Monday, February 10, 2014

Haven Returns For Fifth Season

A popular television show based out of Chester is returning and the warden couldn't be happier. Haven is coming back for a fifth season with 13 episodes expected to air this fall and another 13 in 2015. The show employs some local residents. The production also helps bring in $1-million to the area. Allen Webber says the support adds up.

Webber says it also provides a tourism boost with the television program showcasing parts of the municipality. Season four of the supernatural drama series averaged 2.3 million total weekly viewers.

Lunenburg: Unexpected ER Closure

The emergency room at Fishermen's Hospital in Lunenburg will close at 5:00p.m. It's an unexpected closure due to nursing shortages. The ER will re-open tomorrow morning at 7:30a.m. Emergency services will resume at the hospital at that time.

Funding Will Hire New Staff For Sexual Abuse Victims

Victims of sexual abuse will have better options to receive support in Lunenburg County. The Nova Scotia government has unveiled $110,000 in funding for community based projects to help those who have been sexually abused. Each organization will receive $55,000 a year for the next two years. Elizabeth Bailey is with the Second Story Women's Centre in Lunenburg. She says the funding will help hire staff to work in the hospital.

Bailey says offering rape kits in hospitals is an alternative option for those not ready to talk to police. Other community groups receiving funding include The Red Door in Kentville and Tri-County Women's Centre in Yarmouth.

Mahone Bay: Mayor Pleased With Wind Farm Progress

A cheaper way of supplying electricity to residents of Mahone Bay is gaining momentum. The town, along with Berwick and Antigonish have set up a joint services board to run a wind farm in Ellershouse in West Hants. The towns have also submitted an application to Nova Scotia Power for backup and spill opportunities. Mahone Bay Mayor Joe Feeney says this would give them a few options.

Feeney says the partnership is working towards a development agreement with the Municipality of West Hants on the proposed 16 mega-watt, seven turbine wind farm. He expects there would be some cost-savings once its complete. Minas Basin Pulp and Power will develop the project. Feeney estimates the project with cost between 21 and $25-million. It could be online in 2015.

PC Leader Rejuvenated After Weekend Party Vote

There is overwhelming party support for Nova Scotia's Progressive Conservative opposition leader! At the PC Party's annual convention over the weekend, Jamie Baillie underwent a required leadership review and he was re-acclaimed by a whopping 95 percent of party members. Baillie says the show of support, especially from the South Shore, is humbling and it has re-energized him.

Its the first time the province's tories have met since last fall's election when gains were made at the polls, becoming the Official Opposition in the Legislature. A leadership review wasn't actually required until 2015 but Baillie wanted it early following the October 8, 2013 provincial election.

Hydraulic Pump Creates More Delays For LaHave Ferry

Problems with a hydraulic pump has created more delays for the LaHave River Ferry. The Department of Transportation says they noticed the pump wasn't working properly last week during sea trials. The pump helps operate the ferry's ramp. A department spokesperson says the equipment now has to be inspected and repaired, then re-installed and undergo more sea trials. The department is apologizing for the inconvenience and thanking residents for their patience. They hope to have it up and running again by the end of the week. The ferry has been out of commission since January 3rd.

Valley Stays Alive In Series With Mustangs

The Valley Wildcats have avoided play-off elimination. They picked up a 4-3 win Sunday night over the Charlie's Pizza South Shore Mustangs. Keith Getson scored twice and Alex Nauss added the other for the South Shore squad while Colby Muise turned aside 36 shots in nets. The Mustangs lead the best-of-seven series three games to one. The two teams will play game five Tuesday night in Berwick.