Monday, December 13, 2010

STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES TO BE AFFECTED BY SCHOOL BUDGET CUTS

A South Shore woman involved in the education system says students with learning disabilities will be the first to suffer from proposed provincial funding cuts.

Cathy Croft of the South Shore regional school board is a learning facilitator for students with severe learning disabilities.
She says if the province cuts 120 million dollars (over the next three years) to education on the south shore, some students will be excluded from the classroom.
Croft says the inclusive classroom model adopted in Nova Scotia will be dismantled when teacher's assistants and specialized programs are cut.
If the proposed cuts become a reality, the South Shore Regional School Board will try to cope by increasing classroom size, and decreasing in-class support and therapies for students with autism, learning disabilities and other behavioural needs.

FINAL DECISION ON SCHOOL "GRAY ZONES" COMING IN NEW YEAR

The South Shore Regional School Board will wait until the new year to make a final decision on student .. gray zones.

The board is hoping to eliminate areas from which students are attending more than one school.
A number of information sessions took place as school officials sought feedback from parents, students and citizens.
The next regular Board meeting is scheduled for January 26th.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Car Fire on Aberdeen Road


A car fire on Aberdeen road  this afternoon played havoc with traffic.  The call came in around 1:30.  A car was on fire in front of 129 Aberdeen Road in front of the building which houses MP Gerald Keddy's office.  Smoke was seen billowing from under the engine bonnet and the car was fully engulfed in flames.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

New Crown Attorney for Bridgewater

Susan Bour is the new senior Crown attorney in Bridgewater. Her appointment was announced  today,
Thursday, December 9th by Director of Public Prosecutions Martin Herschorn . Bour is originally from the United States. She is a 1989 graduate of the University of New Brunswick law school and articled with an Ottawa law firm. Since 1995 she has been in Halifax with the Atlantic regional office of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada conducting federal statute prosecutions in Nova Scotia, primarily under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

New Access Ramp at South Shore Regional Hospital

  
Area residents now have easier access to South Shore Regional Hospital with the installation of a ramp. The 55 thousand dollar project officially opened yesterday, was funded by the Hospital Auxilliary. The ramp will make it easier for people using wheelchairs, pushing strollers or carts or who have difficultly using stairs to access the building. Over the past 10 years, Auxiliary members have raised and contributed over $1.6 million to help improve the care and comfort of patients at South Shore Regional Hospital. The Auxiliary's fundraising efforts include the Daisy, Gift Shop, and ShoreLines Gallery.

Fishermen's Memorial in Dr. Ross ER Report

The Fishermen's Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg is one recommended to be used as a collaborative assessment room for emergency (CARE) centre. Mayor Laurence Mawhinney says  the report on emergency care by Dr. John Ross is a very positive document. He says in a sense, to some extent they may already be doing some of the things in Lunenburg recommended by Dr. Ross. Mawhinney says the report seemed to be very positive about what was going on at Fishermen's Memorial Hospital, but as council they have not sat down and talked about it.

HOLIDAZED

The Bridgewater and Area Performing Arts Society takes to the stage in an off-beat Christmas musical comedy on Wednesday, December 15th. Holidazed is performed as a radio play in front of a live audience, much the way radio's Vinyl Cafe or television's This Hour has 22 Minutes do their shows.  Song titles include "The 12 Pains of Christmas", "Wreck the Malls", and "It's the Most Fattening Time of the Year". The performance takes place at the Best Western Bridgewater Hotel & Convention Centre at 7:30pm.The production is the first annual fund raiser for BAPAS, dedicated to promoting the performing arts in and around Bridgewater.

Slim Town

Liverpool could be the star of an upcoming CBC series.

The town is now in the top three locations selected for the TV show 'Village on a Diet"

The series documents a community over the course of ten weeks as residents work to slim their waistlines and improve their health.

Economic Development Officer for the Region of Queens Municipality, Phaedra Charlton-Huskins says Liverpool fits the criteria well: town residents town may struggle with physical fitness but their sense of community is strong and healthy.

South Shore Schools Brace for Funding Cuts

The South Shore Regional School Board is bracing for provincial budget cuts.


Fiscal planning for next year will account for provincial deductions of three percent.

Board Chair, Elliott Payzant says school officials to need prepare for the severe ramifications of funding reductions.

"If there are additional cuts, then I'm looking to the government or the Department of Education to tell us where to make those cuts because they'd be made in programs that are so worth while that I cant see how a decision could be made without being devastating to the whole system," says Payzant.

Approximately twelve million dollars could be cut from South Shore schools over the next three years.

If the reductions are real, Payzant says student success will be sacrificed for the sake of a deficit.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

School Locations Kept Secret

The Department of Transportation is considering three secret locations for Liverpool's new school.

The South shore Regional School Board's "The School Steering Team" made the recommendations this week.

The committee was established to help a new school location, layout and design.
Chairman Elliot Payzant says the team is keeping the three spots secret for now.

"The value of private land if it's being looked as a school all of a sudden escalates tremendously, so that's the reason those kinds of things are not made public until such time the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has had a chance to look at them because they make the final decisions on those," says Payzant.

The new facility will replace the aging South Queens Junior High.

The design, completion date and cost of the project will be determined during the early phases of planning.

Police Chase

Police were in hot pursuit of one South Shore driver late last night.


The male driver was heading towards Northfield Road when he failed to pull over for an officer.

The driver then ditched and totalled his car at 1311 Pine Grove Road

The grey 2004 Taurus station wagon was allegedly stolen from New Germany .

Police were unable to find the male suspect after fled into the woods.

Christmas Trees Donated

The province is promoting its Christmas tree industry in an annual tradition where three donated trees from the Lunenburg County Christmas Tree Producers Association are given to local  charitable organizations. Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis donated her tree to the Mission of Seafarers, Premier Darrell Dexter donated his to the Home of the Guardian Angel - Single Parent Centre and John MacDonell, Minister of Natural Resources, donated his tree to Adsum House, a temporary emergency shelter for women and their children.
Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell says Christmas trees are an important part of the festive tradition for many Nova Scotian families. More than 1.5 million trees are exported annually to other provinces, the United States and overseas, providing $30 million to the economy and about 500 full-time and 2,500 seasonal jobs.

Aquaculture Award

A Shelburne area crew is this years recipient of the Platinum Scale Award, the highest honour that Cooke Aquaculture awards to its salmon growers . The Platinum Scale Trophy represents excellence and dedication to both the farm and the environment.   It also takes into account factors such as fish health, fish quality, growth rates, feed conversion efficiency and environmental performance. In Nova Scotia, Cooke operates nine salmon farms, six of which are currently active. The company is working on expansion plans in the province that include additional marine sites, a processing plant and a new fish hatchery.

