Tuesday, April 30, 2013

UPDATED: Police Release Robbery Suspect Photo

Queens RCMP have released a photo of the robbery suspect in Caledonia earlier today and are asking the public for assistance in identifying him. Police says the suspect entered the Caledonia Pharmasave at approximately 10am today. The lone man approached a female employee and demanded prescription pills. He was armed with a weapon but no one was injured. The suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of prescription pills. The suspect is a Caucasian man. He is approximately 5' 10" tall, slim build, early 20's. He was wearing a dark colored checkered hoody and possibly blue sweat pants. His face was covered at the time of the robbery. The suspect is believed to have left the scene in an older model white SUV.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Queens District RCMP at 902-354-5721 or Crime Stoppers at www.crimens.ca or 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

RCMP: Time To Remove Studded Tires From Vehicles

If you have studded tires on your vehicle, you might want to take them off to reduce the risk of paying a penalty. RCMP are reminding motorists that as of Wednesday, studded tires aren't allowed on your vehicle. Sgt. Al LeBlanc says it is illegal to operate a vehicle with the tires between May 1 and October 14. The offence carries a fine of $141.16.

Police Search For Armed Robbery Suspect

Mounties in Queens County are investigating an armed robbery at the Caledonia Pharmasave. Police say a man walked into the drug store around 10 o'clock this morning and demanded prescription pills. He was armed with a weapon but no one was injured. The suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount medication.  Constable Laura Cormier-Jones says they believe suspect is in his early 20's.

The suspect is believed to have left the scene in an older model white SUV. Cormier-Jones says police believe the man hopped into a GMC with two other individuals. The nearby, North Queens Community School was under a "hold and secure" order for about two hours while police investigated the matter. The precautionary safety measure has since been lifted.

EI Changes Hurting Region; Need Further Study: Yarmouth MLA

Federal Human Resources Minister Diane Finley says changes to Employment Insurance are a reasonable way to help Canadians get back to work faster. Finley was commenting following a request from the four Atlantic premiers to suspend changes made to the program. Under new rules, workers must accept a job within 100 kilometres of their home as long as they are qualified and the pay is at least 70 per cent of their old salary. Yarmouth Liberal MLA Zach Churchill says seasonal employment is a critical component of the regional economy and changes to EI will drive even more people to other parts of the country looking for more stable employment.

At the Atlantic premiers annual meeting yesterday on the South Shore, they called for further study of the new EI rules, saying they're hurting seasonal industries.

UPDATED: "Lockdown" Lifted At North Queens School

A lock down order has been lifted at a school in Caledonia. The safety measure was put in place at North Queens Community School after an armed robbery at a nearby drug store. Communications manager with the South Shore Regional School Board, Trish Smith says was no immediate threat to students or the school. The notice was issued around 10 o'clock. RCMP confirm they are looking for a suspect in the area. No injuries were reported during the robbery.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Province Opens Up Huge Swath Of Land For ATV'ers

ATV enthusiasts will be able to explore some new trails, previously inaccessible in Nova Scotia. Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse has announced 13 gates have been opened to allow vehicle access to 1,700 kilometres of land previously owned by Bowater Mersey. Ecologically sensitive areas remain off-limits for vehicles. The province bought more than 220,000 hectares of forest land in southwest Nova Scotia in December. Provincial conservation officers will patrol the area and ATV groups will also work to ensure their members obey the restrictions.

Man Charged In Teen Confinement Will Stand Trial

A provincial court judge has ordered a man accused of sexually assaulting and confining a teenage boy to stand trial. Gregory Lenehan ruled today during a preliminary hearing that David James Leblanc will be tried by a judge and jury. Leblanc is facing seven charges in relation to the alleged incident last fall in a cabin in Upper Chelsea. Police began their investigation last September after a woman reported that a barefoot boy arrived at her home chained at his wrists and ankles. It's believe the boy was held captive a ten day period before he was able to escape. A publication ban was imposed on all evidence presented during the preliminary hearing. Dates for Leblanc's Supreme Court trial will be set on May 9th.

NS Labour Supports Proposed EI Reform Moratorium

The Atlantic premiers are meeting today on the South Shore. Premiers Dexter, Ghiz, Alward and Dunderdale have gathered for the session at White Point resort in Hunts Point. One issue front and centre is a proposed moratorium by New Brunswick's David Alward on changes to EI. Nova Scotia Federation of Labour President Rick Clarke says its not only of concern to seasonal workers here but he says employers are being affected too and they should be concerned.

