Friday, May 24, 2013

Whalen, McIntosh To Compete At World University Games

A pair of South Shore track and field athletes have been named to the Canadian team for this summer's World University Games in Kazan, Russia. Heptathlete Rachael McIntosh of Bridgewater and Chelsea Whalen of Liverpool will compete for their country during the event from July 7-12. Both women have enjoyed great seasons so far. McIntosh helped the Calgary Dinos win the CIS National Championship, winning a gold, silver and bronze during the competition. Whalen has continued to set new personal bests and records at Florida State University, while winning a number of events. Fifty-six athletes will represent Canada at the event.

Most Senators Doing Their Job Well: Political Scientist

As the expense claims scandal continues to stew in the Senate, Nova Scotia is represented in the country's upper chamber by ten senators. Conservative Donald Oliver of the South Shore has been there for more than 20 years and is assistant speaker. Liberal Senator Wilfred Moore also represents the South Shore. Political scientist Agar Adamson of Chester and Wolfville believes Oliver, Moore and the other 8 Senators from this province have been performing their duties well despite the scandal tainting the whole chamber.

Some other notable Senators from Nova Scotia include Liberals Jim Cowan and Terry Mercer and Conservatives Gerald Comeau and Kelvin Ogilvie.

Miss Ally Fundraiser Nets Over $86,000

A facebook site dedicated to helping the families of the Miss Ally crew members has raised more than $86,000. About 600 items raised money in 'The Courageous Crew of Miss Ally-Lost at Sea Fundraising Auction.' Items included hockey tickets and jerseys as well as gift certificates and handmade crafts. Administrator Kendra Swimm of Yarmouth says she expected to raise only $1,000, but the community rallied and the support has been huge. The last official total is $86,880. The auction started days after the five men were lost at sea. Their boat capsized about 120 kilometres southeast of Liverpool in mid-February. Swimm says local residents and people from as far away as Thailand supported the group's cause. Each of the five families are expected to receive over $17,000. She credits other organizers for making it a success including Margaret Chetwynd of Clark's Harbour and Nancy Drake of HRM.

Spts-Bottomley Signs Up As Amherst Coach & GM

First he's out! Now, he's in! A day after announcing Jim Bottomley would not be back in Amherst next season as coach and general manager, the club has now signed him to a new deal. Ramblers president Jim Henwood says Bottomley has signed a two-year extension to continue in both roles. Bottomley of course spent several seasons as head coach of the CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks.

Spring Fling Not Far Flung Idea For Needed Roseway ER Dollars!

The hospital auxiliary in Shelburne is springing into high gear for its 4th annual Spring Fling! The Roseway Hospital group is attempting to raise $20,000. toward renovating the Emergency Department. Auxiliary secretary Tami Crosby says the annual event tomorrow (Saturday) will go a long way toward helping.

Among other things, the Spring Fling will feature gift basket raffles, a "this and that" table, clothing, books, baked goods, games and refreshments. It runs Saturday from 10am to 2pm at the Community Centre in Shelburne.

Committee Rejects Development Agreement For Proposed Blockhouse Facility

The planning advisory committee for the Municipality of Lunenburg is listening to resident concerns when it comes to a proposed facility in Blockhouse. The committee has rejected a request by staff to endorse a development agreement for a construction and demolition diversion complex. A crowd of roughly 140 people erupted with hand-clapping and whistles after the decision was made. Community spokesman Paul Young says a majority of residents couldn't be happier.

One member of the committee was in favour of moving ahead with the project. Councillor Eric Hustvedt says staff did a good job with the regulatory aspects and he wasn't as concerned as others with the environmental issues raised regarding the facility. Halifax C and D is interested in setting up the facility off the Cornwall Road. Council is expected to discuss the matter at their June 11 meeting.

South Shore Gas Prices Rise Again!

As expected, prices are up this morning at South Shore gas pumps. Regular self serve is selling for $1.30.8 per litre. That is an increase of just under two cents a litre. High-test is priced at $1.39.7 per litre. Diesel is up in price as well this morning, by about 2.5 cents a litre.

Demers Hopes To Inspire Local Hockey Community

A Stanley Cup winner and two-time NHL coach of the year will be front and center tonight at the CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks celebrity dinner and auction. Jacques Demers will say a few words to the attending public about his story and his career. He says he will also send an optimistic message to the community regarding the Junior 'A' club.

The event helps support the Lumberjacks, and there's lots of auction prizes including signed Halifax Mooseheads jerseys from Nathan Mackinnon and Jonathan Drouin. Tickets cost $75 each and a few are expected to be available at the door when the event gets underway at 5:30 at the Best Western in Cookville.