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Showing news for the month of May , 2015

HOT, DRY SUMMER AHEAD?
Tuesday 26th May 2015
After a rough winter, expect a hot, dry summer. The AccuWeather forecasting service says El Nino will keep the southern branch of the jet stream very active. It says anything north of the jet stream, including the Maritimes, is going to be warmer than many forecasters thought as recently as five days ago. El Nino is associated with a band of warm ocean water that develops in the equatorial Pacific.


HUMMUS RECALL
Tuesday 26th May 2015
Loblaw Companies is recalling a brand of hummus because it may contain a toxin. The national grocer says President's Choice brand Moroccan-style hummus may contain the toxin produced by staphylococcus bacteria, and it should not be eaten. Loblaw says the affected product was sold across the country in 280-gram containers with a best before date of June 14. There have been no reports of illness linked to the product, and it has been removed from store shelves.


WESTVILLE ACROPOLE DAMAGED IN COLLISION
Tuesday 26th May 2015
The Acropole in Westville had an unpleasant surprise last night, as a truck collided with the side of their building, leaving a huge dent. Acropole employee Stephanie Heighton says she was cleaning up when the sink and wall "came flying" towards her. A police officer on site said the driver was cooperative, but did not have insurance. No one was injured.


BROKEN POWER POLE MEANT LIGHTS OUT
Tuesday 26th May 2015
A broken power pole in Stellarton left more than 2,500 homes in the dark last night. Some areas were out for a couple of hours as Nova Scotia power crews made repairs.


NO LOBSTER MARKETING FEE WITHOUT ALL PARTIES INVOLVED
Tuesday 26th May 2015
If there's going to be a lobster marketing fee in Nova Scotia it looks like it will require the approval of the entire industry. That the view of Terry Zinck, chair of a committee set up by the Nova Scotia Fish Packers Association to Look at the topic. He says a buyers-only agreement is not an option. Zinck says the buyers will put their piece of the system together, but it won't start a fund and wait for others to join.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 26
Tuesday 26th May 2015
Week two of Ball Hockey at the Hector Arena, sponsored by Shiretown Home and Auto, saw another good turnout in the 5-9 & 10-14 divisions seeing 36 kids out while the 15 & Over division had just a couple of people and is in need of more players to have a game. This week's schedule will see 5-9 yrs playing @6pm while the 10-14 will play @7pm & the 15-over division @8pm. All games are on Saturday.
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The regular season for the NNEC girls basketball spring league has wrapped up and teams will now prepare for semifinal games. Tonight at 5:20pm the #1 seed Team White will hold court versus #4 seed Team Red. At 6:20pm the #2 seed Team Blue will play the #3 seed Team green. Games will take place at New Glasgow Academy.
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This summer from July 10th-12th the Special Olympics Provincial Summer Games will be held at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. These games include; Track & Field, Soccer, Softball, Golf, Bocce, Bowling, Swimming and Basketball. There are plenty of Volunteer opportunities for these games. Volunteer sign-up can be found on www.sons.ca
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PCMHA – Rep Division is now accepting applications for head coaches at all levels. The selection will take place in June. The application process will be open until June 02 . Only those candidates that are shortlisted will be interviewed. The application can be found on the PCHMA website under forms and policies. If you want to apply for more than one team please put that on the application. PCMHA Rep Division is planning the following teams for the 2015-16 season:
Two novice advanced teams
Two Atom A teams
Atom AA
Peewee A
Peewee AA
Peewee AAA
Bantam A.....if the numbers allow it, there could be two
Bantam AA
Midget.....could be A or AA.
These projections will depend on registration numbers.
----
Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will be holding its AGM tonight at 6:30 pm in the Trenton Rink Annex. PCMHA is the governing body of hockey in Pictou County and represents more than 1100 minor hockey players. PCMHA is represented by it’s eight divisions comprising of New Glasgow, Stellarton, Trenton, Thorburn, Westville, Pictou, Female and the Rep Division. This meeting is for the PCMHA governing body and the various divisions hold their own annual meetings. Everyone interested is invited to attend.
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Westville Minor Hockey's Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday at 6:30 upstairs in the rink annex. The new executive will be introduced at that time.
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The Youth Skate Park Committee of Westville is holding a Fundraising Ball Hockey Tournament on May 31st - note that the date has changed from Saturday to Sunday. For more information please contact the town office at 902-396-1500 or check the Town of Westville Facebook Page for updates.
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The United Way of Pictou County invites you join them for their 2nd Annual Golf Fore Change scramble tournament at the Glen Lovat Golf Club on Saturday, June 6th (12 noon shotgun start). Registration is only $320 per foursome and includes green fees, a steak dinner, a cart, contests, prizes and lots of fun & fellowship. Call 902-755-1754 or email info@pictoucountyunitedway.ca
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca


PROVINCE LAUNCHES MINERAL INCENTIVE PROGRAM
Monday 25th May 2015

Government funding is now available for mining companies and prospectors through the new Mineral Incentive Program.

A release from the Provincial government says there is $400,000.00 available in grants, and eligible applicants can receive up to $15,000.00.

Larger projects are eligible for a grant of up to $100,000.00 if the government determines they show enough potential.



NDP NOMINATION IN CAPE BRETON
Monday 25th May 2015

Nova Scotia New Democrats are having a nomination meeting tonight in Cape Breton Centre.

The nominees looking to run as the NDP candidate in the upcoming provincial by-election are Jody Hickey and Tammy Martin.

Dave Wilton was chosen as the Liberal candidate, as he was the only nominee in the riding.



SOCIAL MEDIA TO BE UTILIZED FOR AMBER ALERTS
Monday 25th May 2015

Nova Scotia Police agencies will now be using social media to share information when AMBER alerts are issued.

A dedicated Facebook page has been created and notifications can now be sent to mobile phones when a child or vulnerable adult is abducted.

Facebook Canada announced today that the alerts will be issued to people through their news feeds.

People in Nova Scotia can also sign up to receive the information by visiting their website.



FOUR TEENS ARRESTED AFTER STOLEN CAR DISCOVERED IN NEW GLASGOW
Monday 25th May 2015
New Glasgow Regional Police have arrested four Cape Breton teenagers after observing a vehicle going the wrong way on Provost Street. The suspect vehicle had no front or rear bumpers and when police attempted to check the vehicle, it fled and immediately lost control in the area of St Johns crossing (North Provost Street and Trenton Road). No one was hurt and there was no property damage. Upon investigation, it was determined the vehicle was stolen from Cape Breton.

Police arrested and charged the driver, a 17 year old male from Cape Breton, with Possession of Stolen Property, Dangerous Driving and Flight from Police and Breach of Probation (driving while license is revoked). The passengers, a 15 year old male, 15 year old female and a 16 year old female all from the Cape Breton area, were charged with Possession of Stolen Property. All four teens will be in court this afternoon.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: POTATO RECALL
Monday 25th May 2015
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is asking people to throw out or return certain brands of potatoes to the store. The agency says there have been complaints that some of the potatoes sold in Atlantic Canada contained nails. The potatoes are from the Farmer's Market and Strang's Produce brands. The agency says no injuries have been reported in relation to the recall.

Click here for the complete list of recalled products.


NEW GLASGOW ACADEMY OFFICIAL OPENING TODAY *UPDATED 10:50 AM*
Monday 25th May 2015
Students, staff and New Glasgow citizens celebrated the official opening of New Glasgow Academy today. Education Minister Karen Casey was joined by representatives from the School Board, the Town of New Glasgow and departments of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal & Education and Early Childhood Development, for the opening.

The province invested $18.1 million in the Academy with additional contributions from New Glasgow and the local community to enhance the cafeteria, gym, music room and nature play area. The school also features break-out rooms for group work, a science lab and a tech-ed production lab.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 25
Monday 25th May 2015
Week two of Ball Hockey at the Hector Arena, sponsored by Shiretown Home and Auto, saw another good turnout in the 5-9 & 10-14 divisions seeing 36 kids out while the 15 & Over division had just a couple of people and is in need of more players to have a game. This week's schedule will see 5-9 yrs playing @6pm while the 10-14 will play @7pm & the 15-over division @8pm. All games are on Saturday.
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Congratulations to the JH Gillis Royals from Antigonish who won the first Northern Nova Scotia High School Ultimate Tournament on Saturday, in a close final, edging out Northumberland 10 - 8 for the championship. The tournament was hosted by Pictou County Ultimate, and featured students from North Nova, Northumberland, Pictou Academy, and JH Gillis. Northumberland and JH Gillis will be moving on to represent Northern Nova Scotia at the provincial tournament in June.
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The Pictou County Scotians are now accepting applications for head coach for the upcoming season. Interested applicants may forward a resume to artforsyth7@hotmail.co, or wallysworld1@msn.com. Resumes will be accepted up to and including June 1. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
----
The regular season for the NNEC girls basketball spring league has wrapped up and teams will now prepare for semifinal games. On Tuesday at 5:20pm the #1 seed Team White will hold court versus #4 seed Team Red. At 6:20pm the #2 seed Team Blue will play the #3 seed Team green. Games will take place at New Glasgow Academy.
----
This summer from July 10th-12th the Special Olympics Provincial Summer Games will be held at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. These games include; Track & Field, Soccer, Softball, Golf, Bocce, Bowling, Swimming and Basketball. There are plenty of Volunteer opportunities for these games. Volunteer sign-up can be found on www.sons.ca
----
PCMHA – Rep Division is now accepting applications for head coaches at all levels. The selection will take place in June. The application process will be open until June 02 . Only those candidates that are shortlisted will be interviewed. The application can be found on the PCHMA website under forms and policies. If you want to apply for more than one team please put that on the application. PCMHA Rep Division is planning the following teams for the 2015-16 season:
Two novice advanced teams
Two Atom A teams
Atom AA
Peewee A
Peewee AA
Peewee AAA
Bantam A.....if the numbers allow it, there could be two
Bantam AA
Midget.....could be A or AA.
These projections will depend on registration numbers.
----
Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will be holding its AGM Tuesday at 6:30 pm in the Trenton Rink Annex. PCMHA is the governing body of hockey in Pictou County and represents more than 1100 minor hockey players. PCMHA is represented by it’s eight divisions comprising of New Glasgow, Stellarton, Trenton, Thorburn, Westville, Pictou, Female and the Rep Division. This meeting is for the PCMHA governing body and the various divisions hold their own annual meetings. Everyone interested is invited to attend.
----
Westville Minor Hockey's Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday at 6:30 upstairs in the rink annex. The new executive will be introduced at that time.
----
The Youth Skate Park Committee of Westville is holding a Fundraising Ball Hockey Tournament on May 31st - note that the date has changed from Saturday to Sunday. For more information please contact the town office at 902-396-1500 or check the Town of Westville Facebook Page for updates.
----
The United Way of Pictou County invites you join them for their 2nd Annual Golf Fore Change scramble tournament at the Glen Lovat Golf Club on Saturday, June 6th (12 noon shotgun start). Registration is only $320 per foursome and includes green fees, a steak dinner, a cart, contests, prizes and lots of fun & fellowship. Call 902-755-1754 or email info@pictoucountyunitedway.ca
----
If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca


LIBERAL CANDIDATES SELECTED IN THREE PROVINCIAL RIDINGS
Sunday 24th May 2015

After a series of nomination meetings, members of the Liberal Association in three ridings have selected candidates for the upcoming by-election.

In Dartmouth South, Tim Rissesco was chosen to be the Liberal candidate for that position - formerly held by the late Alan Rowe.

In Sydney-Whitney Pier Derek Mombourquette was chosen over Nadine Bernard.

Finally, in Cape Breton Centre, the choice was obvious as the only nominee was Dave Wilton.



PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVES CALL FOR ACTION ON MAINE FERRY
Sunday 24th May 2015

PC Business Critic John Lohr is calling on the provincial government to take action more quickly on the Yarmouth to Maine ferry.

Lohr says Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan is set to meet with the Governor of Maine next month, but Lohr says that's too long to leave taxpayers without a plan.

In a release issued by the party, it's said Maine will not be giving the ferry a $5,000,000.00 line of credit to help with costs incurred at the start of the season.



SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MAY 24
Sunday 24th May 2015
The Pictou County Scotians are now accepting applications for head coach for the upcoming season. Interested applicants may forward a resume to artforsyth7@hotmail.co, or wallysworld1@msn.com. Resumes will be accepted up to and including June 1. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
----
The regular season for the NNEC girls basketball spring league has wrapped up and teams will now prepare for semifinal games next week. On Tuesday at 5:20pm the #1 seed Team White will hold court versus #4 seed Team Red. At 6:20pm the #2 seed Team Blue will play the #3 seed Team green. Games will take place at New Glasgow Academy.
----
This summer from July 10th-12th the Special Olympics Provincial Summer Games will be held at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. These games include; Track & Field, Soccer, Softball, Golf, Bocce, Bowling, Swimming and Basketball. There are plenty of Volunteer opportunities for these games. Volunteer sign-up can be found on www.sons.ca
----
PCMHA – Rep Division is now accepting applications for head coaches at all levels. The selection will take place in June. The application process will be open until June 02 . Only those candidates that are shortlisted will be interviewed. The application can be found on the PCHMA website under forms and policies. If you want to apply for more than one team please put that on the application. PCMHA Rep Division is planning the following teams for the 2015-16 season:
Two novice advanced teams
Two Atom A teams
Atom AA
Peewee A
Peewee AA
Peewee AAA
Bantam A.....if the numbers allow it, there could be two
Bantam AA
Midget.....could be A or AA.
These projections will depend on registration numbers.
----
Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will be holding its AGM Tuesday May 26 at 6:30 pm in the Trenton Rink Annex. PCMHA is the governing body of hockey in Pictou County and represents more than 1100 minor hockey players. PCMHA is represented by it’s eight divisions comprising of New Glasgow, Stellarton, Trenton, Thorburn, Westville, Pictou, Female and the Rep Division. This meeting is for the PCMHA governing body and the various divisions hold their own annual meetings. Everyone interested is invited to attend.
----
If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca


RECALL ISSUED ON POSSIBLE TAMPERED POTATOES
Saturday 23rd May 2015
A recall has been issued by Loblaws and Strang's Produce after three people found metal objects in potatoes in Nova Scotia, N.B. and P.E.I. this month in possible food-tampering cases. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced the recall Saturday, saying consumers should not eat some varieties of Strang's Chef, Farmer's Market and Strang's Produce potatoes.

The products were sold in all four Atlantic provinces. There have been several cases of nails reported in Atlantic Canada potatoes since the fall. The CFIA says recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where purchased. If any foreign metal object is found, save the potato, metal object and bag or tags related to the product and call your local police.

Click here for the complete list of recalled products.


RESPECT FOR WOMEN MARCH SUNDAY *CORRECTION*
Saturday 23rd May 2015
The fourth annual Respect for Women March takes place in Pictou this weekend. The march is a chance for men to speak out about the abuse of women and girls. The first Respect for Women March was held four years ago in Antigonish in honour of Ottilia Chareka, a St. FX professor who was murdered by her husband. While the event is geared towards men, women and children are encouraged to take part. Correction: The march begins at the deCoste Centre Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.


IRELAND FIRST COUNTRY TO VOTE IN GAY MARRIAGE
Saturday 23rd May 2015
Leaders on both sides of Ireland's gay marriage campaign say advocates of legalization have won a resounding victory with the ballot count still underway. Senior figures from the "no" campaign, who sought to prevent Ireland's constitution from being amended to permit gay marriage, say the only question Saturday is how large the "yes" side's margin of victory will be from Friday's vote.

An Irish Cabinet minister, Leo Varadkar, who came out as gay at the start of the government's campaign, says Dublin looks to have voted about 70 per cent in favour of gay marriage, while most districts outside the capital also were reporting strong "yes" leads. Official results come later Saturday.

Varadkar said: "We're the first country in the world to enshrine marriage equality in our constitution and do so by popular mandate. That makes us a beacon, a light to the rest of the world of liberty and equality. It's a very proud day to be Irish."


OTTAWA SETS UP FUND FOR THALIDOMIDE SURVIVORS
Saturday 23rd May 2015
Ottawa has tabled details of a multi-million-dollar compensation package for victims of thalidomide, a government-approved anti-nausea drug prescribed for pregnant women in the 1950s and '60s. Some of those women gave birth to babies with such problems as malformed arms and legs. The government says 92 eligible survivors have received tax-free payments of 125-thousand dollars to cover their immediate needs.

The government will also provide the survivors with yearly tax-free support payments of 25-thousand, 50-thousand, or 100-thousand dollars depending on their condition. There's also a 500-thousand dollar emergency fund to cover extraordinary medical expanses.


JUSTICE MINISTER TO REVEAL DETAILS OF PLAN TO REDUCE PROSTITUTION
Saturday 23rd May 2015
Justice Minister Peter MacKay says there are more groups applying than there is money available for the government's plan to get sex workers out of the industry. MacKay says the government will soon announce who receives money from the 20-million-dollar fund, although he won't give an exact date. Ottawa set up the fund after the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the country's prostitution laws in December of 2013. Police and sex-worker advocates say 20-million dollars is not enough to help people leave the trade.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 23
Saturday 23rd May 2015
The first high school field lacrosse tournament is happening this weekend in Bible Hill from 9:00am-2:00pm. Players from NNEC, Northumberland, P.A, and Hants East will be playing. The next tournament is May 30th at the NNEC field.
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Pictou County Ultimate is hosting the Northern Nova Scotia High School Ultimate tournament today from 8-5 at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. Games will be held all day, with the championship at 4pm. Teams feature students from North Nova, Northumberland, Pictou Academy, and JH Gillis from Antigonish. Come out and cheer them on, and take in this fast-paced, growing sport!
----
The Pictou County Scotians are now accepting applications for head coach for the upcoming season. Interested applicants may forward a resume to artforsyth7@hotmail.co, or wallysworld1@msn.com. Resumes will be accepted up to and including June 1. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
----
The regular season for the NNEC girls basketball spring league has wrapped up and teams will now prepare for semifinal games next week. On Tuesday at 5:20pm the #1 seed Team White will hold court versus #4 seed Team Red. At 6:20pm the #2 seed Team Blue will play the #3 seed Team green. Games will take place at New Glasgow Academy.
----
The Prostock Racing tour kicks off today at 4:00pm at Scotia Speedworld. The 100 lap race features Pictou driver Rollie MacDonald.
----
This summer from July 10th-12th the Special Olympics Provincial Summer Games will be held at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. These games include; Track & Field, Soccer, Softball, Golf, Bocce, Bowling, Swimming and Basketball. There are plenty of Volunteer opportunities for these games. Volunteer sign-up can be found on www.sons.ca
----
PCMHA – Rep Division is now accepting applications for head coaches at all levels. The selection will take place in June. The application process will be open until June 02 . Only those candidates that are shortlisted will be interviewed. The application can be found on the PCHMA website under forms and policies. If you want to apply for more than one team please put that on the application. PCMHA Rep Division is planning the following teams for the 2015-16 season:
Two novice advanced teams
Two Atom A teams
Atom AA
Peewee A
Peewee AA
Peewee AAA
Bantam A.....if the numbers allow it, there could be two
Bantam AA
Midget.....could be A or AA.
These projections will depend on registration numbers.
----
The Hector Arena in Pictou will be holding another event for their Summer ball hockey league tonight. For more information on costs, times, age groups and what you need to play, check out “Hector Arena” on Facebook.
----
Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will be holding its AGM Tuesday May 26 at 6:30 pm in the Trenton Rink Annex. PCMHA is the governing body of hockey in Pictou County and represents more than 1100 minor hockey players. PCMHA is represented by it’s eight divisions comprising of New Glasgow, Stellarton, Trenton, Thorburn, Westville, Pictou, Female and the Rep Division. This meeting is for the PCMHA governing body and the various divisions hold their own annual meetings. Everyone interested is invited to attend.
----
If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca


MORE TAMPERED POTATOES HAVE BEEN FOUND
Friday 22nd May 2015
More potatoes with nails in them have been handed over to police, with the latest incidents occurring in northern New Brunswick. The Mounties in New Brunswick said that one of the spuds was reported to police by a Tabusintac resident on Thursday, and was purchased at the local co-op on May 13. Another was purchased in Petit-Rocher and provided to police on Tuesday.

