Monday, April 22, 2013

Local Teachers Receive Awards For Sustainable Vision

A pair of South Shore teachers are being recognized for their vision of a sustainable future. Vanessa Henwood of South Queens Junior High and Greg Sutherland of Hebbville Academy received provincial awards during a ceremony in Halifax today. Sutherland is considered an integral part of his school's green team, making sure no lunch waste goes into the wrong waste bin. His class also grows salmon and releases them into the LaHave River every spring. Henwood has students collect salvageable fabrics from home to use for class projects, transforming garbage into everyday items like pyjamas, pillows, and tote bags. She will also be the lead teacher when the school partners with the Queens Municipal Landfill on inquiry-based learning modules. The awards are given out annually during Education Week, which lasts until Saturday.

Liverpool Native New GM At Queens Place

A Liverpool native has been selected as the new general manger of Queens Place Emera Centre. Council voted unanimously to appoint Steve Burns to the position during a special meeting Monday afternoon. Burns has spent spent 23 years as store manager with Sobey's. He says the facility plays a big role in Queens County.

Burns will begin work May 6th.

Province Announces 'Choose How You Move' Strategy

The provincial government has announced $6-million in funding to help communities develop sustainable transportation plans. Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse says community groups, seniors, people with physical disabilities will benefit with more sustainable and cost-effective transportation options. She says those options include walking, biking, community transit, and carpooling. Peterson-Rafuse says she hopes it can benefit the entire South Shore including her constituency.

She adds, the province will work with local municipalities to find solutions to develop transportation systems. Funding will be available for the 'Choose How You Move Sustainable Transportation Strategy' for the next three years.

Weagle, Gordon Lead Team Atlantic At ESSO Cup

Two South Shore women's hockey players are in Burnaby, B.C. for Canada’s National Women's Midget Championship. The ESSO Cup got underway Sunday and Rebecca Weagle of Lunenburg and Kristen Gordon of Liverpool play for Metro Boston Pizza, which is representing team Atlantic. For Weagle, this will be her third trip to the nationals. The 17-year-old goaltender feels the club has a good shot at winning the tournament.

Metro Boston Pizza finished fourth last year. The Atlantic squad opened the tournament Sunday with a 3-0 loss against Ontario. They will play the Pacific team Monday evening. (Photo Credit:  Derek Leung)

Meeting To Discuss Diversion Facility In Blockhouse

Emotions could be high during a meeting Monday night to discuss a proposed construction and demolition diversion facility in Blockhouse. Several business owners have spoken out against the move, suggesting it would create more noise and polluted smells in the area. The Blockhouse Area Advisory Committee will oversee the meeting at the community's fire hall. It gets underway at 7pm.

Frk Scores OT Winner, Mooseheads Grab 2-0 Series Lead

The Halifax Mooseheads pulled one out of the fire Sunday night at the Metro Centre as they edged Rouyn-Noranda 5-4 in overtime. The Moose rallied from a 4-2 third period deficit to force extra time before Marty Frk's power-play marker clinched the victory. That's ten straight playoff wins for Halifax who are now up 2-0 in the best-of-seven semi-final series. The Huskies host game three Tuesday night.