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Showing news for the month of July , 2014

FOREST FIRE INDEXES AT EXTREME LEVELS
Wednesday 23rd July 2014
The recent string of hot weather means that the fire index for the province has increased nearly across the board. All of Cape Breton, Northern Nova Scotia and the Eastern Shore is listed very high, with most of Pictou & Antigonish counties listed extreme. There is no burning allowed anywhere in the northern and eastern parts of the province, including Cape Breton. Jim Rudderham of the Department of Natural Resources says we need a few days of a good steady rain to get those indexes down.


HALIFAX POLICE SEEK ASSISTANCE IN SEARCH FOR DARTMOUTH WOMAN
Wednesday 23rd July 2014
Halifax Regional Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a Dartmouth woman who hasn’t been seen for more than a week. Police say 29-year-old Catherine ‘Catie’ Miller was last in contact with her family on July 15th. She’s described as a white woman, 5’8, 130 lbs with brown shoulder length hair she often wears in a ponytail and grey eyes. The woman has her ears pierced, but doesn’t have any known tattoos. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 490-5020.


HALIFAX MAN HAS B&E CHARGED DROPPED, BUT FINED FOR BREACHING BAIL CONDITIONS
Wednesday 23rd July 2014
A 22 year old Halifax man accused of breaking into a Westville home in March had the charge dismissed, but was fined for breaching the conditions of his bail. At trial in Pictou provincial court this morning, the Crown opted not to pursue the charge against Kyle Joseph Stewart Langille after talking with their main witness, telling the court there wasn't a reasonable expectation of conviction. However, Langille pleaded guilty to three other charges stemming from two incidents three days apart in May, where he was picked up by police and found to be intoxicated, which breached his conditions of bail. On May 3, Langille was also found in possession of a small amount of hydromorphone. Noting that the accused has found full time work with a roofing company, Judge Del Atwood ordered Langille to pay fines totaling $500 plus $120 in victim surcharges, and urged him to stay drug and alcohol free, noting that there are often stories in the media about people his age who have died from abusing alcohol and hydromorphone.


OUTBREAK IN COURTROOM DURING PRELIMINARY INQUIRY
Wednesday 23rd July 2014
Day three of the preliminary inquiry into first-degree murder charges against Victoria Hennerberry and Blake Leggette regarding the death of Loretta Saunders had more excitement than anyone may have predicted this morning. A major commotion ensued when Saunders' uncle lunged at the accused, prompting officials to hustle the accused into a secure corridor while sherriffs descended upon the courtroom. After the outbreak, other members of Saunders' family urged him to calm down. The family was then escorted out of the courtroom to the waiting room, and once the area was cleared, Leggette and Henneberry were taken back to cells.


FEDERAL PRISON SENTENCE ON BREAK AND ENTER CHARGE
Wednesday 23rd July 2014
A break and enter into a home in MacPherson's Mills has netted a sentence of 2 years plus a day in federal custody for a 32-year old Pictou County man. Robert Charles Odo originally pleaded not guilty to the charge stemming from the incident in May 2013, but changed the plea to guilty just as his trial was to begin in April. Judge Del Atwood accepted the joint recommendation from Crown and Defence in handing down the sentence. Odo will also be required to give a sample of DNA and pay a $300 victim surcharge.


CANOEIST IDENTIFIED BY POLICE
Wednesday 23rd July 2014
RCMP have released the name of a canoeist whose body was recovered in waters off northeastern Nova Scotia. Thirty-three-year-old Adrian Scott Van Bommell was reported missing after a canoe overturned in the area of the Old Breakwater near Bayfield on Sunday. A local fisherman recovered his body on Tuesday. Police say an autopsy has been scheduled and the investigation continues.


CAPE TO CAPE TRAIL RECEIVES GIFT
Wednesday 23rd July 2014
A donation from Maritime Northeast Pipeline of money and volunteers will allow for the completion of some much needed work to Pictou County Trails. The Cape to Cape Trail committee, through the Pictou County Trails Association, will be the beneficiaries of the full day's work installing sign posts, clearing deadfall, and making repairs to the trail. The group will split into two teams today, and will be working on the Dalhousie Mountain and Six Mile Brook Trails. At the end of the day, all of the volunteers will gather for a celebratory barbeque supper. The Cape to Cape trail is a long term project, a vision begun by Gordon Young in 2003. Pictou County is the location of 30 km of the total trail, which stretches from Cape Chignecto to Cape George, passing through Cumberland, Colchester, Pictou and Antigonish Counties.