The RCMP in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia have already said they have received potatoes with nails in them that were packaged under the Farmer's Market name brand. The Farmer's Market brand is sold by various grocery stores owned by Loblaw Companies Ltd. A spokesperson for the Toronto-based chain sent an email saying the company is closely monitoring products in its locations and is assisting the Canadian Food Inspection Agency with its investigation. The email stated that nobody has been injured, and declined further comment.

RCMP Const. Jullie Rogers-Marsh said police are still investigating what brand of potatoes contained the metal in the latest incidents.


NDP MLA NOT CERTAIN LOBSTER LEVY IS A DONE DEAL
Friday 22nd May 2015
NDP MLA Sterling Belliveau is calling on Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell to clarify statements he made yesterday about a lobster marketing fee deal with buyers in Southwest Nova Scotia. Yesterday, Colwell told reporters that lobster buyers in Southwest Nova Scotia had agreed to pay into a marketing fund totaling $2 million. Belliveau says he's gotten numerous calls today from buyers, saying that's not the case.

Belliveau says this is not the first time the McNeil government has made premature declarations about a marketing levy. He says the Minister should not be making announcements about marketing fees or levies before first having a mandate from the industry.


NAT'L PROGRAM HELPS PATIENTS IN NEED OF A KIDNEY
Friday 22nd May 2015
A national program is giving hard-to-match patients a better chance at getting the kidney transplants they need. The Highly Sensitized Patient Program, run by Canadian Blood Services and the provinces and territories, started in October 2013. The program has already helped six Nova Scotians get a kidney transplant. Highly sensitized patients have antibodies that would attack a transplanted kidney unless it is very carefully matched.


PICTOU CENTRE MLA WANTS YOUTH FUNDING EXPLANATION FROM PROVINCE
Friday 22nd May 2015
Pictou Centre MLA Pat Dunn wants to know why a local youth group is not getting funding from the province. Yesterday, Minister for Community Services Joanne Bernard announced funding for five Youth Outreach programs across the province. Pictou County-based Roots for Youth was not one of them. Dunn calls it unacceptable, saying that “the at-risk youth in Pictou County are just as important as other areas in Nova Scotia.”


DALHOUSIE DENTISTRY STUDENTS ALLOWED TO GRADUATE
Friday 22nd May 2015

Men from a Dalhousie Dentistry class involved with a Facebook group where sexist posts were made about female classmates will be allowed to graduate.

A report released today says a justice process took 15 hundred hours and revealed a culture of unprofessionalism and competitiveness in the faculty.

The university temporarily suspended the students, but it was decided today they were eligible for graduation.



EMERA TO HARNESS THE POWER OF THE BAY OF FUNDY
Friday 22nd May 2015

According to Chris Huskilson, the tides in the Bay of Fundy will begin generating power for the region by the end of the year.

The President of Nova Scotia Power's parent company says a pair of two-megawatt turbine units will be built in the province, and the company that made them has improved on past models that didn't hold up.

Turbines that were tested in 2009 were heavily damaged by the power of the tides in the bay, but OpenHydro has guaranteed the new turbines will work.



MAN DEAD AFTER HALIFAX HOUSEFIRE
Friday 22nd May 2015

A man has died after a fire in the city's north end damaged a home.

Emergency services were called to the home last night, and the man was taken to hospital.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.



SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MAY 22
Friday 22nd May 2015
The Y Tri Club are having their first Annual indoor triathalon this Sunday at the Wellness Centre. The event begins at 8:00am and features swimming, spin biking, and an outside run. There is a $25.00 registration fee. Register at raceroster.com
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Pictou County Ultimate is hosting the Northern Nova Scotia High School Ultimate tournament tomorrow from 8-5 at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. Games will be held all day, with the championship at 4pm. Teams feature students from North Nova, Northumberland, Pictou Academy, and JH Gillis from Antigonish. Come out and cheer them on, and take in this fast-paced, growing sport!
----
The Pictou County Scotians are now accepting applications for head coach for the upcoming season. Interested applicants may forward a resume to artforsyth7@hotmail.co, or wallysworld1@msn.com. Resumes will be accepted up to and including June 1. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
----
The regular season for the NNEC girls basketball spring league has wrapped up and teams will now prepare for semifinal games next week. On Tuesday, May 26th at 5:20pm the #1 seed Team White will hold court versus #4 seed Team Red. At 6:20pm the #2 seed Team Blue will play the #3 seed Team green. Games will take place at New Glasgow Academy.
----
The Prostock Racing tour kicks off tomorrow at 4:00pm at Scotia Speedworld. The 100 lap race features Pictou driver Rollie MacDonald.
----
This summer from July 10th-12th the Special Olympics Provincial Summer Games will be held at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. These games include; Track & Field, Soccer, Softball, Golf, Bocce, Bowling, Swimming and Basketball. There are plenty of Volunteer opportunities for these games. Volunteer sign-up can be found on www.sons.ca
----
PCMHA – Rep Division is now accepting applications for head coaches at all levels. The selection will take place in June. The application process will be open until June 02 . Only those candidates that are shortlisted will be interviewed. The application can be found on the PCHMA website under forms and policies. If you want to apply for more than one team please put that on the application. PCMHA Rep Division is planning the following teams for the 2015-16 season:
Two novice advanced teams
Two Atom A teams
Atom AA
Peewee A
Peewee AA
Peewee AAA
Bantam A.....if the numbers allow it, there could be two
Bantam AA
Midget.....could be A or AA.
These projections will depend on registration numbers.
----
The Hector Arena in Pictou will be holding another event for their Summer ball hockey league tomorrow night. For more information on costs, times, age groups and what you need to play, check out “Hector Arena” on Facebook.
----
Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will be holding its AGM Tuesday May 26 at 6:30 pm in the Trenton Rink Annex. PCMHA is the governing body of hockey in Pictou County and represents more than 1100 minor hockey players. PCMHA is represented by it’s eight divisions comprising of New Glasgow, Stellarton, Trenton, Thorburn, Westville, Pictou, Female and the Rep Division. This meeting is for the PCMHA governing body and the various divisions hold their own annual meetings. Everyone interested is invited to attend.
----
If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca


LIBERAL NOMINATION MEETINGS IN THREE NOVA SCOTIA RIDINGS
Friday 22nd May 2015

The Liberal party of Nova Scotia will be selecting candidates for nomination in three provincial ridings.

In Sydney-Whitney Pier there will be a meeting tomorrow at 2:00pm. The two candidates seeking nomination are Nadine Bernard and Derek Mombourquette.

The other Cape Breton riding seeking a new nominee is Cape Breton Centre. The only contestant there is Dave Wilton.

In Dartmouth South, a new MLA will be needed to take the seat of the late Alan Rowe. The four nominees are Brian Churchill, Ned Milburn, Ian Murray, and Tim Rissesco.

The keynote speaker at that event will be The Honourable Mark Furey.



FISHERMAN DIES IN WORKPLACE ACCIDENT IN PICTOU COUNTY
Thursday 21st May 2015

The Nova Scotia Department of Labour is investigating after a workplace accident claimed the life of a man in Pictou County.

Several outlets are reporting the name of the deceased as Robert Earle Langille.

Reports say Langille died while docking his lobster fishing boat on Friday - although very few details on the cause of death have been made available at this point.

The 65-year-old succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.



PROVINCE HIRING WORKERS TO HELP AT-RISK YOUTH
Thursday 21st May 2015

Programs to help troubled youth in Nova Scotia will receive funding from the provincial government to hire outreach workers in communities across the province.

Five additional workers will be hired in Dartmouth, Truro, Kentville, Whitney Pier and East Preston. The province is contributing $225,000.00.

The government says the position being created in East Preston will be the first time an outreach worker has been hired in an African-Nova Scotian community.

This brings the total number of youth outreach workers in the province to 13.



ANOTHER CABIN FIRE IN PICTOU LANDING
Thursday 21st May 2015

For the second time in under two weeks a fire has destroyed a cottage on Rustico Lane in Pictou Landing.

This morning's fire is being investigated by RCMP and is considered suspicious.

RCMP say other nearby cottages were also broken into and vandalized.

On May 14th, a fire destroyed a different cabin at the end of the lane, and firefighters had a hard time extinguishing it due to the distance between the structure and a water source.



MV MINER REMOVED FROM SCATERIE ISLAND: SMALL LEAK DEALT WITH
Thursday 21st May 2015
On-site workers acted quickly to contain an oil leak during the final stages of removing the wreck of the MV Miner off Scaterie Island. The leak happened Sunday. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan says thankfully, the contractor already had preventative actions in place and contained the spill so no heavy oil got past the containment oil booms, and the lobster fishery is not affected. The cost of oil removal will be added to the bill the province will be submitting to Ottawa. About 800 liters of oil was collected and contained from the leak.


AGRICULTURE MINISTER SAYS SUPPLY MANAGEMENT CRUCIAL TO RURAL ECONOMY
Thursday 21st May 2015
The province is reminding Ottawa of the importance of Canada's supply-management system and the need to protect it during international trade negotiations. Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell wrote to his federal colleague Gerry Ritz on Wednesday to underline the need to preserve those benefits for agricultural industries. Colwell says supply management is critical to protect jobs and the economy in rural communities and seeing it protected is a key priority for the province.


PROVINCE FOCUSES ON MATH AND LITERACY FOR YOUNG STUDENTS
Thursday 21st May 2015
The province says it is changing the curriculum for students in Primary to Grade 3 starting in September to help with literacy and math skills. Education minister Karen Casey says the changes provide students with a foundation in math and literacy that will help them in their school years. The government has been working with teachers on the new curriculum. Casey says more than 3,000 teachers told the government last fall that the curriculum should focus on essentials and gives teachers more time to teach core subjects.


NORTHERN PULP SAYS INDUSTRIAL APPROVAL'S REGULATIONS ARE "UNREALISTIC" AND "IMPOSSIBLE TO MEET"
Thursday 21st May 2015
Northern Pulp says the rules for the province's industrial approval for its mill at Abercrombie Point will lead to shutdown. The Chronicle Herald is reporting the details of the company's appeal, obtained through a Freedom of Information request.

In its appeal, Northern Pulp says some of the conditions are “impossible to meet”, while other provisions are “unrealistic or otherwise unreasonable.” The company also says that the Department of Environment rejected requests for meetings to discuss the IA. The mill is installing a $22-million recovery-boiler precipitator during its scheduled maintenance shutdown to reduce airborne emissions.

An appeal was also filed by the Clean Pictou Air group, asking for more air monitors to be set up around the county and for an audit of Northern Pulp's compliance with the regulations. The grounds on which Pictou Landing based its appeal were redacted, as per freedom of information and protection of privacy legislation that protects information the government receives in confidence from a First Nation.

Environment Minister Randy Delorey has until June 9 to make a decision.


BRIDGEVILLE MAN BEGINS WALK FOR PALLIATIVE CARE
Thursday 21st May 2015
Today, Ian Bos from Bridgeville will embark on a walk across Canada in memory of his late father Ted and in support of Hospice Palliative Care. You are invited to join Ian on the lawn of Glen Haven Manor this morning at 9am for a send off. Henderson Paris, Colleen Cash and Dr. Gerry Farrell will say a few words and then there will be a police escort to the highway and you are welcome to walk the first kilometer with Ian! Find out more on Facebook, search: Ian's Walk for End of Life Care


WORK TO BEGIN ON NEW FARMERS MARKET BUILDING
Thursday 21st May 2015
The new farmers' market building in New Glasgow will be built by Higgins Construction. The company was awarded the contract by the town on Tuesday evening. The new building will go beside the current structure, but allow for the market to operate year-round. The cost is pegged at $375,000 with more than $250,000 coming from ACOA, while the New Glasgow Farmer’s Market Co-operative, the Town of New Glasgow and the Municipality of Pictou County will cover the rest. It’s expected to be finished by the end of October.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 21
Thursday 21st May 2015
The Y Tri Club are having their first Annual indoor triathalon this Sunday at the Wellness Centre. The event begins at 8:00am and features swimming, spin biking, and an outside run. There is a $25.00 registration fee. Register at raceroster.com
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The third and final tryout for the U-14 Subway Stingers girls softball team will be held tonight at 8:00pm at Dorrington Field-2. The first tryout for the U-16 team is at 7:30pm on field-1. Registration will be taking place for the teams Saturday May 23rd and Saturday May 30th from 9:00am-1:00pm at the Dorrington Field-1 Clubhouse.
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Pictou County Ultimate is hosting the Northern Nova Scotia High School Ultimate tournament this Saturday from 8-5 at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. Games will be held all day, with the championship at 4pm. Teams feature students from North Nova, Northumberland, Pictou Academy, and JH Gillis from Antigonish. Come out and cheer them on, and take in this fast-paced, growing sport!
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The Hector Arena in Pictou had their first night of ball hockey on Saturday, sponsored by Shiretown Home & Auto. There were 39 kids involved across three divisions: 5 to 9 year olds, 10 to 14 year olds, and 15 and over. It's played pick-up style, choosing teams with the throwing of sticks. Cost is $10 - for more information on this week's schedule check out Hector Arena on Facebook.
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The Pictou County Scotians are now accepting applications for head coach for the upcoming season. Interested applicants may forward a resume to artforsyth7@hotmail.co, or wallysworld1@msn.com. Resumes will be accepted up to and including June 1. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
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PCMHA – Rep Division is now accepting applications for head coaches at all levels. The selection will take place in June. The application process will be open until June 02 . Only those candidates that are shortlisted will be interviewed. The application can be found on the PCHMA website under forms and policies. If you want to apply for more than one team please put that on the application. PCMHA Rep Division is planning the following teams for the 2015-16 season:
Two novice advanced teams
Two Atom A teams
Atom AA
Peewee A
Peewee AA
Peewee AAA
Bantam A.....if the numbers allow it, there could be two
Bantam AA
Midget.....could be A or AA.
These projections will depend on registration numbers.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will be holding its AGM Tuesday May 26 at 6:30 pm in the Trenton Rink Annex. PCMHA is the governing body of hockey in Pictou County and represents more than 1100 minor hockey players. PCMHA is represented by it’s eight divisions comprising of New Glasgow, Stellarton, Trenton, Thorburn, Westville, Pictou, Female and the Rep Division. This meeting is for the PCMHA governing body and the various divisions hold their own annual meetings. Everyone interested is invited to attend.
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TEEN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE CAUSING DEATH
Wednesday 20th May 2015

A teen charged with criminal negligence causing death entered a not guilty plea today and given a trial date.

The 15-year-old boy faces charges in connection with the death of Christopher Walter Chafe of Sydney.

It's alleged the boy pushed Chafe, causing him to fall into the path of a school bus outside Sydney Academy in February.

The youth court trial is scheduled to begin September 8th.



SEXUAL ASSAULT RESOURCES MADE AVAILABLE IN CAPE BRETON
Wednesday 20th May 2015

A team of sexual assault nurse examiners will soon be available in Sydney.

A release from the provincial government says the nurses have specialized training to help with emotional support, crisis intervention, and forensic evidence collection.

Health Minister Leo Glavine says there are already teams of this nature in both Halifax and Antigonish, and this team will begin helping patients later this year.



NO CATTLE AT THIS YEARS TRURO EXHIBITION
Wednesday 20th May 2015

A release from Pictou East MLA Tim Houston says that for the first time in 100 years, there won't be any cattle at this years exhibition in Truro.

Houston says Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell made the decision, saying it will save about $35,000.00. Houston disputes that number however, saying it would be closer to $13,000.00.

Houston says the decision is detrimental to the event, and he says it equates to a nail being driven "into the coffin of rural Nova Scotia."



CHANGES TO EFFICIENCY NS BUSINESS ENERGY SOLUTIONS PROGRAM
Wednesday 20th May 2015

The provincial government has issued a release touting changes to Efficiency Nova Scotia's Business Energy Solutions program.

The province says the program helps small and medium sized businesses customize energy efficiency plans, and offers rebates to help pay for upgrading costs.

A review conducted in the spring showed that local suppliers of energy efficient products had no chance of competing on price.

The government made the changes accordingly, and they say they'll do another review in a few months to track the progress.

You can read more about the changes here.



TWO NEW PHONE SCAMS ON THE GO
Wednesday 20th May 2015
The Mounties and the federal telecom regulator are warning people not to fall for two new telephone scams. The R-C-M-P says several people in Ontario report getting a call from someone claiming to be from the Mounties' integrated technical crime unit who says the resident's computer has been compromised and asks for money to fix the problem.

The C-R-T-C reports someone claiming to be with the National Do Not Call List is telling residents they have to re-register with the service and divulge personal information. Both the Mounties and the C-R-T-C are warning Canadians not to provide financial or personal information to strangers over the phone.


PATCHING AND PAINTING IN DOWNTOWN NEW GLASGOW THURSDAY MORNING
Wednesday 20th May 2015
The weather looks good for some street work to be done in New Glasgow tomorrow. There's going to be patching and re-painting of lines in the Glasgow Square Theatre parking lot starting early Thursday morning, therefore the lot will be closed as of 4am tomorrow. Once patching work is done there, there will be patching in Downtown New Glasgow, starting with Provost Street. Crews hope to have the work completed before 9 a.m. to minimize the disruption to traffic.


COUNTY MUSES WHAT TO DO WITH LAND USE OFFICE
Wednesday 20th May 2015
The closing of provincial land use offices are a concern for Pictou County council, and not just because of the loss of jobs and convenience. At last night's Financial Services committee meeting, Councillor Robert Parker noted that the Land Use Office, which was built specifically for the County administrative building, is paying rent to the County. Parker wonders what will happen to county finances when the land use office is finally closed, and what costs may be incurred to ready the space for possible new tenants.

County CAO Bryan Cullen says that the current lease expires in 2019, the province is still paying rent, and that are no clauses in the lease for either party to get out before the renewal date. However, Cullen did not completely rule out the possibility that the province may look to re-negotiate.


CANCER CARE NS WANTS FEEDBACK ON LUNG CANCER PROTOCOL
Wednesday 20th May 2015
Cancer Care Nova Scotia wants feedback on recommendations for diagnosing and referring patients who have signs of lung cancer. Patients, families and caregivers are asked to review the draft clinical recommendations online. Clinical recommendations give doctors and other health professionals information about the tests and treatments needed for certain cancers, where they need to take place and in what order and timeframe they need to occur.

The draft recommendations are available on the Cancer Care website. The deadline for the online survey is June 7th. Focus groups are taking place next week in Dartmouth and Sydney. If you want to participate, call 1-866-599-2267 by Friday.


PLANS DRAWN UP FOR FORMER NEW GLASGOW SCHOOL PROPERTIES
Wednesday 20th May 2015
Two former New Glasgow schools have cleared another step towards becoming apartments. The town approved bids for the Temperance Street School and Brown School buildings. MacGillivray Properties Ltd. was awarded Brown School for $10,000. Jacob Tanner Development was awarded the bid for Temperance Street School for $25,000. The two properties were put up for sale in March after becoming surplus due to the opening of New Glasgow Academy.

MacGillivray Properties intends to convert the Brown school buildings into nine two-bedroom apartments. At Temperance Street School, the plan is to convert the building into 40 one and two-bedroom apartments, with the gymnasium to be used by Judo Nova Scotia. Both plans are subject to development agreements and haven’t been finalized.