Major Development for Town of Lunenburg

One of the most ambitious development projects for the Town of Lunenburg has been give the go-ahead by Council. Stellar Investments is proposing a major hotel/condo/apartment complex on Mason's Beach Road next to the Bluenose Golf Club. Mayor Laurence Mawhinney says Council approved the development agreement with a number of amendments including landscaping changes and a reduction from 15 to 10 years as the limit for termination of the agreement. The project to be developed in phases includes 60 condominiums, 30 apartments and a 120 bed hotel along with a convention centre and spa.

Rachel Bailey Elected Deputy-Mayor

She's only the second woman to serve as the Deputy-Mayor of the Town of Lunenburg. Rachel Bailey was unanimously elected to the position at Tuesday night's council meeting. Bailey was first elected to council in the October 2008 municipal election. Previously Councillors elected a deputy mayor who would serve the full term, however, it was decided to change the position annually to give all members a chance to share and learn the responsibility. The first every female deputy-mayor for the Town was Judy Cook who served in the position in the 1980's.

School Bus Accident

Some students were shaken up when their school bus was rear-ended by a car this afternoon. The accident happened  around 3:15 near the Hebbville Tastee-Freeze .  Three middle school aged boys were on the bus at the time of the accident but were not injured., The rest of the students had already been dropped off. The vehicle was lodged underneath the bus and had to be extricated. Passengers in the vehicle were injured but the extent of their injuries was unknown.

Seatbelt Safety

The wail of sirens could drown out the sound of your favourite Christmas carol if you're caught driving without your seatbelt this holiday season.


Police are reminding South Shore motorists to buckle-up and use extra caution on roadways during the busy festive season.

RCMP say wearing a safety restraint is the number one way to survive a motor vehicle accident.

Nova Scotia drivers caught without their seatbelt-buckled will lose two demerit points from their licence.

Community Rallies Around Sick Student

Sam Bond may be too sick to attend school but his presence at Pentz Elementary is stronger than ever.


School staff, students and numerous community members are rallying around the ten-year-old as he battles leukemia.

More than three hundred people attended a benefit breakfast at the Pleasantville Fire Hall last weekend to help raise funds for the Bond family during this difficult time.

Sherry Doucet School Advisory Council Supervisor with Pentz Elementary says more than ten-thousand dollars in donations flooded for Sam in so far.

"He's one of the sweetest kids I think we've ever met. He's just absolutely wonderful. And when this happened we started talking right away about what we could do to alleviate some of the stresses on the family to give them time to focus on Sam getting better and not have to worry about the mundane things in life, ' says Doucet.

For more information on how you can contribute to the Bond family contact the Pentz Elementary School at 688-3210 or pes@ssrsb.ca.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Town Diet Plans

The town of Liverpool is one of six finalists for the CBC series "Village on a Diet'


The program will have residents trimming inches, changes diets and exercising as they work toward a community fitness goal, over the course of ten weeks.

Economic Development officer for the Region of Queens Municipality, Phaedra Charlton-Huskins says the tight-knit community could be an inspiring subject for the series.

" I think this will really show the world, or show Canada at least, how galvanized this community can be, and when we put our minds to something, we can really make things happen," says Charlton-Huskins

Charlton-Huskins says show producers will make another round of candidate cuts tomorrow morning.

Those interested in becoming a featured character in the series, should Liverpool be selected, are encouraged to contact the Region of Queens Municipality.

Shop Safe

Buying gifts "on-line" this holiday season could leave you feeling less than festive if you become the victim of fraud.


Police are reminding South Shore shoppers of the risks associated with Internet purchases.

RCMP Counterfeit Coordinator, Sgt. Tom Murdock says once your personal information is in the wrong hands its hard to get back

"Once you've sent the information, whether it be credit card or payment card information, over the Internet its kind of hard to actually retract it but the best thing to do is to deal with reputable companies and to ensure that the padlock on your web browser is on... and that everything is safe," says Murdock.

Murdock says you can protect yourself from fraud and identity theft by shopping only from your home computer and monitoring your banking and credit card statements for any unusual activity.

LOCK-UP

Unlocked vehicles have been the target of still more thefts in Lunenburg County.


The RCMP is seeking the public's help in tracking down potential suspects.

Between Friday night and Saturday morning, thieves got into two unlocked vehicles in West LaHave and Pleasantville and stole a number of small items.

On Friday night, someone got into an unlocked vehicle along New Cumberland Road.

Items were also stolen from a vehicle in River Lane, Pleasantville on Friday.

Anyone with information on the crimes is asked to contact Lunenburg County RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Outage Update

Strong winds and driving rain is causing numerous power outages across the province.


Here on the South Shore Nova Scotia Power hundreds of customers in Liverpool are still without electricity.

Residents in Port Mouton, Broad River, Along Hwy #103 To Carter's Beach, Stewart's Lake, Port Joli, Robinsons's Lake, Granite Village and surrounding areas are without power this hour.

As of 1pm this afternoon, more than 68 hundred Nova Scotians have lost electricity.

Small Lobster, Big Trouble

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is charging a Riverport man with possession of undersized lobster.


Fisheries officials say they discovered the prohibited catch during routine patrols.

Bill Wolfe, Conservation and Protection officer for Liverpool DFO, says the investigation continues.

Wolfe says the 41 year old accused will appear in Bridgewater court early next year.

Outage Update

Strong winds, driving snow and heavy rain are causing power outages across the South Shore.

Nova Scotia Power customers in Chester from Hwy 3 from Simms Settlement to East Chester Recreation centre and Hwy 329 from East River to Blandford Fire Hall are experienceing outages this morning.

In Liverpool customers in Port Mouton, Broad River, Port Joli, Robinsons's Lake, Granite Village and surrounding areas have lost power.

Yarmouth Industrial Park is also expercing outages at this hour.

As of 11 o'clock this morning more than 24000 Nova Scotia Power customers are wthout power.

Shoveling for Seniors

The local 3rd Bridgewater Scout Group is set to dig out local seniors this winter with a program called operation S.O.S.
The "Shovel Out Seniors" service is for people who do not have the means to clear their walks or driveways during the winter months.

Peter Biddle is the Commissioner for Scouting on the South Shore.

"There's alot of seniors out there today that don't have the resources that, when there is a snow storm they get storm stayed...but it also gives opportunity for the youth to get involved with the seniors but yet do some community service to help them and show their support for the seniors in our area," says Biddle.

Biddle says seniors can access the service by contacting Beth George, Seniors Safety Coordinator for the Bridgewater Police Service.

Please contact Beth George at 543-3567 or  at bgeorge@bridgewaterpolice.ca

POWER'S BACK IN SHELBURNE/PART OF QUEENS COUNTY

The power has been restored to residents and businesses in Queens County and Shelburne county where the power was out for several hours this morning.