FIRE CHIEF SAYS ACCIDENT FURTHER PROOF OF NEED FOR TWINNING
Wednesday 23rd July 2014
A single vehicle rollover in the French River/ Broadway area of Highway 104 yesterday is the 144th accident in the 37 km stretch between Sutherlands River and Antigonish since 2009. Barney's River Fire Chief Joe MacDonald says those collisions have resulted in 13 fatalities, and is once again calling for that stretch of highway to be twinned. Just after 11:00 yesterday morning a tandem wheel pulp truck lost control and crossed traffic and landed on it’s side in the opposite side ditch. MacDonald says it is very fortunate that there was no oncoming traffic at the time. Three fire departments, including the New Glasgow Hazardous Materials Unit, along with EHS, RCMP, and Department of Transportation officials all attended the scene. The driver of the truck was able to escape serious injury, and traffic was delayed for several hours while the scene was cleared.


LOCAL SPORTS JULY 23
Wednesday 23rd July 2014

The Trenton Rangers suffered a home loss yesterday in the AGR League, falling 6-2 to the Arisaig Blues. Andrew Cameron was tagged with the loss on the mound. One bright spot for the Rangers was a solo home run by Andy Martell. The Rangers were originally scheduled to be right back in action tonight, but the game against Guysborough is going to be rescheduled at a later date.

After a blockbuster 4 team, 12 player trading deal over the week-end, two well-played and closely contested games took place in the Leo Fahey Twilight Softball League at the Albion Field on Monday evening. In the first game of the evening, the Cardinals defeated the Giants 13-10.Debbie d”Entremont , Lisa James, Cheryl Jobe ,Lyndsay Mackinnona and Evelyn Hill led the Cardinals with two doubles and a single apiece followed by 2 singles each by Debbie Fraser, Tracy Latremouille , Maggie MacCallum and Dawn Cleary. Donna Greene chipped in with a single. The Giants were paced by Angela Taylor’s home run, triple, double and single and Robin Fraser’s triple and two doubles. Tammy Williams and Theresa Dewar with a double and single each combined with Patsy MacKinnon, Kelly Fraser, Lori Peters and Sarah MacKinnonwith hitting a single each completed the Giants attack. The Blue Jays scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to edge the Yankees 9-8. Christa Webber led the Jays with a home run, triple and double. Leanne Weeks ’s three singles, Jill davidson’s two singles and a single apiece by Debbie MacLean and Ashley Freckleton took care of the rest of the Jays offence. Stacey Ferguson led the Yankees with a double and two singles while scoring four runs. Laura Turner and Tracy Brine had a double and single apiece while Lisa Clarke, Angela Martin and Katie Bray each notched two singles with singles being hit by Cindy Osmond and Sherry Whytewood.

Northern Nova U18B Soccer team played in the PEI Police association tournament last weekend. They were successful in winning the gold medal game against Dartmouth Utd 1-0 with only 10 players. Jack Casey scored the winning goal with only 5mins left in the game. They did Pictou County proud says coach John Fortune.

Pictou County Recreation and the Pictou County YMCA will be partnering to host swimming lessons in Lismore. Lessons will be offered for both the Preschool and Swim Kids programs. The program will take place from July 28 to August 8 at the Lismore Beach. Cost is $10.00/child or $25.00/family. Pre-registration will take place at the Lismore Community Centre on Wednesday, July 23 from 7:00-7:30 pm. For more information please contact Pictou County Recreation at 485-8528 or 752-1530.

The 14th annual Walter Macdonald Charity Golf Tournament for the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society will take place on Sunday August 10th. A four hundred dollar registration per team includes entry into the tournament at Glen Lovat Golf Course, golf cart, a prime rib dinner, and entry to the Palliative Care fundraiser the night before at the Whitetail Pub. The fundraiser runs from 9pm to 1am with live entertainment and there will also be a progressive 50/50, starting July 1 until August 10. Contact Mike MacNaughton - 396-1483, or Marlee MacNaughton – 396-6394

The Melmerby Triathlon returns Sunday, July 27. It's sixty dollars to register, which can be done at atlanticchip.ca. This year also sees kids triathlon, which is free: it's open to those twelve and under on Saturday the 26th.

