Friday, September 30, 2011

Back to the Big House

The summer break for South Shore MLA's officially ends on Monday, October 31st. As spooky as it sounds Gary Ramey, Pam Birdsall and Vicki Conrad head back to the house on Halloween. The Nova Scotia government has announced the fall sitting of the legislature will begin on that date. The spring session wrapped up on May 19.

The governing New Democrats hold 31 of the legislature's 52 seats, followed by the Liberals at 13 and Conservatives with seven. There is also one Independent.

MP Keddy to Make Funding Announcements

The Municipality of Shelburne and Town of Lockeport will be getting some federal funding this weekend.
South Shore/St. Margaret's MP Gerald Keddy will be making two announcements on Saturday (Oct.1) with respect to the Government of Canada's investment in the communities.  Keddy will make the first announcement at the Sandy Point Light House & Community Hall at 10 a.m. He'll then travel to 
Seacaps Park in Lockeport to make the second funding  announcement at 11:30 a.m.

Fire Chief Recovering

Bridgewater's Fire Chief continues to recover from suffering cardiac arrest earlier this week at his Spence Street home. Sixty-four year old Wayne Thorburne could be transferred to South Shore Regional or even released from a Halifax hospital as early as Monday October 3rd. According to Deputy-Fire Chief Mike Nauss, Thorburne underwent a small surgery having a stent inserted and is on the road to recovery.

Lumberjacks edge Mariners

Andrew Wigg

Andrew Wigg scored the go-ahead goal with less than eight minutes remaining as the CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks edged the Yarmouth Mariners 4-3 Thursday night. Wigg, along with Tyler Noseworthy and Michael Crawley led the Jacks with a goal and an assist each. Wigg says it feels good to beat their South Shore rivals.
"It's really good to get wins inside our own division too, it usually makes it worth four points, especially against our biggest rival Yarmouth. They gave us a good game and it was good to come out on top."
Billy Clarke stopped 42 shots for the Jacks in the win. The Lumberjacks will head to Dieppe Saturday night to take on the Commandos.

SSRSB chair pleased with new Framework

The chair of the South Shore Regional School Board says a recent presentation on the new Framework has left him with a more positive outlook. Elliott Payzant says there were a number of positives to take from Wednesday night's display. He says he has more confidence in the Framework because it starts helping students in primary, through to grade two. Payzant says he still has some concerns because its a new program but adds, his fingers are crossed it will work out. Literacy mentor Stephen Jamieson and Early Literacy Leader Gretchen Gerhardt provided the presentation to the School Board.

Curb concerns

Councillor David Mitchell

A lack of sidewalk on one side of Glen Allan Drive has at least one Bridgewater town councillor concerned about seniors safety. David Mitchell is requesting to cut the curb down and allow seniors at Drumlin Hills to have a better chance of crossing the street. He says seniors have to walk roughly two to three hundred feet down the road, or 150 feet up the road to get to the nearest crossing. Mitchell's request is expected to be investigated by traffic authority and town engineer Harland Wyand.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fire Chief Hospitalized

Bridgewater's Fire Chief remains hospitalized in Halifax after suffering a heart attack at his home earlier this week. Sixty-four year old Wayne Thorburne went into cardiac arrest at his Spence Street home Monday afternoon. Members of the fire department along with police and paramedics responded to the call. Thorburne was initially taken to South Shore Regional before being transferred to Halifax. Reports indicate the Chief is in a drug induced coma in order for his heart to rest. Deputy Fire Chief Mike Nauss is acting as Chief in Thorburne's absence.

