Tuesday, September 4, 2012

VIDEO: Large Brush Fire Off Highway 103

No injuries after a large brush fire Tuesday night in the Martins River area. Five fire departments including Western Shore, Martins River, Mahone Bay, Chester Basin, and Blockhouse were called to the scene to battle the blaze around 7:45pm. The fire happened just off highway 103 between exits 9 and 10. Western Shore Fire Chief Scott Rafuse says the outcome could have been worse.

Fire crews spent over three hours at the scene. It is considered suspicious. Close to 50 firefighters helped battle the blaze.

School Board Approves New By-Laws

The South Shore Regional School Board has approved new by-laws before this fall's election. Board member Judith Sullivan-Corney and the regional education officer started working on the information back in January. The new by-laws define roles and responsibilities of the superintendent and members, meeting procedures, and accountability. Sullivan-Corney says the by-laws will provide structure to the newly elected board.

The by-laws will now be forwarded to the Minister of Education for final approval. To view the new by-laws, go to http://ssrsb.ca/ .

Feds, Province Invest In Nova Scotia Music Week

The federal and provincial governments are teaming up to help showcase local musicians. Member of Parliament, Gerald Keddy, announced $246,000 from the federal government to purchase equipment and make infrastructure improvements at Queens Place Emera Centre for Nova Scotia Music Week. Improvements to the facility include a new ice covering system, upgrades to storage capacity, and additional seating. Keddy says an additional $40,000 will spent to help Music Nova Scotia develop export opportunities during Nova Scotia Music Week.
The money will be used to give musicians access to influential music buyers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Meanwhile, the province announced $38,400 in funding to also bring in international music buyers from the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada to hear live performances from local acts. Nova Scotia Music Week 2012 will be held at the Queens Place Emera Centre from November 8-11. More details on the event can be found at http://nsmw.ca/ .

RCMP Advise Drivers To Slowdown As School Begins

South Shore schools open for classes on Thursday. The first day of school in September after summer vacation is considered one of the busiest days of the year. For motorists, they have to be extra cautious. The RCMP's media liason officer, Sgt. Brigdit Leger, says one of the biggest changes this year for motorists is in school zones.

However, Leger says drivers have to be careful everywhere and expect the unexpected.

Leger says motorists need to slow down not only in school zones but everywhere else too where kids are seen along streets and on sidewalks.

North Queens Roof Replacement On Schedule

The roof replacement at the North Queens Community School is nearly complete. The project started earlier this summer and is expected to be ready by October 15. Director of Operations, Steve Prest, says the work needed to be done sooner rather than later.

Prest says there have been no complications with the project, and its proceeding on schedule. The replacement cost about $300,000.

Local Video Promotes Prostate Cancer Awareness

September is Men’s Cancer Awareness month and a local survivor has developed a new video to encourage kids to speak to their parents about the disease. 'Dad: We Need to Talk' focuses on the need for men to get checked for prostate cancer. Dan Hennessey came up with the idea for the video. He hopes it will drive awareness to prostate cancer and convince men to see their doctor.

You can watch the video by going to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KVyNFt--Mg&feature=youtu.be .