Friday, August 31, 2012

School Zone Speed Limits Change

Local authorities are reminding motorists to slow down when entering a school zone. Members of the Bridgewater Police Service have posted signs and done checkpoints all week about the changes that come into effect Saturday. Starting September 1, the speed limit in a school zone will drop from 50 kilometres per hour to 30 km/h. When the speed limit is more than 50km/h, drivers must slow down to 50km/h. Constable Will Creamer says they will be out in force when school starts next Thursday.

There are fines for exceeding the speed limit in a school zone. Drivers could pay between $340 and $685 depending how fast they travel over the limit.

Rogers Approaches MODL To Set Up Cell Tower

Rogers Communications is exploring the option of setting up a new tower on the Crouses Settlement Road in Upper LaHave. The company has submitted a development agreement with the Municipality of Lunenburg. In their application, Rogers says they are hoping to install the telecommunications tower in the area to provide the best possible service and optimal coverage to residents. Rogers is proposing to purchase 4.66 acres of undeveloped land currently owned by a resident in the community. A 95-metre tower would be installed in the centre of the land, roughly 255 metres from the nearest home. Municipal council has decided to send the matter to the Riverport and District Area Advisory Committee for review.

School Board Approves 2012-13 Business Plan

It's a document that shapes the work of the South Shore Regional School Board. The board approved their 2012-13 business plan earlier this week. The plan outlines the board's achievements from last year and explains cost pressures. Superintendent Nancy Pynch-Worthylake says this year's plan also focuses on three main goals.

The plan acts as a guideline for staff and the board and sets priorities for them to follow. This is the third year of the three-year plan set up by the board. Pynch-Worthylake says work is already underway to develop a new plan for the next three-to-five year period. The full business plan can be found at .

Hurricanes Extend Exhibition Winning Streak

The BMO Western Hurricanes Major Bantam Hockey Club have won all of their Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League exhibition games so far in this early season and continued that trend Thursday night by defeating the Halifax Hawks 5-2 at the Halifax Forum. Goal scorers for the Hurricanes were Travis Parks and Jacob Myra with two each and Logan Walters with a single marker. The Hurricanes will have a few more exhibition games over the next couple of weeks before their regular season opens in mid-September.

Gasoline Prices Rise Again

South Shore gasoline prices are flirting with the $1.40 per litre mark.  The utility and review board has set the new prices for the coming week. Regular self serve at South Shore pumps is selling today for $1.38.6 per litre. Thats an increase of 4 cents. Diesel hasn't changed though ... its still at $1.37.1 per litre.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Council Awards $6,000 Grant To Chester Clippers

The Municipality of Chester has awarded its local junior hockey team with a grant for ice rentals. Officials with the Chester Clippers approached council Thursday morning. They were asking for $8,000, but council decided on a $6,000 grant for the club to rent ice at the Eleanor Pew-Morris Memorial Arena. Deputy Warden Floyd Shatford says they only have so much money for grants.

Shatford called it a good decision by council to support the local club. Training camp opens up September 4 for the Junior 'C' hockey team.

Work Begins On New South Queens Middle School

Current SQJHS will be replaced in 2013
Work is beginning on the new South Queens Junior High School. The fence around the construction zone is complete and additional work is expected to start soon. Director of Operations, Steve Prest, says the school will fill a need for students and the community.

The province's Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has hired Maxim 2000 Inc. to design and construct the new middle school. The facility is scheduled to open in September 2013.

Sports: Lumberjacks Make First Cuts

Four players have been cut from the CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks. Head Coach Terry Rhindress announced the cuts Thursday morning. Among the players cut from the roster are forwards David Schmidt and Bradley Hooper, defenseman Brandon Barrett and goaltender Alex Collette. Rhindress expects to make his next set of cuts after the club's exhibition game Friday night against the Metro Shipbuilders.

Enrollment Increases In Two Local Schools

A pair of Lunenburg County schools are getting more students in their classrooms. New Ross Consolidated and Bluenose Academy will see a spike in their enrollment numbers. The increases will happen in grade primary at New Ross, and multiple grades at Bluenose Academy. The director of Human Resources with the South Shore Regional School Board, Tina Munro, says the numbers impact both schools differently.

