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 http://www.lqbusinessawards.ca/ or email tickets@lqbusinessawards.ca.

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 http://www.gov.ns.ca/dhw.

South Shore Weather -- Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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

Clear. Low 6.

Sunny. High 16.


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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.


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