Monday, May 5, 2014

Bridgewater: Town Rejects Big Rig Hill Climb

A big rig hill climb will not make its debut this year for South Shore in Motion. Bridgewater council quashed the request in a 4-3 decision Monday night during a special council meeting. The new event was proposed for Exhibition Drive during their August event. Some councillors felt there would be too much risk after the town's insurer wouldn't cover the event. Mayor David Walker says they weren't ready to endorse the new event.

Meanwhile, festival chairperson Darren Wentzell says they're disappointed.

Wentzell says the group will talk about the future of South Shore in Motion during a meeting on Tuesday night.

South Shore Hockey Players Win Bronze In Quebec

A bronze medal finish for Nova Scotia at the Quebec Major Junior Excellence Challenge in Boisbriand. Bridgewater's Keith Getson, Christopher Goreham of Clark's Harbour and Hunter Hurlburt of Yarmouth helped Nova Scotia finish third in the five team event. They defeated Newfoundland 6-2 in the consolation game. Getson finished with two assists in five games while Hurlburt and Goreham each had one assist. The QMJHL Entry Draft will be held in Sherbrooke on May 31st.

Contest Challenges Students To Design New Oak Island Logo

Local students are vying for bragging rights and a cool $500 to design a new Oak Island logo. The Friends of Oak Island Society are gathering submissions from art students at Park View Education Centre, New Germany Rural High, Bridgewater Junior-Senior High and Forest Heights. Chairperson Shelley Rafuse says they're looking for something eye-catching.

The logo contest will see the new design be used on clothing, marketing materials, digital media and will be used worldwide. Students have until Friday to submit their art work.

Local Search And Rescue Looking For Younger Volunteers

Lunenburg County Ground Search and Rescue are looking to attract younger volunteers. The group held a six-hour mock exercise Sunday to kick-off Emergency Preparedness Week across the province. The week serves as a reminder to know the risks, plan ahead and prepare for potential emergencies. Search Director Sherry Veinot says they're always looking for new people.

Veinot says they mainly recruit through social media. Roughly 50 members are part of Lunenburg County Search and Rescue. Emergency Management Minister Mark Furey says Nova Scotia is among the best in the country when dealing with a disaster.

The province's Emergency Management Office says people should prepare kits for their home and car with enough resources for 72 hours. EMO Planning Officer, Steve Mills, says having a 72-hour supply is important.

The kits are available from the Canadian Red Cross.

Search On For Robbery Suspect

The RCMP in Tantallon are looking for a suspect in an armed holdup yesterday of a drug store in the area. During the supper hour last evening, Tantallon Mounties were called to the Lawtons Drugs on St. Margarets Bay Road where a man had enterred the store, threatened a female employee with a syringe and forced her to hand over a quantity of prescription drugs. The suspect escaped on foot and a search of the area with a service dog did not find him. Investigators suspect he fled the area in a waiting car.

RCMP ID Female Pilot In Weekend Plane Crash

RCMP are releasing the name of a woman killed over the weekend when her ultra-light plane crashed in Hants County. Maryanne Hardman of Halifax died when her plane went down near Stanley Airport. The 50 year old was the pilot and only person in the plane. It's still not known what caused the crash.

Province Looks To Reduce Surgery Wait Times

It's hoped some new money will reduce wait times for foot and ankle surgeries in Nova Scotia. The province will invest $4.2 million to improve orthopedic services beginning this year, and is now providing surgeon wait time information online. The money will help recruit a foot and ankle sub-specialist surgeon, perform more hip and knee replacements to help reduce wait times, and streamline orthopedic care.  Kevin Chapman of Doctors Nova Scotia says wait times can reach up to two years.

Health Minister Leo Glavine says they know wait times are too long and adds the investment is an effort to work on solutions for people needing the surgery. To view the online wait times list 

Man Faces Drug Charges Following Yarmouth Bust

A 39 year old Yarmouth area man is facing numerous charges related to an RCMP drug bust just outside the town. A home in the village of Hebron (HEE-brun) was searched by the RCMP and officers seized a quantity of marijuana and drug paraphenalia. Wilfred Laurier Crosby has been charged with possession and trafficking of marijuana. He will appear in Yarmouth court in early July.

Woman Dies In Hants County Ultra Light Crash

A woman died over the weekend as a result of the crash of an ultra-light plane in Hants County. It happened in Stanley just after the noon hour on Sunday. The female pilot and lone occupant of the plane was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation is underway to determine the cause.