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Farewell to Springhill: N.S. coal-mining town to be dissolved, amalgamated

Springhill is being characterized as the “canary in the coal mine” – the first of many struggling communities in rural Nova Scotia that will likely have to amalgamate

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A car drives past a welcome sign to Springhill. The town will no longer be considered a town and will be amalgamating with the County of Cumberland.

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A late winter ice storm encases the town of Springhill, that will be amalgamating with the County of Cumberland.

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Several boarded up mine buildings dot the outskirts of Springhill.

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It not just the old mining buildings outside of town that have boarded up their doors - it seems the main street businesses are struggling s well - and the town has 'tapped out.'

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A man walks by a closed business on Main St. in Springhill.

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Volunteer firefighter, Mike Kaye in the fire stations with old photographs of the great fire that destroyed much of the downtown area in 1975.

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Long time customer, Murray Rushton gets a shave and a trim from Ed Fahey, the local Barber, in Springhill. They've seen huge changes in this small town in 50 years.

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Chuck Stonehouse (centre) thinks the Springhill amalgamation with Cumberland County is long over due, he tells us over his hot cup of Tim Horton's. (L-R) Charles Muise (jays hat), Lee Muise (scarf) Chuck Stonehouse and Paul Brown (Canada shirt).

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