Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Input Sought on Academy Use

The future use of the Lunenburg Academy after it ceases to be used as a school is under review and a task force is seeking public input. Mayor Laurence Mawhinney says on Thursday September 16th, from 7 o'clock on, members of the community are invited to take a walk through the national heritage site. He says it's been well preserved by the Lunenburg Academy Foundation and was well used by Class Afloat when they occupied the space. He says it's quite impressive to see the sparkling condition of the 115 year old Academy.
Mawhinney says the general thrust he's hearing is for the Academy to retain its use as a place of learning. He says that might be a broad range of subject matter that could include cultural, artistic creative fields as well languages or architecture, things of that nature. He says once a review by the community has taken place expressions of interest will be solicited from across the country. Mawhinney says with the help of the Government of Nova Scotia they hope to come up with some creative ways to use the space and to pay for it.

Grand Opening for Chester Daycare

The Chester and Area Family Resource Centre is holding a grand opening celebration tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock. The new centre at 188 Pig Loop Road offers 36 licensed child-care spaces for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. As well the kid zone program has the capacity for 28 children. The new permanent home for the resource centre will continue to offer licensed spaces, part-day as well as before and after school for children from ages 5 to 12.

MS Treatment Benefit

A benefit auction and dance is being held this Friday September 10th to help raise funds for a Shelburne woman to undergo a controversial medical treatment overseas. The Angela Archer Benefit is to help fund Multiple Sclerosis Liberation Treatment in Bulgaria. The event will be held at the Shelburne Curling Club getting underway at 7 p.m. Further information is available at "Angela Archer Benefit" on Facebook.

Fishermen's Thanksgiving Service

The Annual Lunenburg Fishermen's Thanksgiving is set for this Sunday, September 12th at 2 o'clock at Central United Church. It serves as a time of remembrance and proclaims a note of faith to those who still go to sea. The Roll of Honour will be read by Mayor Laurence Mawhinney and include the names of all those fishermen lost in the years ending in zero, beginning in 1900.
Following the service those present will proceed to the waterfront where the service will continue with wreaths being placed aboard a fishing vessel. Once clear of land, the Clergy will take part in the Prayer of Committal and the wreaths will be deposited in memory of those lost at sea. In the last century alone, more than 660 fishermen were lost while fishing out of Lunenburg County ports.

Drug Trafficking

A Queens County man is facing a charge of possessing marihuana for the purpose of trafficking following a search of a residence in Milton. Police seized a quantity of processed marihuana as well as a substantial amount of cash during the search which was carried out on Monday. A 24 year old male from Milton is scheduled to appear in Liverpool Provincial Court on October 19th


The woods near McGowan Lake, outside Bridgewater will be on fire today.

Three eight-man Instant Management teams will be simulating a real forest fire.

Jim McNaughton, a fire tech with Bible Hill detachment says the training exercise is an important opportunity to improve public safety.

"We're constantly training. And with the Instant Management team it takes a fair amount of planning, bringing in members from across the province. It's designed to improve our skills so we can work more effectively when the real thing does happen, " says McNaughton.

MacNaughton says the members are recruited from various regions across the province so there is less stress put on a single detachment in the case of a real emergency.

The simulation began early this afternoon.


HMCS Fraser is en route to a scrap yard in Lake Erie, Ontario.

The president of the Artificial Reef Society, Rick Welsford, says there is only one thing that could save the vessel from being scrapped.

"Only time. The tow from Halifax through the St. Lawrence Seaway, through Lake Ontario into lake Erie is going to take them twelve or fourteen days. So we at least we have (that time) to try and come to sort of satisfactory resolution on this with the Department of National Defence, "says Welsford.

A federal court has quashed an arrest warrant slapped on the former Canadian Navy destroyer, which means the de-commissioned vessel that called Bridgewater home for a decade can be scrapped.

The vessel was resold to the Department of Defence in 2009 after years of sitting dockside in Bridgewater.

Welsford says his organization will continue to fight,

"There are alot of negotiations going behind the scenes and I would suggest that you'll see both parties back in court, shortly," says Welsford.

Welsford says the scrapping contract will cost taxpayers 2.6 million dollars and an additional 700 thousand for towing it away.


New Nova Scotia rebate incentives are easy on the wallet and the environment.

Rebates under the PerformancePlus program range from $3,000 to $7,000 for homes with an energuide rating above an 83.

Brian Hayes, an energy engineer with Conserve Nova Scotia, says this is an opportunity for the PerformancePlus program to encourage Nova Scotians to construct greener homes.

Hayes says its important to consider your options before you build.

"To convince consumers to take a real good look a their options while they have the opportunity to do it at the lowest possible cost, which is when they're building. Once homes the are built there are many options that disappear altogether, " says Hayes.

Hayes says homeowners can improve their energy rating by using solar power, improving insulation or by increasing their heating power by using drain water heat recovery systems.

The province says the program is capped at 1,200 homes on a first-come, first-served basis.


Shelburne County RCMP are investigating a theft.

A 2003, blue Ford F-350 was stolen from Woodlawn Drive in Shelburne, Nova Scotia.

The theft took place sometime between 5:00 AM on September 5th and 5:00 PM on September 6th.

The license plate number is ENS-466.

The RCMP are seeking help from the public with this investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the crime is asked to contact the Shelburne Detachment or Crime Stoppers.