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Showing news for the month of September , 2014

THREE PEDESTRIANS IN HRM HIT BY VEHICLES IN 30 MINUTE SPAN
Friday 19th September 2014
Certainly no sign of let-up in pedestrian collisions in the HRM, with three people hit by vehicles this morning in a 30 minute span. A 22-year-old woman, a 30-year-old woman pushing a a stroller, and a 40 year old man were hit and all suffered non-life threatening injuries, with the exception of the one-year-old girl who was not injured. The driver involved in the stroller incident has not been charged as the investigation continues, but other two drivers – a 42-year-old woman and a 75-year-old man – were issued $700 tickets for failing to yield to a pedestrian.


CANCER CARE NOVA SCOTIA SEEKS FEEDBACK
Friday 19th September 2014
Cancer Care Nova Scotia is asking for feedback on Draft clinical standards for diagnosing and referring patients who have possible signs of colorectal cancer. Patients, survivors and their families are asked to review the draft standards and give feedback. Clinical standards give doctors and other health professionals information about how to diagnose and treat a disease based on the latest evidence. The draft standards are available at w-w-w dot cancer care dot n-s dot c-a slash C-R-C standards. The deadline for an online survey on the website is 13 October. Focus groups will take place in Halifax and Truro on 8 October and in Sydney on 9 October. To participate, call 1-866-599-2267.


HELP NEEDED TO FINISH COMMUNITY NATURAL PLAYGROUND
Friday 19th September 2014
Community members in New Glasgow are invited to help finish off a new Natural Playground at New Glasgow Academy. Work still needs to be done to get the play area completed for students to enjoy, and Rae Gunn of Active Pictou County says any time that can be spared to assist would be greatly appreciated. For more information, check out their Facebook Group – at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1932707400201499/


TRENTON COUNCIL HOLDS OFF ON SIGNING MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
Friday 19th September 2014
There was special meeting of Trenton Town Council last night to discuss the Memorandum of Understanding on potential regionalization with New Glagsow, the Town of Pictou, and Pictou County. However, Trenton Mayor Glen MacKinnon says there are still too many outstanding questions that are preventing them from accepting the invitation to sign on the bottom line. In a statement released by MacKinnon at the meeting, Council outlined 14 questions that they feel need clarification. MacKinnon also said that this decision was too important for the Town to make without getting citizen input, and invited residents to attend a public consultation meeting on 2 October at Trenton Elementary School at 6:30pm.


GAS PRICES DROP OVERNIGHT
Friday 19th September 2014
It will cost a bit less to fill up your tank this morning, as the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board once again dropped the price of unleaded gasoline and diesel overnight. The Board set the new price of a litre of regular unleaded self-serve gasoline at a minimum of one dollar 31.8 cents, a decrease of 2.3 cents per litre in northeastern Nova Scotia. The drop in the cost of a litre of diesel was not as significant, with a reduction of seven-tenths of a cent to a new minimum price of one dollar, 29.0 cents. These prices will remain in effect until next Friday morning at 12:01am.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – SEPTEMBER 19
Friday 19th September 2014

A 25-save shutout performance by Devan Tremblay and Luc Poirier scoring his first career Junior A goal highlighted the Weeks Crushers 4-0 victory at the Wellness Centre last night over the Bridgewater Lumberjacks. Poirier scored when he deflected a point shot from defenseman Justin MacDonald past Christopher Langlais near the midway point of the first period, which at the time gave the Crushers a 2-0 lead. Mike Lyle scored his fifth of the season, Garrett Lambke got a power play marker, and Cole Murphy rounded out the scoring for the home team who improved to 3-0 on the season. The Crushers are now off until next Thursday when they host the Valley Wildcats.

Pictou Academy Senior Boys soccer team got their first win in the Northern Nova Scotia Soccer League with a 5-3 win over Hants East Tigers in Lantz on Thursday. PA fell behind early 3-0 but came back to score five unanswered goals. Goal scorers for the Pitbulls were Logan Mac Donald with two; Jesse Hughes, Bryden Turple and Keegan Baillie-Malloy each netting singles. Tim Shea played a strong game in nets for PA. Next league game goes Tuesday against Amherst at Mc Culloch Field in Pictou.

Blayre Turnbull of Stellarton continues to turn heads at Hockey Canada, as she has now been given an invitation to attend the National Women's Team Fall Festival in Calgary. Turnbull is one of three Nova Scotians, including Jessica Wong of Baddeck and Jillian Saulnier of Halifax, and 58 players in total who will participate in the week long event starting Monday in Calgary. This will serve as an evaluation camp for Hockey Canada ahead of the 2015 IIHF Women World Championships, which will be hosted by Sweden next April.

The Wellness Centre will be a busy place this weekend, with the Weeks Major Midgets hosting the South Shore Mustangs for a double-header Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, the Scotsburn Major Bantams hosting Halifax on Saturday evening, and the Subway Northern Selects hosting East Hants on Saturday afternoon.

The St. Francis Xavier X-Men and X-Women hockey teams will both be hosting exhibition games this weekend, while the X-Men and X-Women soccer teams will host a regular season double header on the campus in Antigonish. The X-Men hockey team kicks off the weekend tonight at the Antigonish Arena against Moncton. The X-Women hockey team will host Dalhousie in the Auxilliary Arena at the Keating Millenium Centre on Sunday afternoon, while the soccer teams will also host the Tigers, also on Sunday afternoon.

A unique event scheduled for this weekend will show off feats of strength while at the same time raising money for a wonderful cause. The United Way Pulling for Change will take place at the Pictou County Wellness Centre Sunday at 10am, with 17 teams of 10 pulling a 20,000 pound fire truck a distance of 50 feet.

The East Pictou Silver Blades will be holding registration sessions for the CanSkate Learn to Skate program and their figure skating programs next Monday and Wednesday, 22 and 24 September, from 6:30 to 8:00pm each night at the Thorburn rink. Programs are available for children ages 3 and up. Please have your child's health card with you when you register. For more information, check out their Facebook page, or email them at eastpictousilverblades@hotmail.com

The Pictou County female Hockey association will be hosting an open house for novice players, age 7 and 8, interested on playing on an all female team this hockey season on Saturday Sept. 20 at 530 pm at the wellness centre. Registration is first come, first serve for this team and there are still spots available. The open house will include a free hour of ice time and parent information session. Those novice players who already registered are encouraged to attend as well. To register for the open house, email tlmacdonald70@hotmail.com

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for a Bronze Medallion course. If you are at least 13 years of age or old a Bronze Star and wish to go on to become a National Lifeguard, then, this course will get you started. Course dates are: Oct 19, 20, 26 and Nov 2, 3. For more information or to register contact Pictou Recreation Aquatics at 902-485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com

Online registration is now open and tryouts will take place soon for the XFC Soccer Club. XFC is looking for players in the boys and girls Under 14, Under 16, and Under 18 age groups. Registration can be done online at soccerxfc.org. Evaluations will take place Sunday September 28, at 11 am for the U14 teams and 12:30pm for U16 and U18. Evaluations will wrap up on Thanksgiving Monday, October 13, at 12:00 for the U14 girls, 1:30pm for the U14 boys, 3pm for U16 and U18 girls, and 4:30pm for U16 and U18 boys.

Official Cue Sports Nova Scotia 9-ball ranking tournaments for the Northern Region of Nova Scotia begin Sept 20th at Century Snooker Club in New Glasgow. There will be five satellite tournaments followed by a Regional Championship March 28th. There will be four Round Robin snooker ranking tournaments as well. Spots to Nationals are at stake in both pool and snooker. See Regional Director Bill Martin at Club for details. 902-755-2255.

The Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place Saturday, 18 October at the Westville Civic Building. The event will be held in honor of the late Hugh “Sparky” Paris, and will include the induction of three builders, one member of the media, and five athletes. In the builders category, Lisa Haley, Cathy Mason, and Roy Bennett will be honored. Steve Goodwin will be recognized for his efforts in sports journalism, while Clayton MacLeod, Tara Dunn, Courtnay Malcolm, Jennifer Weir, and Jason MacDonald will enter the hall in the athletes category. Special recognition will also be given to the organizers of the Scott Weeks Celebrity Golf Tournament and the Original Trenton Rink Builders. The event begins with a Meet and Greet starting at 1pm that afternoon, followed by the ceremony starting at 2pm.

The Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex will be starting an indoor paintball league starting October 12 which will consist of three person teams. Anyone interested in joining can contact Gary at the Sobeys Indoor Complex for details or email sobeyssoccer@gmail.com

If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or emil anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca



AIR CANADA JOINS WEST JET IN IMPLEMENTING $25 CHARGE FOR FIRST CHECKED BAG
Thursday 18th September 2014
Canadian airline passengers will increasingly feel a tug on their wallets as the country's main carriers charge millions of their customers fees to check their luggage and introduce new ancillary charges designed to boost revenues. Air Canada joined rival WestJet Airlines Thursday in charging a $25 plus tax fee for your first checked bag on domestic flights. The new fee takes effect starting November 2nd.


CANADIAN RESEARCHERS MAKE POTENTIAL BREAKTHROUGH FOR FIGHTING BLOOD-RELATED CANCERS
Thursday 18th September 2014
Canadian researchers have found a way to boost the number of stem cells from umbilical cord blood so more patients with leukemia and other blood-related cancers can receive potentially life-saving transplants. The key to the breakthrough technique is a molecule called UM171 developed at the University of Montreal, which allows scientists to significantly expand the number of stem cells in a single unit of cord blood. The project's principal researcher says that would give non-Caucasian patients, especially, a far better chance of finding stem cells from a suitably matched donor, and that having a greater pool of donor stem cells would also mean fewer complications associated with the transplant and faster recovery. Researchers will begin a study soon in which patients will receive transplants using stem cells produced using the molecule to test safety and effectiveness in humans.


PROVINCIAL NDP ADVANCED EDUCATION CRITIC SAYS STUDENT VOICES BEING IGNORED
Thursday 18th September 2014
NDP Leader and Advanced Education critic Maureen MacDonald says she is prepared to fight alongside students who want their voices included in post-secondary decision making. MacDonald’s comments come in reaction to news that student representatives have been told they will be excluded from this year’s universities-government Memorandum of Understanding negotiations for the first time since 2005. MacDonald says post-secondary students are already subject to a huge tax increase as a result of the recent government elimination of the Graduate Retention Rebate, and now feel betrayed when told their input is not needed.


CALL TO REPLENISH CANADA'S BLOOD SUPPLY
Thursday 18th September 2014
Our nation's blood supply needs replenishing. Canadian Blood Services is asking all those eligible to donate blood and to bring a friend to their next appointment. Vice-president of Donor Relations Mark Donnison says 133,000 appointment cancellations and 119,000 no-shows over the past months have put extra pressure on the national blood supply, and now Canadian Blood Services needs to fill an additional 78,000 appointments by the end of October to meet anticipated demand. Donnison says "If this current trend continues we would be concerned that regular hospital demand would put a strain on our national inventory.” To book an appointment in your community today, download the GiveBlood app, visit blood.ca or call 1 888 2 DONATE .


CEO ANNOUNCED FOR NEW AMALGAMATED HEALTH AUTHORITY
Thursday 18th September 2014
The CEO of both Annapolis Valley & the South Shore Health has been chosen to lead the new amalgamated authority that will run most hospitals in the province next year. Registered nurse Janet Knox will become the new health authority's CEO on April 1. Reducing the number of health authorities from 10 to two - one for the IWK in Halifax and one for the rest of Nova Scotia - was an election promise made last year by the Liberal party, who say the amalgamation will save taxpayers $13 million a year. Health Minister Leo Glavine has said that while most of the savings would come from shared services and staffing reductions, the only positions to be cut would be from management. Ahead of assuming her new post, Knox will advise the province through the consolidation process.


WESTVILLE BOUNDARY REVIEW MEETING SET FOR MONDAY
Thursday 18th September 2014
The Town of Westville will be conducting a review of boundaries within the community next week, and the process includes a public consultation meeting. That meeting is scheduled for Monday, 22 September at 7pm, and it will take place at the Westville Municipal Building.


PRICES DROP AT THE PUMPS IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Thursday 18th September 2014
If the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board follows the lead of regulators in New Brunswick, motorists in this province may want to wait until tomorrow to fill their tanks. The prices fell overnight in New Brunswick, dropping nearly three cents per litre for regular unleaded gasoline and 1.5 cents per litre for diesel. Prices in Nova Scotia will be reset effective midnight tonight.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – SEPTEMBER 18
Thursday 18th September 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers are back in action tonight when they host the Bridgewater Lumberjacks at the Wellness Centre. The Crushers bring a 2-0 record into the game after a pair of wins on the opening weekend of the season. Mike Lyle's four-goal performance in the two games earned him second star of the week in the league. He scored the game winner in the home opener against Summerside, and the goal that forced overtime in the come-from-behind shootout win at Valley the following night. Game time against Bridgewater is 7pm. Join Michael Petter at 6pm on Classic Rock 97.9 for the season opener of Slapshot as he has a more complete preview of the game.

The Wellness Centre will be a busy place this weekend, with the Weeks Major Midgets hosting the South Shore Mustangs for a double-header Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, the Scotsburn Major Bantams hosting Halifax on Saturday evening, and the Subway Northern Selects hosting East Hants on Saturday afternoon.

The Highland Derby Dolls will be having an open house tonight at 7:00 pm at the Community Room in the Aberdeen Sobeys for any female 19 years or older interested in taking our learn to skate program this fall.

The East Pictou Silver Blades will be holding registration sessions for the CanSkate Learn to Skate program and their figure skating programs next Monday and Wednesday, 22 and 24 September, from 6:30 to 8:00pm each night at the Thorburn rink. Programs are available for children ages 3 and up. Please have your child's health card with you when you register. For more information, check out their Facebook page, or email them at eastpictousilverblades@hotmail.com

The Pictou County female Hockey association will be hosting an open house for novice players, age 7 and 8, interested on playing on an all female team this hockey season on Saturday Sept. 20 at 530 pm at the wellness centre. Registration is first come, first serve for this team and there are still spots available. The open house will include a free hour of ice time and parent information session. Those novice players who already registered are encouraged to attend as well. To register for the open house, email tlmacdonald70@hotmail.com

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for a Bronze Medallion course. If you are at least 13 years of age or old a Bronze Star and wish to go on to become a National Lifeguard, then, this course will get you started. Course dates are: Oct 19, 20, 26 and Nov 2, 3. For more information or to register contact Pictou Recreation Aquatics at 902-485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com

Online registration is now open and tryouts will take place soon for the XFC Soccer Club. XFC is looking for players in the boys and girls Under 14, Under 16, and Under 18 age groups. Registration can be done online at soccerxfc.org. Evaluations will take place Sunday September 28, at 11 am for the U14 teams and 12:30pm for U16 and U18. Evaluations will wrap up on Thanksgiving Monday, October 13, at 12:00 for the U14 girls, 1:30pm for the U14 boys, 3pm for U16 and U18 girls, and 4:30pm for U16 and U18 boys.

Official Cue Sports Nova Scotia 9-ball ranking tournaments for the Northern Region of Nova Scotia begin Sept 20th at Century Snooker Club in New Glasgow. There will be five satellite tournaments followed by a Regional Championship March 28th. There will be four Round Robin snooker ranking tournaments as well. Spots to Nationals are at stake in both pool and snooker. See Regional Director Bill Martin at Club for details. 902-755-2255.

The Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place Saturday, 18 October at the Westville Civic Building. The event will be held in honor of the late Hugh “Sparky” Paris, and will include the induction of three builders, one member of the media, and five athletes. In the builders category, Lisa Haley, Cathy Mason, and Roy Bennett will be honored. Steve Goodwin will be recognized for his efforts in sports journalism, while Clayton MacLeod, Tara Dunn, Courtnay Malcolm, Jennifer Weir, and Jason MacDonald will enter the hall in the athletes category. Special recognition will also be given to the organizers of the Scott Weeks Celebrity Golf Tournament and the Original Trenton Rink Builders. The event begins with a Meet and Greet starting at 1pm that afternoon, followed by the ceremony starting at 2pm.

The Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex will be starting an indoor paintball league starting October 12 which will consist of three person teams. Anyone interested in joining can contact Gary at the Sobeys Indoor Complex for details or email sobeyssoccer@gmail.com

If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or emil anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca



TRURO MAN ARRESTED AFTER BOMB THREAT AT LIBRARY
Wednesday 17th September 2014
A 29 year old Truro man was arrested last night after a bomb threat at the town's library and a break in at a local pawn shop. Truro Police say library employees found a bomb threat on their voice mail early Monday, while the break and enter at East Coast Pawn Stars happened on September 11. He was held in custody last night and is due in Truro court Today.