NEW GLASGOW BUDGET HAS SOME FEE INCREASES
Wednesday 20th May 2015
New Glasgow has passed its budget for next year, and while council has held the line on taxes, user fees are going up. The residential and commercial tax rates have not changed, but the pollution control rate has gone up from 91 cents to $1.04 per cubic meter of water used. This will mean another $20 per year for the average household. The annual cost for waste collection is going up 30 dollars to $115 per residential unit. The total budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year is just over 18.5 million dollars. Mayor Barrie MacMillan says that the assessment cap imposed by the province is making it harder to make ends meet, noting that the cap is costing the town almost $750,000 in potential revenue next year.


NEW GLASGOW RECOGNIZES CITIZEN ACHIEVEMENTS
Wednesday 20th May 2015
New Glasgow council recognized the efforts of several of its citizens last night. Special certificates were handed out to Town Crier Jim Stewart, who recently placed second in a world competition in Bermuda; Angie Coady Pennington, coach of the Mariposa East figure skating club and a coach of the Nova Scotia Canada Games team; and students Emily Yatsynovich, Foroozan Keshavarsi and Ally MacKenzie, who were winners of Resource Recovery Fund Board student awards.


RESTAURANT VS FOOD TRUCKS IN PICTOU
Wednesday 20th May 2015
At last night's Pictou Town Council meeting, Mayor Joe Hawes addressed a letter the town received from a local restaurant owner expressing concerns over the possibility of a food truck being allowed to operate in the town. The owners of the Stone Soup Cafe expressed their concerns over the “Whack it down yer neck” mobile food truck setting up shop in the town. They say it would be a disadvantage to them because the summer months are the busiest time of year, and the increased business at that time helps offset lower sales from winter months.

“Whack it down your neck” owner Corey Christopher says the high costs of setting up in Pictou are a deterrent for him – despite getting a lot of inquiries about his business. According to Christopher, the fee to set up a food truck in the town of Pictou is $275 a week – compared to Stellarton where the fee is $25.00 a year.


LYONS BROOK RESIDENTS CONCERNED ABOUT TREATMENT PLANT
Wednesday 20th May 2015
Concerns about sewage were again raised at last night’s meeting of Pictou County Property Services Committee. Councillor Jim Turple says he’s received complaints from residents in the Lyons Brook area about the frequent truck traffic that is needed because the pipeline is unable to deal with the wastewater flows. Head of Public Works Ebon MacMillan notes that there have been problems with air in the pipeline due to improper installation of the pumps in the treatment plant.

MacMillan says that the plan is to upgrade and upsize the pumps in order to create the proper flows in the pipeline, and that the county is not paying for the trucks, but another company.


COUNTY COUNCIL LOOKING TO ENFORCE SPRING RESTRICTIONS ON MUNICIPAL ROADS
Wednesday 20th May 2015
Road weight restrictions were a topic of discussion at the Property Services Committee of Pictou County council. Councillor Robert Parker noted a road in his district which had its pavement work heavily damaged by a fully loaded cement truck travelling over it in the early spring. Parker asked if council could pass a motion to enforce spring weight restrictions, which apply to provincial roads, on municipal roads as well in order to prevent such incidents in the future. The motion was tabled for a later meeting, as CAO Bryan Cullen noted that he is waiting for a legal opinion on whether council has that authority, as well as an opinion on who is liable for the road repair.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 20
Wednesday 20th May 2015
The Weeks Jr. A Crushers have named a new head coach. Doug Doull of Glace Bay will take the honors as coach, aided by the new General Manager and former assitant coach Chad McDavid.
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The regular season for the NNEC girls basketball spring league has wrapped up and teams will now prepare for semifinal games next week. On Tuesday, May 26th at 5:20pm the #1 seed Team White will hold court versus #4 seed Team Red. At 6:20pm the #2 seed Team Blue will play the #3 seed Team green. Games will take place at New Glasgow Academy.
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This summer from July 10th-12th the Special Olympics Provincial Summer Games will be held at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. These games include; Track & Field, Soccer, Softball, Golf, Bocce, Bowling, Swimming and Basketball. There are plenty of Volunteer opportunities for these games. Volunteer sign-up can be found on www.sons.ca
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The North Nova Wolves PeeWee tier 1 team were undefeated as they played their gold medal game on Sunday in Truro against the TASA Tigers. And when it was over, they remained undefeated, with a 6-3 victory. Scoring for the Wolves were Kyle Reim, Dave Matthews with a hat trick, Brycen MacDonald, and Luke Young. Dave Matthews was named championship game MVP. The Wolves will play in the Atlantic Cup tournament in two weeks.
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The Y Tri Club are having their first Annual indoor triathalon this Sunday at the Wellness Centre. The event begins at 8:00am and features swimming, spin biking, and an outside run. There is a $25.00 registration fee. Register at raceroster.com
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The third and final tryout for the U-14 Subway Stingers girls softball team will be held Thursday, May 21st at 8:00pm at Dorrington Field-2. The first tryout for the U-16 team is the same day at 7:30pm on field-1. Registration will be taking place for the teams Saturday May 23rd and Saturday May 30th from 9:00am-1:00pm at the Dorrington Field-1 Clubhouse.
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The Hector Arena in Pictou had their first night of ball hockey on Saturday, sponsored by Shiretown Home & Auto. There were 39 kids involved across three divisions: 5 to 9 year olds, 10 to 14 year olds, and 15 and over. It's played pick-up style, choosing teams with the throwing of sticks. Cost is $10 - for more information on this week's schedule check out Hector Arena on Facebook.
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The Pictou County Scotians are now accepting applications for head coach for the upcoming season. Interested applicants may forward a resume to artforsyth7@hotmail.co, or wallysworld1@msn.com. Resumes will be accepted up to and including June 1. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will be holding its AGM Tuesday May 26 at 6:30 pm in the Trenton Rink Annex. PCMHA is the governing body of hockey in Pictou County and represents more than 1100 minor hockey players. PCMHA is represented by it’s eight divisions comprising of New Glasgow, Stellarton, Trenton, Thorburn, Westville, Pictou, Female and the Rep Division. This meeting is for the PCMHA governing body and the various divisions hold their own annual meetings. Everyone interested is invited to attend.
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RCMP CONTINUING INVESTIGATION OF KEVIN WESLEY MARTIN'S MURDER
Tuesday 19th May 2015

The murder of a 13-year-old Stellarton boy has remained unsolved for 21 years, but R-C-M-P say they believe someone has information that could help them crack the case.

The Mounties say Kevin Wesley Martin was reported missing from his home on May 19th, 1994.

No sign of him was found until November 2000, when loggers discovered the boy's remains buried in a shallow grave in Colchester County.

Police say they are continuing to investigate the boy's death and they urge anyone with information to contact R-C-M-P or Crime Stoppers.



NATURAL GAS PROJECT APPROVED BY PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT
Tuesday 19th May 2015

A natural gas export facility in Cape Breton has received environmental approval from the provincial government.

The Environment Department says the Bear Head Corporation must address terms and conditions to control greenhouse-gas emissions and to reduce impacts on wildlife at the site in Cape Breton.

The company also needs to create a consulting committee that includes representatives from municipal, public, and Mi'Kmaq communities.

The province says construction is expected to begin next year, with operations to start in 2019.



PICTOU COUNTY AREAS SWITCHING TO COMMUNITY MAILBOXES
Tuesday 19th May 2015

A release from Canada Post says neighbourhoods in New Glasgow and Stellarton -starting with postal code B2H- will be switching from door-to-door delivery to community mailboxes.

There are over 3,800 addresses affected in New Glasgow and 187 in Stellarton.

The release says residents will be receiving information from the company in the next few days, including a mail-in survey about the changes.

The company says no one will lose their job as a result of the change, but rather their employee numbers will shrink as people retire.



CAPTAIN IN "MURDER FOR LOBSTER" CASE PLEADS GUILTY *UPDATED 10:40 AM*
Tuesday 19th May 2015
The captain of a lobster boat has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Dwayne Matthew Samson of D'Escousse was originally charged with second-degree murder in the death of 43 year old Phillip Boudreau on June 1, 2013. He was one of four people charged in the case. Samson entered a guilty plea today to the lesser charge in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Port Hawkesbury. A sentencing hearing is set for Aug. 11 and 12.

In January, Joseph James Landry was given a 14-year prison sentence for manslaughter in the case. Samson’s wife Carla, who owns the lobster boat, and Craig Landry are both facing a charge of accessory after the fact. During Joseph James Landry’s trial, the Crown said Boudreau's death was the result of a sustained attack by a three-man lobster fishing crew on a boat called the Twin Maggies. The jury heard that Boudreau's boat was rammed three times in Petit de Grat harbour and Boudreau was shot before being dragged out to sea and tied to an anchor.


HRM WATER WORKERS ON STRIKE
Tuesday 19th May 2015
More than 300 unionized workers for the utility that provides water services to the city of Halifax are off the job today. The workers at Halifax Water went on the picket line at 8 a.m., although Canadian Union of Public Employees spokesman John McCracken says the utility had already locked out the employees at 12:30 a.m. Proposed changes to the pension plan are at the heart of the dispute. The workers, including 230 outside and 105 inside workers, are represented by CUPE Locals 227 and 1431. The utility says it has plans in place to ensure services are not disrupted.


BODY OF CB BOATER RECOVERED
Tuesday 19th May 2015
Police in Nova Scotia are investigating the death of a Cape Breton boater whose body was recovered from the Mira River. Cape Breton Regional Police say 57-year-old Cyril Lahey was last seen in an aluminum boat on the river Sunday night. Divers recovered his body yesterday afternoon after the boat was located earlier. Police do not suspect foul play but are awaiting the results of an autopsy.


NAVY MECHANICS FORCED TO SEARCH INTERNET FOR REPLACEMENT PARTS: REPORT
Tuesday 19th May 2015
Newly released records show that Canadian navy mechanics in Halifax have had to turn to eBay to find replacement parts for a 45-year-old supply ship. The documents obtained by The Canadian Press indicate many parts of H-M-C-S Preserver were beyond acceptable limits because of corrosion. The original manufacturers had stopped making spare parts for the aging vessel, so mechanics had to scour the Internet for replacements. National Defence said last year that Preserver and its sister ship H-M-C-S Protecteur would be retired before replacement ships arrived.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 19 *UPDATED 4:00 PM*
Tuesday 19th May 2015
The North Nova boys and girls rugby teams were in Summerside, P.E.I. for the 19th annual James Voye rugby tournament. The tournament featured 24 high school teams from across the maritimes. North Nova boys' first match was a 38-0 shutout of Avonview High School. Scoring for the Gryphons were Marshall Fitt, Jacob Pentz, Baillie MacDonald, Ryan MacDonald and Carson Dunbar. Mark Leemberg kicked four conversions. Next up was a 26-3 win over Westisle from P.E.I. Scoring single tries were Marshall Fitt, Isiah MacKinnon, Ethan Snell and Ryan MacDonald. Eric MacLeod kicked two conversions and Mark Leemberg added one. Saturday's semi final game saw the Gryphons go up against the hosts from Three Oaks High School. In a close battle, it was a 5-3 victory for North Nova. Ryan MacDonald scored the lone try of the game. In the banner game, North Nova comfortably pulled out the victory over KISH of Kensington, P.E.I. 23-0. Scoring tries were Cambell Burrows, Jared Livingstone, Chris Cole and Eric Macleod. MacLeod also kicked a penalty to round out the scoring.
The girls played Friday with Westisle, winning 38 – 3. Scoring for the Gryphon girls was Keeley MacCuish and Haley Conley with two tries apiece. Selena Denny and Lilly MacDonald scored one try while Caroline Straub kicked four conversions. In their second game, they beat Halifax West High School 29 - 0. Lilly MacDonald, Katie Pentz and Lyndsey Fiet crossed the line for single tries. Keeley MacCuish added two tries and Caroline Straub kicked two conversions. On Saturday, the Gryphon Girls had their only loss, falling to the CEC Cougars of Truro 17 - 0 in their semi final game. Both teams now play the Northumberland Nighthawks on Thursday for the Pictou County cups. These trophies are donated by the Pictou County Senior Rugby Club.
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The Nighthawks U-14 girls volleyball team suffered their first loss of the season this past weekend at the Atlantic Championships in Moncton. They were beaten by a New Brunswick team 15-12, and came away with the silver medal.
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The Weeks Jr. A Crushers have named a new head coach. Doug Doull of Glace Bay will take the honors as coach, aided by the new General Manager and former assitant coach Chad McDavid.
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The Y Tri Club are having their first Annual indoor triathalon this Sunday at the Wellness Centre. The event begins at 8:00am and features swimming, spin biking, and an outside run. There is a $25.00 registration fee. Register at raceroster.com
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The third and final tryout for the U-14 Subway Stingers girls softball team will be held Thursday, May 21st at 8:00pm at Dorrington Field-2. The first tryout for the U-16 team is the same day at 7:30pm on field-1.

Registration will be taking place for the teams Saturday May 23rd and Saturday May 30th from 9:00am-1:00pm at the Dorrington Field-1 Clubhouse.

You can learn more here.
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Ten members of the Pictou County Lightning have made the Nova Scotia Provincial Basketball Teams. These players will be practicing and playing with the best in Nova Scotia and Canada all Summer, practicing up to 10 hours a weekend. Many will be traveling across the county for nationals. Congratulations out to these young players, their Coaches and their parents for supporting their dreams...
U14 Boys: Glen Cox from Lightning Bantam MacInnis/Desmond Team
U15 Boys: Jaren Johnson from Lightning Bantam MacInnis/Desmond Team, Chris Gillan from Lightning Midget MacKinnon/Neilson/Wright Team
U13 Girls: Isabella MacKay from Lightning Bantam MacLeod/Arbuckle Team
U14 Girls: Karielle Floyd from Lightning Bantam MacKay/Johnson Team, Hayley Earle from Lightning Bantam MacKay/Johnson Team
U15 Developmental Girls: Aliyah Fraser from Lightning Bantam MacKay/Johnson Team
U15 Girls: Lucia MacKay from Lightning Bantam MacKay/Johnson Team
U16 Developmental Girls: Danielle Farrell from Lightning Midget MacKinnon/Delaney Team
U17 Girls: Kendra MacKinnon from Lightning Juvi MacKay Team.
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Northern Nova United Soccer Club's U10 and U12 Rec (boys and girls) program starts tonight at 6pm at the Stellarton Soccer Complex.
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The Hector Arena in Pictou had their first night of ball hockey on Saturday, sponsored by Shiretown Home & Auto. There were 39 kids involved across three divisions: 5 to 9 year olds, 10 to 14 year olds, and 15 and over. It's played pick-up style, choosing teams with the throwing of sticks. Cost is $10 - for more information on this week's schedule check out Hector Arena on Facebook.
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The Pictou County Scotians are now accepting applications for head coach for the upcoming season. Interested applicants may forward a resume to artforsyth7@hotmail.co, or wallysworld1@msn.com. Resumes will be accepted up to and including June 1. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will be holding its AGM Tuesday May 26 at 6:30 pm in the Trenton Rink Annex. PCMHA is the governing body of hockey in Pictou County and represents more than 1100 minor hockey players. PCMHA is represented by it’s eight divisions comprising of New Glasgow, Stellarton, Trenton, Thorburn, Westville, Pictou, Female and the Rep Division. This meeting is for the PCMHA governing body and the various divisions hold their own annual meetings. Everyone interested is invited to attend.
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JOE EARLE VICTORIA DAY ROAD RACES TAKING PLACE TODAY
Monday 18th May 2015

The 51st annual Joe Earle Memorial Road Races are happening today in Trenton.

They kick off at 9:30am with the Baxter MacArthur Memorial open-mile men's race.

A total of 21 races will take place today, covering a wide variety of age groups and distances.

There is a banquet following the races, where trophies will be awarded to the winners.

You can see the full schedule of races here.


SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MAY 18
Monday 18th May 2015
The Subway Stingers Minor Girls Softball Association is holding tryouts for their U-14 this evening from 7:00pm-8:30pm at Dorrington Field-1. The next tryout date is still to be determined. To be eligible for selection, a player would need to attend 2 out of 3 sessions. The cost is $10.00. Organizers ask that players arrive 20 minutes early to register.
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The Nighthawks U-14 girls volleyball team suffered their first loss of the season this past weekend at the Atlantic Championships in Moncton. They were beaten by a New Brunswick team 15-12, and came away with the silver medal.
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Ten members of the Pictou County Lightning have made the Nova Scotia Provincial Basketball Teams. These players will be practicing and playing with the best in Nova Scotia and Canada all Summer, practicing up to 10 hours a weekend. Many will be traveling across the county for nationals. Congratulations out to these young players, their Coaches and their parents for supporting their dreams...
U14 Boys: Glen Cox from Lightning Bantam MacInnis/Desmond Team
U15 Boys: Jaren Johnson from Lightning Bantam MacInnis/Desmond Team, Chris Gillan from Lightning Midget MacKinnon/Neilson/Wright Team
U13 Girls: Isabella MacKay from Lightning Bantam MacLeod/Arbuckle Team
U14 Girls: Karielle Floyd from Lightning Bantam MacKay/Johnson Team, Hayley Earle from Lightning Bantam MacKay/Johnson Team
U15 Developmental Girls: Aliyah Fraser from Lightning Bantam MacKay/Johnson Team
U15 Girls: Lucia MacKay from Lightning Bantam MacKay/Johnson Team
U16 Developmental Girls: Danielle Farrell from Lightning Midget MacKinnon/Delaney Team
U17 Girls: Kendra MacKinnon from Lightning Juvi MacKay Team.
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The Pictou County Scotians are now accepting applications for head coach for the upcoming season. Interested applicants may forward a resume to artforsyth7@hotmail.co, or wallysworld1@msn.com. Resumes will be accepted up to and including June 1. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will be holding its AGM tomorrow night at 6:30 pm in the Trenton Rink Annex. PCMHA is the governing body of hockey in Pictou County and represents more than 1100 minor hockey players. PCMHA is represented by it’s eight divisions comprising of New Glasgow, Stellarton, Trenton, Thorburn, Westville, Pictou, Female and the Rep Division. This meeting is for the PCMHA governing body and the various divisions hold their own annual meetings. Everyone interested is invited to attend.
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HOUSE FIRE IN WESTVILLE
Sunday 17th May 2015
Two people were displaced by a fire Friday night that heavily damaged an older two-storey house in Westville. Disaster volunteers with the Canadian Red Cross arranged emergency lodging, food, clothing and other support for a man and his 15-year-old son. There were no injuries in the fire, reported around 8:30 p.m. Friday at 2150 Church Street.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 17
Sunday 17th May 2015
The Subway Stingers Minor Girls Softball Association is holding tryouts for their U-14 team today and Monday. Both days run 7:00pm-8:30pm at Dorrington Field-1. A third tryout date is still to be determined. To be eligible for selection, a player would need to attend 2 out of 3 sessions. The cost is $10.00. Organizers ask that players arrive 20 minutes early to register.
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Ten members of the Pictou County Lightning have made the Nova Scotia Provincial Basketball Teams. These players will be practicing and playing with the best in Nova Scotia and Canada all Summer, practicing up to 10 hours a weekend. Many will be traveling across the county for nationals. Congratulations out to these young players, their Coaches and their parents for supporting their dreams...
U14 Boys: Glen Cox from Lightning Bantam MacInnis/Desmond Team
U15 Boys: Jaren Johnson from Lightning Bantam MacInnis/Desmond Team, Chris Gillan from Lightning Midget MacKinnon/Neilson/Wright Team
U13 Girls: Isabella MacKay from Lightning Bantam MacLeod/Arbuckle Team
U14 Girls: Karielle Floyd from Lightning Bantam MacKay/Johnson Team, Hayley Earle from Lightning Bantam MacKay/Johnson Team
U15 Developmental Girls: Aliyah Fraser from Lightning Bantam MacKay/Johnson Team
U15 Girls: Lucia MacKay from Lightning Bantam MacKay/Johnson Team
U16 Developmental Girls: Danielle Farrell from Lightning Midget MacKinnon/Delaney Team
U17 Girls: Kendra MacKinnon from Lightning Juvi MacKay Team.
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The Pictou County Scotians are now accepting applications for head coach for the upcoming season. Interested applicants may forward a resume to artforsyth7@hotmail.co, or wallysworld1@msn.com. Resumes will be accepted up to and including June 1. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will be holding its AGM Tuesday May 26, 6:30 pm at the Trenton Rink Annex. PCMHA is the governing body of hockey in Pictou County and represents more than 1100 minor hockey players. PCMHA is represented by it’s eight divisions comprising of New Glasgow, Stellarton, Trenton, Thorburn, Westville, Pictou, Female and the Rep Division. This meeting is for the PCMHA governing body and the various divisions hold their own annual meetings. Everyone interested is invited to attend.
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SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MAY 16
Saturday 16th May 2015
The Subway Stingers Minor Girls Softball Association is holding tryouts for their U-14 team tomorrow and Monday. Both days run 7:00pm-8:30pm at Dorrington Field-1. A third tryout date is still to be determined. To be eligible for selection, a player would need to attend 2 out of 3 sessions. The cost is $10.00. Organizers ask that players arrive 20 minutes early to register.
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North Nova's rugby squads continued their perfect seasons with a pair of wins over the CEC Cougars. The boys squad shut out CEC 12-0, while the girls were the 29-20 victors. The Gryphons are in P.E.I for a tournament this weekend before they square off next week in Alma against the Northumberland Nighthawks, in the conclusion of the Pictou County Cup.
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The Pictou County Rivers Association will hold its 17th Annual Children’s Fisherama at Trenton Park Today from 9am to Noon. The event is open to kids 4 to 15 years old, and there is no charge to participate. The children can expect to catch brook trout and are permitted to keep up to five fish. All applicable Nova Scotia fishing regulations will apply. Registration opens at 8:30 AM. Prizes will be awarded to the children who catch the largest speckled trout. As well, there will be 5 tagged fish put in the pond and any child catching one of these tagged trout will receive a $5.00 cash prize. All participants will be eligible for draw prizes.
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Registration for Westville minor baseball will be today from 11 am. until 2 p.m. at Pioneer Field, located near the intersection of Foxbrook and Drummond roads.
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A pick up ball hockey league will start this evening at the Hector Arena. A meeting will take place at 6:30 pm for everyone interested in finding out more such as costs, play times, team make up, etc. The first games will be played tonight. Players will be broken into different age groups for teams. Helmets, sticks and sneakers are mandatory. Other gear such as elbow pads, knees pads and gloves are optional. Registration will remain open until Saturday night. Everyone is welcome.
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The Pictou County Scotians are now accepting applications for head coach for the upcoming season. Interested applicants may forward a resume to artforsyth7@hotmail.co, or wallysworld1@msn.com. Resumes will be accepted up to and including June 1. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will be holding its AGM Tuesday May 26, 6:30 pm at the Trenton Rink Annex. PCMHA is the governing body of hockey in Pictou County and represents more than 1100 minor hockey players. PCMHA is represented by it’s eight divisions comprising of New Glasgow, Stellarton, Trenton, Thorburn, Westville, Pictou, Female and the Rep Division. This meeting is for the PCMHA governing body and the various divisions hold their own annual meetings. Everyone interested is invited to attend.
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FUNDY MUSEUM SHOWS OFF 200 MILLION YEAR OLD TOOTH
Friday 15th May 2015
Fans of ancient animals can see a 200 million-year-old tooth of a mammal-like reptile beginning this weekend at Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro. It's a sneak peak of a new exhibit opening in June featuring the tooth that was discovered on the shores of the Bay of Fundy.