The Butter Trail Run is a volunteer-run community event promoting fitness, family and fun that showcases the beautiful scenery of Tatamagouche and the historic Nelson Park - Register today for the August 31st event at www.buttertrailrun.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 including 18 holes, Power Cart & Gourmet Prime Rib dinner. To register call 759-9277, 396-3595 or e-mail vince@boballens.com (Registration closes Sept 10)

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



UNION CENTER MAN GIVEN 7 MONTHS FOR THEFTS, POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY AND BREACHING COURT ORDERS
Tuesday 22nd July 2014
A 38-year-old man from Union Center was handed one month in jail for each of seven charges he pleaded guilty to in Pictou Provincial Court this morning. Earl Frederick Gratto committed refund-fraud at a New Glasgow retailer in November 2012, as well as a theft under 5000 from a different retail location in February of this year. Gratto was further charged with possession of stolen property and with multiple breaches of court orders. Judge Del Atwood accepted the joint recommendation of the crown & defense as to length of incarceration, but declined to sentence Gratto the additional 12 months of recommended probation, telling Gratto that when he completes his seven month jail-term , he will then have a clean start. Gratto was also given a restitution order in the amount of 437 dollars to be paid to Central Supply, as well as $200 in victim surcharges.


PICTOU COUNTY DUO PLEAD NOT GUILTY TO BREAK AND ENTER
Tuesday 22nd July 2014
Two Pictou County residents have pleaded not guilty to the alleged Break and Enter of a Springville residence on April 4th of this year. 32-year old Meagan Courtney Beaton of Pictou also entered not guilty pleas to both possession of a weapon and careless use of a firearm. Co-accused Jeffery Curt John Holley pleaded guilty to 2 weapons charges while court heard a third would be withdrawn on the day of sentencing. The thirty-five-year Stellarton man will also have an unrelated charge of assault with bodily harm dealt with during joint trial dates for Holley and Beaton, set for November 25 & 26th in Pictou.


TRAFFIC FLOWING SMOOTHLY AGAIN ON HIGHWAY 104 AT BROADWAY
Tuesday 22nd July 2014
RCMP say traffic is flowing smoothly on Highway 104 at Broadway following a single vehicle accident reported around 11 am this morning. There are no injuries, but traffic was slowed in both directions until past 4pm as spilled product from the transport was cleared.


MISSING CANOEIST BODY FOUND
Tuesday 22nd July 2014
The body of a 33-year old missing canoeist has been found. The man, whose name has not been released, was reported missing after the canoe he and another were using capsized near Bayfield, Antigonish County. Sergeant Alain LeBlanc says the body was found by a local fisherman earlier today. LeBlanc had no other details about the recovery but said earlier that neither man wasn't wearing a life jacket, and there were no life jackets on board the canoe. A 28-year old man had been able to make it to the shore.


JAIL TIME FOR BANK FRAUD
Tuesday 22nd July 2014
A 26-year-old New Glasgow man has been handed six months jail-time for fraud after depositing two stolen checks to his bank account. In Pictou Provincial Court today, Adrian Russell Weyman was sentenced for two counts of fraud from February as well as breaching a month-old probation order to stay off Aberdeen Mall property. Judge Del Atwood questioned the man's credibility and also noted past charges of theft and attempted theft on the man's record as he passed sentence. In addition to six months incarceration, Weyman was given one year to pay a total of four hundred dollars in victim surcharges as well as a stand-alone restitution order to the Toronto-Dominion bank in the amount of 35-hundred dollars.


ROAD NAMED FOR BUSINESSMAN WITH MUCH HISTORY
Tuesday 22nd July 2014
Google, time to update your map: Pictou County has a new road. At last night's meeting of the County's Property Services committee, council voted to name the access road to the Riverton wind turbines as Gordon “Buck” MacLean Road. Councillor Chester Dewar made the motion, noting MacLean's history in the area, having started an excavation business that is still in the family.


LOCAL SPORTS JULY 22
Tuesday 22nd July 2014

The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA baseball team is making their second trip to the national stage in 3 years. After winning the provincials this past weekend, they will head to Magog, Quebec for the National Championship Tournament from August 14 to 18.

