Wednesday, May 22, 2013

McIntosh Named To Canadian Pan-American Combined Events Cup Team.

A Bridgewater heptathlete will represent Canada next month at the Pan-American Combined Events Cup. Athletics Canada recently announced Rachael McIntosh will compete at the event in Ottawa. The 22-year-old finished in second place in the open division during last year's competition. She says she can build on her previous experience.

McIntosh says she's hoping to keep her momentum going at the event, after setting a personal best in Calgary earlier this month. The competition will be held June 1 and 2.

VIDEO: McNeil: Health Boards Would Be Cut Under Liberals

The province's Liberal Leader reiterated his plan to eliminate a majority of health boards if his party was in power. Stephen McNeil spoke Wednesday at a luncheon of about 45 local business owners, political figures and officials at the Best Western in Cookville. He says a Liberal government would get rid of district health authorities except one board for the IWK and another for the rest of the province.

McNeil says the initiative would help take dollars out of board rooms and administration and put it back into frontline health care. He believes it could save around $10-million. McNeil also touched on other subjects including the Muskrat Falls power project and economic development.

New Germany Girls Win Softball Districts

The New Germany Rural High School junior girls softball team went undefeated Tuesday to win the District Championship. Winning pitcher was Kaylee Hyson who only gave up one run in the three games. The team will now host the Regional tournament on Tuesday, May 28th.

Minor Injuries In Cookville Crash

One person was taken to hospital with minor injuries after two vehicles collided on Highway 10 in Cookville last night. Constable Colin Helm with Lunenburg County RCMP says the crash included a black car and an SUV. The incident happened around 7:30pm. Police along with EHS and fire officials from Northfield responded to the scene. The cause of the crash is also not known.

Moose Secure Semi-Final Berth

The Halifax Mooseheads played a nearly flawless game, taking period leads of 5-0 and 8-2 while drubbing the London Knights 9-2 at the Memorial Cup. Martin Frk had three goals and an assist, and Darcy Ashley also scored twice and picked up an assist, as the Mooseheads guaranteed themselves at least a spot in Friday's semifinals.

South Shore Health Excellence Awards

It was an evening of celebration for the region's medical community. South Shore Health hosted their annual Excellence Awards banquet last night. Four awards were presented in total including the Spirit Award - which was was presented posthumously to Clarke Johnson, and his faithful Dobermans, for their contributions to South Shore Health's Pet Therapy program. Johnson was instrumental in establishing the program which now includes 17 teams in three hospitals. The Community Health Leadership Award went to Palliative Care Physician Dr. David Abriel. The Exemplary Service Award was presented to Clinical Pharmacist Stephanie Oxenham. The Outstanding Quality Initiative Award was given to a group of staff in Public Health and Library Services from South Shore Health, South West Health and Annapolis Valley Health for a program designed to help women quit smoking. This was the ninth year for the excellence awards.