April 2019

The Great Eight: Female Soccer Players Earn Spots at Atlantic Universities

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 12:23 PM

When people think of the great eight, they may think of the NHL's Alexander Ovechkin.

But in Lunenburg County, eight female soccer players have been recruited to play for colleges or universities in Atlantic Canada.

Kait Benjamin of Bridgewater will play for St. Thomas as a defender.

She says the opportunity wouldn't have been possible without the HB Studios Sports Centre.

"Having an indoor facility that we were able to train at year-round really helped a lot of us continue playing throughout the year."

UPDATED: Local Students Joining Global Protest On Friday

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 11:59 AM

High school students will hit the streets this Friday, May 3, to send a message to all three levels of government.

They want less talk and more action and regulations to help slow the effects of climate change

Shelburne Regional High School student Evan Harris says they're concerned about clear cuts planned for Shelburne County.

"They're planning two, one in Clyde River and one in Allendale and there's supposed to be 49. We want to try to get it to stop, so we thought this would raise awareness for it."

New Signs Point To Opportunities In Bridgewater

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 11:52 AM

The town of Bridgewater is making it easier to get around.

Sharp-eyed observers will notice several wayfinding signs have been installed around town this past week.

Communications Manager Pat Hirtle hopes the markers will expand people's idea of Bridgewater.

"A lot of people just view Bridgewater as a shopping destination or a service destination. But we really want to convey to both the visitors and even our own residents that Bridgewater's got a lot more than that to offer."

Hirtle says the signs have been in the works for some time.

Province Announces Grants to Prevent Domestic Violence, Support Victims

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 11:25 AM

Three local groups have received provincial funding in their efforts to prevent domestic violence.

The South West Nova Transition House Association or Juniper House received $10,000 to develop a youth advisory group through high schools in Shelburne County.

It would determine the impacts and realities of violence for those who identify as women and live in rural Nova Scotia.

Under-15 Smash Tier 2 Volleyball Team Win Provincial Title

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 06:54 AM

The South Shore Smash under-15 girls volleyball team are provincial champions.

The team captured gold over the weekend in the Tier 2 Blue Division event at the Bedford Hammonds Plains Centre.

The Smash played the Annapolis Blaze in the final, winning in three sets 17-25, 25-16, and 15-11.  

Taylor Zinck and Kaitlin Fraser were named All-Stars.

Morgan Landry was named MVP.

The team trains at Centre Scolaire de la Rive-Sud and Bridgewater Junior High School.

Team Weagle, Coach Among Award Winners From NS Curling Association

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 06:09 AM

A pair of local coaches have been recognized by the Nova Scotia Curling Association.

The group held their annual awards banquet Sunday.

Brian Rafuse of Bridgewater but coach and ice technician at Lakeshore Curling Club in Sackville and Anthony Purcell of the Chester Curling Club were co-winners of the Coach of the Year award.

Both led their respective teams to titles at the 2018 Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships.

Blockhouse: Highway 325 Reopens Following Single Vehicle Crash

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 05:23 AM

A section of Highway 325 in Blockhouse has reopened after a single vehicle crash last night.

RCMP received a 911 call around 8:45 p.m. after a white Jeep Patriot hit a tree near civic number 500.

A female driver was the lone person in the vehicle and was taken to hospital.

In a release, police say they have not ruled out alcohol as a factor in the crash.

Nova Scotia Power was also called to the scene after power lines were downed during the crash.

The highway was closed for several hours while repairs were made.

Fire Hall Wins Lifesaving Machine

Posted on Monday, April 29, 2019 12:31 PM

The newest piece of lifesaving equipment at the Cornwall and District Fire Department won't be riding on a truck.

A delicatessen chain is providing an AED to the fire hall.

Chief Michael Wilson says an auxiliary member applied to the second annual Chris Cares AED giveaway.

And the Department won the unit worth $3,500.

Chris Brothers began giving AED machines away after two of their employees experienced cardiac arrest and were saved because an AED unit was on hand to provide them with a shock.

Community Raises $33,000 in Support of Kiefer Huskins

Posted on Monday, April 29, 2019 12:09 PM

The hockey community rallied together to raise $33,000 for Kiefer Huskins.

The 15 year-old hockey player from Brooklyn was diagnosed with cancer below his left knee April 12.

The Liverpool Privateers and South Shore Major Bantam Lumberjacks held a charity game Saturday night in front of more than 1,000 people at Queens Place Emera Centre.

Huskins' mother, Kim, says people from Cape Breton to Yarmouth reached out in support.

"The word is overwhelming, but in a good way," says Huskins.