Friday, March 14, 2014

Hurricanes Open Provincials With Two Wins

The BMO Western Hurricanes are hoping to win their first provincial title this weekend. The major bantam hockey club is in North Sydney for the provincial championships along with seven other teams. Jacob Myra and Ian MacPhee each scored as the Hurricanes moved to 2-0 with a 2-0 win over Cole Harbour. The Hurricanes opened the tournament with a 3-2 win over the Nova Jr. X-Men. Head Coach Adam Masland says it's tough competition.

The Hurricanes lost in the finals last year. They also won provincial bronze in 2012. Their next game is Friday night at 8pm against Bedford.

Fire Temporarily Blocks Access To Mahone Bay

Lunenburg County REMO is advising motorists that access to Mahone Bay is blocked at the four-way stop in Blockhouse due to a house fire. Multiple fire departments are on scene on Main Street. People looking to get into Mahone Bay are encouraged to travel Highway 103 and take Exit 10.

Acadia Broadcasting Granted Approval For Moncton Station

Acadia Broadcasting is expanding - the parent company of CKBW/HANK-FM has received approval from the Canadian Radio - Television - and - Telecommunications Commission to purchase Moncton radio station CKNI-FM from Rogers Broadcasting. Acadia plans to move the station to newly constructed studios and launch its new sound later this year. Moncton becomes the 13th station for Acadia Broadcasting spanning New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Ontario.

Lockeport Mourns Long-Time Fire Chief

An emotional time for the town of Lockeport. The seaside community is preparing to say goodbye to long-time fire chief Leo Williams, who passed away from illness earlier this week at the age of 66. Williams served 39 years as the town's fire chief and was also one of the founding members of the Mutual Aid service. He joined the Lockeport Fire Department in 1972, becoming chief in 1975 until his death on Monday. Mayor Darian Huskilson says the loss has been tough on the community.

Huskilson says he's proud the town, the fire department and first responders created the Leo T. Williams Lockeport High School Bursary, given every year to a graduating student. A funeral service for Leo Williams is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Lockeport United Baptist Church.

Your Clutter May Be Gold For Others

Its almost spring cleaning time and the Canadian Diabetes Association wants all your clutter! The CDA's Clothesline Program has been extended to the end of April giving South Shore residents and others time to get their old stuff bundled up and ready for pickup. Joanna Dunn of the Diabetes Association says money raised when sold to second hand stores goes to a good cause.

The Clothesline Program also has an incentive for you to de-clutter! Its offering a 10-thousand dollar closet makeover or a vacation for four to Barbados.

NS Auditor General Recruitment Too Political: Peterson-Rafuse

Nova Scotia's NDP says the process for finding a new auditor-general for the province smacks of Liberal patronage! Economic Development critic and Chester MLA Denise Peterson-Rafuse says how its being done will hamper who-ever gets the job.

Members of the recruitment panel, appointed by Premier Stephen McNeil, include a former auditor-general, members of the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary's University and several chartered accountants and an un-named recruitment firm. The process results from the recent retirement of Jacques LaPointe after 7 years as auditor-general.

More Money Needed For Infrastructure Improvements

Municipalities across the country are expressing concern about the new Building Canada Fund. Its supposed to keep money flowing to help communities repair roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects. However, Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities President David Corkum of Kentvile fears there's not enough money to go around.

Corkum also says there may be too much red tape involved for villages, towns and cities to aquire funding.
He's calling on Ottawa to join in talks with municipalities to examine ways of fixing the problems.

Liverpool Fire Under Investigation

An investigation is underway this morning into a fire last night in an abandoned building in Liverpool. The fire at 90 Common Street in the town broke out around 10pm (Thursday). The building, which used to be a church, was extensively damaged. No one was hurt. The RCMP suspect arson but it hasn't been confirmed yet. They're looking for the public's help in their investigation.

Small Change In Gasoline Prices

Gasoline prices have dropped a bit overnight at South Shore pumps. Regular self serve is about half a cent less this morning, selling for $1.38.6 a litre. High test is down by the same amount to $1.47.5. Diesel is up by about half a cent though and selling at many locations for $1.45.7.