Meanwhile, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale says her key focus today is on energy issues. Kathy Dunderdale says she wants to ensure the East Coast has access to oil and gas that is shipped across Canada.

SW Nova Tourism Committee To Begin Work

The committee in the western part of the province, set up to find ways to boost tourism and its related business, will hold its first meeting in about a week's time. Yarmouth mayor Pam Mood is the chair.
She says its bringing together a well-rounded group of community, tourism and business leaders.

The mayor says the committee should have its final report prepared by mid 2014. Before then, she's hoping a new ferry service will be up and running which she says would make the results of their work a lot easier.

Bridgewater Mulls Budgetary Changes

The second of four scheduled debates on Bridgewater's 2013-14 budget will be held tonight. Council will discuss items in both the operating and capital budgets. One idea is potentially lowering the special purpose tax for the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre. Currently it's at eight cents per 100 of assessment for residents, to help pay off Bridgewater's $5-million portion of the project in 20 years. Mayor David Walker says there could be an opportunity to lower it.

Another item that was discussed was chip-sealing Dominion Street. Walker says the draft budget includes $100,000 to chip seal the street. However, he feels council should agree to pave it right away.

Walker feels the town did a lot of work on the sewer and water project, created an inconvenience on the street and should pave the road over roughly the next two fiscal years. Council is expected to discuss the matters during its meeting tonight at 6pm at town hall.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Pain Killers Seized In Bridgewater

A 20 year old South Shore man is due in court after police seized roughly one-hundred pain killer pills in Bridgewater. Michael Kelley was already wanted on several outstanding warrants. Police made the arrest shortly after they began following up with a complaint of a suspicious male at a business on North Street. Upon further investigation, officers were able to identify Kelley as the suspect. They say he ran from police but was caught soon after. The accused will go to court at a later date on allegations of resisting arrest, two counts of failing to comply with an undertaking and possession of hydromorphone for the purpose of trafficking.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Fatal Motorcycle Crash On Highway 12

A 51 year-old has died after a motorcycle crash on Highway 12 in Lunenburg County. Mounties say the incident occurred around 12:30pm in Aldersville. EHS Lifeflight was called in to transport the man to hospital but he died from injuries. A section of the highway between New Ross and Kentville has been reduced to one-lane while an investigation into the crash is conducted. Police have called in a traffic analyst to try and determine the cause of the crash. Officers will be on scene until further notice.

Lunenburg Hosts Annual Day Of Mourning Ceremony

The annual Nova Scotia Day of Mourning will be held this weekend in Lunenburg. Its an annual event to remember those who have died or been injured on the job over the past year. Usually its held in Halifax. However, the South Shore was seen as an appropriate location this time, in light of the fact seven of the eleven workers killed in the province so far this year were fishermen. Federation of Labour President Rick Clarke says its always a moving ceremony. He says it's a chance to remember those who lost their life on the job and to promote safety in the workplace. The service will be held starting at 1 o'clock Sunday at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.

NSP OK'd For $93 M Investment In South Canoe Wind Farm

Nova Scotia Power has been given the green light from the province's regulator for its 93-million dollar share of a Lunenburg County wind farm. The Utility and Review Board approved the energy company's investment into the South Canoe Wind Project in a written decision on Friday. South Canoe is slated to operate 34 turbines and be built between Vaughan and New Russell.  Minas Basin Pulp and Power and Oxford Frozen foods are the other partners in the project. It's expected to creat 100 jobs during construction on the $200 million wind farm - which is expected to begin this summer. Nova Scotia Power, which has a 49-per-cent stake in the project, would own 17 of the turbines. A community group opposed to the project will appear before the regulatory board May 30 and June 3 in New Ross.

Weekend Emergency Department Closure At Lunenburg Hospital

The emergency department at Fishermen's Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg will be temporarily closed this weekend. A staff shortage is forcing the department to be closed starting at 2:30 Saturday afternoon until 7:30 Sunday morning. Anyone requiring emergency services is advised to call 911 or visit the South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater. Patients with non-emergencies should contact their family physician or call Health Link 811 for medical advice.