Munro says the increase is typically caused by transfers from school-to-school or new families moving to the county. She says they don't anticipate any additional staff because of the increased numbers.

Get Set For Increased Gasoline Prices Again!

Be prepared for the price of gasoline at South Shore pumps to take another jump overnight tonight. In New Brunswick this morning, the price of gas there is up for the fourth week in a row. The maximum price for regular, self-serve has jumped by 3.1 cents per litre to $1.34 per litre. The latest increase means the price has gone up almost ten cents per litre in the past month alone. Meanwhile, the price of diesel is up a penny a litre in New Brunswick and furnace oil has jumped eight-tenths of a cent to $1.17 per litre.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

MODL Councillor Bell Receiving Queen's Medal

A 12-year veteran on municipal council is receiving an award for his work away from the table. Municipality of Lunenburg councillor Martin Bell will be awarded a Queens Diamond Jubilee medal for his work with volunteer fire services. He has spent the last 38 years involved with the Conquerall Bank Fire Department. Bell says he is honoured to receive the medal.

One-hundred and eighty firefighters across Canada will receive the award. Bell will travel to Ottawa next week for the medal presentation along with 29 other fire officials from across the country.

Board Holds Second Candidate Information Session

The local school board is offering potential candidates for this fall's election another chance to learn about being a member. Judith Sullivan-Corney is expected to talk about the board's role, remuneration and time commitment. There will then be a chance for potential candidates to ask questions. Roughly 50 people turned out for the first meeting in late May. Tonight's meeting gets underway at 6pm at the board office in Bridgewater. People interested in running for School Board elections must file their candidate papers by September 11.

Western Hurricanes Announce 2012-13 Roster

The BMO Western Hurricanes have finalized their roster for the upcoming season. Six players from Bridgewater, five from Yarmouth, two from Chester, and one from Lunenburg are among this year's squad. The Hurricanes have enjoyed a successful exhibition schedule so far, racking up four straight wins including an 8-1 Tuesday night against Halifax at Queens Place in Liverpool. The team will travel to Halifax Thursday night for another exhibition game. The regular season starts in September. The full roster is as follows:

POSNameHome Area
GColby MuiseYarmouth
GLuke EminYarmouth
DBen DeveauClare
DWalter FlowerLunenburg
DChristopher GorehamBarrington
DHunter HurlburtYarmouth
DQuinten JohnsonYarmouth
DNoah NauglerBridgewater
FMatt BarronYarmouth
FJarron BollivarBridgewater
FBrogan FitzgeraldShelburne
FMatt GraceBridgewater
FKeith GetsonBridgewater
FCameron JacquardWedgeport
FRiley MerryBridgewater
FJacob MyraChester
FTravis ParksChester
FJered ScottBarrington
FLogan WaltersBridgewater

NSP Paints Electric Co-op Into $30 Million Corner

Members of the municipal electric co-op were caught off guard by a move from Nova Scotia Power aimed at keeping them locked into the company's power grid. NSP is looking for roughly $30 million in total from the five members of the co-op should the independent utilities decide to purchase power from another supplier. Lunenburg mayor Laurence Mawhinney says it's hard to swallow because the co-op has been working hard to find cheaper power for its customers for the past seven years.

Mawhinney says it's frustrating given the province agreed to open the wholesale power market in 2005 so the utilities could explore buying power from other suppliers. Members of the co-op appeared before the utility and review board earlier this month during a hearing attached to NSP's new rate application. The co-op is made up five independent utilities in the province which include the town's of Lunenburg, Riverport, Mahone Bay, Berwick and Antigonish. No word on when a decision is expected from the URB.

UPDATED: Assault Case Put Over Until September

The court case involving a member of the Bridgewater Police Service has been put over until next month. Forty-six year old Christine Bonnell is facing two counts of assault connected to an alleged incident in July.
She was charged last month following an investigation by the province's Serious Incident Response Team. Bonnell is expected to enter a plea during her next court appearance on September 26th.

