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Book of Condolences for Laurence Mawhinney

The Town of Lunenburg will be hosting a public signing of a Book of Condolences for Rev. Dr. D. Laurence Mawhinney at the Lunenburg Heritage Bandstand.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from 12:00 noon - 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 12:00 noon - 3:00 p.m.

Everyone is invited to share their thoughts and memories of our former Mayor, who dedicated so much of his life to serving others.

An additional Book of Condolences will be available at the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, 11213 Hwy. # 3, Lunenburg.

Town Council Meeting ONLINE - September 22, 2020

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The next Town Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 22nd at 2:00 p.m. via web conference. The public is welcome to attend through the following links:

a) Zoom Webinar: https://zoom.us/j/98535979640?pwd=bHNFSjdwcGp6L21Zbnc2N09iTjZSQT09 

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In Memoriam - Rev. Dr. D. Laurence Mawhinney

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It is with heavy hearts that the Town of Lunenburg recognizes the passing of former Mayor, Rev. Dr. D. Laurence Mawhinney, on September 15, 2020. Town flags are at half-mast for the next week in honour of his distinguished service to the community.

First elected to Town Council in 1976, Laurence served as mayor for 33 years, from 1979-2012. During that time, he served terms as president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, but he always felt that his greatest accomplishment was the successful campaign to have Lunenburg designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995. Lunenburg was only the second community in the continental U.S. and Canada to be listed. He was also named to the FCM's Roll of Honour for his contributions to municipal government in Canada. He represented this town, this province, and this country with dedication and dignity, doing us all proud.

Laurence's community service also included his ministry at several Lunenburg and area Presbyterian churches, 15 years on Lunenburg County school boards, and serving as the President of the Board for the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance.  

Laurence truly made a difference in the life of our Town and he will be missed. Our sincere condolences to his wife Marion - with whom he celebrated 55 years of marriage in June - his children and grandchildren, and his many friends.

*UPDATE Obituary and memorial details here: https://www.sweenyfuneralhome.ca/book-of-memories/4332207/Mawhinney-Rev-Dr-David-Laurence-/index.php

Electric Utility: Scheduled Power Outage - Sun, Sep 20, 2020

Dear Customers: 

The Town of Lunenburg Electric Utility wishes to advise customers of a scheduled power outage to the entire Lunenburg Electric Utility service area. 

This outage will occur on Sunday, September 20, 2020 from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., weather permitting. This outage is required to safely complete substation maintenance. 

We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your co-operation. 

If you have any additional questions, please contact: 

Town of Lunenburg Electric Utility

119 Cumberland Street, Lunenburg, NS

902-634-4410 ext. 3

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Fishers' Memorial Service 2020 - September 13, 2020

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On Sunday, September 13th the Town of Lunenburg held the annual Fisher's Memorial Service. A video of the event is available here: https://youtu.be/PyifkrmD4z0

Mayor Rachel Bailey's opening remarks:

As Mayor of the Town of Lunenburg, it is my honour to welcome you all to the Annual Fishers’ Memorial Service. As we begin I want to acknowledge that here in Lunenburg we are in Mi’kma‘ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people.

And here in Lunenburg, we conduct this service each year to honour those who hailed from Lunenburg County ports and whose lives were lost pursuing their livelihood by fishing.

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Municipal Election 2020 - List of Candidates

The date of the next municipal election is Saturday, October 17, 2020. The Town of Lunenburg elects a Mayor and six Councillors-at-large.

List of Candidates (in alphabetical order)

Mayor - you may vote for one (1) candidate

1. John McGee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
2. Matt Risser This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Councillors - you may vote for not more than six (6) candidates

1. Ronnie Bachman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
2. John Barr This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
3. Jenni Birtles This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
4. Kevin Corkum This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
5. Melissa Duggan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
6. Stephen Ernst This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
7. Ed Halverson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
8. Theo Heffler This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
9. Peter Mosher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
10. Susan Sanford This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more on the election and information for voters and candidates, visit the Town's "Elections" page.

Monthly Garbage Collection Calendar - September 2020

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For more information, visit our Garbage Collection page.

Living with Wildlife - Bears

Wildlife can appear in different places at different times, and there have been sightings of bear cubs in the area around Lunenburg recently. According to NS Lands & Forestry, bear sightings have not increased this year but their locations can change from year to year. If bears have a source of food, especially now as they begin to bulk up for the winter, they will keep coming back. 

The biggest culprit to attracting bears is green bins. These should be kept in shady but open areas, well away from adjacent forest cover, with lids secured. Meat, fish, or bones/shells that are likely to develop a strong odour should be frozen and put in the green bin on the morning of pick-up. Yard compost piles should only contain plant matter. Barbecue grills should be kept clean and free of grease. Garbage cans should be metal with a secure lid and bags should be placed at the curb only on the morning of collection. 

Bears are large powerful animals that should be treated with caution and respect! Never approach a bear or offer it food. Please note that black bears are legally protected in Nova Scotia. 

For advice, please visit “How to Avoid Problems with Black Bears”: https://novascotia.ca/natr/wildlife/nuisance/bears.asp

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Recreation Notice re Lunenburg Arena

The Lunenburg War Memorial Arena will have a delayed opening this ice season due to Provincial Government pandemic restrictions. Unfortunately, we find ourselves in a similar situation to other smaller Arenas across the province, where current Provincial recreation gathering limits – especially on-ice – have significantly impacted our facility use.

After extensive consultation with our long-term renters and the Provincial government, we have made this difficult decision until Provincial restrictions are eased. We remain hopeful that the Arena will re-open at the earliest possible opportunity, in compliance with updated Provincial pandemic directives.

For more information about the 2020/21 Arena season, please see the attached: pdf Recreation and Arena FAQ- August 2020 (24 KB)

We are pleased to announce that a new Arena ice resurfacer has been ordered for delivery in 2021. We thank our many generous community and government supporters for making this long-term investment possible.

Thank you, and stay safe!

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Town Hall Finance Counter - Expanded Business Hours

As of August 4, 2020, the Finance payment counter at Town Hall will be open for three hours daily for payment transactions only. All other Town Hall services will continue to be conducted by email/phone only.

Monday to Friday, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Due to social distancing, there will be a limit of one customer at a time in the Finance office. Masks are mandatory inside Town Hall.

For your safety, please consider continuing to use online/telephone phone banking and the external dropbox whenever possible. 

Accessible curbside payments are available for customers paying by cash or cheque by appointment. Contact Wendy Mills at 902-634-4410, ext. 221 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NOTE: Public washrooms in Town Hall are not available at this time. The public washroom at 39 Bluenose Drive is open daily from 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.