Monday, December 9, 2013

West LaHave Man Receives Fire Services Award

A member of the Pleasantville Fire Department received a huge honour over the weekend. Reverend Douglas Porter of West LaHave was awarded the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association Municipal Long Service Medal. He's the first person in Canada to receive the award. Porter has given 30 years of volunteer time to firefighting in Nova Scotia. He says the award means a lot to him.

The medal recognizes an individual who has performed outstanding and long service to their municipal unit with at least thirty years of active fire service as a volunteer. It was handed out Saturday evening at the Pleasantville Fire Hall. (Photo Courtesy: Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association)

Bridgewater Police Absorbing Decibel Meter Cost

Bridgewater's police chief says the cost is on them to purchase decibel meters to enforce noise in the town. Council recently approved a noise by-law. John Collyer says there won't be any additional officers hired to enforce the issue. He says he'll have to determine where the cost will come from.

Collyer says he doesn't intend to ask the town for any funding. He says it will take time to find the right equipment and train officers. Collyer says they're planning to start enforcing the noise by-law in March.

Town Of Yarmouth Takes Over Ferry Terminal Site

The old ferry terminal site in Yarmouth is about to get a make-over! The revived ferry service between the town and Portland, Maine is expected to be up and running by May. The site has for many years been the responsibility of the federal government but it now comes under the control of the Yarmouth Industrial Commission. Mayor Pam Mood says the area's Member of Parliament Greg Kerr dropped by the town hall on Friday and handed over responsibility for the terminal complex carrying with him the paperwork.

Mayor Mood says federal money for the renovations should be in the town's hands in a few days. She says a tender will be awarded shortly for the overall project. The work is expected to surpass 2.5-million dollars.

Toy Drive Hailed A Success

The Salvation Army's annual Christmas toy drive in Bridgewater is being hailed a huge success. On Saturday, hundreds of people dropped-off a toy or toys at the receiving point in the Canadian Tire parking lot. The Salvation Army's Captain Felipe Vega says this year's toy drive could be a record breaker.

Vega says its difficult to put a dollar figure on the campaign but he believes its substantial. He's thanking the donors, volunteers, Canadian Tire and CKBW for their help in staging the Toy Drive. It will continue though until December 17th. Donors can continue to drop toys off at Danny Carey's Insurance on North Street or the Salvation Army Thrift Store on Dominion Street in Bridgewater.

Bridgewater: Food Drive Another Huge Success

The annual "Haul-A'Day" food drive in Bridgewater was another huge success. Paramedics, Bridgewater Police and RCMP partnered to help raise food and money for the Bridgewater Inter-Church Food Bank. The community was able to raise $5,000 in non-perishable items and nealy $1,400 in cash donations. Organizer Nicole Monaghan says they were able to surpass their totals last year. The event was held at the Atlantic Superstore.

Another Late Fall Storm Heading Our Way

The storm that dropped unexpectedly heavy snow on the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States yesterday is on its way to our area. The storm yesterday made some football games on TV, particularly the Philadelphia-Detroit match-up, look like they were being played in almost blizzard conditions. It also forced the cancellation of more than 2,500 flights up and down the New England states and further south. The storm is bringing some snow, about 4 cm of it, freezing rain and some rain to the South Shore this afternoon and overnight tonight. The good thing is temperatures will rise to almost double digits overnight tonight before falling back to near zero in the morning.

Mustangs Sweep Weekend Series Against PEI Teams

Quinten Johnson scored the overtime winner as the Charlie's Pizza South Shore Mustangs defeated the Kensington Wild 3-2 Sunday in Bridgewater. Christian Tufts had the other two goals for the Mustangs, while Colby Muise stopped 34 shots in the win. The win gave the Mustangs a two-game sweep of PEI teams over the weekend, after beating Charlottetown on Saturday night. The Mustangs are on the road next weekend for a pair of games against the Cape Breton Tradesmen.