Another year is over here in Cumberland County, and with it comes a new tradition here at the Citizen - our annual awards, a time to celebrate the achievements of our people, and maybe poke a little fun here and there.
Citizen of the Year: No fun-poking for our first award, however, the Citizen of the Year. People from this part of the world did some remarkable things this year, but winning a Nobel Prize for Physics takes the cake. Amherst native and seasonal Wallace resident Willard Boyle received the prize on Dec. 10, and we continue to salute him.
Best Body of Water: The Bay of Fundy not only became Canada's entry on the international stage in the New7Wonders of Nature contest in July, it was also the centre of attention when the largest in-stream tidal energy turbine in North America was installed offshore near Black Rock on Nov. 12. Northumberland Strait, eat your heart out.
Best Quote: "My wife is a very tolerant woman, but I would be much happier if I could give her kayak back." - Jason Blanch, after losing his wife's brand new kayak during a rowing misadventure on the River Philip in April.
Best Power Outage: So many to choose from, but we'll take the March 2-5 extravaganza, when residents of some North Shore communities went as long as 72 hours without electricity after an ice storm knocked down trees and power lines around the county.
Best Photo Subject: Norene Smiley, who barely even flinched when she was bitten by a dog while setting up a photo for our Gardens by the Sea article in Pugwash last July. Thanks for taking one for the team, Norene!
Happy New Year to all our readers, and all the best in 2010.