The outage was caused by high winds bringing down limbs across power lines.
The power is still out in parts of Yarmouth.
Several thousand homes and businesses also without power in the Spryfield area of Halifax and in Dartmouth and in an area between metro Halifax and Truro.
At one point this morning, some 13 thousand Nova Scotians in total were without electricity during the breakfast period.

SLAIN WOMEN REMEMBERED THIS MORNING

The Lunenburg campus of the Nova Scotia Community College will hold a ceremony this morning to remember the 14 women who were slain at L'ecole Polytechnique in Montreal on this date in 1989.
The ceremony will take place in the atrium of NSCC's Lunenburg Campus in Bridgewater 10:30 a.m.
The ceremony is being organized to raise awareness about violence against women and children in this province.
It will include re-presentation from the Women Unlimited Program, Second Story Women's Centre and Harbour House as well as NSCC staff and students.
All participants have been requested to wear a purple ribbon as a sign of remembrance.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Highway 103 Accident- Update

A truck driver is recovering from minor injuries after an accident on highway 103 .


Queens County RCMP, firefighters and EHS personnel responded to the call at approximately 11 am yesterday morning.

A tractor trailer carrying a load of lobster overturned on the highway between exits 21 and 22.

Police say the load shifted in the cargo container causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

The wreckage was cleared from the scene by 3pm that afternoon.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

103 Accident

An apparent accident on Highway 103 has stalled traffic near Port Joli.



The highway has been reduced to one lane between exits 21 and 22.


EHS personnel and police were on the scene this afternoon, but the details of the crash are remain unclear.

Port Latour Theft

Barrington RCMP are investigating the theft of a weight scale from a shed at the Port Latour Wharf. 

The galvanized scale is about one foot in length and height with a digital screen in the front and a hook swivel on both the top and bottom of the unit. 

The scale was stolen sometime back in August.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Province Invests in Greenfield Lumber Mill

A family owned lumber company in Queens County is receiving a 750 thousand dollar repayable loan through the province's Industrial Expansion Fund. The loan to Harry Freeman and Son Limited of Greenfield, was announced Friday by MLA Vicki Conrad. Over the past six years, the company has invested $18 million into modernizing its facility, building one of the most efficient and flexible sawmills in Atlantic Canada. The company provides significant economic spinoffs, purchasing more than $16 million worth of goods and services from local suppliers each year. The company which is 175 years old is one of the oldest family run businesses in Nova Scotia.

Police VS Paramedics

The second annual food bank challenge is set for this afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m.at the Superstore parking lot.. Town Police are taking on EHS paramedics to see who can stuff their vehicles the most with items for the Bridgewater Interchurch Food Bank. Last years competition was declared a draw . Two police cares, an ambulance and van were filled with non-perishable items all donated to the food bank. The competition will be decided at 3:30 p.m.

DEADLINE NEARS FOR COMPLETING DISTRICT OF LUNENBURG SURVEY

Voters in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg are being asked for their opinions on the role of council and how many councillors would best serve their needs.

There are 12 councillors plus the mayor in the municipality right now and the survey that was launched a few weeks ago is seeking input on whether the council is too small or two big and what should be done to improve operations.
The deadline for returning the filled-out survey is December 17th.
To encourage residents to fill it out and return it, there will be a draw for cash prizes of 100, 75, 50 and 25 dollars.
Those who return the completed forms to the municipality by the deadline will be eligible for the draw.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Queens Mayor Wins Tourism Ambassador Award

He's worn many hats, now there's a new feather to add. Region of Queens Mayor John Leefe has been honoured with the Ambassador award by the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia. The Ambassador award is presented each year to a recipient who has impacted Tourism on a national or international basis. As the only municipal leader to consistently participate in industry events, Mayor Leefe was this year’s recipient. Fostering event development while championing the history and culture of the area, the Mayor has always been a strong advocate for the industry in the Region of Queens Municipality. Throughout his career as teacher, MLA and Mayor, Mayor Leefe has recognized the power of tourism and its impact on the economy.

Union Agreement with School Board

Administrative and IT support workers for the South Shore Regional School Board have voted 100 percent to accept a tentative agreement through March 2012. The workers will see wage increases of 2.9% in the first year, 1% in second, 1% in the third year. There will also be an increase from 55 to 65 percent employer paid benefit plan. As well, workers will receive an additional week vacation after 30 years of service. There are approximately 72 members of the Local represented by the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union

Power Rate Increase for Lunenburg

Lunenburg residents could be looking at a power rate increase next year. Mayor Laurence Mawhinney says the Electric Utility may have to increase rates because they've been falling behind NSPI cost increases and running close to a deficit.  Mawhinney says a meeting is planned to discuss options for the six municipal owned electrical utilities in the province.  He says Nova Scotia Power has the capacity to do more to assist the small utilities with helping their citizens learn how to conserve energy, and what measures should be adapted in homes and businesses to do that.  Lunenburg, Riverport and Mahone Bay along with  Antigonish, Berwick, and Canso make up Nova Scotia's first ever inter-municipal electrical co-operative.

TWELVE DAYS OF CRIME PREVENTION UNDERWAY

Making the Christmas shopping period easier and safer for everyone is the goal of a crime prevention campaign thats been launched by South Shore RCMP detachments.
The 12 days of Christmas Crime Prevention campaign is aimed at eliminating crimes of opportunity during the holiday season.
Sgt. Brigdit Leger (bridge-IT la-jeer) is the RCMP's media relations officer for the area.
Among other things, Sgt. Leger says its particularly important to keep your vehicle locked when shopping and keeping your purchases locked up in the trunk and out of sight while going from store to store.
Also, remove GPS systems, cell phones, MP3 players and othetr electronic devices when you are not in your vehicle.

MOVE AFOOT TO REDUCE CLEARCUTTING OF FORESTS

Nova Scotia is looking to reduce clearcutting of provincial forests by 50 per cent over five years.

Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell says such a reduction would be significant in a province where 95 per cent of harvesting is done through clearcutting.
Under the plan all commercial harvesters would have to register with the department and submit annual reports.
MacDonell says violators would face stiff fines.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree !

A 39-year tradition of gratitude and holiday cheer continues today when a Christmas tree from Nova Scotia takes centre stage at the annual tree lighting ceremony in Boston. Every year, since 1971, Nova Scotia sends a Christmas tree to the people of Boston, in recognition for the help provided following the Halifax Explosion on Dec. 6, 1917. This year's tree is a 15-metre white spruce from Gary and Roseann Misner of North Alton, Kings County.  The ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. in Boston) and will be televised to an estimated audience of 300,000 on WCVB Boston Channel 5, an ABC affiliate available in Atlantic Canada on cable.

