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.