Thursday, October 25, 2012

UPDATE: Military Men OK After LaHave Accident

Two veteran members of the military have been released from hospital after their dump truck flipped on Highway 331 in LaHave on Wednesday. A spokesman with the armed forces based out in Greenwood says both men were discharged from hospital earlier today. John Pulchny says the men were working on a community project and were heading home for the day when their truck flipped near the Fort Point Road. He says one man suffered a broken wrist along with some other injuries. RCMP are investigating the cause of crash.

Woods Harbour Man Charged With Stunting

RCMP have charged a 55-year-old man from Woods Harbour with stunting. Mounties say they clocked the driver doing 182 km/h in a 100 km/h zone near Liverpool last night. Police say the man faces an automatic one-week driving suspension. If convicted, he also faces a fine of $2,400 and an automatic six points on his drivers's record. Stunting can be defined as traveling more than 50km/h over the posted speed limit. In a release, RCMP say they take these matters seriously and deem them to be one of the most dangerous forms of aggressive driving.

School Board's Maintenance Crew Wins Award

The local school board's operations department has bragging rights for the next year. The board's maintenance crew recently took home an innovation award from the Nova Scotia School Maintenance Advisory Conference. Staff made a special tool allowing doors and hinges to be straightened, re-adjusted and re-used, helping to save on time and money. Communications Manager Trish Smith says the award speaks volumes about their maintenance crew.

This is the first time the local school board has received the trophy.

Lunenburg: Power Outages Expected This Weekend

There will be two planned power outages over the weekend in Lunenburg. The first will take place between 4AM and 6AM on Saturday morning and will mainly affect residents of Old Town. Resident who live around Montague and Creighton Street and between Kaulback and Kemp Street will lose their power during that time. Another outage is planned between 12:30PM and 4:30PM on Sunday afternoon This outage will affect New Town residents between Lorne Street and High Street. The outages are necessary for pole replacement, line work, tree trimming and FibreOp preparation.

Fire Chief Says People Are Careless With Candles

A South Shore fire chief says people must be more careful when using candles. Lyle Russell of the New Ross Volunteer Fire Department says a case in point is last night's fire in his area that destroyed a home.
Departments from Chester Basin and Kentville helped New Ross fire fighters battle the blaze on Mill Road off Highway 12. Russell says people don't realize the dangers surrounding candles. Its believed the fire was started by an unattended candle.

The middle-age couple who lived in the home were outside doing work in their garage when the fire began.
No one was hurt. The fire marshall is investigating.

UPDATED: Long Night For Emergency Crews In LaHave

It was a long night for emergency crews after a flat bed truck transporting a front end loader over turned in LaHave late Wednesday afternoon. RCMP, EHS and fire crews spent 12 hours at the scene along Highway 331. Two men were injured as a result of the crash, with one airlifted to Halifax with serious injuries. The cause of the crash is under investigation but RCMP believe alcohol was not as a factor. Corporal Scott MacRae says investigators are exploring all angles. MacRae says the truck was owned by the Department of National Defence. He says a large amount of fuel was spilled and environmental officials were on scene to analyze the situation.

Special Olympic Torch Run Hits The Road

Law Enforcement officers on the South Shore hit the road on foot earlier this morning in support of Special Olympics. Fifteen town police, RCMP, natural resources and fisheries officers left the Bridgewater Arena at 9:30am bound for Kentville in the Valley by way of Highway 12. They're raising money for Lunenburg and Queens counties Special Olympics through the sale of red shoe-laces. South Shore Special Olympics co-ordinator Betty-Ann Daury says money raised is put to good use.

Two South Shore Special Olympic athletes are also running the route. They're Jamie Belong of Liverpool and Mathew Fay of Chester. Everyone expects to arrive in Kentville by mid afternoon. Similar Law Enforcement Torch Runs for Special Olympics are held in dozens of communities today across the country.

Fire Destroys New Ross Home

New Ross Volunteer Fire Department - New Ross
A house fire in the New Ross area overnight has left a middle-age couple homeless. The fire broke out around 11 o'clock Wednesday night at the home on Mill Road off highway 12 in New Ross. The man and woman were doing some work in their garage when they noticed smoke coming from the house. New Ross Fire Chief Lyle Russell describes what he and his crew saw when they arrived.

The fire was out within a couple of hours. The New Ross department had help from fire departments in Kentville and Chester Basin. The cause of the blaze is believed to have been an unattended candle. The fire marshall will be investigating. No one was hurt.

Microbrewery Moving To Liverpool

A popular microbrewery in Cherry Hill is moving to Liverpool. Region of Queens council approved the zoning requirements for Hell Bay Brewing Company during a special meeting Wednesday. The new location is expected to be on Legion Street, in a building known as Hoggies Buy and Sell. Co-owner Melanie Baillie says it will be a big expansion.

Baillie says they will also become a full-time business to meet demands, after operating on a weekend schedule since their microbrewery opened. She says they are excited to move to Liverpool because they will be more accessible and could attract more people to the area. She says they plan to move to Liverpool in January 2013, and hope to produce their first batch of beer in their new location by next March.