Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Three Car Crash In Chester Basin Sends Five To Hospital

RCMP say five people were sent to hospital following a three-vehicle collision Wednesday afternoon in Chester Basin. Police say the incident happened around 4:40pm along Highway 12 near the Lacey Mines Road. Cpl. Jamie Vacon, watch commander for Lunenburg County, says four people were taken to South Shore Regional Hospital while one other was transferred to Fishermen's Memorial in Lunenburg. He says all injuries are serious but non-life threatening. RCMP say the investigation continues and charges are pending.

North Queens Hopes For New Fire Hall

The North Queens Fire Association is campaigning for a new $1.5 million fire hall. Officials say the old one is worn out and they're seeking $700,000 from the Region of Queens toward a replacement. District council is weighing the request and will make a decision by late April. However, Mayor Christopher Clarke says it's a challenging time because the district is bringing in less tax revenue since the closure of the Bowater mill. He says they need to look at the numbers and a decision likely won't come until sometime in April. The Fire Association will also be requesting $200,000 from Annapolis County and the remaining $300,000 will be raised through community donations. The Association has already raised $300,000 on its own.

RCMP Identify Liverpool Paramedic Facing Drug Charges

A Liverpool paramedic is up for six charges for allegedly stealing and misusing drugs from an EHS station. RCMP say 47-year-old Kenneth Cosh is facing three counts of possession, breach of trust, theft under $5,000 and forgery. Officials from EHS alerted police of allegations of thefts and misuse of drugs by the man recently. RCMP searched a home earlier this month on Wolfe Street and seized syringes and medical containers. The man is scheduled to appear in Liverpool provincial court April 16.

Yarmouth Ferry Terminal Needs Overhaul Or Replacement: Mayor

pam-mood-3013The mayor of Yarmouth says the day the ferry service returns to her town will be a great event. Pam Mood says the loss of the service four years ago has devastated the region and its going to take a lot to repair the damage.

The International Ferry Partnership and local municipalities have kicked-in money to hire a promoter to spear-head upgrades to the Yarmouth ferry terminal. Federal dollars will be sought for the project. Meanwhile, a company in the United States says it has an agreement to lease a vessel and start a Yarmouth to Maine service beginning this summer if it is awarded a contract. Quest Navigation Inc. of Eliot, Maine is one of two companies proposing to operate the service between Maine and Nova Scotia. Quest officials say the vessel has 162 cabins, two restaurants and capacity for more than 1,200 passengers. The other company, Baltimore-based Maritime Applied Physics Corp., is an engineering firm that specializes in designing electro-mechanical systems for harsh environments. The ferry's former operator, Bay Ferries Limited, announced in December 2009 that it would cancel the money-losing service after the government said it could no longer provide an annual $6-million subsidy. The Nova Scotia government issued a request for proposals in December for an operator of the ferry service. A decision is expected in a few weeks.

South Shore Health Stands Up Against Bullying

Students, teachers and other local businesses are wearing pink today to take a stand against bullying. Among the groups recognizing the importance of today is South Shore Health. They have partnered with students from Bridgewater High, who have developed a video message in support of the movement. CEO Dr. Peter Vaughan says they're on board with creating change.

The video will be shown during a gathering at South Shore Regional Hospital this afternoon. Pink Shirt Day began in 2007 after two Nova Scotia teenagers encouraged others to wear pink t-shirts in support of a grade nine student who was being bullied for wearing pink.