Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Rec Centre Funding

The long wait may soon be over. A funding announcement for the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre will be held this Friday morning at 10 a.m. at theMichelin Social Club on Logan Road in Bridgewater. The Town of Bridgewater and Municipality of the District of Lunenburg have committed 10 million to the project with the province kicking in 10 million as well. The federal contribution is also expected to be 10 million. The plans for the Lifestyle Centre include two ice rinks, one six-lane, 25-metre pool, and fitness and meeting space as well as a new library.

Robbery with Violence

An elderly male the victim of a robbery with violence in West Dublin last evening. Two unknown persons entered the man's residence around 8:30 p.m. last night assaulting him and stealing an undisclosed amount of money from his wallet. An RCMP Police Service Dog and the Forensic Identification Unit are assisting the Lunenburg County RCMP with the investigation which is ongoing.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Death Deemed Accidental

RCMP have determined the death of a 58 year old Lunenburg County man was accidental. The Mounties responded yesterday to a missing persons complaint in the Cherry Hill area. Neighbours reported that a 58 year old male had not been seen for approximately ten days. An extensive search by the RCMP of the adjacent woods near the subjects home located the body of the missing person pinned under his farm tractor.

Crack Cocaine Seizure

A Martin's River couple is facing drug trafficking charges after a quantity of crack cocaine was seized during a traffic stop. Fifty-one year old Judy Ann Demont and 45 year old Stephen Patrick Smith, have been charged with trafficking crack cocaine and possession for the purpose of trafficking crack cocaine . As a result of a lengthy drug trafficking investigation the South Shore Integrated Street Crime Unit with the assistance of the Lower Sackville RCMP Street Crime Enforcement Unit and the Lunenburg County RCMP arrested the couple during a traffic stop in the East River area of Highway 103 . Demont and Smith will be appearing in Bridgewater Provincial Court on November 18th, 2009 to answer to the charges.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Blessing the Animals

It's an ancient practice traditionally associated with St. Francis of Assissiwhose feast is October 5. St. John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg, will be holding a Blessing of Families and Animals, this Sunday, October 4th at 2:00pm in the churchparade in front of the church. The service of thanksgiving and blessing is for pet animals as well as farm animals. Peope are asked to ensure their dogs are on leashes and other animals are properly kennelled or restrained. Donations to S.H.A.I.D. would be appreciated.

Drug Trafficker to Jail

Trafficking in cocaine has landed a Lunenburg County man behind bars for two and a-half years. Provincial Court Judge Jim Burrill sentenced 32 year old Randy Joe Naugler of Upper Kingsburg to a prison term last week calling him a retailer of poison who was motivated by greed. Naugler was put under surveillance by the South Shore Integrated Street Crime Unit after they received a tip August 28th last year that he was going to be selling cocaine later that day. Naugler's car was intercepted in Upper LaHave, but sped off as officers approached his vehicle. He struck an unmarked police vehicle and crashed into a ditch. A search of the car turned up five two-gram bags of cocaine powder,a further 23 grams of the drug, four grams of marihuana and seven ecstasy tablets. A search of Naugler's home turned up a further 11.3 grams of marihuana and seven ecstasy pills. Meantime, Naugler will return to Bridgewater Provincial Court October 21stto face new charges of possessing ecstasy and prescription medication for the purpose of trafficking as well as possession of marihuana. Those charges stem from a search in Upper Kingsburg July 29th.

Earle Wins Nomination

Once again Gordon Earle will represent the NDP in the South Shore/St. Margarets riding in the next federal election. Over 100 NDP members turned out Sunday afternoon at the Italy Cross Fire Hall to elect Earle Geoff LeBoutlier , the contender for the nomination , made a motion to make Mr.Earle's nomination unanimous. An association fund raising dinner will be held at the Oak Hill Fire Hall on Oct.24 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, for tickets please call 644-1960 or 543-4989

Race Relations Coordinator

The South Shore Regional School Board has approinted Stephen Johnson as Coordinator of Race Relations, Cross-Cultural Understanding and Human RightsJohnson brings 22 years of experience as a youth worker, community liaison, mental health review board member and teacher/trainer for various programs of the Nova Scotia government. Currently, he is a youth navigator for the western region of Nova Scotia in the high profile Nova Scotia Child and Youth Strategy. Johnson will assume his new position with the Board on October 13, where his role will be to ensure effective implementation of the Board's Race Relations, Cross-Cultural Understanding and Human Rights policies and to advance social justice and equity in all sectors of the South Shore Regional education community

Friday, September 25, 2009

4-H Comes to Town

4-H members will gather in Bridgewater to participate in the 32nd annual Nova Scotia 4-H Show next month. The event will be held at the South Shore Exhibition Grounds from Oct. 2-4. The 2009 event is being hosted by the Lunenburg County 4-H Leader's Council. The 4-H show includes technical presentations and projects, as well as competitions. Agriculture Minister John MacDonell says the 4-H program helps young people learn skills that will help them become confident, responsible citizens and future leaders in communities. Nova Scotia has the largest 4-H Show in Canada. There are 2,400 members, 850 leaders and 85 clubs in the province. The free event is open to the public.

