Thursday, February 13, 2014

Martin, Duckworth Receive Funding From New Program

A pair of South Shore athletes will benefit from funding for Atlantic Canadian Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls. The Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic and several businesses have launched Elevate, a program providing assistance to athletes striving for the international podium. Snowboarder Alex Duckworth from Kingsburg and Bridgewater's Jenna Martin are among seven athletes from Nova Scotia and P.E.I. receiving funding. The groups have announced $100,000 in funding will be provided annually over the next four years towards the program. Money will be used to access training facilities, performance professionals, nutritional guidance, leadership and mentoring.

Gutsy Walk Coming To Bridgewater

A walk targeting the end of Inflammatory Bowel Disease is coming to Bridgewater. Gutsy Walk is Crohn's and Colitis Canada's largest national fundraising event. It will be held in Bridgewater and nationwide later this spring. Jody O'Donnell is chair of the local walk. He says IBD is not easy to live with.

O'Donnell's son suffers from Crohn's and he wanted to bring the walk to Bridgewater to help raise awareness. Over 66 events were held last year, helping raise $2.3-million nationwide. The Bridgewater event will be a five kilometre walk or run beginning at Shipyard's Landing June 8. There are hopes it will raise $10,000. For more information on the event or to make a donation or enter your team, click here .

Radiothon Returns For Fourth Year

Another year and the same great cause for the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore. Friday will mark the fourth annual 'Gift for the Heart' radiothon on CKBW and HANK-FM. This year the goal is to raise $100,000 to help purchase a new mobile x-ray unit. Development officer Bernadette Jordan says they're hoping to build off of last year.

Jordan says there are roughly 20 items people can bid on during the live auction. More than 40 volunteers will be involved when the radiothon goes from 8am until 6pm Friday morning. If you're looking to make a donation, you can call 541-3246 or 1-844-842-3246.

EMO Warns: Be Prepared For Possible Flooding

A major rain and wind storm is set to pound the South Shore The Emergency Management Office is warning of potential flooding due to significant rainfall. Environment Canada is forecasting roughly 5cm of snow and between 40 and 50mm of rain. Wind gust will be as high as 100 km/h along parts of the coast. EMO spokesperson Steve Mills says he's been reminding communities to have their storm drains free of ice and snow.

Nova Scotia Power crews will be on standby in case of possible outages due to the wind. The storm should taper by Friday morning.

Gas Prices May Rise Tonight

With word of an increase this morning in gasoline prices in New Brunswick, many South Shore residents will likely be filling up today at the pumps. You can expect gas prices to probably rise overnight across the province including along the South Shore by a couple of cents. Prices are up in New Brunswick today with regular self serve leading the way with a 2.5 cent increase per litre. Diesel is also up by a couple of cents in New Brunswick.

Search In North River Leads To Drug Charges

A man is facing drug charges after police searched a home earlier this week in North River. Police say they found cocaine, ecstasy or MDMA, some pot, cash and firearms. A 30 year old Lunenburg County man is facing possession and trafficking charges. He's also been charged with unsafe storage of a firearm. The matter will be before a judge April 9.

No End To Old Man Winter's "Hits"

Get set for another dose of unrelenting winter weather. Another storm is headed our way later today. This one will be a huge rain and wind event! Snow will begin here late this afternoon followed fairly quickly by rain, and lots of it, and the wind gusts will top 100km/hr by times. Meanwhile, Ming Szto of Environment Canada tells us yet another storm will be moving in on Saturday into Sunday.

There are some indications we could get about 15 centimeters of snow here on the South Shore Saturday night.