Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Queens County Fair: Main Building Receives Heritage Status

A plaque will be installed in the main building of the Queens County Fair Grounds after it was recognized as a heritage property. The Caledonia structure has been a fixture in the community since 1886. Staff with the province's Communities, Culture and Heritage department were joined by the mayor and deputy mayor of Queens along with representatives of the Queens County Fair Association for the announcement this afternoon. The 127-year-old building is known for its dark-green, wooden structure with an unusual roof. It is the oldest agricultural building in the province.

Students, Residents Hear From Chester-St. Margaret's Candidates

Roughly 200 students and area residents attended the first of several forums for candidates in Chester-St. Margaret's. Janet Irwin of the Progressive Conservatives, Tim Harris of the Liberals, and NDP MLA incumbent Denise Peterson-Rafuse spoke on issues including the economy, fracking and the current state of education. Another topic was road paving in the riding. Peterson-Rafuse says the NDP developed a five-year road plan for paving across the South Shore and the province. She says paving isn't politically motivated.

However, Irwin disagrees.

Harris also disagrees with Peterson-Rafuse.

Another four forums are planned between the candidates, including one Thursday morning at Sir John A MacDonald High School in Upper Tantallon.

Queens Establishes Business Development Association

The Region of Queens Municipality hopes to inject more life into the economy with the establishment of a business development association. A team of eight business leaders from the community will be part of it. Mayor Christopher Clarke says the group's focus is clear.

The Queens Business Development Association will meet every three months. Its viewed as another means to improve the region's economy in light of the closure of Bowater last year and the resulting impact.

Shelburne: 40 Unit Seniors Complex Almost Ready

A large seniors complex under construction in Shelburne County should be ready by the end of November. It's being built in Sandy Point and will feature 40 new units. The Seniors Independent Housing Initiative in Shelburne has been working for more than three years to make the project a reality. Spokesperson Joan Bowers says living space targeting seniors is badly needed in the area.

Another 40 unit complex will be built next year on the same property. The $7 million dollar project is being led by a non-profit Moncton based developer.

Bridgewater: Charges Laid After Robbery In New Glasgow

A trio of Lunenburg County residents are facing charges after a robbery in New Glasgow earlier this week. Police say two men stole a woman's purse outside Shopper's Drug Mart on Monday night.
The woman was sprayed in the face with a substance before the men took her purse. They left the parking lot in a get-away truck driven by a female. Further investigation led police in New Glasgow to believe the stolen goods were taken to Bridgewater. That information led police to Marlboro Drive where all three people allegedly involved in the theft were arrested and a vehicle was also seized. Justin Arthur Peircy and Jayden Piercy of Spectacle Lake have been charged with robbery, wearing a mask and possession of stolen property. Meanwhile, Rosina Ernst of Bridgewater has been charged with robbery and possession of stolen property.

Chester-St. Margaret's Candidates Hold Public Forum

The three candidates in Chester-St. Margaret's will talk about their party's platforms and local issues today at Forest Heights Community School. Liberal member Tim Harris, Janet Irwin of the PC's and NDP incumbent MLA Denise Peterson-Rafuse are scheduled for a candidates forum at 10:30 this morning. The event is open to the public.