Friday, November 29, 2013

Bridgewater: Town Approves Noise By-Law

Bridgewater residents are going to have to start keeping noise at a respectable level. The town has approved a noise by-law by a 4-3 vote. The document includes maximum decibel limits of 75 decibels between 10pm and 6am.  It increases to 90 decibels during the day. Meanwhile, the town is in the middle of reviewing all of its by-laws to see which ones are necessary and which ones can be scrapped. Mayor David Walker says it doesn't make sense to add another by-law in the middle of the process.

Walker voted against the by-law along with councillors Michael Graves and Jennifer McDonald. The by-law won't take effect right away. There is training and decisions around enforcement that need to be ironed out.

Limited Parking At Queens General Hospital

Parking spaces will be at a premium for the next few weeks at Queens General Hospital. The site is being prepared for paving and other ground work. South Shore Health is advising the public to park in the lower parking lot near the old main entrance when visiting the hospital. Other parking space will be limited. Staff and the public are encouraged to carpool, or use drop off and pick up when possible. Paving is expected to be complete by mid-December.

Safety Crucial For Successful Lobster Fishing Season: Fisheries Minister

The annual lobster fishing season in our region finally gets underway Saturday morning in districts 33 and 34.
Its been delayed for almost a week because of bad weather. Nova Scotia fisheries minister Keith Colwell says its a very important industry, valued at more than 400 million dollars. He says for the fishermen, its a harsh environment in which to work.

Hundreds of vessels, stacked with lobster traps and manned by their crews will set out at 7 o'clock Saturday morning.

Nova Scotia: Ombudsman Set To Retire

Nova Scotia's long time ombudsman will retire at the end of the year. Dwight Bishop has served as the province's Ombudsman since 2004. Premier Stephen McNeil thanked Bishop for his dedicated service saying the people of Nova Scotia were well served during his term. Bishop did not wish to seek reappointment. He was appointed in 2004 and reappointed in 2009. The recruitment process for a new Ombudsman will begin shortly.

Sports: Panthers Play Titans, Mooseheads Look For Tenth Straight Win

The Park View Panthers boys hockey team gets ready for their toughest challenge this season. The high school team travels to Canning tonight to take on the top-seeded Northeast Kings Titans. Park View sits in third in the Valley League with five wins and a shootout loss.
The Halifax Mooseheads try for their 10th straight win tonight when they travel to Cape Breton. The Moose sit in second place in the Quebec Junior League with a record of 21-8.
The Bridgewater Triathlon Club will present a cheque to the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg in support of the local P.R.O. Kids program. The group will make the presentation at 10AM Saturday at The Local Public House in the Bridgewater Mall. The donation represents profits from the club's annual Riverport Duathlon race.

Lumberjacks Host Ramblers; Lose Nickerson To Suspension

The CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks will be without one of their young defenseman tonight. Brendan Nickerson has been suspended eight games following an incident that happened in last Friday night's game against Valley. Nickerson received a match penalty during the game and was suspended for physical harassment of an official. The Barrington native has four assists in 24 games this season. The Lumberjacks will host the Amherst Ramblers at 7pm at the Clearwater Seafoods Arena. The Bridgewater club has lost four in a row.

Sports Day In Canada Comes To Lunenburg County YMCA

An open house at the Lunenburg County YMCA in Bridgewater will give people a chance to try different activities. It's all part of RBC Sports Day in Canada. People will have a chance to try pickleball. They can also watch a local Para-Olympic Para-Canoeist demonstrate training modules. A director with the local YMCA, Jonathan Gregorash, says there are many benefits to hosting the event.

The 'Y' will also set up an information booth with programming information for all ages and levels of fitness. The local YMCA will be shown during nationally on CBC, as part of the day. The event will be held Saturday from 11am-4pm.

Hundreds Of Charges Laid In South Shore & Valley Area Break & Enters

More than 300 charges have been laid against 2 men and a woman after a series of break and enters in Lunenburg, Queens, Kings and Annapolis Counties. The RCMP say the arrests follow a 5-month investigation into at least 46 B & E's over the past year. Jewelry and in a few cases firearms were targetted and the break-ins into the homes were carried out mainly during daylight hours. RCMP Sgt. Rocky Calhoun says many of the victims didn't even know they had been robbed.

The three suspects, 42-year-old Perry Fader, 56-year-old Kerry Laffin and 24-year-old Brittany Green, face charges of break and enter, possession of stolen property and conspiracy to commit break and enter.
The suspects are all from Annapolis County and they'll be appearing in Annapolis Royal court in the coming week. The RCMP says some of the stolen property has been recovered and more charges are likely.

Lobster Fishing Season Set To Go Tomorrow Morning

The annual lobster fishing season begins Saturday morning in districts 33 and 34. The area involved is large, from Halifax along the South Shore to Yarmouth and around to Digby. Former fisheries minister Sterling Belliveau, a former lobster fishermen himself and now the MLA for Queens-Shelburne, says "dumping day" is always a rush.

Hundreds of vessels, stacked with traps and manned by their crews will set sail for the rich lobster fishing areas at 7 o'clock tomorrow morning (Saturday). The start of the season has been on hold since last weekend because of bad weather conditions. Tomorrow is expected to be clear with little wind.

Gasoline Prices Up Again

Gas prices at South Shore pumps have increased overnight. Regular self serve is up 2 cents a litre to $1.32.1 High test is up by the same amount to $1.41.1. Diesel is up almost 5 cents a litre this morning to $1.41.8. These increases come about as industry analyists say there's no real reason for hikes because oil supplies are good. In fact, the world price of oil has been dropping all week.