January 2018

(UPDATED Jan 19 8:45am) Funeral Services For Victims Of Pubnico Head Fire Announced

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 16:45 PM

Funeral services for three of the four children who died in a house fire in Pubnico Head on January 7th have been announced.

The service for Mya will take place Sunday afternoon from H.M. Huskilson's Memorial Chapel in Barrington.

In her obituary, Mya is described as loving music and dancing along to all her favorite singers, going to the beach at Seal Island with her Nanny and to the cottage in Welshtown each summer.

On Monday, a celebration of life for seven year old Mason Grant will be held at the Yarmouth Wesleyan Church.

Chickens At Petite Riviere Elementary Feeding Minds And Bellies

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 16:36 PM

This fall we reported on a project by Petite Riviere Elementary School to raise chickens.

The eggs have hatched and the chickens are now mature and laying eggs of their own.

Teacher, Kristy Boutilier says from building the chicken coop and run, to looking in on them on weekends, the community's support for the project has been overwhelming.

Nova Scotia's Chief Electoral Officer Makes 29 Recommendations To Improve Electoral Process

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 11:35 AM

Elections Nova Scotia is still trying to engage younger voters to participate in the electoral process.

The province's chief electoral officer released Volume 2 of a report into the May 30, 2017 provincial general election yesterday.

He reports that overall voter turnout in that election was down to 53.4% from 58.2% in 2013.

Andy LeBlanc, director of policy and communications for Elections Nova Scotia says they've seen a general low voter turnout pattern since 1960.

He says low turnout among voters, 18 to 24 years of age, is an issue throughout North America.

Volunteer Nominations Deadline Is Looming

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 09:53 AM

The deadline to nominate an outstanding volunteer in your community is fast approaching.

The Town of Bridgewater is looking for a representative at the Provincial Volunteer Awards in April.

They're also seeking nominations for the Volunteer Family Award, and Corporate Volunteer Award.

The Town is also hosting an Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony during Provincial Volunteer Week to officially thank volunteers for making the community a better place to live, work and play. 

Deadline to submit is January 26.

Women's March Being Held In Lunenburg This Weekend

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 09:47 AM

Millions of people across the world will be marching Saturday for the second annual Women's March.

It's in solidarity with other women's and human rights groups.

Executive Director of Second Story Women's Shelter Rhonda Lemir says the march was started to address misogynistic and hateful messages dominating the public.

"And express what issues that women are facing in the community and what supports and resources are there for them.

Lemir says it's a global issue but it's also one here at home.

Road Conditions Prompt School Closures, Cancelled Classes, Delayed Openings

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 06:14 AM

​All schools in the Tri-County Regional School Board (Shelburne, Digby and Yarmouth Counties) will be closed today, Thursday, January 18, due to road conditions.

The CSAP has cancelled classes for its schools in Clare and Argyle.

NSCC Burridge, Digby and Shelburne will delay opening until 10 am today Jan. 18

The Dalhousie School of Nursing also has a delayed opening of 10am.

Provincial Lumberjack Competition Coming To Our Region This Summer

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 05:39 AM

Lumberjacks from across the province will be in Barrington this summer.

The Nova Scotia Lumberjack Competition will be held in the Shelburne County community this June.

Burlin Nickerson, a lumberjack competitor and Pubnico native says details, such as location are still being finalized.

"And as far as sponsorship and all the other things that come along with it are all in the works. We'll be working on that for the next few months."

Nickerson is a member of the North Nova Lumberjack Society, who are planning the event.

Former Bridgewater Councillor Passes

Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 12:21 PM
A former councillor with the Town of Bridgewater has passed away.

Greg Ritcey died in hospital yesterday.

Ritcey sat on council for one term from 2008 to 2012.

During the 2016 election, he also took a run at the Mayor's chair, losing to current mayor, David Mitchell.

Mitchell says Ritcey was a dedicated public servant.

"Very passionate about the museum, passionate about the friends of the DesBrisay, he was a long-serving member of the Canada Day committee. On the committees he served, yeah, passionate is the word that keeps coming back."