Monday, November 28, 2011

Chester's Doucet, Fay qualify for Junior Girls Curling Provincials

Team Doucet in Berwick
A pair of Chester junior girls curling teams have qualified for provincials. Lindsay Doucet's rink made it look easy over the weekend in Berwick; quashing the competition en route to a perfect 3-0 record. Doucet, who has two different players on her team compared to last season, says it was a weekend of learning.
"The most important thing about this weekend is kind of what we learned, more important than our record. We just figured out how each of us throws and what works and what doesn't, so it will be really helpful going on and going to provincials later in December."
Also, Mary Fay beat Bridgewater's Raquel Bachman 11-3 Monday afternoon for the second provincial qualifying spot. On the boys side, Windsor's Drew MacCormack and Wolfville's Robert Mayhew earned provincial spots. The provincials will be held, beginning December 27, in Windsor.

Grant Lake Road: Needs More Attention

The Municipality of the District of Chester is hoping to see some improvements to the Grant Lake Road. Warden Allen Webber says for those who live in the area and use the road daily - it's a serious issue. Webber says the road is in poor condition and has been a concern around the council table for years. "If you happen to live there and have to travel it - it's high on your priority list. I think all we want to express to them is that there are people who care and they may not be able to fix it completely but it needs a lot more attention than what it's getting," Council has sent a letter to the Department of Transportation asking for better maintenance and care of the road.

Deloitte Inc. set to release SSRSB Performance Review

Deloitte Inc. will release its findings Tuesday into the performance review of the South Shore Regional School Board. A technical briefing will be held at 10am Tuesday morning in the Media Room at One Government Place on Granville Street in Halifax. Michael Hodgett of Deloitte. Inc will conduct the briefing. Keep it tuned in to CKBW and HANK-FM for all the details.

Forestry Threat Found In Lunenburg

The brown spruce longhorn beetle that devastated much of Halifax's Point Pleasant Park years ago has appeared in the Lunenburg area. The town recently received a notice from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that prohibits it from moving any spruce logs, bark or wood chips off nine properties it owns.The notice says the beetle turned up in traps set in the area. Mayor Laurence Mawhinney says the beetle's presence is up for discussion at town council this week. For now though, the town doesn't know what the notice means for people living in the area. The Mayor says: "We were one of the properties within a thousand metres of a trap in the Garden Lots area where a brown-spruce longhorn beetle was found. They were raising this as a concern. We cannot move nor can anyone else within this thousand metre perifery any spruce logs, bark or chips. Its simply a matter at this time to further investigate." The notice affects about 14 hectares of land. The town does not plan to do any harvesting of trees in the area affected.

Dinosaur Spreading Anti-Smoking Message at South Shore Schools

Don't be alarmed if you see a nine foot dinosaur around local schools this week. The province's Dinosaur on the Move program has hit the South Shore with stops at Bridgewater Junior/Senior High, Park View, Liverpool Regional High, Forest Heights in Chester, Gorham Memorial Education Centre in Liverpool and New Germany Rural High School. The dinosaur monument, along with artifact boxes, are designed as part of an anti-smoking campaign targetting kids 13-18 years old. The manager of tobacco control with the Department of Health, Steve Machat, says they want to prevent kids from picking up a cigarette. The dinosaur is made out of old ashtrays with references to the government's anti-smoking website. For more details, visit .

Christmas on the Lahave Draws Record Crowd

There was a record crowd for last night's parade of lights and fireworks during Christmas on the Lahave in Bridgewater. Some officials say they've never seen the likes of it for the event. The parade, featuring Lunenburg County organizations and businesses, went at 6pm and the fireworks at 7. Awards were handed out too. The best decorated store award went to "King Street Shoes". Honorable mentions for the "Garden of Reading", "Kitchen Witch" and "Dennison Custom Framing." The awards were sponsored by Bridgewater and area Chamber of Commerce. Christmas on the Lahave has become the kickoff event for the Christmas season on the South Shore.

Lumberjacks Acquire Smith from Dieppe

Nick Smith
The CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks made another roster move over the weekend. The Jacks picked up 18-year-old forward Nick Smith from Dieppe for a 9th round pick in 2012 and future considerations. Smith was a third round pick by the Commandos. He'll make his Bridgewater debut Friday when the Jacks host Summerside.

Clarke leads Mustangs over Pictou

Avery Clarke
Avery Clarke's hat trick lifted the South Shore Canadian Tire Mustangs to a 6-3 win over Pictou County Sunday in Bridgewater. Clarke also had an assist as the third place Stangs earned a weekend split with the Weeks Crushers. The Mustangs will be back on home ice Tuesday night against Cole Harbour. Gametime is 8 o'clock at the Bridgewater Arena. Meanwhile, Clarke was also named the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League's player of the week for November 9. Clarke had six points in two games. He is currently second in league scoring with 33 points and leads the league in goals scored with 19 in 20 games.

Coastal Management Strategy Meeting in Petite Riviere

Here's your chance to have your say about the province's draft version of the coastal management strategy. The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg and the Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation will host a meeting from 7-9 Monday night at the Petite Riviere Fire Hall. The chair of the Foundation, Rick Welsford, says the meeting will discuss how residents can better manage the province's coastline. The chair of the provincial oceans network, Justin Huston, is expected to explain the draft version of the coastal management strategy. Welsford believes Monday night is the last public meeting that the government will collect feedback. If you can't make the meeting, you can read the draft policy online and respond at .