MEETING SET OVER STATE OF RAIL LINE
Wednesday 17th September 2014
Nova Scotia's transportation department will meet next week with town officials in New Glasgow and Port Hawkesbury to discuss their concerns with a rail line. The department says it's part of its efforts to ensure safety along the line that runs from Truro to Sydney. Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan says he's been assured by Transport Canada that there are no significant safety concerns. MacLellan says the federal department has noted small deficiencies, but the rail line is in compliance with regulations. Those deficiencies include worn rail ties on small sections of track. There have been three recent derailments along the line. MacLellan asked Transport Canada for assurances after a report that found 18 key factors in last year's fatal railcar explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. MacLellan says the line's operator, the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway, conducts weekly inspections. Transport Canada also carries out several inspections a year on behalf of the province, which is the regulator.


SETTLEMENT REACHED WITH NOVA SCOTIA POWER
Wednesday 17th September 2014
Approximately 350 people living in Trenton and surrounding areas have resolved their claims against Nova Scotia Power Inc. relating to the operation of the Trenton Generating Station. There has not been an admission of liability and the details of the settlement are confidential.


ROOTS FOR YOUTH BENEFICIARIES OF CHARITY BALL
Wednesday 17th September 2014
The Pictou County District RCMP recently organized a Charity Ball that raised over 11-thousand, 5-hundred dollars for the local Roots For Youth Society. The evening included a dinner, dance, and silent auction, and incorporated a number of formal RCMP traditions. Staff Sergeant Steve Halliday presented the cheque to Roots for Youth Chair Matt Greely at the end of the evening. Halliday says the inaugural Friends of the Force Charity Ball was a success, and was a special opportunity for the local members of the RCMP to give back to the community.


EMERGENCY ROOM CLOSURE AT STRAIT RICHMOND HOSPITAL
Wednesday 17th September 2014
A lack of available physicians has once again forced the temporary closure of the Strait Richmond Hospital’s Emergency Department today between 8am and 8pm. Residents requiring treatment should call 911 or visit the hospital in Sydney or Antigonish. The Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority says 811 is available for consultation with a nurse in non-emergent situations.


MAN FOUND ON SIDE OF HIGHWAY DIES FROM INJURIES
Wednesday 17th September 2014
A 48-year old South Maitland man found unconscious and bleeding on the side of Highway 215 over the weekend has died as a result of his injuries. Enfield RCMP say Arnold Frederick Hubley had been a passenger in a vehicle earlier in the day on Saturday. The vehicle has since been found by police as they continue to investigate. The Northeast Nova Major Crimes unit is asking anyone with information about this incident to call RCMP or Crime Stoppers.


SCOTT JONES TO SPEAK AT SCHOOL BOARD ANTI-BULLYING EVENT
Wednesday 17th September 2014
A man who was paralyzed in an attack last year outside a New Glasgow nightclub will be the guest speaker tomorrow at an event to launch the CCRSB board-wide anti-bullying initiative. Scott Jones will be joined by Board Superintendent Gary Clarke, Board Chair Trudy Thompson, representatives of Kids Help Phone and local health agencies at North Nova Education Centre. The event will be streamed to schools across the region kicking off the second year of the Stand Up. Speak Out. Stop Bullying. Together. campaign. The theme for the campaign for the 2014-15 school year is We are not afraid, in honour of the movement started by Jones after the incident last October. The focus will be on creating healthy relationships and finding healthy ways to resolve conflict.


RIVERVIEW EMPLOYEES TO HOLD INFORMATION PICKET
Wednesday 17th September 2014
Members of CUPE Local 2330 will be out on the streets tomorrow to hold an information picket. The employees at the Riverview Adult Residential Centre are concerned about the province's decision not to continue with the third and final phase of renovation and expansion plans at the facility. A recent meeting to discuss the province's plans for mental health service delivery examined a shift in philosophy, which included the cancellation of the planned expansion. The picket will be set up from 7am to 7pm tomorrow at the intersection of Foord Street and Acadia Avenue.


DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER HIT AND RUN INCIDENT
Wednesday 17th September 2014
A 53-year old New Brunswick man was arrested by Bible Hill RCMP after Pictou County RCMP reached out for assistance in a hit-and-run incident on Highway 104. The accident took place near exit 24 in the westbound lanes during the lunch hour yesterday when a vehicle being drive by a 16 year old girl was rear-ended by a tractor trailer. The girl's car was pushed into the guardrail, causing the front air bags to deploy, resulting in minor injuries for the driver and her passengers. The tractor trailer was stopped by police in Stewiacke, and the driver was taken into custody. The man has been charged with Failing to Stop at the Scene of an Accident as well as Dangerous Driving, and will appear in Pictou Provincial Court in November.


FINAL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING FOR HEALTH AUTHORITY
Wednesday 17th September 2014
The Board of the Pictou County Health Authority is going out on a high note, as they presented a balanced budget for the ninth consecutive year. The Board of the 13-year-old organization held it's final Annual General Meeting at the Aberdeen Hospital yesterday and announced that although the 2013-14 fiscal year was a challenging one, strong community partners once again stepped up. CEO Pat Lee thanked the Aberdeen Health Foundation who contributed $695 000 to purchase a mobile x-ray unit, steam sterilizer and other equipment, the Sutherland Harris Memorial Foundation whose $34 000 contribution assisted in adding a radiology workstation and the Aberdeen Hospital Auxiliary who gave $128 000 towards developing a minimally invasive surgical suite. As well the Pictou County Health Authority received nearly $900 000 from the Department of Health and Wellness which funded the acquisition of more operating room beds, redevelopment of the Emergency and Pharmacy Departments of the Aberdeen Hospital, and various renovations, upgrades and repairs.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – SEPTEMBER 17
Wednesday 17th September 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers are back in action tomorrow when they host the Bridgewater Lumberjacks at the Wellness Centre. The Crushers bring a 2-0 record into the game after a pair of wins on the opening weekend of the season. Mike Lyle's four-goal performance in the two games earned him second star of the week in the league. He scored the game winner in the home opener against Summerside, and the goal that forced overtime in the come-from-behind shootout win at Valley the following night. Game time against Bridgewater tomorrow is 7pm. Join Michael Petter at 6pm on Classic Rock 97.9 for the season opener of Slapshot as he has a more complete preview of the game.

There is going to be a fall sport team meeting for parents on this evening at 6:30 pm in the theater at NRHS.  This will cover NRHS, CCRSB and NSSAF policies and procedures.   Parents are asked to attend if they have a child involved in a fall sport at NRHS. Fall sports include Varsity soccer, JV soccer, golf, boys baseball and cross country. Hockey, basketball and volleyball parents may also attend this meeting.

The Highland Derby Dolls will be having an open house on Thursday September 18, 2014, at 7:00 pm at the Community Room in the Aberdeen Sobeys for any female 19 years or older interested in taking our learn to skate program this fall.

The East Pictou Silver Blades will be holding registration sessions for the CanSkate Learn to Skate program and their figure skating programs next Monday and Wednesday, 22 and 24 September, from 6:30 to 8:00pm each night at the Thorburn rink. Programs are available for children ages 3 and up. Please have your child's health card with you when you register. For more information, check out their Facebook page, or email them at eastpictousilverblades@hotmail.com

The Pictou County female Hockey association will be hosting an open house for novice players, age 7 and 8, interested on playing on an all female team this hockey season on Saturday Sept. 20 at 530 pm at the wellness centre. Registration is first come, first serve for this team and there are still spots available. The open house will include a free hour of ice time and parent information session. Those novice players who already registered are encouraged to attend as well. To register for the open house, email tlmacdonald70@hotmail.com

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for a Bronze Medallion course. If you are at least 13 years of age or old a Bronze Star and wish to go on to become a National Lifeguard, then, this course will get you started. Course dates are: Oct 19, 20, 26 and Nov 2, 3. For more information or to register contact Pictou Recreation Aquatics at 902-485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com

Online registration is now open and tryouts will take place soon for the XFC Soccer Club. XFC is looking for players in the boys and girls Under 14, Under 16, and Under 18 age groups. Registration can be done online at soccerxfc.org. Evaluations will take place Sunday September 28, at 11 am for the U14 teams and 12:30pm for U16 and U18. Evaluations will wrap up on Thanksgiving Monday, October 13, at 12:00 for the U14 girls, 1:30pm for the U14 boys, 3pm for U16 and U18 girls, and 4:30pm for U16 and U18 boys.

Official Cue Sports Nova Scotia 9-ball ranking tournaments for the Northern Region of Nova Scotia begin Sept 20th at Century Snooker Club in New Glasgow. There will be five satellite tournaments followed by a Regional Championship March 28th. There will be four Round Robin snooker ranking tournaments as well. Spots to Nationals are at stake in both pool and snooker. See Regional Director Bill Martin at Club for details. 902-755-2255.

The Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex will be starting an indoor paintball league starting October 12 which will consist of three person teams. Anyone interested in joining can contact Gary at the Sobeys Indoor Complex for details or email sobeyssoccer@gmail.com

If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or emil anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca



53 YEAR OLD NEW BRUNSWICK MAN CHARGED IN HIT AND RUN ON HIGHWAY 104
Tuesday 16th September 2014
RCMP in Pictou and Colchester County's teamed up yesterday to apprehend the driver of a tractor trailer that collided with a car in Pictou County and then fled from the scene. Police say a 16-year-old girl from Liscomb was traveling near the New Glasgow-Stellarton exit of Highway 104 when her vehicle was rear-ended by a tractor trailer and pushed into a guard rail. She suffered minor injuries and the tractor trailer continued westbound, where it was finally stopped in Stewiacke around 3 p.m. A 53-year-old New Brunswick man was taken into custody and is bveing charged with dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.


VICTIM OF SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT IN SOUTH MAITLAND HAS DIED
Tuesday 16th September 2014
Enfield RCMP say a 48-year-old man who was found unconscious on the side of the road of Highway 215 in South Maitland has died at the Halifax Infirmary. RCMP say the preliminary investigation determined Arnold Frederick Hubley had been a passenger in a vehicle before the incident occurred. He was found unconscious and bleeding from the head. The vehicle was later recovered by police. The Northeast Nova Major Crimes unit is continuing with its investigation, and is asking anyone with information about this incident to call RCMP or Crime Stoppers.


HALIFAX EMPLOYEE OF ST. ANDREWS UNITED CHURCH ACCUSED OF FRAUD AND STEALING MORE THEN $400,000
Tuesday 16th September 2014
Halifax Regional Police confirm that a female employee of St. Andrew's United Church in Halifax is being accused of fraud and stealing more then $400,000. Tammy Marie James, the church's office administrator, was arraigned in court Yesterday. The theft is alleged to have occurred between January 2011 and December 2013. James has been ordered to stay at least 25 meters away from St. Andrews United Church. She is due back in court on Jan. 12 to enter a plea.


ABERDEEN HEALTH FOUNDATION ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ENDOWMENT FUND
Tuesday 16th September 2014
The Aberdeen Health Foundation is looking for applications for its Children’s Aid Society Endowment. The endowment was created from a gift from the Children’s Aid Society, and in past years has given support to groups such as Pictou County Early Intervention, Tearmann Society, and Kids First. Through the endowment, opportunities are provided semi-annually for funding for programs and organizations that support health and wellness, crisis prevention and intervention, and risk management. More information on project eligibility and application forms are available by contacting Susan Malcolm, Executive Director of the Aberdeen Health Foundation at (902) 752-7600 x. 4600, or by visiting AberdeenHealthFoundation.ca.


SABLE ENGINEERING RECEIVES GOVERNMENT LOAN FOR EXPANSION
Tuesday 16th September 2014
A local engineering firm will be able to expand thanks to an interest-bearing, repayable loan from the province through Nova Scotia Business Inc. Sable Engineering in Trenton specializes in mechanical engineering design, maintenance and reliability engineering and sales, service and training for laser alignment, and balancing and vibration analysis for heavy industry. Sable Engineering provides maintenance services globally in industries including mining, manufacturing, pulp and paper, and oil and gas. John MacKenzie, president and general manager of Sable, says the loan of 200-thousand dollars will allow the company to expand in regional and global markets.


NORTHUMBERLAND REGIONAL TO RECEIVE TECH LAB GRANT
Tuesday 16th September 2014
Northumberland Regional High School in Alma is one of nine schools across Canada that will receive a grant from Future Shop to enhance technology-based teaching. Future Shop announced today that the introduction of new technologies and educational enhancements will be used to keep students inspired, motivated and empowered as they progress through their studies. Future Shop received 135 school applications that were judged by an inter-departmental panel of Future Shop staff. The Future Shop's Future Generation Tech Lab grant program program has been in place since 2008, awarding over 2 million dollars to 74 schools across the country.


IMPAIRED DRIVING CHARGE LIKELY TO LEAD TO JAIL TIME
Tuesday 16th September 2014
A Pictou man pleaded guilty to a charge of impaired driving in Provincial court yesterday. Fifty-five- year-old James Dean Fraser was charged on 14 June in Pictou, and has three prior convictions for impaired driving from 1988 and 1995, and most recently in 2008. Noting Fraser’s long-term employment and marriage, a joint recommendation was made by the crown and defense for a 3-month intermittent jail term and a two-year driving prohibition, but Judge Del Atwood reserved his decision, and will sentence Fraser at a later date.


MARITIME BUILDING DEMOLITION SET TO BE DONE BY NOVEMBER
Tuesday 16th September 2014
At last night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Town of New Glasgow engineer Earl MacKenzie told council the Maritime Building will be gone by 7 November. Council heard that a meeting with sub-contractors was held last Friday with a focus on safety. Both an independent structural engineer and a safety officer will monitor the process, with misting and other measures planned to be used to control dust. MacKenzie says the removal of hazardous materials will begin tomorrow working from the top floor down, and should take about 7 weeks. The Maritime Building was erected in 1915 and abandoned in 2009 when owner and property developer Cohen MacInnis declared bankruptcy. Pictou County company Verhagen Demolition Ltd. was awarded the contract for the million dollar job.


NEW GLASGOW ROAD WORK TODAY
Tuesday 16th September 2014
Delays are to be expected for motorists traveling in the Town of New Glasgow today, as work is planned for several streets in preparation for paving. MacLean Street, between Archimedes and Albert, Little Harbour Road from Almont to Dover, Trenton Road from St. John's Street to Prospect and George Street from Abercrombie Road up to and including the Bridge, will all be planed today. MacLean Street will be closed while work is completed, and other roads will see stop-and-go traffic. The Town's Public Works Department is asking motorists to use alternate routes if possible.


TRIAL SET FOR HARASSMENT, WEAPONS CHARGES
Tuesday 16th September 2014
A Greenhill man has pleaded not guilty to five charges in Pictou Provincial court. Twenty-seven year old Steven Malcolm Oliver faces charges of harassment, possession of a weapon, assault with a weapon, being unlawfully in a dwelling and mischief related to property. All charges stem from 27 May of this year following an incident in Stellarton. Judge Del Atwood set a half-day trial for Oliver on 13 January, 2015.


PROVINCIAL FINANCIAL OUTLOOK IMPROVES SLIGHTLY
Tuesday 16th September 2014
Finance Minister Diana Whalen presented the province with an update on the province's books, and says the deficit may not be as large as first thought. However, the shortfall is still pegged to reach 274.5 million dollars, an improvement of 4.5 million. The move comes from a commitment to cut spending by 1 percent, excluding salaries, across all departments, and a plan to fill only half of the current job openings in government for the rest of the fiscal year. Whalen says the plan remains to achieve balanced budgets by the end of the current mandate. Progressive Conservative Finance critic Tim Houston says the moves are just a shell game designed to hide mistakes in over-spending, while NDP Finance critic Maureen MacDonald says there is a lack of action to deal with job losses.


PRELIMINARY INQUIRY SET FOR ACCUSED IN BREAK AND ENTER
Tuesday 16th September 2014
Only one of three people facing break & enter charges over the same alleged incident appeared as scheduled in Pictou Provincial court yesterday. 23-year-old Forrest Bruce MacDonald of New Glasgow faces two charges of break & enter with the intent to cause mischief at a home in Priestville on 26 April. MacDonald will appear in Supreme court on 15 January for a preliminary inquiry. Meanwhile, it was the second court date missed by two co-accused – Charity Ann Chappell and Tyler Lawrence Chislett - and a warrant has been issued for their arrest.


WHALE CARCASS WASHES ASHORE ON BIG ISLAND BEACH
Tuesday 16th September 2014
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans will have to deal with a nine-metre-long minke whale carcass from the Big Island beach after it washed ashore over the weekend. An officer with the department was on the scene yesterday and says the remains are in fair condition, and the whale showed no signs of trauma from a collision with a ship or marks from nets. The department expects to have a decision over how to proceed sometime today.


STELLARTON BY-ELECTION ANNOUNCED
Tuesday 16th September 2014
A by-election to fill the council seat vacated by the passing of Stellarton Deputy Mayor George Megeney will take place at the end of November. Stellarton council made the announcement last night during their meeting. Megeney passed away suddenly on 18 August. Mayor Joe Gennoe remembered Megeney for his tireless work and continuous focus on the needs of the Town of Stellarton. Nominations for the special election will be taken until 4 November, with the vote taking place on 29 November.


