Monday, August 12, 2013

Summer Games: South Shore Athletes Making Their Mark

South Shore athletes are making their mark to open week two at the Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Lunenburg's Jesse Drennan sits atop the standings in the men's decathlon after five events on Monday. He'll have another five events Tuesday in his quest for gold. Lunenburg's Nick Tanner scored twice to lead the men's soccer team to a 9-1 victory over the Northwest Territories. They play again Wednesday against PEI. Liverpool's Chelsea Whalen qualified for the women's javelin final with a toss of 45.77 metres. Whalen will begin competition in the shot put Tuesday. Also, beginning competition Tuesday will be Bridgewater's Courtney Langille, who races in the women's 4 x 400 metre relays and Conquerall Mills' Mattias Wolter runs the men's 3,000 metre steeplechase.

Bridgewater: Assault Leaves Man In Critical Condition

Bridgewater police say a man is in critical condition after an assault over the weekend at the Exhibition grounds. They say the incident took place shortly after 2am on Sunday. A 21 year-old Lunenburg County man has been arrested in connection with the incident. He's due in court at a later date. Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the assault to contact their detachment at 543-2464.

Bridgewater Man Faces Drug, Weapon Charges

A 21-year-old man from Bridgewater will be in court next month after police seized marijuana and weapons from his home last Friday night. Members of the Bridgewater Police Service, along with its street crime unit and RCMP police dog service found the items at the King Street residence. Constable Will Creamer says Derrick Robar is facing drugs and weapons-related charges. Creamer says they collected a pair of knives, a shotgun and a rifle. Robar was arrested Friday night and was released with conditions Monday morning. Robar is due back in court September 12.

Tuesday: Yarmouth Ferry Update Expected

There will be an update tomorrow (Tuesday) on the search for a new ferry operator between Yarmouth and Maine. Economic and Rural Development Minister Graham Steele will be in Yarmouth to give an update on the process. He will be joined by Keith Condon, chair of the Nova Scotia International Ferry Partnership. They are expected to provide an update on the evaluation of business plans submitted for a new ferry service in Yarmouth. Last month, Maine Governor Paul LePage indicated his support for re-establishing the ferry link. In a letter to Premier Darrell Dexter, the governor threw his support behind a proposal by STM Quest to operate the ferry. LePage indicated his office would also help the company secure an operating line of credit in the amount of $5 million.

Bridgewater: Public Hearing To Discuss King Street Property

The future space at 814 King Street in Bridgewater is the topic for debate Monday evening. The town is holding a public hearing to discuss an application by Bond Street Capital, a group looking to construct a single story building on the property. The space is currently occupied by Melissa's Stop and Wash. Bond Street Capital are looking to enter into a development agreement with the town to build a 4,400 square foot complex. The hearing will be held as part of tonight's council meeting at 6pm.

SPTS-South Shore Soccer Team Wins In New Glasgow

The South Shore United Under-14 girls soccer team was in New Glasgow over the weekend for a game against XFC.  Lacey Acker, McKenzie Sinclair and McKenzie Kelly combined to help shut out New Glasgow 3-nothing.  Kaye Dorey was the winning goalie for South Shore.

Possible Election Call Coming: McNeil & Baillie On South Shore Issues

There could be a provincial election call later this week. Everyone in political circles is talking about the strong possibility Premier Darrell Dexter will visit the lieutenant-governor either Friday night or Saturday and ask that the legislature be dissolved and an election date set. Liberal leader Stephen McNeil says everyone has been in over-drive for months, expecting an election call and this could finally be it. McNeil tells CKBW and Hank-FM News, South Shore Liberal candidates are set to "officially" hit the bricks.

Meanwhile, PC Leader Jamie Baillie tells us, the South Shore will be a key area in the campaign and maybe even a political battle-ground.

The opposition parties and political pundits are saying September 17th will likely be the date for the election.
The NDP government is into its 5th year in office. It has to go to the polls before next June 9th.

Now, information on who's running and in which South Shore ridings in the election campaign:
All NDP Members of the Legislature on the South Shore are re-offering in the next election, with the exception of one. Vicki Conrad announced several months ago, she will not run again. Shelburne MLA and Fisheries Minister Sterling Belliveau will offer his name for election in the newly created Queens-Shelburne.
Elsewhere, Denise Peterson-Rafuse is re-offering in Chester-St. Margarets,  Pam Birdsall hopes for re-election in Lunenburg, Gary Ramey is hoping to be returned in Lunenburg West. The NDP is yet to choose its candidates for Argyle-Barrington and Yarmouth.
The Progressive Conservatives have a full slate of candidates in the South Shore ridings. They include Janet Irwin in Chester-St. Margarets, Brian Pickings in Lunenburg, David Mitchell in Lunenburg-West. Bruce Inglis will carry the tory flag in Queens-Shelburne and veteran PC Chris d'Entremont will be re-offering in Argyle-Barrington. John Cunningham is running in the Yarmouth riding.
The Liberals have all their candidates in place along the South Shore. Seeking election for the Liberals in Chester-St.Margarets is Tim Harris. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft is the Liberal standard-bearer in Lunenburg. Its Mark Furey in Lunenburg West, Benson Frail in Shelburne-Queens, Kent Blades in Argyle-Barrington and incumbent Zach Churchill in Yarmouth.

Wolter Wins Silver At Legion Track And Field Nationals

A Conquerall Mills runner picked up a silver medal at the Royal Canadian Legion Track and Field Nationals. Tobias Wolter finished in second place in the men's 2,000 metre steeplechase at the meet in Langley, B.C. He finished in a time of five minutes, 58 seconds, four seconds behind the eventual winner. Wolter also finished in 17th place in the men's 1500 metre run. Elsewhere, Liverpool's Sarah Mitton collected 3,744 points to finish seventh in the women's heptathlon. LaHave Islands resident Josh Bell placed eighth in the boys under-16 discus competition with a toss of 41.10 metres. Chester's James Lucas ran the men's 100 metre dash in 11.89 seconds to finish fourth in his heat. He didn't advance to the finals.