Tim Fedak, museum director and curator, says the tooth is from an animal called Oligokyphus, an ancient ancestor of mammals. Fedak says it's the first time a fossil like this has been discovered in the province. Summer hours at Fundy Geological Museum start this weekend.


ROAD TRIP! FUEL PRICES DOWN A BIT FOR THE LONG WEEKEND
Friday 15th May 2015
After more than a month and a half of increases, the price of fuel is down. A litre of regular self-serve dropped more than a cent to $1.157 per litre, and diesel is down nearly two cents to $1.099 per litre.


HEALTH AUTHORITY WORKING TO CLEAR SURGERY BACKLOG
Friday 15th May 2015
The Nova Scotia Health Authority says the bulk of postponed surgeries because of a sterilizer malfunction at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax will be completed by the end of the summer. The authority says it will add more operating room times at the health sciences centre over the summer and use operating rooms at nearby facilities. The surgeries, as always, will be prioritized based on urgency. More than 560 surgeries were postponed between April 20 and May 5. The authority says 175 have already been rescheduled or completed.


MORE BIG WINNERS IN PICTOU COUNTY
Friday 15th May 2015
Luck seems to running in Pictou County this week – following the news that Evelyn and John MacIsaac of New Glasgow won a million dollar prize on a scratch ticket in a Mother's Day card, comes word of a Westville couple winning a big prize. Sharon and Larry Maloney are now the proud owners of a dream cottage in Chester, courtesy the QEII Home Lottery. They also won golf for a year and $10,000 in cash.


PICTOU VIC GROUP WAITING TO HEAR FROM PROVINCE
Friday 15th May 2015
A local group is waiting to hear on their proposal to re-open the Visitor Information Centre in Pictou. Cindy MacKinnon, manager of Destination Northumberland and Eastern Shores, hopes that the VIC can open June 1, but there's been no word yet from the province. It was announced back in February that the Pictou site would close, with the province citing cost savings and shrinking demand for its services. MacKinnon says a lease agreement has to be worked out with the Department of Transportation, which owns the building.


FEDERAL INFO COMMISSIONER SLAMS HARPER GOV'T OVER RE-WRITE OF GUN LAWS
Friday 15th May 2015
Canada's information commissioner tore into an unprecedented bid by the federal government to rewrite the law in order to retroactively erase the R-C-M-P's mishandling of gun registry records. In a damning new report tabled in Parliament, Suzanne Legault claims that the practice establishes a "perilous precedent" of rewriting laws.She says the practice could lead to legislated, after-the-fact cover-ups of far more serious crimes.

Legault recommended almost two months ago that charges be laid against the Mounties for their role in withholding and destroying gun registry data. But Justice Minister Peter MacKay did not accept that recommendation and instead, the government rewrote the law, backdated the changes and buried the amendment in an omnibus budget bill.

Legault found that the Mounties stonewalled a request for the registry data in March of 2012 and later released only portions of the eight-million-plus records. The R-C-M-P insisted it fully complied with provisions of the Access to Information Act.


HILLSIDE MAN FACES DRUG AND WEAPONS CHARGES
Friday 15th May 2015
Drug and weapons charges are pending against a man following a residential search in Hillside. On Wednesday afternoon, the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, with the assistance of Pictou County RCMP, executed a search warrant at a residence on Egypt Road. No one was home at the time of the search. Police seized marijuana plants in various stages of growth, a quantity of marijuana shake, a cross bow and ammunition.

Thursday morning, a 55-year-old male was arrested at the Egypt Road residence without incident. He was released from custody and will appear in Pictou Provincial Court on 24 August on numerous drug and weapons charges. The investigation continues.


SCHOOL BOARD LOOKING TO CUT MORE TEACHING JOBS
Friday 15th May 2015
The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is looking at a reduction of 36 full-time equivalent teaching positions in the coming school year. Communications Director Debbie Buott-Matheson says no layoffs are expected. She says 17 are due to declining enrolment, with the rest as a result of the board dealing with a $2.4 million shortfall. Next year's budget is expected to be presented at the next board meeting on 17 June.


HARPER SPEAKS AT TRURO TORY RALLY
Friday 15th May 2015
With a federal election tentatively set for October 19th, Prime Minister Harper gave a campaign-style speech last night in Truro. He told supporters at a packed Cobequid Education Centre gym that his government is focused on the issues Canadians care about such as economic and financial security, jobs and low taxes. Harper also reiterated that his government is "keeping Canadians safe in a world that's increasingly uncertain and dangerous." Harper will remain in Truro today to make an announcement before returning to Ottawa.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 15
Friday 15th May 2015
North Nova's rugby squads continued their perfect seasons with a pair of wins over the CEC Cougars. The boys squad shut out CEC 12-0, while the girls were the 29-20 victors. The Gryphons will head to P.E.I for a tournament this weekend before they square off next week in Alma against the Northumberland Nighthawks, in the conclusion of the Pictou County Cup.
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The Pictou County Rivers Association will hold its 17th Annual Children’s Fisherama at Trenton Park on Saturday from 9am to Noon. The event is open to kids 4 to 15 years old, and there is no charge to participate. The children can expect to catch brook trout and are permitted to keep up to five fish. All applicable Nova Scotia fishing regulations will apply. Registration opens at 8:30 AM. Prizes will be awarded to the children who catch the largest speckled trout. As well, there will be 5 tagged fish put in the pond and any child catching one of these tagged trout will receive a $5.00 cash prize. All participants will be eligible for draw prizes.
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Registration for Westville minor baseball will be Saturday from 11 am. until 2 p.m. at Pioneer Field, located near the intersection of Foxbrook and Drummond roads.
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A pick up ball hockey league will start this coming Saturday at the Hector Arena. A meeting will take place at 6:30 pm for everyone interested in finding out more such as costs, play times, team make up, etc. The first games will be played this Saturday. Players will be broken into different age groups for teams. Helmets, sticks and sneakers are mandatory. Other gear such as elbow pads, knees pads and gloves are optional. Registration will remain open until Saturday night. Everyone is welcome.
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The Pictou County Scotians are now accepting applications for head coach for the upcoming season. Interested applicants may forward a resume to artforsyth7@hotmail.co, or wallysworld1@msn.com. Resumes will be accepted up to and including June 1. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will be holding its AGM Tuesday May 26, 6:30 pm at the Trenton Rink Annex. PCMHA is the governing body of hockey in Pictou County and represents more than 1100 minor hockey players. PCMHA is represented by it’s eight divisions comprising of New Glasgow, Stellarton, Trenton, Thorburn, Westville, Pictou, Female and the Rep Division. This meeting is for the PCMHA governing body and the various divisions hold their own annual meetings. Everyone interested is invited to attend.
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PICTOU WEST MLA SAYS LIBERALS LEFT TOO MANY ISSUES LINGERING AT END OF LEGISLATURE SITTING
Thursday 14th May 2015

Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane has issued a release heavily criticizing the governing Nova Scotia Liberal party.

She says they left too many issues unresolved when the sitting of the Legislature ended this week.

MacFarlane mostly criticized the 2015-16 budget, which she says left many industries with unanswered questions about their future.

She specifically mentioned cuts and confusion surrounding the film tax credit, which she says a Pictou County company called "Bruised Productions" was relying on.

She also raised issues about the government's involvement with the Pictou County lobster industry.



MAN DIES IN ANNAPOLIS VALLEY MOTORCYCLE CRASH
Thursday 14th May 2015

A 52-year-old man has died after a motorcycle crash in the Annapolis Valley.

The RCMP say they responded to the single-vehicle accident shortly after 11:30 a.m. today in Weston.

Police say a preliminary investigation determined the rider lost control of the motorcycle and crashed into a ditch.

The man from Annapolis County was pronounced dead at the scene.



NOVA SCOTIA PROVINCIAL PARKS TO OPEN TOMORROW
Thursday 14th May 2015

The majority of Provincial parks across Nova Scotia will open their 2015 seasons tomorrow.

Winter damage has caused the delays of some parks opening, including Dollar Lake, and two in Cape Breton.

According to a release from the province, there are over 1 million visitors to provincial beaches and parks every year.



NEW GLASGOW COUPLE WIN $1,000,000.00
Thursday 14th May 2015

A New Glasgow couple are now millionaires after winning a prize on a 100 Million Dollar Fortune Scratch'n Win ticket.

Evelyn and John MacIsaac won the million dollar prize in a lower-prize draw after she got the ticket in a Mother's Day card.

In a release issued by Atlantic Lottery, the couple says they plan to travel to destinations such as New Zealand and Australia, as well as go on a European River Cruise.

The ticket was bought at Big Al's Convenience Store, which will receive a 1% seller's prize.



PICTOU LANDING COTTAGE DESTROYED BY FIRE
Thursday 14th May 2015
Fire gutted a cottage off Rustico Lane in Pictou Landing this morning. Pictou Landing, Pictou Landing Reserve and Little Harbour fire departments all responded to the structure fire which started around 7 a.m. The cottage was located at the far end of the lane, making access to water more difficult for the firefighters.


NDP CALLS FOR CLARITY ON FILM TAX CREDIT
Thursday 14th May 2015

Nova Scotia NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald is asking for more information about cuts and changes to the Film Tax Credit in the province.

A release from the party says she's written to the chair of the Legislature’s Public Accounts Committee, asking that Nova Scotia Business Incorporated CEO Laurel Broten be called to testify as soon as possible.

The party says NSBI sent out letters to local film makers suggesting they apply for the $500,000 Eastlink TV Independent production fund. In order to do so however, they must also qualify for the film tax credit.



PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT SPENDS 15 MILLION ON SCHOOL UPGRADES
Thursday 14th May 2015

The Provincial Government says they'll be upgrading 43 schools across Nova Scotia as part of capital funding repairs.

Due to heavy snowfall, some schools will be undergoing roof repairs. A short list of those schools was included in a provincial release, two of them are in HRM, the other in Cape Breton.

The province says other upgrades will include windows, upgrades to a teen health centre and cafeteria, paving, boiler replacements and more.

A full list is scheduled to be released by the province, and our newsroom will make it available when that is done.



BRIDGEWATER CENTRE FOR AT-RISK KIDS TO CLOSE
Thursday 14th May 2015

The Dayspring Children's Centre in Bridgewater will be closing this year.

Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard says the centre hasn't been performing well, nor meeting the needs of the kids for some time.

Dayspring is for children under 12 with emotional and behavioural issues.

Progressive Conservative Community Services critic Larry Harrison responded to the closure with concerns that more at-risk youth will end up in hotels while they wait for proper placement.

Now he is calling on Bernard to release her plan for closing this facility to -as he says- ensure vulnerable children don't get lost in the shuffle.

Dayspring has been in operation since 1999.



HARPER TO SPEAK IN TRURO TONIGHT
Thursday 14th May 2015
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is scheduled to appear at a riding event tonight in Truro. The Prime Minister's Office says Harper plans to deliver remarks at the Cobequid Educational Centre after 7 p.m. The riding is held by Conservative MP Scott Armstrong. He will be challenged in this fall's federal election by former Tory MP Bill Casey, who is running for the Liberals.

Casey won the Liberal nomination for the riding of Cumberland-Colchester in March. Casey previously represented the riding for 17 years, first as a Tory and then as an Independent before retiring from politics in 2009. He was kicked out of the Conservative caucus in 2007 when he voted against the federal budget.


SOBEYS TAKING OVER PARTS OF CO-OP'S BUSINESS
Thursday 14th May 2015
Sobeys is buying out Co-op Atlantic’s food, gas and retail businesses. The member-owners have voted in favour of the deal. Independently owned units will remain co-ops, but will need to find a new wholesaler. Spokesperson Patrick Randall says customers should not see a significant change. Randall says the Co-op is currently conducting a full review of its other lines of business including agriculture, petroleum and housing.


SCHOOL BOARD ASKS EDUCATION MINISTER TO FIRE ONE OF ITS MEMBERS
Thursday 14th May 2015
For the first time in its 20 year history, the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board has censured one of its members. The Board is asking Education Minister Karen Casey to fire Truro school board member Susan MacQuarrie for violating provisions of its code of ethics and appoint a replacement until next year’s election. The vote to censure at last night's meeting came after an investigation by an external, independent lawyer into harrassment allegations made by MacQuarrie against Board superintendent Gary Clarke and chairwoman Trudy Thompson.

The report, by lawyer Jack Graham, concluded the allegations were “completely unfounded” and called into question MacQuarrie’s actions in instigating the investigation and her behaviour as an elected member. The motion to censure said MacQuarrie informed the board that she has not read the contents of the Graham Report, has chosen not to communicate with the board regarding the report and has instead criticized the investigation as a continuation of her harassment and is a continuing effort to silence her. MacQuarrie was not present at last night's meeting.


WELDING STUDENT DIDN'T LET SEVERE ILLNESS HOLD HIM BACK
Thursday 14th May 2015
A 21-year-old Nova Scotia man is expected to graduate from college exactly three years after suffering a series of strokes from which doctors thought he might never recover. Joe Miller woke up June 11, 2012 with a headache and headed to a doctor’s office, where he collapsed on the floor.

He was admitted to hospital and it was determined he had experienced four strokes caused by bacterial meningitis. The strokes caused damage that required Miller to re-learn how to do everyday tasks, including driving, but he managed to finish high school and enrolled in a welding program at the Nova Scotia Community College in Stellarton.

Miller is expected to walk across the convocation stage in on June 11 -- three years to the day he was hospitalized. College wasn’t without challenges, including short-term memory loss. But his welding instructor Darrell Linthorne says Miller was dedicated to learning. Miller, meanwhile, says he’s proud of how far he’s come.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 14
Thursday 14th May 2015
The North Nova Gryphons came back from a seven runs down to edge the CEC Cougars 8-7 in high school girls softball on Wednesday. The Gryphons trailed 7-0 in the third inning, before their bats came alive in support of pitcher Kellen Palmer, who got the win in relief of starter Courtney Smith. Hilary Taylor led the NNEC offence with a triple, a single, and an inside-the-park home run.
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The Northumberland Nighthawks boys rugby team are now 4-1, following a dominating 72-0 win over the Hants East Tigers on Wednesday. James MacKenzie kicked six converts and scored three tries, Jacob Read collected three tries, Jordan Wheeler had two, while Reed MacDonald, Cody Battist, Keegan Rauh and Tyler MacLennan had singles. The girls rugby squad dropped a 43-5 decision to the Tigers. NRHS travels to P.E.I for a tournament on Friday, then end their regular season with a home date next week against the Gryphons, before regional playoffs begin.
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The Pictou County Rivers Association will hold its 17th Annual Children’s Fisherama at Trenton Park on Saturday from 9am to Noon. The event is open to kids 4 to 15 years old, and there is no charge to participate. The children can expect to catch brook trout and are permitted to keep up to five fish. All applicable Nova Scotia fishing regulations will apply. Registration opens at 8:30 AM. Prizes will be awarded to the children who catch the largest speckled trout. As well, there will be 5 tagged fish put in the pond and any child catching one of these tagged trout will receive a $5.00 cash prize. All participants will be eligible for draw prizes.
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Pictou County Lacrosse will be holding its final registration at the Pictou County Wellness Centre tonight from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. If you are unable to attend registration, please contact the Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-759-1321 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com
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Registration for Westville minor baseball will be Saturday from 11 am. until 2 p.m. at Pioneer Field, located near the intersection of Foxbrook and Drummond roads.
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A pick up ball hockey league will start this coming Saturday at the Hector Arena. A meeting will take place at 6:30 pm for everyone interested in finding out more such as costs, play times, team make up, etc. The first games will be played this Saturday. Players will be broken into different age groups for teams. Helmets, sticks and sneakers are mandatory. Other gear such as elbow pads, knees pads and gloves are optional. Registration will remain open until Saturday night. Everyone is welcome.
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The Pictou County Scotians are now accepting applications for head coach for the upcoming season. Interested applicants may forward a resume to artforsyth7@hotmail.co, or wallysworld1@msn.com. Resumes will be accepted up to and including June 1. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will be holding its AGM Tuesday May 26, 6:30 pm at the Trenton Rink Annex. PCMHA is the governing body of hockey in Pictou County and represents more than 1100 minor hockey players. PCMHA is represented by it’s eight divisions comprising of New Glasgow, Stellarton, Trenton, Thorburn, Westville, Pictou, Female and the Rep Division. This meeting is for the PCMHA governing body and the various divisions hold their own annual meetings. Everyone interested is invited to attend.
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HOPEWELL FOOT BRIDGE TARGETED BY VANDALS
Wednesday 13th May 2015

A Facebook group called "Village of Hopewell" has posted pictures of the town's foot bridge after it was spray painted with offensive graffiti.