NEW GLASGOW REPORTS 2013-14 SURPLUS
Tuesday 16th September 2014
New Glasgow is reporting a strong fiscal year in 2013/14. The audited financial statements for the town were presented to town council at last night’s regular monthly meeting, and showed an operating surplus of over 262-thousand dollars that will be transferred to the operating reserve. Mayor Barrie MacMillan credited CAO Lisa MacDonald, as well as the towns’ department heads for strong management of their budgets, especially given the challenging weather experienced last winter.  The Mayor says New Glasgow town council is prepared to make bold changes to help the town and the region move forward.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – SEPTEMBER 16
Tuesday 16th September 2014

The Northern Subway Selects Female AAA Hockey Club opened their 2014-15 season this past weekend in the NS Female Midget AAA hockey League with a pair of games. The Selects hosted the MacIntyre Chevy Panthers on Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Panthers started fast and held off a late Select comeback to win 3-2. The Subway Selects were led by Amanda Dunning with two goals with an assist to Katie Pentz. Adi Small faced 24 shots in goal for the selects. The second game of the home and home series saw the Selects travel to GlaceBay on Sunday to face the Panthers. The Selects came away with a hard fought 4-1 win. MacKenzie Reid led the Selects with 2 goals. Hilary Taylor and Siena Forance picked up singles with assists to Amanda Dunning, Rachel Hinkley, Taylor Perry, Madelyn Bourque, Megan Stewart and Emily Dorion. Katie Henderson picked up the win in goal for the Selects. The Northern Subway Selects next see action on Saturday September 20th at 12:30pm at the PC Wellness Centre as they face the defending Provincial Champions ProCresting Penguins. The Selects then travel to the East Hants Sportsplex on Sunday September 21st to face the Penguins at 11am.

Pictou County Ultimate is hosting co-ed pick-up ultimate frisbee games on Tuesday nights this fall at Parkdale field.. All experience levels are welcome, for anyone age 15 and up. Start time is every Tuesday evening at 6:30pm.

There is going to be a fall sport team meeting for parents on Wednesday, September 17, at 6:30 pm in the theater at NRHS.  This will cover NRHS, CCRSB and NSSAF policies and procedures.   Parents are asked to attend if they have a child involved in a fall sport at NRHS. Fall sports include Varsity soccer, JV soccer, golf, boys baseball and cross country. Hockey, basketball and volleyball parents may also attend this meeting.

The Kickin Vixens are so proud to announce another win! The gals played a tough game against the Moonshine Maidens and the final score was 221-204! DC and VooDoo were awarded the MVPs and all the gals played one of their best game yet! We are thankful to so many people and to have be able to take part in this wonderful derby day along with so many other amazing teams! Special shout out to Shreddy Crocker for coaching our team like a pro all the way! Always thankful to Mutha Mary for taking such great care of us! Thanks to the Moonshine Maidens for bring their a game and making us work for the win! Special kudos goes out to the Valley Avengers for landing their win, you gals rock! Thanks to the red Red Rock 'N Roller Derby league for being such fantastic hosts and pulling off a day of derby that everyone loved! Thank you to all the refs, NSOs and volunteers who helped make the day a success!

The Highland Derby Dolls will be having an open house on Thursday September 18, 2014, at 7:00 pm at the Community Room in the Aberdeen Sobeys for any female 19 years or older interested in taking our learn to skate program this fall.

The East Pictou Silver Blades will be holding registration sessions for the CanSkate Learn to Skate program and their figure skating programs next Monday and Wednesday, 22 and 24 September, from 6:30 to 8:00pm each night at the Thorburn rink. Programs are available for children ages 3 and up. Please have your child's health card with you when you register. For more information, check out their Facebook page, or email them at eastpictousilverblades@hotmail.com

The Pictou County female Hockey association will be hosting an open house for novice players, age 7 and 8, interested on playing on an all female team this hockey season on Saturday Sept. 20 at 530 pm at the wellness centre. Registration is first come, first serve for this team and there are still spots available. The open house will include a free hour of ice time and parent information session. Those novice players who already registered are encouraged to attend as well. To register for the open house, email tlmacdonald70@hotmail.com

Online registration is now open and tryouts will take place soon for the XFC Soccer Club. XFC is looking for players in the boys and girls Under 14, Under 16, and Under 18 age groups. Registration can be done online at soccerxfc.org. Evaluations will take place Sunday September 28, at 11 am for the U14 teams and 12:30pm for U16 and U18. Evaluations will wrap up on Thanksgiving Monday, October 13, at 12:00 for the U14 girls, 1:30pm for the U14 boys, 3pm for U16 and U18 girls, and 4:30pm for U16 and U18 boys.

Official Cue Sports Nova Scotia 9-ball ranking tournaments for the Northern Region of Nova Scotia begin Sept 20th at Century Snooker Club in New Glasgow. There will be five satellite tournaments followed by a Regional Championship March 28th. There will be four Round Robin snooker ranking tournaments as well. Spots to Nationals are at stake in both pool and snooker. See Regional Director Bill Martin at Club for details. 902-755-2255.

The Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex will be starting an indoor paintball league starting October 12 which will consist of three person teams. Anyone interested in joining can contact Gary at the Sobeys Indoor Complex for details or email sobeyssoccer@gmail.com

If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or emil anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca



HALIFAX REGIONAL POLICE WARN PUBLIC OF COUNTERFEIT AMERICAN BILLS
Monday 15th September 2014
Halifax Regional Police are warning the public that a large number of fake American bills have been used around the region. There have been 10 reported cases where someone has paid for a purchase with counterfeit American $50 bills since last Wednesday. Police say businesses in a number of shopping areas were targeted and several thousand dollars worth of counterfeit bills were used. Halifax's Financial Crime Unit is reminding business owners to take a closer look at all cash before accepting it.


NUMBERS ARE IN FROM CLARA'S BIG RIDE
Monday 15th September 2014
The event held at the Pictou County Wellness Centre as part of Clara's Big Ride ended up raising over 22-thousand dollars for mental health support locally. The event this past April, which saw Olympian Clara Hughes visit the county on her cross country bicycle ride, raised money for the Pictou County Family Support Group, and Pictou County Health Authority Mental Health Services Meriden Families Matter Program. Members of the event organizing committee say they are grateful to the people of Pictou County for their support.


NEW GLASGOW POLICE LOOKING TO IDENTIFY SHOPLIFTER
Monday 15th September 2014
An unknown man is suspected of stealing merchandise from the Atlantic Superstore over the weekend, and New Glasgow Regional Police are looking for help over social media in idenitfying him. The Police have posted screen shots of the man, taken from the store's surveillance video on Saturday, to their Facebook page, in the hopes that someone might recognize him. Anyone with any information is asked to call asked to call New Glasgow Regional Police at 902 752-1941 or provide the information anonymously through Crime Stoppers. If your information leads to an arrest, you could qualify for a cash award of up to $2,000.


NEW GLASGOW PARK CLOSES
Monday 15th September 2014
The South-End Playground in New Glasgow has been closed by the Town as they are moving the equipment out of that space to the Ward 1 Community Centre Playground. The Ward 1 Playground will also be closed temporarily while the equipment gets installed. New Glasgow Community Economic Development Director Geralyn MacDonald says the redesign of the Ward 1 site will be popular and well received.


ARENA FLOOR UNDAMAGED BY HORSE PULL
Monday 15th September 2014
An inspection of the floor at the Hector Arena following the Pictou North Colchester Exhibition shows that it is none the worse for the wear. There had been concerns that events such as the heavy horse pull could have damaged the newly renovated 800-thousand dollar floor. Rink Commission Chairman David Parker says the floor looks as good as it did before the event. Parker says there needs to be a better working relationship between the Pictou Agricultural Society, who own the rink and operate the Exhibition, and the Commission, who lease the rink 51 weeks per year.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – SEPTEMBER 15
Monday 15th September 2014

It was a hard-fought opening week for the Weeks Jr A Crushers, but the end result was a pair of victories as the 2014-15 season got underway in the MHL. The Crushers kicked things off with a 4-2 win over the Summerside Western Capitals in their home opener on Thursday, and then they went to Berwick and spoiled the home-opener for the Valley Wildcats with a 5-4 shootout victory. The Crushers only play once this week with a home game Thursday night against the Bridgewater Lumberjacks. Puck drop at the Wellness Centre is 7pm. And don't forget the season premiere of Slapshot with Michael Petter is this Thursday at 6pm on Classic Rock 97.9.

The Northumberland Lady Knighthawks split their opening two games of the 2014 season this past week, opening the season with a 4-3 loss to the North Nova Gryphons on Tuesday before bouncing back with a 4-0 victory over the Pictou Academy Pitbulls on Thursday. Next up for the Lady Nighthawks will be a home game on Tuesday when they play the Amherst Vikettes and then the squad hits the road for a game in Brookfield versus the South Colchester Wolves on Thursday. As well, next week-end on Sept 19 & 20 the team will host 7 high schools from throughout the province in the 6th annual Dexter Vint 3-D Memorial High School Girls Soccer Tournament.

The Weeks Major Midgets opened the 2014-15 season with a pair of games over the weekend, and have come out with a win and a loss. The Weeks opened the season on Saturday night in Cole Harbour, and fell to the Wolfpack 5-0, but rebounded on Sunday defeating the defending Nova Scotia and Atlantic Champions Halifax MacDonald's at the Wellness Centre by a score of 3-1. The Weeks will host the South Shore Mustangs for a pair of games this coming weekend, Saturday night at 7:30pm and Sunday afternoon at 1pm at the Wellness Centre.

The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers opened the season with a pair of losses this weekend, falling 5-2 to the Truro Bearcats at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre and 5-0 at home to the Nova Jr. X-Men. The Major Bantam Crushers have just one game this weekend, when they host the Halifax ACCEL Hawks Saturday night at 7:30pm at the Wellness Centre.

The Kickin Vixens are so proud to announce another win! The gals played a tough game against the Moonshine Maidens and the final score was 221-204! DC and VooDoo were awarded the MVPs and all the gals played one of their best game yet! We are thankful to so many people and to have be able to take part in this wonderful derby day along with so many other amazing teams! Special shout out to Shreddy Crocker for coaching our team like a pro all the way! Always thankful to Mutha Mary for taking such great care of us! Thanks to the. Moonshine Maidens for bring their a game an d making us work for the win! Special kudos goes out to the Valley Avengers for landing their win, you gals rock! Thanks to the red Red Rock 'N Roller Derby league for being such fantastic hosts and pulling off a day of derby that everyone loved! Thank you to all the refs, NSOs and volunteers who helped make the day a success!

Two St. Francis Xavier teams were on the field at home this past weekend. The X-Men football team lost a close one to the Mount Allison Mounties, 27-25, and the X-Women rugby team continued their dominance of the AUS with a 71-0 win over UPEI. Meanwhile, X-Men and X-Women both earned 1-1 draws on the road against the UPEI Panthers.

Johnathan Hicken won the final race of the 2014 Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour, taking the Dartmouth Doge 200 on Saturday, but it was not quite enough, as he finished the season in second place overall, just 25 points behind the Tour Champions John Flemming. Dylan Blenkhorn of Truro finished the season in 6th, Donald Chisholm of Antigonish in 14th, and George Koszkulics of New Glasgow in 16th.

The Pictou County female Hockey association will be hosting an open house for novice players, age 7 and 8, interested on playing on an all female team this hockey season on Saturday Sept. 20 at 530 pm at the wellness centre. Registration is first come, first serve for this team and there are still spots available. The open house will include a free hour of ice time and parent information session. Those novice players who already registered are encouraged to attend as well. To register for the open house, email tlmacdonald70@hotmail.com

Online registration is now open and tryouts will take place soon for the XFC Soccer Club. XFC is looking for players in the boys and girls Under 14, Under 16, and Under 18 age groups. Registration can be done online at soccerxfc.org. Evaluations will take place Sunday September 28, at 11 am for the U14 teams and 12:30pm for U16 and U18. Evaluations will wrap up on Thanksgiving Monday, October 13, at 12:00 for the U14 girls, 1:30pm for the U14 boys, 3pm for U16 and U18 girls, and 4:30pm for U16 and U18 boys.

Official Cue Sports Nova Scotia 9-ball ranking tournaments for the Northern Region of Nova Scotia begin Sept 20th at Century Snooker Club in New Glasgow. There will be five satellite tournaments followed by a Regional Championship March 28th. There will be four Round Robin snooker ranking tournaments as well. Spots to Nationals are at stake in both pool and snooker. See Regional Director Bill Martin at Club for details. 902-755-2255.

Registration for the Pictou County Subway Sharks Swim Team will be held at the Wellness Centre today from 5:30 - 8 pm. The first practice is also tonight at 7pm. New members are welcome. You don't need to be a great swimmer yet, if you can swim one length of the pool safely we can teach you the rest. Visit us on our facebook page for more information.

The Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex will be starting an indoor paintball league starting October 12 which will consist of three person teams. Anyone interested in joining can contact Gary at the Sobeys Indoor Complex for details or email sobeyssoccer@gmail.com

If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or emil anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca



CAR OF MISSING SHELBURNE COUNTY MAN HAS BEEN FOUND
Sunday 14th September 2014
The car of a missing Shelburne County man has been found. Charles Cecil Slate from East Green Harbour, has been missing since Sept. 9, the day he was arrested and released on child pornography charges. RCMP received a call indicating that Slate’s vehicle had been located approximately three kilometers from Highway 103 at the Lockport exit. Police began a search of the area with help from a canine unit and the Barrington Ground Search and Rescue. Anyone who may have information about Slate’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Shelburne County RCMP detachment.


LOCAL SPORTS
Sunday 14th September 2014
The Pictou County Crushers opened their Maritime Hockey League season with 2 wins. Following their 4-2 win over the Summerside Western Capitals Thursday night at the Wellness Centre, the team headed to Berwick to face the Valley Wildcats Friday night, where Daniel Walsh ended the game in a shoot out as the Crushers beat the Wildcats 5-4. The Crusher next play a home game against the Bridgewater Lumberjacks on Thursday September 18 at 7pm @ Pictou County Wellness Centre

The Pictou County female Hockey association will be hosting an open house for novice players, age 7 and 8, interested on playing on an all female team this hockey season on Saturday Sept. 20 at 530 pm at the wellness centre. Registration is first come, first serve for this team and there are still spots available. The open house will include a free hour of ice time and parent information session. Those novice players who already registered are encouraged to attend as well. To register for the open house, email tlmacdonald70@hotmail.com

Official Cue Sports Nova Scotia 9-ball ranking tournaments for the Northern Region of Nova Scotia begin Sept 20th at Century Snooker Club in New Glasgow. There will be five satellite tournaments followed by a Regional Championship March 28th. There will be four Round Robin snooker ranking tournaments as well. Spots to Nationals are at stake in both pool and snooker. See Regional Director Bill Martin at Club for details. 902-755-2255

Registration for the Pictou County Subway Sharks Swim Team will be held at the Wellness Centre Tomorrow, September 15 from 5:30 - 8 pm. The first practice is also Monday at 7pm. New members are welcome. You don't need to be a great swimmer yet, if you can swim one length of the pool safely we can teach you the rest. Visit us on our Facebook page for more information.

The Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex will be starting an indoor paintball league starting October 12 which will consist of three person teams. Anyone interested in joining can contact Gary at the Sobeys Indoor Complex for details or email sobeyssoccer@gmail.com

If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or emil anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca



THE TERRY FOX RUN IS TAKING PLACE IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE PROVINCE TODAY
Sunday 14th September 2014
The Terry Fox Run is taking place in communities across the province Today. The annual event raises money for The Terry Fox Foundation and cancer research. Fox, who lost part of his right leg to cancer in 1977,set out on a cross-Canada run in 1980 to raise money and awareness for cancer research. The cancer would spread to his lungs and eventually force him to stop the Marathon of Hope that September. He passed away in 1981. Since then, the foundation has raised $650-million


PREPARING STREETS FOR PAVING WILL AFFECT NEW GLASGOW TRAFFIC ON TUESDAY
Saturday 13th September 2014
The Town of New Glasgow Public Works Department advise the public that road milling in preparation for paving will affect traffic in New Glasgow this coming Tuesday (September 16). Planing will close MacLean Street from Archimedes to Albert Street at 6am Tuesday morning, while Little Harbour Road (from Almont to Dover), Trenton Road (from St. John’s Street to Prospect) and George Street (from Abercrombie Road to and including the George Street Bridge) will have stop-and-go traffic during the process.  Motorists can expect delays in these areas and are asked to use alternate routes whenever possible.


