Thursday, August 30, 2012

Council Awards $6,000 Grant To Chester Clippers

The Municipality of Chester has awarded its local junior hockey team with a grant for ice rentals. Officials with the Chester Clippers approached council Thursday morning. They were asking for $8,000, but council decided on a $6,000 grant for the club to rent ice at the Eleanor Pew-Morris Memorial Arena. Deputy Warden Floyd Shatford says they only have so much money for grants.

Shatford called it a good decision by council to support the local club. Training camp opens up September 4 for the Junior 'C' hockey team.

Work Begins On New South Queens Middle School

Current SQJHS will be replaced in 2013
Work is beginning on the new South Queens Junior High School. The fence around the construction zone is complete and additional work is expected to start soon. Director of Operations, Steve Prest, says the school will fill a need for students and the community.

The province's Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has hired Maxim 2000 Inc. to design and construct the new middle school. The facility is scheduled to open in September 2013.

Sports: Lumberjacks Make First Cuts

Four players have been cut from the CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks. Head Coach Terry Rhindress announced the cuts Thursday morning. Among the players cut from the roster are forwards David Schmidt and Bradley Hooper, defenseman Brandon Barrett and goaltender Alex Collette. Rhindress expects to make his next set of cuts after the club's exhibition game Friday night against the Metro Shipbuilders.

Enrollment Increases In Two Local Schools

A pair of Lunenburg County schools are getting more students in their classrooms. New Ross Consolidated and Bluenose Academy will see a spike in their enrollment numbers. The increases will happen in grade primary at New Ross, and multiple grades at Bluenose Academy. The director of Human Resources with the South Shore Regional School Board, Tina Munro, says the numbers impact both schools differently.

Munro says the increase is typically caused by transfers from school-to-school or new families moving to the county. She says they don't anticipate any additional staff because of the increased numbers.

Get Set For Increased Gasoline Prices Again!

Be prepared for the price of gasoline at South Shore pumps to take another jump overnight tonight. In New Brunswick this morning, the price of gas there is up for the fourth week in a row. The maximum price for regular, self-serve has jumped by 3.1 cents per litre to $1.34 per litre. The latest increase means the price has gone up almost ten cents per litre in the past month alone. Meanwhile, the price of diesel is up a penny a litre in New Brunswick and furnace oil has jumped eight-tenths of a cent to $1.17 per litre.