Crown Will Present Evidence In Teen Confinement Case

The preliminary hearing involving a man accused of sexually assaulting and confining a teenage boy in Lunenburg County begins Monday in Bridgewater. David James Leblanc is facing seven charges in relation to an incident last year in Upper Chelsea where a 16 year-old boy claimed he was held captive and sexually abused for about a week. The hearing will determine if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial. In January, defence lawyer Mike Taylor told reporters the case could be complicated by the fact former co-accused Wayne Cunningham is dead. However, he's confident a one-day hearing will be enough to deal with the matter.  Taylor said his client wants to be tried in supreme court before a judge and jury. A police investigation began last September after a woman told police a barefoot boy, with chains around his wrists showed up at her door asking for help.

Friday, April 26, 2013

New Brunswick Company To Replace Police Recording System

A New Brunswick company has been chosen to supply Bridgewater Police with a replacement radio and telephone call recording system. Captura Communications Inc. was chosen from five groups who submitted their bids in a request for proposals. Mayor David Walker says the group had the lowest bid at almost $13,000.

Walker says it's an important piece of equipment that records calls and needs to be replaced.

MLA Conrad Not Re-Offering In Queens

The MLA for Queens has confirmed she will not run in the next provincial election. Vicki Conrad decided to break the news today after telling this radio station late last month that she was 90 per cent sure of the decision. She says she's feeling relieved after thinking about her options for the last year.

Conrad says it's time for a new chapter in her life, focusing on family and their local business. She was elected as MLA for Queens during the 2006 election as both the first woman and first NDP member for the constituency in 53 years. Conrad will continue to serve the people of Queens until the next provincial election. Meanwhile, Premier Darrell Dexter issued a statement today saying Conrad "has proven herself to be a strong voice for the people of Queens and her passion will be missed."

Mooseheads Advance, Remain Playoff Perfect

The Halifax Mooseheads have advanced to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's championship final. Last night the Moose scored early and often in a 9-6 romp over the hometown Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and a sweep of their best of seven semi final series. Nathan MacKinnon and Marty Frk led the Herd with two goals and two assists each. The Mooseheads remain perfect in the post season with twelve straight wins. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Lunenburg Supports Dog Park, But Changes Needed

The town of Lunenburg is in support of a request for a dog park in the community, but it's going to take some time to get it established. The town's dog park society has considerable interest in land on Starr Street, but that current space is zoned industrial and isn't permitted. Councillor Peter Zwicker says council has moved to make the necessary changes.

Zwicker says it's part of the process after a site has been identified. He expects it to take roughly four months to go through public information sessions and hearings before it comes back to council for approval.

Queens County B&E's Investigated By RCMP

Two break and enter incidents in Queens County have the RCMP searching for suspects. They occurred between April 10th and 22nd. In the first case, a thief, or thieves, broke into storage facilities on the Airport Road in Middlefield and caused significant damage to a storage trailer. In the second incident, a green and orange Shriner's gas-powered parade car was stolen from another storage unit at the same location. Queen County RCMP are asking anyone who might have information on these two incidents to contact them at  902-354-5721 or anonymously at Crime Stoppers, 1-800-222-TIPS.

Former Mustang Named Finalist For CJHL Rookie Of The Year

A former South Shore Mustang forward has been named a finalist for the Canadian Junior Hockey League's rookie of the year award. Seventeen-year-old Morgan Messenger, now with the Yarmouth Mariners, is one of 10 players from across the country to be nominated. The Barrington native was the MHL's rookie of the year. He was was an offensive threat for the Mariners and although he missed several games due to injuries, he finished with 34 points in 36 games. Messenger was also chosen to play in the CJHL Prospects Games last November in Yarmouth. The first-ever recipient of the award will be announced during the week of May 6-10.

Town To Seek MODL Interest In Major Events Committee

The mayor of Bridgewater says a meeting to look at setting up a major events committee for the area was informative and helpful. David Walker says over a dozen people were at the meeting to learn more about the potential committee and its role. He says the manager of Events Nova Scotia provided a good overview of the group and how they can help local communities. Walker says the next steps will be to contact the Municipality of Lunenburg to determine their interest.

He says they still have work to do to determine accommodations and venues, and develop a term of reference for the committee. Walker expects another meeting will be held in the next few weeks.

White Point To Host Atlantic Premiers

A gathering of the four Atlantic premiers will take place this coming Monday on the South Shore. White Point Resort near Liverpool will host the 22nd session of the Council of Atlantic Premiers. Premiers Dexter, Alward, Ghiz and Dunderdale will gather at White Point for the sessions. They will discuss key areas for collaboration, such as growing the regional economy, training and job creation. The day gets underway at 8:30 Monday morning.

