Tuesday, May 28, 2013

UPDATED: Traffic Now Moving On Highway 8

Emergency officials were called to single vehicle rollover near Milton this afternoon. The crash occurred shortly after 3 o'clock. It's not known how it happened or if there are any injuries. Police say a section of Highway 8 was closed for a short period just north of Milton.

VIDEO: Mooseheads Celebrate Historic Year

The Halifax Mooseheads were greeted to thousands of fans as they left the Metro Centre today in the wake of their historic President Cup and Memorial Cup victories. Players and coaches arrived home yesterday evening in time for a celebratory event Tuesday at noon in Halifax's Grand Parade near City Hall. Some players got on stage answered questions and thanked fans including Nathan MacKinnon, Stephen MacAuley, Zachary Fucale and co-captain Trey Lewis. It will be a short turnaround for MacKinnon, Fucale and Jonathan Drouin as they will head to Toronto for the NHL Scouting Combine, which include team interviews and a rigorous fitness test. Below is video of the parade portion of today's event.

VIDEO: Local Olympian Nominated For RICOH Sports Award

 Bridgewater's Jenna Martin has been nominated for a prestigious award which recognizes Nova Scotia's greatest athletes, coaches and teams. Martin is up for a RICOH  Sports Awards in the Individual Female Athlete of the Year category. She'll be up against fellow Olympian Ellie Black and Alex Duckworth of Kingsburg. Martin made her first appearance at the Olympics games in London last summer. The 25 year-old was solid in her Olympic debut and qualified for the semi-finals in the 400 metre event. The awards will be presented during a ceremony in Halifax on June 1st.

What Road Is The Worst In The Region?

South Shore residents have just three days left after today to vote for what they believe is the worst road in the region. Its the Canadian Automobile Association's annual Worst Roads campaign. Spokesman Gary Howard tells us there are no prizes; just recognition for that bumpy, irritating road you love to hate.

Since voting began May 1st, the Forties Road in New Ross has bumped its way up the scale from 4th to 2nd place and is close to knocking-off the current worst road in Atlantic Canada, the Cape John Road in River John. Highway 203 near Yarmouth is now 5th overall, up from 7th in early May. You can vote for your worst road at www.atlantic.caa.ca/worstroads.


Bridgewater Town Council Mulls Room Tax

The deputy mayor of Bridgewater is continuing his push for a room tax to be initiated in the town. Bill McInnis is behind the idea because he feels a small two-dollar tax on a 40% occupancy rate could generate roughly $60,000. McInnis says the issue would not be on residents, but it would charge guests and the money raised would be put back into the community to promote tourism. He says it's not a new idea.

Bridgewater council has sent the matter back to staff for a report and recommendation. The issue could be back on the agenda for a meeting in June.

Chester: Council Approves Budget/New Tax Rates

Residents in the Municipality of Chester will pay more in taxes in 2013-14. Council approved its $22.4-million operating budget - agreeing to raise the residential tax rate by two cents to 66 cents per 100 of assessment. The move was needed to help balance the budget. The reasons for the increase includes reserves being diminished by just over $1.1-million for projects like a wind turbine, eco-park and Mill Cove Water Utility. As well, expenditures increased by nearly $500,000. This year's operating budget is an increase of nearly $3-million. Meanwhile, businesses are getting better news with a one cent decrease, with the new commercial tax rate at $1.53 per 100 of assessment. The operating budget is listed at $22.4-million while the capital budget is $12.1-million.

Spts-New Germany Girls Softball Team Wins Regional Championship! Juniors Might Be Next!

The New Germany Rural High School senior girls softball team has captured the Division-3 Regional championship. They defeated Par-en-Bas, Drumlin Heights and Forest Heights Monday in round-robin play, defeated Shelburne in the cross-over and then beat North Queens in the championship game. The N-G junior girls will now to try to follow in the senior's footsteps as they host their Regional softball tournament today (Tuesday). The first game is at 12:30pm..

Rick Hansen Book Comes To South Shore Schools

The story of Rick Hansen's 43,000-kilometre world tour is coming to South Shore elementary schools. Roll On: Rick Hansen Wheels Around the World was recently released across the province. In 1985, the Canadian began the Man in Motion World Tour, a two-year journey in his wheelchair that raised awareness of what people with disabilities can do. Communications Manager Trish Smith says the book can help students and others in schools.

The book is expected to be available in roughly 10 South Shore schools. During Hansen's 34-country tour, $26-million was raised for spinal cord research, rehabilitation and wheelchair sports.