Business Excellence

Six local businesses honoured last night as the best in their category at the prestigious Lunenburg Queens Business Excellence Awards dinner. Held this year at the Days Inn in Bridgewater, the Awards event, which has been running in various forms for more than six years, was expanded for the first time to include businesses from both Queens and Lunenburg Counties. The winners who will be able to hang specially designed plaques in their offices are:
Small Business Award - J & H Industries, Liverpool
Large Business Award - Lighthouse Publishing, Bridgewater
Export Achievement Award - Terra Beata Cranberries, Lunenburg
Entrepreneurial Award - emOcean, Lunenburg
Hospitality Award - Guppy's Place Family Restaurant, New Germany
New Business Award - Classic Granite Countertops, Bridgewater

Thursday, September 24, 2009

New SchoolBoard Vice-Chair

Gary Mailman was elected the Vice-Chair of the South Shore Regional School Board at the Board's monthly meeting last night. He replaces Karen Kinley who resigned her position effective August 31st to take a job in Halifax with the provincial government's legislative council office. Four names were put forward but two members declined forcing a secret ballot vote. Mailman says he's humbled and will take the challenge to help the Board move forward. A by-election to fill the seat vacated by Kinley will be held on Saturday, November 21st

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

BMHS Terry Fox Run

On September 25 (starting at 1 pm) Barrington Municipal High School will be taking part in the annual Terry Fox Run, with staff and students volunteering their time and resources to keep Terry's Dream of a cancer free world alive. Last year all schools in NS raised $408,000 with our school contributing $4847.49, our goal again this year is to raise $5,000. Our route will start 1pm at BMHS and goes along Oak Park Rd. to Cross intersection (past the ESSO Garage) and travel along River Head Rd to Highway 3; Cross road at intersection and travel along Highway 3 to Oak Park Rd. Cross road at intersection and continue along Oak Park Road to the school turn-off. Continue along Oak Park Rd & back to BMHS. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Prizes will be awarded to the Top Pledge-getters, and Fastest Runners, in both Sr. and Jr. High. There will also be draws for other Door Prizes. To be eligible for these draws, students must collect at least $20.00 in pledges. All students and staff who complete the Walk/Run will receive a Certificate of Recognition.

Queens Fitness

The Region of Queens is setting up a subsidy program for fitness instructor training. At the present time there are very few certified leaders in the Region of Queens offering classes to the public . Council feels that with the opening of Queens Place on the horizon, and increased attention nationally to activity levels in youth and adults, there is a need for an increase in local fitness leadership. A major factor in getting certified is the cost, so Council has approved subsidizing 50 percent of course fees to become a fitness leader. Participants will be reimbursed the subsidy upon presentation of a certificate from the course along with a receipt showing they paid for the course.

Police Car Collision

Bridgewater police are looking into an accident involving one of their police cars as it was responding to a building on fire on North Street last week. Chief Brent Crowhurst is doing the investigation himself. He says there's been an allegation of a hit-and-run, something he says doesn't apply in this case because there was no attempt to evade criminal or civil liability. Chief Crowhurst says because the car was being driven by Deputy Police Chief John Collyer a prosecutor will be consulted to make sure there is an independant review of the case. The unmarked car was responding with lights and sirens activated last Tuesday morning as it was responding to the building on fire on North Street. There was a head-on collision at the intersection of Glen Allan Drive and Aberdeen Road with a vehicle that was turning left on to Aberdeen from Glen Allan Drive. The driver of the other car was assessed at South Shore Regional hospital and then released that morning. Collyer was un-injured.

Bowater Money

The N-D-P government is investing in the sustainability of a major employer and exporter in Nova Scotia's paper products industry. Bowater Mersey Paper Company Ltd. is receiving $2.5 million dollars to support adding book-grade paper to its manufacturing process. Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris says the company is finding innovative ways to manage through difficult economic times. The Bowater Mersey mill in Brooklyn employs about 500 full-time employees andsupports the jobs of more than 1,000 people in industry-related operations. The investment is from the Community Development Trust Fund, a $34.9-million fund set up by the federal government in 2008 to help communities and sectors experiencing economic challenges.

The province is investing in the sustainability of a major employer and exporter in Nova Scotia's paper products industry.
Bowater Mersey Paper Company Ltd. is receiving $2.5 million to support the addition of book-grade paper to its manufacturing process.
Book-grade paper, used mainly in the printing of paperback books, requires more demanding quality standards than those for newsprint. The book-grade paper market tends to have more stable demand and pricing trends.
Economic and Rural Development is supporting the company's diversification plan through the Community Development Trust Fund. The $34.9-million fund was established in 2008 by the federal government to help communities and sectors experiencing economic challenges.
"Bowater Mersey is managing through difficult economic times in this industry by finding innovative ways to reduce operating costs, improve productivity, and develop new product lines and markets," said Minister of Economic and Rural Development Percy Paris.
"The fundamentals of this company are solid and, along with the company, its employees, suppliers, and customers and various governments, we want this mill to continue to be a viable part of our economy and return to higher employment levels as the economy rebounds in the coming months."
Bowater Mersey employs about 500 full-time employees. Its operations include the newsprint mill near Liverpool, Queens Co. the Oakhill sawmill near Bridgewater; the Mersey Woodlands forest management group and the Brooklyn Power Corporation in Brooklyn, Queens Co.
Indirectly, the company supports the jobs of more than 1,000 people in forest management and harvesting operations, private sawmills, trucking firms and other suppliers. Its products are exported around the world.
Bowater Mersey has invested more than $7 million toward the product diversification project, including new manufacturing processes, technology and equipment. The company has already marketed its book-grade paper in the United Kingdom and is seeking opportunities to supply European and Asian pressrooms. Book-grade paper is shipped by vessel from the port at the Bowater Mersey mill as well as by container through the Port of Halifax.
Bowater Mersey continues to work closely within the industry to develop certified forest management practices. The co-generation plan produces electricity under contract to Nova Scotia Power Inc., which provides a stable steam supply to the newsprint plant.
The priorities of the Community Development Trust Fund are to enhance sustainable prosperity, diversify economic and trade opportunities, improve productivity, innovation and training, assist communities with transition planning, and help workers facing adjustment challenges. More information on the Community Development Trust Fund in Nova Scotia is available at .

