Friday, May 31, 2013

Michelin Junior Bike Event Rolls Into Bridgewater

Look out for bicycles, tricycles and training wheels this weekend in Bridgewater. The Michelin Junior Bike event rolls into town Saturday at Empire Theatres. The event promotes bicycle and helmet safety for young riders. Almost 300 kids are expected to participate and learn safe practices. The event will be held rain or shine from 10am until noon.

Riverport Pub Stalls As Developer Backs Out

The future of a pub and marina in Riverport is up in the air. Local resident Peter Knowles is behind the development and recently announced on facebook that he "cannot continue with the Heron Pub." He continued by saying "Fundraising efforts have been terribly disappointing, unable to secure more than a couple of founders to support the pub and my own resources are now tapped out." The Riverport area advisory committee supported the idea during a recent meeting. Knowles added in the post "I would like to offer the project to the community in the hope that some individual or group have the means to take this great community anchor to fruition." A phone call to Knowles has not been returned.

Stunting Charge Laid In Bridgewater

Bridgewater police have laid a stunting charge after a motorcycle was spotted going nearly 80 km/hr over the speed limit in the downtown area. Police say they clocked the bike going 128 km/hr in a 50 zone on High Street. The driver and female passenger were stopped this morning on Victoria Road. If convicted, the charge carries a fine of nearly $2,400. The motorcycle was seized and the driver is due in court in August.

Emergency Department Closures At Lunenburg Hospital

There will be a pair of closures in the emergency department at Fishermen's Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg this weekend. The first closure will be in effect starting at 6pm Friday evening until 7:30 Saturday morning. The emergency department will also close Saturday evening at 6pm and re-open Sunday morning at 7:30. Anyone requiring emergency services is advised to call 911 or visit the South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater. Patients with non-emergencies should contact their family physician or call Health Link 811 for medical advice.

Emergency Officials Locate Missing Man In Shelburne County

A 55-year-old Dartmouth man is safe after he got lost in the woods in Shelburne County. RCMP say the man was last seen by family members on Ensor's Road in Welshtown Thursday afternoon before he unexpectedly fled into the woods. Police along with Barrington Ground Search and Rescue and officials with the Shelburne Fire Department found the man in the area around 9pm Thursday night. RCMP say the man was in fair condition. He was examined by EHS before he was transported to hospital.

ALS Walk Held In Western Shore

People will gather in Western Shore this weekend in hopes of raising awareness and money for ALS. The fourth annual ALS walk gets underway at 10am Saturday at the community's fire hall. Registration will be held at 9am. One of the coordinators, David Moore, says the funds raised will be split into different areas.

ALS is a neuromuscular disease that causes motor nerve cells to die and voluntary muscles to degenerate. Those living with the disease become progressively paralyzed, eventually unable to breathe or swallow. Moore says they're hoping to raise $20,000 during this year's event.

South Shore Students Win At Canadian Science Fair

Four students from schools within the South Shore Regional School Board district have returned from the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Lethbridge, Alberta. They brought home some impressive experiences and awards to show for it. Being recognized for their science projects are Erin Smith and Jessica Vaszily of Bayview Community School, Sierra Oakes of Bridgewater Junior-Senior High and Malcolm Mann of Bluenose Academy. The South Shore Regional School Board has been taking part in the Canada-Wide Science Fair since 1999. South Shore students have won a total of $67,878.00 in prize money as well as many awards and medals.
These were the projects of the 4 South Shore winners at the Canada-Wide Science Fair:
Erin Smith from Bayview Community School in Mahone Bay titled her project, “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!” This project looked at the possibility of using melting snow to produce clean energy to offset the average household winter heating costs.
Sierra Oakes from Bridgewater Junior-Senior High School looked at creating energy by using different natural oils combined with water. Her project, “Opposites make a powerful difference,” used a variety of oils to create energy by rising above the water and hitting a propeller. Sierra was presented with an excellence award, bronze medal and a bronze medal from Western University.
“Poison-Us Puckers,” the project by Bayview Community School Student Jessica Vaszily looked at lead content in lipstick. Her project examined the presence of lead in lipstick, and if the amount is related to the level of shine and sparkle.
Malcolm Mann of Bluenose Academy in Lunenburg investigated whether adding tubercles, the small bumps on the leading edge of humpback whale fins which improve their mobility, on sailboat folds could improve the lift and increase the stall angle of the foil. Malcolm received three different awards, including two silver medals in excellence from Western University, as well as the Carlson Wagonlit Award.

South Shore Gas Prices Down Some

Gas prices along the South Shore are down a bit today (Friday). The utility and review board dropped the price overnight by almost two cents a litre. Regular self serve is selling for $1.29.1 per litre. High test is down also by a similar amount to $1.38.1. Diesel is selling for $1.28.5 per litre, down some as well.