Chester: Council Looks To Clear Way For Health Centre

Chester council will hold a public hearing tonight to discuss a zoning issue for the "Our Health Centre" project. Councillors will look at changing some wording in their policies to allow for the construction of the $6 million dollar facility in Shoreham Village. The move will help clear the way for the area's proposed medical centre. They will also need to amend their zoning bylaw. The community group behind the project is in the midst of a major fundraising initiative to help pay for the facility. The medical centre would feature enough space for six doctors offices, examining rooms and blood collection. It's hopes the doors to the facility will be open sometime next year. Tonight's meeting is at 6 o'clock at the municipal office in Chester.

Town, Cafe Group To Try And Negotiate Library Space Lease

A member of Cafe 12 says the group is excited to move ahead with the town to discuss the future space of the current library building in Bridgewater. Council voted 4-3 in favour of opening negotiations for the property at 547 King Street. Two councillors along with the town's CAO will now meet with the group members to see if the two sides can reach common ground on a lease agreement. Cafe 12 team member Rachel Edmonds says they want to remain open with the town.

The two sides are expected to meet a few times over the next few weeks. More information is expected to come to council by the end of May. Meanwhile, the president of the other group hoping to access the future library space says he's okay with the decision made by council. However, John Swain of Swain and Associates says he hopes the town doesn't give special amenities to the non-profit group.

Swain says they hope to find another available space in the near future. The building could still be sold on the market if the town and Cafe 12 can't reach common ground on a lease agreement.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Meeting To Discuss Major Events Committee

A meeting to gather interest in a major events committee for Bridgewater will be discussed Wednesday night. Councillors are expected to join community leaders in business, sports and accommodation to talk about the potential benefits of creating the committee. The manager of Events Nova Scotia will also be at the meeting to share his ideas and information about the organization. Mayor David Walker says the potential committee could do more than attract major events to the area.

The meeting starts at 6pm at town hall.

Osprey Ridge Ready To Open

The lone golf course in Bridgewater is opening its doors to members only. Osprey Ridge will open for the year on Thursday. Director of Golf and Head Pro, Jared Lohnes, says the course is in great shape early in the season. The course is expected to open to non-members and green-feers on Friday.

Board's Transportation Department Completes South Queens Route Review

The South Shore Regional School Board's transportation department has completed a full route review of the South Queens busing system in anticipation of the new middle school opening this fall. Among the changes, Milton students will attend Dr. John C. Wickwire, all grade six students will attend South Queens Middle School and all grade nines will go to Liverpool High. The department says the changes will be implemented in September for the 2013-14 school year, to make the transition as smooth as possible. Students who use the bus will be given information from their home room teachers. A full overview of the changes are listed below:

  • Milton students will attend Dr. John C. Wickwire
  • All grade 6 students will now attend South Queens Middle School
  • All grade 9 Students will now attend Liverpool Regional High School
  • Dr. John C. Wickwire will now have a bell time of 8:45am to 2:45pm
  • Some bus stops have been combined to ensure our bus routes comply with motor carrier regulations and School Board policies. (If this affects your family, you will be contacted directly)
  • Roads have been removed from service if a student residing on a particular road does not live at least 800m from the main road travelled. (If this affects your family, you will be contacted directly)
  • All P-5 Students within this catchment area will be bused
  • Walking distance for Grade 6 to 12 students will remain the same.

Mounties Investigate Break-Ins In Lunenburg County

RCMP say they are following leads after a rash of break-ins around Lunenburg County. Staff Sergeant Bruce Hill says officers have been investigating at least ten incidents around the areas of Baker Settlement, Newcombville, Chelsea and West Clifford. However, Hill says police are also working to dismiss some social media rumours regarding a break in earlier this week in Laconia.

Hill says the break ins over the past two weeks are connected. He's asking residents of the area to be vigilant and make sure they lock their doors to their homes and vehicles.

UPDATED: Phone Service Restored At Regional Hospital

The landline system at South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater is back up after it was down for repairs. The service was not available for roughly two hours last night. Both reception and inpatient lines are operating normally.

