Thursday, November 10, 2011


In Flanders Fields Poem

By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch, be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields

Pitch it! Southwestern Regional Results

A Middleton Company Program students the winners of the first regional Pitch It competition. The students pitched their product to a crowd at the Wildwood Café in Bridgewater Wednesday night.
(Nov. 9th). Down Town Associates is a green company that makes bags and backpacks from recycled sweatshirts and hoodies. The company is made up of students from West Kings District High, Middleton Regional High and Bridgetown Regional High. Representing the company of fourteen were President Erika Rice, Amos Parker, Brandon Krulick and Jessy Gervais.

          Pitch it! encourages creativity and gives Company Program students an opportunity to present their business plan to an audience and panel of coaches.

NS Hospitals To Share $22 M In Funding

Health care facilities will reap the benefits of $22 million dollars in funding thanks to the Nova Scotia government. The funds were announced Thursday and will be put towards building maintenance and upgrading energy efficiency. The money will be divided up among hospitals across the province depending on individual need. Director of Communications for South Shore Health Theresa Hawkesworth says it's too early to determine how much of the overall funding will go to the region's three local hospitals. She explains officials within the health authority will review their capital needs over the next few weeks before sending a funding request. Some of the dollars will also be used to improve air quality and upgrade hospital elevators. Health Minister Maureen MacDonald says the money will make health care facilities safer and more sustainable over the long term.

Bridgewater Remembrance Day Ceremonies Being Held Indoors

Heavy rain is forcing Remembrance Day ceremonies indoors in Bridgewater. Rainfall amounts between 50 to 70 millimetres are currently in the forecast for most of the South Shore with further amounts expected Friday. Never-the-less, Executive Member of Legion Branch 24 in Bridgewater, Roger Purnell believes a large crowd will take time to support our Veterans on November 11th.  The Remembrance Day event will be held inside Bridgewater High School, which serves as an alternate venue when the weather fails to co-operate.
Purnell made the decision Thursday morning.

Local Food Banks Urge Donations Ahead of Christmas Season

There's been a six per cent drop in the number of people using South Shore food banks over the last year. Feed Nova Scotia says the figures aren't exactly good news because the number represents people who have likely left the area. Executive Director Diane Swinemar says South Shore food banks are in constant need for donations, with over 1100 people using them every month. Swinemar says the time is now for people to give generously with Christmas season approaching. She says people looking to donate can give non-perishable food items including canned goods or cereal or personal hygeine materials. There are seven South Shore food banks between Chester and Shelburne.