AEROSMITH THRILLS 15 000 FANS WITH SYDNEY CONCERT
Saturday 13th September 2014
Some fans called it an opportunity of a lifetime, as legendary rockers Aerosmith played in Sydney Friday night, thrilling over 15 000 fans. The band were headliners for Cape Fest 2014 held at Open Hearth Park, the site of the remediated tar ponds. Opening acts included Antigonish band The Trews before Slash hit the stage, including in his performance a couple of songs from his Guns N' Roses days. Then Aerosmith drew from a catalogue over 40 years deep, reverberating with multi-generations in the crowd. The concert was the final of the band's Let Rock Rule Tour.


MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT DELOREY COMMENTS ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Saturday 13th September 2014
Environment Minister Randy Delorey is applauding a decision by his colleagues to keep climate change at the national forefront, as environment ministers from across the country met this week in Prince Edward Island.  Mr. Delorey says Nova Scotians know very well the damaging effects climate change can have and that's why the Liberal government has recently provided funding to investigate the causes of flooding and explore solutions.  He says by giving climate change national attention, we can work towards addressing this important challenge together.  As part of the discussion on climate change, the ministers also agreed to work together to achieve real reductions in greenhouse gases.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND-UP *SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 13* UPDATED
Saturday 13th September 2014
The Pictou County Crushers have opened their Maritime Hockey League season with 2 wins. Following a 4-2 victory over the Summerside Western Capitals Thursday night at the Wellness Centre, the team headed to Berwick to face the Valley Wildcats last night. Daniel Walsh ended the game in a shoot out as the Crushers beat the Wildcats 5-4. The Crusher next play a home game. They take on the Bridgewater Lumberjacks on Thursday at 7pm @ Pictou County Wellness Centre.

The Major Midget home opener against the defending Champs the Halifax MacDonalds will be this afternoon at the Wellness Centre. Game time will be 1pm. The Major Bantam Crushers also play their home opener Today at 12:15pm at the Wellness Centre against the Nova X-Men.

The Pictou County female Hockey association will be hosting an open house for novice players, age 7 and 8, interested on playing on an all female team this hockey season on Saturday Sept. 20 at 530 pm at the wellness centre. Registration is first come, first serve for this team and there are still spots available. The open house will include a free hour of ice time and parent information session. Those novice players who already registered are encouraged to attend as well. To register for the open house, email tlmacdonald70@hotmail.com

Official Cue Sports Nova Scotia 9-ball ranking tournaments for the Northern Region of Nova Scotia begin Sept 20th at Century Snooker Club in New Glasgow. There will be five satellite tournaments followed by a Regional Championship March 28th. There will be four Round Robin snooker ranking tournaments as well. Spots to Nationals are at stake in both pool and snooker. See Regional Director Bill Martin at Club for details. 902-755-2255.

Registration for the Pictou County Subway Sharks Swim Team will be held at the Wellness Centre Tomorrow, September 15 from 5:30 - 8 pm. The first practice is also Monday at 7pm. New members are welcome. You don't need to be a great swimmer yet, if you can swim one length of the pool safely we can teach you the rest. Visit us on our facebook page for more information.

The Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex will be starting an indoor paintball league starting October 12 which will consist of three person teams. Anyone interested in joining can contact Gary at the Sobeys Indoor Complex for details or email sobeyssoccer@gmail.com

If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or emil anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca



KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE SKY
Friday 12th September 2014
Solar flares could give Nova Scotia a light show over the weekend. Two solar flares occurred on Sept. 8 and 9 that are now hurtling towards Earth & predicted to hit the planet overnight tonight and last through Sept. 13. The flares are essentially magnetic clouds and can affect cell phone and radio reception and, in extreme examples, the electricity grid. But a more magnificent affect of a solar flare is the possibility of witnessing the aurora borealis, or northern lights. Experts report the flares are nowhere near the strength required to create end-of-the world like conditions where the electric grid shuts down - The last time such a storm occurred was in September of 1859, when it's said the ensuing aurora borealis was so bright it woke up many Rocky Mountain gold prospectors and was seen by witnesses in the Caribbean.


GOVERNMENT AMENDMENTS EASE ACCESS TO LOCKED-IN PENSIONS FOR LOW-INCOME EARNERS
Friday 12th September 2014
The government has changed the province's pension regulations to allow greater flexibility for people with locked-in pensions. Finance Minister Diana Whalen says the amendments will make it easier for people to withdraw from their pensions when they are facing financial hardship. Under the new rules, people earning less than $35,000 annually can qualify for early access to their pensions.The previous threshold was $21,000.The maximum amount that can be withdrawn each year has been increased to $26,250 from $21,000. As well, the net amount that can be withdrawn each year has been raised to 50 per cent of the year's maximum pensionable earnings, up from 40 per cent.


FEDERAL FUNDING ANNOUNCED FOR CAPE BRETON UNIVERSITY
Friday 12th September 2014
The Honourable Peter MacKay was in Sydney today to announce that Cape Breton University will receive a total of $590,000 in federal funding for two projects. ACOA’s Business Development Program has earmarked $479,000 for the university's Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment. The money will be spent to acquire state-of-the-art laboratory instruments and equipment necessary to increase applied research and development capacity in the areas of green mining and energy. An additional $111,000 will go to a marketing program to increase international student recruitment levels. The university's number of international students has increased from 316 in 2008, to 947 in 2012. 85 per cent of CBU’s international students currently hail from China and Saudi Arabia - the new marketing will focus primarily on India, Africa and Southeast Asia.


RCMP WARN OF PHONE SCAM TARGETING SENIORS
Friday 12th September 2014
Pictou County RCMP advising the public to be aware of a telephone scam over the past month or so that targets Pictou County seniors. RCMP say they have received several complaints from people indicating that someone was trying to get personal information from them. The scam involves a caller stating they are a relative claiming to be in jail at the Pictou Court house, or claim to be in trouble and calling from another country. They then attempt to get money – Police say to make sure you know who you are talking to and ask lots of questions. Never give your credit card number, banking information or any personal information over the telephone unless you are certain who you are talking to. For further information about scams, see the RCMP's website at: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/scams-fraudes/index-eng.htm.


HUNTING SEASON GETS UNDERWAY IN NOVA SCOTIA
Friday 12th September 2014
The fall hunting season is now underway. The hunting seasons vary according to licence. The season has opened for hunting deer with a bow.      Beginning September 22nd, both crossbows and muzzleloaders may be used. General deer hunting with a rifle or shotgun begins October 31st. Bear-hunting season is also underway.  Hunting regulation booklets are available at all DNR offices. Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill says hunters should enjoy the season but hunt responsibly & safely and reminds hunters and non-hunters to wear hunter-orange clothing while in the woods in the coming weeks.


NEW LAND ANNOUNCED FOR BUSINESS PARK
Friday 12th September 2014
The town of New Glasgow and the Municipality of Pictou County have announced another joint partnership this morning. The New Scotland Business Development corporation will see a new business park developed on 17 acres adjacent to the existing business park in New Glasgow. The land has been purchased from S.W. Weeks Construction and will form the East River Business Park. The business park will be serviced by natural gas, and eventually connect directly with East River Road. Weeks Construction President Steve Weeks said pipe and roadwork will commence this fall. New Business Development Officer Frank MacFarlane says the hope is to draw a range of sectors by providing infrastructure that says Pictou County is open for business MacFarlane will provide a “one-stop shop” to process inquiries, building applications and help navigating the permit process for potential businesses.


MINOR DROP IN GAS AND DIESEL PRICES
Friday 12th September 2014
The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board dropped the price of regular unleaded gasoline and diesel overnight. The new price for a litre of regular unleaded in northeastern Nova Scotia is now one dollar, 34.1 cents, down seven-tenths of a cent. Diesel is now one-dollar 29.7 cents per litre, a drop of 1.2 cents.


POWER OUTAGE IN PICTOU COUNTY ***UPDATED AS OF 10:05am***
Friday 12th September 2014
Nova Scotia Power has indicated that falling tree limbs were to blame for roughly 950 customers losing their power this morning in the county. The outage lasted just over three hours this morning while crews searched for the source of the problem and then resumed service. Residents of the affected area are questioning the efficiency of the utility in keeping the lights on, saying that these outages could be prevented if crews would clear limbs on a more regular basis. Nova Scotia Power says vegetation management is one of many areas under review after the situation with Post-tropical Storm Arthur earlier this year, and a more detailed response will be forthcoming in the near future.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – SEPTEMBER 12
Friday 12th September 2014

Mike Lyle scored twice in the third period, including the game winner and an empty-net goal to seal the victory, in his return to Pictou County as the Crushers opened the Maritime Hockey League season with a 4-2 win over the Summerside Western Capitals last night at the Wellness Centre. Devan Tremblay stopped 25 of 27 shots to earn the win in goal. The Crushers have a chance to move to 2-0 tonight when they head to Berwick to face the Valley Wildcats. The Wildcats also played last night, losing in Deippe to the Commandos by a 7-5 margin. Michael Petter will have the call of tonight's game on the Crushers Broadcast Radio Network, starting at 6:5 with the pregame show on 94.1 East Coast FM.

The Major Midget season gets started this weekend, with the Weeks heading to Cole Harbour tomorrow night for a game with the Wolfpack before their home opener against the defending NSMMHL Champion Halifax MacDonalds on Sunday afternoon at the Wellness Centre. Game time will be 1pm. The Major Bantam Crushers also get rolling this season with a game in Truro tomorrow, and their home opener is also Sunday at 12:15pm at the Wellness Centre against the Nova X-Men.

The last race of the season in the Parts For Trucks Pro Stock Tour takes place this Saturday at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax. Race time is 4pm, and the field will include local drivers George Koszkulics of New Glasgow, Dylan Blenkhorn from Truro, Donald Chisholm of Antigonish and the King Racing entry from Pictou.

A pair of St. Francis Xavier teams will be playing at home this weekend, while three teams will be hitting the road. The Cross-Country team is attending a meet at Acadia on Saturday, while the X-Men and X-Women soccer teams head to Charlottetown for a double-header against UPEI. The X-Men football team is at home at 2pm Saturday against the Mount Allison Mounties, while the X-Women rugby team host UPEI at 2pm Sunday.

The Pictou County female Hockey association will be hosting an open house for novice players, age 7 and 8, interested on playing on an all female team this hockey season on Saturday Sept. 20 at 530 pm at the wellness centre. Registration is first come, first serve for this team and there are still spots available. The open house will include a free hour of ice time and parent information session. Those novice players who already registered are encouraged to attend as well. To register for the open house, email tlmacdonald70@hotmail.com

Official Cue Sports Nova Scotia 9-ball ranking tournaments for the Northern Region of Nova Scotia begin Sept 20th at Century Snooker Club in New Glasgow. There will be five satellite tournaments followed by a Regional Championship March 28th. There will be four Round Robin snooker ranking tournaments as well. Spots to Nationals are at stake in both pool and snooker. See Regional Director Bill Martin at Club for details. 902-755-2255.

Registration for the Pictou County Subway Sharks Swim Team will be held at the Wellness Centre Monday September 15 from 5:30 - 8 pm. The first practice is at 7pm Monday September 15th. New members are welcome. You don't need to be a great swimmer yet, if you can swim one length of the pool safely we can teach you the rest. Visit us on our facebook page for more information.

The Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex will be starting an indoor paintball league starting October 12 which will consist of three person teams. Anyone interested in joining can contact Gary at the Sobeys Indoor Complex for details or email sobeyssoccer@gmail.com

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EMPIRE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING SHOWS STRONG FINANCIAL GROWTH
Thursday 11th September 2014
The Annual General Meeting of the Board of Empire Corporation took place earlier today in New Glasgow, and the Stellarton-based company once again reported significant gains for shareholders. The 2014 fiscal year ended with an increase in consolidated sales by 2.2 percent, before taking into account the acquisition of numerous Safeway stores across western Canada. When including Safeway sales after acquisition in the third quarter, the increase reached 21.6 percent, or 3.6 billion dollars. Empire CEO and President Marc Poulin says the acquisition of the Safeway stores has been a smooth process, and he expects the complete integration of the stores into one system will be completed within the planned 18 month timeline. Dividends for shareholders also increased by 3.8 percent, from one dollar four cents, to one dollar eight cents per share.


FORMER PREMIER SLAMMED FOR ROLE WITH NORTHERN PULP
Thursday 11th September 2014
The ongoing debate over the future of the Northern Pulp Mill has led the public to question the actions of former Premier Dr. John Hamm. Dr. Dan Reid singled out Hamm for his involvement with Northern Pulp Tuesday, at a free concert held in Pictou to raise awareness about the emissions coming from the mill. Reid wrote a report about the pulp mill in the 80's and at the time said there was a significant increase in pulmonary and lung disease in Pictou, compared to other communities in the province. Hamm currently sits as the chair of the mill's local board. Northern Pulp will have its permit revoked unless it reduces its emissions to meet certain requirements by 30 May, 2015. Despite public pressure, the Liberals say the emissions-compliance order is realistic and it would be unfair to change the deadline.


SIGNIFICANT EARNINGS IMPROVEMENTS FOR EMPIRE CORPORATION
Thursday 11th September 2014
The company that owns the Sobeys supermarket chain is reporting a big increase in first-quarter profits. Empire Co. Ltd. also reported that revenue increased 35 per cent to 6.2-billion dollars as a result of its acquisition of Canada Safeway. The Stellarton-based firm says net earnings reached 123-million dollars in the quarter ended August 2nd. That was up from 65-million dollars a year earlier.


SCHOOL BOARD LOOKS AT HUB MODEL
Thursday 11th September 2014
As the Chignecto Central Regional School held its first meeting of the new school year, one of the main topics of discussion was the Hub school model. The criteria for Hub schools was released by Education Minister Karen Casey in July, and the board met later that month with groups from Wentworth, Maitland and River John to discuss them. One of those criteria is that the Hub model has to provide a greater savings to the board than would result from the school’s closure. In the case of River John School, Operations Manager Herb Steeves said that the net savings if River John was to close in 2015 would be roughly $173,000 per year. In addition, Steeves mentioned that a Hub plan should also include money to put in an annual fund for building maintenance, and to cover costs for changes to the building that would be needed by proposed businesses. The school board will continue to work with the three groups as they prepare business cases for each school that will meet the provincial criteria.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – SEPTEMBER 11
Thursday 11th September 2014

The opening game for the Weeks Jr A Crushers goes tonight as they host the Summerside Western Capitals. The Crushers finished 2013-14 in second place in a highly competitive Eastlink Division. Just six players are returning from last year's roster, however this does not look to be a rebuilding year, as many of the new faces have previous experience at this level, and in the QMJHL. One player, Mike Lyle, has previous experience with the Crushers, having started the 2011-12 season with the team before being called up by the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Game time is 7pm.

The Major Midget season gets rolling soon as well, and the Weeks Major Midgets released their roster earlier today, and it features nine players returning from the team that hosted the Atlantic Championship last season. Of the returnees, Blair Dewtie was the leading scorer, finishing sixth on the team in points last season.

The last race of the season in the Parts For Trucks Pro Stock Tour takes place this Saturday at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax. Race time is 4pm, and the field will include local drivers George Koszkulics of New Glasgow, Dylan Blenkhorn from Truro, Donald Chisholm of Antigonish and the King Racing entry from Pictou.

Official Cue Sports Nova Scotia 9-ball ranking tournaments for the Northern Region of Nova Scotia begin Sept 20th at Century Snooker Club in New Glasgow. There will be five satellite tournaments followed by a Regional Championship March 28th. There will be four Round Robin snooker ranking tournaments as well. Spots to Nationals are at stake in both pool and snooker. See Regional Director Bill Martin at Club for details. 902-755-2255.

Registration for the Pictou County Subway Sharks Swim Team will be held at the Wellness Centre Monday September 15 from 5:30 - 8 pm. The first practice is at 7pm Monday September 15th. New members are welcome. You don't need to be a great swimmer yet, if you can swim one length of the pool safely we can teach you the rest. Visit us on our facebook page for more information.

The Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex will be starting an indoor paintball league starting October 12 which will consist of three person teams. Anyone interested in joining can contact Gary at the Sobeys Indoor Complex for details or email sobeyssoccer@gmail.com

If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or email anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca



PROVINCE SIGNS FIVE-YEAR DEAL WITH PHARMACISTS
Wednesday 10th September 2014
The province has signed a new tariff agreement with the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia. Government compensates pharmacists for dispensing drugs and providing other professional services, such as doing medication reviews. Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine says the new tariff agreement meets the needs of the province and the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia, and is sustainable for Nova Scotians. The tariff agreement, which takes effect October 1st, is for a five-year term which the minister says will bring more stability and allow for more certainty for budgeting.


