Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Three People Face Drug Charges In Pleasantville

RCMP have arrested three people after searching a home on New Cumberland Road near Pleasantville. Police entered the home Tuesday morning seizing 80 marihuana plants, a quantity of processed marihuana, and eight long guns that were improperly stored. A 54-year-old woman, 57-year-old man and a 56-year-old man, all from the Pleasantville area, are facing charges of production and possession of marihuana. The 57-year-old man will also be charged with firearm-related offences. They will appear in Bridgewater Provincial Court at a later date.

Chester Race Week Begins

It's hailed as Canada's largest keel boat regatta. Over 130 boats are expected to make a splash in the water at the Chester Yacht Club for Race Week from Wednesday until Saturday. Local competitors from Bridgewater, Lunenburg and LaHave are in the field as well as others across the province and Saint John, New Brunswick and Charlottetown, PEI. Boats will race around four different courses including the Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta. Yacht Club Commodore Randy Stevens says the event should provide some spin-offs to the area.

Live entertainment is also provided for people once the races are complete. More details can be found at http://chesterraceweek.com/.

Chester Race Week: Pub Night Changes

There are some changes this year in the way the traditional pub nights are held during "Race Week". Live music will be shut down nightly at 1AM this year. Organizers of the event and municipal council in Chester reached common ground on the issue during a meeting in March. The change is in response to numerous concerns and noise complaints raised by people who live near the Yatch Club - which is the main venue for evening after party's during "Race Week". Guests are still permitted on the property until 2AM.

Bluenose II: Dome Tear Down Almost Complete

The massive dome covering the Bluenose II during its rebuild in Lunenburg is nearly dismantled. The temporary shelter has protected the schooner during its restoration over the last two years on the Lunenburg waterfront. The tear down, signals a major step in the process towards re-launching the vessel. After the dome is removed, Bluenose II needs to be moved to the slipway in preparation for the relaunch. Further prep work and tide conditions will then play a large factor in determining when the vessel returns to the water. The schooner is expected to be completely rigged towards the end of the year and ready for public sailing next summer.

Bridgewater Police In Need Of New Radio System

The next step for a new radio system for municipal police will go through a call for proposals. Bridgewater Police Chief John Collyer spoke to town council Monday night about the desperate need for a new system. Collyer says they are in need of a more modern radio system.

Collyer says they experienced a number of failures with their system in June and need to replace it as soon as possible. The police service has set aside $30,000 to replace the current model. Collyer is hopeful the new system can be purchased for under $40,000.

Opposition Leaders Concerned About Latest Electoral Boundaries Commission Hearings

The province's electoral boundaries commission brings its latest series of public meetings to the South Shore this evening. If its anything like the session in Yarmouth yesterday, it will be a boisterous one. The province's opposition parties are against these latest meetings, re-visiting territory largely covered by the commission months ago. It recommended in its initial report, keeping the 4 protected ridings of Argyle, Clare, Richmond and Preston. However, the Dexter government then ordered the commission to re-write its report saying it didn't stick to its original terms of reference. PC leader Jamie Baillie says thats just wrong.

Meanwhile, Liberal leader Stephen McNeil says losing the four "protected" ridings would be an irreparable loss.

Tonight's meeting begins at 6 o'clock at the Bridgewater Best Western. The commission's final report is expected August 31st.

MODL: Veinot Re-offering For District 8

There will be a candidate race for District 8 in the Municipality of Lunenburg. John Veinot has announced he will seek re-election after spending 18 years as councillor. He has served the district from 1988 to 1997 and again from 2003 until now. Veinot says it took some time to make the decision.

Veinot says he wants to keep working on reducing the municipal debt. Dan Hennessey has also announced his intention to run in the district.