Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New Doctor in New Germany

Welcome news for a rural Lunenburg County Medical Center that has been without a family doctor since November. South Shore Health and the Board of the New Germany and Area Medical Centre Association are welcoming a new physician to the community. Dr. Kory Jollymore will start seeing patients the week of August 31. He is relocating from Bridgewater, where he has been practicing since October 2008. The Center says Dr. Jollymore will be working in a collaborative practice with nurse practitioner Rob Snelling, who began seeing patients in June. The District Health Authority has been trying to recruit someone to set up practice in New Germany since the medical centre lost its two full-time family physicians last fall.

No Lobster Permits

The province has removed the permit fee put in place last fall for lobster fisherman who sell live lobster roadside. Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Sterling Belliveau says lobster fisherman have been struggling with low prices in the past year, and they have traditionally sold direct to customers without needing to purchase a permit. Vendors selling live lobster roadside are still required to have a permit, but there will be no fee.

Vendors can get a food permit online at, by contacting a food safety specialist in their region, or by calling the food safety division at 902-424-1173.

For copies of the 2009 Lobster Sellers weekly report, visit the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture website at or call fisheries licensing services at 902-424-0335.

Baker Praises

She's the Pride of Port Medway, and Region of Queens Municipal Council thinks Carroll Baker is pretty special. To that effect a special resolution was approved by council to convey its congratulations to Carroll Baker on being named to the Order of Canada and express its pride in her extraordinary accomplishments in the music industry. Baker has had more than 20 number one records, 12 of which were consecutive, a record that remains unbroken in Canada by a Canadian country music performer. She has been inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame and has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the provinces of Nova Scotia and Ontario. Picture from website.

Crosby Honoured

N-H-L star Sidney Crosby, of Cole Harbour, was presented with his Order of Nova Scotia for 2008 Tuesday (August 18). Crosby is the youngest person to receive the Order of Nova Scotia and is the first person to receive it in the youth category, introduced in 2006. He is one of six recipients for 2008 selected by the Order of Nova Scotia Advisory Council from 68 nominations from across the province. Crosby had an exceptional year, winning the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins and leading the NHL playoffs with 15 goals. Picture from website.

Crime Warning

Shelburne County residents are being warned about a telephone scam making the rounds. A person identifying themselves as a grandchild or other loved one, says they are in trouble with a law enforcement agency and need a specified amount of cash wired to them to get out of jail. The caller will be accommodating and may provide a fraudulent law enforcement name. Any such incident should be reported to your local RCMP or Phonebusters.

North Queens Hall

Four years ago the North Queens Fire Association pitched a proposal for a new fire hall and community centre in Caledonia to Region of Queens Council. Since then feasibility studies and conceptual plans have been completed but the project is still nowhere being shovel ready. Following an updated presentation earlier this week, Mayor John Leefe says Council has agreed in principle it wants to be a significant contributor to the project. The Fire Association would like to replace its current building constructed in 1974 with a a new, 19-thousand square foot fire hall/community centre. The estimated cost of the project is 3.1 million dollars plus HST.

Shutdown Delayed

A bit of a reprieve for the workers at the Bowater Mersey mill in Brooklyn ,Queens County. The plant was scheduled to shut down for five weeks on August 29th. An email was sent to the newsprint mill employees Tuesday morning advising them the production curtailment will be delayed one week because of additional orders for Latin America. The projected shutdown date is now scheduled for Friday September 4th, with the start up date for the mill unchanged at Monday, October 5th.