Lunenburg in Solid Financial Position

An audited statement of Lunenburg. shows the town is in a solid financial position.  Mayor Laurence Mawhinney says the operating surplus was around 17 hundred dollars in a budget of over 4 million.  He says it's worthy of note that as a small community Lunenburg is not at risk as some communities may be as to their financial stability.  Mawhinney says it's very commendable that in a time when others are still looking to  find monies to pay for major capital investment, the Town spent over 7 million dollars this past fiscal year installing a new water treatment plant and only owe one million. The Mayor adds the Town is taking a very prudent and wise approach to fiscal management by waiting to source available provincial and federal funds.

Dog Park Considered for Lunenburg

By next summer there could be an area set aside in the Town of Lunenburg where Fido or Rover will be able to run free.  Council is exploring the feasibility and costs to set up an off-leash dog park.  Three sites have been recommended with one on Blockhouse Hill toward the back harbour being favoured. There have been complaints about some dog owners allowing their dogs to run off-leash on the Back Harbour Trail and on town sidewalks intimidating humans and other animals. Under the current By-law dogs do not need to be leashed but must be under effective control by their owner.

SHELBURNE COUNTY MAN GETS PRISON SENTENCE

Its off to prison for 14 months for a Shelburne County man.

37 year old Jonathan Wade Smith has been sentenced after being convicted earlier of setting fire to his girlfriend's home in January 2009.
Kristie Kaye Brannon was inside the home at the time and managed to escape the flames.
Smith's lawyer attempted to have his client set free, based on time already served but the judge didn't accept it. He did allow 16 months credit for 8 months already spent in jail. Smith also has to pay more than 231-thousand dollars to an insurance company for damages and close to 6-thousand to Brannen.

LUCKY LOTTO WINNERS COLLECT THEIR WINNINGS

Over a month ago, we were the first to let it be known that four people from the Bridgewater area had won a million dollars on a lotto scratch ticket.

Tanya Ernst, Barbara Kelley, Andrew Slauenwhite and Tina Silver all work at the Petro Can gas station on North Street in Bridgewater.
Because of that, they had to wait a month for Atlantic Lotto officials to make sure the win was legitimate.
They checked out OK and yesterday, the happy four travelled to Moncton to collect their winnings ... a cool one million... that they will split four ways.
What do they plan to do with all that money? Well, travel some and buy new vehicles, among other things!
They won the money with a Fortune scratch ticket.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bump In the Night

In response to speeding and other dangerous driving habits in the Arena/Community Centre parking lot, Lunenburg Town Council has approved installing speed bumps.  The rubber speed bumps will be removable to accommodate snow removal. Council has agreed to increase its capital funding for parking lot improvements in this fiscal year to 88 hundred dollars so a full set of 67 speed bumps can be purchased for installation next spring. As the province is proposing to use a large section of the parking lot for the new Bluenose Academy staff and visitor parking, the Town is asking the Department of Education to contribute 50 percent of the cost of the speed bumps.

Oh Deer

A Lunenburg couple seeking a hunting prohibition within the town limits is out of luck. Susan Dennis and Darrell Tingley requested Council to implement a by-law making it illegal to bow hunt for deer. Dennis says she's disappointed with Council's decision. She says there's plenty of area within the County for hunters that they don't have to engage in the sport within the town boundary's. Tingley says next year it could be wide open with irresponsible hunters. He says as well, with no restrictions, hunters could well decide to go after bear. Mayor Laurence Mawhinney says despite the couple's concerns, the status quo will remain. He says there are regulations through the province that currently prohibit hunters from discharging firearms within the town limits.

Smells Like Christmas


You'll be able to guarantee your Christmas tree is fresh if you buy it from a retailer displaying a banner from the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia. This is the first year the Council in partnership with the three regional Christmas tree grower associations is introducing the Christmas Tree Retail Code of Practice. To be eligible to display the signs Christmas tree retailers must agree to provide clean, freshly cut trees. The contract also calls for the maintenance of neat, orderly retail  space, customer service, and  proper tree care.

Fishermen Facing Favourable Conditions

It's the second day on the open seas for hundreds of lobster fishermen on the South Shore.


A region that stretches from Digby County along the South Shore to Halifax is considered one of the most fertile fishing markets in Atlantic Canada.

DFO Director for South Western Nova Scotia, Ian Marshall says the the first and most dangerous day of the season passed without major incident.

Marshall says two boats fishing out of Wedgeport and Westport are facing mechanical problems and will be towed to shore by Coast Guard vessels this morning.

Last year's regional fishery was worth 215  million dollars.

Lobster Exporters Face Tough Markets

South Shore markets are being flooded with lobster fresh from the sea.

A region stretching from Digby County, along the South Shore to Halifax, is considered to be one the most lucrative fishing grounds in Atlantic Canada.

As hundreds of fishermen haul traps on open water, those on shore are trying to determine a price for their product.

Denny Morrow of the "Nova Scotia Fish Packers" says exporters are doing their best to keep prices high in an unhealthy market.

"The economies of North America and Europe are better than they were two year ago, somewhat better than last year but there are still great difficulties," says Morrow.


Morrow says the bulk of the lobster being caught during this season will be shipped to the United States and Europe where debt is high, employment is low and banking systems are unsound.

Morrow says exporters are increasing sales by diversifying their product lines and expanding markets in Europe and China.

Morrow says he expects lobster to sell for "four and a quarter" per pound this season.

Last year's regional fishery was worth 215 million dollars.

Christmas Festival Funding

The federal government is getting in the festive mood by providing forty seven hundred dollars in funding for the annual "New Ross Christmas Festival".
The region's main industry growing and exporting Christmas trees and festival celebrates that with live entertainment, workshops and artisan exhibits.

M-P Gerald Keddy and Minister James Moore made the announcement this morning.

Moore says the event is a fun and festive way to boost the local economy while bringing the community together.

The contribution is provided through the "Building Communities through Arts and Heritage" fund.

The festival gets underway on December 3rd.

SEVERAL LOBSTER FISHERMEN FACE CHARGES

Several South Shore lobster fishermen are facing charges related to yesterday's start of the season.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Shelburne has charged three fishermen with hauling their traps on the same day as they were set.
A 4th lobster fisherman has been charged and charges are pending against several others for leaving port early yesterday, prior to the 7am start time.

Monday, November 29, 2010

LCLC Public Meeting

The latest design for the proposed Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre will be unveiled tonight  (Tuesday .,Nov.30) at a public meeting at the Best Western. Chair of the LCLC, Paul Belliveau says the restructured and revamped design of the facility will be presented to the public as well as the next phase of the budgeting process for the capital program for the project .  Belliveau says they're still working on completing the project by late fall of 2012. He says the next step will be to have the land cleared. Tonight's meeting is set to get underway at 7pm . The 32 million dollar Lifestyle Centre will house an indoor aquatic centre, one NHL sized rink, a new library, multi purpose and active living space.