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Fans Cash In

The Nauss Timbermart Lumberjacks announced their 2008-09 Lumberjacks Points winners at last night's contest. The big winner was Janice Dibbon who took home a cheque for $4,000. Mike Zinck picked up a $1,500 reward while Chastity Greer got a $500 prize. The winners earned points by getting a free Lumberjacks card and then buying products and services from Lumberjack sponsors. The new Lumberjacks Points cards will be available at the Club's next home game in October.

McNamara Secondment

He was supposed to be back on the job at the end of this month. But South Shore Health will have to continue to operate with an acting C-E-O until the end of December. Just after his election win, Premier Darrell Dexter announced Kevin McNamara would be leaving the South Shore District Health Authority to be acting deputy minister of the Health Department for three months. In a news release at the end of June, Dexter mentioned how McNamara understands the unique challenges of Nova Scotia's health-care system and will be able to help government prepare to address those challenges. The three month appointment was extended by board approval. Alice Leverman has agreed to stay on as Acting C-E-O until the new year.

Money Announcement

South Shore-St. Margaret's M.P. Gerald Keddy will be unveiling government support for federal laboratories . Keddy will be at the Dartmouth Laboratory of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency where he will make an announcement relating to Canada's Economic Action Plan and support for Federal Laboratories across the country. The announcement is set to take place at 2 p.m.

Vandals and Thieves

A number of mailboxes were vandalized in Oakhill sometime over the weekend. The mailboxes were damaged between the 400 and 500 block on the Oakhill Road between Sunday September 20th and the early morning hours of Monday, September 21st. RCMP are asking the public for assistance in solving the incident.. Meantime Liverpool RCMP are asking the public to come forward with information regarding two children's bicycles. The bikes were reported stolen from Liverpool on Sunday morning, September 20th One of the bikes belongs to a seven year old and is a red and black mountain bike. The other which belongs to an eleven year old is a silver mountain bike with some yellow and black stickers.

Queens Gas Money

The Region of Queens Council has approved an aggressive five year Capital Investment Plan to cover the fiscal years through 2014. Mayor John Leefe says the plan must be submitted to be eligible to receive the Region's transfer of the federal gas tax revenues. Leefe says there was some discussion with respect to the Brooklyn sewer and water project and others that must take place over the next five year period. The Region will receive $723,000 in federal gas tax money in each of the next five years.

Police Post

It's inflatable and missing. RCMP are looking into a report of a boat stolen from Marriotts Cove. It has a white outboard motor attached and it went missing overnight Friday. Not locking their car doors ended up with a call to police. Also Friday night, someone rifled through a couple of vehicles parked at a residence on Summer Crescent in Bridgewater. Last Wednesday evening, a black Hyundai Accent was damaged in the Brigdewater Mall Parking Lot. It was parked near the "B" entrance. And overnight Tuesday, someone broke into a garage on Miller Drive. They stole a poulan power saw, delta mitre saw, an air compressor and a fishing rod.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Search Reduced

Release from JRCC - On the authority of the Search and Rescue Region Commander, the Halifax Joint Rescue Coordination Centre reduced the Search and Rescue operation to locate the missing crewmember of fishing vessel Lady Tiana at sunset this evening as all hope for his survival diminished considerably during the day. Every reasonable effort was expended and all leads were exhausted. It has been turned over to local RCMP as a missing person case. The decision has been discussed with family of the missing man and the local fishing community.

The 39 year old man fell overboard from F/V Lady Tiana, just outside Halifax Harbour at approximately 2:30 a.m. Atlantic Time this morning. JRCC Halifax was alerted at approximately 2:35 a.m. and immediately tasked Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Sambro and a CH 149 Cormorant helicopter from 413 Squadron at 14 Wing Greenwood. Thirteen other vessels from the local area and Canadian Coast Guard Ship, Sir William Alexander, also joined in the search throughout the day.

The Search and Rescue Region Commander, Rear Admiral Paul Maddison and the men and women of the Canadian Forces and the Canadian Coast Guard involved in this SAR operation offer their thoughts and prayers to the family of the missing man on this tragic occurrence.

Home Invader Jailed

A third Bridgewater man involved in a home invasion/robbery will be joining his co-accused behind bars. Twenty year old Joshua Lamont Mosher was sentenced to two and a-half years in prison on Thursday after pleading guilty to charges of robbery, wearing a mask and breaching his probation. Mosher was one of three people initially charged in the home invasion after three masked intruders forced their way into a Churchill Street apartment on the evening of October 24. They demanded money and assaulted a resident, then fired bear spray into the apartment before fleeing. The victim received only minor injuries. In July twenty year old Timothy Charles MacKenzie was sentenced to serve five years in prison for his role in the home invasion. Nineteen year old Matthew James Chase was also sentenced in July to a three years prison term.

Friday, September 18, 2009

A first for both the province and a newbie south shore MLA. Pam Birdsall rose in the House of Assembly as the first government member to respond to the Speech from the Throne. Birdsall moved that the first NDP Government Speech from the Throne be accepted as read by the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, the Honourable Mayann Francis. She calls it an honour adding it is a special day for her as a new MLA and for the first NDP Government in Nova Scotia. The House of Assembly re-convened yesterday for the 61st sitting.

