Friday, November 12, 2010


The UNESCO designated Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute in Kempt is expanding, thanks to a 100 thousand dollar investment through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and more than 80 thousand from the Province of Nova Scotia.  The expansion will enhance the Institute's ability to educate the public on the issues of conservation, sustainable resource management, and preservation of natural resources.
The Institute will add a two-story, 16 x 28 foot expansion to the Institute's field station including a community room, lab space, and updated equipment.

Seniors Clubs Get Funding

Federal funding has been made available for the Parkdale-Maplewood Community Museum and the Rosedale New Horizons Seniors Club under the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program. South Shore/St. Margaret's M-P Gerald Keddy made the announcements on Friday, November 12th. The Parkdale-Maplewood Community Museum will receive $16,099 for its project entitled Memories Not Forgotten, which will see seniors conduct oral interviews with other seniors to document their life stories. A book of local history will be created and shared at community presentations.
The Rosedale New Horizons Seniors Club will receive $9,058 for its project entitled Using 'Windows' to Open Doors, which will see seniors learn computer skills. The money received will assist the Club in purchasing two computers, a printer/scanner, software programs and other related equipment.
The New Horizons for Seniors Program helps to ensure that seniors are able to benefit from and contribute to the quality of life in their communities through their social participation and active living. Since its beginning, the Program has funded over 7, 000 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada.

New Ross Legion Receives Federal Funding

The Government of Canada is supporting seniors in New Ross under the New Horizons for Seniors Program.  South Shore/St. Margaret's M-P Gerald Keddy announced funding of 20 thousand 450 dollars for the Royal Canadian Legion - Branch #79 for its project entitled New Ross Legion Honour Room which will see seniors and youth compile historical information on local veterans and gather artifacts for the Legion's new Honour Room. It is one of 797 projects that were approved through the 2010-2011 Community Participation and Leadership call for proposals.

ROAD CLOSURES..(as of 5pm, Friday, Nov. 12th)

--Branch LaHave Road (Wentzell Road) - from Trunk 10 to Sarty Road
--Veinot Road - between Trunk 10 and Osbourne Road
--Haines Road (Barss Corner)
 --Lower Branch Road - Closed from Osbourne Road to Trunk 10
--Wentzell Lake Road, at LaHave River crossing
--Chester Grant Road will be open by 5:30 p.m. today
--Trunk 3 - East River Bridge open to light traffic.
(Temporary weight restriction of 12,000 kg in place.)
--East Clifford Road
--Route 329
--Faulkner Road - Water crossing road (still open)
--Green Bay Road - Water crossing road (still open)
--McKeen Road
--Lapland Road
--Woodstock Road

--Mill Village East Road, between Hillsview Drive and Medway River Road
--Chapel Hill Drive closed at bridge about one kilometre north of Route 210
--Rosette Road, between Harlow and Moose Pit
--Medway River Road, between Deans Brook and Charleston and bridge closed at Slab Pile Brook in Charleston
--Westfield Road, closed between Westfield and Caledonia

--Clarence Hirtle Road
--Port Medway Road
--Old Westfield Road
--Route 208
--New Elm Road
--River Road

--Bowers Road
--Welshtown Road

--Upper Clyde Road West
--Upper Clyde Road East
(Local traffic only at the Hemlock Branch Bridge)
--Back Lake Road

Chester Denies Funding Request for LCLC

Chester Council has turned down a funding request from the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre. The Municipality was asked to contribute 250 thousand dollars in each of the next two years.  Warden Alan Webber says Council has been struggling with the request since it was made on September 9th. Webber says Council decided not to proceed with a swimming pool in their own area because there wasn't the level of support needed from the community. Regarding the LCLC request, Webber says they were hoping for public input, however, he says silence doesn't justify providing the level of funding requested.
A recommendation to Council from the Finance Public Properties Committee to fund the LCLC in the amount of 100 thousand dollars was defeated. The 33 million dollar Lifestyle Centre to be built in Bridgewater will house an indoor aquatic centre, one NHL sized rink, a new library, multi purpose and active living space.


Hunting season is well underway and one hunter has learned the hard way what can happen if you leave your weapons in your vehicle.

Lunenburg County RCMP say an out-of-area hunter was parked on New Cumberland Road overnite Wednesday-Thursday and someone busted into his truck and stole some firearms.
Taken were two high-powered rifles and two shotguns from the seat of a large pickup truck.
Investigators say the thief or thieves broke into the vehicle by smashing out the rear driver-side window.
The RCMP are encouraging any one with information to contact them or Crimestoppers.


A number of roads in Lunenburg County are still closed, a week after the big rain storm.
Closed to traffic are:
Lower Branch Road from Osborne Road to Trunk 10.
Veinot Road from Osborne to Trunk 10.
Hanes Road.
Branch LaHave Road from Sarty Road to Trunk 10.
Chester Grant Road.
East Clifford Road.
Trunk 3 at the East River bridge.


An amendment to the Municipal Government Act will have the province collecting debts for the town of Mahone Bay.

Municipal relations will collect unpaid fines resulting from By-law infractions.
Only cash considered as provincial debt will be collected by government officials.
Mayor Joe Feeny says the new regulations are designed to give municipalities,province-wide, more leverage.
He adds, its not a major issue for the town.


No serious injuries have been reported in a traffic-accident in Lunenburg County.

A number of vehicles were reportedly invovled in the collision, which took place shortly before 2:00 o'clock Thursday afternoon on Highway-325 in Baker's Settlement.
The Baker's Settlement Fire Department and an ambulance from Bridgewater were dispatched to the scene.
The Newcombville and Chelsea Fire Departments were paged for support, but were asked to stand-down shortly after.


The recent heavy rains have led local officials to close two bridges in Shelburne County.

The Chief Administrative Officer for the District of Shelburne says the "Back lake Bridge" in Upper Ohio and the "Welshtown Crossroad Bridge" in Lower Ohio have been closed.
Kirk Cox says the two bridges have been closed until futher notice.
He says -- although the water-level has gone down -- the strong currents could have lifted and shifted the bridges slightly off their bases.
Cox says the bridges will remain closed until Transportation Department engineers can evaluate their condition.