Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Firing up the barbecue in Queens County could be a bit of a problem this summer. The region is about to lose the last free-standing propane fill-up. Mayor John Leefe says the situation will also affect some businesses. There is still the availability for the 30-pound tanks to be filled in Queens through exchange programs.

Service Award

Judy Purcell of Bridgewater one of the team members recognized with the Premier's Award of Excellence, the highest honour of the Nova Scotia civil service. It recognizes public servants for outstanding contributions to the province. Purcell is a member of the Skill Development Coordinators Team, Department of Labour and Workforce Development. The team played a lead role in responding to closures in industry by creating on-site and community response teams, conducting job vacancy studies in affected and nearby communities, developing transition centres for displaced workers, and arranging and providing direct programs and services to help workers find new employment. Premier Rodney MacDonald presented the awards to two teams and three individuals this week.

Michael Hall Reward

Another case in Nova Scotia's Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program was added today (June 16th) by the Department of Justice. The department is offering a cash reward of up to 150-thousand-dollars for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible in the case of homicide victim Steven Michael Hall of Seffernsville, Lunenburg County. Hall was last seen on Saturday, April 27th, 1996, hitchhiking towards Chester, after paying a bill at the Ultramar in Chester Basin. Hall was not seen again until his body was recovered in a wooded area of Lunenburg County on November 23rd, 1996. More information on the homicide case of Mr. Hall and other cases, can be found on the Department of Justice website.

Stroke Awareness

Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in Canada but work continues on the south shore to address the health issue. The District is working on a program to both treat and prevent brain attacks, also known as strokes. Clinical Services President Sandy Christie says on the South Shore, we have high rates of many of the risk factors for stroke. They include smoking, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, physical inactivity and elevated cholesterol levels. As part of the program, funded by the Department of Health, South Shore Health hired a Coordinator to help support District planning and implementation. South Shore Health has dedicated 4-beds on the Cardiovascular Health Unit at South Shore Regional Hospital to stroke care. Christie says evidence shows grouping stroke patients together improves functional outcomes, reduces mortality rates and decreases length of hospital stay.