Refusal of Roadside Screeing Charges

Two Lunenburg County men are facing charges of refusal of a roadside screening device demand following a weekend traffic stop and collision. A 48 year old Wileville man was stopped at a checkpoint on St. Phillips Street. Police noticed signs the man had been drinking but he refused a demand to provide a breath sample. Meantime, a 26 year old man from First Peninsula refused a roadside demand after being involved in a a collision. South Shore Traffic Services came across a vehicle overturned in a ditch on Highway 10 in Cherryfield around 3 a.m. on Saturday November 27th. The driver was found walking a short distance away. Both men are scheduled to appear in Bridgewater Provincial Court on January 26th.

Pizza Parlour Faces Disciplinary Hearing

A Lunenburg pizza parlour will have a disciplinary hearing before the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board in the new year.  J3 Pizza of 50 Montague Street is facing allegations of infractions under three sections of the Liquor Licensing Regulations. The company holds an eating establishment liquor licence.The disciplinary hearing has been scheduled for Friday, January 14th at 10:30 a.m. in Lunenburg Council Chambers.

Tourism Plan Launched

Nova Scotia has launched its 2011 provincial tourism plan (Nov. 29) to provide direction for building the industry and growing the economy. Presented at the 2010 tourism summit, the annual plan anticipates a competitive global market for visitors by focusing on innovation, helping businesses develop a competitive edge and capitalizing on the province's unique experiences and services. Tourism Culture and Heritage Minister Percy Paris says the department has advanced a plan for 2011 that will allow Nova Scotia to compete on the world stage as a top travel destination.  In the Maritimes region, a new approach will allow every Nova Scotian the opportunity to become a star. In spring, auditions will be held for regional television commercials, with Nova Scotians sharing favourite local experiences.
The tourism plan for 2011 is available on the department's website at www.gov.ns.ca/tch/tourism.

Christmas on the LaHave

The sound of singing filled the streets and lights flooded the sky as Bridgewater celebrated the festive season last night.

Record numbers turned out for the town's annual "Christmas on the LaHave" celebrations which included live entertainment, fireworks and a parade of more than thirty floats.

Event organizer and town councillor Bill McInnis says the event brings out the festive spirit in all who attend.

"People look forward to these types of events, when they become an annual event, in particular that time of year. And it give the community a sense of community... and anyone who at that function last evening would agree, there seems be an awful lot of happy people," say McInnis.

McInnis is guessing more than five thousand people attended the festivities.

The event is in its sixth year of operation, the parade was added the event bill four years ago.

Lobster Season Opens

Hundreds of vessels are scouring the coast of southern Nova Scotia today.

Lobster fishermen are setting traps in open waters stretching from Halifax to Digby County in the first day of the regional season.

Ian Marshall DFO Director for South Western Nova Scotia says some were not so lucky , despite favourable weather conditions.

"A vessel struck a rock and is basically inoperable at this moment and as well there were... three incidents in LFA 34 .So overall unfortunate for the four individuals, but overall not too bad when you consider roughly seventeen hundred vessels sailed...this morning," says Marshall.

Marshall says the four men were not injured in the accident and were able to safely beach their damaged vessel in a nearby port.

LOBSTER SEASON BEGINS ALONG SOUTH SHORE

One of the most lucrative fishing seasons in the Atlantic region opens today off the southern coast of Nova Scotia.

Roughly 1,700 lobster licence-holders can set their traps in an area stretching from Digby County, around to the South Shore and to Halifax.
The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans says the lobster fishery in areas 33 and 34 produced landings last year worth about $215 million.
Most of the lobster is exported to the United States.
The department notes that stepped-up security along the Canada-U.S. border has caused significant delays in lobster shipments in recent years.
The department says those delays could be reduced if fishermen and shippers ensure their lobster meets all the Canadian fishery regulations and U.S. entry requirements.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Shooting in Kings County

Kings County RCMP are investigating after a shooting Saturday morning.

Police say a bullet entered the 2nd floor of a West Brooklyn residence injuring a nineteen year old occupant.

The victim of the shooting has since been released from hospital.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to contact Kings County RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

Investigators say the suspect may not be aware that their shot reached a home or human flesh.

Friday, November 26, 2010

PREPARATIONS ALREADY UNDERWAY FOR SPRINGTIME AT THE BRIDGEWATER COMMUNITY GARDEN

Winter will set in before long but many Bridgewater residents who make use of the "Community Garden" are already dreaming of spring tulips and fresh tomatoes.

Melanie Coldwell says the group is looking to expand in the spring.
More than 40 people regularly enjoyed the fresh produce from the garden this past season.
Coldwell says the garden, with the help of town council, has created a strong sense of community.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Operation Christmas Launched

Queens MLA Vicki Conrad on hand Thursday to help launch Operation Christmas. Checkpoints targeting impaired drivers were set up in Truro to signify the start of the province-wide initiative. Operation Christmas is an annual campaign to reduce impaired driving. Conrad says the days of having a couple of drinks and getting behind the wheel are long gone The province, in partnership with law enforcement across Nova Scotia are sending a clear message that if you drink and drive, there are serious consequences. Impaired driving is one of the leading contributing factors in fatal collisions in Nova Scotia.





















Public Input Sought on Wind Energy By-law

The Municipality of Shelburne will be holding a public meeting December 2nd to present to residents a draft policy and bylaw for the regulation of wind turbines. Residents are encouraged to attend the session from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jordan Falls IOOF Hall and provide feedback on the draft documents.  Detailed mapping of wind resources in the District  and a series of public consultations  took place over the summer months. The Municipality of the District of Shelburne is continuing work on a wind energy development plan, in partnership with the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities.

Chester Reduces Septage Waste Costs

The Municipality of Chester is reducing the cost for accepting septage waste from 30 to 22 dollars per ton. Warden Alan Webber says the price had been increased to cover the costs of compliance with new regulations coming into effect in January. There was some discussion on the merit of reducing the charge or not providing the service. By reducing the charge the Municipality could at least recoup some lost revenue. Webber also says there are some capacity issues with the  Municipality's dewatering truck. It works great for the sewer treatment plants but doesn't work well at the landfill, processing all the sewage that comes in from all over the Municiaplity. The reduction in septage costs will remain in effect until March 31st of next year.

United Way of Lunenburg County

They're lean and mean and want to put as much money as possible back into the community. That's how Michael Graves described the United Way of-Lunenburg County during a presentation to Chester Council. Graves says since 2006 they've invested a little more than 454 thousand dollars in Lunenburg County organizations with direct benefits to the Municipality of Chester. He says 94 thousand 600 of that investment provided an exclusive benefit only to the residents of Chester.   Graves says if every single working person in Lunenburg County contributed just 15 cents a day the organization would raise over 1.1 million dollars a year. Some of the projects funded by the United Way in the municipality of Chester include P.R.O. Kids, Chester Community Wheels, the New Ross recreation field ,Bonnie Lea Farm and Through the Years Community Community Centre in Hubbards.

