Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Big Ex Parade Set For Tonight

The Big Ex Parade is still on for tonight. There were some concerns it would be cancelled due to the forecast. However, officials with the exhibition confirmed the parade will go ahead as scheduled. It leaves from the NSCC in Bridgewater and gets underway at 6PM. The annual parade helps mark the official kick-off of the South Shore Exhibition.

Good Response From Business On SW NS Future

The committee studying the future of tourism in the Southwestern part of the province has received numerous suggestions from businesses in the area. They're suggestions on how to make improvements and bolster the region's economy. Committee chair, Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood, says she's somewhat surprised but encouraged.

Meanwhile, the mayor says much of it all depends on getting a ferry service up and running again between Yarmouth and Maine. Her committee expects to have an initial report ready early in 2014.

Chester: Municipality Covering HST To Fix Heritage Property

The Municipality of Chester is handling a bulk of the HST costs for work to a heritage property in the area. Council agreed to cover 71 per cent of the tax towards the Lightfoot Tower restoration project. The cost is $10,714. Warden Allen Webber says the municipality also received a grant request, but council decided on the best option for them.

The Trust has raised roughly $105,000 for the project since fundraising began in 2008. Council approved proceeding with restorations to the property earlier this month. A local firm is preparing to begin restoration work to the Tower on Regent Street, which includes replacing doors, windows, the roof and exterior staircase.

New "Super" Excited To Work In Rural Setting

Providing more opportunities and course selection for students on the South Shore will be a key focus for the region's new superintendent. Geoff Cainen has been selected for the top job within the South Shore Regional School Board. He has worked for the Halifax Regional School Board for the past 17 years. Cainen is also a former teacher and principal. Cainen says he'd like to explore further opportunities to offer online courses.

Cainen says a top priority will be to work with board members on creating a new strategic plan and vision for the areas school system. He will officially begin his new role on August 1st.