Tuesday, August 7, 2012

VIDEO: Martha Seabury Launches In Lunenburg

After two years of work, the Martha Seabury is now in the water. The schooner is one of two being built by Dawson Moreland and Associates along the Lunenburg Waterfront. Hundreds of people showed up to watch the boat get christened and launched into the water. Captain Daniel Moreland says its a great moment for Lunenburg.

The 48-foot schooner still needs lots of work before it can sail including rigging and installing masts. During the launch, Lunenburg mayor Laurence Mawhinney shared one of his favourite nautical verses before the vessel hit the water.

The schooner is owned by Hollywood actor Billy Campbell and named after his grandmother. He says it make sense to name the vessel after someone he loved.

The Martha Seabury is expected to sail down the coast to Newport for a boat show in September.

Drug Bust: Police Seize Pot Plants & Firearm

RCMP have seized 275 marihuana plants and a firearm after a weekend raid in Shelburne County. Police say they discovered the plants after they blitzed a remote camp in Upper Clyde River on Saturday. It took officers six hours to collect all the pot plants while they executed a search warrant. Corporal Nancy Wilson says the seizure is a good reminder that marihuana harvesting season is around the corner. She says police will continue to dismantle grow operations in an effort to keep illegal drugs off the street. Police say the camp was unoccupied at the time of the seizure but a production charge is expected.

Crews Battle Fire In Queens County

Firefighters in Queens were kept busy over the lunch hour due to a fire in Western Head. Crews were called to battle a fire at a home near the intersection of College Street and Shore Road. The fire broke out just before noon. No word on what caused the blaze or extent of damage. Members from Liverpool, North Queens and Greenfield were on the scene for more than an hour.

Mayor's Race Filling Up In Yarmouth

The campaign trail is getting crowded in Yarmouth. At least four potential candidates have emerged to seek the mayor's job in municipal elections. Byron Boudreau was the latest to announce his intentions during a speech in Yarmouth last week. Boudreau currently serves as the deputy mayor on town council. Business consultant Pam Mood and former mayor Charles Crosby have also announced their intention to run for job. Crosby announced in July he would try to win back the mayor's position. During an event in Yarmouth in May, mayor Phil Mooney told CKBW News he would seek re-election.

New Military Figures Coming To Bridgewater

A second batch of Canadian military action figures are about to land in Bridgewater. The Army, Navy and Air Force collectibles were first released on the South Shore in December last year, but sold out quickly. Now, new figures including ones decorated in Arctic, desert and green camouflage will be available for purchase. One dollar from each sale will go to the Soldier on Fund for military personnel and families of injured members. The figures are expected to be sold at Miller Optical in the Eastside Plaza, starting on Tuesday.

Myra Seeks Re-Election In Lunenburg

A veteran councillor in Lunenburg will seek re-election in municipal elections this fall. Jamie Myra has confirmed his intentions to re-offer for a seat on town council. In a press release, Myra says he wants to be a part of a new team in Lunenburg to help move the town forward. Myra has served as a councillor for the past 12 years and calls the grand opening of Bluenose Academy a 'proud moment'. He says the school is a benefit to the educational growth of youth in the town and a tremendous addition to existing infrastructure. Municipal elections will be held October 20th.

Injuries Result From Yarmouth County Home Invasion

RCMP are investigating a weekend home invasion and assault in Yarmouth County. Officers responded to the incident at a home on Highway 1 in Darlings Lake around 5:40 Monday morning. Police say a 26-year-old man and a dog were assaulted during the forced entry and suffered serious injuries. They say a 23-year-old woman who was also inside the home wasn't hurt. Police had been looking for a 26-year-old man who suffered from injuries, but he has since been located and is receiving medical attention.

Baillie Tells Dexter Government To Not Meddle With Constituency Review

Photo: Jamie Baillie
Jamie Baillie
An independent commission tasked with drawing new Nova Scotia electoral
boundaries will hold its second round of public meetings starting today in Port Hawkesbury. The commission was forced to revise its interim report last month after the province's attorney general said it did not comply with the legislature's terms of reference. The commission's revised report calls for the elimination of three ridings and the creation of two new constituencies for a total of 51 seats, down from 52. The province's PC leader Jamie Baillie is again calling on the government to back off and stop pressuring the commission to determine the future of ethnic and cultural ridings.

The public meetings will be held in various communities across the province until August 16th, with the final report due August 31st.

Several People Homeless After Riverport Fire

Riverport Fire Hall
A weekend fire in Riverport has left five people homeless.  The four adults and one child are staying with relatives for now and are receiving assistance from the Red Cross ..... things like emergency purchases of clothing and food. There were no injuries in the blaze at 3601 Riverport Road. There is no word yet on a cause. The names of those left homeless have not been released either.