Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Emergency Crews Work To Keep Up With Slick Roads.

Emergency crews are being run off their feet responding to various incidents and cars off the road in Lunenburg county. Three incidents - including a head on crash - occurred in the span of 20 minutes in Centre, Robinson's Corner and Martin's River. The head on collision (seen in photo) happened in Centre. No serious injuries have been reported. Roads are extremely slick after the South Shore was hit with heavy snow, ice pellets and rain. That's on top of a messy storm which hit the region on Sunday. The second storm in as many days closed schools throughout the province and shut down business and government offices around the South Shore. (photo submitted by follower to Dahl Dispatch)

Sweetland Resident Calls For Fire Services Changes

A Sweetland resident is requesting changes to the way fire services are handled in the Municipality of Lunenburg. Wanda Martell says she reached her last straw when fire tax rates increased in Blockhouse last May. She feels there needs to be better methods of communication to the public and greater transparency from fire departments. Martell also believes more attention could be paid to amalgamation.

There are 27 fire departments in the municipality. A meeting to review fire services is planned for January. The last amalgamation in the municipality happened earlier this year when Chelsea, Newcombville and Baker Settlement combined to become Tri-District Fire Rescue.

Salvation Army Scrambles To Makeup Kettle Shortfall

The Lunenburg County Salvation Army's annual Christmas Kettle campaign is falling short of its target! They're $19,000. off the mark so far, with this year's campaign ending at noon Christmas Eve. $57,000. was originally budgetted for the coming year's programs offered by the Salvation Army in the area. Captain Felipe Vega says money raised is used to help the needy not just at Christmas. So, he says its important the target is reached in the next few days.

Vega hopes between now and December 24th, donations will at least reach the target so programs aren't impacted. The kettles are in place in the key shopping spots.

Pentz Resident Wins $25,000 Playing McDonalds Monopoly

It's going to be a McMerry Christmas for a resident in Pentz. Patrick Scott Greenough won $25,000 playing the Monopoly Game at McDonald's. He received the early holiday gift after he ordered a Big Mac meal and peeled an instant-win stamp from his soft drink cup. Greenough says he will use the money to help pay for Christmas, put towards bills and help cover the cost of a recent family trip to Florida. A presentation is planned at the Dufferin Street McDonalds in Bridgewater on Thursday evening.

Bridgewater: Electric Heater Causes Blaze At King Street Apartment

An early morning fire was quickly knocked down by firefighters in Bridgewater. Crews were alerted to a fire in the wall at an apartment building behind KO's restaurant at 434 King Street. No one was injured. The incident happened just after 7:30. Bridgewater Fire Chief Michael Nauss says a small heater is to blame for the blaze.

Nauss says people should make sure heaters receive regular maintenance to prevent them from overheating. A portion of King Street and Dufferin Street was also closed to traffic while the fire department was on scene.

Second Storm In Two Days Brings Life To A Crawl

Welcome to another (un)healthy dose of winter, three days before the season is official! You can expect perhaps as much as 20 centimeters of snow in some parts of the South Shore this morning and into the early afternoon before it tapers off to flurries. Along the coast, such as in parts of Queens and Shelburne Counties, lesser amounts are likely. To say the least driving is a challenge this morning and dangerous too. The strong northeast wind is creating white out conditions by times and its a good idea to slow down if you have to drive this morning.
Here are the school closures.....
All schools in Lunenburg and Queens counties are closed for the day including the French school in Cookville. So are schools in the Tri-County area, Shelburne, Yarmouth and Digby Counties. Schools in the Annapolis Valley and in HRM are also shutdown for the day. In fact, all schools in Mainland Nova Scotia are closed for the day. Many regional government offices are closed as well.