TOWN OF BRIDGEWATER WATCHING SPENDING

The province is looking to slash funding to all of its departments in order to balance the budget.

Bridgewater Mayor Carroll Publicover says politicians and residents alike need to be prepared for the fiscal unknown.
He says the Town of Bridgewater has a surplus right now and to help maintain that situation in the future, expenses have to be kept under control and even reduced to do so.
However, the mayor says everything could change in the second quarter.
Premier Darrell Dexter has said current provincial spending is not sustainable and the deficit must be reduced.
The province is facing a shortfall of more than 590 million dollars.

PUBLIC TO HAVE INPUT ON PLANNING FOR NEW SOUTH QUEENS HIGH SCHOOL

South Queens is getting a new school and one small group of South Shore Residents are sure to get some say in the planning process.

The South Shore Regional School Board is establishing a "School Steering Team".
The group, of more than a dozen members, will provide recommendations on school location, layout and design to the Minister of Education.
Peter Howitt of the Department of Education, Barry Butler of the South Shore Regional School Board and Darlene Norman of the the Region of Queens Council are among the chosen members of the group.
Anyone with suggestions for school sites are asked to contact 'Steering School Team' members online at SSRSB-DOT-C-A.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

FEWER TRAPS RECOMMENDED BY LOBSTER STUDY

A newly released study suggests lobster fishermen should reduce the number of traps they put in the water each year.

The study by consulting firm Gardner Pinfold has been presented to the Lobster Council of Canada.
Council executive director Geoff Irvine says the idea of fewer traps is nothing new.
He says the industry could keep a tighter grip on prices by controlling the supply.
The report also recommends lobster fishermen make fewer trips and even have individual quotas.
Irvine says it's important to remember that the report contains only recommendations.
The fall lobster fishery in southwestern Nova Scotia begins on Monday.

TROUT THREATENED BY "FOREIGN" SPECIES OF FISH

Changes to existing laws governing sport fishing are seen as a good first step by a conservation group whose aim is to protect trout from extinction in South Shore rivers and steams.

The Nova Scotia government is bringing in amendments to the Coastal Fisheries Resources Act aimed at preventing anglers from introducing threatening species to waterways, like small-mouth bass and chain pickerel.
Those fish have been slowly destroying the trout population.
The group, "Trout Nova Scotia", says the changes to the act will help protect existing trout and rebuild stocks but they believe the government should be making it even more difficult for some anglers to introduce predatory species to waterways.
Among the proposed changes to the act: penalties that include a 1-thousand dollar fine, suspension of fishing privaleges for 5 years and the seizure of vehicles, boats and trailers.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Police VS Paramedics

Here's your chance to tell the police or paramedics to "Stuff It ".  The second annual food bank challenge is set for  Saturday  December 4th from 1 to 4 p.m.. Town Police are taking on EHS paramedics to see who can stuff their vehicles the most with items for the Bridgewater Interchurch Food Bank. The teams will battle it out in the Superstore parking lot . Last years competition was declared a draw . Two police cares, an ambulance and van were filled with non-perishable items all donated to the food bank. Donations can also be dropped off at the police station on Exhibition Drive or the EHS base on North Street.

Clean Slate for Canada Day Committee

Bridgewater Town Council is giving Canada on the LaHave's planning committee a clean financial slate.

Council will forgive a three-hundred dollar debt incurred by this years festivities.

Mayor Carroll Publicover says the committee was once disorganized and indebted with few members.

That's changed though.

"They've picked up the pieces and put it back together and it's going to be a great Canada Day this year," says Publicover.

Publicover says forgiving the debt is a symbolic sign of support for event organizers.

This year's Canada Day celebrations included local music, live entertainment and a healthy dose of fireworks.

Planning Commitee Members Appointed

A handful of Bridgewater residents have gained membership in an exclusive club.


The Town of Bridgewater has appointed eight locals to the Planning Review Advisory Committee.

Kari Barkhouse of South Shore Health, Ida Scott of the Bridgewater Development Association and Joanne Faulkenham of the Town Centre Development Association are among the chosen few.

The group will recommend changes in building regulations as it sifts through every by-law on the books in Bridgewater.

Council expects it will take until February 2013 to complete the process.

Suspect Smashed Patrol Car

A twenty-year old Dartmouth man is facing numerous charges after allegedly trying to escape an RCMP traffic checkpoint in Newcombville.

South Shore Traffic Services stopped the man on highway 325 this weekend.

Police say the suspect refused a roadside screening test, became agitated, and attempted to escape arrest by kicking the windows out of a patrol car.

The accused will appear in Bridgewater Provincial Court on Monday.

South Shore Drivers Suspended

A handful of South Shore residents are facing charges after increased traffic patrols across the South Shore this week.


A 31-year old man from Lower Branch is facing charges of impaired driving after being stopped at roadside checkpoint near his home.

Police say he had been drinking and failed a roadside screening test and a breath test on Saturday.

The same day, a  33 year-old Bridgewater man received a seven day licence suspension for impaired driving after being stopped a checkpoint in Lower Branch.

Meantime, a 21-year old Chester Basin man received a 90 day suspension of his drivers licence after failing a breath test at a roadside checkpoint.

Police are ramping up traffic patrols in conjunction with new laws with stiffer consequences for impaired drivers.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Tanning Beds Banned for Those Under 19

The province is proposing legislation to ban people under the age of 19 from using tanning beds. Health Minister Maureen MacDonald says the legislation is aimed at saving young people from the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays. The legislation, which will encourage healthy habits among young people, was met with support from physicians and a number of health interest groups. In the coming months, the department will work with health partners, tanning bed operators and other interest groups to develop regulations for this legislation which would also require tanning bed operators to display signs with information warning of the health impact of tanning bed use. Businesses that contravene the age restriction could face a $2,000 fine for the first offence, $5,000 for a second and $10,000 for a third.








Schoolboard Holds Public Meetings on Budget Implications

Tonight is the first in a series of public meetings hosted by the South Shore Regional School Board to present the Board's mission, goals and priorities and to discuss upcoming provincial budget implications. Tonight's session will be held at Hebbville Academy, with meetings also set for Tuesday at Chester Area Middle School, and next Monday, November 29th at Liverpool Regional High. The meetings from 7 to 9 p.m
will be opportunities for families and community members to learn more about the direction of the SSRSB. There will be time for questions during the presentation.

Colpton Arrest

A Pinehurst man earned his day in court this weekend.

On Friday, Lunenburg County RCMP arrested the suspect for 'impaired driving by a controlled substance' after his vehicle was stopped for erratic driving in Colpton.

The accused will appear in Bridgewater Court on January 19th.