Active Transportation Meeting

The Town of Shelburne, and the provincial Department of Health and Wellness and Public Health are partnering to start the conversation around Active Transportation in the town.
Many conversations and actions have, and are taking place around sidewalks, biking and walking in communities.  The Town is holding a public meeting on Monday, October 17th at 6:30 pm in the Firemen's Meeting Room at the Shelburne Community Centre to talk about Active Transportation.
          Having a walkable and wheelable community is an important part of creating a healthy, vibrant and economically attractive community. Active Transportation has strong economic, health, safety, social and environmental benefits.  If you want to know more, or have questions, please call Community and Economic Development at 875 3873 or email

New Website Promotes Atlantic Seafood Products

A new and improved website promoting Atlantic Canadian seafood will help the industry compete in a global market.  The Atlantic Canada Seafood Trade Group has been working with the seafood industry and associations to re-create an enticing and user-friendly website that connects national and
international buyers to the product diversity Atlantic Canada has to offer. Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau says it will connect national and international buyers with Atlantic Canadian companies to help build long-term business relationships . The website is available in English and French and is accessible by all mobile devices anywhere in the world. The website address is,

Crew error blamed for Concordia sinking

A Transportation Safety Board report on the capsizing of a Nova Scotia-based tall ship off Brazil is blaming lack of knowledge by the crew for the sinking.

The Concordia, based out of Lunenburg, had 64 students and staff from the West Island College sailing school on board when it sank on February 17th of last year; everyone was rescued.

The board's report Thursday says the vessel was lost in a squall because a risk of a knockdown was not clear to the crew.

As a result, appropriate responses such as reducing sail or changing course were not taken before the squall hit.

Mosaic selected for new Bluenose Academy

A Lunenburg artist will have his work installed in the foyer of the new Bluenose Academy. Scott Conrad was announced as the winner of the school's summer-long Mosaic Design contest. The theme of the mosaic was based on student ideas and celebrates the merger of four schools; Lunenburg Academy, Lunenburg Junior & Senior High, Riverport and District Elementary and Centre Consolidated School. Students from Primary to Grade 9 at Lunenburg Academy and Centre Consolidated gathered Wednesday at Centre to vote on the mosaic choices. Conrad's design is of the schooner Bluenose sailing into Lunenburg Harbour.

Lumberjacks select Jake Bullen as team captain

The CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks have named their captains for this season. Jake Bullen will wear the 'C', while Tyler Noseworthy, Andrew Wigg and Michael Crawley will be the assistant captains. Head Coach Terry Rhindress says Bullen is the ideal captain for the team.
"Jake's more of a lead by example guy, you know, comes to practice every day, on time and accountable, and one of the first guys to step up if you need a volunteer to do something. The fans like him, the kids like him, he's just a likeable guy. Every game he gives you the best he's got. He's just one of those leaders that doesn't necessarily have to be the guy that stands up in the dressing room screaming and hollering."
Bullen is expected to begin his captaincy Thursday night when the Lumberjacks host the Yarmouth Mariners at 7pm.

Man, accused of abducting daughter, to appear in court next month

A South Shore father will be in court next month on a charge of abducting his 11-day-old daughter. Collin James Lawrence of Jordan Ferry appeared briefly Wednesday in Shelburne provincial court with a new lawyer who asked for time to familiarize himself with the case. Lawrence is charged with child abduction under a section of the Criminal Code that prohibits one parent from depriving the other parent of child access when both have lawful custody. Lawrence is also charged with mischief for allegedly damaging a telephone in the home he shared with his wife and daughter. He was charged after his wife claimed her husband had forcibly taken their baby daughter after the couple had argued. The man and baby were discovered several hours later in a vehicle near Oxford.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Climate Change Adaptation Projects

The Municipality of Chester is receiving support from the Climate Adaptation Fund for a community based project. Chester and Dalhousie University's marine affairs program will help the municipality to identify coastal adaptation options for their Climate Change Action Plan. The project will receive 10 thousand 200 dollars in funding. Chester is one of three community based adaptation projects to receive a combined total of more than 36 thousand dollars. Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau says the province must find ways to adapt to climate change, and these project will play an important role.
For more information on climate change and the adaptation fund, visit http://

Queensland Arson

Two changing rooms at Queensland Provincial Park have been destroyed by fire and police are calling it arson.  The RCMP received the call shortly after 4 a.m. this morning
(Wednesday September 28th), Damage to the structures is estimated between 6 to 8 thousand dollars. Police are asking anyone who may have been in the area Tuesday night to call them if they have any information that could generate new information or lead to an arrest.