Penny Drive For Shelburne County Lighthouse

The lowest member of the Canadian coinage system is certainly attracting a lot of attention these days. Numerous community groups are keen on organizing penny drives as a way to raise money before the coin is removed from circulation later in the fall. The latest fundraising campaign is for the Sandy Point Lighthouse Group in Shelburne County. Spokesperson Jerry Fraser says the lighthouse is operated by the community and fundraising is a key part of it's regular upkeep. Fraser is hoping resident's will donate their old pennies to help preserve the iconic lighthouse. Penny drop boxes can be found at Lawton's, Goulden's Shell and at many other stores around Shelburne

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Dr. Martha Jodrey Receives Humanitarian Award

A woman who spends her summer's in Chester is being recognized by the Canadian Red Cross. Dr. Martha Jodrey has been named the organization's humanitarian of the year for her work with people facing learning disabilities. She has spent the last three decades helping to create academic support programs at schools in Halifax and Windsor. Jodrey says she always wanted to help, not receive awards.

Jodrey has received a number of accolades for her long-standing work including the Order of Canada in 2009. She will receive the humanitarian award during a dinner in Halifax on October 24.

Workers At White Point Prepare To Move Indoors

Construction at White Point is preparing to shift indoors. Work on the roof finished Sunday and now the focus turns to installing the remaining windows before moving to the interior. General Manager Danny Morton says it will be a busy week indoors.

Work on the main lodge has been ongoing for the last five months after fire destroyed the previous building last November. Officials anticipate opening the lodge to the public November 8.

Bridgewater Man Charged With Trafficking Prescription Meds

Bridgewater police have charged a local man for trafficking prescription medication. Forty-seven-year-old Kevin Leroy Wheaton of Bridgewater faces charges after an incident last year. In October 2011, Bridgewater Police were called to a home regarding the sudden death of a 22-year-old Lunenburg County man. The body of Joshua Ballard was found in the accused's residence. Charges were laid after a ten month investigation with assistance from the Medical Examiner's office. The man will appear in court November 7th for plea.

Liberal "Power" Meeting Tonight On South Shore

Stephen McNeil
More choice, more competition and more protection from the power monopoly. Thats how the province's Liberal leader Stephen McNeil sums-up the feedback he's been getting from Nova Scotians on his "Power Tour" across the province. The latest installment comes to the South Shore this evening. McNeil will hold a town hall-style meeting to discuss high power rates and his plan for eliminating NS Power's monopoly and those rate hikes which he says are jeopardizing the financial well-being of ratepayers.

Tonight's public meeting will be held at the Oak Hill Fire Hall starting at 7 o'clock. McNeil says similar sessions are planned, even after the utility and review board hearing on September 13th into Nova Scotia Power's application for power rate hikes in 2013 and 14.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Growing Green Festival Enjoys Successful Weekend

A weekend festival has enjoyed one of its most successful years to date. Organizers with the Growing Green Festival say this year's event had one of its best turnouts in its four year history. The free concerts, street fest and local food dinner at Wiles Lake Farm Market were among the crowd-pleasers. Festival Chair Patrick Hirtle says the event went off without a hitch.

Hirtle says the Festival is open to new ideas for next year. The committee has targeted the August 17 weekend in 2013 as next year's date.

Lunenburg: Canucks Win Dory Races Over U.S.

Team Canada took home the trophy at the 60th International Dory Races in Lunenburg over the weekend. Canada captured three out of five races.

 Results below:

Junior Exhibition Race (No U.S Team)

Jorgen Martin & Nathaniel Beck - 7:02.93

Senator Bruce Tarr & Kelly George - 7:16.27

Mixed / Co-Ed

Mike Frontiera & Elin DiAngelo (U.S) - 6:13.19

Tim Mair & Dorothy MacDonald (CAN) - 6:24.48


Patianne Verburgh & Gail Atkinson (CAN) - 6:38.25

Denise Desautels & Edie Wald-Smith (U.S) - 7:06.23

 Over 40's / Masters

Danny Moody & Walter Nickerson (CAN) - 6:09.27

Mike Harmon & John Scola (U.S) - 6:13.70

Senior Men's

Erik Dombrowski & Joe Sanfillippo (U.S) - 10:25.38

Joel George & David Croft Jr. (CAN) - 10:57.41

Queens Health Project Nears Fundraising Goal

Members of the fundraising committee behind the Queens General Health expansion project can see the finish line. The community campaign to raise $1.5 million began last November and the latest figures indicate the group is only $30,000 shy of its overall goal. Campaign chair Christopher Clarke says residents have supported the fundraising efforts from the very beginning.

