Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Four SSRSB schools receive banner from Terry Fox Foundation

Mrs. Laura Roblee, on behalf of the Terry Fox Foundation presents Ms. Carol Hughes, Principal of Pentz Elementary, with the school's participation banner.

Four South Shore schools have been recognized for their 30 years of service in the Terry Fox Run. Pentz Elementary, Newcombville Elementary, New Germany Elementary and Dr. JC Wickwire Academy were presented with a 30-year participation banner from the Terry Fox Foundation. Pentz Elementary Principal, Carol Hughes, says it's an important accomplishment for the school because it shows that the students and community have made the event a priority. Hughes says together, they have raised $25,626.17 for the Terry Fox Foundation in 30 years.

By-law causes delay for Bridgewater off-leash dog park

Bridgewater Councillor David Mitchell

The chance of an off-leash dog park in Bridgewater has hit a snag. According to zoning laws, dogs are not permitted off-leash in any park or recreational space within the town. Councillor David Mitchell says council will have to change its current by-law and receive provincial government approval. Mitchell says its roughly a four and a half month process to get the by-law changed. Mitchell hopes council will fast-track the procedure but he doesn't expect to see an off-leash dog park in Bridgewater until Spring 2012.

Adjust Driving Conditions

RCMP are reminding motorists to adjust their driving habits due to heavy rain that is expected to occur across the province today. When driving in the rain, motorists are encouraged to:

- Reduce speed and watch for puddles or dips in the road where water may be pooling.

- Drive with headlights on. It will increase visibility and will also make the vehicle more visible to other drivers.

- Refrain from using cruise control and making jerky stops and starts to prevent hydroplaning due to the buildup of water on the roads. If motorists start to hydroplane, they should stay calm and take their foot off the gas. Slowing down will usually restore contact and friction with the road surface.

McNeil Calls for deregulation of gasosline pricing

Liberal leader Stephen McNeil
Liberal leader Stephen McNeil says addressing the tax-on-tax on gasoline is an easy way for the government to make gasoline cheaper for Nova Scotians. He says the Utility and Review Board's dismissal of the premier's second attempt to adjust gas regulation is further proof that deregulation of gasoline pricing in Nova Scotia is the only answer. McNeil says by attempting to tinker with regulation , the premier is admitting that our regulatory regime is failing Nova Scotians. He says regulation costs the people of the province millions of dollars each year, drives up prices and places increased costs on the shoulders of Nova Scotians and businesses. McNeil adds removing the tax-on-tax on gas would immediately reduce the price of gas by close to four cents per litre and bring some fairness back to the pumps."

South Shore Students Win Energy Scholarships

Five South Shore students are among this years group of 19 scholarship winners from an industry-government partnership. The Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship Program awards up to 12 scholarships, valued at 10-thousand dollars each, to high school graduates pursuing energy studies at university. It also offers up to ten, 25 hundred-dollar scholarships for students pursuing energy-related trades and technology programs at the Nova Scotia Community College.

Recipients are chosen based on academic achievement, community involvement and extra-curricular activities, and must have demonstrated an interest in the Nova Scotia energy sector.
       Pengrowth Energy Corporation, Pengrowth Management Limited and the province has invested $3 million in the scholarship program to date. Since the program's inception in 2005, 130 students have received scholarships and grants.

-- Alecia Bowers, Liverpool Regional High School
-- Kyle Boyle, North Queens Rural High School
-- Thomas Lloyd, Liverpool Regional High School
-- Haley Newell, Barrington Municipal High School
-- Ryan Newell, Barrington Municipal High School

Operation Impact

Operation Impact kicks in gear this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Police officers throughout Lunenburg County will be out in full force for the national traffic safety initiative which runs from October 7th to the 11th. The safety blitz focuses on safe driving practices and targets high risk drivers, noting the increase in people travelling the roads . Traditionally the Thanksgiving weekend is one of the deadliest long weekends of the year on Canadian highways.

Restroom Assault

A 24 year old male remains in custody while a youth will appear in court this afternoon in connection with an alleged assault at a Bridgewater area restroom. Both are facing charges of assault causing bodily harm, as well as breaching court orders. The incident took place last Thursday, September 29th. An adult male suffered minor injuries after being jumped by the two accused. Matthew Manuel Faustino was denied bail yesterday and returns to Bridgewater Provincial Court on Wednesday.