Tuesday, November 13, 2012

School Board Holding Annual General Meeting

The newly-elected South Shore Regional School Board will be sworn-in Wednesday night during the annual general meeting. Six elected officials along with the Mikmaq and African Nova Scotian representatives will replace the one-member board that has served the region for the last year. Members will review the previous year's work and elect a new chair and vice-chair of the board. Communications Manager Trish Smith says anyone can run for those positions and will be voted on by the members. The meeting is open to the public and will be held Wednesday night at 7pm at the board office.

Conquerall Bank Church Seeking Heritage Property De-Registration

It could the beginning of the end for a Conquerall Bank church as a heritage property. Municipal council has approved a motion to hold a public hearing to consider de-registering the Redeemer Lutheran Church. Members received a letter from the property's owner saying the church is no longer being used as a house of worship on a regular basis and the building is in need of repairs. Mayor Don Downe says the costs have become too much to bear for the church.

The building was built in 1863 and is the oldest church structure in Conquerall Bank. There are currently 14 heritage properties in the municipality of Lunenburg. A public hearing has been scheduled for early January.

Milton Fire Sends Man To Hospital

 A Queens county man is recovering in hospital following a house fire in Milton. The fire broke out over the noon hour on Morely Street. RCMP Sergeant Jeff Wells says the man had escaped the home when members arrived at the scene.

Wells says the home sustained significant smoke and water damage as a result of the fire. No word on the cause.

Highway 103 Crash Victim Identified

RCMP have released the victim's name that was killed in a motor vehicle collision on Highway 103 yesterday afternoon. Seventy-year-old Alan Wayne McTavish of Bridgewater died when the vehicle he was driving collided with a transport truck between exits 19 and 20A near Liverpool. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.

New Life For Iconic Cox Warehouse In Shelburne

The iconic Cox Warehouse in Shelburne has been given new life. The historic building will undergo a major restoration following an investment to the tune of $229,000 through ACOA (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency). Upgrades to the 110-year-old building include a new roof, window replacement, modernizing the heating system, reshingling and structural repairs. Following its restoration, the Cox Warehouse will become the new home of the micro-brewery operated by the Dock Street Brewing Company. President of the Shelburne Historical Society, Louise Lindsay called it a huge opportunity for the community. She says her organization has spent 20 years looking for a suitable use for Cox Warehouse.

Federal Dollars To Help Shelburne Projects

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The federal government will contribute more than $100,000  to four projects in Shelburne County. South Shore-St. Margarets MP Gerald Keddy was in Shelburne this morning to deliver the cheques. There was one for $10,250 for restoration work on the Sandy Point Lighthouse. Just over $11,000 will go toward improvements along historic Dock Street. A large investment of nearly $60,000 will help the Shelburne County Arena Association in making improvements to the Shelburne Arena. Another $26,530 will support the Municipality of the District of Shelburne to complete work on improving the washrooms, shower facilities, parking lot and floating docks at Welkum Park.

Location Set For Law Amendments Meeting In Shelburne

The province has announced details of where and when its law amendments committee will meet to talk about proposed changes to the electoral boundaries of the Shelburne district. The proposal, submitted earlier by the Electoral Boundaries Commission, has sparked a backlash among constituents. They suggest the proposal cuts the riding in half, even though there was no public consultation. The Dexter government says public meetings will be held at the Sandy Point Lighthouse Centre in Sandy Point on Thursday night and Friday morning. Those hoping to make a presentation are being urged to register in advance by calling the Nova Scotia legislative counsel in Halifax.