September 2016

Shag Festival This Weekend

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 15:23 PM

You don't need to travel to area 51 to hear about aliens...Shag Harbour is celebrating their very own first encounter.

The Shag Festival is an opportunity for people to hear about a UFO sighting in 1967.

Volunteer Noah Morritt says first hand witnesses will be on hand to share their experience.

He says this year they've even added a bus tour.

"You get to go on the original course that the lights took. Right from where it was first spotted to where it disappeared into the harbour."

Wildfire Season Extended

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 15:16 PM

People hoping to burn brush or roast marshmallows will need to keep their eye on the DNR website a little longer.

Burn restrictions are posted every afternoon at 2 p.m.

The Department of Natural Resources is extending the wild fire season until October 22nd.

Minister Lloyd Hines says the drought in South West Nova Scotia means the risk of wildfire is still high.

He says some parks will also remain open to help fill the need for water.

Mayor/MLA Laud Ferry Service Despite Low Numbers

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 12:44 PM

The Cat ferry wraps up its 2016 season Saturday.

For both proponents and critics of the Yarmouth to Portland service, it's all about numbers.

While Bay Ferries hasn't yet released the final tally, Mayor Pam Mood says the latest figures, released on September 13, are impressive.

Based on weekly daily averages, the Cat Ferry carried around 30,982 passengers between June 15 and Sept. 11.

Shelburne: Warden Believes Incentive Pay Would Attract Doctors

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 11:08 AM

The warden of the Municipality of Shelburne believes incentive pay is the key to attracting doctors to rural Nova Scotia.

The province announced four new nurse practitioners and family practice nurses are coming to South West Nova Scotia.

Roger Taylor says it's good news but more needs to be done.

"People are motivated by money and to pay doctors to work in under-serviced areas is a proven method. It works up North and it's what the Province of Nova Scotia should be doing."

VIDEO: Public Reviews Possible Locations For New Mahone Bay Nursing Home

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 16:41 PM

Another full house to discuss a new nursing home facility proposed for Mahone Bay.

More than 100 people showed up at the fire hall to hear about possible locations for the $20-million project.

CEO Ramsay Duff says he's happy to hear from the community even when they're asking tough questions.

"Tonight had maybe a bit more edge to it, but I think the edge comes from taking ownership and wanting to make it really work for them. So I was encouraged and welcoming of it."

Liverpool: Home, Sport and Travel Expo Announced For Queens Place

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 16:39 PM

It's considered a first for the South Shore.

The South Shore Home, Sport, and Travel Expo will be held April 28-30, 2017 at Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool.

The expo is expected to be an annual event, showcasing home, sport and travel industry experts.

Mayor Christopher Clarke says he's pleased to offer the expo to residents.

"It's a real opportunity to come and see the goods if you hunt or fish or just like to be outdoors. They are opportunities to get your hands on things and see what's happening."

Emergency Services Fair Gears Up For Year Two

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 16:09 PM

It's a chance to chat with local emergency workers without the pressure of a crisis.

The second annual Emergency Services Fair goes this Saturday.

Bridgewater Fire Chief Michael Nauss says the fair replaces an annual fundraiser.

"We decided we'd like to give back to the community instead of knocking on their door every second day asking for more funding," he says. "Letting the people know just what exactly our job is like out there in the field."

He says it's a good way to meet the people who work everyday to protect you.

Two Vehicle Crash On Highway 10

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 15:37 PM

Highway 10 in Lunenburg County  was down to one lane for about an hour this afternoon following a two vehicle crash.

Police, paramedics, and fire services responded to the scene near New Germany at around 2:30.

Sergeant Mark MacPherson says the people involved received minor injuries.

"One vehicle appears to have been turning off the road--making a left-- and the other vehicle struck it," he says. "One vehicle went off the road."

MacPherson says the cause is not yet known.

However, he says police have taken statements and will continue to investigate.