Community Christmas

Plans are underway for Bridgewater's second annual Community Christmas and town council is offering a helping hand.

Event organizers will use town facilities for the feast and ticket outlets as town staff aid in promotion.

More than one-hundred volunteers helped serve Christmas dinner to about 425 people during last year's inaugural event at Bridgewater High School.

Locals feasted on four-hundred pounds of turkey while bending an ear to local musicians and performers.

New Floor for Mahone Bay Gymnasium

Its more than fifty years old and and breaking up.


Those are the words Mayor Joe Feeny is using to describe the Mahone Bay Centre gymnasium floor.

Town Council will contribute five thousand dollars to help pay for new cushion flooring.

The current tile-on-concrete, installed in the 1960's, is rough, cracked and sweats in muggy weather.

Funding from the District of Lunenburg, fundraising campaigns and the provincial and federal governments will contribute to the 45-thousand dollar project.

LED Light Exchange

Nova Scotia Power is teaming up with the Town of Mahone Bay to help you save a little energy during the festive season.

Decking out your home with lights for the holidays is hard on your bank account and the environment.

The LED light exchange will provide residents one sting of energy efficient lights in exchange for the traditional glass variety.

LED lights use ninety percent less electricity and last at least ten times longer than traditional bulbs.

The exchange gets underway this Friday at the Main Street Gazebo Bandstand in Mahone Bay at 7pm.

DRUG & WEAPONS CHARGES LAID IN LUNENBURG COUNTY

A Lunenburg County man is facing drug and weapons charges.

The resident of Bakers Settlement was arrested over the weekend and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm while prohibited, possession of a firearm without a permit, and two counts of breach of probation.
The arrest and charges resulted from an on-going RCMP investigation.

ICY ROADS RESULT IN AT LEAST ONE ACCIDENT THIS MORNING

Icy patches on some of the highways along the South Shore resulted in at least one accident this morning.

Members of the Newcombville fire department responded to a motor vehicle accident on highway 325 around 6:30am.
A single vehicle ended up on its side.
There were no serious injuries.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 103

Three people are recovering from non-life threatening injuries after a collision on Highway 103.

Late Friday night, Halifax RCMP responded to a serious head on collision, between exits 5 and 6, near Tantallon.

An inbound Chevrolet Aveo collided with an outbound Honda Fit due to very icy road conditions.

The driver of the Honda Fit was initially trapped in her vehicle and had to be extracted by HRM Fire Services.

The Department of Transportation assisted in shutting the highway down, while the vehicles were towed and the debris was cleared from the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.

Friday, November 19, 2010

GASOLINE PRICES UP AGAIN!

Gasoline prices are up on the South Shore and right across the province this morning.

The price for a litre of self serve regular here this morning is "a dollar-12-point-7" cents ... thats almost a three cent increase overnite.
The rising prices at the pumps are being blamed on increased world oil prices which are around 82 dollars a barrel on the market.

FIREBALL LIGHTS UP SOUTH SHORE SKY

A huge fireball spotted in the sky over the South Shore last night triggered fears for a while that a plane had gone down.
Turns out, most believe it was probably a meteor.
The fireball lit up the sky around 6:30pm and emergency crews rushed to the area near Italy Cross after a paramedic reported seeing it over Highway 103.
A search and rescue official says there were no planes in the area at the time.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Affordable Housing Committee Formed

The Municipality of Lunenburg is forming a committee to tackle the issue of affordable housing. Mayor Don Downe says  their own statistics prove there's approximately 20 percent of people in situations where they can't afford housing. Following a presentation to Council, Downe says it was clear this issue is real.. Council has agreed to establish a committee to look into the matter. The Affordable Housing Committee will be made up of various housing stakeholders, and the Committee will be tasked with developing a Housing Action Plan.

New Use for Former Fox Point School

Looks like the former Fox Point School won't be sold afterall. The school was declarded surplus and the Municipality of Chester was considering putting it for sale on the market. Warden Alan Webber says that changed following a presentation from a community group that wants to take over the building for a family resource centre. Council has decided to lease the building to the group for a year and see if they can make it work. Council also approved a grant of 10 thousand dollars dollars to help fund the facility. The former school was replaced with the Aspotogan Community Elementary about 10 years ago.

Hunters Help the Hungry

Hunters are helping to feed the hungry by giving to food banks across the province. This is the fifth year for the Hunters Helping the Hungry program, through which hunters help feed hungry families in Nova Scotia by donating deer and moose meat. Since the program was first introduced , hunters have donated 2,800 kilograms of meat.  After registering a moose or deer, hunters take the carcass to one of 18 participating, registered meat cutters throughout the province and indicate the amount of meat they would like to donate. Feed Nova Scotia then distributes the meat to 150 member food banks provincewide.  For more information on this program and other ways Feed Nova Scotia is helping hungry families, visit www.feednovascotia.ca .

Bridgewater Robots

Future scientists and engineers will put their LEGO robotic creations to the test as part of the third annual "First Lego League Challenge" being held at Nova Scotia Community College Lunenburg Campus this Friday,


Four teams from schools in the South Shore Regional School Board and one team from Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial have been preparing for the event since September with support from teacher advisors and NSCC faculty mentors.

Each team has built a working robot using a "Lego Mindstorms" kit and prepared research on this year's theme, "Body Forward".

This year, team will look at ways to repair injuries, overcome genetic predispositions and maximize the human body's potential, with the intended purpose of leading happier and healthier lives.

The public portion of the event gets underway at 1 p.m.

RCMP Investigate Break and Enter

Lunenburg County RCMP are investigating after a Camperdown body shop was broken into on Tuesday evening.


Police say the culprits stole four 15 inch VW aluminium rims and tires.

The estimated cost for the stolen items is upwards of four-hundred dollars.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to contact Lunenburg RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Gingerbread Festival in Chester

The Chester Merchants Association getting a bit of dough to help with their Gingerbread Festival. Municipal Council has approved a grant of 500 dollars to help with costs. The Festival involves workshops on making Gingerbread cookies, houses and ornaments. A Gingerbread House competition will also be held with the houses being auctioned on December 19th with the proceeds going to the Foodbank.
The Merchant Group has recently registered as a Not-for Profit Association..

Chester Council Approves Engineering Design for Duke Street Project

It's a step forward for the Duke Street Sidewalk Project in Chester. Warden Alan Webber says Municipal Council has agreed to proceed with the engineering design estimated at approximately 50 thousand dollars for the project to be completed in three phases over the next several years. Webber says there doesn't appear to be any cost sharing available as in the past, so they wanted to break the project into phases to make it more manageable. Webber says since they are proceeding with the engineering it's more than likely they will proceed with some portion of the project next Spring.  Completion of the Duke Street sidewalk was one of the top five priorities identified in a 10 year village improvement plan by the Village of Chester Tourism and Development Association .