NEW HEALTH AUTHORITY TO HAVE FOUR ZONES: GLAVINE
Wednesday 10th September 2014
The organization of the new provincial health authority is becoming clearer. In a news release today, Health Minister Leo Glavine says the new health authority will have four management zones to deliver its programs and services. The eastern zone will cover Cape Breton, Guysborough and Antigonish counties. The northern zone contains Cumberland, Pictou, Colchester counties and East Hants. Central will cover Halifax and surrounding areas, West Hants and Windsor. Western will encompass the Annapolis Valley, South Shore and South West Nova. Glavine says in the coming months, the transition and design team will complete its recommendations about how the management zones will be staffed, and the interaction among the new CEO, vice-presidents and health authority local leaders.


PROVINCE PAID OUT $38 MILLION TO COVER SICK DAYS AND OVERTIME LAST YEAR
Wednesday 10th September 2014
The public service commissioner says overtime and sick days within the civil service cost the province $38 million in the last fiscal year. Laura Lee Langley told the legislature's public accounts committee today that $12 million was paid in overtime in 2013-14 while sick days cost an additional $26 million. Langley says that doesn't include costs incurred by workers in the health care sector who aren't directly employed by the civil service. She says overtime costs have been consistent year-to-year and amount to about two per cent of what the government pays in salaries. The departments with the most overtime in 2013-14 include Justice at $4.5 million, Transportation at $3.7 million and Community Services, which paid out $1.8 million. Langley says government employees book on average 12.6 sick days each year, a number she says the province is working to reduce through various programs that focus on health needs and long-term disabilities.


DRUG BUST IN STELLARTON
Wednesday 10th September 2014
Charges are pending after a drug search in Stellarton this morning. The Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, along with the assistance of the Stellarton Police Service, executed a search warrant at a residence on Maple Street. A 26-year-old woman was arrested without incident. Police seized 72 grams of cocaine, 18 grams of ecstasy, 30 grams of marihuana, 8 grams of magic mushrooms and a quantity of cash. The woman was released from custody and will appear in Pictou Provincial Court on December 15th on 3 charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the purpose of trafficking and one charge of possession of a controlled substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The investigation continues.


NO BAIL FOR ACCUSED B&E SUSPECT
Wednesday 10th September 2014
A 26 year old Pictou County woman is being held without bail on charges including breaking and entering, uttering threats, and possession of a weapon. Ashley Dawn Cooper was charged following an incident on 22 June, 2012. Judge Del Atwood denied bail to Cooper, noting that she had missed several court dates in the past two years, and was found in New Brunswick following a traffic stop by Moncton RCMP earlier this month. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and will return for trial December 4th.


HIT AND RUN INCIDENT IN PICTOU *UPDATE*
Wednesday 10th September 2014
RCMP in Pictou County have charged a 23 year old Waterside man for numerous offences after an intense few minutes in the Town of Pictou last evening. At approximately 4:30 PM, Police responded to a 911 call of a hit and run on West River road in Pictou. A vehicle had struck a stopped van at the intersection of Haliburton and West River road. The vehicle, described to Police as an older Dodge truck, proceeded up High Street in Pictou and drove into the front step of a home, destroying the steps. Witnesses say the truck then proceeded onto Welsford Street where it struck a power pole, knocking it over. Badly damaged, the truck drove to the end of a dirt road, where witnesses say the driver fled the on foot, accompanied by his brown dog, and disappeared into the woods. Police scoured the area and within minutes, an officer spotted a man and a dog as passengers in a vehicle that was headed out of town. The officer stopped the vehicle and discovered that the passenger was in fact the driver of the suspect truck. Myles Dexter Clarke, of Waterside, was arrested and taken into custody. Clarke is currently being treated at Aberdeen Hospital, and faces a slew of charges, including Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Failing to remain at the scene of an accident, and Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle.


STELLARTON DETACHMENT OF RCMP CLOSED TO WALK-IN TRAFFIC, STILL OPEN FOR OTHER SERVICE
Wednesday 10th September 2014
Due to ongoing renovations to the exterior and interior of the Stellarton detachment office of the Pictou County District RCMP, and in consideration of the safety of the general public, the Stellarton office will be closed to front counter service Thursday and Friday of this week. Regular police and patrol service remains unaffected. Front counter services can be directed to the Pictou Town detachment located at 38 Caladh Avenue in Pictou or call 902-755-4141.


WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS DAY TODAY
Wednesday 10th September 2014
An event scheduled for this evening in Carmichael Park will recognize World Suicide Prevention Awareness Day. Candles in the Park is being organized by the Pictou County Suicide Response Coalition. The annual event has been recognized globally since 2003 with the International Association for Suicide Prevention collaborating with the World Health Organization and the World Federation for Mental Health. This is the first time there will be a candlelight event hosted in Pictou County, as the Suicide Response Coalition had held walks in previous years. The event gets underway this evening at 7:30pm.


POLICE SEARCHING FOR OWNERS OF STOLEN PROPERTY
Wednesday 10th September 2014
RCMP have recovered a number of items that they believe were stolen in late August from the Pine Tree or Linacy area, and now they need to find the rightful owners. The items were found in a wooded area in Linacy on Saturday, and include several tools, air compressors and equipment. Police believe the victims may not know they have had these items stolen as no reports have been filed. Anyone who is missing or has had similar items stolen from this area are urged to contact the RCMP in Stellarton at 902-755-4141.


CLEAR THE AIR CONCERT DRAWS BIG CROWD
Wednesday 10th September 2014
Roughly 2-thousand people went to the Clear the Air concert on the Pictou waterfront last night. The free show was held to bring more attention to the ongoing issues with emissions coming from the Northern Pulp mill at Abercrombie Point. Residents and business owners in the area have expressed concerns that particulate matter coming from the mill is having a negative impact on health, tourism, and the local economy. Tests conducted last year showed the mill was producing emissions that were 78 percent above legal limits, with the company saying there has been a 25 percent improvement in the levels since then. Northern Pulp has a planned shutdown for this month to install new scrubbers, and a new precipitator will be installed next spring. Both of these measures are expected to bring the level of particulate matter emitted to within provincial limits before a 31 May deadline.


TRENTON COUNCIL HAS QUESTIONS BEFORE SIGNING MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
Wednesday 10th September 2014
As part of last night’s monthly meeting, Trenton town council read a public statement in response to the request to join Pictou County and the towns of Pictou and New Glasgow in their Memorandum of Understanding. Mayor Glen MacKinnon did not go into detail, but says that council has a number of questions, and seeks clarification on some points contained in the MOU document before they decide whether to sign. Trenton council is seeking a quick response to their correspondence, as Mayor MacKinnon noted that the deadline set by the other municipalities to join the MOU is rapidly approaching.


CLASSIC ROCK 97.9 TO HIT THE AIRWAVES ON MONDAY
Wednesday 10th September 2014
Hector Broadcasting is pleased to announce that regular broadcasting will start on 97.9 FM Monday morning.  Classic Rock 97.9 will begin live programming Monday, 15 September at 7am with a power output of one hundred thousand watts. Hector Broadcasting is very happy to bring this second FM station to Pictou County. We look forward to offering a great lineup of music, information and programming to our coverage area.  Stay tuned!


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – SEPTEMBER 10
Wednesday 10th September 2014

A pair of former Weeks Major Midgets will be making the jump to major junior this year, as Lane Cormier and Matt Sartoris have both been confirmed to have made the rosters of their respective QMJHL teams. Sartoris will suit up for the Gatineau Olympiques this season, while Cormier has made the roster of the Moncton Wildcats. Sartoris, at 6'5” will be the tallest, but at the same time the youngest player on the blueline for the Olympiques, and the only rookie defenseman to make the roster. Cormier will play right wing for the Wildcats on a team with eight rookies on the opening day roster. The first time the two will face each other in regular season action will be October 8 in Gatineau.

The opening game for the Weeks Jr A Crushers is just one day away as they get ready to host the Summerside Western Capitals. The Crushers finished 2013-14 in second place in a highly competitive Eastlink Division. Just six players are returning from last year's roster, however this does not look to be a rebuilding year, as many of the new faces have previous experience at this level, and in the QMJHL. One player, Mike Lyle, has previous experience with the Crushers, having started the 2011-12 season with the team before being called up by the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Game time tomorrow night is 7pm.

The last race of the season in the Parts For Trucks Pro Stock Tour takes place this Saturday at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax. Race time is 4pm, and the field will include local drivers George Koszkulics of New Glasgow, Dylan Blenkhorn from Truro, Donald Chisholm of Antigonish and the King Racing entry from Pictou.

Registration for the Pictou County Subway Sharks Swim Team will be held at the Wellness Centre today from 5-8 pm and Monday September 15 from 5:30 - 8 pm. The first practice is at 7pm Monday September 15th. New members are welcome. You don't need to be a great swimmer yet, if you can swim one length of the pool safely we can teach you the rest. Visit us on our facebook page for more information.

The Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex will be starting an indoor paintball league starting October 12 which will consist of three person teams. Anyone interested in joining can contact Gary at the Sobeys Indoor Complex for details or email sobeyssoccer@gmail.com

If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or email anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca



NEW GLASGOW ACADEMY OPENING TO STUDENTS THIS FRIDAY
Tuesday 9th September 2014
Confirmation this afternoon from the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board that New Glasgow Academy will open to students this Friday, September 12. Students, parents or guardians with questions about busing may call the Celtic Family Bus Garage at 902-485-7995. All other questions may directed to the Celtic Family Office at 902-755-8132. Again, the new P-8 school in New Glasgow will begin the academic year this Friday.


PETER MACKAY DEFENDS NEW PROSTITUTION BILL BEFORE A SENATE COMMITTEE
Tuesday 9th September 2014
Peter MacKay testified this morning before a Senate committee, insisting again that the Tory's new prostitution bill will mean safer conditions for sex workers. The Supreme Court decision struck down existing prostitution law last year, and MacKay says Bill C-36 would give sex workers the ability to create better working conditions and immunity from prosecution if they seek help from police. Opponents say the bill doesn't address the high court's assertion that the old law violated the rights of sex workers by exposing them to undue risk. They say sex workers will be placed at greater risk under the new law, since prospective clients will face arrest, transactions will be more fraught with danger.


CANADIAN TIRE TO LAUNCH ELECTRONIC REWARDS PROGRAM IN NOVA SCOTIA
Tuesday 9th September 2014
Canadian Tire's iconic Canadian Tire 'Money' will soon be complemented by a digital rewards program. The paper bills will remain in circulation when the program launches in Nova Scotia on October 10, then nationally on October 28. New benefits include the ability to collect 10 times the amount of e-Canadian Tire 'Money' when paying with a Canadian Tire Options MasterCard at stores including Mark's & Sport Chek. Additionally, Members can receive exclusive bonus offers sent directly to their smartphone and the e-Canadian Tire 'Money' has no expiry date and can be shared with other members by request. The 56-year-old loyalty program is the oldest in Canada & over $1 billion Canadian Tire 'Money' notes have put been into circulation.


$325 000 WILL BE SPENT TO UPGRADE CULTURAL SITE IN TRURO
Tuesday 9th September 2014
Truro received a major boost today from different levels of government to showcase the area's culture and history. The Colchester Historeum will add Interactive exhibits in its' main hall, a large satellite image of the entire county on the floor, and a new layout will provide more space for small meetings, workshops and expanded programming. Nearly $200 000 for the project will be from ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund, and another $50,000 through Canadian Heritage. The Municipality of Colchester County will invest $75,000. The Historeum was constructed in 1900 and used as a Science Building for teachers-in-training until 1961. It has been home to the Colchester Historical Society since 1976.  


22-YEAR-OLD WESTVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO A RANGE OF CHARGES
Tuesday 9th September 2014
A 22-year-old Westville man appeared in Provincial Court in Pictou yesterday and pleaded guilty to 4 charges, while a plea will be entered on a fifth charge of impaired driving after results are returned from a toxicology lab. Chance Mitchell Lays was charged with impaired driving and drug trafficking in Mount William on June 20th, 2014. He pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking as well as to three charges from August including uttering threats by computer, breaching court orders and common assault. Judge Del Atwood ordered a pre-sentencing report and Lays returns to court to be sentenced on December 1st.


NEW GLASGOW OFFICER TRIAL DELAYED
Tuesday 9th September 2014
Constable Donald Wadden of the New Glasgow Regional Police will not go to trial until next month after being granted an adjournment today in Pictou Provincial Court. Wadden is facing a charge of careless and imprudent driving after an investigation by the Serious Incident Response Team related to an incident from April 2013. A Pictou County man was injured when Wadden allegedly caused a two-vehicle collision. The 29-year veteran of the New Glasgow Regional Police was formally charged in the incident in October 2013. The Crown and Defense agreed to an adjournment this morning, setting a new trial date to begin October 14, however the two sides will continue to work toward a resolution.


MUNICIPAL COUNCIL RECOMMENDS REDUCING COUNCIL BY 2 MEMBERS
Tuesday 9th September 2014
At their regular meeting last night, Pictou County Municipal Council passed a motion to recommend to the Utility and Review Board that their council be reduced to 12 councillors. The electoral polling districts would also be reduced from 14 to 12. The UARB requires municipalities to periodically self-review. CAO Brian Cullen presented a summary of feedback from 5 public meeting held in Pictou County, saying 57 people showed up but only 36 surveys were filled out. 27 additional surveys were filled out on line, and 9 received in the mail. Considering the sample was too small to be reliable, councillors relied upon the averages of of people who “showed up” - with 63%seeking change, while 37% voted for maintaining status quo. Councillor Randy Palmer called having 12 councillors “workable” while 10 would make each district too large to be manageable. Decreasing municipal council from 14 to 12 members would save $40 000 annually on a budget of 7 to 8 million, and councillors question whether there will be any savings in the long term. The next step for Council is to re-draw the electoral map of Pictou County with 12 districts and submit it to the URB for approval.


SPECULATION ON MICHELIN GRANTON PLANT
Tuesday 9th September 2014
Michelin International is considering moving agricultural tire manufacturing from plants in Europe to North America, which is giving employees at the plant in Pictou County a ray of hope. Earlier this year, five hundred job cuts at the facility in Granton were announced, with some of the cuts coming through early retirement, and some others through relocation. Now, speculation is circulating that this move by Michelin International may mean that some of the cuts may not need to occur. No official word has come out about the future of the Granton plant and how it may or may not relate to changes with agricultural tire manufacturing.


MISSING EAST HANTS MAN FOUND IN MONTREAL
Tuesday 9th September 2014
A 20-year-old man last seen in Kennetcook in mid-July has been located at a shelter in Montreal. Timothy Crozier was reported missing to police in August after his family became concerned for his well-being. Police said it was believed that Crozier was hitch-hiking across Canada by himself. They say Crozier got in touch with family members yesterday and told them he was staying at a shelter in Montreal. Officers contacted the shelter, and confirmed that Crozier was indeed safe.


FIRST-DEGREE MURDER CONVICTION THROWN OUT, NEW TRIAL ORDERED
Tuesday 9th September 2014
A man found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in a 2012 jury-trial in Kentville has seen his convictions overturned by the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. Leslie Douglas Greenwood will be retried for his alleged role in the deaths of a couple in their Hants County home in September 2000. The Appeal Court decision released yesterday says the original trial judge did not adequately warn the jury about the nature of some hearsay evidence presented. The Court of Appeal also ruled the judge erred by not holding a voir dire or listening to the recorded statement of another witness before allowing it to be played for the jury. The new trial will likely take place some time next year, with the specific dates to be set later this fall.


COMMITTEE TO REVIEW BLASTING REQUEST WILL INCLUDE STELLARTON COUNCILORS
Tuesday 9th September 2014
Stellarton town councillors Ken Francis and Judith MacLellan are joining a committee to review the Pioneer Coal blasting request. The company has formally applied to the Department of Environment to continue blasting at its open mine site in the town, a step that has many local residents concerned. Council has already sent a pair of letters to the Environment Minister, but have yet to receive a reply. Members of the review committee presented an update on their progress to council last night, reading a letter from the Department of Environment that says public feedback about the proposed renewal for Pioneer Coal can be submitted to the department until 22 September. This surprised many in the room, with the mayor and councillors saying this was the first they had heard about it.


FARMERS MARKET BENEFICIARIES OF COUNTY SURPLUS
Tuesday 9th September 2014
Municipal Council granted a funding request of 63-thousand dollars towards expanding the New Glasgow Farmers Market at last night’s meeting.  Warden Ron Baillie told council that the money will come from a surplus, and not affect next years budget. The new building  is planned for beside the current one on the riverfront of downtown New Glasgow.  Although Councillors were in agreement that the NGFM is a great success for both small agriculture as well as the larger community, they also shared their concerns. Councilor Bob Parker is a vendor at the market, and noted parking at the site is already an issue, while other councilors questioned the rental fee structure, and whether there would be any associated costs once the building was constructed. CAO Brian Cullen told council that the farmers market current rents a dome from the town of New Glasgow for $1200 per month during  its season, and that by this season’s end, the New Glasgow Farmers Market estimates it will have 15-thousand dollars in its Expansion Fund.