The Queens Foundation will contribute $11 million towards the expansion with additional support from the Region of Queens, and the Nova Scotia Government. The $16 million dollars project includes a new collaborative health care clinic in Liverpool and extensive upgrades at the hospital's existing 22 bed medical unit.

Chester: Veteran Councillor Set To Re-Offer

A veteran councillor is Chester has announced her intentions to re-offer in municipal elections this fall. Sharon Church-Cornelius was first elected in 1999 and is seeking a fourth term in District 7. As a long time resident of the Windsor Road, she believes the Kaizer Meadow wind project is just one example of the good work being carried out by council.

If re-elected, Church-Cornelius says she will continue to ensure residents tax dollars are spent appropriately and that the municipality remain fiscally responsible. She says her time on council has been rewarding and believes her experience will be an asset when a new council is elected.

Dexter: NDP Vows To Create Jobs on South Shore

Premier Darrell Dexter says the province will speed-up already planned projects to create jobs along the South Shore. The provincial NDP government announced $15 million for road improvements in Lunenburg, Shelburne and Queens Counties late last week. The bulk of the money is spread over three projects with $2.9 million in new paving in East River, $2.7 million on route 203 in Shelburne and $1.8 million for Highway 103 between Exit's 17 and 18. Dexter says the investments will help stimulate the economy in light of some recent setbacks in the region.

The province also plans to upgrade Rissers Beach along with improvements to the T.H. Raddal Provincial Park in Queens and The Island Provincial Park in Shelburne County. Dexter says tenders will go out soon and work will be carried out over the next year.

Baillie Calls For Bowater Land Protection

Pictures of Temperate Forests
A public campaign is heating up to persuade the provincial government to buy back thousands of hectares of land to prevent it from falling into the hands of a foreign forestry company. The land includes three plots that comprise 220-thousand hectares in Annapolis, Halifax, Hants, Lunenburg, Queens and Shelburne counties. The land once belonged to the Bowater Mersey paper mill, which shut down in June. The province's PC leader, Jamie Baillie, is calling upon the Dexter government to work toward protecting the lands.

The province already bought 10-thousand hectares for 24 million dollars as part of the deal to keep Bowater up and running. However, the mill closed anyway within a few months.

Wildwood Cafe Closing September 30

The Wildwood Cafe in Bridgewater is closing its doors. Owners Aaron Brown and Mary Gallardo have decided to shut down the popular eatery September 30. Brown says its time for something new.

The King Street cafe employs up to four people. The restaurant won numerous awards since it opened in February 2009 including Progress Magazine's Best Lunch Spot in the Maritimes in 2010. Brown says people in Bridgewater were very welcoming and they've enjoyed their time on the South Shore.

Peewee 'AAA' Bulldogs Win Provincial Baseball Crown

The Bridgewater Bulldogs peewee 'AAA' baseball team will get a chance to defend their Eastern Canadian Championship crown. The Bulldogs won the provincials over the weekend, defeating the Tri-County Rangers 10-6 in the final. Coach Dennis Woodworth says back-to-back provincial titles at a "AAA" level has never been accomplished in Bridgewater.

Bulldogs player Zack Zinck was named tournament MVP. The local club will head to the Eastern Canadian Championships from September 6-9 in St. John's, Newfoundland.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Back To School Do's & Dont's

Its back to school in just over a week for South Shore students. In the lead up, parents are busy outfitting their kids with new clothes and school supplies. Whether your child is headed to high school or university, the Better Business Bureau serving the Atlantic Provinces has some Back-to-School basics. Jill Atkinson of the Bureau says a new school year can be exciting, but it is important to have a plan in place. She says don't go overboard, plan ahead and stick to a budget.

