Monday, February 11, 2013

Park View Girls Curling Team Qualify For Provincials

The Park View girls curling team has qualified for the provincials. The team, skipped by Raquel Bachman, won the Western Regions NSSAF Curling Championship in Bridgewater today defeating Forest Heights 8-5. Bachman's team will now compete against the best in the province from March 21-23 in Chester. Forest Heights is hosting the event.

NSP: Satisfied With Weekend Storm Response

A spokeswoman for Nova Scotia Power says the South Shore gave them the most challenges over the weekend. Neera Ritcey says Yarmouth, Shelburne and Barrington were the hardest to deal with because of the wind and type of outages. She says some of the power restorations in those areas were slowed down due to the bad weather and travel restrictions. Overall though, Ritcey feels the utility responded well to the conditions.

She says crews worked round the clock to try and restore power to about 250 residents in the Shelburne-area overnight Saturday. Ritcey says NSP will continue to analyze the situation and improve their contingency plan going forward.

Queens Manor Closed Due To Flu-Like Symptoms

Queens Manor in Liverpool is closed until further notice because of flu-like symptoms. A large number of residents have developed symptoms and the manor remains closed to visitors and family. An official at the manor says it's difficult to say when it will re-open.

Valley Takes Commanding 3-0 Series Lead Over Mustangs

In Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League playoff action last night in Bridgewater, the Valley Wildcats shutout the South Shore Mustangs 10-0. The win gives the Valley team a commanding 3-0 lead in the best of seven quarter final series.  Game four goes tomorrow night at 7:30pm in Bridgewater.

Flemming Defeats Murphy For Brier Berth

Mayflower's Paul Flemming is heading back to the Brier. Flemming claimed the Provincial Molson Mens Tankard yesterday in Truro with an exciting 8-7 win over Lakeshore's Jamie Murphy. Flemming opened up a 6-1 lead after four ends but the defending champ fought back to even the score before Flemming took one in the tenth to clinch the title. It's Flemming's sixth provincial crown. He'll be joined by former Chester Junior champ Graham Breckon, Kelly Mittlestadt,  and Ian Fitzner-LeBlanc at the Tim Horton's Brier in Edmonton beginning March 2nd.

No Injuries After House Fires In Shelburne County

As if a snowstorm, hurricane force winds, storm surges and power outages weren't enough for Shelburne County, there were also a pair of house fires over the weekend. A man and his adult son escaped unharmed from one blaze late Saturday in their home on Sandy Point Road, about eight kilometres south of the Town of Shelburne. No word yet on a cause of the fire. Meanwhile, a woman was forced from her home by a fire around 4 a.m. Saturday in Barrington. There was considerable fire, smoke and water damage to the home and firefighters think it began around a wood stove. The woman wasn't hurt and is staying with nearby relatives for now.

Flu Restricts Visitors At Shoreham Village Nursing Home

A visitor restriction remains in place at Shoreham Village nursing home in Chester. CEO Brian Selig says a handful of residents have been affected by the flu while almost a dozen others have shown symptoms. The restriction has been in place since late last week. Selig says they're working hard to limit the disease from spreading.

He says only immediate family are allowed to visit their relatives at the nursing home. Selig is hopeful the visitor restriction can be lifted in a week.

School Review: Public Hearings Begin This Week

The future of six rural schools on the South Shore will be discussed during a series of public hearings set to begin this week. The first hearing will focus on Pentz Elementary and is set for tomorrow night at the school. Members of the South Shore Regional School Board will make a decision on whether to continue to maintain some of the smaller schools identified on the review list based on criteria and enrollment  Public hearings for schools in Mill Village, Petite Riviere, New Ross, Gold River-Western Shore and Hebbville Academy will also be held this month. Each meeting will be held at the respective school up for review and begins at 6:30PM. The smallest school based on enrollment that's up for review is Mill Village with 54 students while Hebbville Academy is the largest at 538 students.

Public Hearing Schedule: 

Pentz Elementary School - Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30PM

Hebbville Academy - Monday, February 18 at 6:30PM

Gold River-Western Shore Elementary - Tuesday February 19 at 6:30PM

New Ross Consolidated School - Wednesday, February 20 at 6:30PM

Petite Reviere Elementary - Thursday, February 21 at 6:30PM

Mill Village Consolidated School - Tuesday, February 26 at 6:30 PM