COMMUNICATIONS TOWER PROPOSED FOR STELLARTON
Tuesday 9th September 2014
There may be a new structure in Stellarton’s future. In his monthly presentation to town council, planner Roland Burek said that he’s been approached by Eastlink, who wants to build a communications tower in the town. He says there are five possible locations that would be suitable for a tower. Burek received permission from council to begin negotiations with the company, noting that there would be a public hearing before any final approval on the project is made


COUNTY COUNCIL ASSISTS WITH FUNDING FOR HECTOR ARENA
Tuesday 9th September 2014
Pictou County Municipal council had some large funding requests to consider at last night’s meeting.  Council passed a motion to contribute $48 000 over 2 years to the Hector Arena Commission to help replace it’s mechanical plant. The total project cost is $214 000. Councillor David Parker says the province has already committed $60,000 over next 2 years. Parker is also head of the rink’s Commission, and says they have acquired the system from  the J.B.MacDonald Stadium in New Glasgow and that the ammonia-based system will be more efficient than the 40-year-old freon-based one that is at the Pictou arena now. This would be the final of 3 major projects the Hector Arena has seen in the past four years including a new floor and board system and a new roof. Parker says he hopes the refurbished mechanical plant will complete the modernization of the building for the next 20 years. 


CLEAR THE AIR CONCERT SET FOR TONIGHT
Tuesday 9th September 2014
A concert scheduled for tonight will take place in the open air looking across Pictou Harbour as a statement in the ongoing debate over the emissions coming from the Northern Pulp mill. The Clear The Air Concert is a free event, although donations will be accepted. Anne Emmett of the Clean Air Group of Businesses says the show is intended to promote awareness of the community's efforts to have a clean, healthy environment in which to work, live and play. The concert will be held in the field adjacent to the deCoste Entertainment Centre in downtown Pictou, with access from the Jitney Trail or Water Street.


BRIDGE IN VALLEY WOODS PARK TO BE REPLACED
Tuesday 9th September 2014
The Valley Woods Park will have its well-known bridge replaced. After a short presentation from residents concerned that the structure, damaged earlier this year, may be replaced by a culvert, Stellarton town council voted in favor of rebuilding the wooden foot bridge. Mayor Joe Gennoe cautioned that because public works crews are busy on several projects in the town, including paving on Bridge and North Foord Streets, the bridge might not be rebuilt until the spring.


MEETING ON WIND TURBINE SETBACK AMENDMENT DETAILS ANNOUNCED
Tuesday 9th September 2014
At the Pictou County Municipal Meeting last night, Warden Ron Baillie announced the location of upcoming public meeting about amending a bylaw to increase the set-back allowance of wind-towers from homes. The current bylaw has a minimum set-back of 600 metres, which a residents' group has been pressing to have  increased to 1500 metres.  The amendment that passed first reading in council sees an increase in the setback to 1000 metres, with an allowance that a new turbine  could be at 600 meters conditional on all residents within the impacted range being in agreement. The Warden says all are welcome to speak, but reminds everyone of the 10 minute limit, and also that the purpose of the forum is to talk specifically about the bylaw amendment. The meeting will be held at the Plymouth Fire Hall on 29 September at 7pm.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – SEPTEMBER 9 ***UPDATED***
Tuesday 9th September 2014

The Maritime Hockey League has announced that the Pictou County Weeks Crushers have added another right handed shooting defenseman by way of trade. Jeff Krichew was picked up from the Woodstock Slammers for a 9th round draft pick in the 2016 entry draft. Krichew is a 6 foot 3 inch defenseman in his 20 year old season and is joining his fifth MHL team, having played with Amherst, Dieppe, and Bridgewater before joining Woodstock. He will be in the lineup for the Crushers' season opener this Thursday against Summerside at the Wellness Centre.

Registration for the Pictou County Subway Sharks Swim Team will be held at the wellness centre Wednesday September 10, 5-8 pm and Monday September 15 from 5:30 - 8 pm. The first practice is at 7pm Monday September 15th. New members are welcome. You don't need to be a great swimmer yet, if you can swim one length of the pool safely we can teach you the rest. Visit us on our facebook page for more information.

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association plans to host seven Subway Selects teams this season and all female players must attend a general registration tonight from 6:30-9pm. Players who do not register will not be permitted to attend tryouts, and will not be placed on a team unless a spot is available. (The Novice team is an exception & will be made up of the first 17 girls who register. No tryouts will take place at this level) Registration for tryouts is $60 per player (non-refundable). Final decisions on how many teams will be formed will be based on registration numbers, so it’s important to sign up for evaluations. For more information about the Subway Selects female hockey program, visit www.pcmha.com.

Pictou County Ultimate will be offering co-ed pick-up Ultimate Frisbee on Tuesday nights this fall, at Parkdale Field at 630pm. Please note that for tonight only, they will be playing at 530pm at the Rotary Field in Pictou.

Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Swim Lessons beginning this week and running for 8 weeks. Lessons are available on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday evenings or Saturday morning. To register or for more information, call the pool at 485-5301 OR aquatics@townofpictou.com

Registration closes on Wed. Sept 10 for The 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament for the Pictou County S.P.C.A. Will be at the Glen Lovat Golf Course on Sunday, September 21. It's a 4 Player Team format and costs $360.00 per team or $90.00 per person. To register call 759-9277, 396-3595 or e-mail vince@boballens.com

The Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex will be starting an indoor paintball league starting October 12 which will consist of three person teams. Anyone interested in joining can contact Gary at the Sobeys Indoor Complex for details or email sobeyssoccer@gmail.com

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TEENAGER PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO TRENTON GRAFFITI
Monday 8th September 2014
A nineteen-year-old man facing two mischief charges with property damage appeared in Pictou Provincial Court this morning to enter not guilty on both counts. Shawn Christopher Cabaj is charged with allegedly defacing the Trenton Ballfield dug-out as well as some road ways in Trenton with spray-paint on the 5th of July. Cabaj had a half-day trial scheduled for December 15th.


WESTVILLE COUPLE PLEAD GUILTY TO DEFRAUDING COMMUNITY SERVICES
Monday 8th September 2014
Two Westville residents pleaded guilty to identical charges of fraud in Provincial court this morning. Fifty-six-year-old Earl Parker and fifty-year-old Laura Lee Parker both failed to report $5600 in income to Community Services between the first of August, 2009 and the end of March 2012. The Parkers will return to court in Pictou for sentencing on September 15th.


NEW GLASGOW WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO 5 CHARGES INCLUDING ASSAULT WITH A WEAPON
Monday 8th September 2014
A New Glasgow woman appeared in Pictou Provincial court this morning and pleaded guilty to five charges. 31-year-old Leslee Pauline MacKay was charged with assault with a weapon following an incident on June 10th, 2014. Two other charges are for theft under 5000 dollars involving two New Glasgow retailers as well as one charge for breaching court orders. Sentencing date for MacKay was set for November 24th .


YARMOUTH FERRY ENDING SEASON EARLY
Monday 8th September 2014
The ferry service between Yarmouth and Maine is ending nearly three weeks earlier than planned. Nova Star Cruises has announced it will make its final run on Oct. 14. The last sailing date was originally scheduled for Nov. 2. Mark Amundsen, CEO of Nova Star Cruises, has apologized in a statement to passengers for the inconvenience. Amundsen says the company's ability to secure enough business through motor coach tours in October was hindered because of when it was chosen to run the service. The government of Nova Scotia announced last November that Nova Star Cruises would run the service. Amundsen says 23 motor coach tours have been booked for this season and 31 are already planned for next year. About 650 passengers will be affected and Nova Star Cruises says they will be given full refunds, a free reservation for the rest of the time the service is operating or a 50 per cent discount for the same booking next year.


MAYOR MACMILLAN RESPONDS TO CONVERGYS EXTENSION
Monday 8th September 2014
Roughly 230 workers at the New Glasgow convergys call centre will not be losing their jobs at the end of this month. Workers confirmed with East Coast FM over the weekend that a new contract has been signed keeping the centre open until December 2015. The contract was signed after the client expressed satisfaction with the high level of performance from the employees here. New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan says this is a very encouraging sign for the employees, and is very good news for the town, the county, and the province as a whole. The only other Convergys in the province is located in Glace Bay, and the company announced on August 29th that they were seeking to hire an additional 250 people at that location.


CHAMBER OF COMMERCE APPLAUDS MOVE TOWARD REGIONALIZATION
Monday 8th September 2014
Representatives from the towns of New Glasgow and Pictou, along with the Municipality of Pictou County, made a briefing to the Chamber of Commerce last week to explain the Memorandum of Understanding. Following that presentation, the Chamber has come out with a statement saying that they are fully behind those municipalities moving forward. Chamber Executive Director Jack Kyte says the agreement is a unique, common sense effort to make changes, and is an action oriented approach. Kyte says there will be innovative changes that will lead toward regional governance, and that those changes will be of benefit to everyone over the long term.


NEW GLASGOW ACADEMY UPDATE DUE TOMORROW
Monday 8th September 2014
Last Friday, Chignecto Central Regional School Board officials indicated that New Glasgow Academy would not be ready for opening tomorrow as originally planned. They set a new opening date for this Friday. Additional staff worked at the building throughout the weekend to assist contractors in preparing the building for students and teachers. The Board says that if the school is still not ready for opening on Friday, a contingency plan involving an alternate location will be put into effect. Another update on the progress of the work is expected from the Board as of tomorrow.


ATV ACCIDENT SENDS WOMAN TO HOSPITAL
Monday 8th September 2014
Two people were injured in an accident in Bailey's Brook yesterday while riding on an ATV. A 45-year old New Glasgow woman, who was the passenger on the vehicle, was flown to hospital in Halifax for treatment of serious injuries. The 43-year old male driver was treated for injuries at the scene by paramedics. The accident occurred when the ATV rolled down an embankment early yesterday afternoon.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – SEPTEMBER 8 ***UPDATED***
Monday 8th September 2014
The Maritime Hockey League has announced that the Pictou County Weeks Crushers have added another right handed shooting defenseman by way of trade. Jeff Krichew was picked up from the Woodstock Slammers for a 9th round draft pick in the 2016 entry draft. Krichew is a 6 foot 3 inch defenseman in his 20 year old season and is joining his fifth MHL team, having played with Amherst, Dieppe, and Bridgewater before joining Woodstock. He will be in the lineup for the Crushers' season opener this Thursday against Summerside at the Wellness Centre.

The Stellarton Albions peewee AA baseball team captured silver at provincials the weekend of aug30. The finals proved to be a very exciting game that came right down to the wire with the Albions losing 8-7. With the tying run on third in the 7th inning, the Albions were unable to score. Players of the game for the weekend were Wayne Denny,Lucas Fraser,Kade Mason,Spencer Murray and Luke MacLeod. Tournament hardware went to Kade Mason as he received top pitcher for the tournament the 2nd year in a row. The crossover game with Hants North was a pitching duel with Mason coming out on top striking out 13 batters. The Albions enjoyed a very successful summer boasting the best runs against in the Bluenose League with a total overall record of 25-7. Congrats to the parents for putting on a great tournament.

The season finale of the Riverside Speedway took place in James River on Saturday evening. John Flemming recovered from an early mechanical issue to take the checkered flag and close in on the overall 2014 Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour championship title. Shawn Turple finished second, followed by Jonathan Hicken, Donald Chisholm and Craig Slaunwhite rounding out the top five. The final event of the season is this coming weekend in Halifax.

The St. Francis Xavier X-Men and X-Women soccer teams swept the Saint Mary's Huskies in a double header at the campus in Antigonish over the weekend. The X-Women got things rolling with a 4-0 victory, followed by the X-Men picking up a come-from-behind 2-1 win.

Northumberland Regional High School Boys Baseball has two more team tryouts – they will be held today and Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm at the Pioneer Field in Westville

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association plans to host seven Subway Selects teams this season and all female players must attend a general registration to register for tryouts on Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 6:30-9pm. Players who do not register will not be permitted to attend tryouts, and will not be placed on a team unless a spot is available. (The Novice team is an exception & will be made up of the first 17 girls who register. No tryouts will take place at this level) Registration for tryouts is $60 per player (non-refundable). Final decisions on how many teams will be formed will be based on registration numbers, so it’s important to sign up for evaluations. For more information about the Subway Selects female hockey program, visit www.pcmha.com.

Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Swim Lessons beginning the week of Sept. 10th and running for 8 weeks. Lessons are available on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday evenings or Saturday morning. To register or for more information, call the pool at 485-5301 OR aquatics@townofpictou.com

Registration closes on Wed. Sept 10 for The 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament for the Pictou County S.P.C.A. Will be at the Glen Lovat Golf Course on Sunday, September 21. It's a 4 Player Team format and costs $360.00 per team or $90.00 per person. To register call 759-9277, 396-3595 or e-mail vince@boballens.com

The Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex will be starting an indoor paintball league starting October 12 which will consist of three person teams. Anyone interested in joining can contact Gary at the Sobeys Indoor Complex for details or email sobeyssoccer@gmail.com

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HALIFAX RCMP USE DRONE TO FIND FAMILY LOST IN THE WOODS
Sunday 7th September 2014
Halifax RCMP say a drone was used to help locate a family that got lost in the woods yesterday. Two adults and their 17-month-old child entered the woods off the Highway 107 extension around 4:30pm. The Dartmouth family got lost and called police around 8:30. A drone was deployed and the family was Located in a heavily wooded area northeast of Topsail Lake. Police walked them out of the woods around 2 a.m. This morning(Sunday) and there were no injuries. RCMP  put drones into service this year, unveiling them for the media in July. RCMP  have a total of five drones across the province - each costs $30,000 and requires a special certicate from Transport Canada to fly them.


MID-WEEK DIRT REMOVAL WILL REVEAL ANY POTENTIAL FLOOR DAMAGE AT HECTOR ARENA
Sunday 7th September 2014
The Pictou-North Colchester Exhibition wraps up this afternoon, but it will be mid-week before the dirt is all removed from the Hector Arena. That's when any potential damage to the arena's new floor would be revealed, but Chair of the Rink Commission David Parker is optomistic that no damage will be caused by the significant weight of the draft horse-pulls. The Truro firm that designed the floor would not guarantee the floor against damage in such an event. An emergency meeting was held four days before the exhibition began between the rink commission and the Pictou Agricultural Society, and members voted to allow the event to go ahead. The arena commission's insurance covers floor damage, but there's a $10,000 deductible.


PREMIER MACNEIL LAYS WREATHS IN HONG KONG FOR TWO NOVA SCOTIAN SOLDIERS WHO DIED IN WWII
Sunday 7th September 2014
Stephen McNeil paid respects in Hong Kong today to two soldiers who lost their lives during the Battle of Hong Kong in WWII. The premier also serves as Military Relations Minister, and he laid wreaths at the graves of two Nova Scotian riflemen who sacrificed their lives while serving in the Royal Rifles of Canada. Henry Andrew Surette of Port Bickerton died on Dec. 25, 1941, the day the island fell to the Japanese. Leo Abbey Cormier of Amherst perished Oct. 16, 1942, while a prisoner of war. The premier also laid a wreath at a memorial that commemorates 2,000 people who died helping to defend Hong Kong. McNeil says it was humbling to stand among the graves and know the soldiers were willing to put their lives on the line to preserve freedom. The stop is part of a visit to Southeast Asia by the premier to promote enhanced trade links and investment opportunities in Nova Scotia.


SECOND PERSON CHARGED IN DARTMOUTH STABBING MURDER
Sunday 7th September 2014
A second person has been charged in a stabbing murder in Dartmouth. Halifax Regional Police announced last night that 23-year-old Trevor Hannan of Dartmouth had been charged with first-degree murder and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public in the stabbing death of 28-year-old Daniel Michael Pellerin.Hannan been remanded to the Central Nova Correctional Facility until he appears in provincial court tomorrow. On Friday, police charged a 15-year-old boy with first-degree murder in the case. The teen, whose name is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is also charged with possession of an unauthorized firearm and careless use of a firearm, as police say the accused had a loaded handgun when he was arrested Thursday. Halifax Police were called to a disturbance in the parking lot oonWindmill Rd. around 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 30 after witnesses say three men were fighting. Police found Pellerin unconscious and suffering from several stab wounds, and he died after being rushed to hospital by EHS. Police don’t believe the stabbing was random.


NO EMERGENCY RESPONSE AT NORTHERN PULP YESTERDAY
Sunday 7th September 2014
East Coast FM confirming again that a security threat to Northern Pulp did not take place yesterday. RCMP and representatives from the mill at Abercrombie Point have indicated that there had been a threat in the past. Northern Pulp Spokesman David MacKenzie wants to assure workers and the public that there was no emergency response yesterday, and that there is no threat to staff or the public. ECFM also apologizes for an unnecessary alarm that may have been caused. RCMP Sgt. Kevin Dunlevy says the investigation into the threat continues.


