October 2018

Memorials Going Missing From Bridgewater Cemetery

Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 16:16 PM

Vandals are removing memorials from Brookside Cemetery.

Members of the Bridgewater Fire Service noticed that the broken ladders placed at the headstones of former fire personnel are going missing.

Bridgewater Fire Chief Michael Nauss says they would just like to have the ladders returned to where they belong.

"I'm very disappointed that something like this would have to happen. Although I don't believe that some people really knew the significance of what the broken ladder is, and what it represents."

Man Arrested For Assault After Being Tracked By Police Dog Team

Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 14:33 PM

An RCMP police dog team was involved in locating an assault suspect last night.

Lunenburg District RCMP were called to an assault in progress at a home in Feltzen South just before midnight.

A man allegedly assaulted a woman inside the home then ran off into a nearby wooded area.

Responding officers called for the assistance of the police dog service which located the man a short time later hiding beneath tree.

Enforcing Smoke-Free Policy At NS Hospitals A Challenge: Health Authority

Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 12:03 PM

The Nova Scotia Health Authority is ramping up its education in regards to smoking at hospitals and other sites.

Peggy Green, the director of health services for the Western Zone, says policing its smoking policy remains a challenge.

She says while visiting or staying in hospital can be stressful, all NSHA sites and services are smoke-free environments.

Green says all managers are empowered to speak to folks about the policy.

She tells Acadia News the other problem is cigarette butts.

Cooke Aquaculture Angling For New Fish Farm In Liverpool

Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 11:48 AM

Cooke Aquaculture is looking at a possible expansion in Liverpool Bay.

The fish farming giant currently has a site in the water near Coffin's Island.

Approximately 400,000 fish are being grown there.

Andrew Lively, VP of global marketing with Cooke, made the announcement during a presentation at this morning's Region of Queens council meeting.

The company is considering an expansion of the current site as well as an additional site in the bay.

Cooke has made their intentions known to the province and has six months to apply for a specific site.

Customers Shouldn't Notice Much Service Disruption - Canada Post

Posted on Monday, October 22, 2018 18:05 PM

A spokesperson for Canada Post says most of the mail has already gone out and customers shouldn't notice much disruption in service yet.

John Hamilton says operations are considered normal despite rotating strikes in a handful of cities.

"We (Canada Post management) continue to be at the table.  We want to get negotiated settlements so we can avoid any further disruptions to our customers."

With a rotating strike ongoing in Halifax, Hamilton says there are no pick-ups or deliveries in that city.

But he adds it's business as usual elsewhere in the region.

Woman Charged After Blowing Five Times Legal Limit

Posted on Monday, October 22, 2018 12:37 PM

A woman has been charged after blowing five times the legal limit on a breathalyzer Friday evening.

Staff Sergeant Mark MacPherson with Lunenburg District RCMP says, the 40-year-old woman was arrested after being found sitting behind the drivers wheel of a vehicle.

Police responded when a motorist, who was in the woods in the Sherwood area off Highway 14, returned to her car and found the dirt road blocked by the woman's vehicle.

MacPherson says she showed signs of impairement and was taken to the local RCMP detachment.

Shelburne Mayor Frustrated With Pace Of Repairs To Community Centre

Posted on Monday, October 22, 2018 09:05 AM

Repairs to the roof of Shelburne's Community Centre are expected to begin soon.

But Shelburne Mayor Karen Mattatall tells Acadia News it's disappointing that it's taken almost a year to get the work started.

The $500,000 in damage was caused by a winter storm early last January.

Mattatall says it's been a big problem, especially for the ladies auxiliary of the fire department because they can't do their fundraisers.

She says the damage goes beyond just the roof.

School Opens Free Store To Meet Student Needs

Posted on Monday, October 22, 2018 07:22 AM

New Germany Rural High School is lending their community a hand.

They've just launched a free store where students and community members can receive personal care products, clothing and food at no cost.

Principal Jennifer McMullen says one in five children in Lunenburg County live in poverty and that impacts their studies.

"It's no questions asked, available to anyone. And the idea is to ensure the academic needs of our students is being met. So we really want to focus on their social, emotional and physical needs."

UPDATE: Rotating Strikes Begin For Postal Workers In Several Cities

Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2018 16:52 PM

Twenty-four hour rotating strikes have begun for Canada Post workers in Halifax, Windsor, Victoria and Edmonton.

The company failed to reach a contract agreement with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers before the strike deadline at midnight.

Canada Post says in the areas where the rotating strikes are being held, mail and parcels will not be delivered or picked up.

The postal service will be accepting and delivering mail and parcels in all other locations.