Recall of Ham Product

You might want to check that package of ham in your refrigerator. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning the public not to eat Compliments brand Sensations Old-Style Smoked Ham because it may be contaminated with listeria. The affected product is sold in 175 gram packages and has a best before date of November 13, 2011. The Quebec manufacturer is voluntarily recalling the product . It was distributed in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, Newfoundland and Labrador and also Quebec and Ontario.

Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Those particularly at risk include pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems

Municipality of Lunenburg issues default notice to Osprey Ridge Golf Course

The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg has issued a notice of default to Osprey Ridge Golf Course. A release Wednesday says the golf course must meet financial obligations within 60 days or the Municipality will assume title to the property. Mayor Don Downe says the golf course has been an important community asset for the past 12 years, but it is now in default and action must be taken. The Municipality has supported the business since 1996 by guaranteeing a loan of $3.2-million and currently holds a first and second mortgage on the property. Downe says it's not the intention of the Municipality to operate the facility in the long-term.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Town of Bridgewater financially supports Jenna Martin

Jenna Martin

The town of Bridgewater is helping Jenna Martin get to the 2012 London Olympics. Council approved a motion Monday night to give Martin $2,000 unbudgeted towards her funding goal. Mayor Carroll Publicover says Martin is a good role model for young athletes, good student and well-deserving of their donation. Councillor Jim Bell opposed the motion, saying taxpayers shouldn't be on the hook for $2,000 unbudgeted. Council's contribution represents 1.5% of the money Martin needs to raise to help her qualify for Canada's Olympic team.

Health Care Professional Student Sponsorship Program

The Municipality of Shelburne will financially support a Shelburne County health care professional student sponsorship program. The Municipality will provide 3 thousand 110 dollars to each local student who chooses to train in the health care field and return to provide services to the residents of the Muncicpality. The investment is in addition to the monies Council spent to recruit a physician last year, and recruitment efforts this year. The Municipality has also committed 200 thousand dollars for a new community health clinic. Provincial funding partners have yet to make a commitment.

Minister MacDonell Meets With South Shore Councils

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell spent yesterday meeting with South Shore Councils. The Minister says when he took over the portfolio in January he made a commitment he wanted to get out and meet all the municipal councils around the province. MacDonell says he was pleased and surprised at the interest around projects for energy and their ability to generate revenue through the province's COMFIT program. One general theme was to consult and keep the lines of communication open when government makes decisions policy wise that impact the municipal units.  The Minister met with Councils from Bridgewater, Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, Chester and the Municipality of Lunenburg. He plans to meet with the Region of Queens in the near future.

Finalists Selected for 2011 Business Excellence Awards

Nineteen businesses in Lunenburg and Queens have been selected as finalists for the 2011 Lunenburg Queens Business Excellence Awards. More than 100 nominations were received. In addition to the honour of being deemed a business leader in their category, the finalists will be vying for a beautiful plaque crafted by Amos Pewter of Mahone Bay. Category winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Dinner being held this year at the Best Western Plus Bridgewater Hotel and Convention Centre on Tuesday, October 18. Guest speaker at the awards ceremony is John Steele of Covey Island Boatworks and the Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance.

The finalists in their respective categories are:

Entrepreneurial Award:
Helping Nature Heal Inc, Schoolhouse Gluten-Free Gourmet Ltd.,
Van Dyk's Health Juice Products Ltd.