When shopping for anything from new attire to electronic items, the BBB has these tips to help you be a savvy back-to-school shopper:
1). Set a budget. Decide how much you are willing to spend per child, and know what your child’s school allows. Schools will often provide parents with a list of required items for the school year, which can help determine what you need to purchase. After taking inventory, create a shopping list and stick to it. This will help you avoid costly impulse purchases and ensure nothing is forgotten.
2). Ask about returns and refunds. Shopping for new clothes, accessories and gadgets is one of the highlights of going back to school. When buying new gear, always take the time to ask the store about their refund, return and exchange policy and always keep the receipts.
3). Don’t be fooled by misleading bargains. Back-to-school sales may not be the bargains they appear to be. Read ads and coupons; conditions, timeframes and restrictions must be listed. If an offer is misrepresented, see the store manager.
4). Expensive items: Ask about the warranty. How long is it in effect and what does it cover? Weigh the pros and cons of an extended warranty plan.
5). Shop smart online. Find out the physical location and phone number of the merchant. Read the refund and return policy, have in writing any warranty or guaranty details, be familiar with delivery/shipping costs and time schedules, feel comfortable that the merchant is reliable and not the subject of an unusually large number of consumer complaints, check the privacy policies, and be sure that any information you submit to complete the sale transaction (credit card number, etc.) will be treated with the proper care.
6). Carefully check out businesses. Check with the BBB before doing business with any retail store or online website that you are unfamiliar with. A company Business Review can be found at ... .... or by calling ....1-877-663-2363.

Friday, August 24, 2012

ER Closure: Fishermen's Memorial in Lunenburg

The emergency department at Fishermen's Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg will be closed for a period of time over the weekend. Officials at the hospital say the closure will take place on Sunday evening beginning at 5 o'clock until Monday morning at 7:30AM. The closure is due to the unavailability of staff. All those requiring emergency care are being directed to the South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater.

Queens Residents Receive Diamond Jubilee Medal

Four Queens County residents have been honoured by the premier. Darrell Dexter recognized Liverpool natives Jamie Belong, Beverley Crouse and posthumously to Robert "Scottie" Rodger with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Milton's Alexandra Stephenson also received the medal. The medals were awarded to the four people for their contributions to the province. Today's recipients were nominated personally by the premier. They were presented the medals during a ceremony in Liverpool. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal commemorates the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's accession to the Throne, and honours her service and dedication to Canada.

Sod Turning For Queens General Health Project

Hundreds of residents gathered in Liverpool today to celebrate the ground breaking ceremony for the Queens General Health project. The sod was turned on the $16 million dollar project which will see a new collaborative health care clinic constructed directly behind the existing hospital and the redevelopment of 22 inpatient units. Dr. Gary Ernest has practiced in Queens for the past 30 years. He says the project will benefit both staff and patients.

The QGH project should be complete by the end of 2013.

South Shore Hospitals Still Facing Bed Crunch

The CEO of South Shore Health is asking residents to be patient while staff work through a bed shortage in Bridgewater and Lunenburg. The health authority indicates bed space remains extremely limited at both hospitals in Lunenburg County. Dr. Peter Vaughan says staff are working diligently to meet the needs of those requiring medical attention at both emergency departments.

Vaughan says the situation has improved dramatically at Queens General Hospital in Liverpool over the past few weeks. South Shore Health is encouraging those requiring non-emergency care to use the 8-1-1 phone service or visit their nearest walk-in clinic.

Bridgewater Police Officer Facing Assault Charges

A member of the Bridgewater Police Service has been charged by the province's Serious Incident Response Team. Forty-six year-old Christine Bonnell of Bridgewater faces two charges of assaulting a man. The charges are related to a domestic violence complaint received by Bridgewater Police on August 1. The charges are for alleged incidents in July. Bonnell was not on active duty when the alleged incidents occurred. She is scheduled to appear in Bridgewater Provincial Court August 29.

