Friday, October 18, 2013

Students Fly Planes Toward World Record

Time will tell if the ''Largest Science Lesson'' ever has set a world record. Students at Bridgewater High teamed up with Canadian Astronaut David Saint-Jacques to simultaneously throw paper airplanes this afternoon with thousands of other students across the country. The world record attempt helped teach the students about gravity and the atmosphere on Earth, Mars and the moon. Teachers Jane Berrigan and Chad MacPhee helped bring the event to the school. MacPhee says its a special day for the kids, even if they don't set a world record.

About 500 students in Bridgewater and more than 10,000 nationwide were involved in the event. Organizers say paper work and video has to be sent away from all schools involved before a world record is confirmed. They feel it will take a few weeks before they know if they set a Guinness World Record.

Teen Stands Up Against Illegal Dumping

A 13-year-old is fed up with the state of illegal dumping in his community. James Hebert has spoken at several town hall meetings in the Municipality of Lunenburg about the amount of garbage and appliances along the riverbank on the Smith Road in Lower Branch. Now, a massive clean-up is scheduled for November 2. Mayor Don Downe says he's proud of the boy for bringing the issue forward.

Downe says illegal dumping continues to be a significant problem in the district, and he feels stricter penalties are needed to enforce the issue. The clean-up will feature a number community groups, along with an excavator and truck from the Department of Transportation and an inspector with the Department of Environment.

Don't Believe Everything You Hear: Yarmouth Mayor

There is no cause for alarm! That is the opinion of Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood, talking about the status of a reported "unsigned" deal between the province and STM Quest for a new ferry service to Maine. The mayor says she's certain the deal, touted by economic development minister Graham Steele weeks ago, is still intact and not about to collapse.

Mayor Mood says she remains confident, despite all the talk about the deal, come next May first, the new ferry will sail into her town, bringing with it a boost to the economy and tourism.

Shelburne Hosting IWK Fundraiser

A Shelburne County man is doing all he can to help support the IWK Children's Hospital in Halifax. Martin Fudge is organizing his third fundraiser for the hospital in Shelburne. Each year, he's be able to raise over $1,000 through a silent auction, cake walk, karaoke and a bake table. Fudge made numerous trips to the children's hospital when he was younger. He's says it something that's important to him.

The fundraiser will be held at the Shelburne Lions Hall on Saturday. It starts at 10:00am and runs until 3:00pm.

Higher Gasoline Prices This Morning!

Gas prices have taken a jump overnight at South Shore pumps. Regular self serve is up 3.5 cents to $1.29.4 per litre. High test is up by the same amount to $1.38.3. Diesel has also increased about 1.5 cents to $1.37.5 per litre.