Export Achievement Award:
Pro-Oceanus Systems Inc., TecBox International Ltd., RuSafe Inc.,
 DPM Solutions

Hospitality Award:
Atlantica Hotel & Marina Oak Island, Comfort Inn -Bridgewater,
 Best Coast Coffee Gallery

Large Business Award:
Mahone Auto , Kelley & Oickle Enterprises Ltd. (Swiss Chalet),
Brady Home Building Centre

New Business Award:
Best Western Plus Bridgewater Hotel & Convention Centre,
LaHave River Chiropractic and Health Centre, Ironworks Distillery

Small Business Award:
Helping Nature Heal Inc., New Germany Building Supplies (2004) Ltd., Chester Pharmasave

Tickets for the event are already over 50 per cent sold. To purchase tickets or for additional information, please visit the event's website at or email

Tick Surveillance Program

Top row: nymph, male and female Blacklegged ticks.
Bottom row: male and female dog ticks.
The Blacklegged tick does not always have black coloured legs. Dog ticks usually have white or silver coloured spots.
Photo: Public Health Agency of Canada

A change is coming this week to the province's tick surveillance program. Starting Friday (September 30th), the public, veterinarians and physicians will no longer be asked to  submit ticks to the Department of Natural Resources or the Museum of Natural History for identification and testing. The tick surveillance program will now focus on active field work to identify areas where the tick population is expanding.  Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald says there now is enough data to focus on more work in the field.   Blacklegged ticks, the only ticks that carry the bacteria that can cause Lyme disease, can be found throughout Nova Scotia, but risk of contracting the disease remains low. The following precautions are recommended in areas where blacklegged ticks and Lyme disease are known to be established:
-- wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and pants (so ticks are more visible), light-coloured socks, and enclosed shoes while working or playing outside or hiking in the woods
-- pull socks up over pant legs and tuck in shirts
-- spray clothing and exposed skin with an insect repellant containing DEET
-- check clothing and exposed skin for ticks after working or playing outside or in the bushes or tall grass and remove any ticks attached to the skin
-- keep grass well cut to minimize suitable habitat for ticks on your property.

Blacklegged ticks can only transmit the bacterial infection after they have been attached to the skin for about 24 hours.   There have been 67 cases of Lyme disease reported in Nova Scotia since 2002. Images of the blacklegged tick, instructions to remove ticks and general information on Lyme disease are available at

South Shore Weather -- Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sunny. High 21. (((**UV index 5 or moderate**))).

Clear. Low 6.

Sunny. High 16.


Sunny. Low 9. High 20.

Cloudy and showers. Low 14. High 20.

Cloudy and showers. Low 16. High 20.

Cloudy with a chance of showers. Low 14. High 17.

A mix of sun and cloud. Low 12. High 16.


High- 8:30am
Low- 3:00pm
High- 8:50pm

Monday, September 26, 2011

Autism discussion held on Skype

A psychologist specializing in autism spectrum disorders is available on Skype Tuesday night.

Dr. Tony Attwood will make an online presentation about managing feelings.

The presentation is expected to explain why children and adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder are more prone to develop mood disorders.

It will also explain strategies that can help such individuals learn about and manage emotions.

It gets started at 7pm at Hebbville Academy.

The event is being held by the Autism Centre Society of the South Shore.

Man released from custody after armed standoff

A man charged after an armed standoff in Chester Basin last month has been released from custody.

Nelson Frederick Bond of New Minas had been in jail since the incident after the prosecutor asked for a forensic psychiatric assessment.

The 47-year-old accused appeared Monday in Bridgewater provincial court.

The Crown agreed to his release under certain conditions, including paying a $10,000 surety and agreed to stay with his brother and sister-in-law.

Bond is not allowed to drink alcohol or take illegal drugs and must stay away from his alleged victim.

Bond faces numerous charges, including three counts of possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace, one count of pointing a firearm and one count each of forcible confinement and assault.

Bridgewater mayor sounds off on Fairview Inn

The mayor of Bridgewater says he's worried about the safety of the Fairview Inn.

Carroll Publicover says though the building has survey tape surrounding it, kids could still wander inside and injure themselves.

