Friday, April 5, 2013

Chester Clippers Earn First 'W' At Atlantics

The Chester Clippers have their first win at the Atlantic Junior 'C' Hockey Championships. The local club flexed their muscles offensively, scoring a 9-2 win over the Tignish Aces of PEI Friday afternoon. The win moves Chester into a spot in the semi-finals. They currently sit fourth out of five teams. They may be able to improve their position with a win at 8pm tonight against the host club, the Hampton Hurricanes.

Sustainability Expo Back For Its Second Year

Food is the theme for this year's South Shore Sustainability Expo at the NSCC campus in Bridgewater. The event will showcase the best in local and regional business and community practices for sustainability. A discussion led by a three-person panel from Lunenburg County will also focus on the importance of local food. Co-organizer Andrew Caines says people are feeling the financial crunch and growing your own food can help.

This is the second year for the event. The expo gets underway at 9am tomorrow. Full details on the event are available here .

Welcome Home Event Planned For Jessica Carver

It's been dubbed as a 'Welcome Home' event for a South Shore native who underwent double-lung transplant surgery last December. A planned get together and dance for Jessica Carver will be held Saturday night at the Michelin Social Club in Bridgewater. The 33-year-old recently returned home after a nine-month stay in Toronto because of the surgery. She says the event is the easiest way to say 'thank you'.

Carver has Cystic Fibrosis and she says she's looking forward to dancing the night away. All are welcome to the event, which gets underway at 7:30pm tomorrow night. Anyone who is planning to attend is urged to wear green in support of organ donation.

Argyle MLA Ponders Sad State Of Rural Economy

The opposition parties are raising doubts about whether the Dexter government has actually produced a balanced budget. Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil says the budget is nothing more than a pre-election document. He says its assumptions on the amount of revenues it will receive are based on what he calls "wacky'' assumptions. Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie says the lack of a jobs-plan means the province will have a difficult time keeping the books in the black. PC Argyle MLA Chris d'Entremont says the government is paying little attention to rural areas and concentrating on metro Halifax, where help isn't really needed.

d'Entremont says the government would do better if it stopped paying so much attention to its over-abundant NDP-ridings in Halifax and concentrated more in helping rural areas like the South Shore.

Insulin Pump Funding Lauded By Yarmouth MLA

The Dexter government says it will cover insulin pumps for children with Type 1 diabetes and pay for the pump's supplies for those under 25. It is part of the provincial budget presented yesterday and follows pressure from lobby groups and families of those living with the disease. The MLA for Yarmouth says its about time! Zach Churchill says his Liberal party has been pushing for the funding for years.

The government estimates the move will cost 5.3 million dollars a year, which is a fraction of the Health Department's overall 3.9-billion-dollar budget.

Chester Clippers Remain Winless At Atlantics

The Chester Clippers remain winless at the Atlantic Junior 'C' Hockey Championship in Hampton, New Brunswick. The provincial champs were dumped 8-4 Thursday night by the Kivalliq Canucks from Nunavut. The Clippers held a 3-0 lead after the first period on the strength of three goals by Kyle Dilosa. But the Nunavut squad stormed back with a four goal second period and never trailed after that. Dilosa added a fourth goal in the third period. Chester sits at 0-2 heading into today's final round robin games. They will face the PEI champions Tignish Aces at 3pm, and then the tournament hosts, Hampton Hurricanes at 8pm. To watch today's action, click here .