Regulatory Board Sets Hearing Dates For South Canoe

A two day hearing before the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board regarding a large wind farm will take place beginning May 30th. Friends of South Canoe Lake filed an appeal with the regulatory board just days after Chester Council gave the project the green light. Minas Basin Pulp and Power, Oxford Frozen Foods and Nova Scotia Power are behind the $200 million project. It would feature 34 turbines stretching between Vaughan and New Russell. Residents of the New Ross area are concerned over the location of the turbines and the unknown health effects. The second day for the hearing takes place on the evening of June 3rd. Both hearings will be held at the New Ross Fire Hall.

QMJHL: Mooseheads Score OT Victory Over Huskies

The Halifax Mooseheads remains undefeated in this year's playoffs after another overtime victory against Rouyn-Noranda. Johnathan Drouin scored the OT winner to give the Moose a 3-2 win over the Huskies. The Mooseheads lead the series 3-0. Game 4 goes on Thursday night.

Valley Wildcats Face Must-Win At Telus Cup

The Valley Wildcats are winless in two starts at the Telus Cup in Sault St. Marie, Ontario. On Tuesday, the Atlantic Midget champs fell 4-2 to the Ottawa 67's. The Wildcats face a must win scenario this afternoon when they face a squad from Montreal.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Phones Lines Down At South Shore Regional Hospital

The telephone system at South Shore Regional Hospital will be out of service for repairs for about two hours beginning at 5 pm today. The hospital will not be able to answer incoming calls during this time. The patient line will also be out of service. Officials with the health authority are asking anyone with a medical emergency to phone 911. South Shore Health apologizes for any inconvenience.

Kitchen Fire Contained Quickly In Liverpool

A popular eatery in Queens County is expected to re-open later today following a kitchen fire. The blaze at Lanes Privateer Inn in Liverpool broke out near the deep fryer Monday morning. Manager Susan Lane says the sprinkler system and quick response by local fire crews helped contain the fire.

Damage to the kitchen is described as minimal. Lane says they still plan to take part in a fundraiser this evening for the Maritime Heart Centre in Halifax.

Committee Rejects Development Agreement For Blockhouse Facility

Residents of Blockhouse and outlying communities have spoken and it was pretty cut and dry; they don't want a diversion facility in their area. Over 200 people attended a meeting at the Blockhouse Fire Hall Monday night to learn more about the facility that Halifax C and D is proposing off the Cornwall Road. Over a dozen people stood up and spoke on issues including the type of material on-site and the proximity of the facility to a nearby school. A member of the area advisory committee, Paula MacDonald, says the local residents stated their case.

The committee decided to reject a recommendation by Halifax C and D for a development agreement. Blockhouse resident Paul Young says the next step is going to the Municipality of Lunenburg's Planning Advisory Committee.

The issue will come up again in late May.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Local Teachers Receive Awards For Sustainable Vision

A pair of South Shore teachers are being recognized for their vision of a sustainable future. Vanessa Henwood of South Queens Junior High and Greg Sutherland of Hebbville Academy received provincial awards during a ceremony in Halifax today. Sutherland is considered an integral part of his school's green team, making sure no lunch waste goes into the wrong waste bin. His class also grows salmon and releases them into the LaHave River every spring. Henwood has students collect salvageable fabrics from home to use for class projects, transforming garbage into everyday items like pyjamas, pillows, and tote bags. She will also be the lead teacher when the school partners with the Queens Municipal Landfill on inquiry-based learning modules. The awards are given out annually during Education Week, which lasts until Saturday.

Liverpool Native New GM At Queens Place

A Liverpool native has been selected as the new general manger of Queens Place Emera Centre. Council voted unanimously to appoint Steve Burns to the position during a special meeting Monday afternoon. Burns has spent spent 23 years as store manager with Sobey's. He says the facility plays a big role in Queens County.

Burns will begin work May 6th.

Province Announces 'Choose How You Move' Strategy

The provincial government has announced $6-million in funding to help communities develop sustainable transportation plans. Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse says community groups, seniors, people with physical disabilities will benefit with more sustainable and cost-effective transportation options. She says those options include walking, biking, community transit, and carpooling. Peterson-Rafuse says she hopes it can benefit the entire South Shore including her constituency.

She adds, the province will work with local municipalities to find solutions to develop transportation systems. Funding will be available for the 'Choose How You Move Sustainable Transportation Strategy' for the next three years.

Weagle, Gordon Lead Team Atlantic At ESSO Cup

Two South Shore women's hockey players are in Burnaby, B.C. for Canada’s National Women's Midget Championship. The ESSO Cup got underway Sunday and Rebecca Weagle of Lunenburg and Kristen Gordon of Liverpool play for Metro Boston Pizza, which is representing team Atlantic. For Weagle, this will be her third trip to the nationals. The 17-year-old goaltender feels the club has a good shot at winning the tournament.