TWO FIRST RESPONDERS INJURED AT SCENE OF TRENTON APARTMENT FIRE
Sunday 7th September 2014
Two First Responders received minor injuries as Trenton Fire Department attended an apartment fire late yesterday afternoon. While a fire fighter and a civilian member were rigging a fire hose, a vehicle driving near the scene made contact with the hose causing non-life threatening injuries to both individuals. The apartment was vacant at the time of the fire and received significant damage. North Main Street in Trenton was closed for several hours. New Glasgow Police ask that if anyone witnessed this incident to contact police & also ask the driver of a Blue Kia Rio that was in the area during this incident to contact police. The investigation is ongoing.


LOCAL SPORTTS ROUND UP *SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 7*
Sunday 7th September 2014

Pictou County Lightning Club is now accepting final PLAYER Registration for the 2014/2015 season. Ages 6 to 17, who want to learn and play basketball. There will be five free skills sessions offered beginning September 13th, followed by the formation of competitive teams for each age bracket and gender. subject to interest and availability of Coaches. These teams will Practice and Play games against other teams outside the county. Registration will take place todayfrom 1-4 PM at the Wellness Center. Annual membership is $20 and the Club limits its activity around the school season. More info@ pclightning@eastlink.ca.

Northumberland Regional High School Boys Baseball team tryouts will take place starting today from 3 to 5pm at the Pioneer Field in Westville. Tryouts will continue on Monday and Wednesday, at the same location, from 5pm to 7pm.

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association plans to host seven Subway Selects teams this season and all female players must attend a general registration to register for tryouts. The last one is Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 6:30-9pm. Players who do not register will not be permitted to attend tryouts, and will not be placed on a team unless a spot is available. (The Novice team is an exception & will be made up of the first 17 girls who register. No tryouts will take place at this level) Registration for tryouts is $60 per player (non-refundable). Final decisions on how many teams will be formed will be based on registration numbers, so it’s important to sign up for evaluations. For more information about the Subway Selects female hockey program, visit www.pcmha.com.

Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Swim Lessons beginning the week of Sept. 10th and running for 8 weeks. Lessons are available on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday evenings or Saturday morning. To register or for more information, call the pool at 485-5301 OR aquatics@townofpictou.com

Registration closes on Wed. Sept 10 for The 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament for the Pictou County S.P.C.A. Will be at the Glen Lovat Golf Course on Sunday, September 21. It's a 4 Player Team format and costs $360.00 per team or $90.00 per person. To register call 759-9277, 396-3595 or e-mail vince@boballens.com

The Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex will be starting an indoor paintball league starting October 12 which will consist of three person teams. Anyone interested in joining can contact Gary at the Sobeys Indoor Complex for details or email sobeyssoccer@gmail.com



SECURITY THREAT MADE AGAINST NORTHERN PULP MILL *UPDATE*
Saturday 6th September 2014
East Coast FM has now confirmed that the security threat to Northern Pulp reported on earlier today did not take place this morning. RCMP and representatives from the mill at Abercrombie Point have indicated that there had been a threat in the past. Northern Pulp Spokesman David MacKenzie wants to assure workers and the public that there was no emergency response this morning and that there is no threat to staff or the public. RCMP Sgt. Kevin Dunlevy adds there is no imminent danger and that the investigation into the threat continues.


FOUR ARRESTED AS HALIFAX POLICE MAKE THREE RAIDS
Saturday 6th September 2014
Halifax Regional Police carried out three separate warrants for drugs Friday afternoon, leading to four arrests. At Farm Assists, a medical marijuana lounge on Gottingen Street, officers left with marijuana & a large quantity  of cash and drug paraphernalia & arrested two men aged 19 and 40 years. At a home in Head of Chezzetcook, marijuana and a large quantity of cash was found and a 39-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman arrested. Finally, Police say- also in Head of Chezzetcook - they found a major marijuana grow operation, and seized several hundred plants. No one was arrested , but charges are anticipated. Police say the warrants were carried out as part of an ongoing drug trafficking investigation that stemmed from public complaints.


EBOLA VACCINE DEVELOPED IN CANADA AVAILABLE BY END YEAR
Saturday 6th September 2014
An Ebola vaccine developed in Canada may be available for treating health-care workers before the end of the year. A World Health Organization official says the results of the first safety studies in humans of two experimental vaccines should be available by November. The experimental vaccines developed at Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg are likely to be the first used.


NEW GLASGOW CONVERGYS NOT CLOSING ON SEPTEMBER 28, TO REMAIN OPEN THROUGH 2015
Saturday 6th September 2014
A few hundred Pictou County workers have been given a reprieve, as the Convergys call centre in New Glasgow is NOT closing on September 28th, as was announced by the Cincinnati-based corporation in June of this year. Convergys will remain open until at least December 2015. Workers tell ECFM that through negotiations Convergys was able to secure a contract through 2015 with the same major client, based on the high-performance of the New Glasgow site. The only other Convergys in the province is located in Glace Bay, and the company announced on August 29th that they were seeking to hire an additional 250 people at that location.


TWO AREAS ON EASTERN SHORE TO BE PROTECTED
Saturday 6th September 2014
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is protecting two sensitive ecological areas in Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore. The group says it acquired Fishing Lake and Young's Island. Fishing Lake has an Acadian forest with red and black spruce, and is home to several endangered species, including moose. Young's Island in Musquodoboit Harbour has salt marshes and intertidal mud flats, a mix of coastal forest with black spruce and balsam fir trees.


NEARLY 1000 IMPAIRED DRIVING ARRESTS MADE BY RCMP SINCE BEGINNING OF 2014
Saturday 6th September 2014
RCMP say they've arrested 969 people for impaired driving so far this year. Statistics were released yesterday as Nova Scoita marked the fourth National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day with a a number of checkpoints throughout the province. Inspector Bernie Chapman says 591 of those arrested were charged with impaired driving by alcohol, and 58 were charged with impaired driving by drug. Chapman says 378 drivers had their license suspended for between 7 and 90 days as a result of being over the legal limit. RCMP are asking anyone who spot a suspected impaired driver to call 911 with location, license plate and a description of the driver, if possible.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND-UP *SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 6*
Saturday 6th September 2014

Pictou County Lightning Club is now accepting final PLAYER Registration for the 2014/2015 season. Ages 6 to 17, who want to learn and play basketball. There will be five free skills sessions offered beginning September 13th, followed by the formation of competitive teams for each age bracket and gender. subject to interest and availability of Coaches. These teams will Practice and Play games against other teams outside the county. Registration will take place today and tomorrow from 1-4 PM at the Wellness Center. Annual membership is $20 and the Club limits its activity around the school season. More info@ pclightning@eastlink.ca.

The third annual Jack Rabbit Run will take place in Bible Hill tomorrow. The 5km and 10km run is held in support of the Colchester Community Workshops, a non profit dedicated to the development of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Registration is $30, which will be waived with the collection of $100 in pledges. Registration can be done online through atlanticchip.ca.

Northumberland Regional High School Boys Baseball team tryouts will take place starting tomorrow (Sunday) from 3 to 5pm at the Pioneer Field in Westville. Tryouts will continue on Monday and Wednesday, at the same location, from 5pm to 7pm each day.

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association plans to host seven Subway Selects teams this season– All Pictou County female players must register for tryouts at a general registration at the NSCC cafeteria this morning from 9am-noon or on Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 6:30-9pm. Players who do not register during the general registration will not be permitted to attend tryouts, and will not be placed on a team unless a spot is available. (The Novice team is an exception & will be made up of the first 17 girls who register. No tryouts will take place at this level) Registration for tryouts is $60 per player (non-refundable). Final decisions on how many teams will be formed will be based on registration numbers, so it’s important to sign up for evaluations. For more information about the Subway Selects female hockey program, visit www.pcmha.com.

Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Fall Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons available on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday evenings or Saturday morning. The lesson begin the week of Sept. 10th and run for 8 weeks.Register or for more information, please call the pool at 485-5301 OR aquatics@townofpictou.com

You can register now for the 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament for the Pictou County S.P.C.A. At the Glen Lovat Golf Course on Sunday, September 21. It's a 4 Player Team format and costs $360.00 per team or $90.00 per person. To register call 759-9277, 396-3595 or e-mail vince@boballens.com (Registration closes Sept 10)

The Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex will be starting an indoor paintball league starting October 12 which will consist of three person teams. Anyone interested in joining can contact Gary at the Sobeys Indoor Complex for details or email sobeyssoccer@gmail.com

If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or email anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca



MORE TEENS SHARING SEXUAL IMAGES AND BEING EXTORTED FOR MONEY
Friday 5th September 2014
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection says more teens are sharing sexual images and then being extorted for money. The centre, based in Winnipeg, says there has been an increase in the number of teens saying they are being blackmailed. The centre says an adult poses as a teenager and secretly records teens exposing themselves. The adult then threatens to share the sexual images unless the teen pays hundreds of dollars. Signy Arnason, the centre's associate director, says it highlights the risks teens face with live video streaming because they can be filmed without their knowledge & that parents must talk to their children to make sure they understand the dangers of sexual behaviour online.


NEW GLASGOW ACADEMY STUDENTS NOW SCHEDULED TO START ACADEMIC YEAR ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH
Friday 5th September 2014
The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board has been notified that New Glasgow Academy will not be ready to open on Tuesday, September 9, as previously planned. A new opening date has been set for Friday, September 12. This opening depends upon the construction company meeting their deadlines and commitments necessary for student occupancy. Extra staff will help the contractors this weekend. An update will be issued on Tuesday, September 9th. If the September 12th opening date cannot be met, a contingency plan will be put into action that will see students begin their academic year in an alternate location while the necessary work at New Glasgow Academy is completed.


NEW GLASGOW AND COUNTY INTRODUCE NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Friday 5th September 2014
The Town of New Glasgow and Municipality of the County of Pictou have announced the hiring of Frank MacFarlane to serve as the Business Development Officer for both units. MacFarlane will also provide services to the Town of Pictou as needed on strategic business and land development opportunities. MacFarlane will administer and implement a commercial development marketing program with an integrated approach to the municipal services to maximize commercial development opportunities and land use planning. A native of Pictou County, MacFarlane has over a decade of experience working in a similar capacity with the Town of Kentville, as well as private sector experience.


PRICE TAG FOR A UNIVERSITY EDUCATION GOING UP
Friday 5th September 2014
A new report says tuition fees at Maritime universities have gone up by three per cent on average. The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission says the fees for undergraduate arts and sciences programs range between $5,520 and $7,488 this fall. The commission says by comparison, inflation stood at 2.4 per cent in June. Other costs, like student association, health services and athletic fees, have also risen an average of six per cent. In the Maritimes, those mandatory fees range between $255 and $1,173.


SPCA BIG BIKE RIDE LATER THIS MONTH
Friday 5th September 2014
A major fundraiser will take place for the Pictou County SPCA in the form of a bike ride from Oxford to Pictou on Sunday, 21 September. Lloyd MacLean, who piloted the CraigGivesBack tandem bike across Canada last year as a fundraiser for three charities, is one of the main organizers of this one-day, 115km event. The trail conditions vary greatly with some significantly more technical and challenging sections, as the course winds through Cumberland, Colchester and finally Pictou County.  MacLean wants to remind participants that this is not a supported ride and any riders that want to join are responsible for their own hydration, food and safety, however all are welcome to come out and enjoy the trail. Throughout the course of the ride donations will be accepted, with all proceeds going to the Pictou County SPCA. The ride will leave the Tim Hortons in Oxford at 7am that morning, at is expected to arrive at the Tim Hortons at the Rotary in Pictou by 3pm that afternoon.


OLIVER QUESTIONS PROVINCE ON FRACKING DECISION
Friday 5th September 2014
The federal Finance Minister says it could be a mistake for Nova Scotia to continue its ban on hydraulic fracturing. Joe Oliver says economic opportunities could pass the province by while the indefinite ban on the practice used to withdraw shale gas from onshore sites stays in place. Oliver says several provinces have allowed fracking for decades without environmental damage. However, many of those provinces use conventional fracking procedures, while the ban in Nova Scotia applies to the process of high-volume fracking, which requires a much greater level of water.


WEEKLY GAS PRICE UPDATE
Friday 5th September 2014
It is good news at the pumps this morning, with the new price of regular unleaded gasoline and diesel being set overnight by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. While the decrease was not significant for diesel, going down by just four-tenths of a cent, the drop was slightly greater for unleaded, as it went down by 1.1 cents. A litre of diesel now costs one-dollar, 30.9 cents, with a litre of regular unleaded going for one dollar, 34.8 cents. These prices will remain in effect until next Friday at 12:01am.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – SEPTEMBER 5
Friday 5th September 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers finished the preseason with a 3-1 record after winning their final exhibition game last night against the Truro Bearcats. Ethan Marsh and Regan Spears scored for the Crushers while Devan Tremblay stopped 29 of 30 shots in the 2-1 victory. Head Coach Jason Malone and assistants Chad McDavid and James Cooley will now make their final roster decisions ahead of the regular season opener next Thursday when the Crushers host the Summerside Western Capitals. Our first broadcast on the Crushers Radio Network is one week from tonight, when they visit the Valley Wildcats in their new home in Berwick. Game time is 7pm, and Michael Petter will be on air with the pregame show starting at 6:45pm.

The opening weekend for St. Francis Xavier sports kicks off with a bang tonight as the X-Men football team hits the road to take on the St. Mary's Huskies. Just one set of games on the campus in Antigonish this weekend, when the X-Men and X-Women soccer teams hosts the Huskies for a double-header Saturday afternoon at 1pm and 3;15pm.

The second to last race of the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour runs this weekend at the Riverside Motor Speedway in James River. The Lucas Oil 100 will take place Saturday evening at 6pm, with local drivers George Koszkulics of New Glasgow, Dylan Blenkhorn from Truro, Donald Chisholm of Antigonish and the King Racing entry from Pictou all part of the field going after the checkered flag.

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association plans to host seven Subway Selects teams this season– Novice, Atom A, Pee Wee A, Pee Wee AA, Bantam A, Bantam AA, Midget A. All Pictou County female players must register for tryouts at a general registration at the NSCC cafeteria on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 9am-noon or on Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 6:30-9pm. Players who do not register during the general registration will not be permitted to attend tryouts, and will not be placed on a team unless a spot is available. (The Novice team is an exception & will be made up of the first 17 girls who register. No tryouts will take place at this level) Registration for tryouts is $60 per player (non-refundable). Final decisions on how many teams will be formed will be based on registration numbers, so it’s important to sign up for evaluations. For more information about the Subway Selects female hockey program, visit www.pcmha.com.

Pictou County Lightning Club is now accepting final PLAYER Registration for the 2014/2015 season. Ages 6 to 17, both male and female … all are welcome to join. The club's focus is to encourage the health and fitness of the youth in the county by providing the opportunity to learn and play basketball. There will be five free skills sessions offered beginning September 13th, followed by the formation of competitive teams for each age bracket and gender, (Junior Mini, Mini, Bantam, Midget and Juvenile... subject to interest and availability of Coaches). These teams will Practice and Play games against other teams outside the county. This is a great way to kick start the season, get back into shape and develop some additional skills. Registration will take place Saturday Sept 6th and Sunday Sept 7th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at the Pictou County Wellness Center. Annual membership is $20 for Insurance and Registration with Basketball NS. The Club will operate programs and Competitive teams around the school season with limited activity during the school season. Any questions, or if membership is a financial obstacle, please feel free to reach out to pclightning@eastlink.ca.

Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Fall Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons available on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday evenings or Saturday morning. The lesson begin the week of Sept. 10th and run for 8 weeks.Register or for more information, please call the pool at 485-5301 OR aquatics@townofpictou.com

The third annual Jack Rabbit Run will take place in Bible Hill this coming Sunday, September 7. The 5km and 10km run is held in support of the Colchester Community Workshops, which is a non profit organization dedicated to the development of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Registration is $30, which will be waived with the collection of $100 in pledges. Registration can be done online through atlanticchip.ca.

You can register now for the 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament for the Pictou County S.P.C.A. At the Glen Lovat Golf Course on Sunday, September 21. It's a 4 Player Team format and costs $360.00 per team or $90.00 per person. To register call 759-9277, 396-3595 or e-mail vince@boballens.com (Registration closes Sept 10)

The Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex will be starting an indoor paintball league starting October 12 which will consist of three person teams. Anyone interested in joining can contact Gary at the Sobeys Indoor Complex for details or email sobeyssoccer@gmail.com

If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or email anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca



HEALTH MINISTER WANTS LONGER AGREEMENT IN NEXT ROUND OF HEALTH CARE NEGOTIATIONS
Thursday 4th September 2014
The health minister says he wants to negotiate a long-term collective agreement with health care workers in the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union during the next round of bargaining this fall. Leo Glavine says the department is in a constant state of negotiating with unions and reaching a long-term contract would save money on bargaining costs. Glavine alluded to a five-year deal for health care workers in British Columbia that includes a one per cent wage increase each year with a provision of further wage increases if the economy improves over projections. He says he likes the idea of a five-year deal but wouldn't comment on potential wage increases for Local 42 at Capital Health, whose three-year contract expires Oct. 31. Joan Jessome, the president of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union, says three-year agreements have worked for decades. Jessome says that's because they allow for adjustments to issues like hours, scheduling and safety concerns as they evolve or become outdated over the course of an agreement.


