Friday, May 30, 2014

Province Advances NovaStar Ferry $5 million

The province is advancing money to Nova Star Cruises to support its first season of operation between Yarmouth and Maine. The ferry operator is trying to secure a $5-million operating line of credit with the State of Maine, however, they are having trouble getting the money. The Nova Scotia government says it will advance the company the money while discussions continue. Tourism Minister Michel Sampson says the ferry is important for tourism and understands the company has encountered some early challenges. The money will be used for operating costs, including fuel and supplies necessary for running the ferry. Roughly $19 million in taxpayer money has been given to the ferry - including the $5 million advance.

Home Construction Site Thefts/Vandalism On the Rise

Its that time of year when home construction sites across the region are being increasingly targetted by thieves. The RCMP have been receiving more reports of thefts and vandalism at many of those sites.
Corporal Scott MacRae says anyone who sees something suspicious should report it to the RCMP right away.

MacRae says construction companies should also report if they've been victims of thieves. Reports can be called-in to your local police, RCMP detachment or Crimestoppers.

From the RCMP ... some things to look for:
- Suspicious people and vehicles who may be around at odd times.
- Large box style tricks pulling up after normal business hours could be considered suspicious.
- Thieves often steal fixtures, construction material, or tools. These may be later sold online.

- Brand new appliances sold online or through other means, without proof of purchase or warranty

Halifax: Search For Missing Biker Underway

A ground search is underway for a missing 30 year-old biker in the Halifax area. Marty Legere hasn't been seen since he left to go biking yesterday afternoon around Spider Lake. He left over the lunch hour and was expected to back around 4 o'clock. Legere is tall about 260 pounds with short hair and a beard and moustache. Mounties say his bike was found at the end of Spider Lake Road. A dog team is also helping with the search efforts.

Interim CEO Appointe At Municipality Of Lunenburg

The Municipality of Lunenburg will turn things over to a new chief administrative officer after today. CAO Tammy Wilson has accepted a new position as a director with the province's Department of Municipal Affairs. Wilson has spent 18 years with the municipality. She says she'll miss a few things including working with council. The municipality has named Darrell Hiltz as interim CAO, starting Monday. Hiltz is a former CAO of the Municipality of Chester and has served a number of roles with the province.

Only Diesel Fuel Priced Lower

If you drive a vehicle that takes diesel fuel, you're the only ones who will notice any change at the gas pumps this morning. Diesel is down half a cent to $1.35.6 a litre. No change in prices for the other types of fuel.
Regular self serve is selling for $1.39.3 per litre .. no change. High test unchanged also at $1.48.2

Bridgewater Baseball Players Named To Provincial Team

A number of South Shore boys will represent Nova Scotia at the under-15 baseball nationals this summer. Zach Zinck, Ryan O'Toole, Matt Sabean of Bridgewater along with Keeshaun Such and Yarmouth's Brad Jones have been named to the team. Bridgewater's Dennis Woodworth was also named coach of the team. He says he's hoping to build off a fourth place finish from last year.

The nationals will take place from August 21-25 in Vaughn, Ontario.