Monday, October 3, 2011

Harbour House raises over $8,600 during 25th anniversary fundraiser

Harbour House in Bridgewater received a big anniversary present over the weekend. The shelter raised over $8,600 dollars in support of women's and children's programming like individual and group counselling and outreach services. Jayden Winfree says roughly 115 people attended the event at the Bridgewater Curling Club. The Transition Home is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month.

Argyle MLA mystified over support for Railway, not Yarmouth Ferry

Argyle MLA Chris d'Entremont

The MLA for Argyle says the NDP is giving a message to people on the South Shore that they're not important. Chris d'Entremont is reacting over the Dexter government's recent $2-million a year investment into the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway, with no support for the Yarmouth Ferry. He says Premier Dexter should apologize for his actions.
"I think a good government is also one that would recognize its mistakes and stand down to them and say, you know, maybe we were wrong here. But, to take a Happy Days kind of look at it, when Fonzie couldn't say he was wrong, I think that's what we've got now. We've got a Premier that really doesn't want to go back on his word to admit things."
d'Entremont says he can't explain how the NDP decided that a railway was more important than a ferry because they're both important economic links. He believes the Premier should find a solution to get the ferry service back before its too late.

Liverpool Man Committed to Murder Trial

A Liverpool man accused of killing his fiance, has been committed to stand trial on a second degree murder charge. Thirty-one year old James Leroy Leopold is charged in the death of 47 year old Laura Lee Robertson who was reported missing on April 14th.  Her remains were found off Highway 208 outside Greenfield, Queens County almost two weeks later.   Leopold remains in custody since being arrested in April.  He'll appear in Supreme Court October 13th to get a trial date.   Evidence presented at the preliminary inquiry today (Monday,Oct. 3) is banned from being broadcast.

Portraits of Honour Day- October 14th

The Portraits of Honour National Tour will be rolling into Town a week from this Friday. The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is fully supporting the venture by proclaiming October 14th as Portraits of Honour Day in the Municipality. Mayor Don Downe says Council is also sponsoring two crosses in memory of local fallen soldiers, Corporal Paul Davis and Private Rick Green. The day's activities will include a parade, opening ceremonies, and viewing opportunities for family, students and the general public . The Friends of the Fallen Banquet will be held that evening at the Bridgewater Legion Branch 24.

The Portrait of Honour is a 10 feet by 56 feet hand painted mural, depicting the faces of all 157 of Canada's fallen in Afghanistan.

Walk to School Week

Be on the look-out for kids on the streets this week.

Students from elementary to high school will be taking to their feet to mark the beginning of International Walk to School Month in October. Eight South Shore schools will be taking part in the event, also known as IWALK.
        IWALK celebrates the physical activity, safety and environmental benefits of walking and cycling. Iit's not just kids and parents who see the importance of walking to school. More and more, school administration and teachers are recognizing what active forms of transportation can do for learning.
International Walk to School Month is an initiative of Active & Safe Routes to School (, coordinated in Nova Scotia by the Ecology Action Centre in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness as part of the Active Kids Healthy Kids Initiative. For a list of participating schools, go to

SSH Supports Breastfeeding in the Workplace

South Shore Health is endorsing breastfeeding in the workplace . Although there is a one year maternity leave in Nova Scotia, Health Canada recommends breastfeeding for two years and beyond, well past the point that most women have returned to work. In recognition that breastfeeding is the best way to feed babies and get them off to a healthy start in life, South Shore Health has taken a lead in creating a work environment that supports staff to continue to breastfeed their babies after returning to work. South Shore Health is an active community partner on the Lunenburg & Queens Baby-Friendly™ Committee.   Since the launch of their Make Breastfeeding Your Business: An Action Support Kit in 2009, South Shore Health has developed policies to support and promote breastfeeding in the community and at work. There are also several online resources available to staff and the community to support breastfeeding. Visit Breastfeeding Supports under Home and Community Services on the South Shore Health website at

South Shore Health struggling to keep primary health care physicians

The VP of Medicine and Acting CEO for South Shore Health says its been a challenging year for people looking for primary health care physicians in Bridgewater. Dr. Peter Vaughan made the remarks during South Shore Health's Annual General Meeting last week. He says its an ongoing struggle to keep medical personnel in the area.
"Communities in Nova Scotia and all across Canada are increasingly forced into competition for all health care providers including nurses, lab and x-ray technologists in addition to physicians. Health care professional recruitement and retention continues to be an ongoing challenge, as we continue to work with our community partners to make our district attractive in this highly competitive environment."
Vaughan says, despite the challenges, they're working towards new and better ways of providing sustainable health services to residents.

103 Crash Kills Two, Critically Injures One

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Two people were killed as a result of a two car, head-on crash over the weekend on highway 103.
It happened in fog and rain near Chester between exits 7 and 8.
One man was sent to hospital in Halifax in critical condition as a result of the
21-year-old Dustin Bruce Conrad of Shelburne and 48-year-old Deanna Lynn Huggard of Saint John, NB were pronounced dead at the scene.
Police are still trying to determine the cause of the crash.
There was fog and it was raining at the time.