NDP Throne Speech

Government's plan for a better life for Nova Scotians and their families was outlined today, Sept. 17, in the speech from the throne, which focused on keeping the promises made to Nova Scotians.
"Nova Scotians have put their trust and faith in me and my government to make their lives better, and over the next fours years, I will work everyday to make that happen," said Premier Darrell Dexter. "Taking the provincial portion of the HST off basic home electricity, stimulating the economy with the new home construction rebate, and living within our means are just a few of the ways we will build a better Nova Scotia together."
The throne speech outlined how making life more affordable for Nova Scotians will be a priority. Government will work to ensure seniors can stay in their homes longer, employment support and income assistance programs are more responsive to individuals, and seniors and other residents no longer have to provide a security deposit when entering a long-term care facility.
Fostering economic growth in Nova Scotia during a global recession has already been top of mind for government. The province will continue to make good use of federal infrastructure funding, encourage investment with an increase in the equity tax credit and develop programs to keep Nova Scotia's best and brightest here to put down roots and build a good life.
Government will also focus efforts on providing better access to health care, improving and modernizing infrastructure, keeping communities safe with effective crime prevention strategies, and supporting lifelong learning for Nova Scotians.
The speech from the throne was delivered by Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis. It can be viewed in its entirety on the web at .

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Staying in Jail

A Bridgewater man who was arrested and returned from Calgary will remain behind bars until his next court appearance October 7th. Twenty-two year old Cory Kyle Langille is facing nine charges including two of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault in connection with a pair of early morning stabbings in Bridgewater on June 29th, 2008. Both victims were taken to hospital in serious condition and required surgery. A Canada wide warrant was issued for Langille and Bridgewater Police travelled to Alberta when he was located and arrested August 21st at his brother's Southwest Calgary apartment.

Not Fair Game (note content)

Grabbing a female clerk's breast and making inappropriate remarks has landed a Hebb's Cross man probation for a year. Fifty-seven year old Donald Warden Tanner received a suspended sentence and was ordered to take counselling and submit a DNA sample and will be listed with the Sexual Offenders Registry for 10 years. Tanner was charged with sexual assault following the incident at an Italy Cross gas station March 26th. Although Judge Anne Crawford agreed the offence was on the low end of scale she told Tanner the time has passed when men can consider women fair game in public, and there must be consequences for his behaviour. The victim in an impact statement to the court says she is now fearful of people and feels she might be touched if she is "too cheerful."

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

MacKay's Owner Passes

A well-known Bridgewater business owner has passed away in Halifax. Carl Frederick Streatch was 76. The former resident of Petite Riviere and Greenbay, passed away on yesterday (September 15th) at the QE-2 Health Sciences Centre. Until his retirement in 1998, he was the owner of MacKays Pharmacy, which later became the Pharmasave, in Bridgewater. He is survived by his wife Jean and his kids and grandchildren. A private funeral will be held according to his wishes. And a public gathering for family and friends will be held at Cranberry's at the Fairview Inn Friday afternoon. Carl Frederick Streatch, gone at the age of 76. You can get the complete obituary by clicking here.

Apartment Fire

Residents from all but three apartments were allowed back home last night, less than twelve hours after a fire in a building on North Street in Bridgewater. The Red Cross had temporarily opened a reception center and registration service for the tenants affected by the fire in the 37-unit building. There were no reported injuries and the cause is still being determined. Damages were contained to three units and those residents made alternate arrangements for places to stay. Everyone else was allowed back in as of five yesterday afternoon. The Red Cross arranged for the emergency purchase of clothing for some tenants of the damaged apartments who were forced to flee the building wearing only their pyjamas. And they also provided others with personal-care items and meals for the day, and helped a few obtain emergency replacement of prescription medications they had left behind when they had to leave.

Pot Seizures

They were in the skies over Lunenburg county on the annual Marihuana Eradication program. RCMP say there were around 100 marihuana plants seized County-wide during an operation carried out yesterday (September 15, 2009). It was a group search and seizure involving a helicopter, The RCMP Marihuana Grow Operations Team, Lunenburg County RCMP, the South Shore Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Team and the Bridgewater Police Service. Police have been getting help from the public and say they can use more help. They are encouraging people to report suspicious behavior to local police or Crime Stoppers.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Red Cross Assistance

Some of the building's fifty-or-so tenants are staying with family and friends after this morning's fire. About 15 were brought over to the Bridgewater Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. A Red Cross spokesperson says it could be awhile before the smoke and water damage is cleaned up. Lisa Linscott says they need the residents of the building to visit their reception area at the Legion so they can get their names and numbers. She says that way they can get ahold of them to let them know when they can go back home. Luckily, there were no injuries reported in the early morning fire at the building on North Street in Bridgewater.

Apartment Fire

Traffic is being detoured between LaHave Street and Aberdeen Road this hour. Firefighters are wrapping up at the scene of an apartment building fire that caused smoke and water damage to the building at 96 North Street. It sounds like everyone was able to get out unharmed. People were taken to the Paramedic Station across the road from the building where they were checked over. Three departments were paged to assist Bridgewater Fire. Volunteers were also brought in from Northfield, Oakhill and Dayspring. A resident tells CKBW he was sitting at his computer when he noticed flames outside on his balcony. He pulled the fire alarm and then ran through the building to alert the other tenants. The cause is still being investigated by fire officials. And the detour will remain along North Street until further notice. Local traffic only is being allowed into the area.

Chamber Release

The days are slipping past. The Lunenburg Queens Business Excellence Awards will be held on Thursday, September 24th at the Days Inn in Bridgewater.

Reception at 6:00 and dinner and awards presentation will take place at 7:00 p.m.

If you are interested in purchasing is the time. There are only a few still available. Looks like this will be another sold-out event! A special thank you to all of our sponsors:

Michelin - BMO - ACSBE - CKBW -Aliant - NSBI - Clearwater Foods

Our Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Andrew Button, a valuable member of the organizing committee who works on NSBI 's Business Advisory Team.