Metro Boston Pizza finished fourth last year. The Atlantic squad opened the tournament Sunday with a 3-0 loss against Ontario. They will play the Pacific team Monday evening. (Photo Credit:  Derek Leung)

Meeting To Discuss Diversion Facility In Blockhouse

Emotions could be high during a meeting Monday night to discuss a proposed construction and demolition diversion facility in Blockhouse. Several business owners have spoken out against the move, suggesting it would create more noise and polluted smells in the area. The Blockhouse Area Advisory Committee will oversee the meeting at the community's fire hall. It gets underway at 7pm.

Frk Scores OT Winner, Mooseheads Grab 2-0 Series Lead

The Halifax Mooseheads pulled one out of the fire Sunday night at the Metro Centre as they edged Rouyn-Noranda 5-4 in overtime. The Moose rallied from a 4-2 third period deficit to force extra time before Marty Frk's power-play marker clinched the victory. That's ten straight playoff wins for Halifax who are now up 2-0 in the best-of-seven semi-final series. The Huskies host game three Tuesday night.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Man Facing Charges After Woman Sent To Hospital

A Lunenburg County man faces a number of charges after an alleged assault late last week. RCMP say 45-year-old Andrew Melvin George was arrested April 19 in First South. A 36-year-old woman was transported to Fishermen's Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. She was treated for her injuries and later released. George is facing charges of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, uttering threats and two counts of mischief. He was remanded into custody and will appear in Bridgewater court Monday morning.

Astor Theatre Hopes For Improvements From Fund Raising Campaign

Liverpool's Astor Theatre is on a fund-raising campaign. Officials are hoping to raise $100,000. over the summer months to modernize the theatre's sound, projection and lighting systems. Among other things, theatre manager Chris Ball says having a digital system will help get access to all the current movies.

About a quarter of the funds, $25,000. has already been raised. Its hoped the remaining funds will be acquired through the summer and improvements completed in time for the fall movie season.

MacKinnon, Drouin Lead Moose To Game One Win

In "Q" League playoff action Saturday night in Halifax, Jonathan Drouin's goal midway through the third period broke a 4-4 tie and sent the Mooseheads to a 6-4 win over Rouyn-Noranda. Drouin finished the night with two goals and three assists. Linemate Nathan MacKinnon had a hat-trick and an assist. The win gives the Herd a 1-0 lead in the best of seven semi final series. Game two goes tonight at 7 at the Metro Centre.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Woman Suffers Minor Injuries After Vehicle Goes In Ditch

A 67-year-old woman has been taken to the South Shore Regional Hospital after her car went off the road in Northfield. RCMP say the incident occurred near the intersection of Penny and Northfield Roads just before 10:30 this morning. Corporal Jamie Vacon says the woman didn't make a proper turn and went into the ditch. He says the local fire department had to remove the woman from the car with the jaws of life. The road was closed down for over an hour because of the incident. The woman was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Deadline For Bravery Nomination Approaches

Nominations are still being accepted to recognize people who have put themselves at risk to protect others. The nomination deadline for Nova Scotia's sixth annual Medal of Bravery is May 1st. The award is a chance to honour friends, family members, neighbours or colleagues who have acted courageously to protect the life or property of others. Medal of Bravery Advisory Committee chair Duncan Miller says the province wants to help recognize acts of bravery and hopefully inspire other Nova Scotians. Nomination forms are available at Access Nova Scotia Centres, offices of members at the legislative assembly and at www.novascotia.ca/bravery

Mooseheads, Huskies Open Semi-Final Series

The Halifax Mooseheads open the "Q" League semi finals Saturday night as they host Rouyn-Noranda. Game one in the best of seven series at 7 o'clock at the Metro Centre is already a sellout. Game two, also in Halifax, goes Sunday night. In the other league semi-final, Baie Comeau edged Blainville-Boisbriand 2-1 in the opening game of that series Friday night. 

Truro Scores Double OT Win; Evens MHL Final

The Truro Bearcats edged the visiting Summerside Western Capitals 4-3 in double overtime Friday night. That evens the best of seven MHL Kent Cup Final at a game apiece. Game three goes tomorrow afternoon at 2pm in Summerside.