A post says it happened sometime last week, and pictures show names, negative messages, and a swastika spray painted on the bridge.

People in the group say they've notified RCMP, and our newsroom is awaiting a response from them with further updates.



PRIME MINISTER MAY BE COMING TO TRURO
Wednesday 13th May 2015

It's rumored that Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be making an announcement this Friday in Truro.

The New Glasgow News reports the P.M is also rumored to be appearing at a private party function on Thursday.

This would be Harper's second visit to the area in less than three years. His last appearance was in 2012 at a party rally in Amherst.



BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU WARNING OF 'WORK AT HOME' SCHEMES
Wednesday 13th May 2015

The Atlantic Division of the Better Business Bureau is advising people living in the region to be skeptical of offers to work full time at home.

In a release issued by the organization, they say they're currently investigating four companies who have not joined the Service New Brunswick Corporate Registry.

The companies are apparently targeting people who have information posted with workforce websites, but have not yet responded to the BBB's request for more information, nor have they been confirmed to operate out of their advertised locations.

There have been no official complaints lodged at this time, but the bureau is suggesting reaching out to them before providing any financial information to ensure the employment is legitimate.

You can visit their website by clicking here



DEPUTY HEALTH MINISTER WARNS SYSTEM IS UNSUSTAINABLE
Wednesday 13th May 2015
The deputy health minister says the province's long-term care system is unsustainable in its current form as the province's population continues to age. Peter Vaughan told a legislature committee today that the province currently spends over $800 million on continuing care services, about 20 per cent of the overall health budget.

Vaughan says if costs continue to rise, long-term help for seniors could become even harder to access. He says currently 2,126 people are waiting for a long-term care bed including 1,940 waiting at home and 186 in hospital.

Vaughn says the average wait for a long-term care bed is nine months with actual waits of anywhere from 30 days to one year. He says there is a need to expand care at home in order to reduce reliance on long-term care in a province that has the highest number of long-term care beds per capita.


PEI P.C. CANDIDATE REQUESTS RECOUNT
Wednesday 13th May 2015

A Progressive Conservative who ran for the riding of Vernon River-Stratford in this months PEI Provincial election is asking for a recount.

Mary Ellen McInnis lost by just two votes.

She says she has paid the fee and put through the paperwork, and the recount will take place May 19th.

If it's declared a tie, a coin toss will be held to determine a winner.



YARMOUTH FERRY RATES (MOSTLY) GO DOWN
Wednesday 13th May 2015
The operators of the Yarmouth to Maine ferry are slashing fees to boost their traffic. CBC News reports that some trips on the Nova Star ferry are 40 per cent cheaper than when the service began last year. In addition, children under the age of 14 can now ride for free.

Marketing Director Danny Morton says that not all prices have been lowered. Depending on the dates and options selected, Morton says some fares have gone up. Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan has said the province will look for other interested ferry operators if Nova Star can't reach their targets this year.


WALKERS SHOWING HEART THIS MORNING
Wednesday 13th May 2015
Keep an eye out for walkers this morning – not the kind you see on Sunday night TV. The YMCA Childcare Centre children, staff, members and the surrounding business community will be out walking as part of Heart & Stroke Walkabout. It's an initiative of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, Department of Health and Wellness and the Ecology Action Centre.

The group will be lacing up their sneakers to leave from the YMCA at 10:15 a.m. Walkers will do a lap around the Wellness Centre with children from the Childcare Centre. The walk will then continue up MacGregor Avenue on to Auburn Avenue and back to the Wellness Centre.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 13
Wednesday 13th May 2015
The Pictou County Rivers Association will hold its 17th Annual Children’s Fisherama at Trenton Park on Saturday from 9am to Noon. The event is open to kids 4 to 15 years old, and there is no charge to participate. The children can expect to catch brook trout and are permitted to keep up to five fish. All applicable Nova Scotia fishing regulations will apply. Registration opens at 8:30 AM. Prizes will be awarded to the children who catch the largest speckled trout. As well, there will be 5 tagged fish put in the pond and any child catching one of these tagged trout will receive a $5.00 cash prize. All participants will be eligible for draw prizes.
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Midget A and AA Baseball Registration will be held tonight from 6:30 to 8pm at the Sobeys Indoor soccer complex. This will be the only registration. Contact robertm@ns.sympatico.ca for more information.
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Pictou County Lacrosse will be holding its final registration at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Thursday from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. If you are unable to attend registration, please contact the Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-759-1321 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com
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A pick up ball hockey league will start this coming Saturday at the Hector Arena. A meeting will take place at 6:30 pm for everyone interested in finding out more such as costs, play times, team make up, etc. The first games will be played this Saturday. Players will be broken into different age groups for teams. Helmets, sticks and sneakers are mandatory. Other gear such as elbow pads, knees pads and gloves are optional. Registration will remain open until Saturday night. Everyone is welcome.
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The Pictou County Scotians are now accepting applications for head coach for the upcoming season. Interested applicants may forward a resume to artforsyth7@hotmail.co, or wallysworld1@msn.com. Resumes will be accepted up to and including June 1. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will be holding its AGM Tuesday May 26, 6:30 pm at the Trenton Rink Annex. PCMHA is the governing body of hockey in Pictou County and represents more than 1100 minor hockey players. PCMHA is represented by it’s eight divisions comprising of New Glasgow, Stellarton, Trenton, Thorburn, Westville, Pictou, Female and the Rep Division. This meeting is for the PCMHA governing body and the various divisions hold their own annual meetings. Everyone interested is invited to attend.
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NS TORIES CRITICIZE LIBERALS FOR "HIRING FRIENDS"
Tuesday 12th May 2015

As we reported earlier this afternoon, the Liberal Government announced Fred Crooks would be the province's first-ever Chief Regulatory Officer. That announcement is now being met with criticism from the official opposition Progressive Conservatives.

PC MLA for Kings North John Lohr has accused Premier McNeil of creating excuses to hire another friend for the position.

Lohr says the government is cutting tourism jobs and provincial park staff, but appointed a former Liberal campaign chair and campaign financial contributor to a $185,000.00 a year position.

The release from the opposition says Crooks served as the Liberal campaign chair in 1998 and donated to the 2013 election campaign.



NOVA SCOTIA CHIEF REGULATORY OFFICER APPOINTED
Tuesday 12th May 2015

Fred Crooks has been appointed as the first Chief Regulatory Officer in Nova Scotia.

A release from the government says Crooks will lead the newly-created Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness.

According to the government, the new division was created to reduce the regulatory burden on citizens and business in the province, while protecting health, safety, and interests of both employees and consumers.



CHANGES TO NURSING EDUCATION IN NOVA SCOTIA INTRODUCED BY GOVERNMENT
Tuesday 12th May 2015

The Provincial government is touting a new nursing strategy they say will help both experienced nurses, and help new graduates of nursing programs become ready for the workforce.

In a release issued today, the government says undergraduate nursing students can start and finish their degrees at different times throughout the year.

Their final practical placements will also be increased to 13 weeks to -as the government says- promote preparedness for the workforce.

The province will also be investing $800,000.00 in the nursing simulation lab at St.FX.



NEW IMMIGRATION PROGRAM INTRODUCED IN NOVA SCOTIA
Tuesday 12th May 2015

The provincial government has released details about what they're calling an "immigration stream." They say it's an initiative to ensure more highly-skilled workers remain in Nova Scotia.

A release from the province says highly-skilled applicants who have worked for a Nova Scotia employer for at least one year will qualify for the initiative.

Dubbed the "Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry," it's similar to a federal program of a similar name, but the provincial government says it will help skilled workers stay in the province.



STELLARTON COMPANY TO RECEIVE EXPORTING AWARD
Tuesday 12th May 2015

The Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards are taking place in Halifax this Thursday, celebrating the province's top exporters.

Among the honorees is Stellarton-based Big 8 Beverages. The company -created and owned by Sobey's- has been producing beverages sold in Atlantic Canada since 1986.

Companies from across the province will be represented at the event, and one will be selected as exporter of the year.



HOUSE FIRE IN NEW GLASGOW
Tuesday 12th May 2015
Four tenants have been displaced by a fire that damaged a house containing three apartments in New Glasgow Monday afternoon. Disaster volunteers with the Canadian Red Cross arranged emergency lodging and meals for two adults. Two others made their own arrangements. Fire damage was mostly contained to the basement but tenants were required to leave because of lingering smoke throughout the two-storey structure, plus damage to the electrical service and power being disconnected. The fire was reported shortly before 4 p.m. at 370 MacDonald Street.


NEW DATE FOR ASSAULT TRIAL
Tuesday 12th May 2015
A new trial date has been set for a Pictou man accused of biting off the tip of another man’s nose. 47 year old Randall Edwin Mills will return to Pictou Provincial Court on 10 September after pleading not guilty to a charge of aggravated assault in connection with the alleged incident last October 10th in Pictou. Mills was originally to be tried last month on the charge but asked the court for an adjournment to find a new lawyer. The victim of the alleged assault was admitted to Aberdeen Hospital and later sent to Halifax for surgery.


$26,000 BILL FOR HOTEL DAMAGES IN STOLEN TRUCK
Tuesday 12th May 2015
A Pictou County man has to pay more than $26,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to driving a stolen truck into a Halifax hotel. 20 year old Brett Edward Hennessey was sentenced Monday on charges of theft, damage to property and three breaches of court orders. Crown attorney Jody McNeill told the court that Hennessey was a former employee of Thompson Brothers Roofing on 24 December 2013, when a truck from the business was reported stolen.

Following a police investigation, it was discovered that Hennessey had taken the truck, along with two other men, and drove it to Halifax. There the men rented a room at the Burnside Hotel. He said Hennessey went to move the truck in the parking lot the next day and drove it into the hotel room he was renting and backed out again, attempting to drive away.

Judge Del Atwood sentenced Hennessey to 90 days in jail, followed by nine months’ probation. He must also pay restitution for the damage done to the truck and hotel as well as more than $200 in victim surcharges. He is currently on remand for unrelated charges and has upcoming court dates this summer.


HERITAGE GAS UPDATES POSSIBLE COUNTY EXPANSION
Tuesday 12th May 2015
A Nova Scotia-based company is hoping to bring more business to Pictou County. Heritage Gas has already completed a 25 million dollar expansion project in the area, but wants to add five additional kilometres of pipeline -particularly in the East River Road area - to access locations such as the Aberdeen Hospital. They're planning to begin construction in June or July with a completion date sometime this fall.

Representatives from the company say their product is non-poisonous, colourless, and odourless. The company says they add an odour to the gas to make it easily identifiable should a leak occur. They say there are approximately 100 employees of the subcontractors they work with, and over 80% are local to Pictou County.


STELLARTON TOWN COUNCIL SUPPORTS PRIDE WEEK
Tuesday 12th May 2015
A $100 donation will be made by the Stellarton Town Council to Pictou County Pride Week. A sponsorship request was addressed at last nights council meeting, and after discussion on procedures, the choice was made to donate that amount with the option to increase it based on the actions of other towns in the county.

Mayor Joe Gennoe was absent from the meeting, but it was suggested he bring up the request with the county warden and mayors at a meeting they're having this morning to discuss the M.O.U. Pictou County Pride Week runs June 22nd-28th.


WHO'S THE OTHER HEADLINER AT JUBILEE? THAT'S CLASSIFIED
Tuesday 12th May 2015
The identity of the final headliner at this year's New Glasgow Jubilee has been revealed. Platinum-selling, award winning East Coast rapper Classified is joining Steve Earle and the Dukes and The Trews on the mainstage at Glasgow Square during the big weekend music festival this summer. Early bird tickets are on sale now.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 12 *UPDATED 8:55 AM*
Tuesday 12th May 2015
The Pictou County Rivers Association will hold its 17th Annual Children’s Fisherama at Trenton Park on Saturday from 9am to Noon. The event is open to kids 4 to 15 years old, and there is no charge to participate. The children can expect to catch brook trout and are permitted to keep up to five fish. All applicable Nova Scotia fishing regulations will apply. Registration opens at 8:30 AM. Prizes will be awarded to the children who catch the largest speckled trout. As well, there will be 5 tagged fish put in the pond and any child catching one of these tagged trout will receive a $5.00 cash prize. All participants will be eligible for draw prizes.
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Midget A and AA Baseball Registration will be held on Wednesday from 6:30 to 8pm at the Sobeys Indoor soccer complex. This will be the only registration. Contact robertm@ns.sympatico.ca for more information.
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Pictou County Lacrosse will be holding its final registration at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Thursday from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. If you are unable to attend registration, please contact the Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-759-1321 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com
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A pick up ball hockey league will start this coming Saturday at the Hector Arena. A meeting will take place at 6:30 pm for everyone interested in finding out more such as costs, play times, team make up, etc. The first games will be played this Saturday. Players will be broken into different age groups for teams. Helmets, sticks and sneakers are mandatory. Other gear such as elbow pads, knees pads and gloves are optional. Registration will remain open until Saturday night. Everyone is welcome.
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Time is running out to sign up for this year's Joe Earle Memorial Day Road Races on 18 May in Trenton. There's races for all ages, so get your entry in by Friday 15 May. Include your name, address and the event you wish to enter. E-mail joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com, call 902-755-4426, or write Joe Earle Road Races, c/o Mr. V. J. Earle, P.O. Box 684, Trenton NS, B0K 1X0.
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The Pictou County Scotians are now accepting applications for head coach for the upcoming season. Interested applicants may forward a resume to artforsyth7@hotmail.co, or wallysworld1@msn.com. Resumes will be accepted up to and including June 1. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will be holding its AGM Tuesday May 26, 6:30 pm at the Trenton Rink Annex. PCMHA is the governing body of hockey in Pictou County and represents more than 1100 minor hockey players. PCMHA is represented by it’s eight divisions comprising of New Glasgow, Stellarton, Trenton, Thorburn, Westville, Pictou, Female and the Rep Division. This meeting is for the PCMHA governing body and the various divisions hold their own annual meetings. Everyone interested is invited to attend.
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MAN DIES AFTER CAR CRASH IN ANTIGONISH COUNTY
Monday 11th May 2015

A 20-year-old man has died after being injured in a car crash in Antigonish county.

The vehicle flipped over May 4th after the driver lost control on Pomquet River Road.

A 21-year-old female passenger was ejected from the car, treated in hospital and eventually released.

The man -from Guysborough County- was airlifted to a hospital in Halifax, but died Saturday.



PICTOU COUNTY RCMP CELEBRATE NATIONAL POLICE WEEK 2015
Monday 11th May 2015

It's National Police week, and the RCMP in Pictou County are hosting several events to share information about public safety and security.

On Wednesday, they'll be at the Wellness Centre from noon to 5:00pm to meet the public, answer questions, and talk about policing in the community.

This Saturday there will be a barbecue and bicycle rodeo at the Pictou detachment. Parents and children can bring their bikes to be checked by an officer to make sure the bike is safe.



PROVINCE INTRODUCES LEGAL PROTECTIONS FOR PUBLIC INQUIRY WITNESSES *UPDATED 10:45AM*
Monday 11th May 2015
People who testify at public inquiries would be protected under legislation proposed today by the province. The amendment to the Public Inquiries Act would ensure any statement or testimony given by witnesses would not be used against them in a trial or court proceeding. Justice Minister Lena Metlege Diab says the change follows a request by the group working on the terms of reference for the upcoming inquiry into alleged abuse at the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children. Tony Smith, of the inquiry design group, says the change will allow people to speak more freely during the inquiry.

The Justice Department says the change is similar to provisions in legislation in several provinces and territories including British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario. Diab says it's likely the bill won't be passed until the fall session of the legislature.


MAINE FISHERMEN WORKING ON A PROGRAM FOR CONSUMERS TO KNOW WHO CAUGHT THEIR LOBSTER
Monday 11th May 2015
A Maine fishermen's group is getting US$175,000 in federal money to help develop a program that would allow consumers to identify the fishermen who caught their seafood. The Maine Coast Fishermen's Association is getting the money from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to work on its program that will also allow buyers to find out where and when their seafood was caught.

The association is working with Gulf of Maine Research Institute and Hannaford Supermarkets to develop a system that tracks seafood from the boat, through the supply chain and to the grocery store. The group hopes to eventually allow consumers to scan a tag at the store to get the information. Democratic Representative Chellie Pingree says the program will help fishermen by adding value to Maine seafood.


NEW GLASGOW FARMER'S MARKET RE-OPENING THIS WEEKEND
Monday 11th May 2015
Vendors are getting ready for the return of the New Glasgow Farmer's Market this Saturday. Opening day will include a musical tribute to former market manager Fleur Mainville, with a donation box for Fleur's family. Farmer's Market president Melissa Zimmerman says that ground will be broken this year for a new facility that will enable the market to stay open year round.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 11 *UPDATED 9:25 AM*
Monday 11th May 2015
Fighters with the Albion Boxing Club fared well at Summer Street Industries Saturday night. Heavyweight Mike Jordan scored a unanimous decision over Membertou’s Aaron Francis. Cameron MacDonald of the Albion club defeated Sydney’s Josh Prince in a split decision and Dawson Fraser, now boxing in the open class, picked up a victory over Patrick Rhodenizer of Bridgewater. Morgan Dudka dropped his match to Berwick’s Broc MacDonald in a split decision, Kage MacDonald and Ross Bennett lost on split decisions, while Albion members Zach Vaughan and Connor Walsh had an exhibition bout as part of the card. Albion club boxers are heading to cards in North Sydney on May 30, Sackville June 13, and Truro June 19 to wrap up their season.
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Pictou County Bantam Baseball is holding registration tonight at the Sample Fields in Stellarton from 6:00pm-7:30pm. There will also be a light workout for the players during this time. The registration is open to all Bantam aged players (born in 2000 or 2001) in Pictou County. For more information, please contact Rob MacKay at robertm@ns.sympatico.ca.
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Midget A and AA Baseball Registration will be held on Wednesday from 6:30 to 8pm at the Sobeys Indoor soccer complex. This will be the only registration. Contact robertm@ns.sympatico.ca for more information.
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A pick up ball hockey league will start this coming Saturday at the Hector Arena. A meeting will take place at 6:30 pm for everyone interested in finding out more such as costs, play times, team make up, etc. The first games will be played this Saturday. Players will be broken into different age groups for teams. Helmets, sticks and sneakers are mandatory. Other gear such as elbow pads, knees pads and gloves are optional. Registration will remain open until Saturday night. Everyone is welcome.
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Time is running out to sign up for this year's Joe Earle Memorial Day Road Races on 18 May in Trenton. There's races for all ages, so get your entry in by Friday 15 May. Include your name, address and the event you wish to enter. E-mail joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com, call 902-755-4426, or write Joe Earle Road Races, c/o Mr. V. J. Earle, P.O. Box 684, Trenton NS, B0K 1X0.
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The Pictou County Scotians are now accepting applications for head coach for the upcoming season. Interested applicants may forward a resume to artforsyth7@hotmail.co, or wallysworld1@msn.com. Resumes will be accepted up to and including June 1. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
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ROAD CLOSURES FOR MISS MILES EVENT
Sunday 10th May 2015
With today's running of the Miss Miles event, motorists can expect delays throughout the Downtown core of New Glasgow today. Riverside Parkway, from the George Street Bridge to Maclean Street, and the North Bound Lane of Abercrombie Road, from the George Street Bridge to Canary Drive, will both be closed from 8:30am until 11:00am. The George Street Bridge including Provost Street will also be closed from 8:30am until 9:30am.