Our guest speaker will be Jeremy Wellard, President of HB Studios...a past award winner. His remarks will include a brief overview of the history and development of this dynamic local business that is successfully competing in a global marketplace.

And our finalists. The following businesses have been selected as the finalists in their respective categories. The quality and caliber of the businesses nominated is a wonderful display of just how many excellent businesses are in our region. Congratulations to each and every business nominated.

The finalists are (in no particular order):

Entrepreneurial Award:
Kisserup Consulting, EmOcean Health & Wellness, and Maritime Painted Saltbox
Export Achievement Award:
Hawboldt Industries, Van Dyk Health Juices, and Terra Beata Cranberries
Hospitality Award:
Guppy’s Place Family Restaurant, Bridgewater Comfort Inn, and Lane’s Privateer Inn
Large Business Award:
RP Anaka Investments Ltd., Lighthouse Publishing, and Nova Scotia Building Supplies
New Business Award:
The Java Bead, lalaNova Communications Design, and Classic Granite CounterTops
Small Business Award:
J & H Industries, Caledonia Clover Farm Market, and The Pumpkin Patch Family Farm Market.

Exhibition Apartments

The land swap has been completed now the next step is underway for a new housing development in the Town of Bridgewater. Five, three-storey multi-unit residential buildings with a total of 135 units are proposed for 7.2 acres of land north of Jubilee Road and east of Exhibition Drive. Mayor Carroll Publicover says Council is pleasantly surprised by the demand for apartments in the community. The project which will be done in phases proposes underground parking spaces and at the suggestion of one councillor, will include hybrid plugs. Developer Bernie Dockrill of Indian Point says he's also interested in being able to connect his project into the Active Transportation Connectivity Plan.

Pesticide Ban

Bridgewater Town Council is being asked to ban the use of lawn pesticides and go with an all green lawn care policy. In a letter to Council, Kathi Petersen says putting such a policy in place would be great long-lasting gift for the area. Councillor David Mitchell who supports a ban, says 117 other Canadian Municipalities have such a ban in place so Council wouldn't be breaking new ground. There was also a suggestion to ban the sale of lawn care pesticides, but Mitchell says that's not his major concern. According to polls conducted by Corporate Research, 70% of Nova Scotians support a pesticide ban.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Harper's Condolences

Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement on the death of a Canadian soldier in Afghanistan:

“It is with great regret that I extend my condolences, and those of all Canadians, to the family and friends of Private Patrick Lormand. Private Lormand was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near the vehicle in which he was travelling, on patrol in an area west of Kandahar.

“Our support and prayers also go to the four brave soldiers who were wounded during this same incident, and to their loved ones.

“The thoughts and prayers of all Canadians are with you during this difficult period.

“The military objective of this mission is to secure an environment that will foster development and aid to better the quality of life of the Afghan people.

“This tragic loss will be remembered. The men and women of our Canadian Forces are dedicated to make a positive impact in this world. Their actions protect Canadians, our interests and our values.”

130th Fatality

One Canadian soldier was killed and four injured when an improvised explosive device detonated near their armoured vehicle on a road in Panwjai District. The incident occurred approximately 10 kilometres South-West of Kandahar City at around 1:00 p.m., Kandahar time, on 13th September, 2009.
Killed in action was Private Patrick Lormand from the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment based in Valcartier, Quebec. Private Lormand was serving as a member of the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment Battle Group, Quebec.
Four other Canadian Forces members were injured during the incident. They were evacuated by helicopter to the Multi-National Medical Facility at the Kandahar Airfield. They have all since been released. Their identities will not be made public.
Our thoughts and condolences go to the family and friends of our fallen comrade.
Members of Task Force Kandahar work with Afghan security forces for the greater good of Afghanistan. We remain focused and determined to bringing peace, stability and good governance despite the challenge imposed on us by the insurgents. We remain committed to Afghanistan.

Queens Build Starting

The money is in the bank. And now they're getting ready to start swinging hammers for the Habitat for Humanity project in Queens. Organizers exceeded their goal of raising 60-thousand dollars to help build the house that will become a home for a Liverpool family of four. Spokesperson Bobbi Jo Goulden says this week will be the build kickoff groundbreaking ceremony. The event will run this Friday afternoon from two until four at the build site on Amherst Street in Liverpool. Habitat for Humanity uses donated labour and materials to build homes for people who otherwise couldn't afford them. The money the families pay back, goes into the fund to help build additional homes for other families in need.

Bathroom Plans

A public washroom for the Village of Chester is one step closer. The Village Commission recently unveiled plans for a new washroom at the Lido Pool at a cost of about 70 thousand dollars. Chester Warden Alan Webber says Municipal Council has indicated they might be able to offer some assistance but hasn't had any recent communication with the Commission. The Village Commission had previously made a request to Council for assistance with the washroom, and upgrades to the changehouses.

Old Town Accident

Lunenburg RCMP are investigating a hit and run accident that took place in the town over the weekend. The Mounties are requesting the public's help in identifying a vehicle involved in the hit and run which happened Saturday September 12th around 6 p.m. at the intersection of Falkland Street and Victoria Road. A male driving a Green Ford Ranger pickup was seen fleeing the scene. Anyone who can identify the driver of the vehicle is asked to contact the Lunenburg RCMP at 634-8674.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Gas Cash

The NDP is handing out almost 900-thousand-dollars over the next several days for projects that will help reduce greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions. Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau was in Lunenburg today (September 11th) where he announced 85-thousand dollars for six projects along the South Shore. There is a $40,834 grant for an energy-savings project by the Town of Lunenburg to help reduce energy consumption in seven of the town's buildings. That will happen through energy-efficient lighting and upgrades to insulation, and building system and heating systems. Funding will also allow the Dayspring and District Fire Hall to be fitted with solar panels and Lockeport, Mahone Bay and the town and municipality of Shelburne to conduct an energy inventory and audit of municipal infrastructure. The Dayspring project will receive $8,694, while Lockeport will get $4,160, Mahone Bay $10,000, the Municipality of the District of Shelburne $9,487 and the Town of Shelburne $9,930. Belliveau says government wants Nova Scotia to be one of the cleanest and greenest places in the world. He says the projects announced today will each play a part in helping achieve that goal.

