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It’s November and the snowflake lights are back up along Lincoln Street and the Light Up Lunenburg holiday events are this weekend. Here are some of the Town’s noteworthy activities this month.

1] NSCC Program: Council approved a partnership with NSCC’s Natural Resources Environmental Technology program this month. The students will be using the Town’s water supply lands around Dares Lake for field studies. While gaining valuable experience, the students’ work will assist the Town with protecting ecologically sensitive and important areas, among other benefits. To read more about the project, see the Council agenda package for November 8, 2022 here:

2] Tree Planting Program: Fall is tree planting season, and the Town’s first batch of 24 trees arrived and are now in the ground. These trees were planted in carefully selected sites mainly in Old Town this year, and were chosen with considerations for native species, climate change, resiliency and suitability to their specific locations. Thanks to Heritage Landscaping and Coastal Action for their collaboration. For more on this multi-year project, visit:

3] Common Lands: The Lunenburg Common Lands originated with a crown grant in 1785, and a Provincially-legislated Board of Trustees (appointed by the Town, MODL, and the Nova Scotia Supreme Court) manage these lands. Things have changed since 1785, and both municipal councils are now investigating the possibility of transferring the management of the Common Lands to the Nova Scotia Nature Trust. For more on this, see the Council agenda package for November 22, 2022:

4] 17 Tannery Road: The Old New Town School, also referred to as the Annex at 17 Tannery Road, has been listed for sale on the open market. This simple building constructed in 1883 is valued as a former one-room schoolhouse and is a registered municipal heritage property. This designation will remain with the building despite a change in ownership. For more information, visit: and

5] Staffing: Hilary Grant will join Town staff as Senior Planner & Heritage Officer on December 12, 2022. Her professional background includes the Government of Saskatchewan and the National Capital Commission; university instruction; and the boards of ICOMOS Canada and the Society for the Study of Architecture. Hilary’s doctoral thesis was on cultural projects in Lunenburg, so she already knows us well.

Finance staff member Cali Beck has been promoted to Procurement Officer. Cali will handle all tenders, requests for proposals, and large purchases going forward. We are pleased that her proven skills will be applied to this critical role.

Two of our long-time staff members were presented with the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for their dedication and contribution to the Town of Lunenburg: Finance Director Lisa Dagley and Water Treatment Plant Operator John Mader. Congratulations, both.

Enjoy the beginning of the Town’s holiday festivities with your friends and families – and shop around while you do.

Mayor Matt Risser
Town of Lunenburg