Friday, June 8, 2012

ALS Walk In Lunenburg

Its a walk for South Shore residents to raise awareness for ALS. The event will be held Saturday morning in Lunenburg at the town's curling club on Green Street. Chair of the walk's committee, John Garroway, says money is needed to help people with the disease.

Garroway says 60 percent of money raised will go towards families, while the other 40 percent goes towards research. Registration starts at 9am with the event kicking off at 10am Saturday.

Martin Still Searching For Olympic Nod

It's down to crunch time for Bridgewater's Jenna Martin. The current 400 metre Canadian champion hasn't secured a berth into the Olympics with 49 days to go until they begin. Martin will suit up for a race Saturday in Clermont, Florida still trying to crack her Olympic 'A' standard time. She's been very close to reaching the mark already, missing by just 14-hundreds of a second. Her coach, Charles Scarrow, says in an email, he thinks Saturday will be her day.

Million Dollar Milestone for Bridgewater Relay'

Organizers for this year's Relay for Life in Bridgewater say it might be their best event to date. Thirty-nine teams took part in the relay which raised more than $114-thousand dollars. Leadership chair Sarah Sweeney says it was another great year for the relay despite a drop in the teams.

This year's event marked the tenth anniversary of the Relay for Life in Bridgewater. Since 2002, residents have raised more than $1-million dollars towards cancer research, prevention and advocacy.

UPDATE: Old Bridge Re-Open in Bridgewater

Traffic flow in Bridgewater should ease up a little this weekend. Motorists will be happy to know work on the Old Bridge is finished and the bridge re-opened this afternoon. It was undergoing some regular maintenance over the past week.

South Shore Students Awarded Diamond Jubilee Scholarships

Thirteen South Shore students have won commemorative scholarships in the name of the Queen. Sixty Diamond Jubilee Awards have been awarded to students across the province, one for each year of Queen Elizabeth II's reign. The scholarships are awarded to graduating Grade 12 students who have demonstrated leadership and made significant contributions to their communities and the province. The awards are worth $2,000 each. The following South Shore students have been named winners:

Samy Abidib - Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School
Lauren Blinkhorn - Shelburne Regional High School
Meghan Brodmann - Park View Education Centre
Chantale Comeau - Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High
Josiah Cormier - Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School
Justin Cotteau - Barrington Municipal High School
Darren Deinstadt - Shelburne Regional High School
Elizabeth Dunford - Park View Education Centre
Garret Fancy - Park View Education Centre
Mariele Guerreo - Park View Education Centre
Daniel Prest - Bridgewater High School
Alexandra Stephenson - Liverpool Regional High School
Kelsey Torak - Shelburne Regional High School

World Oil Price Tumbles Ahead Of Fall In South Shore Gasoline Prices

Gloomy signs about the sputtering American economy are credited for sending the price of oil down by $2.50 this morning.  Oil is trading at $82.32 U-S a barrel -- down 22 per cent since the start of last month. That's putting downward pressure on the dollar, which dropped six-10ths of-a-cent this morning. The loonie is trading at 96.67 cents U-S.
In our area, gasoline prices took a tumble overnight. A litre of regular self serve is selling this morning at South Shore pumps for a dollar-25-point-9 ($1.25.9).  Thats just over a 3 cent a litre drop from yesterday.

NDP Leader Mulcair Set To Speak At NDP Convention

The federal NDP leader makes his way to the South Shore this weekend. Tom Mulcair will join provincial New Democrats during their convention at Atlantica Oak Island in Western Shore. Lunenburg MLA Pam Birdsall says she's looking forward to hearing what Mulcair has to say.

Mulcair is expected to speak Saturday afternoon after Premier Darrell Dexter.

Members are expected to elect a new provincial executive and approve a new party constitution at the convention. The convention starts Friday evening and goes until Sunday afternoon.

White Point Beach Resort Starts Penny Challenge

It's an indication South Shore fire departments believe a penny saved is a penny earned. White Point Beach Resort, along with the Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia, has started a competition called 'Pennies for Protection' to help raise money for volunteer departments. Each participating department will gather pennies and the one with the most will be crowned 'King Penny 2012.' The marketing and product development manager at White Point, Donna Hatt, says volunteer departments are critical to communities.

Residents are urged to provide pennies to local departments. Each participating department will gather pennies with a weigh-in scheduled for June 30 at the Liverpool Fire Department. More details can be found at .The following fire departments are participating in the competition :

1) Alma Volunteer Fire Department
2) Annapolis Royal Volunteer Fire Department
3) Charleston Fire Department
4) Chester Basin Volunteer Fire Department
5) Cornwall & District Fire Department
6) Greenfield & District Fire Department
7) Liverpool Fire Fighters Association
8) Lunenburg Volunteer Fire Department
9) Maitland Volunteer Fire Department
10) Oakhill & District Fire Department 
11) Port Hastings Volunteer Fire Department
12) Port Medway & District Fire Department
13) United Communities Fire Department
14) Whycocomagh Volunteer Fire Department