To avoid delays, motorists are advised to use alternate routes through the Trenton Connector and Trans Canada 104. Glasgow Square Parking lot will be closed for the day on Sunday. The Town of New Glasgow thanks the community for its understanding and support of this hometown event.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 10
Sunday 10th May 2015
Please note that the Steve Nash Youth Basketball program regularly scheduled for Sunday afternoons in Trenton has been CANCELLED for this week. The program will continue as usual next Sunday.
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The North Nova girls rugby squad improved to 4-0 after routing the Hants East Tigers 43-5 on Friday. Paige MacGregor scored a try, Katie Pentz scored three tries, Keeley MacCuish had two and Hailey Conley also recorded a try, while Caroline Straub kicked four converts to account for the rest of the North Nova scoring. Later Friday afternoon, the North Nova boys side laid a 76-0 beating on their Hants East counterparts. NNEC scorers were Eric MacLeod with two tries and four conversions, Marshall Fitt had two tries, Mark Leemberg kicked four conversions, and single tries went to Carson Dunbar, Campbell Burrows, Ryan Chabassol, Kale Mason, Jared Livingstone, Ryan MacDonald and Ethan Snell. Both teams play May 19 in Alma, against the NRHS Nighthawks. Rugby playoffs are slated to begin May 26. North Nova is in Truro next Thursday to take on the CEC Cougars.
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Pictou County Bantam Baseball is holding registration on Monday at the Sample Fields in Stellarton from 6:00pm-7:30pm. There will also be a light workout for the players during this time. The registration is open to all Bantam aged players (born in 2000 or 2001) in Pictou County. For more information, please contact Rob MacKay at robertm@ns.sympatico.ca.
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Time is running out to sign up for this year's Joe Earle Memorial Day Road Races on 18 May in Trenton. There's races for all ages, so get your entry in by Friday 15 May. Include your name, address and the event you wish to enter. E-mail joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com, call 902-755-4426, or write Joe Earle Road Races, c/o Mr. V. J. Earle, P.O. Box 684, Trenton NS, B0K 1X0.
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Miss Miles Race Kit Pick Up is today between 7:00 AM and 8:30 AM at Glasgow Square. There will be on-site registration while spots are available.
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The Pictou County Scotians are now accepting applications for head coach for the upcoming season. Interested applicants may forward a resume to artforsyth7@hotmail.co, or wallysworld1@msn.com. Resumes will be accepted up to and including June 1. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
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SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MAY 9TH
Saturday 9th May 2015
New Glasgow Kinsmen baseball is holding another registration for the upcoming season. Players can register today from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Kinsmen baseball clubhouse, behind the Dairy Queen. Players born between 2000 to 2010 may register for this season. Information regarding the season, registration cost and registration forms are available on their website: www.kinsmenbaseball.com.
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Pictou County Bantam Baseball is holding registration on Monday at the Sample Fields in Stellarton from 6:00pm-7:30pm. There will also be a light workout for the players during this time. The registration is open to all Bantam aged players (born in 2000 or 2001) in Pictou County. For more information, please contact Rob MacKay at robertm@ns.sympatico.ca.
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Albion Boxing Club presents a night of amateur boxing at Summer Street Industries this evening. The card will be headlined by local heavyweight Mike Jordan fighting Aaron Francis from Sydney. There will be 7 other local boxers on the card, 12 bouts in total. Doors open at 6pm, the boxing begins at 7. Tickets can be purchased in advance from any club member or at Big Al's for $15, it's $18 at the door. For more information, e-mail albionboxing@hotmail.com or call 902-771-1876.
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Anyone interested in joining a summer ball hockey league at the Hector Arena is asked to contact Kent Corbett at 902-759-8077 or e-mail kentcorbett@bellaliant.net. There's enough interest to start playing in a week or two as soon as they can have rink ready. It's going to be pickup style, so kids will be able to show up on game night and play .
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Time is running out to sign up for this year's Joe Earle Memorial Day Road Races on 18 May in Trenton. There's races for all ages, so get your entry in by Friday 15 May. Include your name, address and the event you wish to enter. E-mail joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com, call 902-755-4426, or write Joe Earle Road Races, c/o Mr. V. J. Earle, P.O. Box 684, Trenton NS, B0K 1X0.
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Miss Miles Race Kit Pick Up and On-Site Registration is today between 4-7 PM at the Pictou County Wellness Centre and Sunday between 7:00 AM and 8:30 AM at Glasgow Square. Online Registration is still open and there will be on-site registration while spots are available on Saturday and Sunday. The registration fee is $30.00. For complete details, click here.
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ANNIVERSARY OF WESTRAY MINE DISASTER
Saturday 9th May 2015

Today marks the anniversary of the Westray Mine disaster in Pictou County.

23 years ago in the day's early hours, an explosion killed 26 miners.

A series of early indicators of structural damage -including roof collapses- weren't enough to close the mine.

11 of the miners bodies were never found.

There is no official service planned today at Westray Memorial Park, but residents are welcome to visit the site.



PC MLA CALLS ON JUSTICE MINISTER TO RELEASE REPORT ON CHILDCARE PAYMENTS
Friday 8th May 2015

Inverness MLA and PC Justice Critic Allan MacMaster is calling on the provincial Justice Minister to release a report on maintenance enforcement prior to the end of the spring sitting of the legislature.

A release from the official opposition says there are concerned single parents who have been waiting for the results of a report concerning childcare payments.

MacMaster says people are working illegally and getting cash under the table in an effort to avoid paying childcare.

Justice Minister Lena Metlege-Diab says she expects the report by the end of the month.



GOVERNMENT PROVIDES MORE INFORMATION ON DIGITAL MEDIA TAX CREDIT
Friday 8th May 2015

A release issued today by the Provincial government explains in more detail the newly created Digital Media Tax Credit.

They say the credit gives industry a base tax credit of 50% of eligible labour, or 25% of total production costs - whichever is lower.

In addition, they say it will add a rebate of 17.5% of eligible labour costs.

Finance and Treasury Board Minister Diana Whalen says it's a simpler tax credit that she claims supports the industry the same as it was supported in the past.



SERVICE DOG BILL INTRODUCED IN NS LEGISLATURE
Friday 8th May 2015

Pictou East MLA Tim Houston presented a bill today that would allow people who use the services of a service dog to receive an ID card allowing the dogs into public places without incident.

Houston says the certification would provide clarity and help them in their daily lives.

There would be a distinction between service dogs for the blind, and service dogs for a person with a disability.



LOBSTER FISHERMEN FRUSTRATED BY ICE DELAYS
Friday 8th May 2015
The president of a fishermen's association in Nova Scotia says the delay to the start of the 2015 lobster season on the Gulf of St. Lawrence is frustrating. The season was scheduled to open eight days ago, but that was delayed by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans because of a build up of ice on the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The delay affects fishermen in a number of communities, from Pugwash to Pleasant Bay. The latest update this week from the government says conditions hadn't improved and the season remains delayed.

Dan MacDougall of the Gulf of Nova Scotia Bonafide Fishermen's Association says the decision is out of their hands and they are disappointed they have lost the Mother's Day weekend, an important marketing opportunity for the industry. He says fishermen need two days' notice before they can start.


IMPAIRED DRIVER CHARGED
Friday 8th May 2015
An early morning patrol stop has led to the arrest of a 42 year old Pictou County man. At approximately 2:40am Friday morning, New Glasgow Regional Police stopped a driver near George Street, and upon investigation, the driver was twice the legal limit. Police charged him with impaired Operation of Motor Vehicle. The driver will appear in Pictou Provincial Court at a later date.


PRESCRIPTION DROP OFF DAY IS TOMORROW
Friday 8th May 2015
Police in Nova Scotia and Pictou County are supporting the third annual National Prescription Drug Drop-off Day on Saturday. Constable Ken MacDonald of New Glasgow Regional Police says anyone can bring their unused or expired prescriptions in to local police stations tomorrow for free and safe disposal.

You can bring your old prescriptions to the New Glasgow Regional Police HQ tomorrow from 10:00am to 2:00pm, or to Stellarton and Westville Police from 8:00am to 4:00pm.


FUEL PRICES UP YET AGAIN
Friday 8th May 2015
For the seventh week in a row, you'll be paying more to fuel up. Regular self-serve gas creeped up over a penny to $1.175 per litre. Diesel also rose more than a penny to $1.116 per litre.


FOREST FIRE STARTED BY BURNING TRASH
Friday 8th May 2015
Firefighters battled a blaze Thursday afternoon that ended up burning more than an acre of wooded area just off Central Caribou Road. A firefighter on scene says it was started by a garbage fire that smouldered and spread with the help of high winds.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 8
Friday 8th May 2015
New Glasgow Kinsmen baseball is holding another registration for the upcoming season. Players can register Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Kinsmen baseball clubhouse, behind the Dairy Queen. Players born between 2000 to 2010 may register for this season. Information regarding the season, registration cost and registration forms are available on their website: www.kinsmenbaseball.com.
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Pictou County Bantam Baseball is holding registration on Monday at the Sample Fields in Stellarton from 6:00pm-7:30pm. There will also be a light workout for the players during this time. The registration is open to all Bantam aged players (born in 2000 or 2001) in Pictou County. For more information, please contact Rob MacKay at robertm@ns.sympatico.ca.
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Albion Boxing Club presents a night of amateur boxing at Summer Street Industries this Saturday. The card will be headlined by local heavyweight Mike Jordan fighting Aaron Francis from Sydney. There will be 7 other local boxers on the card, 12 bouts in total. Doors open at 6pm, the boxing begins at 7. Tickets can be purchased in advance from any club member or at Big Al's for $15, it's $18 at the door. For more information, e-mail albionboxing@hotmail.com or call 902-771-1876.
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Anyone interested in joining a summer ball hockey league at the Hector Arena is asked to contact Kent Corbett at 902-759-8077 or e-mail kentcorbett@bellaliant.net. There's enough interest to start playing in a week or two as soon as they can have rink ready. It's going to be pickup style, so kids will be able to show up on game night and play .
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Time is running out to sign up for this year's Joe Earle Memorial Day Road Races on 18 May in Trenton. There's races for all ages, so get your entry in by Friday 15 May. Include your name, address and the event you wish to enter. E-mail joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com, call 902-755-4426, or write Joe Earle Road Races, c/o Mr. V. J. Earle, P.O. Box 684, Trenton NS, B0K 1X0.
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Miss Miles Race Kit Pick Up and On-Site Registration is on Saturday between 4-7 PM at the Pictou County Wellness Centre and Sunday between 7:00 AM and 8:30 AM at Glasgow Square. Online Registration is still open and there will be on-site registration while spots are available on Saturday and Sunday. The registration fee is $30.00. For complete details, click here.
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ANTIGONISH COUNTY MAN CAUGHT DRIVING IMPAIRED. TWICE.
Thursday 7th May 2015

A 21-year-old man from Heatherton was arrested two times yesterday for impaired driving by drug.

Police say it happened in Antigonish County. He was arrested and taken to the R-C-M-P detachment and charged before being released.

It's alleged he was seen driving on another road less than two hours later, arrested, and charged again.

This time his vehicle was impounded.

The man was released on conditions and is to appear in court August 26th.



CONDITIONAL SENTENCE FOR ROSELAND ASSAULT
Thursday 7th May 2015
A Westville man has been given an 18 month Conditional Sentence for assault. 23 year old Stephen James Lawrence originally pled not guilty to aggravated assault following an altercation on 10 October 2014 at the Roseland Cabaret, where he punched 46 year old Glenn Fraser in the face, causing him to hit his head on the sidewalk. Fraser suffered a fractured skull and brain bleed. Crown Attorney Patrick Young said that Fraser has no memory of the incident, and now requires regular adult supervision, as he needs to be reminded to perform everyday tasks like eating and dressing himself.

Lawrence changed his plea to guilty, as the Crown amended the charge of aggravated assault to assult causing bodily harm. Supreme Court Justice Nick Scaravelli followed most of the joint recommendation presented by Crown and Defense councils when he handed Lawrence an 18 month Conditional Sentence Order, which includes 8 months House Arrest, a DNA order, counselling, and a 5 year firearms prohibition. Scaravelli rejected a recommendation that Lawrence's house arrest include an allowance to attend a gym for daily workouts, saying that in his opinion it did not serve the punitive issues of the case.


BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU ISSUES WARNING REGARDING DOOR-TO-DOOR ALARM SALESPEOPLE
Thursday 7th May 2015

The Atlantic division of the Better Business Bureau is advising people to be cautious of door-to-door alarm salespeople, after receiving a number of calls about high-pressured sales tactics over expensive systems.

The President and CEO of the Atlantic division, Peter Moorhouse says the group receives a number of calls every spring about people feeling deceived or pressured into buying the systems.

He warns that "limited time offers" or "must act now" sales tactics may make people feel pressured, but everyone should research a product before buying it.

You can learn more about a business before making a purchase at bbb.org/atlantic-provinces.



911 AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
Thursday 7th May 2015

The province is starting a new campaign to make sure that 9-1-1 resources aren't tied up with erroneous calls.

A release from the province says approximately 20% of calls made to 911 are non-emergencies.

The 9-1-1 awareness campaign is a joint effort from RCMP, EHS, fire service departments, and others.

An online video explains the proper uses of the service, and it can be seen at novascotia.ca/noemergency.



HUNDREDS WITHOUT POWER IN COUNTY *UPDATED 2:30pm*
Thursday 7th May 2015
*2:30pm - power has been restored*
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NS Power is working to restore power to several hundred customers – it's gone from over two thousand customers to about four hundred in Little Egypt, Melmerby Beach, Trenton between Duke and Park Rd, Little Harbor Rd to Woodburn, and Sutherland to Ardness and Laggen. Restoration is expected around 12:45 this afternoon. Click here for the NS Power outage map.


M.O.R.E. GOES TODAY, STREET CLOSURES IN EFFECT
Thursday 7th May 2015
The Marathon of Respect and Equality will be run today, and the Town of New Glasgow reminds the public that Riverside Parkway from Dalhousie Street to MacLean Street will be closed from 10am-12:30pm. The rally will formally begin at 10:50am. Dalhousie Street will be open and Riverside Parkway northbound from Dalhousie to George Street will be open. Eastbound traffic on George Street will be reduced to one lane traffic and southbound on Riverside Parkway will be closed. The Glasgow Square Parking Lot is closed until 12:30pm.


LOBSTER SEASON IN NORTHERN PEI STARTS TOMORROW; NORTH SHORE STILL WAITING FOR ANNOUNCEMENT
Thursday 7th May 2015
The P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association says the spring lobster fishery off the north shore of the province will open Friday after being delayed by ice conditions. President Craig Avery says he received word late Wednesday from the Fisheries Department that the season for Lobster Fishing Area 24 will open at 6 a.m. Friday.

Representatives from Lobster Fishing Area 26A, which includes the eastern Northumberland Strait, will be on a conference call with Fisheries today to discuss the opening date for the season in that district.


RCMP INVESTIGATE MORE SUSPICIOUS DELIVERIES
Thursday 7th May 2015
More court buildings dealt with suspicious packages yesterday — the latest in a series of similar incidents that have now touched three provinces.

Police in Newfoundland say packages were examined without incident in Grand Falls-Windsor, Gander, Stephenville, Clarenville and Grand Bank — but two packages forced the evacuation of the provincial court building in St. John's and the Danny Williams Building in Corner Brook.

The R-C-M-P say none of the packages posed a risk to the public, including several sent earlier this week to Nova Scotia and another batch sent last month to Manitoba.


SCHOOL BOARD LOOKING FOR TRIMS TO NEXT BUDGET
Thursday 7th May 2015
The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board needs to trim another $2.4 million from its $200 million budget. Superintendent Gary Clarke says the finance department continues to look at areas that could be cut. He says they're dealing with $4 million in cost pressures for the next fiscal year, including declining enrollment and the rising costs of salaries and electricity. The next budget meeting is May 25th and Clarke expects the budget to be ready by June 17th.


HIGHWAY LANE PAINTERS BACK WORKING THE ROADS
Thursday 7th May 2015
Drivers are reminded that it's line painting season on the highway. To paint the lines, Transportation staff use a string of vehicles, called a train, consisting of a paint truck, trail vehicle, with a crash-absorbing trailer and electronic arrow board, and a second trail vehicle with an electronic message board. Approaching traffic must follow the instructions on the message and arrow boards until they pass the entire group. There are four paint crews on the roads in dry weather. Their goal is to complete all scheduled painting by mid-October.


PROVINCE ANNOUNCES NEW TAX CREDIT FOR ANIMATION
Thursday 7th May 2015
Finance Minister Diana Whalen has announced government for support of animated film and TV productions. The new stream within the Digital Media Tax Credit will give animation productions an additional 25 per cent for eligible animation labour on top of the existing digital credit, which is capped at 25 per cent of Nova Scotia production costs.

If the production is done by Nova Scotia firms, another two percent is added. There will be a maximum for individual salary levels that are eligible for the credit. The new credit will take effect July 1st, when the current Film Industry Tax Credit is replaced by the new Film and Television Production Incentive Fund.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 7
Thursday 7th May 2015
Northumberland's rugby squads were 1-1 against the Cobequid Cougars Wednesday afternoon. The Nighthawks boy's team got the win, while the girls were shut out in a loss. North Nova's boys and girls teams travel to the St. FX field to play Hants East Rural High on Friday.
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New Glasgow Kinsmen baseball is holding another registration for the upcoming season. Players can register Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Kinsmen baseball clubhouse, behind the Dairy Queen. Players born between 2000 to 2010 may register for this season. Information regarding the season, registration cost and registration forms are available on their website: www.kinsmenbaseball.com.
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Albion Boxing Club presents a night of amateur boxing at Summer Street Industries this Saturday. The card will be headlined by local heavyweight Mike Jordan fighting Aaron Francis from Sydney. There will be 7 other local boxers on the card, 12 bouts in total. Doors open at 6pm, the boxing begins at 7. Tickets can be purchased in advance from any club member or at Big Al's for $15, it's $18 at the door. For more information, e-mail albionboxing@hotmail.com or call 902-771-1876.
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The 5th annual Relay for Life Ball Hockey tournament will take place May 9 at the North End Rec Centre’s outdoor rink in New Glasgow, beginning at 8 a.m. Money raised will go toward the police service’s entry in the Relay for Life, which is scheduled for June 27 at the Scott Weeks Sports Complex in New Glasgow. There are no age restrictions and it is a co-ed event, if teams choose. The entry fee is $20 per player, with each team guaranteed a minimum of three games. There will be a silent auction and barbecue, and organizers are now selling 50/50 tickets, with the draw to be held the day of the tournament. For more information, contact Ryan Leil at 301-5836, Brian Haines at 755-1999 or Dave Guthro at 759-9309.
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Anyone interested in joining a summer ball hockey league at the Hector Arena is asked to contact Kent Corbett at 902-759-8077 or e-mail kentcorbett@bellaliant.net. The idea is in the early stages, but names will be taken until 9 May with more information to come.
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Time is running out to sign up for this year's Joe Earle Memorial Day Road Races on 18 May in Trenton. There's races for all ages, so get your entry in by Friday 15 May. Include your name, address and the event you wish to enter. E-mail joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com, call 902-755-4426, or write Joe Earle Road Races, c/o Mr. V. J. Earle, P.O. Box 684, Trenton NS, B0K 1X0.
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Miss Miles Race Kit Pick Up and On-Site Registration is on Saturday between 4-7 PM at the Pictou County Wellness Centre and Sunday between 7:00 AM and 8:30 AM at Glasgow Square. Online Registration is still open and there will be on-site registration while spots are available on Saturday and Sunday. The registration fee is $30.00. For complete details, click here.
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NORTHUMBERLAND FERRIES TO RESUME SERVICE FRIDAY
Wednesday 6th May 2015

The ferry service linking Wood Islands, PEI to Caribou, Nova Scotia has been confirmed to start this Friday.

