Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mustangs rake in Honours at League Banquet

A good showing for the South Shore Canadian Tire Mustangs at the Major Midget awards banquet. Alex Mann was named the best rookie defenseman while Brennan Bailey and Avery Clarke were named to the second all-star team. Morgan Messenger was named to the league's all-rookie team. The awards were given out recently in Truro.

Bridgewater Police & K9 Unit Called to Parkview School

Bridgewater Police and their K9 Unit were called in to help find a missing student at Parkview Education Centre today. Police received the call from school staff over the noon hour. Constable Will Creamer says police used the opportunity to practice what they call an isolation drill. He says they had all students return to their classrooms for about 25 minutes. Police say they were able to locate the missing student without incident. The isolation drill involved moving students to safe and separate area for a period of time so the dog team could do its work.

New Germany Students Recall Trip to Vimy Ridge

Dana Young, Ben Hannah, Jessica Joudrey and Cody DeLong are four of over 40 students who recently attended the 95th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in Northern France.
 A group of over 40 kids are back from a historic trip overseas. Students from New Germany Rural High School went back to classes Monday after travelling to Vimy Ridge to mark the 95th anniversary of the great battle in Northern France. Grade 12 student Cody DeLong says it was a chance to see the burial grounds of his great uncle.
"It was powering to be right where he was laid to rest, so my family is proud that I was going over and I was proud to finish his trip and make it back home."
The group also travelled to Anne Frank's home in Amsterdam as well as Munich, Germany and London, England. Grade 11 student Dana Young says the home made an impression on her after reading Anne Frank's diary many times growing up.Trip Leader Hester Gibson says the journey gave students a chance to learn more about the past. The students will now collect their many photos and videos taken and make a presentation for a school assignment.

Property Tax Goes Up In Queens Region

Property taxes in Queens County are going up in an effort to cushion the blow of significant revenue losses in the region. Residential, commercial and resource properties will each face a three cent spike per hundred of assessment in their tax bills for the fiscal year 2012-13. Mayor John Leefe called it the most challenging budget since amalgamation in 1996. Leefe says the region has lost $1.2 million in revenue since Nova Scotia Power properties were reassessed over three years ago. He says a $135,000 tax break for Bowater Mersey has also contributed to a difficult year for the municipality. Council passed the tax increase and its budget at a meeting this morning. Its operating budget exceeds $17.6 million dollars while its capital budget has been set at $3.3 million. The Region also approved the second $250,000 installment of its $1-million dollar commitment to the Queens General Hospital Project.

Bawdy House Was Operating In Apartment Building

Police say a woman arrested in connection with running a suspected bawdy house in Bridgewater has a criminal background. Constable Will Creamer says an investigation into the matter had been underway for months before an arrest was made last week.  He says police believe the 30 year-old Halifax woman acted alone in the operation. "At this time there is one person under arrest, there are no other people arrested from this investigation," Creamer says the suspected bawdy house had been operating out of an apartment building but its location hasn't been revealed. The accused is set to appear in court next month.

Police Investigate Theft of 40 Truck Tires

It's enough tires for 10 vehicles. Bridgewater police are looking for suspects involved in breaking and entering into GCR Tire Center on LaHave Street and stealing 40 truck tires. The alleged theft occurred sometime between Friday night and early Monday morning. Anyone with information are encouraged to contact Bridgewater police.

Katimavik Cuts Disappoint Town of Shelburne

Its a disappointing loss for the town of Shelburne. The Katimavik program was cut from the federal budget last month, meaning the group won't be coming to the community. Jerry Locke, Director of Community and Economic Development, says the spin-offs could have been substantial for the town.
"It was not only a tremendous benefit to the community in terms of the people who would be here and what they would contribute to us, but it would be a chance for us to expand our horizons to get to meet some new people. There also would have been the economic boost of 12 people living here for a year, paying rent for a year, buying groceries; it was probably close to a $500,000 benefit to us."
Locke says the federal funding cut surprised everyone involved and groups have been left scrambling to find other resources. He says people should protest the cuts to their local MLAs.