He says he wants round-the-clock security at the Fairview Inn until its demolished, or demolished in a timely fashion.

Publicover also hopes changes can be made to the former car dealership at 99 Aberdeen Road, calling it a blight in the community.

He says he's felt this way for months but decided to make his feelings public during Monday night's council meeting.

White back to school following major brain surgery

A Bridgewater girl is back to class at Hebbville Academy after undergoing major brain surgery in the U.S.

Six-year-old Chelsea White returned to school after post-surgical problems kept her in hospitals in California and Halifax until mid-August.

Chelsea's mother, Shannon Price, says her daughter has been active and in great spirits since coming home.

Price says doctors have told her it could take up to two years for Chelsea's brain to completely heal from the surgery.

She says Chelsea will have to visit neurosurgeons and cardiologists in October, to see if her heart is still enlarged because of extra blood flow.

Medical Unit at South Shore Regional Hospital reopens

The Medical Unit at South Shore Regional Hospital has reopened to visitors.

Visitation has been restricted on the 4th floor since September 6 due to an increased number of patients testing positive for the antibiotic-resistant organism MRSA.

Visitors are asked to check in at the nursing station before visiting and to wash their hands when entering and leaving the hospital, and before and after visiting patients.

Regular and thorough hand washing can help prevent the spread of illness.

Motor Vehicle Collision Involving Pedestrian

Queen's RCMP are asking for public assistance in identifying the driver of a vehicle involved in a collision with a pedestrian. A woman was struck by a grey Chrysler Sunday evening around 6:45 p.m. (September 25th), The pedestrian was walking on the sidewalk adjacent to the parking lot at Lane's Privateer Inn. The suspect vehicle was exiting the parking lot and eventually headed toward downtown Liverpool.   The male driver of the car is described as approximately 55 to 60 years old with short grey hair. He spoke with an accent, possibly British and was travelling with a female companion.

Illegal Drug Seizure

A bail hearing is being held this afternoon for a Yarmouth man facing charges following a seizure of illegal prescription pills and drugs. Fifty-two year old Charles Raymond Blades is facing charges of Possession for the Purpose for Trafficking in Hydromorphone, (commonly known as Dilaudid), Possession of Cannabis Marihuana and Breach of an Undertaking. RCMP Southwest Nova Federal Drug Section assisted by the Shelburne Street Crime Enforcement Unit seized the contraband near Barrington on Friday. (September 23rd)

Minimum Wage to Increase October 1st

You might soon see a difference in your paycheck. As of Saturday, October 1st, the minimum wage is increasing to $10 per hour . This is a 3.6 per cent increase from the present rate of $9.65. The minimum wage for inexperienced workers, with less than three months' experience in the work for which they were hired, will rise to $9.50. After the increase Saturday, future increases will occur in April, beginning in 2012, indexing the minimum wage to the Low Income Cut Off, a figure set by Statistics Canada where people are devoting a significantly larger than average percentage of their income to the basic necessities of food, shelter and clothing. Increases will be based on the national Consumer Price Index from the previous calendar year.

         The government is also investing an additional $18.25 million this year to help income assistance clients and low-income Nova Scotians make ends meet. These include a 22 per cent increase per child, per month, to the Nova Scotia Child Benefit, a $15 per month increase in the Income Assistance Personal Allowance, indexing the Affordable Living Tax Credit and the Poverty Reduction Credit to keep up with inflation, and allowing working income assistance clients to keep more money each month.

Residents Seek Less Government Connection to Freedom of Information Office

**Dulcie McCallum**
FOIPOP Information Officer

Residents of St. Margarets Bay are calling for less government control over the provincial Freedom of Information Office. Currently, government employees who process F.O.I. requests work for the departments whose information is being disclosed. Residents' spokesman Sean Kirby says departments shouldn't be able to pick and choose what they release to the public. He says: "The St. Margarets Bay connector road censorship case I think was a real eye-opener for us and a lot of people. Its a terrible example of the government breaking its own Freedom of Information law in order to hide information from residents about the connector road. Our concern is if the government is doing this on our little issue, clearly it must be taking place on other issues as well."  The Freedom of Information review officer issued a scathing report back in June which criticized the government for censoring documents about the St. Margarets Bay connector road. Residents have taken their case to the provincial supreme court and a hearing will be held in mid-January.

