Monday, June 4, 2012

Murray Inducted Into N.S. Sports Hall Of Fame

The best hockey player to ever come out of Bridgewater is headed for the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame. Former South Shore Mustang Glen Murray is a member of the 2012 Inductee Class announced Monday. The 39-year old Murray played 16 NHL seasons with Boston, Pittsburgh, and L.A.. He tallied 337 goals and 651 points in 1,009 regular season games. He also posted 20 playoff goals. His best season came in 2002-03 when he notched 92 points in 82 games. Other inductees include Olympic Bronze medalist Steven Giles and one-time Blue Jay pitcher Vince Horsman. The official induction ceremony will take place November 3rd.  

South Shore: Provincial Parks Review

A review of Nova Scotia's provincial park system will hit the South Shore this week. A series of public meetings are planned over the next two days to discuss the value of provincial parks and how they should be managed in the future. The review is part of government's natural resources strategy which calls for a review to develop a more sustainable parks system. Director of Park and Recreation for the province, Harold Carroll, says information gathered will be used to develop a draft plan on how to manage provincial parks going forward.

The province has nearly 300 properties in the provincial park system, including 122 day-use parks. Public consultation meetings will be held in Bridgewater, Shelburne and Yarmouth this week. Details are listed below.

All meetings are from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the following locations:

Tuesday, June 5

-- Bridgewater: Days Inn and Convention Centre, 50 North St.

-- Yarmouth: Rodd Grand Hotel, 417 Main St

-- Kentville: Fire Hall, 463 Main St.

Thursday, June 7

-- Shelburne, Royal Canadian Legion, 120 Water St.

-- Digby, Royal Canadian Legion, 92 Mount St.

Western Shore Nominated For Celebration Tour

You can add Western Shore to the list of local nominations for the Kraft Celebration tour. The community, just outside Mahone Bay, joins the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre in Bridgewater and Queens Place in Liverpool as South Shore areas trying to receive $25,000 to improve active living in the area. The nomination was made by resident Richard Corkum, who says the community playground and baseball field are in great need of upgrades. The nomination period ends June 10.
Previous Nova Scotia winners include Pictou, Sackville and Port Hood. To have your say go to .

Election Poll: South Shore Voters Have Favourites

The results of our "election" poll over the past week are in and have produced some interesting results. We asked the question "If a provincial election were held today, how would you vote?". The results of the "unscientific" poll have 47 percent of those who voted in favor of Jamie Baillie's Progressive Conservatives. The Liberals under Stephen McNeil came in with 35 percent support and Darrell Dexter and his governing NDP finished with 18 percent of the popular vote. PC Leader Jamie Baillie believes its a sign his party's message is getting out.

Liberal leader Stephen McNeil says he has more work to do to show South Shore voters his party is electable and would be a reliable alternative to the Dexter government. He plans to continue talking with people about how he would solve many economic and social problems.  McNeil says he's particularly happy with potential Liberal candidates for the South Shore.

Premier Darrell Dexter has decided not to comment.  A spokeswoman from the premier's office said in an email that 'the poll is not representative of the region and we are not interested in commenting.'

Mustangs Hold Banquet, Prepare For Golf Tourney

The South Shore Canadian Tire Mustangs awarded some hardware to players during their May 27th closing banquet. The 2011-2012 recipients are: 
  • Unsung Hero- Brandon Challoner
  • Coach's award- Jamie Blair
  • Rookie Defenseman- Alex Mann
  • Rookie Forward- Morgan Messenger
  • Forward of the Year: Avery Clarke
  • Defenseman of the Year- Brennan Bailey
  • Most Valuable Player - Shaun McEachern
The Mustangs also had a few records broken this year. Defenseman Brennan Bailey broke three long-standing records including most points in a season by a defenseman, most career points by a defenseman and most goals by a defenseman. Meanwhile, the sixth annual Mustangs Major Midget Golf Tournament goes this Friday June 8 at 12:30pm at Osprey Ridge Golf Club. Entry fee is $500 for a four-person team. Details can be found at .

South Shore: Early Tourism Numbers Show Promise

It's been a solid start to the season for many tourism operators along the South Shore. Several operators report a higher than normal traffic flow for the month of May. In Lunenburg, mayor Laurence Mawhinney believes the conference scene in Halifax and the nice weather has played a significant role in boosting visits in the town. However, Mawhinney says its hard to predict how the rest of the season will fair, especially during an election year in the United States.

The town has also thrown its support behind efforts to restore the Yarmouth to Maine ferry service. Mawhinney called it the missing link right now for many tourism operators along the South Shore.

Lunenburg Lighthouse Nominated For Protection

A historic lighthouse in Lunenburg has been nominated for special designation. The Lunenburg Waterfront Association has nominated the Battery Point Lighthouse for designation under the federal Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act. The lighthouse was de-commissioned in 1987 but the structure as it's known today has been standing since 1951. Chair of the Waterfront Association, Allen Cresser says the structure has a storied past since its been perched at the end of the Battery Point Breakwater.

Approximately 350 lighthouses across the country have been nominated for such designation with nearly 95 of them located in Nova Scotia. The federal government will determine which lighthouses will be designated as heritage over the next three years.

More Bike Lanes Coming To Bridgewater

Cyclists are about to get more space on Bridgewater roads. The town's planning department is expecting to start work as early as this week on new shared bike lanes. The lanes will be installed on a portion of North Park Street, York Street and Alexandra Avenue. Director of Planning, Eric Shaw, says the bike lanes provide people with another option to travel.

Shaw says the town will also be putting up signage to help educate motorists on how the lanes work. He says they don't anticipate many traffic holdups, with the work occurring in the early morning hours.