Northumberland Ferries says a limited set of runs starting with a 6:30am departure from PEI and the last landing taking place at 6:15pm in Nova Scotia will start after ice conditions delayed the start of the season.

The company says the additional runs ending at 9:30pm in Nova Scotia will be added once navigation conditions return to normal.



LYME DISEASE AWARENESS OBSERVED IN MAY
Wednesday 6th May 2015
The month of May is not only Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, but also Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

The disease typically starts with symptoms including a rash, headache, fever, and chills, and later by possible arthritis and neurological and cardiac disorders.

It's contracted when bacteria is transmitted to both humans and animals by ticks.

Pictou County is seen as an endemic region for Lyme disease in Nova Scotia, as it's on a flight path for birds who often carry the ticks with them.

Join us this weekend for Sunday Report, where we will feature an interview with Lyme disease activist Brenda Sterling-Goodwin.



OFFICIAL OPPOSITION MLA CRITICIZES HEALTH MINISTER
Wednesday 6th May 2015

PC MLA Allan MacMaster is calling out Provincial Health Minister Leo Glavine for what he says are actions contradictory to the minister's words.

In a release, MacMaster says the Liberal government has been encouraging Nova Scotians to live healthier lifestyles, but have also cut grants to recreational facilities across the province.

The MLA for Inverness says the cuts to facilities like ice rinks and ball fields will end up being more costly down the line, saying “Promoting healthy living to improve wellness and prevent illness is much more cost effective than paying for treatment."

The release says he's written to Minister Glavine’s office, and is calling on the McNeil government to reconsider their decision.



HALIFAX POLICE SEARCHING FOR SUSPECT WHO STOLE FROM BLIND WOMAN
Wednesday 6th May 2015

Halifax police are looking for a man who allegedly stole money from a blind woman at a city grocery store.

They say the woman was shopping at Pete's Frootique off of Spring Garden Road when the man approached her cart and took her purse.

The purse was recovered outside, but the money was missing.

Police say the suspect is a white man in his fifties.



MAY IS MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH
Wednesday 6th May 2015

The month of May has arrived, and the annual recognition of it being "Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month" continues.

As the warmer weather arrives, Nova Scotians will be taking their bikes out of winter storage and hitting the vast number of highways in the province.

There are 30,000 registered motorcycles in the province, and last year alone there was 5 motorcycle fatalities.



RELAY FOR LIFE TEAMS WITH HECTOR BROADCASTING FOR RADIO REGISTRATION DAY
Wednesday 6th May 2015
With the Pictou County Relay for Life marking its tenth anniversary, the Relay is partnering with East Coast FM 94.1 and Classic Rock 97.9 for a special Radio Registration Day next week. The registration at the Hector Broadcasting offices on Provost Street will be Tuesday 12 May from 8:30am-Noon. Teams and individuals who are registered by 12 May will be eligible for several prizes. Luminaries can be purchased as well.

There will also be an opportunity to register on Saturday at the community kiosk at the Highland Square Mall. The Pictou County Relay for Life has raised over $1.3 Million dollars over the years to fight cancer. For more information on volunteer registration contact Kaylee Moore at 902-752-2669 or email kayleemoore_32@hotmail.com. For team registration information contact Mary Campbell at 902-301-2772. For survivor registration contact Mary Wadden at 902-755-1571.


MILLBROOK WOMAN WAS DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, SAYS TRIBUNAL
Wednesday 6th May 2015
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that the Millbrook First Nation discriminated against a female member by denying her work in the local fishing industry.

The tribunal decision found that Stacey Marshall Tabor was passed over for fishing boat positions for years in favour of male candidates, some of whom were less qualified. The tribunal also said Tabor was subjected to derogatory remarks. The tribunal says the First Nation provided inconsistent and unreliable evidence to refute Tabor's claims and ultimately ruled that her complaints were substantiated.

Tabor is not the first member of her family to be embroiled in fights against discrimination. Her uncle, the late Donald Marshall Jr., is widely celebrated among First Nations communities for successfully defending treaty fishing rights that allow his Mi'kmaq band to catch fish and sell them for sustenance. Marshall also served 11 years in prison for a murder that he did not commit.


LOCAL TEACHERS RECEIVE EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Wednesday 6th May 2015
Three Pictou County teachers are amoung the ten recognized this year for their outstanding work by the Chignecto Central Regional School Board. The Board, along with the Nova Scotia Teacher’s Union presented the ten with the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award. The recepients included Sherrill Lindsay of Pictou Academy, Stephen Hartlen of New Glasgow Academy, and Trenton Middle School's Christine Williams.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 6
Wednesday 6th May 2015
The Junior ‘A’ Crushers' search for a new bench boss is almost over. Team president Wade Sullivan says the position will be filled within the next two weeks. Coach Jason Malone was fired during the Crushers' first-round series against Truro, which the Bearcats went on to win in six games. Assistant coaches Chad McDavid and James Cooley are expected to return to their positions. The Weeks Major Midgets have already named a new coach, as former assistant Kyle MacLennan has been promoted to the main job next season.
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New Glasgow Kinsmen baseball is holding another registration for the upcoming season. Players can register Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Kinsmen baseball clubhouse, behind the Dairy Queen. Players born between 2000 to 2010 may register for this season. Information regarding the season, registration cost and registration forms are available on their website: www.kinsmenbaseball.com.
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Albion Boxing Club presents a night of amateur boxing at Summer Street Industries this Saturday. The card will be headlined by local heavyweight Mike Jordan fighting Aaron Francis from Sydney. There will be 7 other local boxers on the card, 12 bouts in total. Doors open at 6pm, the boxing begins at 7. Tickets can be purchased in advance from any club member or at Big Al's for $15, it's $18 at the door. For more information, e-mail albionboxing@hotmail.com or call 902-771-1876.
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The 5th annual Relay for Life Ball Hockey tournament will take place May 9 at the North End Rec Centre’s outdoor rink in New Glasgow, beginning at 8 a.m. Money raised will go toward the police service’s entry in the Relay for Life, which is scheduled for June 27 at the Scott Weeks Sports Complex in New Glasgow. There are no age restrictions and it is a co-ed event, if teams choose. The entry fee is $20 per player, with each team guaranteed a minimum of three games. There will be a silent auction and barbecue, and organizers are now selling 50/50 tickets, with the draw to be held the day of the tournament. For more information, contact Ryan Leil at 301-5836, Brian Haines at 755-1999 or Dave Guthro at 759-9309.
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A baseball umpiring clinic is coming May 9 to in the gymnasium at the town office in Westville. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., the clinic running 9 to 5. This clinic offers Levels 1, 2, and 3, with a cost of $70 for levels 1 and 2, and $100 for Level 3. The cost includes BNSUD membership rates, clinic fees and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current Level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in the Pictou County region must attend. Returning umpires are asked to bring their rulebooks, are advised to wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing and are asked to bring a ball glove and a mask if possible. For more information or to pre-register, email joel.rodgers@sobeys.com, or call 902-752-6575 (after 6 p.m.) or 902-752-8371 (ext. 8027) weekdays.
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Anyone interested in joining a summer ball hockey league at the Hector Arena is asked to contact Kent Corbett at 902-759-8077 or e-mail kentcorbett@bellaliant.net. The idea is in the early stages, but names will be taken until 9 May with more information to come.
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Time is running out to sign up for this year's Joe Earle Memorial Day Road Races on 18 May in Trenton. There's races for all ages, so get your entry in by Friday 15 May. Include your name, address and the event you wish to enter. E-mail joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com, call 902-755-4426, or write Joe Earle Road Races, c/o Mr. V. J. Earle, P.O. Box 684, Trenton NS, B0K 1X0.
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Miss Miles Race Kit Pick Up and On-Site Registration is on Saturday between 4-7 PM at the Pictou County Wellness Centre and Sunday between 7:00 AM and 8:30 AM at Glasgow Square. Online Registration is still open and there will be on-site registration while spots are available on Saturday and Sunday. The registration fee is $30.00. For complete details, click here.
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NDP TABLES BILL ON SEXUAL ASSAULT AT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Tuesday 5th May 2015

The NDP will table a bill in the legislature today they say will require universities and colleges to put policies in place about sexual assault.

MLA Dave Wilson says the McNeil government should support the legislation, and every post-secondary institution should have very clear policies on the subject.

The legislation would require the institutions to review the policies on a regular basis.



NORTHERN PULP MILL HOLDING A 15 DAY MAINTENANCE SHUTDOWN
Tuesday 5th May 2015

Starting on May 30th, the Northern Pulp Mill will be shut down for 15 days to meet Provincial regulations.

General Manager Bruce Chapman explained the shutdown will be taking place to finish the construction of the recovery boiler precipitator.

Chapman says once that's done, the mill will meet Canada-Wide environmental standards and it should be done by the end of June.



20TH JUBILEE ANNOUNCES HEADLINERS
Tuesday 5th May 2015
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the New Glasgow Jubilee, and some big names are coming to town. The headliner on Sunday August 2nd will be three-time grammy winners Steve Earle and the Dukes, kicking off their cross Canada tour. The Friday night show July 31st will rock courtesy of Antigonish favorites, The Trews. And there are more acts to be announced in the weeks ahead. Tickets for the three day music festival go on sale starting Saturday morning at 10am. More information can be found on the Jubilee website.


GRANT STREET APT COMPLEX DAMAGED BY FIRE: 11 LOSE HOMES
Tuesday 5th May 2015
At least 11 tenants were displaced by a fire Monday evening that extensively damaged one unit and caused smoke or water damage in at least two others in a nine-unit townhouse complex in New Glasgow. Disaster volunteers with the Canadian Red Cross provided emergency lodging, food, clothing purchases and other aid for five adults and a 10-year-old child from one townhouse and a couple with a young child from a second unit. Two adults from a third unit made their own arrangements. The New Glasgow Fire Department received the call around 6 p.m. Monday at 279 Grant Street. There were no injuries reported.


PULP MILL SHUTTING DOWN TO INSTALL NEW POLLUTION CONTROLS
Tuesday 5th May 2015
Northern Pulp will shutdown the paper mill on May 30 to install equipment to meet provincial demands for air pollution reduction. Crews are working to assemble the precipitator, a device that will capture fine particulate from the smoke stacks. Northern Pulp will install the precipitator after a 15 day maintenance shut down to finish the work needed to connect the device to ductwork.

One of the conditions of the new five-year operating permit is that particulate emissions must be 80 per cent lower than what was measured coming out of the stack last summer. Mill manager Bruce Chapman isn't giving a firm date on when the precipitator will be fully operational.

Meanwhile, the company is appealing the industrial approval imposing new environmental standards, including the air pollution reduction expected from the precipitator.


PICTOU ROTARY WORK TO BEGIN SOON *UPDATED 8:50 AM*
Tuesday 5th May 2015
The area near the Pictou Rotary is getting a makeover. Mayor Joe Hawes told council last night that the town is in final negotiations with the province on the details of funding the project to replace the approach to town at West River Road with a roundabout. There will also be some work done to Veteran’s Drive. Hawes says the work should begin before the start of summer.


PICTOU CANCELS TOWN'S OWN SPRING CLEAN UP
Tuesday 5th May 2015
Residents in Pictou will now have only one chance to leave out their extra garbage this year. At last night’s committee of council meeting, it was decided to discontinue the practice of holding a separate Spring Clean Up. Counsellor Lynn Vienneau was most vocal in her opposition to the town clean-up, noting that it ties up Public Works resources, it costs the town thousands in tipping fees, and it duplicates what Pictou County Solid Waste does each year.

There was also concern expressed that some residents aren’t following the clean-up rules and leaving out items that cannot be properly collected. It was suggested that the unsightly premises by-law could be enforced for properties not following the collection rules. While Pictou is no longer doing a separate clean-up, the Spring Clean Up through Pictou County Solid Waste will continue on your scheduled pick up day now through May 15th.


COUNTY COUNCIL RECOGNIZES WORK OF RIVER JOHN SCHOOL GROUP
Tuesday 5th May 2015
The River John Consolidated School's leadership committee received plaques and accolades from the Municipal Council at last nights meeting. Warden Ronald Baillie commended the students, saying they're an asset to both heir school and their community.

Several community members were present as the students - ranging in grades 7 to 9 - received their recognition. Baillie said the students often volunteer their lunch hours, after school time and even volunteer to babysit younger children while parents attend meeting regarding the future of the school. The Chignecto Regional School Board decides the fate of River John Consolidated on June 10th.


COUNTY ADVANCING GRANT MONEY TO LOCAL ARENAS
Tuesday 5th May 2015
Pictou County council will be issuing an advance of a grant to both the Hector Arena as well as the Ivor McDonald arena. Councillor David Parker explained the Hector Arena was in the red at the end of the 2014-15 fiscal year and the advance would allow them to catch up on bills. Parker explained the biggest cost the arena incurred was their power bill due to the energy needed to make ice. He also said the arena was a bit behind on their HST. The grant issued by the council is $7,000.


PROVINCE REFORMS NS EXHIBITION BOARD
Tuesday 5th May 2015
New legislation introduced by the province creates a new board structure and clarifies the corporate objectives of the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission. The changes respond to recommendations in an operational review by KPMG to tighten financial controls and accountability of the commission.

The new board will include a representative from the agricultural community, a member from the harness racing industry, three members-at-large from the business community and a non-voting staff representative from the Department of Agriculture. The legislation also requires the commission to produce an annual business plan and report regularly on its financial performance.

Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell says the legislation creates a more accountable governance structure that positions the commission to grow the success of events, generate more income to reinvest in the facility and ensures a stable path going forward.


AMHERST COURTHOUSE CLEARED FOLLOWING SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE DELIVERY *UPDATED 8:40 AM*
Tuesday 5th May 2015
Four employees at a courthouse in Amherst have left hospital after complaining of nausea, dizziness and burning to the throat following the delivery of a suspicious package. The provincial justice department says the package originated from Hong Kong and is being examined by the R-C-M-P.

Amherst police say the material in the parcel was the same as packages received at five provincial courts in Manitoba last month -- but all tests for dangerous chemicals there were negative. Operations at the Amherst Justice Centre resumed this morning.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP MAY 5
Tuesday 5th May 2015
The Nighthawks’ Under-14 girls volleyball program reached the playoff round of U15 provincials on the weekend before falling to the Bridgewater Chill. After going 3-0 in the round robin, sweeping all six sets, the Nighthawks beat the Sackville Sonics in a crossover before losing to the Chill. The team is now preparing for the Atlantic Under-14 championships, which will take place the weekend of May 16 in Moncton.
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Judo Athletes from across the Maritimes travelled to Halifax over the weekend for the Nova United Martial Arts Cup at the Spryfield Lions Club Recreation Centre. Kanokai Judo Club athletes took home the following medals: Gold – Kyle Sutherland (double bronze) and Adam Smith. Silver – Mya Cameron, Brittany Lodge, and Cody Angevine. Bronze – Mason Dakin. Congratulations going out to them from everyone at Kanokai!
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Registration for Westville minor baseball will be held May 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The session will be in the gymnasium at the Westville town office on Queen Street.
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New Glasgow Kinsmen baseball is holding another registration for the upcoming season. Players can register Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Kinsmen baseball clubhouse, behind the Dairy Queen. Players born between 2000 to 2010 may register for this season. Information regarding the season, registration cost and registration forms are available on their website: www.kinsmenbaseball.com.
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Albion Boxing Club presents a night of amateur boxing at Summer Street Industries this Saturday. Doors open at 6pm, the boxing begins at 7. Tickets can be purchased in advance from any club member or at Big Al's for $15, it's $18 at the door. For more information, e-mail albionboxing@hotmail.com or call 902-771-1876.
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The 5th annual Relay for Life Ball Hockey tournament will take place May 9 at the North End Rec Centre’s outdoor rink in New Glasgow, beginning at 8 a.m. Money raised will go toward the police service’s entry in the Relay for Life, which is scheduled for June 27 at the Scott Weeks Sports Complex in New Glasgow. There are no age restrictions and it is a co-ed event, if teams choose. The entry fee is $20 per player, with each team guaranteed a minimum of three games. There will be a silent auction and barbecue, and organizers are now selling 50/50 tickets, with the draw to be held the day of the tournament. For more information, contact Ryan Leil at 301-5836, Brian Haines at 755-1999 or Dave Guthro at 759-9309.
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A baseball umpiring clinic is coming May 9 to in the gymnasium at the town office in Westville. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., the clinic running 9 to 5. This clinic offers Levels 1, 2, and 3, with a cost of $70 for levels 1 and 2, and $100 for Level 3. The cost includes BNSUD membership rates, clinic fees and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current Level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in the Pictou County region must attend. Returning umpires are asked to bring their rulebooks, are advised to wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing and are asked to bring a ball glove and a mask if possible. For more information or to pre-register, email joel.rodgers@sobeys.com, or call 902-752-6575 (after 6 p.m.) or 902-752-8371 (ext. 8027) weekdays.
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Anyone interested in joining a summer ball hockey league at the Hector Arena is asked to contact Kent Corbett at 902-759-8077 or e-mail kentcorbett@bellaliant.net. The idea is in the early stages, but names will be taken until 9 May with more information to come.
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Time is running out to sign up for this year's Joe Earle Memorial Day Road Races on 18 May in Trenton. There's races for all ages, so get your entry in by Friday 15 May. Include your name, address and the event you wish to enter. E-mail joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com, call 902-755-4426, or write Joe Earle Road Races, c/o Mr. V. J. Earle, P.O. Box 684, Trenton NS, B0K 1X0.
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There's still spaces available for the Miss Miles Run on Mother's Day – they have more slots available this year. For complete details, click here.
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NORTHUMBERLAND FERRY SERVICE TO RESUME THIS FRIDAY
Monday 4th May 2015

Northumberland Ferries Limited has announced on their website that ferry service should resume this Friday, May 8th.

The companys says the ice conditions in the Northumberland strait will be re-assessed this Wednesday, and if they will provide an update to confirm the start date and departures at that time.

The sailing season was originally supposed to begin April 30th.



STELLARTON MEN FACE DRUG CHARGES AFTER WEEKEND SEARCH
Monday 4th May 2015
Charges are pending against two men following a drug search in Stellarton. On Saturday morning at approximately 9:30 a.m., the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, with the assistance of the Stellarton Police Service, executed a search warrant at a residence on Hudson Street. A 57-year-old man and a 50-year-old man were arrested without incident. Police seized prescription pills, marihuana, hashish, illegal cigarettes, cash, a switch blade and a brass knuckle knife.

The men were released from custody and will appear in Pictou Provincial Court on August 10th. They face charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of a Prohibited Weapon and Possession of Illicit Cigarettes under the Excise Act. The investigation continues.


911 PRANK CALLER COULD FACE CHARGES
Monday 4th May 2015
Police have arrested a Digby man in connection with a crank call that sent emergency responders on a wild goose chase. RCMP say on April 29, a caller told 911 there had been a collision near the rail bed in Jordantown, about 10-minutes from Digby. The caller said two people were possibly dead and another seriously injured in the collision. Dispatch said the calls were placed from a deactivated cell phone. Digby RCMP, EHS and Digby Fire Department all responded to the call, but were unable to find any collision.

RCMP Cpl. Tim MacDonald said on Saturday they arrested an individual in Digby in connection with the call and took him into custody. MacDonald said the individual could face multiple charges, although the RCMP have not yet laid any.


PROVINCE WORKING TO BRING MORE IMMIGRANTS TO CAPE BRETON
Monday 4th May 2015
The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration is working with post-secondary schools, the YMCA, and other partners to promote immigration to Cape Breton and attract more newcomers. Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab thanked the Cape Breton Immigration Task Force today for their leadership. She also announced $174,000 in funding for some new welcoming initiatives. Diab says we need to work together to welcome more newcomers to Nova Scotia and Cape Breton.