South Shore Weather -- Monday, September 26, 2011

Sunny. High 24. (((**UV index 6 or high**))).

Clear. Low 13.

Sunny. High 20.


Sunny. Low 6. High 16.

Sunny. Low 11. High 20.

Cloudy with a chance of showers. Low 15. High 21.

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 15. High 17.

Cloudy with a chance of showers. Low 12. High 15.


High- 7:45am
Low- 2:10pm
High- 8:00pm

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Lumberjacks get first win, top Campbellton 5-1

The CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks finally have a notch in the win column.

Michael Crawley led the Jacks with two goals while Billy Clarke made 31 saves as the hometown club earned a 5-1 victory over the Campbellton Tigers.

Head Coach Terry Rhindress says it's a great feeling to get the first win.

"The kids played well today, they stuck together and played another complete 60 minutes. It's nice to get the monkey off our back, a little later than we expected, you know, couple games earlier we should've had a 'W' but we'll take it tonight and we'll move on."

Brad Donaldson, Jake Bullen and Brennan Saulnier also scored for the Jacks.

The Lumberjacks take on the Yarmouth Mariners Thursday night at 7pm in Bridgewater.

Last week for sales at Bridgewater Blockbuster

It's your last week to take advantage of good buys at Blockbuster.

The Bridgewater store is listed to close September 30 and is offering 50-70% off all its stock.

The Bridgewater location is one of 253 remaining stores in Canada that are expected to close their doors by the end of the month.

Up to 10 people are expected to lose their jobs.

Bridgewater Zellers remains unaffected by TARGET sale

Bridgewater Zellers is staying put, for now.

Target Corporation has identified 84 Zellers locations it will take over, as part of an agreement announced in January.

The External Communications Manager for Hudson's Bay Company, Tiffany Bourré, says the Bridgewater Zellers is one of 84 remaining stores continuing to operate while the company reviews its options.

Target has purchased 189 stores from Zellers.

The agreement with Zellers allows Target to buy up to 220 stores for $1.825-billion.

They expect to have their first stores to open in Spring 2013.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Banner Year for VIC

The numbers are in and it was a banner year for the Bridgewater and area Visitor Information Centre at Exit 12. The VIC opened in June and the last day of operation was Friday, September 23rd. Manager Dan Hennessey says it has been a tremendous year for visitors with 4 thousand 750 people coming through the doors, almost twice the number of the year before.  Hennessey says there are two keys to success for a Visitor Information Centre, accessibility and visibility.   The Town of Bridgewater and Municipality of the District of Lunenburg jointly funded the temporary centre for two seasons while they work to finding a long term solution. A regional partnership is one of the options being discussed

Memory Project

Second World War and Korean War veterans will be able to have their stories preserved thanks to the the Memory Project. On Wednesday September 28, the veterans will gather in Bridgewater to take part in a nation-wide oral history project. An initiative of The Historica-Dominion Institute, The Memory Project Archive is creating an unprecedented record of Canada's participation in the Second World War and Korean War as seen through the eyes of thousands of men and women who were there. It is providing every living veteran with the opportunity to preserve their memories through recorded interviews and digitized memorabilia. Their stories are available, in both official languages, at

          The sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Best Western Hotel, Bridgewater.

