Monday, March 11, 2013

Business Owners Concerned About Waste Facility In Blockhouse

A proposed waste facility in Blockhouse is being met with some resistance from business owners. Halifax C and D Recycling has applied for a development agreement off the Cornwall Road near the new visitor information centre. One owner, Nancy Wentzell, believes there's too many negatives to consider including increased volume of trucking, smell and noise pollution. Meanwhile, Doug Johnson owns the Happy Cooker restaurant. He believes land near the community recycling site in Whynott's Settlement is a better option.

Johnson says he'd rather see the municipality lease the current site to the company as a transfer point to help recover taxpayer money. The local advisory committee deferred making a decision on the application and will re-visit the matter early next month.

Liverpool Fire Department Replacing Ladder Truck

The Liverpool Fire Department is replacing its current ladder truck with one from Chicago. Officials asked Queens council to borrow some $79,000 to purchase the 1998 model vehicle, to replace the current ladder truck of over 30 years. Council decided to amend a previous loan with the group to include $59,000, and also surprised the department members with a $20,000 grant. Mayor Chris Clarke says the grant should cover the cost of shipping the truck to Liverpool.

Clarke says the money comes from reserves and the truck will be able to service the whole county.

Waterfront Spruce Up In Yarmouth

pam-mood-3013Federal dollars will be pumped into making improvements to the Yarmouth waterfront area. $375,000. will result in improvements to the entertainment venue and some side streets. Also, there will be new heritage murals painted and a feasibility study looking at setting up a new market. Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood says the improvements come at a good time. She says: "there will be a little bit of work from the waterfront development up to Hawthorne Street where we have a market. So a little bit of a connection will be made. All those things just to allow more people to enjoy the area." The improvements will also include a better Wi-Fi infrastructure and an improved town website. The mayor is ruling out any connection with possible renovations to the old ferry terminal. However, she says upgrades to the waterfront and ferry terminal would compliment each other.

Chester Council Nearing Decision On Wind Farm

A decision on a proposed $200 million wind farm in Lunenburg County could come as early as Thursday. Chester Warden Allen Webber says three dates have been set aside where council could potentially vote on whether to support the South Canoe Wind Project. He says if council needs more time to discuss the matter they have also scheduled special council meetings for March 20 and 21.

Minas Basin Pulp and Power, Oxford Frozen Foods and Nova Scotia Power are behind the massive wind farm which would stretch between Vaughan and New Russell. It would feature 34 turbines and create enough energy to heat 32,000 homes.

Hurricanes Grab Silver At Hockey Provincials

The BMO Western Hurricanes have returned home from the provincial hockey championships with a silver medal. The local major bantam squad fell 4-2 to the Halifax Hawks in Sunday's final in Cape Breton. The Hurricanes were down 3-0 heading into the third period before Cameron Jacquard scored a pair to cut the deficit to 3-2. But the Hawks, scored an empty net goal in the final minute to clinch the title. The Halifax club will now represent Nova Scotia at the Irving Oil Cup, Atlantic Canada's Bantam 'AAA' championship tournament. The event goes from March 21-24 in Montague, PEI.

Lumberjacks Open Mini-Series At Home Against Pictou

The CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks open the Maritime Hockey League playoffs tonight at home against the Pictou County Weeks Crushers. The fifth-place Jacks finished 38 points behind the Crushers in the Eastlink Division with Pictou taking five of six games against the locals. The clubs meet tonight at 8 o'clock in Bridgewater.The best of three mini-series will shift to New Glasgow for game two on Wednesday night. A third game, if required, would be played Thursday in New Glasgow.

Fishermen's Memorial ER Re-Opens Monday

The emergency department at a Lunenburg based hospital will re-open this morning after a temporary weekend closure. The closure was announced late Sunday afternoon at Fishermen's Memorial Hospital. The ER will be open for patients with emergencies beginning at 7:30am.