Schooner Launch

It's a page out of the history of Lunenburg Harbour. But this weekend it's living history. For the first time in nearly four decades, a newly-built wooden schooner is being launched. The Dory Shop has been building watercraft in Lunenburg since 1917 at the east end of Bluenose Drive. Tomorrow (Saturday) around noon as the tide is coming in, they'll be launching Kitty Cochran from the shop. David Westergaard is the builder and the owner and captain is Duncan Veasey. A ceremony will be taking place and people are being invited to take it all in. This weekend is also when the Lunenburg Waterfront Seafood Festival is happening with International Dory Races, greased pole and the celebrity shucking contest featuring CKBW's Joan Fillmore.

Chamber Executive

A returning President and a few new faces around the table on the executive for the Bridgewater and Area Chamber of Commerce. Craig Collins of the NSCC's Lunenburg campus is back as the head of the business advocacy group. Glen Hall, Shawn O'Hara and Aidan Matchett were also elected. And retired CKBW Sales Manager Barry Smith is the Chamber's new treasurer. Cy Mayo is the 1st Vice President and Judy Koster is Past President. The positions were filled at the Bridgewater and Area Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting this week.

Shelburne Pot

Two Shelburne county men with green thumbs have been caught red-handed by RCMP. Police say they arrested the two and seized 61 mature marihuana plants at an outdoor grow-op in the Upper Ohio area of the county. Corporal Nancy Mason says the 45 and 51-year old men were caught as they were tending their crop yesterday. Both are facing charges of production of marihuana and their court date is set for December 16th in Shelburne. Corporal Mason says the Street Crime Unit continues its work to eradicate outdoor grows throughout the county. But she says they can't always do it alone and they are asking the public to report suspicious activity to the RCMP or Crimestoppers.

Lunenburg Exercise

Just before ten this morning a sailboat inbound to Lunenburg is going to report an engine room fire and that it's listing heavily to starboard before rolling over. We know this, because it's part of a Search and Rescue Exercise in Lunenburg's Front Harbour. Bill Towndrow says they do a lot of work to get ready for real emergencies. The exercise will involve divers from a rescue helicopter along with a Canadian Coast Guard lifeboat, and a US Coast Guard cutter from Gloucester.

Opening Scenario provided by RCC:

At 1000/11(Local), Halifax Coast Guard radio receives a broken mayday message from the F/V Paul’s Pride. The vessel is inbound Lunenburg Hrb. with a reported engine room fire and listing heavily to starboard. Vessel is described as a 25’ orange and white open style fishing vessel with 3 POB’s

JRCC Halifax tasks CCGC Sambro , USCG Grand Isle,&413 Squad.

More info:

413 Squad to lower sartecs to overturned vessel (RIB) and transfer casualties to Grand Isle & Sambro for first-aid. Hoisting ops. from Grand Isle and Sambro.

Boat Fire

A man had to be rescued from a pleasure boat that caught fire in Mahone Bay. He was pulled from the eight-metre fibreglass craft by other boaters in the Clay Island area. There were no injuries. The boat was towed ashore where it burned to the waterline. There's no word on what caused the fire before noon yesterday (Thursday).

Flood Money Flows

The Town of Bridgewater will be receiving a little more than $208,000 as a final payment for flood damage sustained in March 2003, The town was one of several communities affected as a result of unprecedented rainfall combined with spring runoff. Floodwaters washed out roads and severely damaged a number of bridges. The damage expenses were claimed by the province on behalf of the towns and municipalities affected by the flooding. The federal Minister of Public Safety, Peter Van Loan announced a final payment of $7.5 million to the Province of Nova Scotia under the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements. The Minister made the announcement following a visit to Truro Fire Service, whose firefighters helped with flood relief efforts in 2003.

Clamming Pickle

A Port Mouton man is facing a charge for selling clams without a commercial license. DFO officers from Liverpool arrested the man on August 16th in the Port Mouton area. He's accused of digging clams recreationally but then offering them for sale. He will be appearing in Liverpool Court on October 6th.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Pink Shirt Day

Students across the province are wearing pink today (September 10th) as they mark the second annual Stand Up Against Bullying Day. Education Minister Marilyn More says that bullying is unacceptable and she wants any student who is being bullied or knows of someone being bullied to tell a parent, teacher,counsellor, vice-principal or principal. Stand Up Against Bullying Day is marked on the second Thursday in September. Schools across the province hold anti-bullying events and students wear pink. The inspiration came from the actions of two Grade 12 students from Central Kings Rural High School in Kings County. Travis Price and David Shepherd rallied behind a new student to the school who was being bullied simply for wearing a pink shirt. They brought pink shirts to school and handed them out to classmates to wear in solidarity with the new student. Their efforts sparked similar initiatives around the world, and wear pink has become the symbol and slogan of the anti-bullying movement.

New Chambers?

