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.