Thursday, March 13, 2014

Bridgewater's Martin Competing At Indoor Event In Montreal

A change of scenery for Bridgewater's Jenna Martin. The two-time Canadian champion in the women's 400 metres and 2012 Olympian is competing in the inaugural AC Indoor Open. The event begins Friday and lasts until Sunday in Montreal, Quebec. Martin will race in the women's 400 metre invitational on Saturday. She says it's a good opportunity.

This will be Martin's first time competing indoors in Canada. She has experience running indoors while attending the University of Kentucky.

Mahone Bay: Items Needed For Former School Anniversary

The public's help is needed to create a living legacy exhibit of the old Mahone Bay school. A 100th anniversary celebration is in the works and a committee is looking for items to be loaned or donated to the exhibit, which is slated to open June 4. Committee member Bob Sayer is asking people to look in their attics, old photo albums or talk with family members to find items. He says they will accept any materials relating to the old school.

Sayer says some class photos and a desk have been collected already. If people have any items, they're asked to call Bob Sayer in Mahone Bay or email him at . A gala weekend is also planned as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations from July 4 to 6.

Tourism Promotion Group Folds

A group promoting tourism on the South Shore is closing up shop. The independent Destination Southwest Nova Association has been overcome by financial problems and members of the group have voted in favour of ceasing operations. The CEO of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency, Patrick Sullivan, says its a major loss but the industry shouldn't be affected too much in the interim.

Destination Southwest Nova promoted tourism from Hubbards to Yarmouth and around to Digby and the Valley on its website. The group is in debt to the tune of $100,000 and officials say its a result of improper budgeting over several years.

Winter Blahs For Charitable Groups

Many charitable groups on the South Shore have been noticing a decline in donations through the winter. The Salvation Army and its Thrift Store in Bridgewater has especially been affected. Captain Felipe Vega says it took a while to realize the bitter weather was the cause.

Vega says staff at the Thrift Store are beginning to see more donations being dropped off, now that spring is near. He hopes everything will be back to normal and people will be dropping off things as usual.

A Replica Of The Replica Of HMS Bounty Is Planned

A proposal is being floated to build another HMS Bounty! The tall ship, a replica of the original 1700's Bounty, built in 1960 in Lunenburg for the movie "Mutiny On The Bounty", sank in Hurricane Sandy in the fall of 2012 off North Carolina. Now, a consortium of South Shore boat builders is looking at producing another Bounty replica. Lunenburg Mayor Rachel Bailey agrees there's no better place to build such a tall ship than in her town.

Its expected plans for the project and where the money for it will come from will be firmed up later this year.

Bridgewater: Charges Laid After Alleged Hit And Run

An alleged hit-and-run has landed charges against a Bridgewater man. Police say a parked vehicle was struck Wednesday night around 11:15pm at the intersection of Empire and King Streets. The suspect vehicle was located by police near the top of Aberdeen Road a short time later. A 67-year-old man was arrested and charged with impaired driving and breach of a recognizance. He's due in court June 4th.

Big Freeze-Up On The Way

It is a very wet and windy morning all along the South Shore. The rain is creating possible hydroplaning conditions on some roads so drive carefully. As much as 50 mm of rain is forecast before it peters out around noontime. As Environment Canada meteorologist Max descharnais tells us, watch for a big drop in temperatures this afternoon too.

Descharnais also says the wind will be a major factor this afternoon, gusting to 70 km/hr by times.

Small Change Likely Tonight In South Shore Gasoline Prices

Don't expect much of a change tomorrow in some gas prices at South Shore pumps. In New Brunswick this morning, regular self serve is down there by half a cent per litre. Diesel is down a fair bit though. 4 cents a litre. Nova Scotia's Utility and Review Board will set the coming weeks prices at midnight tonight.