It's not in the near future but Lunenburg Municipal Council will explore options for a budget timeline and financing for the construction of a new administration building. Mayor Don Downe says they're looking at putting money aside if they decide to move forward. Downe says a study shows staff have outgrown the current administration building at 210 Aberdeen Road. Former C-A-O Doug Quinn brought the issue to council's attention in his 2004 annual report. At that time he said the three decade old building was overcrowded . Council did set aside over $100 thousand dollars in that year's budget for repairs and renovations.

Youden Holding

It was first proposed back in May of 2007, now a housing development for Mahone Bay is on indefinate hold. Mayor Joe Feeney says Council is discussing a letter of intent to continue persuing the development with developer Bob Youden. However, Feeney says indicators are the development is not going to go ahead in the near future because of the economic environment. Youden's proposal for a 24 million dollar housing development on the Old School Lands, and the loss of a soccer field and nearby woods became the centre of a controversy that rocked the town. A Group of residents filed an appeal with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board over Council's decision refusing to rezone the property from residential to recreational use.

Former Jail Idle

The former jail in Centre still sets idle eight years after it was closed for good. The last inmates left the facility in May 2001 and the building reverted to the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg. Mayor Don Downe says a recent proposal for the property was not supported by Council and there's nothing concrete in the works. The Lunenburg County Correctional Centre better known as the Centre Jail first opened in 1950.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Postal Protest

About 150 people were at the Oakhill Fire Hall last night at a meeting hosted by the Municipality of Lunenburg to discuss Canada Post's rural mailbox review. Mayor Don Downe says it's a federal issue but Council is advocating on behalf of its residents. Downe says it was delinquent of Canada Post not to attend last night's meeting to hear the residents concerns. Union representatives were in attendance at last nights meeting along with M-P Gerald Keddy and M-L-A's Pam Birdsall, Gary Ramey and Vicki Conrad.

Lock Your Car

Another reminder to keep your vehicles locked. Over the long weekend, on the night of Saturday September 5th or the early morning hours of September 6th a number of vehicles parked in the Glen Allan subdivision were entered. The vehicles were rummaged through and various personal items and change were taken. Police are also looking into an incident from late last month. Sometime between 11 p.m. August 26th and 7 a.m. August 27th, a Ford Ranger was entered and a number of items including a quantity of change was stolen from the unlocked vehicle. Police are also looking out for a red Sport Tech Mountain bike taken from a yard on Desbrisay Drive in the overnight hours of September 6th.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Missing Kids Return

All four kids are now back at the Dayspring Adolescent Treatment Centre after staying out all night. The two boys - 12 and 9, and two girls - 12 and 11, were last seen between 8:30 and 9 last night. RCMP were called and the search started for the kids. They were all wearing pajamas and weren't really dressed to be outside all night. A police dog along with members of the Lunenburg County Ground Search and Rescue team were called in to help look for them. The call came in just before 6:30 this morning that the four kids had returned. RCMP Corporal Jamie Vacon is still speaking with them. Few other details are known right now. The facility is run by Family and Children's Services of Lunenburg County.

Schooner Gift

A small schooner designed by William J. Roue, who designed the historic schooner Bluenose, has been donated to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax. A small reception today (September 4th) marked the gift of the 11.3-metre (37-foot) Hebridee II by the family of the late Edward Murphy of Halifax. The Roue-designed schooner, which was built, owned, and sailed locally, has a long relationship with the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron and the Nova Scotia Schooner Association and is a significant addition to the museum's small-craftcollection. Ater a condition assessment and appropriate restoration work, museum staff plan to re-establish Hebridee II's sailing relationship with the NSSA.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Paramedic Awards

A Lunenburg County man will be among 14 paramedics receiving an Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal today. Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis will present the honour to Jay Albert Walker of Hubbards at a ceremony at Province house this afternoon. The lieutenant-governor will be joined by Health Minister Maureen MacDonald. The award honours years of service and for performance above and beyond the call of duty.

Medal recipients are:
--Albert Walker, Hubbards, Lunenburg Co.
--Glen Diggdon, Pubnico, Yarmouth Co.
--Darrell Bardua, Dartmouth
--Mark Turner, Kentville
--Terry Muise, Yarmouth
--Dean Vokey, Bellville, Yarmouth Co.
--Gary Galley, Berwick
--Frank McPhee, Halifax
--Franklin Johnston, Goodwood, Halifax Regional Municipality --Prema Cooper, Whites Lake, Halifax Regional Municipality --Dwayne Semple, Tatamagouche --Steve Connell, Kentville --Brian Joseph Bunch, New Minas --Joseph MacDonald, Inverness

Eat Local

Agriculture Minister John MacDonell is enjoying a day of eating locally produced food as part of his pledge to Eat Atlantic today (September 4th). The minister started his day with a Nova Scotian breakfast of scrambled eggs from his daughter's 4H chicken, locally made toasted bread and a cup of fair trade coffee, along with wild blueberries and a peach. He then visited a farmers' market at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, VG site this morning to pick up some fresh produce for supper. He says health applies to everything when eating local -- health of our communities, our environment, our economy and our people. He is joined by Atlantic ministers from New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Almost 2,000 Nova Scotians have made the pledge to Eat Atlantic, more than any other Atlantic province. To sign up for the Eat Atlantic Challenge, visit .

Biker Critical

A 56 year old man is in critical condition at the QE-2 in Halifax (as of the last update given to police yesterday afternoon around four). The man was involved in a car/bicycle collision Thursday morning. The cyclist, from Garden Lots was struck by a car around 7:40 in the morning on Route 3 in front of Center Consolidated School. The driver of the car is a 35 year old man from Bridgewater. He is an employee with the South Shore Regional School Board. RCMP say the vehicle was pulling into the driveway at the school when it collided with the cyclist. The driver told police he was blinded by the sun and didn't see the bicycle. Police say they are still investigating.