ELECTRICITY SYSTEM REVIEW CONSULTATION SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
Thursday 4th September 2014
Nova Scotians can help define the long-term future of the province's electricity system through public consultation for the Electricity System Review. The meetings will include a 30-minute open house before the start time, an interactive presentation by Energy Minister Andrew Younger, a workshop to gather feedback, and a question and answer period with the minister. Younger says the series of meetings will be valuable discussions about the future of electricity policy in Nova Scotia. None of the 11 meetings are scheduled to take place in Pictou County, although there are meetings in Antigonish on Sunday 21, September at the Keating Millennium Centre and Wednesday, 1 October at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro. A look at the complete schedule, and a more detailed look at the goals of the sessions themselves are available at http://novascotia.ca/electricityfuture.


BACK TO SCHOOL FOR MOST – HOUSTON ASKS WHY NOT FOR ALL?
Thursday 4th September 2014
Pictou East MLA Tim Houston is once again going after Education Minister Karen Casey for the states of some schools in the province on what is supposed to be the first day for students. Three schools did not open for students today because ongoing renovations did not get completed in time, while other schools will have construction work continue with students in the building. Houston calls the situation a sign of government's incompetence, and says Casey needs to answer to those teachers, the students, and their parents for the delays. One of the schools that did not open today is New Glasgow Academy, and one of the schools where construction continues with students in attendance is Dr. WA MacLeod School in Riverton.


MIXED REACTIONS TO INDEFINITE FRACKING BAN
Thursday 4th September 2014
Energy Minister Andrew Younger yesterday issued an indefinite ban on the process that has created much conflict between the energy industry and environmental activists. Younger indicated the indefinite term of the ban does not mean it is permanent, but would not say how long it will last. An industry group is expressing disappointment in Nova Scotia's decision. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says the move isn't based on technical knowledge of industry regulators. President Dave Collyer says the decision also means Nova Scotia will miss out on potential benefits related to shale gas development. New Brunswick Premier David Alward says Nova Scotia is risking economic decline. Alward has heavily promoted shale gas development in his bid for re-election in New Brunswick. Meanwhile, a Halifax-based environmental group says it was not exactly the decision they were looking for, but they are still applauding the decision of the Nova Scotia government. The Ecology Action Centre was hoping the province would issue a ten-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. David Wheeler, president of Cape Breton University, headed up a panel that spent six months examining the contentious issue. The independent panel recommended that hydraulic fracturing not be allowed in Nova Scotia until there is more research and a way is found to give local communities a say in the process.


FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Thursday 4th September 2014
It is back to class for students of the Chignecto Central Regional School Board today, as some little ones will be heading to school for the first time, while some bigger students are heading into their final year. Motorists need to be aware that school zone speed limits are in effect, and also remember not to pass school buses when the lights are flashing. East Coast FM extends best wishes to all students, teachers, and other school staff, and good luck for the year!


BOMB THREAT AT TRURO MALL
Thursday 4th September 2014
For the second time in less than a month, Truro Police have responded to a call of a bomb threat at the Truro Mall. The call was reported shortly before 3pm yesterday, coming from a pay phone. Neither case resulted in any explosives being found. Police are continuing to investigate both incidents.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – SEPTEMBER 4
Thursday 4th September 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers will play their final pre-season game tonight at the Pictou County Wellness Centre when they host the Truro Bearcats at 7pm. The Crushers come into the game with two wins and one loss so far in the preseason. The regular season opens one week from tonight when the Crushers host the Summerside Western Capitals.

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association plans to host seven Subway Selects teams this season– Novice, Atom A, Pee Wee A, Pee Wee AA, Bantam A, Bantam AA, Midget A. All Pictou County female players must register for tryouts at a general registration at the NSCC cafeteria on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 9am-noon or on Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 6:30-9pm . Players who do not register during the general registration will not be permitted to attend tryouts, and will not be placed on a team unless a spot is available. (The Novice team is an exception & will be made up of the first 17 girls who register. No tryouts will take place at this level) Registration for tryouts is $60 per player (non-refundable). Final decisions on how many teams will be formed will be based on registration numbers, so it’s important to sign up for evaluations. For more information about the Subway Selects female hockey program, visit www.pcmha.com.

Pictou County Lightning Club is now accepting final PLAYER Registration for the 2014/2015 season.  Ages 6 to 17, both male and female...  All are welcome to join.  The club's focus is to encourage the health and fitness of the youth in the county by providing the opportunity to learn and play basketball.   There will be five free skills sessions offered beginning September 13th, followed by the formation of competitive teams for each age bracket and gender, (Junior Mini, Mini, Bantam, Midget and Juvenile... subject to interest and availability of Coaches).  These teams will Practice and Play games against other teams outside the county.  This is a great way to kick start the season, get back into shape and develop some additional skills. Registration will take place Saturday Sept 6th and Sunday Sept 7th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at the Pictou County Wellness Center.  Annual membership is $20 for Insurance and Registration with Basketball NS. The Club will operate programs and Competitive teams around the school season with limited activity during the school season.  Any questions, or if membership is a financial obstacle, please feel free to reach out to pclightning@eastlink.ca.

Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Fall Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons available on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday evenings or Saturday morning. The lesson begin the week of Sept. 10th and run for 8 weeks.Register or for more information, please call the pool at 485-5301 OR aquatics@townofpictou.com

The third annual Jack Rabbit Run will take place in Bible Hill this coming Sunday, September 7. The 5km and 10km run is held in support of the Colchester Community Workshops, which is a non profit organization dedicated to the development of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Registration is $30, which will be waived with the collection of $100 in pledges. Registration can be done online through atlanticchip.ca.

You can register now for the 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament for the Pictou County S.P.C.A. At the Glen Lovat Golf Course on Sunday, September 21. It's a 4 Player Team format and costs $360.00 per team or $90.00 per person. To register call 759-9277, 396-3595 or e-mail vince@boballens.com (Registration closes Sept 10)

The Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex will be starting an indoor paintball league starting October 12 which will consist of three person teams. Anyone interested in joining can contact Gary at the Sobeys Indoor Complex for details or email sobeyssoccer@gmail.com

If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or email anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca



LIBERALS TO CONTINUE FRACKING BAN
Wednesday 3rd September 2014
The province says it will introduce legislation this fall to prohibit high-volume hydraulic fracturing for onshore shale gas. Energy Minister Andrew Younger says he believes Nova Scotians are not comfortable with fracking. Younger's announcement today comes less than a week after a panel of experts released a report saying fracking shouldn't be allowed until more independent research is done on health, environmental and economic impacts. The panel also recommended setting up a process to get a community's permission before a project is allowed to proceed. A two-year moratorium on fracking was put in place by the previous NDP government in 2012 as public protests grew in Nova Scotia and in neighbouring New Brunswick. Younger says the Liberal government made its decision following input from the public, including aboriginal leaders in the province.


BROCKOVICH ADDS VOICE TO NORTHERN PULP DEBATE
Wednesday 3rd September 2014
A woman made famous for her advocacy of people facing environmental concerns is once again speaking out against the situation at Northern Pulp. Erin Brockovich first wrote about the air quality concerns in Pictou County over a year ago, and yesterday again spoke out through a post on her Facebook page. Brockovich says the mill at Abercrombie Point is destroying the community's quality of life, and that she expects more from Canada. The mill is under a government order to make improvements, and has a scheduled shut-down for this month when a new scrubber will be installed to assist in reducing the levels of particulate matter released, with more improvements due next spring.


WIND TURBINE SET BACK AMENDMENT PASSES FIRST READING
Wednesday 3rd September 2014
A simple by-law amendment drew a crowd to the regular council meeting of the Municipality of Pictou County last night. Extra chairs were brought to line the walls, then it was standing room only for the first reading of an amendment to the wind energy by-law that would see the set-back from residences increased to 1000 metres. A residents group has been asking for a minimum setback of 1500 metres. There is an allowance in the new by-law that the 1000 metres could be reduced to 600, conditional on all residents agreeing to any new wind tower being installed. A public hearing was set for 29 September 29 with a venue larger than municipal chambers to be announced. All residents may speak for 10 minutes about the by-law amendment, which then returns to municipal council for debate. Warden Ron Baillie says written presentations can also be submitted. Numerous municipalities in Nova Scotia have already raised the setback to 1000 metres.


THOMPSON SAYS POLITICAL POINTS SHOULD NOT BE MADE ON MACLEOD SCHOOL SITUATION
Wednesday 3rd September 2014
Deputy Warden Andy Thompson says he is disappointed in recent remarks made in the media about the timeframe of the renovation underway at Dr. W.A. MacLoed School, and says the public should know that procedures are in place. At Pictou County Municipal Council's regular meeting last night, Thompson said he found comments by Pictou East MLA Tim Houston "frustrating", and said non-constructive rhetoric is disappointing as the community tries to create a new school environment encompassing students from other areas. Thompson says the residents of East River Valley are largely thankful and excited about the 3.7 million dollar renovation, and understand that procurement laws and regulations must be followed. Council passed a motion to send a letter to the Minister of Education thanking the province for the investment in the Riverton school, and also requesting that Frank H. MacDonald School see money invested for upgrades in the next few years.


COUNTY COUNCIL CONTRIBUTES TO ALS CANADA
Wednesday 3rd September 2014
You may not see Pictou County’s municipal councilors posting videos of dumping buckets of ice water on their heads, but they will contribute to the phenomenon that has seen over $100 million dollars raised to fight the incurable neurological killer known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. At last nights regular monthly meeting, a motion was passed to donate $200 on behalf of the Municipality to ALS in memory of former county solicitor Milton Veniot. Veniot, known as a lawyer gifted at peaceful mediation in labour strikes, succumbed to the disease in January 2011. The motion made by councilor Jim Turple was unanimously passed by council after they altered it so the donation comes from their own pocketbooks, not the taxpayers. There was no mention of passing that challenge forward to other municipal governments.


MUNICIPAL COUNCIL HONOURS LOCAL MUSICIAN FOR NATIONAL PRIZE
Wednesday 3rd September 2014
The Municipality of Pictou County recognized the gifts of a local tenor at last night’s council meeting. Two weeks ago, Marcel D’Entremont of Merigomish won best overall and best voice for a total prize payout of $6500 at the 44th National Music Competition in Kelowna, BC. His former teacher, Municipal Councillor Sally Fraser, called D’Entremont an “esteemed local musician” who has remained humble as well as being an great ambassador to represent our community. The award was accepted by his parents, as Marcel is commencing his second year of a Masters in music at the University of Toronto under full scholarship.


TURKEY BUTCHER ORDERED TO CEASE OPERATIONS
Wednesday 3rd September 2014
Pictou County Councilors have expressed their displeasure with a decision by the Nova Scotia Turkey Marketing Board, ordering the only butcher in the county to stop slaughtering turkeys. Councilor Chester Dewar says Gordon Fraser received the order from the Board following an anonymous complaint. Fraser, a second-generation butcher and fourth-generation farmer, slaughters approximately two-thousand turkeys annually. Several councilors spoke of Fraser's reputation for cleanliness and humane practices as he provides what David Parker calls a “vital service to the community”. Municipal council passed a motion to write to the Department of Agriculture in support of Gordon Fraser and his family operation.


ARENA SHOW WITH BLUE RODEO REPLACES AWARDS SHOW GALA
Tuesday 2nd September 2014
This year, 100 artists will perform in eight Truro venues during Nova Scotia Music week. The festival will run Sept. 6 to 9th, and songstress Kim Harris and roots-rocker Adam Baldwin lead the pack with six nominations each. The general public will have a chance to vote for the Entertainer of the Year award with online voting opening in October. The Music Nova Scotia Awards will be handed out Sunday, November 9th at a Brunch at the Holiday Inn. This year marks a shift in programming at NSMW, as there will be no awards gala. In its place will be an arena show headlined by Blue Rodeo at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.  Music Nova Scotia Executive Director Scott Long believes this change will be a significant improvement from past festivals. For the full line-up, complete list of nominees, or ticket info visit www.nsmw.ca.


GOVERNMENT FUNDING TO HELP MUNICIPALITIES IMPROVE FUEL EFFIENCY
Tuesday 2nd September 2014
The Nova Scotia government is handing about $27,000 to an environmental group to promote the use of alternative-fuel vehicles by municipalities. Energy Minister Andrew Younger says the Clean Foundation will work with two municipalities to help them take advantage of new, fuel-efficient technologies in their fleets. The foundation says transportation produces about 25 per cent of the province's greenhouse gas emissions. Once completed, the foundation will release case studies to help other organizations learn how to improve fleet efficiency.


BLOOD DONORS SOUGHT THIS EVENING IN PICTOU
Tuesday 2nd September 2014
Canadian Blood Services are holding a clinic at the Pictou Armoury tonight from 5-8pm. In addition to those scheduled to donate, they are looking for another 21 donors. If you eligible or someone in your family is eligible, it would be most appreciated. Other community clinics are scheduled for Wednesday in Stellarton and Thursday in New Glasgow. For details go to www.blood.ca or call 1 888 2DONATE


RECREATIONAL FISHERIES FUNDING ANNOUNCED
Tuesday 2nd September 2014
Good news for recreational fishers: today Peter MacKay announced a new round of federal funding to help restore and rebuild fish habitat. Up to $5.5 million dollars will be spent nationwide as part of the second round of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program. Closer to home, three projects will be receiving over $53,000. This includes over $23,000 for the St. Mary's River Association; $20,000 for the Pictou County Rivers Association; and $10,000 for the Antigonish Rivers Association.


WOMAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO 12 CHARGES OF MISCHIEF ARISING FROM BROKEN WINDOWS IN DOWNTOWN NEW GLASGOW
Tuesday 2nd September 2014
A New Glasgow woman appeared in Pictou Court today facing allegations she vandalized New Glasgow businesses. 35-year-old Rose-Ann Robson-Gillis entered not guilty on 12 charges of mischief stemming from incidents of broken windows in the downtown New Glasgow area that occurred on April 20th and July 13th, 2014. The majority of incidents saw stones or bricks hurled through windows on Archimedes, Provost and MacLean Streets. Robson-Gillis had a half-day trial set for October 30th in Pictou.


CLOSURES AT STRAIT RICHMOND HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM
Tuesday 2nd September 2014
A lack of available physicians has led to the Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority closing the Emergency Room of the Strait Richmond Hospital from 8am to 8pm every day this week. The Department at the facility in Evanston will be open from 8pm to 8am each night. Those needing medical assistance while the Emergency Department is closed are encouraged to attend their closest available facility or call 911. If the need for medical assistance is not an emergency situation, call HealthLink 811 to talk to a Registered Nurse.


LOCAL SPORTS SEPTEMBER 14
Monday 1st September 2014
The Pictou County Crushers opened their Maritime Hockey League season with 2 wins. Following their 4-2 win over the Summerside Western Capitals Thursday night at the Wellness Centre, the team headed to Berwick to face the Valley Wildcats Friday night, where Daniel Walsh ended the game in a shoot out as the Crushers beat the Wildcats 5-4. The Crusher next play a home game against the Bridgewater Lumberjacks on Thursday September 18 at 7pm @ Pictou County Wellness Centre

The Pictou County female Hockey association will be hosting an open house for novice players, age 7 and 8, interested on playing on an all female team this hockey season on Saturday Sept. 20 at 530 pm at the wellness centre. Registration is first come, first serve for this team and there are still spots available. The open house will include a free hour of ice time and parent information session. Those novice players who already registered are encouraged to attend as well. To register for the open house, email tlmacdonald70@hotmail.com

Official Cue Sports Nova Scotia 9-ball ranking tournaments for the Northern Region of Nova Scotia begin Sept 20th at Century Snooker Club in New Glasgow. There will be five satellite tournaments followed by a Regional Championship March 28th. There will be four Round Robin snooker ranking tournaments as well. Spots to Nationals are at stake in both pool and snooker. See Regional Director Bill Martin at Club for details. 902-755-2255

Registration for the Pictou County Subway Sharks Swim Team will be held at the Wellness Centre Tomorrow, September 15 from 5:30 - 8 pm. The first practice is also Monday at 7pm. New members are welcome. You don't need to be a great swimmer yet, if you can swim one length of the pool safely we can teach you the rest. Visit us on our Facebook page for more information.

The Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex will be starting an indoor paintball league starting October 12 which will consist of three person teams. Anyone interested in joining can contact Gary at the Sobeys Indoor Complex for details or email sobeyssoccer@gmail.com

If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or emil anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca