Friday, May 17, 2013

Local Provincial Parks Set To Open

A pair provincial parks along the South Shore are opening for the season this weekend. Rissers Beach in Lunenburg County and Thomas Raddall in Queens will officially open Saturday. The Victoria Day long weekend is the unofficial kick-off to the summer season. Campers are reminded that the annual alcohol-free period is in effect at all parks until early July. RCMP say they will be out in full-force to monitor roads.

RCMP Remind Public About Bicycle Safety

RCMP are calling on residents to make sure they are being as safe as they can while riding their bicycle. Police says its important for people riding bicycles to remember to wear helmets, and they must have a light and reflector on their bike while riding at night. If people are caught without using the safety features, fines range from $141 to $342. The bike could also be seized by police for over 30 days. Police say motorists also face fines up to $800 if they don't give a bicyclist at least a metre of space while passing them.

Municipal Council Approves Pension Payments, Name Change

MARC North has a new name and a pension plan will be paid in a lump sum. The Municipality of Lunenburg moved ahead with the two recommendations from committee. Council has approved paying up to $190,000 to fund pension plans for 13 laid-off workers at the recycling centre in Whynott's Settlement. They also decided to change the name of MARC North, to River Ridge Common. A contest was held in surrounding communities to change the name of the land just outside New Germany.

Gas Prices Rise Again

You can hear the moaning and the groaning of South Shore drivers. Gas prices are up yet again today at the pumps. Its Friday and the province's utility and review board set prices overnight. Regular self serve has been bumped up almost 2 cents to $1.29.2 per litre. Diesel is unchanged at $1.26.1.

Argyle-Barrington Tories Select Their Candidate

A familiar face will be the PC candidate in Argyle-Barrington in the next provincial election. Chris d'Entremont was selected last night at a nomination meeting in Barrington. In accepting it, d'Entremont bashed the Dexter government for what he calls its lack of action in dealing with 13 percent unemployment in his area.

Progressive Conservative Party leader Jamie Baillie was also at last night's nomination meeting. He charged the NDP government with turning its back on families in the area. d'Entremont is a former radio announcer and first elected to the House of Assembly in 2003. He has served as a minister in various high-profile Cabinet posts, such as agriculture and fisheries and health.