Dog Back Home

A dog shot by police in a residential neighbourhood as it was ravaging a live baby deer is back home with its owner. Bridgewater's Deputy Police Chief says the animal made it's way home sometime yesterday. John Collyer says the owner then took it to a veterinarian who treated it for a gunshot wound. The bullet apparently passed through the animal without hitting any vital organs. Collyer says the husky doesn't have rabies and police are still looking into the incident. They will involve wildlife experts and animal control officials to see what their assessment of the situation. The dog had taken off after a cat when it picked up the scent of the fawn in the area of Olympiad Avenue. It was in the middle of a "killing frenzy" and officers were concerned for the people who were trying to help the deer when they made the decision to shoot the dog. There were two gunshots. The second round missed the husky and it took off into the woods.

Cyclist Update

A 50 year old man has been transferred to the QE2 in critical condition after he was involved in a car/bicycle accident Thursday morning. The cyclist, from Garden Lots was struck by a car around 7:40 Thursday morning on Route 3 near Center Consolidated School. The operator of the vehicle, a 35 year old male from Bridgewater is an employee with the South Shore Regional School Board. RCMP Staff-Sgt. Mark Furey says the accident is still under investigation, the cause has yet to be determined. He says these were unfortunate circumstances and has a caution for motorists and pedestrians. Staff Sgt. Furey says there is zero tolerance for those who don't obey the regulations in school zones.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Bus Accident

No one was seriously hurt in a minor accident this morning involving a school bus on the first day of classes. A South Shore Regional School board spokesman says it happened around 8:15 at the intersection of Highway 210 and the Old Chelsea Road. None of the students was hurt and both the bus driver and the truck driver were okay according to Rick Hyde. The RCMP responded and a spare bus was sent to the scene to get the kids to their first day of the new school year. (Photos from Angie Wheeler)

Bike vs Car

A bit of a scene for kids heading back on the first day. Lunenburg and District Firefighters were called out to help paramedics after an accident between a car and a bicycle this morning on Route 3. That was around 7:40 in front of Center Consolidated school. A man, believed to be in his fifties, was knocked unconscious in the collision. No other details are available at this time.

Dog Attack

No sign overnight of a dog Bridgewater police say they had to shoot because they were worried it would attack residents. The incident started around seven last night when police were called to Olympiad Avenue. The white Husky had attacked a fawn and was starting to eat it. It was still attacking the animal as police arrived and an officer shot it over concerns it might attack another animal or even some of the people in the residential neighbourhood. The dog laboured into a wooded area behind Dakin's old store on Exhibition drive but they weren't able to find it. Police are telling people to be carefull in case it is still alive and they are also hoping to hear from anyone who knows who owns the dog.

Baker Named to Order

Long time cabinet minister and Lunenburg MLA Michael Baker who passed away in March is being honoured posthumously as a recipient of the 2009 Order of Nova Scotia. Baker is one of five Nova Scotians being recognized this year for their outstanding contributions and achievements. Baker was first elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in 1998, representing the constituents of Lunenburg. He served in cabinet as the Minister of Transportation and Public Works, Minister of Communications Nova Scotia, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, and Minister of Finance. During the final years of his tenure, he continued to provide exemplary service to the people of the province despite his own personal battle with a life-threatening and debilitating disease. His untimely death cut short a lifetime of dedicated, and committed service to Nova Scotia and its residents. The 2009 recipients will be recognized at an Investiture Ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Province House. The Order of Nova Scotia was established in June 2001 and is the highest honour bestowed by the province.

Carolyn's New Job

Former Lunenburg West MLA and defeated cabinet minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, has a new job. Bolivar-Getson will head up operations on the South Shore-Annapolis Valley as a field representative with the P.C. Caucus. She's one of four staff who will undertake those duties across the province. In July it was announced that the 11 new caucus positions would be advertised through an open and fair competition process. While some staff decided to apply for these positions, others did not. The positions include two communications officers, two researchers, the four field representatives and three caucus office staff who will handle senior administrative and MLA support.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Film Locations

Later this month, camera's will be rolling in two south shore communities. Last night, Lunenburg council gave approval to an agreement with the company involved with a 16-million dollar production of Moby Dick. And with tourism numbers down somewhat this summer, Mayor Lawrence Mawhinney says this shoulder-season event will be good for Lunenburg. Filming is expected to take place during the week of September 20th. Mayor Mawhinney says the shoot will involve several areas of Old Town which is standing in for Nantucket. They plan to film around several older buildings in Lunenburg. The German/Canadian production will also be filming in Shelburne and Malta. William Hurt is one of the stars whose name has been mentioned in connection with the film.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Senator Ogilvie

As of last week, he traded his doctor title for one of "Senator". And for a former Bridgewater resident, Kelvin Ogilvie has moved on to the next phase of his career - one that is now political. He's a past president of Acadia University, an award-winning scientist who has served on national and international boards and agencies. But Senator Ogilvie says coming from rural Nova Scotia has made an impression on him. Senator Ogilvie attended school in Bridgewater before going to University. You can hear more about his life coming up on this weekend's SSSM.

Accident Update

RCMP are trying to locate a woman accused of leaving the scene of an accident on Highway 103 in Hebb's Cross. Police say she was driving a four door silver or grey Honda - that witnesses describe as being either a Civic or and Accord. The woman is thought to be between sixty and seventy-five years old. Around 12:30 Sunday afternoon, an SUV had swerved to avoid a car pulling out of the Bob and the Boys parking lot onto Highway 103. The SUV ended up in the ditch, after rolling several times. Both the driver and passenger were taken to hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. RCMP are asking for help in identifying either the driver or the vehicle involved.