Monday, December 5, 2011

Big Brothers Big Sisters looking for Board Members

South Shore Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for board members. The non-profit group for Lunenburg and Queens Counties is searching for energetic people with drive and interest in promoting youth. The president of South Shore Big Brothers Big Sisters, John Collyer, says its a rewarding experience.
"Anybody who has been involved in mentoring youth would understand that it is a very rewarding activity and it brings so much to the quality of life for these young people."
Collyer says people interested would have to participate in a screening process with a criminal records check and search of the child abuse registry. He urges everyone to get involved by contacting South Shore Big Brothers Big Sisters at 543-4435.

Giant Tiger Donating Dollars to Food Bank

A Bridgewater business is doing their part to stock up a local food bank. Giant Tiger is donating one dollar from every transaction Tuesday to the Bridgewater Interchurch Food Bank. The manager of Giant Tiger, Shane Demmings, says the purchase can be anything from a chocolate bar to clothing. Demmings says the food bank is in desperate need to fill their shelves, especially during the holiday season. He hopes the store can raise at least $2,000 for the food bank.

Shelburne Medical Clinic: $236,000 for Upgrades

A primary health care clinic adjacent to Roseway Hospital in Shelburne has received a boost from the province. The Shelburne Medical Clinic will receive $236,000 in provincial funding for upgrades. Environment minister Sterling Belliveau, in making the announcement this morning in Shelburne on behalf of the health minister, says a key part of the area's health care system will now be modernized. The upgraded clinic will have improved space for health care teams to work together to provide care to patients and will help recruit and keep doctors. Community partners such as the Municipality of Shelburne and the Roseway Hospital Foundation are providing just over half of the project's total cost. The project will be getting underway in a few weeks.

South Shore Woman Safe Following 9-1-1 Call

A 59-year-old South Shore woman who got lost in the woods of Lunenburg County on the weekend has been found safe and sound by searchers. The woman went for a walk on a trail Sunday afternoon, but became disoriented as darkness fell. As the temperature dropped, the woman used her cellphone to call 9-1-1. Police and Lunenburg Ground Search and Rescue were dispatched to the trail near Aldersville. The woman was found more than two kilometres from where she began her hike.

Mahone Bay eatery hopes for Liquor License

A popular restaurant in Mahone Bay is hoping a decision from the province's utility and review board falls in their favor. Zwicker's Inlet Restaurant and Cafe has been operating without a liquor license since July mainly because of a dispute with the eatery's former owner's.  The matter has been before the URB for three months because the restaurant's previous operators have yet to sign over the license. Manager Neven Luck says if the ruling doesn't go their way - he'll be forced to make some tough decisions. "We are struggling and it's not a fun situation heading into the holiday season without having a liquor license, so we're trying to compensate by offering reduced prices to bring them in and remind them that we are here...we do hope the URB will cancel the present license that's in place for this premises and once that happens our license will be approved," Luck says the restaurant employs around 14 people and has been operating in the same location since 1989.  The Utility and Review Board has scheduled a show cause hearing on the matter for December 12th.

CKBW/HANK FM Listeners Plan to Support Local this Holiday Season

It looks like this Christmas season will be a promising one for local businesses in the South Shore. More than 88 percent of CKBW/HANK FM listeners say they will support local merchants while shopping for the holidays. In total, 149 of those who voted on our web site say they have already or plan on buying local. This week's question asks listeners if they support the Nova Scotia government's $50 million dollar bailout package for Bowater Mersey. Our poll is located toward the bottom of our Home page.

Baril named new President and CEO of Composites Atlantic

Composites Atlantic has a new president and CEO. Claude Baril has been involved with the company since 1989 and has spent the last 12 years managing the Composites Atlantics development center in Mirabel, Quebec. Baril was given the interim position in August after replacing Maurice Guitton. He says he wants to continue developing the company as a leader in aeronautic, defense and space markets.

Resolute: NS Gov' Support is Final Piece of Complex Puzzle

A spokesperson for Resolute Forest Products says a five-year $50 million dollar support package from the province is enough to keep the paper mill in Brooklyn running. Pierre Choquette confirmed the deal was the final piece of a complex puzzle to help the company reduce costs at the Bowater Mersey paper mill. Choquette says half of the money will allow the company conduct a complete overhaul at the mill to upgrade machinery and make the plant more energy efficient. "It's about being more competitive and to do that we need to better our equipment, invest in upgraded equipment and it will help us remain competitive and lower our costs," Coquette says the company will also explore exporting its newsprint to growing markets like Latin American. The package announced Friday in Liverpool includes the province spending more than 23-million dollars to buy more than 10-thousand hectares of woodland from the company. The land purchase will be complete by March 31st.