Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Local Legions Receive Provincial Funding

A pair of South Shore legions have received funding from the provincial government. The NDP has granted $1,294 to the New Germany branch for roof repair. It is also providing almost $2,875 for insulation work at the A.L. Patterson legion in Caledonia. Eight other legion buildings across the province are also getting money for various projects. The money is provided through the Legion Capital Assistance Program.

MODL: Boat Speed A Concern Near Gifford Island

The Municipality of Lunenburg is taking steps to reduce boat speeds between Indian Point Road and Gifford Island near Mahone Bay. Council decided to bring the issue to their police advisory board and also post signs on government wharfs and boat launches in the area. The problem became apparent after a nearby resident brought it to the municipality's attention. Mayor Don Downe says there are two issues to consider.

Downe is optimistic posting signs will remind boaters to keep their speed at a minimum when they enter the narrow channel. If convicted, boaters can face fines up to $350.

Kippers Gymnastic's School Hosts Olympian

A 16 year-old gymnast fresh off a solid performance at the Summer Olympic's will make a stop in Bridgewater later this week. Ellie Black of Halifax helped lead the Canadian team to a fifth place finish on the balance beam, vault, floor and uneven bars in London. Black and her coach David Kikuchi will take part in a meet and greet on Thursday at Kippers School of Gymnastics in the Gateway Plaza. Instructor Nena Erickson says local athlete's are excited about the opportunity to meet the young Olympian.

Nearly 300 athletes from Chester to Yarmouth are currently training in a variety of sports at Kippers. The event will be held at the gymnastics club beginning at 10 o'clock.

Food Bank Bikers Begin South Shore Leg Of Trip

Logo of Feed Nova Scotia

A community barbeque is planned early this afternoon in Bridgewater. Its to welcome Cyclist Roger Boutlier and the rest of his crew from the provincial realtor's association. Its the end of another leg of their ride from Sydney to Yarmouth to help food banks across the province.

Today's event goes over the noon hour at Shipyard's Landing. The public is invited to attend and bring along a cash donation or a non-perishable food donation. The realtors' trip began a week ago in Sydney. It wraps up in Yarmouth on Saturday after travelling to Liverpool, cross-country to the Valley and to Digby. The campaign is to help restock Feed Nova Scotia's food banks. The campaign goal is to raise 25-thousand dollars.

Walker Elected To National Police Board

Bridgewater's deputy mayor has accepted a role as an executive member on the Canadian Association of Police Boards. David Walker is now the secretary and treasurer of the national board after he was elected during a conference in Victoria, B.C. last week. His responsibilities include overseeing finances and disbursing funds to members. Walker says he wanted to be a part of the board's transition.

Walker says he will hold the position for one year. He is also a member of the local police commission and president of the Nova Scotia Association of Police Boards.

Chester: Open House On Wind-Energy Project

Residents of Chester will have an opportunity to learn more about the municipality's new wind-energy project. Members of council will host an open house this afternoon to explain how the project will proceed. The $5 million dollar project will be fully owned by the municipality and feature a large 2.3 megawatt turbine. The turbine will be constructed at the Kaizer Meadow Management Centre and is expected to begin generating power in 2013. Minas Basin Pulp and Power is developing the project and tasked with selecting the turbine and permitting work. The open house will provide residents with an opportunity to ask questions and talk about the project one-on-one. The event will held at Kaizer Meadow and begins at 1 o'clock.