River Hebert school issue tops list of 2013 news stories

Jamie Heap
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River Hebert and Area News: The Year in Review

The ongoing River Hebert District High school issue that culminated on December 5 with Liberal Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey’s official announcement that that tenders were finally awarded for the renovation of RHDH into a new P-12 facility was the 2013 newsmaker of the year for River Hebert and area.

The River Hebert and area news story of the year for 2013: River Hebert receives early Christmas present/ongoing school renovation delay saga ends with announcement that tenders awarded to renovate RHDH into new P-12 facility.

From Roger White’s spearheading of a petition that gained about 1,000 signatures to community meetings and provincial Election guarantees to Cumberland South MLA Jamie Baillie’s raising of the school issue in the Nova Scotia Legislature for the ninth time less than a week prior to new Liberal Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey’s official December 5 announcement that tenders were finally awarded for the renovation of RHDH into a new P-12 facility, this issue was the area’s most significant news story in 2013.

Twelve other top news stories affecting River Hebert and area in 2013: Ironman Jeff Burbine qualifies and competes in Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii/shares journey at Joggins Fossil Centre; Irene Richards attends National Remembrance Day service in Ottawa for first time at 93; Joggins legion honours Korean War veterans at special banquet; First annual Minudie Music Festival held; King Seaman Church celebrates 150 years/holds first mass since 1985; River Hebert and Maccan United churches close/amalgamate into one congregation at United Church Hall in River Hebert; Co-Op celebrates 70 years; River Hebert Fire Department celebrates 65 years; Joy Gray named District 9 Volunteer of the Year for 2012; RHDH mixed curling team wins Northumberland Regional banner by defeating Cobequid Education Centre, a school of over 1,600 students; young Joggins motocross racer Damon Burbine continues to amaze and first annual RHDH Alumni soccer tourney held in memory of Jason Edwards and Cheryl Rhodes-Wurster to raise money for school bursary and senior sports programs.

What’s on New Year’s Eve in River Hebert and Joggins?

December 31: New Year’s dance at River Hebert legion.9:00 pm-1:00 am. Music by Mike's D.J & Karaoke service. Cost is $12.00 per person (includes lunch);

December 31: New Year’s dance at the Joggins legion. Music by Alfred Dwyer.

You may wish to contact the legions for ticket availability for either dance. The Joggins legion: 251-2506; River Hebert legion: 251-2230. Cost is $12.50 per ticket. Happy New Year!

Organizations: Joggins Fossil Centre, King Seaman Church, United Church Hall Cobequid Education Centre

Geographic location: River Hebert, Kona, Hawaii Ottawa

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