Thursday, October 22, 2009

Prayer Breakfast

A special guest for a special breakfast. Coming up next Wednesday, municipal leaders and others will join the Honourable Mayann E. Francis, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia for the South Shore Leadership Prayer Breakfast. The event will be held early that morning at White Point Beach Resort. When the first prayer breakfast was held more than 2,000 years ago, Jesus invited his disciples to join him for breakfast on the Sea of Tiberias. Organizers say their breakfast will be an opportunity to come together as a wider Christian community to pray for the leaders of their organizations, institutions, businesses, region, province and nation. The organizing committe includes Doug Fawthrop, John Leefe, Susan MacLeod, Don MacKenzie and Revered Donald J. Lawton. John Wiles will be the Master of Ceremonies.

Lunenburg Assault

Not a whole lot is known about an alleged incident in Lunenburg this week that landed a teenager in hospital and an adult male in police custody. RCMP say it started with a call just after eight o'clock Tuesday night. They responded to a complaint of a young man being sprayed with some kind of irritant before being hit in the head with the canister it was in. It happened at the Lunenburg Community Center Parking Lot. Police say they youth ended up at Fishermen's Memorial where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. An adult male was arrested later Tuesday evening. He was released on conditions and a court date was scheduled for December 16th in Bridgewater. Charges pending include assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm.


The province's chief medical officer of health, Doctor Robert Strang, today (October 21st) announced details of Nova Scotia's immunization plan. H1N1 vaccine will be available for free to all Nova Scotians who want it. People in high risk groups for seasonal flu can get both seasonal flu and H1N1 shots at the same time. H1N1 vaccine will be available through community clinics, some doctor offices and workplace clinics. Community clinics will begin across Nova Scotia within the next two weeks. Doctor Strang says he has every confidence in the safety of the H1N1 vaccine and he strongly urges all Nova Scotians to be vaccinated. If Nova Scotians have questions about the vaccination, they can go to , call their local public health unit or call HealthLink 811. Along with immunization, people are also encouraged to take the following precautions to prevent illness:
-- Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after a sneeze or cough. When soap and water are not handy, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are an acceptable alternative.
-- Cough and sneeze into elbow or sleeve.
-- If using tissues, dispose of them appropriately and wash hands.
-- Limit touching eyes, nose and mouth.
-- Do not share drinking glasses, water bottles, mouth guards, cosmetics or eating utensils.
-- If concerned that medical advice or care is needed, contact HealthLink 811. Like any illness, should symptoms worsen, visit a doctor or walk-in clinic.