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