Premier Opens Bay Side Home

Seniors in the Barrington area will receive better care and have the option to continue living in the community they call home thanks to an expansion at the local long-term care facility.  Premier Darrell Dexter joined residents and employees of Bay Side Home today, (Friday Sept. 23) to celebrate the opening of the expanded facility. Before the expansion, the Barrington facility was dedicated to mentally challenged and physically disabled residents. Forty new beds were added to the existing 22-bed home, nearly tripling its size and adding the capacity to care for elderly residents.
       The facility features four new households, each with 10 resident rooms that follow the same layout and design as the existing facility. The home has private rooms and bathrooms, combined dining, kitchen and living room space, accessible gardens and spa facilities. The design also allows couples who both require nursing home care to live together in the same household. An outdoor garden can be accessed from the hallway of each household. Clients at Bay Side Home have access to 24-hour nursing care, medical services, nutrition services, pharmacy services, recreation, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. The facility has hired 60 new staff, many of whom live in the Barrington area to provide care and manage the facility.

34th Nova Scotia 4-H Show

South Shore 4-H members will join their provincial counterparts at the 34th annual Nova Scotia 4-H Show being held in Bible Hill from September 30th to October 2nd. The event is hosted by the Eastern Region 4-H Leader's Councils.  Agriculture Minister John MacDonell says the 4-H program has a long history of developing excellent agriculture, community and business leaders. 4-H members, age nine to 21, are eligible to compete at the Nova Scotia show after achieving top honours at a local exhibition with life skills or livestock projects. Highlights include livestock auctions, a public speaking competition, dog obedience and handling trials, tug of war competition, bake-off, fashion show and cattle selections for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.
           The free event at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Grounds is open to the public.

Gas Prices Down Again

The price of gasoline is down again this morning at South Shore pumps.

The Utility and Review Board has set the price for a litre of regular self serve gas at $1.23.7.

Thats down 3 and a half cents from yesterday.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Shelburne County man facing child abduction charge

A Shelburne County man is expected to be in court Friday morning after an alleged domestic dispute with his wife earlier this week.

Colin Lawrence is in custody and facing charges of forcibly abducting his own baby.

Police say a man had taken his 11-day-old baby from the mother without her consent around 4pm Wednesday afternoon.

Police located the man seven hours later, around 11pm on Highway 104 near Oxford, roughly 350 kilometres from Shelburne.

The baby has been returned to her mother.

Lawrence was charged with child abduction and mischief in Bridgewater Provincial Court Thursday afternoon and remanded in custody.

He's scheduled to make a another court appearance at 9:30 Friday morning.

Bay Side Home opening 40 new beds

Premier Darrell Dexter says the opening of 40 new beds at Bay Side Home in Barrington has been talked about for too long.

He says he remembers at least three elections that the beds were promised, and also believes preliminary talks first began in the 1970s.

Dexter says the expansion is a big asset for Shelburne County.

"It's going to supply them with a high quality facility that means that seniors in that area, the loved ones of that part of Shelburne County are going to have a place that they can go and stay near there families."
Dexter calls the Bay Side Home expanision a significant increase, basically tripling its size.

The opening will be held at the Home at 1pm Friday afternoon.


Nova Scotia's transportation minister says everyone should be required to wear a seatbelt in the province and that exemptions should be ended. Bill Estabrooks says a road action committee is looking at the issue of whether firefighters should be exempted from wearing seatbelts. He says everyone is safer wearing a seatbelt and police and firefighters should be setting a good example to the public.  Couriers, taxi drivers, emergency health-care workers and people with certain medical conditions can get exemptions.

Green CommUnity School Grants

Here's a chance for South Shore area schools to turn green ideas into reality. The World Wildlife Federation is looking for ideals to make schools and communities more environmentally friendly. Schools can win up to five thousand dollars from the WWF Green CommUnity School Grants Program. Funded by Loblaw Companies Limited, the program aims to connect students with nature, help reduce a community's impact on the environment and stimulate environmental leadership. The deadline for applications is October 13th. Winners will be announced in December West Northfield Elementary School was a Spring 2011 recipient. For more information visit here

Fire Tax Rates

Fire tax rates for Municipal fire departments will increase slightly for four department and decrease for three.  The rates per 100 dollars of assessment  have been approved by Lunenburg Municipal Council.  Mayor Don Downe says  a number of departments actually increase the fee if they purchase a big piece of equipment and  once the equipment is paid for the  tax is reduced down. Downe says that speaks well of the community fire departments and their sensitivity to the tax issue by residents. Additionally, all fire departments have a rate of point 01 per acre for forestry land assessment class.

