Roundup: Farms still reeling from Fiona, Bridgewater greenlights Michelin expansion, Apple Watch credited with saving life

Hurricane Fiona destroyed thousands of trees in the maple woods of Dalhousie Mountain. Photo: Steve Goodwin

Plus: Author Steve Vernon shares Nova Scotia’s dark lore

It’s been three weeks, but farms in the most storm-ravaged areas of Nova Scotia are going to be a long time recovering from Fiona.

Among the hardest hit is Dalhousie Maple Farm Products in Pictou County.

“We probably lost 2,000 trees of what we had tapped, plus what trees we were going to tap,” say operator Peter MacLean. “The hard thing is, when you lose a tree that’s 50 years old, it’s not like you lost a crop for a year. We had about 5,000 trees we were going to tap and it was just flattened. It was quite a bomb site when we arrived, but we’re going to try and be open (next year).”

Steve Goodwin reports for the Pictou Advocate.

Steve Vernon. Photo: Bruce Murray

Murder most foul
Author Steve Vernon has built his career on exploring the seamier side of Nova Scotian history. And just in time for Halloween, he’s published More Maritime Murder.

“It’s a collection of historical true crime tales from the Maritimes,” he says. “There’re 20 different stories from Nova Scotia, P.E.I., and New Brunswick. I wanted to make my wife happy: my wife loves true crime stories, and also, if I give her another true crime, she is going to let me live. I won’t someday be dug up from my backyard and be part of the third collection of true crime Maritime stories.” 

Read Vernon’s interview with Ameeta Vohra in the current issue of Unravel Halifax.

Bridgewater greenlights Michelin expansion
Municipal officials in Bridgewater have approved a plan to expand the Michelin factory on Logan Road by 4,000 square metres.

Michelin spokesperson Nicolle Vuotto says the addition will accommodate new equipment and let the plant streamline operations. She also promises the move will add “more than a dozen” new jobs to the factory’s workforce of about 1,200.

Keith Corcoran has more for LighthouseNow.

COVID update
The World Health Organization reports 484,358 confirmed new COVID cases around the globe in the last 24 hours. So far, the disease is known to have killed at least 6,550,033 people, including 45,689 in Canada and 555 Nova Scotians.

Abbie Burke

Apple Watch credited with saving life
First responders say Abbie Burke’s Apple Watch saved her life after she crashed her ATV on Richmond County trail last month.

She was immobilized with a broken leg and spinal fractures, but able to use the device to call her mother Tara MacAulay.

“She was screaming that she was hurt really, really badly, and that I needed to come find her,” says MacAulay, who quickly assembled a search party. “Abbie was still telling me she couldn’t see the road and that she flew 10 feet (3m) off the bike. So, we couldn’t see her and we passed her, and then she called us and described where she was at perfectly.”

Adam McNamara has more for the Reporter.

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