September 2017

Baillie Pushing Health-Care, Mental Health in Fall Session

Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 16:54 PM

The province's PC leader says he plans to keep pushing issues like mental health and more doctors in rural Nova Scotia.

Jamie Baillie says his team of 17 MLAs are ready for the fall sitting of the legislature which begins Thursday.

The Liberals will announce their budget next week.

Baillie says he expects there will be changes from the pre-election budget announced in the spring.

55+ Games Deemed a Success

Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 16:12 PM

South Shore residents didn't just come to play at the 55+ games last weekend in Lunenburg County, they came to win.

Co-chair Carroll Randall says the majority of medalists were from our region.

"The South South region did very well. We don't like to brag but we had the most medal wins of all locations," says Randall.

He says over 375 medalists were crowned.

Those who won will have the opportunity to go to nationals in Saint John next year.

Randall adds planning for the 2019 provincials has already begun. 

UPDATE: Multi-Vehicle Crash on Highway 103 in Shelburne County

Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 15:51 PM

RCMP say one person was transported to hospital with minor injuries after a multi-vehicle accident this afternoon on Highway 103.

Staff Sgt. Steve Ettinger of the Nova Scotia RCMP says members of the Shelburne County detachment responded to Beaverdam, Shelburne County around 3:30 this afternoon.

He says the highway between Clyde River and Beaverdam was closed to traffic for about an hour, but has since re-opened.

The Port Clyde, Barrington/Port Latour and Shelburne fire departments were also on scene.

The scene is now clear.

Catahoula Brown Receives Fourth Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination

Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 15:39 PM

Another year, another Music Nova Scotia award nomination for Catahoula Brown

This is the Bridgewater musician's fourth nomination, but his first in the country category.

"I was really shocked. Country is a big category on the East Coast and specifically in Nova Scotia. There's a lot of country artists making albums. I wasn't too sure what my chances were like," says Brown.

Brown says the nomination means a lot since the album started out as being a demo for Nashville. 

New School Attendance Policy Going Into Effect October 1

Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 14:20 PM

A new policy hopes to crack down on student absenteeism in Nova Scotia.

Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Zach Churchill, announced the provincial student attendance and engagement policy goes into effect October 1.

One-quarter of students are missing 16 days or more of school in a year.

Churchill says the policy is intended to help improve student attendance through a balance of supports, incentives and consequences, without adding to the workload of teachers.

Volunteers Create Chemotherapy Caps For Journey Room

Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 11:57 AM

An entire day of sewing helped create dozens of chemotherapy caps for cancer patients.

A number of volunteers collaborated and made 64 caps to use in the journey room at South Shore Regional Hospital.

Lynn's Quilting Studio in Auburndale provided about 22 metres of fabric.

Owner Lynn Jones says they used natural fabrics for the project.

"No seams on the inside so there would be no aggravation to the scalp of the person wearing it. We used 100% cotton and other good quality fabric."

Master of Darts: New Ross Man Competing Against World's Best

Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 16:39 PM

A New Ross man is preparing to go toe-to-toe with some of the best dart players in the world.

Sheldon Fudge qualified for the World Masters dart tournament after finishing fifth at the Canadian Championships in Saint John, New Brunswick in June.

The 55 year-old will compete in his first overseas tournament September 25-28 in Bridlington, England.

"My first goal is to not get totally blanked out over there and not win any games. If things go well then we'll just see where it goes. Of course, you'd like to win it."

Marketing Coordinator Approved For LCLC

Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 13:49 PM

A marketing coordinator has finally been approved for the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre.

The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg gave it the green light at their most recent council meeting.

It follows the Town of Bridgewater's approval in July.

General Manager Kevin Benjamin says he's optimistic to have someone in the role by December.

"We do have a lot of activities and events that are happening continuously, but there are all kinds of other initiatives and projects that we want to get going that we just haven't had the ability to get to."