Shelburne Baby Safe After 7 Hour Disappearance

    An 11 day old infant is safe and doing well after a harrowing experience yesterday for her family in Shelburne. The baby girl was forcibly removed from her home by her father following a domestic dispute with the new-mother.
    The RCMP were alerted and a 7 hour search was initiated. RCMP Sgt. Brigit Leger says father and baby were spotted late last evening by the Mounties, far from home, in the northern part of the province. Leger says: "Shortly after 11pm last evening (Sep 21), the father and child were found in a vehicle heading west on highway 104 near Oxford. Both were safe and in good health."
    The infant has been returned home and re-united with her mother.
    The father is in RCMP custody but no charges have yet been laid.

Dayspring Doggie Day

We've heard before how man's best friend can often lift the spirits of the sick and elderly at a time when they need a boost. With that in mind, there will be a doggie wellness day a week from this Saturday in Dayspring.    
The "Bluenose Agility and Recreational Canines", also known as "BARC", is partnering with
the Lunenburg County Community Health Board in hosting activities designed to promote healthy living ... with the aid of man's best friend. Its called "Woof For Wellness Day" and kicks off October 1st at 11am and runs till 1:30 at the MARC in Dayspring.   
Everyone's invited to bring their furry friends and all of them must be on a leash.   
The event will happen, rain or shine.

Dismissed Africville Heritage Trust Exec. Has Shelburne Connection

carol nixon, africville heritage trust

A white Anglican minister, let go from her 3 month old job as executive director of the Africville Heritage Trust in Halifax, has a South Shore connection.   
Rev. Carole Nixon had a posting at Christ Anglican Church in Shelburne a couple of years ago where she served as the parish priest. Nixon was living in Toronto before she applied and approved for the position with the Africville Heritage Trust.   
She says she wasn't given a reason for her termination by the trust board and will be talking to a lawyer about it. Nixon was let go a day after some media outlets reported she had left jobs in Ontario and elsewhere over allegations of inappropriate spending. The chair of the Africville Heritage Trust, Daurene Lewis, says race wasn't an issue in the decision to terminate Nixon.  
Her dismissal follows weeks of angry comments by some members of the Halifax black community who said Nixon's appointment was inappropriate.

South Shore Weather -- Thursday, September 22, 2011

Increasing cloud and a chance of showers or drizzle this afternoon. High 21.
(((**UV Index: 4 or moderate**))).

Cloudy with showers or drizzle and fog spreading inland late this evening. Low 16.

Mainly cloudy and a chance of showers or drizzle early in the morning. High 21.


Cloudy and showers. Low 15. High 18.

Cloudy with a chance of showers. Low 15. High 21.

Cloudy. Low 16. High 21.

Cloudy with a chance of showers. Low 11. High 16.

Cloudy with a chance of showers. Low 11. High 16.


Low- 10:20am
High- 4:00pm
Low- 10:55pm

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Lumberjacks Coach remains positive despite shaky start

The CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks are off to a shaky start this season.

The club dropped its first three games, was outscored 22-13 and fell to the bottom of the Bent Division standings.

Head Coach Terry Rhindress says although he's concerned, it's still early in the season.

"We knew going in when we lost some veterans to University and injuries and stuff like that and didn't come back, that we were going to be younger and that we're going to need to be patient. So I mean, no, I think it's too early to hit the panic button."

Rhindress says he's raised the level of intensity in practices in hopes of helping the team compete late in hockey games.

The Jacks look to rebound from their tough start by welcoming the Woodstock Slammers to Bridgewater Saturday night at 7pm.