Friday, June 14, 2013

South Shore Health Extends Same Day Clinics

South Shore Health has extended its same day medical clinic for a number of days this month. A doctor will be available to see patients with non-urgent health issues like minor cuts or bumps, bites, sore throats and prescription refills by appointment only. The clinic dates at South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater will be from June 17 to 20th, and June 24 until the 27th. Clinics will run each day from 10am until 3pm. Same day appointments can be made by calling 527-5815 between 8am and 10am on the day of the clinic.

BREAKING: Leblanc Sentenced To 11 Years For Teen Chaining

David James Leblanc will spend the next 11 years in jail for his role in chaining up and sexually assaulting a teenage boy in Upper Chelsea last fall. Leblanc pleaded guilty last month to kidnapping a 16-year-old boy and holding him against his will in a run down cabin for ten days last September. During his sentencing hearing today, the boy's mother told the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Bridgewater that her son has been traumatized since the horrific incident.

The woman read two victim impact statements - one from her and another on behalf of her son. She said she feels like LeBlanc robbed her of her son, saying her boy has been scarred both physically and emotionally.

Cancer Group Recognizes Barrington Society

Cancer Care Nova Scotia has recognized a local volunteer group that supports cancer patients. The group's annual Excellence Awards in pioneer, leadership and patient care were presented Thursday. The Rosalin Nickerson Care Fund Society in Barrington received the Patient Care for a Volunteer award. The society was created in 2004 by Shelley d'Eon of Barrington, in memory of her mother, who died of pancreatic cancer when she was 57. The society has organized many fundraising events, which has helped more than 200 cancer patients in the area.

Bluenose II Safety/Sea Trials Expected This Month

Still lots of uncertainty surrounding the Bluenose II. Culture Minister Leonard Preyra says the vessel is expected to undergo sea trials before the end of this month, but it remains uncertain when it will be available for public tours. Preyra says it's important to ensure public health and safety standards are met before the restored schooner is open to tourists. The Bluenose II was lowered into the waters off Lunenburg with much fanfare last September, and the government had said it was expected to be ready for public sailing this summer. Thousands of spectators took in the event along the waterfront in Lunenburg. But since then work has continued on the wooden vessel. Preyra says its restoration has cost about $16 million. The federal government has contributed nearly $5 million toward the project.

Nature Conservancy Unveils Massive Conservation Project

A large swath of land in Nova Scotia is being protected in what the Nature Conservancy of Canada says is the largest private conservation project ever in Atlantic Canada. The group announced today that it acquired about 21 square kilometres of habitat in the Tusket River headwaters area of Digby County. The partial land purchase and donation by J.D. Irving Limited includes stands of Acadian forest, three lake shorelines and sections of the Silver and Caribou rivers. The conservancy says the Tusket River is globally significant for the number of rare plants found in downstream reaches within Yarmouth County. Program Manager Craig Smith says the area provides habitat for the threatened snapping turtle and brook trout. Surrounding forest lands are home to other species at risk, including the Canada warbler, common nighthawk and chimney swift.

LeBlanc To Be Sentenced Today

A sentencing hearing will be held today for a 48-year-old Nova Scotia man who pleaded guilty to confining and sexually assaulting a teenage boy in Upper Chelsea last year. David James LeBlanc changed his pleas to guilty during an appearance last month in Supreme Court in Bridgewater. LeBlanc pleaded guilty to kidnapping, forcible confinement, sexual assault, uttering threats and breach of conditions. The Crown says LeBlanc held the 16-year-old boy against his will for a week before he escaped last September.

Gas Prices Unchanged

If you're following the ups and downs of gasoline prices, today there is no change at South Shore pumps. Regular self serve gas is again priced at $1.29.1 per liter. High test is $1.38.1. Diesel is unchanged too at $1.26.4.