Roundup: N.S. town rallies for Ukraine, COVID keeps spreading, developer eyes Chester project, taxi driver bequeaths millions to Antigonish hospital

As the Russian war on his country continues, Volodymyr Zelenskyy has urged people worldwide to rally in support of Ukraine. Photo: Ukrainian Presidential Press Office

Plus: The Bayer’s Lake Mystery Walls — Dorothy Grant explores an enduring local puzzle

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy recently called on people around the world to show their support for his country as the Russian invasion continues, a plea heeded by citizens and community leaders in Westville.

Mayor Lennie White led the recent rally.

“President Zelenskyy made the following call for action: ‘Come with Ukrainian symbols to support Ukraine, to support freedom, to support life. Come to your squares, to your streets, make yourself visible and heard,’” White says.

Citizen Solange Roy was among the attendees, moved by the plight of the Ukrainian refugees. “To me, I think about these people who leave everything and go to an unknown place,” she says. “It’s tragic.”

Steve Goodwin reports for the Pictou Advocate.

COVID update
The World Health Organization reports 379,084 new COVID-19 cases globally in the last 24 hours.

The real number of ill people is likely much higher though, as many jurisdictions (including Nova Scotia) are now withholding daily data, making it impossible to get a full picture of the disease’s spread.

Dr. Tara Moriarty, director of an infectious diseases research laboratory and professor at the University of Toronto medical school, recently estimates that Nova Scotia has about 19,300 cases per day, more than 10 times higher than the government’s lab-confirmed figures.

So far, COVID has killed 6,224,220 people worldwide, including 38,873 people in Canada and 290 Nova Scotians

Developer eyes Chester project
A Kentville company wants to construct dozens of residential buildings, including townhouses, semi-detached units, and single-family homes, on 21 hectares of land in Chester.

Halyard Developments applied to the Municipality of Chester to build 62 structures on Stanford Lake Road property bordering the community of Robinsons Corner. In a letter to the municipality, Aaron Ewer, one of the Halyard Developments directors, promises the proposal will provide about 200 units of housing.

“Woven throughout the acreage will be a nice complement of trails and recreational space for residents to enjoy,” Ewer says. “These trails, combined with the backdrop of Chester Village and Stanford Lake, make for a great place to develop.”

Keith Corcoran has more for LighthouseNow.

Dorothy Grant. Photo: Submitted

The Mystery Walls of Bayers Lake
For many years, researchers and archeologists have pondered the stone outline of a five-sided stone structure and 120-metre-long wall in the woods near the Chain of Lakes Trail.

“Many fanciful theories have emerged over the years to explain the centuries-old mystery,” writes Dorothy Grant in a recent column. “Some say the work dates back to early First Nations inhabitants, others imagine early Vikings.”

Jonathan Fowler, an associate professor in the anthropology department at Saint Mary’s University, extensively researched the site in 2017. “I don’t think we’ve got a conclusive answer, or set of answers just yet,” he says in a report summarizing his work. But he does have a new theory.

Grant has the details in this post from the Unravel Halifax archives.

Big donation for Antigonish hospital
When lifelong Antigonish resident John MacLellan died in 2018, after a career as a taxi driver that began in 1946 and continued for six decades, he left a legacy that will boost health care in his community: a $1.68-million donation to the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation.

“The palliative care unit will now hold the name of John MacLellan as you enter the department,” says foundation chair Meghan MacGillivary-Case, “in recognition of his legacy and the importance of this donation in years to come.”

Drake Lowthers has the story for the Reporter.

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