Wednesday, March 13, 2013

MacKinnon Returns, Nets Pair In Mooseheads Win

Nathan MacKinnon didn't miss a beat. After missing 14 games because of an MCL injury, the Cole Harbour native potted two goals and two assists last night in Sydney as the Halifax Mooseheads dumped Cape Breton 6-2. Linemate Jonathan Drouin chipped in with a goal and two assists to tie Ben Duffy of PEI for the "Q" scoring lead.    

MHL: Crushers Eliminate 'Jacks In Blowout

The Lumberjacks' season is over. The Bridgewater club fell 7-1 to the Pictou County Weeks Crushers last night in New Glasgow. The Crushers took the best of three MHL mini series two games to none. Jessie McInnis scored early to give the Jacks a 1-0 lead and the clubs were tied 1-all after the first. But the home side broke things open with three goals in the middle stanza and they kept the pedal to the metal in the third. The Jacks were out shot 48-25. Pictou moves on to face Truro while Amherst and Yarmouth will hook up in the division semi finals.

Carver Returning Home After Double-Lung Transplant Surgery

A New Germany woman is returning to the South Shore after recovering from double-lung transplant surgery. Thirty-three year old Jessica Carver will begin the drive home Thursday from Toronto with her father, three months after surgery in mid-December. Carver has Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic disorder which critically affects the lungs, and also the pancreas and liver. She says there's mixed emotions with leaving.

Carver says she experienced some rejection with her new lungs, but adds, it's common in the first year and took medication to help the issue. She says she's looking forward to coming home after spending the last nine months in Ontario. She hopes to get back in Nova Scotia by late Friday and expects to visit the South Shore early next week. A 'Welcome Home' event is planned for Carver on April 6 at 7:30pm at the Michelin Social Club in Bridgewater.

MODL: 'No Stance' On Proposed Blockhouse Facility

The deputy mayor for the Municipality of Lunenburg says council doesn't have a stance on a proposed construction and demolition diversion facility in the Blockhouse-area. Don Zwicker says there is a process items must go through before they reach the council table. Halifax C and D Recycling has applied for a development agreement for property off the Cornwall Road near Exit 11. Zwicker says he questions some people who feel this will be a 'waste' facility.

Business owners in the area are concerned because they feel the facility shouldn't be located near a new visitor information centre and will flood the area with more vehicle traffic and pollution. Another meeting on the matter is planned for next month.

Multiple Charges Laid In Relation To Stolen Vehicle

A Lunenburg County man is facing six charges after he was pulled over on King Street. Police say their community response unit was following up with concerns of speeders when they made the stop Monday in Bridgewater. Blake Bishop has been charged with impaired driving, driving without a license and breach of probation. During their investigation Bridgewater police also determined the accused was driving a stolen vehicle. He is also facing charges in relation to those allegations. Bishop will remain in custody until his next court appearance on March 18th.

Lumberjacks Face Must-Win Scenario In Pictou

It's do or die tonight for the CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks. The local Junior 'A' hockey club head out on the road tonight with their season hanging in the balance. The Pictou County Weeks Crushers are up one game to none in the best of three MHL mini series and will look to put away the Jacks. Bridgewater hopes to pull out a win and force a winner take-all showdown on Thursday. Tonight's contest is a 7 o'clock start at the Pictou County Wellness Centre in New Glasgow.

Town Receives Few Responses On Upcoming Budget

A dismal number of people have provided the town of Bridgewater with responses to this year's budget input survey. The town's strategic initiatives coordinator told council that only 317 people participated in the survey, out of a population of just over 8,200. That represents roughly four per cent of the town's population. Mayor David Walker says the numbers are low, but its a good first step.

Some of the budget questions dealt with taxes and town services. The feedback is expected to help assist council in their budget deliberations this year. Council has scheduled a meeting for next Monday night at 6pm  in council chambers to discuss the capital and operating portions of the upcoming budget. The meeting is open to the public.