Mustangs Open Up Training Camp

The dog days of summer are upon us and with it comes the start of hockey season. The South Shore Canadian Tire Mustangs open up training camp this evening. The Mustangs are coming off one of their best regular seasons in team history, but a disappointing first round playoff exit. Camp opens up tonight from 6:30-8pm at the Bridgewater Arena.

Mustangs Training Camp Schedule:

All ice times are at the Bridgewater arena.

Fri. Aug 24 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Sat. Aug 25 - 10:00 am-11::30am and 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Sun. Aug 26 - 10:00 am-11::30am

Fri. Aug. 31 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Sat. Sept 1 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Sun. Sept 2 - 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Lohnes Holds Fundraiser In Lunenburg

Bridgewater's Whitney Lohnes is looking for your support to help her get to tournaments and training camp. The local judoka will be at the Lunenburg Subway Saturday from 10:30-1:30pm. She is selling tickets on a summer-themed gift basket and is also holding a 50/50 draw. Money raised is expected to go towards a tournament in Samoa, a camp in Japan and the University Games in Russia. Lohnes is trying to make it to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Growing Green Festival Opens In Bridgewater

A unique festival dedicated to sustainability opens up tonight in Bridgewater. The Growing Green Festival kicks off its two-day event this evening with a number of events including free concerts at King Street Court. The festival comes into full effect Saturday with exhibitors and activities along King Street and throughout Lunenburg County. Festival chair Patrick Hirtle says the event challenges people to think about more they could be doing.

Hirtle expects roughly 2,000 people to take-in the two day event. This is the festival's fourth year. A reminder for residents that King Street between Empire and Dominion will be closed Saturday to traffic from 7am until 2pm for the festival. For full details, go to .

Diesel Fuel Users Hit By Price Increase

No change this morning on the South Shore in the price of one type of gasoline. However, there's a surprise increase in the price of another. Regular self serve is unchanged in price at $1.34.7 per litre. Diesel is up though, by more than two cents. Its selling at $1.37.1 per litre.

Is Wayward Peacock On South Shore Mayor's Campaign Team?

Its election campaign time these days for many South Shore municipal politicians. Among them is the mayor of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg. However, Don Downe is hoping a wayward peacock that's turned up in his backyard is not applying to be his campaign manager.

Mayor Downe says he's done everything to shuffle the bird off to someone else but the peacock just will not budge. Downe is hoping someone will claim the bird and take it off his hands. So, if your peacock is missing, it might be over at Don Downe's house. You can call the mayor's office to claim it.

Bluenose II Re-Launch Expected In Mid-September

Picture of Bluenose II as of 9:15am Aug 24
The government's project manager for the Bluenose II is projecting a mid-September re-launch date. Bill Greenlaw says there is still plenty of work to be done on the vessel including installing the rudder before it can be put into the water. He's commending workers in Lunenburg for their efforts in transferring the schooner from its renovation area to the marine slipway.

The side transfer was completed Thursday in a matter of hours. The schooner has undergone an extensive $16-million rebuild along the Lunenburg Waterfront.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Video: 60th International Dory Races In Lunenburg

The 60th International Dory Races will be held in Lunenburg this weekend. Races begin at 10 o'clock on Saturday. Click on the video below to check out some of our pre-event coverage with CKBW & HANK FM's Steve MacArthur interviewing Canadian Dory Association President Kelly George.

Baillie Wants Details On Failed Michelin Expansion

Nova Scotia's PC leader is calling on Premier Darrell Dexter to reveal why a proposed expansion at Michelin's tire plant in Waterville was nixed. The tire manufacturer scheduled a press conference last month at its plant in the Annapolis Valley but the company cancelled at the last minute. Jamie Baillie believes Michelin's decision to cancel their expansion plans is due to the first contract labour bill.

Michelin employs 3,500 people across Nova Scotia including 1,300 in Waterville and just over 1,000 in Bridgewater.

