Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Still A Mystery: Re-Launch Date for Bluenose II

The re-launch of an iconic Nova Scotia schooner will take place sometime this summer but when it reaches the water remains a mystery. The Bluenose II is undergoing a $15.9 million dollar refit in Lunenburg.  It's rebuild includes a new hull, frame and planking. Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage spokesman Michael Noonan says the re-build has gone well. He says its launch ultimately depends on the vessels construction schedule. However, Noonan wouldn't say whether the schooner will be sailing in time to join dozens of tall ships expected to visit the province in July. "Well those are all things we will be announcing in due coarse as all the details are worked out - so I think what I would probably say is stay tuned and there will be some news about that coming out in the not so distant future," The original Bluenose was built in 1921. Bluenose II was built in 1963 and transferred to the province in 1971 for $1-dollar. Meanwhile, the tall ships will be in Halifax from July 19 to 23. Stops are also planned in Lunenburg, Shelburne, Yarmouth, Sydney and Louisbourg.

More Drug Related Arrests in Queens County

Five people have been arrested on drug related offences in Liverpool. RCMP arrested four men last Friday ranging in age from 17 to 28 years old. Police say they seized a quantity of marihuana and hydromorphine during a blitz in Liverpool, they also recovered some cash and drug paraphernalia.  Each of the accused is facing trafficking and possession charges. Meanwhile, Mounties also arrested a 16 year-old girl in the same weekend for the same reason. The teen is also facing drug related charges after police allegedly seized some pot and drug paraphernalia. RCMP say the arrests are part of a crack down on drugs in the downtown area of Liverpool.

New Condenser for Lunenburg Arena

A critical part of the Lunenburg Arena's refrigeration system will be replaced this spring. The rink will get a new condenser - which keeps the ice crisp and arena cool. The town has pre-approved the purchase and set aside $50,000 to replace the rinks 22 year old condenser. Councillor Jamie Myra says the rink is an important part of the community. 'We have a strong minor hockey program, a strong skating program and a strong gentleman's hockey program. So we think it's very important for the citizens to make sure the ice is ready for the fall of 2012," It's expected the unit will cost in the area of $40,000 to replace.

Drugs Seized & Charges Laid in Queens County Bust

Example of a Marijuna Grow Op
There's been a drug bust in Queens County.  The RCMP have charged two people after a search and seizure at a home in Brooklyn Monday evening.  Queens RCMP Staff-Sgt. Jeff Wells says they discovered a grow-op and seized 168 marihuana plants and 23 grams of marihuana.  He says: "Although there were a number of plants, some of them were not very large.  Actually, most of them are quite small. We basically did that on our own. It was the members of Queens District. We did do some drug enforcement over the weekend with the assistance of the street crime unit from Shelburne and a police dog from Yarmouth."  Arrested in connection with the grow-op were a 58-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman, both of Brooklyn.  They've since been released and are scheduled to appear in Liverpool Court, June 12th.