10 years ago
Oct. 27, 2004 – Wolfville-based business consultant and marketer Luke Vorstermans had one message for Digby-area small business about the impending arrival of American retail behemoth Walmart—roll with it.
Vorstermans told an audience of small business owners that instead of fighting the big box stores they should rethink and reimagine their business to offer what larger competitors can’t.
“You cannot compete on price because Walmart will get you every time,” he said. “So you have to find a way to differentiate yourself with your customers.”
Two Digby County schools were proving that old can be beautiful, too.
In 2002, Weymouth Consolidated School principal Larry Kelly decided he’d had enough of the drab paint job and years of caked-on dirt that covered the nearly 50-year old building. And after grades 7 to 12 were sent to the new St. Mary’s Bay Academy and large sections of the musty WCS were shut down, there was talk the school would be condemned.
Instead, Kelly assembled a crew of local volunteers and school board staff to start painting, scrubbing, building new bookshelves.
In Barton, teacher Debby Trask-Cushing became the school’s part-time principal in May, and found the school was in need of a good cleaning and fresh coat of paint. Initially, she was told by the school board there was no money for what was needed, but after a few phone calls, work got started.
“They hired three extra people for about three and a half weeks to do the cleaning…