Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Local Schools Get New Tool For Students With Autism

A new resource is coming to South Shore schools to help teachers and staff support students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The information guide includes details on how students with autism learn and teaching strategies. A spokesperson for the local school board, Catherine Rahey, says it's an important document.

Autism specialists and health professionals are among a group of people who helped develop the guide.

Shelburne Food Bank Ready For Christmas Rush

The Shelburne Loyalist Food Bank is in a good position as Christmas nears. Spokesperson, Wayne Dukes says residents of the community have been a great help by organizing food drives, and donating money. Dukes says the organization hands out turkeys over the Christmas season. However he says they need other food donations too.

Donations are being accepted at their Shelburne location on Carleton Street.

Lumberjacks Owner Stands Behind Head Coach

The owner of the CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks is giving his head coach a vote of confidence. Ken Petrie says his hockey club has under-achieved so far this season, but that isn't reflective of his head coach's work ethic. Petrie says Terry Rhindress is a quality coach.

The Lumberjacks sit in fifth place in the Eastlink Division, six points ahead of Metro for the final spot in the mini-series. Petrie says he hopes to acquire a scoring forward and defenseman before the league's trade deadline on January 10.

IWK & South Shore Health Form New Partnership

IWK surgeons will perform routine procedures in Bridgewater under a new partnership with South Shore Health. The surgeries will be conducted once a month and will eliminate the need for families to travel to Halifax for smaller procedures on the ear, nose and throat. South Shore Health CEO Peter Vaughan called it an innovative and cost effective approach to health service delivery. He says the partnership will bring the expertise of IWK surgeons much closer to home for residents of south western Nova Scotia. The surgeries are being held on Friday's and booked through the South Shore Regional Hospital.

CKBW And Empire Theatres Host Toy Drive

CKBW will partner with Empire theatres this Saturday for their second annual toy drive. Last year was a huge success helping over 200 families celebrate the holidays on the South Shore. Ted Haley from Empire theatres says he hopes to exceed last year and fill the entire lobby with toys this weekend.  Haley says they are asking for new unwrapped toys for both boys and girls.  The toy drive officially kicks off from Empire theatres Saturday, toys will be accepted until the 23rd.

Christmas Kettles Steaming Hot With Donations

The Salvation Army's annual Christmas Kettle campaign is well underway. For more than a century, the familiar donation bins have been found in all the key shopping areas and other public-gathering spots. Captain Fillippe Vega of the Lunenburg County Salvation Army says the money raised through the Christmas season helps needy families through the entire year.

The Kettle campaign along the South Shore raised thousands of dollars last year. Captain Vega says despite a difficult economy in recent years, residents in the area haven't wavered in their support of the Salvation Army's efforts to help those in need.

Jacks Trade Snair To Indiana For Future Considerations

The CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks are moving on without the services of goaltender Anderson Snair. The club traded the 18-year-old to Indiana of the USHL for future considerations. Snair was acquired by the Lumberjacks just over a week ago from the Metro Shipbuilders, but never reported to the team.

Mustangs Battle Halifax On Eastlink

The South Shore Mustangs will be shown on prime-time television tonight. The local major midget hockey club will take on the Halifax Titans in Eastlink's game of the week. The last time the two teams met, the Titans outscored the Mustangs 17-1 in a weekend home-and-home series. The game starts at 8pm and will be seen on channel 10.