Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Boiler Issue Causes Smoke To Funnel From Bridgewater Elementary

An issue with one of the boilers caused large volumes of smoke to pour out of Bridgewater Elementary this evening. Crews with the Bridgewater Fire Department received the call shortly after 5pm of a possible chimney fire. But, members quickly realized a boiler wasn't firing correctly, causing smoke to funnel out of the school. Deputy Chief Andy Wentzell says they handled the situation quickly.

Wentzell says a technician solved the issue with the boiler. Roughly 20 firefighters were on the scene at the time. No one was injured.

Retired Principal's Child Porn Case Delayed Until March

The former principal of a Lunenburg area school will return to court next month after he was charged with possessing and accessing child pornography last summer. Brian David Jobb was charged in August after police searched a home in Lilydale. The 62 year-old did not appear in court today in Bridgewater but was represented by his lawyer. Jobb retired as principal of Lunenburg Academy in 2006. The matter has been set aside to March 6th.

Mooseheads GM Pleased With Brennan Bailey

The general manager of the Halifax Mooseheads says he's pleased with how Brennan Bailey is adjusting to his role with the club. The 19-year-old Lunenburg native was called up to the Mooseheads from Pictou County in the MHL at the trade deadline, but has yet to play a game. Cam Russell says the club has a lot of talent at the moment and Bailey is currently the 7th or 8th defenseman on the team's depth chart. However, Russell says Bailey is working hard and getting some quality practice.

Russell says Bailey could see some ice time before the playoffs if the Mooseheads clinch first place and rest some of their players. The herd face a tough test at home tonight when they host the second place Rimouski Oceanic at 7pm.

MODL: Council Against Lobster Fishery Quota

The Municipality of Lunenburg is saying no thanks to a quota system for the inshore lobster fishery. The decision was made after it was revealed that former Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea proposed the idea in response to low prices and high supply in this year's lobster season. Currently, each boat operator has a certain amount of traps they can use during the season. A quota would limit the catch. Mayor Don Downe says council is against a quota.

Council has decided to write letters to the Fisheries Minister, local member of parliament Gerald Keddy, other MPs from Nova Scotia, MLAs and the UNSM opposing the matter. The letters will also show support for the fishery's current practices and conservation measures.

StormCentre: Heavy Snow, High Winds Expected This Weekend

Another winter storm system is expected to rock parts of Nova Scotia on the weekend. Environment Canada has issued a special weather advisory for Saturday. The weather agency says high winds and potential heavy snowfall is expected throughout the province. Meteorologists say it's too early for good estimates of snowfall amounts, but up to 40 centimetres of snow is possible in some areas. We'll know more of what kind of conditions to expect on the South Shore as we get closer to the weekend. Special weather bulletins have also been issued for New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

SPTS-Local Teams Clash On The Hardwood

The Shelburne Junior Boys Basketball team beat Lockeport 59 to 41 Tuesday night in a Tri-County game played in Shelburne. Cody Carter led the Green Wave (Lockeport) with 12 points. Brendan Balcom had 24 points and Skye Buchanan had 14 in leading Shelburne. The final league game of the season will be played Thursday night at 6 with Shelburne hosting Drumlin.

Birdsall Running Again In Lunenburg

Photo: Pam Birdsall
The MLA for Lunenburg says you can count her in as a candidate in the next provincial election. New Democrat Pam Birdsall says a highlight of her past three and a half years as an MLA is the passing of her private members bill dealing with death certificates. Nurse practitioners are now able to sign one if a doctor isn't available. Birdsall tells CKBW/HANK FM News she wants a second term to pursue more projects for her constituents. Birdsall says besides, she loves the job.

Birdsall also says she's helped spearhead a move for better upkeep on many of the constituency's roads. Birdsall was first elected to the Nova Scotia legislature in 2009. She says she's like everyone else with no knowledge of when the premier may call the vote. However, she says she's ready to go.

SPTS-Local Hockey Teams Lose Games

A dominant performance by the Truro Bearcats Tuesday night in Bridgewater as they dumped the CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks 8-3. The Cats broke the contest open with a four-goal third period including three in 77 seconds. Shawn Boudreau had two goals for the Jacks who were outshot 54-25. Bridgewater look to snap their seven game slide tomorrow in Liverpool when they host the Campbellton Tigers.
Meanwhile, in Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League playoff action in Berwick, the Valley Wildcats topped the South Shore Mustangs 4-1. The Wildcats now hold a 2-0 lead in the best of seven quarter-final series. Game 3 goes Saturday at 5pm at the Bridgewater Arena.