Thursday, December 6, 2012

South Shore Track Stars To Help Coach Local Kids

A slew of local track and field stars are gathering in Bridgewater later this month to teach kids the fundamentals. National team members and South Shore athletes Rachael McIntosh of Bridgewater, Mattias Wolter of Conquerall Mills and Chelsea Whalen of Liverpool along with CIS athletes Jesse Drennan of Bridgewater and Sarah Glen of Lunenburg will help show kids the importance of warming up and cooling down. Olympian Jenna Martin of Bridgewater could also make an appearance. There will also be focus on drills including high jump, sprints, distance and javelin. McIntosh says she looks forward to helping local kids.

There are two camps being offered at the HB Studios Fieldhouse; introduction and developmental sessions. The Introduction to Track and Field Winter Camp goes from Dec 17-22 while the Development Camp is one day, December 27. Registration details can be found here .      

Cookville Trail To Be Named After Arthur Young

A retired municipal politician will get a trail named after him for his many years of service. Newcombville grade four student Zoe Naugler chose the name 'Arthur Young Trail' because of his over 40 years on council. She received the most votes in the 'Name the Trail' contest for grade primary to six students who attend schools in the municipality. Over 20 submissions were received. Young's name will serve as the title of the connector trail in Cookville.

17 Employees Given Pink Slips At Recycling Centre

Nearly half of the unionized workforce at a Lunenburg County recycling plant are struggling to come to grips after receiving pink slips this week. Seventeen full-time employees at the Whynott's Settlement's plant were given their notice on Wednesday after their jobs were moved to Scotia Recycling of Kentville. The decision was finalized after three municipal units voted to shut down the line that sorts blue bags at the facility. They included the Municipality of Lunenburg and towns of Mahone Bay and Bridgewater. Marilyn Crook, president of the Canadian Auto Workers union, Local 1944 says it's a difficult time for those involved.

Meanwhile, Municipality of Lunenburg mayor Don Downe called it an extremely tough decision. He says the facility is in need of roughly $2.5 million in upgrades. The contract with Scotia Recycling will save the municipalities $2.7 million over the life of the ten year contract.

Steven Page Will Play The South Shore

Steven Page is coming to Shelburne. Former lead singer of the popular band "Barenaked Ladies" will be playing the Osprey Arts Centre July 13th. Page is well known for classics like "If I had a million dollars" and "Brian Wilson". Since leaving the Canadian pop rock group, Page has recorded three solo albums and is touring on his own. For the South Shore concert he will perform with co writer Craig Northey. Tickets are now available by phone or in person.

Son Of Murdered South Shore Woman Talks About Violence

Today is the 23rd anniversary of the Montreal masasacre. On this date in 1989, Marc LePine enterred L'ecole Polytechnique and shot 14 female students to death before taking his own life. The event has become a symbol of violence against women and vigils and flag-lowerings will be held across the country today and tonight to mark the anniversary. Here on the South Shore, the District Labour Council is sponsoring a vigil this evening. For Devon Illingsworth, this will be the first time he's attended the annual event. His mother, Tina Mae Eisnor, was shot to death in June 2010 in New Germany. Her son says he's only now starting to move on with his life and he has some advice for those who have been affected by violence.

Tonight's candle light vigil in Bridgewater will be held at the fire hall.