Monday, March 3, 2014

Fisherman Falls Overboard, In Critical Condition

A 40 year-old fisherman is in critical conditions after he fell overboard Monday morning. The incident occurred around 8 o'clock in waters off the shores of Port Mouton. The crew of the boat was able to get the man out of the water and took him to a nearby wharf. He was airlifted by a cormorant helicopter to Shearwater. The man was then taken by ambulance to a hospital in Halifax.

Whalen, Wolters Win Athletics Nova Scotia Awards

A Liverpool athlete is proving hard work and dedication pays off. Chelsea Whalen took home Athletics Nova Scotia's senior female athlete of the year for 2013 during a weekend ceremony in Truro. Bridgewater's Rachael McIntosh and Jenna Martin were also nominated. The Liverpool native broke several provincial records and represented Canada internationally. Mattias Wolter of Conquerall Mills won senior men's athlete of the year. His younger brother, Tobias, won the same award in the youth category. Local coach Tanya Daniels also received a coaching excellence award.

New Brochure Showcases Shelburne County

A new brochure featuring historic lighthouses in Shelburne County will be ready for the upcoming tourism season. The Shelburne County Tourism Association is working to produce a new booklet designed to showcase the area and attract more  visitors. Tourism Manager Suzy Atwood says it will also focus on the regions lobster industry.

Atwood says with the return of the ferry service they will put a strong focus promoting the county in nearby places like Yarmouth and Digby. However, the brochures will be available in visitor information centres throughout the province.

Fay Rink Clinches 2015 Canada Winter Games Berth

A Chester curling team continued their tremendous season. Mary Fay, Karlee Burgess, Jennifer Smith and Janique LeBlanc will represent Nova Scotia at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, British Columbia. The team went undefeated in Halifax over the weekend to claim top spot, defeating clubmate Cassie Cocks 7-3 in the final. It's the latest good news for the Chester team, that also won bronze at this year's national junior curling championships in Liverpool.

Chester: False Information Circulating On Flyer - Warden

The warden of Chester says there is false information being advertised throughout the area. A flyer is floating around the municipality stating that the Halifax Regional Municipality is proposing to send their waste to Kaizer Meadow in Sherwood. The flyer says an agreement would mean over 80,000 tonnes of Halifax waste would be brought to the facility every year. However, Allen Webber says it's simply not true.

Webber says he doesn't know why the flyer is being distributed or where it came from. He says if they are approached, it will be well-known to the public.

Michelin Cuts In Pictou County Will Not Affect Bridgewater Plant

One of Bridgewater's largest employers is cutting jobs at another Nova Scotia plant. Michelin Canada has announced 500 jobs will be cut over the next 18 months at their facility in Pictou County. The move is in response to a continuing shift in North America to larger size tires and limits of the existing plant. President Grant Ferguson says there are different market demands now and investment costs to upgrade the 43-year-old plant are not cost-effective. The company says the reduction will not affect Michelin's other plants in Bridgewater or Waterville. All impacted employees will have opportunity to continue working for Michelin at those two plants.

Twinning "The 103" Still Tops

Twinning Highway 103 remains a priority of the provincial government. The Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal says we're going to see improvements moving ahead before too long. Geoff MacLellan says the 103 has been ignored too long and he anticipates the federal government will come through and pitch in money for the project.

The immediate priority is to twin the highway from Exit 5 in Tantallon to Exit 6 in Hubbards. The long term goal is to then continue on with the work to Bridgewater. The 103 has been labelled by the Highway Safety Council as the most dangerous and deadly highway in all of Canada. Twenty-four people have been killed on that highway between Halifax and Yarmouth in the past five years. Fifteen of those fatalities have occurred between Tantallon and Bridgewater.

Curl For A Cause Raises $40,000 For Lunenburg Hospital

Some weary eyes around Lunenburg County after a three day curling marathon helped raise money for Fishermen's Memorial Hospital. The 14th annual 'Curl for a Cause' raised just over $40,000 to help purchase a specialized procedural operating room table. Over 60 people participated in the event at the Lunenburg Curling Club. Managing Director of the Health Services Foundation on the South Shore, Arleen Stevens, says it was a team effort.

The table costs roughly $51,000. Stevens says they're partnering with a community group to help raise the remaining funds.

Mustangs, McDonalds All Tied

The playoff series between the Charlie's Pizza South Shore Mustangs and Halifax McDonalds is all tied up. Halifax shutout the Mustangs 4-0 Sunday night in Bridgewater. The win ties the series at two games each after the Mustangs won 3-1 on Saturday night. The two clubs meet for game five on Wednesday evening in Halifax.

Fire Destroys Queens County Barn/Livestock

A weekend fire in Queens County destroyed a barn and numerous animals in it. It happened in Beach Meadows and sheep, rabbits and chickens were lost. 80 fire fighters from Liverpool, Greenfield, North Queens and Port Medway battled the blaze but couldn't save the barn and animals. However, they did prevent a nearby house from catching fire. A cause of the fire has not been determined.

No Serious Injuries In Yarmouth County Plane Crash

The pilot of a small plane that crashed in Yarmouth County yesterday wasn't seriously injured. According to police, the Cessna was flying low and crashed into a tree in Arcadia. The pilot was taken to Yarmouth hospital with some injuries. The Transportation Safety Board is looking into the incident.