Prenatal Group in Shelburne

A new Shelburne County committee wants to talk to local families about their prenatal experience. Families that are expecting a new baby or those with infants 12 months and younger are being sought so the committee can learn what supports the families most appreciated or valued during their prenatal experience.
The committee, which has been meeting since the summer, is called the Prenatal Support Networking Group and is made up of various community partners from all over Shelburne County from the public and private sectors, as well as community volunteers and new and expectant mothers. They all have an interest in the role the whole community can play in supporting a healthy pregnancy, a healthy baby and ultimately a healthy community. The vision of the group is to work together to empower the Shelburne community in assisting families in achieving the prenatal experience they choose and to promote the benefits of early prenatal support.  Interested families can call to confirm their attendance at one of the following focus groups:

November 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., the Barrington Library
December 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m, the Lockeport Library
December 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Shelburne's King Street Family Resource Centre

If families would like to attend, need more information, or would like to get involved in the committee, they can contact Krissy Rose-Muise at Public Health Services, 875-2623 or Monica Gosbee at the King Street Family Resource Center, 875-3256.




Charges Laid in Head-on Collision

A driver involved in a head-on collision on Highway 103 near Hubbards November 3rd is now facing charges. RCMP say they have charged a 30 year old man with 3 counts of impaired driving causing bodily injury, along with single counts of impaired driving, driving with a blood alcohol over the legal limit and resisting arrest. All three victims of the collision have been released from hospital. The matter is still under investigation by Chester RCMP.

Lunenburg Businessman, Chair of NSBI

A Lunenburg businessman with more than 30 years of  industry experience has been appointed chairman of Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), Jim Eisenhauer is the new chair of the agency's private-sector board of directors. Eisenhauer is president and CEO of ABCO Group Limited and is CEO of its subsidiary ABCO Industries Ltd. He is also president of West Nova Fuels Ltd., Nova Wood Products Ltd., and Superline Fuels Ltd. Eisenhauer has served on several boards of directors in the private and public sectors, including his current role on the board at Atlantic Industries Ltd., Composites Atlantic Ltd., and Nova Scotia Power Inc.  Eisenhauer replaces Doug Hall, who has served on NSBI's board since 2003 and as chair since 2007.
(photo..courtesy of NSBI)

Barrington Teen Honoured for Bravery

DANIEL BLINKHORN & his MOTHER
(photo, courtesy of Government of NS)

-- A teenager from Barrington is one of four Nova Scotians to be awarded the medal of bravery today, (Nov. 17,) for putting their lives at risk to help others. : In June 2009, 15-year-old Daniel Blinkhorn escaped from his burning home, then returned to rescue his mother.. Blinkhorn acted quickly and was able to get his mother out safely. In November 2009, Jerome Tracey of  Port Hawkesbury ran into a burning home across the street to wake his neighbours and get them to safety. He then realized the house next door was also on fire and banged on the door to wake everyone up. Steven Wilton of New Waterford ran for help after an Acadian Lines bus he was travelling on crashed into the Tracadie River last January. Wilton got out of the partially submerged bus, ran up a snowy embankment and flagged down passing motorists who called 911, allowing for the rescue of five passengers. In May 2009, Colin Brownell of Pugwash was travelling along Highway 6 in Linden when he pulled the occupant of a burning car to safety.
                Premier Darrell Dexter who awarded the bravery medals praised the recipients for their selfless acts of courage that saved the lives of others. Recipients were selected by an advisory panel chaired by Constance Glube, former Chief Justice of Nova Scotia.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

MERRY CHRISTMAS BOSTON

An early Christmas gift to Boston is on it's way from Nova Scotia. This year's tree is a 15-metre white spruce from North Alton owned by Gary and Roseann Misner. The 2010 Boston Tree was cut on Tuesday morning November 16th at 10 a.m . About 160 students from Wolfville School, New Minas Elementary and Kings County Academy attended and author Bruce Nunn read selections from Buddy the Bluenose Reindeer and The Boston Christmas Tree Adventure. The tree will serve as the focal point for the annual tree-lighting ceremony at the Boston Common on December 2. For more than 30 years, Nova Scotia has donated a giant evergreen each year to the people of Boston as a thank you for their assistance following the 1917 Halifax Explosion. The tree's journey to Boston can be followed on Twitter with @novascotialife.

Storm Response

Some residents of the Port Medway Road were left stranded and their belongings destroyed by the more than 200 millimetres of rainfall that pounded the province.

Councillor John Croft says residents were never warned about adjustments to the dam and the rapid increase in water levels it would cause.

Mike Macleod of the Queens County Emergency Measures Organization says residents were not personally contacted about changes in conditions.

"Most of the people that do live in these areas have been through these events before, and they know. But it's certainly no excuse on behalf of Queens E-M-O that communications can't be improved," says Macleod.

Councillor Croft requested that Macleod submit a full report on storm response measures undertook during the recent storm.

Christmas Kettle Campaign Launched

The Salvation Army has launched its national 2010 Annual Christmas Campaign aimed at raising money to support dozens of social services programs. This year, the iconic Salvation Army Christmas kettles will appear on street corners across Canada and on Google Maps through the Army's online "Fill the Kettle" program. Visitors to http://www.fillthekettle.com/ will be able to track donations at nearly 2,000 kettles on-the-street nationwide. Using Google technology, donors will be able to locate and make a secure online donation directly to individual kettles in their community. The Salvation Army's annual Christmas Campaign has grown into one of Canada's most significant and recognizable annual charitable events. Last year, more than 18 million was raised in the kettles nationwide, an all time record.

Liverpool Waterfront Protection

New legislation by the Region of Queens Municipality will keep big business away from the Liverpool waterfront.

Land on the north side of Henry Hensey Drive from Mill Brook, to the west side of the new tourist bureau, is now a designated greenspace.

Mayor John Leefe says the designation will help citizens protect the space from commercial development.

Leefe says after public consultation, the by-law may be amended to allow for a farmer's market on the property.

The recreational designation excludes the Privateer Landings Condos.

Sand Dwellers, Species at Risk


Some sand dwelling creatures are slowly disappearing from the South Shore.

Sue Abbot of Bird Studies Canada says piping Plovers are at a species at risk as flooding, human recreation and development is damaging the creatures seaside habitats.

Abbott says the majority of the birds mate on South Shore beaches.

"This past year we had forty-nine pairs. Our population target is sixty pairs. So were just over ten pairs short of our target. It doesn't sound like alt but its actually quite a significant distance we have to go to reach our target," says Abbott.


Abbot says locals can protect piping plovers and their young by watching for signs, staying off the dry sand and keeping your dog on a leash.

You can also visit http://www.bsc-eoc.org/ if you'd like to get involved with local preservation efforts.