Friday, March 22, 2013

"I Probably Won't Run For Re-Election" : Vicki Conrad

Photo: Vicki Conrad
Chances appear to be pretty good the MLA for Queens will not be a candidate when the next provincial election is called. Vicki Conrad says she's about 90 percent sure she won't run again. She says family issues are weighing heavily on her decision. But thats not all.

Conrad tells us she will confirm her decision during the spring sitting of the legislature. Conrad says she's already had talks with Shelburne MLA Sterling Belliveau and she believes he may run in her riding once she confirms she's not reoffering. Conrad has been the MLA for Queens since 2006.

School Board: Special Saturday Meeting To Be Held

The South Shore Regional School Board has called a special board meeting this weekend to continue talk around the school review process. It will be the second to last meeting for the group before they are expected to announce their decisions. The future of six schools in Gold River-Western Shore, Petite Riviere, Pentz, New Ross, Mill Village and Hebbville is expected to be decided next Wednesday night. Board Chair Jennifer Naugler says it's a necessary meeting to have to make sure members are prepared as possible.

The meeting will be held at the board office in Bridgewater beginning at 9 o'clock Saturday morning.

Ice Sharks Tie Chebucto At Bantam 'AA' Hockey Provincials

The South Shore Ice Sharks Bantam 'AA' hockey club salvaged a tie against Chebucto this morning at provincials in Amherst. Alex Wentzell scored with 35 seconds left to play to level the game at 3-3. That's the way it would finish. Alex Miller and Conal Lucey also scored for the Ice Sharks, who sit at 1-0-1 through two games. Zack Zinck earned the tie in goal. The Ice Sharks will play Cumberland at 4pm this afternoon. Meanwhile, the Park View boys hockey team is competing at provincials as well in Sydney. They play at 2pm today against North Nova and then again at 6pm against Riverview.

Keddy Pleased New 'Building Canada Plan' In Budget

The member of parliament for South Shore-St. Margaret's says the new 'Building Canada plan' will help local municipalities. The Federal Finance Minister announced the 10-year program in Thursday's budget. The minister announced more than $47-billion in new funding in the plan to support local and economic infrastructure projects. Gerald Keddy calls it a significant plan.

The money available in the first year of the new plan will be less than the current $3.2-billion, but will increase to almost $6-billion in 2024. The plan will take effect starting next year.

Shelburne County Group Marks International Women's Day

A South Shore support group is marking an important day with an event this evening at the Barrington Municipal High School. The Shelburne County Women's Fishnet is celebrating International Women's Day. The group will recognize local women of the past and present, showcase art and displays and musical performances. Chairperson Dayle Eshelby says it's important to honour women and their accomplishments.

The event starts at 6pm. Tickets for the event are $5 for adults, $2 for students and money raised will go towards student bursaries in Shelburne County.

Musical Acts Revealed For "Big Ex" Concert Nights

A pair of rising country musicians will headline "The Big Ex" concert stage this summer. Organizers with the South Shore Exhibition have announced Kira Isabella and Chad Brownlee will perform during the popular evening concerts in July. Isabella will take centre stage for the Thursday evening concert while Brownlee is the main act on Saturday. Isabella is an Ottawa native and already has three singles that have charted on the Canadian Top 100. Brownlee hails from Kelowna and has been nominated up for a Juno Award for Country Album of the Year. His album "Love Me or Leave Me" has two singles that cracked the country's Top 100 songs. The South Shore Exhibition will be held July 23rd to 28th in Bridgewater.

Junior 'C' Hockey Final Heads To Barrington

The Junior 'C' hockey championship series shifts to Barrington for the next two days for game three and four. It's been a tight-checking series so far between the Chester Clippers and the Sea Star Ice Dogs, with each team winning a game in overtime. Barrington General Manager, Steve Crowell, says it's been a seesaw battle.

Crowell expects a raucous crowd tonight for game three and hopes it will give the edge to his club. Puck drops at 8pm at the Barrington Municipal Arena. Game four will be held Saturday night at 8pm in Barrington as well.

Diesel Gas Down In Price; Regular, Up Some!

If you drive a vehicle that uses diesel fuel, you'll be happy this morning when you haul into a gas station to fill-up! Diesel is down just over 3 cents a litre this morning. Its selling for $1.31.9.  If you use regular gas, self serve is up about 3/4 of a cent to $1.35.8 per litre.  If high-test is your thing, its up in price by about the same amount to $1.44.8 per litre.