Monday, September 17, 2012

School Board: 'False Alarm' At North Queens School

It's a false alarm at the North Queens School this afternoon. Various fire departments were dispatched to the school in Caledonia shortly before classes were dismissed to check things out.  Workers are currently replacing the roof at the school, but a spokeswoman from the local school board confirmed the false alarm earlier this afternoon. She says debris from the ongoing roof project interrupted a smoke detector causing the fire alarm to go off. Students were moved to the nearby fire hall for pick-up as a safety precaution. Classes will resume as scheduled tomorrow.

Clippers Win Pre-Season Junior 'C' Tournament

The Chester Clippers remain poised to have another strong year on the ice. The Clippers captured the Nova Scotia Junior 'C' Hockey League's annual pre-season tournament over the weekend at Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool.  The Clippers went 4-0 to win the banner, defeating Barrington 4-2 in the final. Chester continues its pre-season play Wednesday night against the Fundy Phantoms in Bedford. Scores from the weekend:
Chester 4, Spryfield 0
Chester 5, Shannon 0
Medal Round:
Semi-Final - Chester 2, South Shore 1 - Overtime
Gold Medal Game - Chester 4, Barrington 2

Funding For South Shore Fire Departments

The province is helping more than 50 fire departments and emergency response organizations purchase new equipment. MLA's Pam Birdsall and Gary Ramey announced funding for 12 projects in Lunenburg and Queens counties today. In New Germany, the volunteer fire department was awarded $14,000 to help replace their radio communications tower. Fire Chief Blair Lantz says it's an important announcement for their department.

The total cost of the project is $30,000 with the fire department chipping in the remaining funds for the project. South Shore fire departments in Bridgewater, Blockhouse, Chelsea, Blandford and Riverport also received funding today under the Emergency Services Provider Fund.

Nurse Practitioners No Longer Accepting New Patients

Bridgewater's two nurse practitioners have finished accepting new patients at this time. According to Liz Finney with South Shore Health, 120 people were lined up around 8:40 this morning to get a spot. The nurses were accepting 100 people today. Finney says the next intake date hasn't been confirmed yet.

Penny For The Park Campaign Hits Final Stretch

Just about two weeks left to get your pennies in to support Veteran's Memorial Park in Bridgewater. The Royal Canadian Legion in the town is collecting the one cent coin to keep the park in good shape and help pay for future projects. Chair of the park's committee, Roger Purnell, says the fundraising has gone well so far.

Fundraising ends on the last day of this month. Pennies can be dropped off at the Bridgewater Legion or J and S Paints in the Bridgewater Plaza.

Bulldogs Win Atlantic Baseball Championship

The Bridgewater Bulldogs Bantam 'AA' baseball team are Atlantic champions. The club made it look easy over the weekend, sporting an undefeated record and winning the final in convincing fashion, 12-2 over Dartmouth. Coach Dennis Woodworth says defense, pitching and an offensive strategy led to the win.

It's the second year in a row that a Bridgewater baseball team has brought home an Atlantic title. Woodworth calls it a special moment for the local association. He says the team will wrap up its season with a banquet in October.

Repairs Slow Traffic Along Old Highway 3 In Hebbville

Road repairs are underway on Highway 3 between Bridgewater and Hebbs Cross at the intersection with Highway 103 (Exit 14). Crews are repaving and also replacing a bridge along the 6 kilometer stretch of highway. The DOT advises the work will continue over the next couple of months and traffic may be reduced to one lane in sections where work is being done.

VIDEO: Coast Guard Vessel Wears War Hero's Name

Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Keith Ashfield announced the name of another new vessel in the Canadian Coast Guard fleet on Friday afternoon in Lunenburg. The vessel is being built at ABCO Industries Limited boatyard in Lunenburg. The Canadian Coast Guard ship has been named after decorated war veteran Stan Dudka - a native of New Glasgow. Dudka was also a distinguished federal fishery officer. He died in 2008 and was represented by members of his family at the ceremony.  The finishing touches on the CCGS S. Dudka are taking place at ABCO before the vessel is dispatched to work off Prince Edward Island. The Lunenburg based company was awarded the $2.9 million dollar contract to build the 14-metre vessel for the Canadian Coast Guard last year.

Gas Leak Last Night In Cookville!

A gas leak last evening resulted in the evacuation of the Irving convenience store in Cookville and the upper section of North Street in Bridgewater and highway 10 were closed to traffic. It happened around 7pm when employees at the Cookville Irving noticed a strong gas smell and called Northfield fire fighters. Oakhill fire fighters were also called in. It was later determined the leak was being caused by a faulty regulator in the Irving gas station heating system. Repairs were made and the store and surrounding area were given the OK around 10pm. No one was hurt.