VIDEO: Olympian Visits Kippers Gymnastics Club

A 16-year-old Olympian says she's impressed with what she sees at Kippers Gymnastics Club in Bridgewater. Ellie Black stopped by the club today to meet with young gymnasts and helped answer questions on certain techniques. Black also posed for pictures and signed autographs for roughly 30 people who gathered to see her. She says the Olympic dream is reachable if kids practice hard and believe.

One of Black's training partners, 11-year-old Vincent d'Entremont, says it's great to train alongside an Olympian.

Black helped the Canadian gymnastics team finish fifth in London. The Halifax native says she's unsure if she will try to qualify for the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.

VIDEO: Workers Begin Moving Bluenose II

Picture of Bluenose II as of noon August 23, 2012

Workers along the Lunenburg Waterfront start the process of moving the Bluenose II into its position for re-launch. The work was being done this morning. The vessel is expected to be placed into its cradle. It's another step in the process before the vessel returns to the water. The province has yet to release a re-launch date for the schooner.

Minor Injuries In Queens County Truck Crash

The driver of a 10 wheel truck received minor injuries earlier this morning when his vehicle left Highway 103 near East Port L'Hebert and ploughed into the ditch. The truck landed on its side. Queens RCMP Constable Rick Ellens says they closed the highway for about an hour while the truck was righted and moved away.

The driver of the truck received only a few bumps and bruises. He's OK. Its not known yet what caused the accident. Investigators say the weather was clear and driving conditions good at the time.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Brown Ready For Next Shot At Bridgewater Council

A former town councillor in Bridgewater is vying for a seat in this fall's municipal elections after a four-year absence. Sixty-nine-year-old Beverlee Brown says she has renewed energy and wants to get back on council to help make decisions on environmental and developmental changes. Brown spent 11 years on council from 1997 until 2008 when she was defeated. She says the last four years has been eye-opening.

Brown looks to shared services with other municipalities as a future direction for council. Councillors Patrick Hirtle, Jim Bell, Bill McInnis and Greg Ritcey are all seeking re-election. Deputy Mayor David Walker is going after the mayor's position while current mayor Carroll Publicover is not re-offering. Meanwhile, Councillor David Mitchell plans on running in the next provincial election and isn’t running for town council. Jennifer MacDonald is the only other resident to confirm with CKBW/HANK-FM News that she is running. Elections will be held October 20.

Bluenose II Shifting To Position For Re-Launch

Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador is about to be moved for the first time since its rebuild began two years ago in Lunenburg. According to the Bluenose II official website, workers are preparing to shift the vessel into a position for re-launch. The vessel is expected to be placed into its cradle beginning Thursday morning. It's another final step in the process before the vessel returns to the water. The schooner has undergone an extensive $16-million rebuild along the Lunenburg Waterfront. The province is expected to announce a re-launch date in the near future.

Sod Turning for Queens General Health Project

It's a celebration to kick off a long awaited project designed to improve health services along the South Shore. A sod turning ceremony for the $16 million dollars Queens General Health project will take place on Friday. Local dignitaries and members of South Shore Health will join Premier Darrell Dexter for the event in Liverpool. The project will see the construction of a new primary care clinic and redevelopment of the 22-bed in-patient unit at the hospital in Liverpool. Avondale construction has been awarded the work tender for the project. The sod turning ceremony will take place at 11 o'clock.

Meet And Greet: Jenna Martin In Westfield

South Shore residents are getting another chance to meet their local Olympian. Organizers have set up a meet and greet event with Jenna Martin at the Westfield Community Centre Thursday night. One of the organizers, Linda Frail, says its a chance for people to show their support.

There will be chance to get pictures taken with Jenna, as well as autographs. The event will be held Thursday night from 7-9pm.

Martin Meets Supporters At Bridgewater Superstore

The South Shore's lone Olympian exchanged hugs, smiled for pictures and signed autographs for people who took time to see her during a meet and greet Wednesday afternoon at Bridgewater Superstore. Jenna Martin spent two hours meeting residents and listened to their conversations about how proud they are of her accomplishments. Over 30 people stopped by to meet the local athlete. The 24-year-old made it to the semis of the women's 400 metre event at the London Games.