Monday, January 14, 2013

Chester: Clippers In Need Of Fan Support

The Chester Clippers are enduring one of their best seasons on the ice since they started playing in 2008. The club sits at 19-2 and are in first place in the Nova Scotia Junior 'C' Hockey League. But, all is not well. The president and general manager, Jehad Assaff, says attendance has been weak and they may be forced to re-locate or fold. He says people should check out the team.

Assaff says they have been getting between 80-100 fans for games, and need at least 180 to break even. He hopes people can try and take-in some of their upcoming home games before the start of the playoffs. Chester's next home game will be Thursday night at 7:45 against the Shannon Huskies.

Mustangs Winless At East Coast Ice Jam Tourney

The South Shore Mustangs can't seem to get the bounces. The local major midget hockey club played well over the weekend at the East Coast Ice Jam tournament in Hammonds Plains but weren't rewarded with a win. The Mustangs fell 4-2 to Fredericton and St. John's and tied Miramichi 3-3. The team gets back to regular season play with a game against the top-ranked Valley Wildcats Saturday night in Berwick.

BMO Western Hurricanes Weekend Wins

A couple of wins over the weekend for the BMO Western Hurricanes. On Saturday the major bantam team defeated the Scotsburn Crushers 9-0. Top goal scores for the Hurricanes were Keith Getson with four and Travis Parks with two. Scoring singles were Quinten Johnson, Noah Naugler, and Logan Walters.  Sunday, the Hurricanes continued their winning ways, beating Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm 6-3 with Keith Getson and Logan Walters leading the way with two goals each.

Shelburne: More Charges In Illegal Smokes Bust

RCMP in Shelburne County have laid additional charges against three men in relation to thousands of contraband cigarettes intercepted near Truro last year. Police seized approximately 140,000 illegal smokes and a 2007 Chevy Impala on October 9th following an extensive investigation. Forty-four year-old Thomas Benjamin Foote and 24 year-old Cody Douglas Garron were arrested at the time and charged with Possession of Unstamped Tobacco. The newest charges are against 25 year-old Logan James Swim. He has been jointly charged with Conspiracy to Commit the Offence of Possession of Unstamped Tobacco. The men also face charges under the Provincial Revenue Act. All three men are Shelburne County residents and are scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

Chester: Public Hearing Set For "Our Health Centre"

A public hearing will be held next month to discuss a zoning change which would allow for a collaborative health care centre in Chester. The group behind "Our Health Centre" is proposing to build the new centre near Shoreham Village and the current zoning bylaws do not permit such a facility in that area. Organizers are in the midst of a major fundraising drive to raise six millions dollars for the project which would be home to six new doctors offices. The proposed location of the centre needs to be zoned "Institutional" before the project can move forward. The public hearing will be held at the Municipality of the Chester offices on February 6th.

Wedgeport Fisherman Not Wearing Life Jacket

Foul play is not suspected in the death of a 20 year-old lobster fisherman over the weekend near Yarmouth. The vessel was carrying three crew members when Michael Doucette of Wedgeport fell overboard on Saturday evening. A large scale search was organized and included nearly 30 fishermen, two helicopters and a pair of Canadian Coast Guard boats. Sergeant Alain Leblanc called it an unfortunate incident.

The fishing vessel "Row Row" was 33 miles south west of Yarmouth when the incident occurred. The search was scaled back early Sunday morning.

Barrington Bay, Valley Win Lohnes Lumbermen

The Barrington Bay Lightning are the 2013 Lohnes Lumbermen hockey champions. The Lightning defeated the Aucoin Locksmith Blues 6-5 in overtime to win the Labatt's Blue C+ division. Meanwhile in the Buck's Building Centre C division , the local club Eclipse Physio Rusty Blades made it to the semifinals but lost 2-1 to the Valley Bruins. The Bruins then went on to win the final 4-2 over the St. Margaret's Bay Storm. This was the 29th year for the tournament, which held games in Lunenburg and Bridgewater.

Whalen Sets New Provincial Indoor Shotput Record

A Liverpool native has established a new Senior Women's provincial indoor shotput record. Chelsea Whalen erased her own 15.04 metre throw of 2012 with a new personal best of 15.57m. Whalen reached her new PB at the Crimson Tide Indoor Open Track and Field event in Birmingham, Alabama. Whalen, who attends Florida State University finished second at the first indoor meet of the NCAA season.