Friday, March 8, 2013

Hurricanes Improve To 2-0 At Provincials

The BMO Western Hurricanes are now 2-0 at the provincials in Cape Breton. The Hurricanes scored the games first six goals, earning an 8-3 win over the Kings Mutual Wildcats. Christopher Goreham and Jerod Scott each scored twice to pace the Hurricanes attack. Keith Getson, Quinten Johnson, Travis Parks and Jacob Myra added a goal each. The major bantam club is back on the ice at 6pm tonight against the Newbridge Senators.

Consultation Dates Revealed For Crown Land Use

The Nova Scotia government will hold nine public meetings over the next few weeks for people to share their ideas on the use of Crown land in western region. The province announced consultations would begin on the 1.5 million acres of land in February. The Crown land includes the former Bowater lands and large parcels in Queens, Annapolis, Shelburne, Yarmouth, HRM and Lunenburg. Acting Natural Resources Minister Maurice Smith says people can give their ideas on ways to use the lands to bring economic and social gain. Meeting have been scheduled to take place in West Northfield, Greenfield, Shelburne and Yarmouth - among other locations. Community forests, agricultural, renewable energy, wineries, maple syrup production and tourist activities are among the options. The planning will also consider access to lakes, roads, and trails on the lands. A list of open house locations and dates is on the Natural Resources website or call, toll-free 1-855-814-5832.

Meeting Schedule:

-- March 18, Shelburne Fire Hall and Community Centre

-- March 19, Windsor Legion Hall

-- March 25, Digby Co, Saulnierville Legion  Hall

-- March 26, Yarmouth Legion Hall

-- April 2, Cornwallis, Annapolis Basin Conference Centre 

-- April 3, Berwick and District Fire Hall

-- April 4, Lunenburg Co, West Northfield District  Fire Hall

-- April 8, HRM, Black Point Fire Hall

-- April 9, Queens Co, Greenfield Recreation Centre 

Saturday: Queens Manor Re-Opens To Visitors

Officials at a group home in Liverpool say they will re-open to visitors this weekend. Queens Manor had been off limits for nearly a month due to an outbreak of the flu. The restrictions will remain in effect for today. However, family members and friends will be able to visit their loved ones as usual beginning Saturday. Group homes require 48 hours without a new case before they can lift a visitation ban in order to reduce the spread of the illness.

Lunenburg Council Agrees To Install More Stop Signs

Lunenburg council has unanimously agreed to install more stop signs in the town. Councillor Peter Zwicker says a new three way stop will be created at the intersections of King and Lincoln and King and Montague. He says its a necessary step to help improve pedestrian and traffic safety.

Zwicker says council decided to initiate some recommendations from consultants in their traffic and parking study. He expects the stop signs to be installed sometime this spring.

Search Called Off After Spotted Flare Reports

An official says a search launched along the South Shore after a flare was reportedly spotted has been called off. The Canadian Press was first to report the search was called off. Major Martell Thompson, a spokesman for the Joint Rescue Co-ordinator Centre in Halifax, says searches were conducted along the Liverpool shoreline, but nothing out of the ordinary was found. He also says no local vessels or people have been reported overdue.

Mooseheads Drop Wild Match In New Brunswick

A wild "Q" game in northern New Brunswick Wednesday night as the Acadie-Bathurst Titan edged the Halifax Moosheads 8-7 in overtime. The Moose rallied from a 5-2 deficit to take a 7-5 lead before the Titans bounced back to tie it. The Herd played without several regulars including Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon.

Residents Concerned Over Automated MLA Phone Calls

Some local residents are concerned after getting recorded phone calls from MLAs who don't represent them. People reportedly received automated calls from Lunenburg MLA Pam Birdsall and Lunenburg West MLA Gary Ramey asking people to call-in to a town hall style meeting with them earlier this week. However, some of the phone calls were made to people who aren't represented by either political figure. Birdsall says she doesn't feel it was a robocall issue.

Birdsall says they had over 600 people participate in the phone-in session, calling it a successful venture. She says people responded to questions regarding the shipbuilding contract and future of health-care in the region. She apologizes to anyone who was inconvenienced by the calls.

McIntosh, Drennan Win Medals At CIS Track Championships

A pair of South Shore athletes have set Nova Scotia senior records with their performances at the CIS Track and Field Championships in Edmonton. Bridgewater's Rachael McIntosh struck gold in the women's pentathlon while Lunenburg's Jesse Drennan notched a silver medal in the men's pentathlon. The 22-year-old McIntosh won three of the five events including the shotput, long jump and 800 metre run on route to a personal best and defending her title from last year. Drennan, meanwhile, had the top score in the shotput and also placed third in the high jump and long jump events. Bridgewater's Jen Pitman will compete in the women's high jump on Saturday.

Hurricanes Open Provincials With Shutout Win

The BMO Western Hurricanes got goals from five different players on route to a 5-0 win Thursday to open the provincial championships in Cape Breton. Jaron Bollivar, Keith Getson, Logan Walters, Cameron Jacquard and Jacob Myra each scored while Colby Muise turned aside 20 shots for the shutout. The Hurricanes will play two games Friday. There first game will be at 10 this morning versus Kings Mutual. They also play at 6pm against the Newbridge Senators.