Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Roseway Manor: Head Colds Shut Down Visitation

There is a visiting ban in place at Roseway Manor in Shelburne. Administrator Sharon Callan says roughly 10 residents are dealing with head and chest colds. She says the move is precautionary.

She advises loved ones to call and speak to their staff if they have any further questions. Callan says they will let the public know when the visitation ban is lifted.

Top Doc Saying Goodbye To South Shore Health

The CEO for South Shore Health says it's an emotional week as he wraps up his time at the position. Dr. Peter Vaughan spent almost two years as CEO. He is moving on to be the province's deputy minister of health, wellness and seniors next Monday. Vaughan says he enjoyed his time at the helm and feels South Shore Health is well-positioned for the future.

He points to collaborative health centres in Lunenburg, Bridgewater, New Germany, Caledonia and another in the works for Liverpool as good foundations. Vaughan says he would have liked to see more work done on redeveloping the emergency rooms in Bridgewater and Lunenburg. A replacement CEO has not been named.

Nova Scotia: "New Health Model Will Improve Service"

The process to streamline the health care system is underway. CEO of Pictou County Health, Patrick Lee has been appointed to lead the efforts as Nova Scotia moves to consolidate its 10 health authorities into two. Lee has spent 33 years in the health care system. He says he believes in the idea to reduce the health authorities.

The province is hoping to complete the process by next April. The new system would mean one health authority for the province and another for the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.

Yarmouth Native Receiving Medal Of Bravery

A Yarmouth native is one of three Nova Scotians who will receive a medal of bravery at a ceremony in Ottawa. The Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, will present 43 medals at Rideau Hall on Thursday morning. Among those being honoured is Angel Margaret MacEachern. She rescued a boy in July 2011 who was in danger of drowning at Ingonish Beach in Cape Breton. MacEachern swam out against the strong current without rescue equipment to reach the boy and struggled in the choppy water to bring him safely to the beach. Other provincial recipients include Constable Andrew Robert Aucoin of Centreville and Jeffrey Wakeham of Dartmouth.

Rugby: Park View Girls Host Kings Edgehill

An explosive start to the rugby season for Park View's girls team. The team recently defeated North Kings 74-0 and West Kings 60-0. They host Kings Edgehill in their home opener at 5pm Tuesday evening at the Kinsmen Field in Bridgewater.

Delicate Issue Coming Before Queens Council

Region of Queens Council will have to deal with a delicate issue later this week. Council will decide whether to re-zone a piece of land in Liverpool to allow for eventual construction of a crematorium. The land is behind Chandler's Funeral Home, which is behind the project. General manager Kevin Samuels says public perception of cremation has changed in recent years.

Samuels says the demand for cremation has increased 75 percent along the South Shore over the past decade or so. Chandler's is looking at increasing the availability of it on the South Shore. Right now, cremation facilities are available in Yarmouth, Bridgewater and Halifax.

Digby: Stabbing Sends Teen To Hospital

Two teenagers are in police custody after a stabbing in Digby. Police say a 17 year-old was taken to hospital last night. He was stabbed in the side following an incident near the Post Office in Digby. His injuries are not serious. RCMP say an 18 year-old was arrested shortly after the incident while another teenager was taken into custody this morning. They are facing charges of assault with weapon.

South Shore Teachers Recognized During Education Week

A pair of South Shore residents are among a number of teachers being recognized for their work with students. Julie Ramey of North Queens Community School and Krystal Snyder of New Germany Elementary will each receive awards as part of Education Week. This year's theme is Active Citizenship: Get Involved, Take Action, Be the Difference! It recognizes outstanding educators who integrate active citizenship into their daily lessons. Ramey leads the Social Justice group at North Queens, and provided opportunities for her students to participate in 'We Day' in Halifax, a fundraising effort to build a school in Mexico, and hosted a 30-hour Famine event at their school. Snyder is a primary teacher in New Germany and has developed skills to teach young students about responsible citizenship and how to contribute to the community. A ceremony will be held in Bedford Tuesday afternoon.

Habitat For Humanity Looking For Land In Lunenburg County

The South Shore chapter of Habitat for Humanity is in search of their next project in Lunenburg County. The group is looking for space to build a home around Bridgewater, Mahone Bay or Lunenburg. They have built four homes since 2008 including one in Liverpool and two in Mahone Bay. Board member Hank Middleton says they want to acquire more land.

Middleton says the land needs to be on an allowable lot, preferably with sewer and water infrastructure. He asks anyone who is interested in donating land to contact the South Shore chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

UPDATE: Wanted Man Found

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A Halifax area man, on the lam from police for several days, has been arrested and is in custody this morning. The Quinpool Road Superstore in HRM was robbed of cash yesterday afternoon and a few minutes later, regional police arrested two men on Gottingen Street. One of them was 38 year old Richard Hartlin. He had been wanted on a Canada-wide warrant after not returning to his half way house last week.
Hartlin is alledged to have been involved in two other armed holdups last week in the Halifax area.