following the resignation of Roger MacKay as mayor. MacKay announced his decision late on Monday on a Facebook post to leave elected politics. Deputy Mayor Lennie White, who has chaired council in MacKay’s absence, said council will discuss next steps about...

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The gals keep making waves

I don’t recall ever watching a major tennis event on television. I usually wait to see the highlights on the sports channels. Yet there I was, in the early afternoon two Saturdays ago, awaiting the U.S. Open final with Canada’s Bianca Andreescu up against none other than Serena Williams, the greatest player ever on the...

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Group offering options to open pit coal mining

WESTVILLE — A group of citizens opposed to open pit coal exploration and mining has offered an alternative way to remediate the land. Cowan Street resident Clarrie MacKinnon, a member of the concerned citizens committee, told town council recently that his group plans to invite an official from the Ecology Action Centre to council’s next...

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Westville hires new town CAO

WESTVILLE – Linda Brown is Westville’s new chief administrative officer. Deputy Mayor Lennie White read an announcement at town council on Monday confirming her appointment as CAO. She begins work on September 9. Her professional background includes 15 years in municipal government. She was for the past nine years the CAO/clerk and treasurer and emergency...

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Drive for supplies

Some parents may not think twice about spending the money for new school supplies, but that may not be the case for everyone. For the sixth year running, Meghan Hartling is collecting together school supplies for schools in Pictou County. The items Hartling collects go toward helping teachers in the schools replace things that might...

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Citizens criticize council’s position

WESTVILLE — Residents of Westville remain frustrated with town council’s position regarding a possible coal mining operation near Cowan Street. Pioneer Coal, which has been conducting an open pit coal mining operation for years in Stellarton, has applied to extract coal from an area in Westville that borders Cowan Street and would encroach on a...

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Westville mayor granted leave of absence

WESTVILLE – Town council has given Mayor Roger MacKay a three-month leave of absence. Council approved MacKay’s request for the leave from July 29 to October 31 at its regular meeting on Monday. MacKay asked for it in light of his candidacy in the federal election in October. He won the nomination in a four-way...

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