August 2017

Changing Counties: Region of Queens CAO Takes Position in Bridgewater

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 15:00 PM

The outgoing chief administrative officer in the Region of Queens says it was an opportunity to better respond to his family obligations.

Richard MacLellan resigned today.

He will continue working with council on a transition plan over the next few months before he takes over as CAO in Bridgewater later this year.

Current Bridgewater CAO Ken Smith will be retiring this fall.

MacLellan says there are things in town that resonate well with him.

Government Implements Bill 148, Sets Wage Standards For All Union Negotiations

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 12:53 PM

The province is taking a hard line in contract negotiations with its employees.

Labour Relations Minister Mark Furey announced this morning government will proclaim Bill 148 on all unions without a contract.

Passed during the McNeil government's first term in office, it lays out the wage pattern an arbitrator must abide by.

That consists of no raises in the first two years, one percent in the third, 1.5 in the fourth and a half percent at the end of the contract.

Donors Needed For Upcoming Blood Clinics

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 12:46 PM

(photo-Canadian Blood Services Twitter)

People are being urged to visit blood donor clinics in Yarmouth, Shelburne and Digby counties next month.

Canadian Blood Services is again making the appeal make sure hospital inventories are well supplied.

CBS spokesperson Peter MacDonald tells us they always get a strong response from the Tri-Counties.

"We want to ensure that hospital patients get to enjoy the remainder of their summer too and never question that there will be blood on the shelf when it's needed for them."

LCLC Ready To Put The Chill On Summer

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 12:41 PM

As families work to squeeze the last few weeks out of summer, some are already looking ahead to fall.

The Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre has just reinstalled their ice.

The pad is laid and new sponsors are on board.

LCLC General Manager Kevin Benjamin says it's an exciting time.

"Summer's over, ice is ready to go. This is the time of year that we get ready to go for the upcoming season and all of our clients are chomping at the bit to get going."

Roseway Hospital Emergency Department To Be Closed For Several Hours Wednesday

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 12:24 PM

The emergency department at Roseway Hospital in Shelburne will be closed for 14 hours tomorrow, Wednesday, August 23.

It will close at 6:00 a.m. and reopen at 8 that evening.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority says it's due to physician availability.

If you have an emergency you're asked to call 911 or visit the nearest emergency department.

For non-emergency health advice from a registered nurse, call 811.

MODL Mulls Marketing Coordinator For Lifestyle Centre

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 12:10 PM

The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is reviewing a request to hire a marketing coordinator at the LCLC.

The ask came to council in July by the facility's board of directors.

It would see MODL split the $50,000 cost with the Town of Bridgewater to create the new position.

Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson says council has referred the request to their audit and finance committee.

"There were questions that needed to be answered that really didn't have the information there for council."

Bridgewater Barracudas Capture Seventh Straight Provincial Swimming Title

Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017 13:29 PM

The Bridgewater Barracudas captured their seventh straight provincial swimming title in Windsor over the weekend.

Sixteen year-old Andrew Johnson was one of three people named as top male swimmers at the meet.

Seventeen year-old Amy Hartling was one of two girls named top female swimmer.

Johnson and Hartling also won awards for capturing the highest amount of points for male and females.

Travis Smith, Adam Culbert, Quinn Conrad and Logan Sangster set a provincial record in the boys 200 meter medley relay for the 13 and 14 year-old division.

Lunenburg: Board of Trade Projects Over 15,000 Visitors From Tall Ship Festival

Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017 13:18 PM

The tall ships have long sailed out of Lunenburg and preliminary numbers are in.

Over 15,000 people attended the festival which hosted 11 tall ships over three days.

Pamela Baltzer with the Board of Trade says the number is likely a bit low since counts were only completed for five hours each day when the ships were open for viewing.

She says there was lots of positive feedback on parking, shuttle services, available public washrooms and food vendors.

There were approximately 40 volunteers who ranged in age from 15-84 years old.

Another Week of Races Close in Chester

Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017 12:36 PM

Chester Race week has wrapped up and planning has already begun for 2018.

Co-chair Pat Nelder says it's important to plan early so they can have everything prepared.

"The planning takes at least a year to organize and make sure we have all the volunteers and that we have everyone on the same page as what we're going to do for 2018."

Organizers are giving a shoutout to the volunteers for all their hard work.

Nedler thanked volunteers who came out to help with the annual event that held over 50 races.

Foggies Capture Peewee 'AA' Provincial Baseball Title

Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017 11:53 AM

The Clark's Harbour Foggies are the 2017 Peewee AA provincial baseball champions.

It came after their 16-7 victory over the Dartmouth Arrows Sunday at the Sherose Island field in Barrington.

The Foggies advanced to the championship game by edging the Sydney Sooners 7-5 in the semis.

Ethan Brannen picked up the tournament's top pitcher award.

Owen Penney was named the tournament MVP after batting over .700 for the weekend.

The Foggies advance to the Atlantics in Conception Bay, Newfoundland from September 15 to 17.