Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Habitat For Humanity: Family For Mahone Bay Build Needed

The need for a family is at an all-time high for Habitat for Humanity. The South Shore Chapter is about to start building a home in Mahone Bay, but doesn't have a family that qualifies yet. Some of the criteria includes the family's need, their ability to re-pay a no down payment or interest mortage and volunteering 500 hours towards building their home. Chair of Habitat's family selection committee, Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, says finding a family is a priority.

An information meeting is scheduled for Thursday night at 6:30pm at the United Church in Mahone Bay.

Women's Centre Advocating Against Violence

"Be a piece of the solution. Be the Peace we all yearn for." Those words are part of a new community project through Second Story Women's Centre. The centre is hoping to create a three year action plan to address relationship violence. A free three-day public gathering to discuss the action plan will be held at the Lunenburg Community Centre beginning Thursday night. The full schedule is as follows:

July 5th: 6:30 - 9:00pm
July 6th: 9:00 - 5:00pm
July 7th: 9:00am - 12:30pm

All meetings are at the Lunenburg Community Centre. For more information, you can call Second Story Women's Centre at 640-3044 or 543-1315 or visit .

Dexter: Confident Michelin Announcement Will Happen

Premier Darrell Dexter says he's not worried over Michelin's decision to postpone plans for an announcement tomorrow at the company's plant in Waterville. The company didn't give any reasons in a news release for the decision to postpone its announcement, and a new date has not been set. Dexter says there's no reason to believe the announcement won't go forward at a later date.

The tire manufacturer has been looking at expanding its operations in the Annapolis Valley community. In May, Dexter announced funding for a study that would look at relocating the Waterville Municipal Airport to allow for expansion at Michelin.

Peterson-Rafuse Downplays Need For Bowater Inquiry

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The MLA for Chester-St.Margarets and Dexter cabinet minister is trying to clear-up confusion surrounding the government's 50-million dollar bailout package for Bowater-Mersey last December.  Denise Peterson-Rafuse says she's disturbed by what she says are inaccuracies being expressed by people with political motives. 

In a CKBW and HANK-FM News interview, Peterson-Rafuse says the money was well spent, based on what was known or .. not known ... at the time about the future of forestry and Bowater.

Peterson-Rafuse says its unfortunate the deal fell through and Resolute was forced to close the Brooklyn mill.  However, she says there certainly was nothing done below board that would warrant further investigation, as requested by the Canadian Taxpayers' Federation. 

She is confident replacement industries will be found to take up the slack left by Bowater's closure more than two weeks ago.

Affordable Housing Units Open Today in Chester

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The ribbon will be cut this morning on four new housing units in Chester.  They will provide more affordable housing options for seniors and those with disabilities.  Premier Darrell Dexter and Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse will officially open the new units.  They're are on Highway 3, across from Foodland.