Friday, October 16, 2009

Boat Building Help

Nova Scotia is offering up money to help the province's boat building industry open new global markets. And seven businesses along the south shore will be benefiting. Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau announced the 155-thousand dollars in funding this week. He says the long-term viability of boat building is important to our rural communities and the province's economy. The funding will allow companies to participate in market research, marketing activities and the development of marketing materials. The investment is part of one million dollars in cost-shared boat building funding over two years previously announced from the Community Development Trust Fund. Companies that have received funding from the south shore are: ABCO Industries Ltd., Lunenburg; Covey Island Boatworks, Lunenburg; Goreham's Marine 2000 Inc., Woods Harbour; The Dory Shop, Lunenburg; Lutwick's Boatbuiling, Mahone Bay; Norseboat Ltd., Lunenburg and Nova Trawler Company, Shelburne.

Suspicious Activity

RCMP are investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle in the Chester Basin area. An unknown male allegedly approached two kids waiting for the school bus on Wednesday and asked them to get in his vehicle. The car is described as a large sedan with four doors and beige in colour. The male driver was wearing a grey knitted hat with a red lumber jacket, and he had a crooked tooth on his bottom row of teeth. Anyone with information concerning the incident is asked to contact the Chester RCMP or Crimestoppers.

And Then Some

South Shore/St. Margaret's MP Gerald Keddy will be handing out more federal funding today. Keddy will be making multiple announcements with respect to the Government of Canada’s investments in the community of Shelburne. The announcements are set for 11 o'clock this morning at the Shelburne Yacht Club. Yesterday Keddy announced more than 400 thousand dollars for Bridgewater's Riverfront Renaissance, to revitalize the LaHave River waterfront and downtown core. He also announced funding of 113 thousand dollars to be used for upgrades to the Mahone Bay Community Centre.

More Money

The Government of Canada is contributing more than $400,000 through the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan for the revitalization of downtown Bridgewater. The announcement was made Thursday by South Shore/St. Margaret's MP, Gerald Keddy. The funding is for Phase 1 of a five-phase concept to revitalize the LaHave River Waterfront and the downtown core of the Town. This phase will include site upgrades and the installation of a fountain in the King Street Court Park as well as a floating gazebo, gangway ramp, stairs, and look off point, site furniture, and interpretive panels and signage. Keddy then travelled to Mahone Bay for another funding announcement.The Town is receiving more than $100,thousand through the Innovative Communities Fund to support a series of upgrades to the Mahone Bay Community Centre. The investment will allow for the creation of resource space for youth, local groups, and entrepreneurs as well as reduce the operating and energy costs of the facility.