Friday, July 13, 2012

Yarmouth Town Council OK's Budget

The town of Yarmouth has given the green light on its budget which won't feature any new tax hikes. Mayor Phil Mooney says it's been a challenging stretch for the town over the past few years. However, he says staff and council were able to prioritize spending and balance the books. Mooney says a number of projects are planned for this year which include improvements to the downtown core, new sidewalks and a skateboard park.

The residential and commercial tax rate will hold steady for the third consecutive year. Council approved their budget blueprint during a meeting last night in Yarmouth.

Gaff Point Nature Reserve Project On For Saturday

Gaff Point, Nova Scotia (Photo by NCC)
Gaff Point Nature Reserve
There will be a day-long sprucing-up tomorrow (Saturday) of the trails at the Gaff Point Nature Preserve near Kingsburg. 

The Nature Conservancy of Canada, which owns some 15 South Shore strips of land for natural preservation, is inviting volunteers to join their members on Saturday at the Gaff Point site.

The group's stewardship co-ordinator, Marla Bojarski, is hoping for a good turnout.

Marla also says wonderful scenery at the site should help the work go smoothly too!

How to sign up: visit and click on the event link on July 14th. Enter all your information. Or call Marla at 902-480-3607 to sign up over the phone

What to bring:
Lots of water, sunscreen, proper footwear (no open toes please!), lunch, snacks and energy!

You can also just show up at the Hirtle's Beach parking lot at 10 o'clock Saturday morning. The project runs until 4pm.

Gasoline Prices Rocket Upwards!

A big jump in gasoline prices along the South Shore. A litre of regular self serve is selling at $1.28.2 this morning ... thats almost 6 cents more than yesterday. Diesel is listed at just slightly lower.

Gasoline prices have increased dramatically despite moderate price gains on global markets. Yesterday, the price of oil closed the day, up 27 cents to US$86.08 a barrel.

Tall Ships: Crunch Time As Volunteers Needed

The town of Shelburne is still in need of volunteers only two weeks before they host the Tall Ships. Spokesperson Jerry Locke says the response has been favourable but a few key volunteer positions are unfilled. Hundreds of people are expected to take in the event and more volunteers are needed to help handle the crowds properly. Volunteers are needed to sell tickets, control "traffic" at gangplanks and conduct surveys looking at the economic impact of the event. Locke says they need about 60 volunteers in total so workers aren't overwhelmed. To volunteer, call the Community and Economic Development Office in Shelburne at 875 3873.

Local Morning News & Sports - July 13, 2012

Its Friday, the 13th of July. Here is the latest South Shore news and sports this morning from CKBW and Hank-FM News.
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