ROAD CLOSED IN ANTIGONISH COUNTY FOLLOWING SINGLE CAR ACCIDENT
Monday 4th May 2015
Drivers in Antigonish County should expect delays. RCMP say there’s a road closure on the Pomquet River Road from Highway 104 to the Meadow Green Road. Police don’t expect the road to re-open until late this afternoon. The closure is due to a single vehicle accident that occurred around 3:15 this morning. Police say the driver of the vehcile lost control of the car, which left the highway and flipped.

The male driver and a female passenger, both 20 years old, were ejected from the vehicle. The male driver has been airlifted to Halifax. The passenger was treated for her injuries and released. The accident is under investigation.


LOBSTER SEASON MAY START THURSDAY, FERRY START STILL UNKNOWN *UPDATED 11:45*
Monday 4th May 2015
It looks like the earliest date P-E-I fishermen will be setting their lobster gear this year will be Thursday. The season normally opens April 30th but has been subject to successive delays due to ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The P-E-I Fishermen’s Association says its latest conference call with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans ended with Thursday being agreed to as the possible opening date.

Fisheries department spokesman Frank Quinn says that date is dependent on ice conditions, adding that lobster fishing areas in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and P-E-I are all at a standstill because of ice. Meanwhile, announcement is expected today from Northumberland Ferries when their sailing season starts.


OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY WEEK TO BE MARKED IN PICTOU COUNTY
Monday 4th May 2015
The six municipalities of Pictou County will mark North America Occupational Health & Safety Week with a ceremony in New Glasgow this morning. There will be a flag raising at the Riverfront Gazebo at 9 a.m. This year's theme is Make Workplace Safety a Habit for Your Career. A proclamation signing will take place in New Glasgow Council Chambers, followed by another proclamation signing for VON Week.


MINISTER SAYS SUNDAY HUNTING DECISION WILL TAKE SOME TIME
Monday 4th May 2015
The Natural Resources minister says he'll make a decision on Sunday hunting by the fall. A two month public consultation on the issue ended in April and Zach Churchill says his department is going through almost 21,000 public submissions. Churchill says the two biggest issues that have been raised are safety and property rights. Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are the only provinces that ban hunting on Sundays. New Brunswick allows Sunday hunting three times a year.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 4 *UPDATED 8:00 AM*
Monday 4th May 2015
North Nova's rugby teams continue to dominate on the pitch. On Thursday, it was the Gryphons defeating the Northumberland Nighthawks in both boys and girls divisions. North Nova's next trip to Antigonish will be Friday 8 May against Hants East Rural High. The first game will start at 4 p.m. Both Northumberland teams are in Truro on Wednesday to play the CEC Cougars.
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Registration for Westville minor baseball will be held May 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The session will be in the gymnasium at the Westville town office on Queen Street.
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New Glasgow Kinsmen baseball is holding another registration for the upcoming season. Players can register Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Kinsmen baseball clubhouse, behind the Dairy Queen. Players born between 2000 to 2010 may register for this season. Information regarding the season, registration cost and registration forms are available on their website: www.kinsmenbaseball.com.
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Albion Boxing Club presents a night of amateur boxing at Summer Street Industries this Saturday. Doors open at 6pm, the boxing begins at 7. Tickets can be purchased in advance from any club member or at Big Al's for $15, it's $18 at the door. For more information, e-mail albionboxing@hotmail.com or call 902-771-1876.
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The 5th annual Relay for Life Ball Hockey tournament will take place May 9 at the North End Rec Centre’s outdoor rink in New Glasgow, beginning at 8 a.m. Money raised will go toward the police service’s entry in the Relay for Life, which is scheduled for June 27 at the Scott Weeks Sports Complex in New Glasgow. There are no age restrictions and it is a co-ed event, if teams choose. The entry fee is $20 per player, with each team guaranteed a minimum of three games. There will be a silent auction and barbecue, and organizers are now selling 50/50 tickets, with the draw to be held the day of the tournament. For more information, contact Ryan Leil at 301-5836, Brian Haines at 755-1999 or Dave Guthro at 759-9309.
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A baseball umpiring clinic is coming May 9 to in the gymnasium at the town office in Westville. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., the clinic running 9 to 5. This clinic offers Levels 1, 2, and 3, with a cost of $70 for levels 1 and 2, and $100 for Level 3. The cost includes BNSUD membership rates, clinic fees and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current Level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in the Pictou County region must attend. Returning umpires are asked to bring their rulebooks, are advised to wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing and are asked to bring a ball glove and a mask if possible. For more information or to pre-register, email joel.rodgers@sobeys.com, or call 902-752-6575 (after 6 p.m.) or 902-752-8371 (ext. 8027) weekdays.
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Anyone interested in joining a summer ball hockey league at the Hector Arena is asked to contact Kent Corbett at 902-759-8077 or e-mail kentcorbett@bellaliant.net. The idea is in the early stages, but names will be taken until 9 May with more information to come.
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Time is running out to sign up for this year's Joe Earle Memorial Day Road Races on 18 May in Trenton. There's races for all ages, so get your entry in by Friday 15 May. Include your name, address and the event you wish to enter. E-mail joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com, call 902-755-4426, or write Joe Earle Road Races, c/o Mr. V. J. Earle, P.O. Box 684, Trenton NS, B0K 1X0.
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There's still spaces available for the Miss Miles Run on Mother's Day – they have more slots available this year. For complete details, click here.
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STAN CAREW HANGING UP HIS HEADPHONES THIS FALL
Sunday 3rd May 2015
Broadcaster Stan Carew has announced he is retiring after 47 years in radio. On his CBC show this morning, Carew said he was turning 65 in August and has been contemplating retiring. He has been involved in radio since 1968, including a stint here in New Glasgow. Carew says after his final show in September, he'll be able to devote more time to his music.


ANTIGONISH COUNTY MAN CHARGED FOLLOWING STABBING
Sunday 3rd May 2015
A 47 year-old man has been arrested after another man was stabbed in the face in Antigonish County. RCMP say emergency crews responded to a home on Highway 4 in Afton early Saturday morning. A 29-year-old man was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and has since been released. Police say a Heatherton man was arrested at a residence in Tracadie around 3:30 Saturday afternoon. He'll appear in court Monday on charges of aggravated assault and breach of probation. Police are investigating, but don't believe the incident was a random act.


BATTLE OF ATLANTIC REMEMBERED TODAY
Sunday 3rd May 2015
Events in Halifax today will mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Atlantic. The maritime campaign was Canada's longest engagement during the Second World War and ended this week in 1945. More than four-thousand Canadians were killed during the campaign. Current members of the navy are expected to join veterans at a memorial in Halifax to commemorate the anniversary.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 3 *UPDATED 9:50AM*
Sunday 3rd May 2015
Indoor Bantam and Midget baseball, originally scheduled for 6pm and 7pm at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer complex has been rescheduled to 8pm and 9pm respectively.
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North Nova's rugby teams continue to dominate on the pitch. On Thursday, it was the Gryphons versus the Nighthawks at the St. FX field. On the boy's side, North Nova's Carson Dunbar scored first to take an early lead in the first half. Eric MacLeod kicked the conversion to give the Gryphons a 7-0 lead going into half time. As both teams played hard, passionate rugby it was Jared Livingstone scoring the only other try late in the game, to give North Nova the win. MacLeod also converted to give the Gryphons a 14-0 win. In the second game the Gryphon girls went on to defeat the Nighthawks 61-0. Scoring for North Nova was Katie Pentz with four tries, Keeley MacCuish with two tries and an impressive drop goal for three points, Chay Heath had two tries, Kayla Green with a try Caroline Straub with three converts. Rachel Brown rounding the scoring out with a convert of her own. North Nova's next trip to Antigonish will be Friday 8 May against Hants East Rural High. The first game will start at 4 p.m. Both NRHS teams are in Truro on Wednesday to play the CEC Cougars.
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Registration for Westville minor baseball will be held May 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The session will be in the gymnasium at the Westville town office on Queen Street.
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New Glasgow Kinsmen baseball is holding another registration for the upcoming season. Players can register Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Kinsmen baseball clubhouse, behind the Dairy Queen. Players born between 2000 to 2010 may register for this season. Information regarding the season, registration cost and registration forms are available on their website: www.kinsmenbaseball.com.
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Albion Boxing Club presents a night of amateur boxing at Summer Street Industries this Saturday. Doors open at 6pm, the boxing begins at 7. Tickets can be purchased in advance from any club member or at Big Al's for $15, it's $18 at the door. For more information, e-mail albionboxing@hotmail.com or call 902-771-1876.
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The 5th annual Relay for Life Ball Hockey tournament will take place May 9 at the North End Rec Centre’s outdoor rink in New Glasgow, beginning at 8 a.m. Money raised will go toward the police service’s entry in the Relay for Life, which is scheduled for June 27 at the Scott Weeks Sports Complex in New Glasgow. There are no age restrictions and it is a co-ed event, if teams choose. The entry fee is $20 per player, with each team guaranteed a minimum of three games. There will be a silent auction and barbecue, and organizers are now selling 50/50 tickets, with the draw to be held the day of the tournament. For more information, contact Ryan Leil at 301-5836, Brian Haines at 755-1999 or Dave Guthro at 759-9309.
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A baseball umpiring clinic is coming May 9 to in the gymnasium at the town office in Westville. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., the clinic running 9 to 5. This clinic offers Levels 1, 2, and 3, with a cost of $70 for levels 1 and 2, and $100 for Level 3. The cost includes BNSUD membership rates, clinic fees and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current Level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in the Pictou County region must attend. Returning umpires are asked to bring their rulebooks, are advised to wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing and are asked to bring a ball glove and a mask if possible. For more information or to pre-register, email joel.rodgers@sobeys.com, or call 902-752-6575 (after 6 p.m.) or 902-752-8371 (ext. 8027) weekdays.
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Anyone interested in joining a summer ball hockey league at the Hector Arena is asked to contact Kent Corbett at 902-759-8077 or e-mail kentcorbett@bellaliant.net. The idea is in the early stages, but names will be taken until 9 May with more information to come.
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Time is running out to sign up for this year's Joe Earle Memorial Day Road Races on 18 May in Trenton. There's races for all ages, so get your entry in by Friday 15 May. Include your name, address and the event you wish to enter. E-mail joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com, call 902-755-4426, or write Joe Earle Road Races, c/o Mr. V. J. Earle, P.O. Box 684, Trenton NS, B0K 1X0.
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DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE GIVES BIRTH TO BABY GIRL
Saturday 2nd May 2015

The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton has given birth to a baby girl. Kensington Palace said in a brief statement that Kate safely delivered Just after 8:30am London time.

The baby weighs 8 pounds 3 ounces.

The palace added that Kate and her child are both doing well, and that William was present for the birth.

The child is the second for the couple, as they welcomed Prince George in July of 2013.



GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR FARMERS
Saturday 2nd May 2015

1.6 million dollars in provincial and federal funding will be available to Nova Scotia farmers this year looking to keep deer and other wildlife away from their crops.

The funding will cover half of eligible expenses with a maximum contribution from government of $15,000.00.

Details on requirements are outlined in the program guidelines and generally refer to dual fencing or eight-foot-high fences.

The application deadline is May 15th.



MONDAY IS 'ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY' DAY IN NOVA SCOTIA
Saturday 2nd May 2015

The snow is melting and trash thrown from vehicles over the winter months is now becoming visible along highways in the province.

The Nova Scotia government issued a release declaring this Monday, May 4th to be "Adopt-A-Highway" day.

Volunteers will be out that day to clean up the accumulated mess from this past winter.

According to the release, two-thousand volunteers cleaned along 800 kilometres of highways last year and collected over 4,000 bags of garbage.



SPRINGVILLE BRIDGE CLOSED
Saturday 2nd May 2015

A release from the province has outlined a number of road closures across Nova Scotia, and among them is the Springville bridge.

The advisory explains there's a Detour on East River West Side Road and Route 348.

There's no indication as to when the bridge will be open for public use.



SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MAY 2
Saturday 2nd May 2015
Registration for Westville minor baseball will begin this morning from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Further registration will be held May 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The sessions will be in the gymnasium at the Westville town office on Queen Street.
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New Glasgow Kinsmen baseball has set dates for their first registrations for the upcoming season. Players can register today and Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Kinsmen baseball clubhouse, behind the Dairy Queen. Players born between 2000 to 2010 may register for this season. Information regarding the season, registration cost and registration forms are available on their website: www.kinsmenbaseball.com.
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The 5th annual Relay for Life Ball Hockey tournament will take place May 9 at the North End Rec Centre’s outdoor rink in New Glasgow, beginning at 8 a.m. Money raised will go toward the police service’s entry in the Relay for Life, which is scheduled for June 27 at the Scott Weeks Sports Complex in New Glasgow. There are no age restrictions and it is a co-ed event, if teams choose. The entry fee is $20 per player, with each team guaranteed a minimum of three games. There will be a silent auction and barbecue, and organizers are now selling 50/50 tickets, with the draw to be held the day of the tournament. For more information, contact Ryan Leil at 301-5836, Brian Haines at 755-1999 or Dave Guthro at 759-9309.
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A baseball umpiring clinic is coming May 9 to in the gymnasium at the town office in Westville. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., the clinic running 9 to 5. This clinic offers Levels 1, 2, and 3, with a cost of $70 for levels 1 and 2, and $100 for Level 3. The cost includes BNSUD membership rates, clinic fees and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current Level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in the Pictou County region must attend. Returning umpires are asked to bring their rulebooks, are advised to wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing and are asked to bring a ball glove and a mask if possible. For more information or to pre-register, email joel.rodgers@sobeys.com, or call 902-752-6575 (after 6 p.m.) or 902-752-8371 (ext. 8027) weekdays.
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Anyone interested in joining a summer ball hockey league at the Hector Arena is asked to contact Kent Corbett at 902-759-8077 or e-mail kentcorbett@bellaliant.net. The idea is in the early stages, but names will be taken until 9 May with more information to come.
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HALIFAX TO HOST 2016 CANADIAN FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Friday 1st May 2015

Halifax will host next year's Canadian Figure Skating Championships, the first time in over 10 years the event is back in the provincial capital.

It's going to be headlined by three-time World Champion Patrick Chan, and takes place January 18th to 24th at the Scotiabank Centre.

This is Halifax's fourth time hosting the event, as the city previously had it in 1983, 1997 and 2004.



MAN DIES AFTER CRASHING TRACTOR TRAILER
Friday 1st May 2015

A man is dead after his tractor-trailer veered off the highway and into a ditch.

The RCMP says the driver lost control and they believe he may have had a medical issue just prior to the accident, which took place around 3:00am this morning.

The truck, carrying a load of wood, landed upright in a ditch.

60 year old Gary Douglas Morrell from Brookfield was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The crash remains under investigation.



BRITISH SAILORS ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT IN COURT TODAY
Friday 1st May 2015

Four British sailors who are charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm are scheduled to make a court appearance today.

The Public Prosecution Service wouldn't offer details, but says today's appearance involves a possible change to their bail conditions.

The Crown alleges that they participated in a group sexual assault this month at CFB Shearwater.



NAVY SHIP RETIRED IN HALIFAX
Friday 1st May 2015

The HMCS Iroquois has been formally retired at a ceremony in the Provincial capital today.

A centuries old "paying off" ceremony took place, which saw a final salute to the ship from sailors, soldiers, and airmen.

The 43 year old ship was part of Canada's first response after the 9-11 terror attacks in 2001, departing Halifax in October of that year to conduct anti-terrorism operations in Arabian Sea.



ROAD TO RECOVERY WALK TOMORROW AFTERNOON
Friday 1st May 2015

The Pictou County Mental Illness Family Support Group will be holding their annual “Road to Recovery”walk this Saturday, May 2nd.

The group says they're hoping to raise money for the cause that would be given to groups in the community.

One of the organizers says fundraising will be taking place, but it is not the main goal of their efforts.

“It's not just the raising of money, it's raising awareness," says Elaine Garland, adding "anyone will be very welcome if they just show up, and walk with us."

The Road to Recovery walk will begin at 1:00pm tomorrow at Carmichael Park with registration at 12:30.



BAILLIE POSTS EXPENSES ONLINE, WANTS LIBERALS TO FOLLOW
Friday 1st May 2015
The leader of the opposition is challenging the Premier to be more transparent. Jamie Baillie says he has posted his April expenses online, and he's wants Stephen MacNeil and the Liberal government to do the same. Baillie says that currently, the Premier and ministers put their expenses in the legislative library in Halifax, where people have to visit to view them.

Baillie wants a set timeline and process to post expenses online. Pictou East MLA and PC Finance Critic Tim Houston introduced the Transparency in Ministers’ Expenses Act in the legislature earlier in the session, which would require a copy of the previous month’s expenses for ministers and their executive assistants to be posted on a government website. The legislation has not been passed.


GAS GOES UP - AGAIN
Friday 1st May 2015
Fuel prices are up again for the sixth straight week. Regular self-serve gas has increased 2.5 cents to $1.157 per litre. Diesel is up just over half a cent to $1.092 per litre.


STREET CLOSURE TOMORROW IN NEW GLASGOW FOR ANNUAL ART EVENT
Friday 1st May 2015
The Town of New Glasgow is advising the public of an upcoming street closure tomorrow. Provost Street from Dalhousie Street to the top of Provost Street, will be closed this Saturday from 5pm until 12 midnight to allow for the safe hosting of the annual Art at Night event. Art at Night runs from 8pm until 11pm at various locations throughout the Downtown core. New Glasgow thanks the community for its support of this signature hometown event.


LOCAL AUTHOR TO HOLD BOOK SIGNING IN RIVER JOHN
Friday 1st May 2015
A local author is debuting her new book in River John this weekend. Freelance writer Monica Graham has published In the Spirit, a collection of her columns from the Chronicle-Herald, as well as new material. The book is an examination of the human relationship with spirituality and religion. Graham will be reading excerpts of In the Spirit and signing copies on Saturday at River John Consolidated School at 2:00 p.m.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP MAY 1
Friday 1st May 2015
Registration for Westville minor baseball will begin Saturday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Further registration will be held May 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The sessions will be in the gymnasium at the Westville town office on Queen Street.
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New Glasgow Kinsmen baseball has set dates for their first registrations for the upcoming season. Players can register Saturday, May 2 and Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Kinsmen baseball clubhouse, behind the Dairy Queen. Players born between 2000 to 2010 may register for this season. Information regarding the season, registration cost and registration forms are available on their website: www.kinsmenbaseball.com.
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The 5th annual Relay for Life Ball Hockey tournament will take place May 9 at the North End Rec Centre’s outdoor rink in New Glasgow, beginning at 8 a.m. Money raised will go toward the police service’s entry in the Relay for Life, which is scheduled for June 27 at the Scott Weeks Sports Complex in New Glasgow. There are no age restrictions and it is a co-ed event, if teams choose. The entry fee is $20 per player, with each team guaranteed a minimum of three games. There will be a silent auction and barbecue, and organizers are now selling 50/50 tickets, with the draw to be held the day of the tournament. For more information, contact Ryan Leil at 301-5836, Brian Haines at 755-1999 or Dave Guthro at 759-9309.
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A baseball umpiring clinic is coming May 9 to in the gymnasium at the town office in Westville. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., the clinic running 9 to 5. This clinic offers Levels 1, 2, and 3, with a cost of $70 for levels 1 and 2, and $100 for Level 3. The cost includes BNSUD membership rates, clinic fees and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current Level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in the Pictou County region must attend. Returning umpires are asked to bring their rulebooks, are advised to wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing and are asked to bring a ball glove and a mask if possible. For more information or to pre-register, email joel.rodgers@sobeys.com, or call 902-752-6575 (after 6 p.m.) or 902-752-8371 (ext. 8027) weekdays.
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Anyone interested in joining a summer ball hockey league at the Hector Arena is asked to contact Kent Corbett at 902-759-8077 or e-mail kentcorbett@bellaliant.net. The idea is in the early stages, but names will be taken until 9 May with more information to come.
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