Monday, September 30, 2013

Chester: Council Decides Against Night Meetings

The Municipality of Chester is moving away from holding night meetings. An online poll has been held for months, asking respondents if they wanted night meetings. Warden Allen Webber says 110 people voted. Fifty-nine people said 'no', 43 voted 'yes' and eight voters said they did not care. Webber says the poll shows there was a lack of interest from the public.

The move means the municipality will hold all council meetings during the day. Webber says he's not opposed to having council meetings at night, but he needs to hear more from the public.

MODL: Street Light Ownership Decision Rescinded

A change of heart from the Municipality of Lunenburg. Council decided in June to take over ownership of non-high mast street lights in the municipality, excluding Riverport. However, that decision has been overturned. Council has instead, reverted back to lease street lights from Nova Scotia Power. Residents will continue to pay an area rate, depending on where they live. The municipality is sending letters to the Minister of Energy and Nova Scotia Power to let them know of their decision.

ATV Meeting Held In Bridgewater

A public meeting will be held Monday night to discuss ATV use on the Centennial Trail in Bridgewater. The Central Nova ATV group is looking to be able to use the vehicles on portions of the trail. Representatives from the town of Bridgewater and the Municipality of Lunenburg are hosting the meeting. It gets underway at 6:30pm this evening at Park View Education Centre.

New Development Officer Hired In Queens

The Region of Queens has hired a new economic development officer. Richard Lane has been hired to fill the role designed to help target new business opportunities and grow the economy. The Caledonia native has owned and operated his own web development business since 1996. He is also serving as a director of the North Queens Board of Trade. Lane says there is a growing sense of opportunity and renewal in the county and he's looking forward to working with council on new initiatives.

South Shore Sports: Weekend Wrap Up

In Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League action Sunday at the LCLC, the Cape Breton West Islanders dumped the South Shore Mustangs 4-1. Keith Getson had the Stangs' lone marker. The two teams split the weekend series, as the Stangs won the opener Saturday night 3-0. Goals by Jered Scott, Ty Duffus and Scott Perry.  The locals next contest is Wednesday night when they travel to Halifax to face the unbeaten McDonalds.
The Halifax Mooseheads got some good news Sunday. The Tampa Bay Lightning announced that they are sending forward Jonathan Drouin back to Halifax. The Herd have struggled offensively this season with only 17 goals in seven games. Their record dropped to 3-4 on Sunday when they lost 2-1 to visiting Sherbrooke.
The early season troubles continued last Friday night for the CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks as they fell 5-2 to the visiting Valley Wildcats. The clubs were tied at two early in the third before the Cats scored three unanswered goals. Ryan Daley and Jesse McInnis scored for the Jacks who are now winless in six starts. The team is on the road this weekend in New Brunswick with stops in Dieppe Friday night and Miramichi Saturday.

Photo: Puck Drops At Lifestyle Centre

Here's a shot of the inaugural puck drop on Saturday at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre. The first game at Clearwater Seafood Arena featured the South Shore Mustangs and Cape Breton West Islanders. The Mustangs dropped the Islanders 3-0.

Lunenburg: Candidates Forum Set For Wednesday

There will be an all candidates forum in the riding of Lunenburg later this week. The debate is being organized by the Riverport District Board of Trade and Mahone Bay and Area Chamber of Commerce. The candidates in the riding include incumbent Pam Birdsall of the NDP, Suzanne Lohnes-Croft for the Liberals and Brian Pickings of the Progressive Conservatives. The event will be held on Wednesday at the Riverport Community Centre. It gets underway at 7 o'clock.

Pain Killers Seized During Traffic Stop

A pair of Shelburne County residents are facing charges after police seized dozens of pain killers during a weekend traffic stop. Police made the find when they pulled over a car on Saturday afternoon on Highway 103. RCMP say they seized 60 hydromorphone capsules, marihuana and cash. A 21 year-old woman and 37 year-old man were arrested and taken into custody. They both face possession and trafficking charges.

Faulty Wiring Behind Fire In Lunenburg

It appears faulty wiring may have caused a large fire along the Lunenburg waterfront on Friday night. The fire at the Scotia Trawler building was reported around 7 o'clock. Roughly 16 fire departments attended the fire and were on scene throughout the night. Crews from Bridgewater to the Annapolis Valley helped with the fire.  The blaze isn't considered suspicious. No injuries were reported but the 80 year-old building was heavily damaged.