Friday, March 7, 2014

Long-time Newspaper Editor Moving On

The president of Lighthouse Media Group calls it a sad day. Long-time editor, Vernon Oickle, is no longer with the Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin. Oickle spent 20 years with the company, writing weekly editorials and helping the local newspaper win several regional and national awards. Lynn Hennigar says it was a difficult decision.

Oickle was editor when the Bridgewater Bulletin merged with the Lunenburg Progress Enterprise in 2011. Hennigar thanked him for his time with the company.

Hennigar says the newspaper is moving away from its traditional approach to better meet new needs in the industry.

Emera/NS Power Execs Hauling In Big Bucks

As power rates continue to soar in Nova Scotia, the top brass at Emera, the parent company of Nova Scotia Power, have again rewarded themselves with huge bonuses on top of their salaries. For instance, in 2013, Emera President and CEO Chris Huskilson took home 54 percent more in salary, bonuses, pension payments and other compensation. The final total ... 4.7 million dollars. The Atlantic director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation Kevin Lacey says its time the provincial government gave serious consideration to opening up the power market, stripping Nova Scotia Power of its monopoly.

Another high earner at Emera last year was Executive Vice-President Rob Bennett who took home 1.7-million. The figures are contained in documents that have just been released by the company.

Clocks Spring Ahead This Weekend

Daylight savings time begins on Sunday. People are reminded to set their clocks and watches ahead one hour at 2 a.m., or Saturday evening before going to bed. Watches and clocks are not the only items that need to be adjusted - ovens, microwaves, car clocks, electronic devices, and automatic timer lights need to be turned ahead. It is also a good time to clean dryer vents to prevent fires, and change batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Smoke detectors should be tested monthly and replaced every 10 years. Daylight savings time lasts until early November.

Drennan, McIntosh Each Earn Silver At CIS Championships

A pair of Lunenburg County athletes have earned silver medals at the CIS Track and Field Championships. Bridgewater's Rachael McIntosh finished second in the women's pentathlon. She earned 4,063 points, only 102 points behind her training partner Rachel Machin at the University of Calgary. She plans to compete in another five events over the next two days. Meanwhile, Lunenburg's Jesse Drennan also finished second in the men's pentathlon. He finished with a total of 3,816 points, just 65 points behind his University of Windsor teammate Branden Wilhelm. The event is taking place at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

Lower Gasoline Prices

Gasoline prices are lower this morning. Regular self serve is selling at South Shore pumps for $1.39.3 per litre. Thats 2.5 cents lower than yesterday. High test is down by the same amount to $1.48.2. Diesel is down the most this morning. Its lower by almost 6 cents a litre and is selling in many places for $1.45.0.