Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Garden Centre Raises Over $5,000 For Breast Cancer Foundation

The Oceanview Garden Centre in Chester has raised thousands of dollars for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. The centre held a pair of fundraising events and also collected bras to send on mission trips to the Dominican Republic. Employee Lauri McCulloch says $5,716.60 was raised for a good cause.

McCulloch says she expects the fundraising event is something they will hold again next year.

Waters Finishes Sixth At Paracanoe Worlds

A Fox Point paddler has a top-10 finish at the Paracanoe World Championships in Germany. Dave Waters finished sixth in the men's 200 metre V1 event, finishing just over a second behind the eventual winner from Spain. Waters posted to Facebook after the race, saying he was happy with sixth place because it was the hardest race he has have ever done. He finished in third place at last year's World Championships in Poland.

MODL: Plans To Market Osprey Ridge In The Works

The Municipality of Lunenburg is taking steps to find a company to market Osprey Ridge. The golf course, just outside Bridgewater, has been under the municipality's possession since they took over ownership late in 2011. Mayor Don Downe says they are preparing to issue a call for companies to submit proposals, showcasing how they could market the golf course effectively in hopes of selling it. Downe says the timing is right.

Downe expects the overall process to last months but is confident they can find a company that will keep the course publicly-owned.

Bridgewater's McIntosh Finishes Fourth In Holland

Bridgewater's Rachael McIntosh is back in Canada after a fourth place finish in a women's heptathlon event in Holland. McIntosh competed in the 11th International Meeting of Combined Events against some of Europe's top heptathletes. The 22-year-old narrowly missed out on the bronze medal. She finished with a total of 5,443 points, only 48 behind third place. McIntosh won the 800 metre run and finished third in the 200 metre run and shot put. (Photo Courtesy of Fiona Clark)

Belliveau Selected As NDP Candidate In Queens-Shelburne

Fisheries and Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau will be the NDP candidate in Queens-Shelburne for the next provincial election.  He was chosen at a nominating meeting last night in Liverpool.  Belliveau says he's inheriting a legacy of community service by retiring MLA Vicki Conrad.

Belliveau was unopposed for the nomination.  He says some of the issues in the riding in the upcoming election campaign will include jobs, aquaculture, health care and seniors programs. Belliveau also says he's proud to have helped the area re-group after the closure of Bowater.  As a result of electoral boundary changes, his present riding of Shelburne has been split in two parts, Queens-Shelburne (in which he will be running) and Argyle-Barrington.

Province Adding Relief Staff To Adult Day Centres

Four South Shore agencies are among 29 groups soon to benefit from staffing improvements in adult centres for persons with disabilities. The province announced roughly $900,000 in annual funding to provide relief staff in the centres when regular workers are sick or need to be away. The money will go towards salaries for relief staff and kicks-in January 1, 2014. Minister of Community Services, Denise Peterson-Rafuse, says its an initiative she's been working on for over a year.

Local groups that will benefit include The Ark in Bridgewater, Penny Lane Enterprises in Queens, the Shelburne Association Supporting Inclusion and Kaye Nickerson Adult Service Centre in Yarmouth.