Monday, July 22, 2013

UPDATE: Two Men Safe After Boat Capsizes In Mahone Bay

Two men are safe after a power boat capsized this afternoon off the coast of Mahone Bay. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax issued a mayday call around 1:45pm after the 20-foot vessel overturned. The incident happened roughly 40 metres from shore. JRCC spokesperson Mike Bonin says the two men appear to be in good shape.

The Mahone Bay Inshore Rescue and Coast Guard auxiliary were involved in the rescue operation. Bonin says the two men will be assessed on shore and will be taken to hospital if necessary. It's not yet known what caused the incident.

FireFit: Bridgewater Earn Personal Bests, Third In Team Event

Volunteer firefighters from Bridgewater made quite an impression over the weekend at the Maritime-Atlantic FireFit competition. Ryan Buck finished fifth overall after running the obstacle course in one minute and 30 seconds. Meanwhile, Steve Freeman set a new personal best time by 25 seconds, finishing in a time of one minute and 35 seconds to finish 10th. Nick Mercer also set a personal best by 12 seconds with a time of one minute and 49 seconds to finish in 22nd place out of 86 competitors. Robbie Smith posted a time of three minutes and three seconds while Craig Wentzell also finished in a time of three minutes and 13 seconds. The results led to a third place finish in the team event for the local fire fighters. Buck says it was a job well done.

Bridgewater was the lone South Shore team in the event. He says the team expects to compete at the national championships in Edmonton, Alberta from September 4-8.

Trail Group's Financial Request Goes To Committee

A funding request to help develop a route plan for the LaHave River Trail will be discussed further. The Municipality of Lunenburg has sent the $15,000 request to its audit-finance committee. The LaHave River Trail Association is looking to undertake a study that will connect trail sections in Cookville and Pinehurst. Mayor Don Downe says it's about creating a link for trail users that doesn't exist.

Downe says the audit-finance committee will determine if there is money available in the budget framework to complete the request. The group is hoping to use public land where possible while creating partnerships with private landowners. Downe expects the issue to be back in front of council in the fall.

UPDATE: Yarmouth Fund-Raiser Not Just A Drop In The Bucket!

The weekend "Zach In A Box" fund-raiser at the Yarmouth Mall parking lot was a big success! More than $10,000. was raised as Liberal MLA Zach Churchill spent half his weekend in a bucket attached to a construction crane high above the parking lot. Passers-by chipped in money to keep Churchill in the bucket through the 24 hour time-limit. He says it was a long 24 hours by times but, well worth it!

Money raised will help support programs of the Memorial Club which assists local seniors and veterans.

Big EX Ready To Start

The South Shore Exhibition is set to start this week in Bridgewater. The popular July event will get underway Tuesday evening with a parade that spans around sections of the town from the community college to the exhibition grounds. Other events planned for this year include South Shore Idol, demolition derby, TCW wrestling and Maritime Horse Pull. Manager Christine Sarty says there is lots of buzz around musical performances from Kira Isabella and Chad Brownlee.

Sarty says there's something for all ages at the Exhibition. The event runs from Tuesday until Sunday. All the details can be found here .