Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Crawley Named Lumberjacks Top Scorer And MVP

After four years in the Maritime Hockey League, including three in Bridgewater, Michael Crawley says he's proud of his accomplishments. The 20-year-old captain for the CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks took home the top scorer and MVP awards at the team's player awards banquet Wednesday night. Crawley scored 34 goals and 28 assists in 52 games. He was also recognized this season as the Lumberjacks all-time leading scorer. Crawley says he's proud of what he did in his final year of junior hockey.

He says his favorite moment remains the memorable mini-series against Metro in 2011. Crawley will now attend Saint Mary's University in the fall. Other award winners Wednesday night include Jeremy Butterworth as top rookie, Mitch Hennebury as top defenceman, most improved went to Zac Zakas and the 100 percent award was won by Luc Ramey.

Updated: Lumberjacks Sign Five Year Agreement With LCLC

The CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks will officially take the ice at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre in the fall. LCLC General Manager Kevin Benjamin confirmed the news during the team's player awards banquet at the Michelin Social Club Wednesday night. Benjamin says the two sides reached a five-year agreement to play at the new Clearwater Seafood Arena. He says its a fair deal for both sides.

Meanwhile, Owner Ken Petrie says five years is the right amount of time.

The two sides were back and forth at the negotiation table for months trying to come to an agreement. Petrie says he's excited about the upcoming season and looks forward to playing in the new facility.

MODL Approves Development Agreement For Proposed Pub

A proposed pub in Riverport has cleared another hurdle on its way to being established. The Municipality of Lunenburg unanimously approved a development agreement for the Heron Pub and Marina. The proposed facility would be located on Lower LaHave Road in a former fish processing facility with nearly 3,000 square feet of space. Mayor Don Downe says things are moving ahead.

A public hearing for community members will be held July 4.

Province Renames Highway 103 After Lost Fishermen

The province is paying tribute to fishermen who have lost their lives in the fishing industry. Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau announced today that Highway 103 will be known as the Fishermen's Memorial Highway. Belliveau unveiled a new commemorative highway sign in Shelburne. In a release, he says the designation acknowledges the debt to the hundreds who have lost their lives at sea. Highway 103 runs from Halifax to Yarmouth and links a number of fishing communities. (Photo Courtesy : Facebook)

South West Health Welcomes 11 New Docs

Eleven new doctors will be working in Shelburne, Yarmouth and Digby over the next eight months. Seven are family physicians and four are specialists who will begin providing consultant services to the residents of South West Health before fall 2013. The health authority indicates four doctors will move to Yarmouth, one in Shelburne and two for Digby county. Chief of Medical Staff, Alenia Kysela says improving access to primary care is a top priority for the health authority. She says officials will continue to attract doctors to help under-serviced areas. Nine of the physicians completed a major portion of their medical education in Canada or the USA.  

Committee Seeks Town's Help For Cemetery Street Names

More than 30 names have been gathered by Bridgewater's Heritage Advisory Committee for streets inside Brookside Cemetery. The committee asked the public to submit road names to them in April for the upcoming project. The names were requested because the committee felt they would help provide direction to visitors, help locate headstones and improve emergency response times. Mayor David Walker says the matter will go back to staff.

The committee is looking at a cost of roughly $5,000 for posts and sign blades to be installed. Some of the street names received include Glory Bend, Brookside Way, Memory Loop, Edgewood Path, Sawmill Arch, Veterans Bend, Wondering Loop and Pondside Path.

Lengthy Sentence Expected For Sex Offender In Confinement Case

It could be a lengthy prison term for a 48 year-old man who kidnapped and sexually assaulted a teenage boy in Lunenburg County. David Leblanc will be sentenced Friday for his role in the disturbing incident which began in Halifax last fall and ended when the boy escaped a run down cabin in Upper Chelsea after being held captive for ten days. The Crown has indicated they will see a prison term in the range of 11 years. Leblanc pleaded guilty last month to most of the charges related to the case, including kidnapping, forcible confinement and sexual assault. His co-accused, Wayne Cunningham died while on the run from police in Northern Ontario. A third man connected to the case will have a preliminary hearing. A preliminary hearing will be held for Leonard McKeen on July 25. He is charged with sexual assault and a prostitution related offence.

NSCC Lunenburg Campus Holds Convocation

The Nova Scotia Community College Lunenburg Campus marks its class of 2013 Wednesday morning. Convocation will be held at 10am in the campus gymnasium. Two hundred and six people are graduating. Awards will be handed out including the Governor General's academic medal, President award and the NSCC's Board of Directors award. This year's class Valedictorian is Lunenburg County's Tracy Pagan Hardt from the Natural Resources-Environmental Technology program.

Fisheries Minister To Unveil New Highway Sign

A new sign will be unveiled today in memory of fishermen lost at sea. Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau will join members of the fishing community including families and friends to showcase the sign. The unveiling will take place at 1pm at the Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club and Marina.