Thursday, October 6, 2011

Man stable after medical distress call in Queens County

A 54-year-old man is reported to be in stable condition after going into medical distress while on a canoeing trip with friends on Lake Rossignol, Queens County. The Annapolis County native was located and rescued by a Joint Rescue Coordination Centre helicopter around 10am Thursday morning. Queens RCMP, EMO, the Department of Natural Resources, local Department of Fisheries officials and North Queens Ground Search and Rescue aided in the search. The man was airlifted from a cabin along Lake Rossignol to South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater.

Lumberjacks head to NB for three-game road trip

The CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks are off to New Brunswick Friday for a three-game road trip. The Jacks, who sit at 2-5 this season, visit the Campbellton Tigers Friday night at 8pm. The local junior club will then travel to Miramichi for a Saturday night contest, and then head to Woodstock for a Sunday afternoon date with the league-leading Slammers.

Hatfield praises perserverance and determination to South Shore Health

Derek Hatfield

A world-renowned sailor took some time recently to tell his story to members of South Shore Health. Derek Hatfield of Indian Point is the second Canadian to race around the world alone and first to do it twice. He was a guest speaker at South Shore Health's Annual General Meeting in late September. Hatfield says the story of his journey can motivate others to do great things. He says health-care is a very important issue for all Canadians and believes his speech about perserverance and overcoming major obstacles relates to it.

Framework eases into South Shore Schools

An Early Literacy Leader with the South Shore Regional School Board says the introduction of the new Framework has been a smooth transition. Gretchen Gerhardt says students are beginning to get comfortable with the program. She says she's glad the Framework starts with children in primary because it helps target kids at a younger age. Gerhardt says it's still early to tell if the Framework will have better results than Reading Recovery. She says the Department of Education has commended the School Board for their quick adjustment of adopting the Framework into their schools.

Coyote Awareness

The province is continuing its four-part plan to help people be safer from aggressive coyotes including the pelt incentive program. Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker says the plan included hiring a wildlife conflict biologist, launching a public awareness campaign called Be Coyote Smart, training 13 trappers, and paying for marketable pelts. The same $20 incentive amount is being offered again this year, only during the regular trapping season which runs Oct. 15 to March 31.
       The number of incidents of coyotes showing aggressive behaviour this year has dropped significantly. During the April to September period of 2010, 10 incidents of coyotes showing aggression or too much familiarity with people led to 32 animals being trapped and removed. During the same period, this year, one incident was recorded, leading to the removal of two coyotes. The Be Coyote Smart educational materials, are available at: .


Due to heavy rainfall and flooding, Tanner Settlement Road has been closed at as has a portion of Hwy 332, on the LaHave side, between Grimm Road and Indian Path Road. This closure is affecting bus services for some children going to Centre Consolidated School and Park View Education Centre.  The following buses will not service the above mentioned areas this afternoon; however buses will stop as close possible to the barricades to drop-off students from those areas:

Route 214 with Sid Strowbridge

Rout 206 with Liz Drake

Route 215 with Lisa Tanner

Guardians of students from the affected areas may contact Cathy at 541-8252 for updates.  Please note: all other students travelling on these buses, who do not live in the affected areas, may be delayed as a cause of the above closures.

Proposed Scrap Metal Legislation Targets Thieves

The province is proposing legislation to make it harder for thieves to sell stolen metals, such as cooper pipe and  power lines. Justice Minister Ross Landry says thieves who are stealing oil pipes, telephone cables and power lines are threatening the safety of Nova Scotians, harming the environment and hurting the economy of the province. He says government intends to make it harder for them to profit from their crimes and he wants input on the proposed legislation.   Before the legislation is introduced, Landry is asking for input from Nova Scotians, including the scrap metal industry.  The legislation would require scrap metal dealers and recyclers to keep a record of transactions, including the
identity of seller, and to notify police when they receive certain items, such as industrial copper wire. The penalties for not complying with the legislation would be a fine of up to $5,000 or one year in jail.

Laughs for Leukemia and Lymphoma

Ryan Joudrey

A Maitland man is coming home to Lunenburg County to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. Ryan Joudrey was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia nine years ago, but has since beat the disease. Now, the 30-year-old Joudrey lives in Halifax and is hoping to raise funds through comedy to help patients and families who have been affected by the disease. He says it will be an entertaining night with a variety of different comedians. The Stand-up Comedy Fundraiser will take place at the Bridgewater Days Inn October 15 at 8pm. Advance tickets are available for $10 at the Days Inn or $15 at the door. Tune into South Shore Sunday Morning October 9 to hear Ryan's full interview.

Seniors Driving Course offered in Pleasantville

Seniors Safety Coordinator Beth George

Bridgewater Police and Chester RCMP are teaming up to give seniors more confidence behind the wheel. The "55 Alive" driving course is a training program developed by the Canada Safety Council and works to improve awareness and adjust driving skills. Seniors Safety Coordinator, Beth George, says they'll discuss issues like traffic hazards and laws, new technology and correcting bad driving habits. The program is free to seniors 65 years of age or older, who have a valid Nova Scotia drivers license and have never taken a safe driving program before. The six-hour classroom-based course will be held at the Pleasantville Fire Hall on October 12 from 9am until 4pm.