Dragon-boaters roar to victory
On July 25, 21 current
and former NS Power employees and family members from Trenton took to
the waters of East River, New Glasgow, in a dragon boat to raise money
One of 11 teams participating in the 14th Race on the River’s Corporate Division, it was the first time NS Power entered the
competition. Racing as the ‘NSP Power Paddlers’, the team scored second
place in the first two races. This qualified them for the final, where
they won first place and the Sobeys Cup with a time of 1:07:69, beating
the competition by a fraction of a second!
The team members were champs
even before getting into the boat, as they raised approximately $1,800, along
with matching funds from the Good Neighbour Program. Through the program, Emera, our
parent company, reinvests dollars back into our communities by matching the
volunteerism and fundraising efforts of current and retired employees in
The money raised will be distributed
amongst three local charities: Women Alike Breast Cancer Survivor
Society, the Pictou County Prostate Cancer Support Association and the
Special Olympics – North Nova Scotia Region
“All of us
involved thoroughly enjoyed the day’s competition and the comradery
amongst all the teams,” said Dion Antle, Maintenance Superintendent at
Trenton. “We were also very pleased to help raise some money for these
organizations that do such tremendous work in our community. We are now
looking forward to participating in the 2016 Race on the River!”
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Birthdays on Black River
Tim Curry heard the stories growing up in the
Annapolis Valley of workers carrying guns cut out of wood and patrolling
the river as the Black River hydro system was being developed.
"Canada was at war and the thinking at the time
was that if an enemy aircraft flew overhead, it would look like armed
men were protecting the system," says Tim, superintendent of the Eastern
Valley Hydro System.
The Black River hydro system is celebrating a
few birthdays this year. Stivers Falls in White Rock, which marked the
beginning of hydroelectric generation in the Wolfville area, turns 95,
while Hell’s Gate No. 1 generating plant is 85 and Hollow Bridge turns
The Black River system is the third largest of NSP’s 16 hydroelectric systems, producing enough to power 10,000 homes.
Meeting environmental regulations and protecting fish is a key part of Tim’s job.
He has to balance water levels to encourage
migration of gaspereau, salmon and smelt and to minimize the effect of
power generation on several hundred cottage owners and their enjoyment
of reservoirs in the area.
“This is the most difficult of our hydro systems
to operate because of the fish, the environmental concerns and the
needs of cottage owners but that also makes this the most interesting
system to operate because there is so much going on,” Tim says.
Our hydrogenerating stations on the Avon system
through to Lequille near Annapolis Royal used to be remotely controlled
from Hell’s Gate, commissioned in 1930. Black rotary phones, control
panels with chunky black and white buttons and a television with rabbit
ears filled the control centre until it was moved to Ragged Lake in
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The 'line' to success
A very successful week-long Scout Jamboree was recently held at Camp Nedooae and
was testament to the strength of Scouting in Nova Scotia; over 900
participants and close to 300 additional volunteers still wear the
“The help of many volunteers in our communities
and contributions from businesses is what made it all happen, and Nova
Scotia Power was a proud leader in this regard,” says Rob Young,
Forestry Manager, who has been Chair of the camp property committee for
over 15 years.
For over a year, Rob has been working with many
from the company whose expertise was needed to get a power line built to
service new camping areas over a kilometre away.
The line was constructed by NSCC Springhill Campus students studying the line trade under the guidance of retired NS Power employee Steve Rand who, in addition to overseeing the power line, spent the week volunteering at the Jamboree.
“Many people from the company were involved at
every stage and I would like to publicly thank them all for their
contribution. Phil Stevens, Scott Cherry, Trevor Brown, Mike Stevens,
Dan MacDonald, Tom Bellefontaine, Andrew Pottier, Gary Delaney, Kyla
Boutlier, and the Upper Musquodoboit line crew all made it come
together,” says a very grateful Rob.