The 14th annual Walter Macdonald Charity Golf Tournament for the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society will take place on Sunday August 10th. A four hundred dollar registration per team includes entry into the tournament at Glen Lovat Golf Course, golf cart, a prime rib dinner, and entry to the Palliative Care fundraiser the night before at the Whitetail Pub. The fundraiser runs from 9pm to 1am with live entertainment and there will also be a progressive 50/50, starting July 1 until August 10. Contact Mike MacNaughton - 396-1483, or Marlee MacNaughton – 396-6394

The Melmerby Triathlon returns Sunday, July 27. It's sixty dollars to register, which can be done at atlanticchip.ca. This year also sees kids triathlon, which is free: it's open to those twelve and under on Saturday the 26th.

The Butter Trail Run is a volunteer-run community event promoting fitness, family and fun that showcases the beautiful scenery of Tatamagouche and the historic Nelson Park - Register today for the August 31st event at www.buttertrailrun.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 including 18 holes, Power Cart & Gourmet Prime Rib dinner. To register call 759-9277, 396-3595 or e-mail vince@boballens.com (Registration closes Sept 10)

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



COMPANY PLANNING LIQUIFIED NATURAL GAS PLANT IN GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY ADVANCES PROPOSAL
Monday 21st July 2014
The provincial government has welcomed news from H-Energy that advances the company's proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Guysborough County. H-Energy has announced it has memorandums of understanding in place for 50 per cent of the output of its planned multi-billion dollar plant and export terminal in Melford. Agreements are in place with companies from India, the Middle East and Europe, while talks are ongoing with a number of South Asian companies. Energy Minister Andrew Younger says the plant and export terminal could produce 13.5 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas per year, providing economic benefits for the province and putting Nova Scotia in the international liquefied natural gas market. The company will begin the environmental approval process in the near future and the plant could become operational by 2020.


MAJORITY OPPOSE FRACKING AT PUBLIC CONSULTATION MEETING
Monday 21st July 2014
The Nova Scotia Hydraulic Fracturing review panel's public consultation meeting took place today in the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Of the roughly 60 people in attendance, the vast majority were presenting arguments against the process for drilling for natural gas. The meeting included a presentation by panel chair Dr. David Wheeler, who went over some of the known and unknown variables that need to be considered when looking at the process. Wheeler says the panel will provide recommendations to the process that will not include a moratorium, because that is a political decision, and the panel is an apolitical group. He says the panel's recommendations, to be submitted later this summer, include strict conditions that need to be considered if the province were to decide to grant approval for seismic testing, exploration, and eventual fracking. Today's meeting was the first of five scheduled for this week in northern Nova Scotia, with others set for Tatamagouche tonight, Amherst and Truro tomorrow, and Noel on Wednesday. Tune in this week on Sunday Report for a conversation with Dr. Wheeler about the review panel's process, findings, and draft recommendations to the province.


EDUCATION MINISTER RELEASES CRITERIA FOR HUB SCHOOLS
Monday 21st July 2014
After several months of consultations, Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey today released the guidelines and criteria for the Hub School Model in response to concerns heard by Bob Fowler who led the school review process study in the winter. Ms. Casey says this is another step in restoring trust in the school review process by giving parents and communities more options to work with boards to ensure schools remain an important part of the community for years to come. The guidelines and criteria clearly spell out what can and cannot be considered for a public school building. Eligible partners could include other levels of government, community organizations, sport and recreation, arts and culture groups, and local businesses that provide services to families, students and children. The timeline for communities to prepare a proposal will be at least eight months. The boards will have up to two months to consider a request. School boards also have the option to extend time frame where necessary. The guidelines and criteria for Hub Schools are available by clicking this link.


HYDRAULIC FRACTURING REVIEW PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULED FOR TODAY
Monday 21st July 2014
The Nova Scotia Hydraulic Fracturing review panel will be holding a public meeting in Pictou County today at the Wellness Centre. The meeting, scheduled for 12:00 noon, is an opportunity for members of the public to share their feedback on the work done by the panel to this point. The chair of the panel, Dr. David Wheeler, will present information to the public on the review process, preliminary results, and a draft of the recommendations that will go to the province. The panel is examining the possible social, economic, environmental, and health implications of hydraulic fracturing practices and their associated wastewater streams. Today's meeting is the first of five scheduled for this week in northern Nova Scotia, with others set for Tatamagouche tonight, Amherst and Truro tomorrow, and Noel on Wednesday.


SEARCH UNDERWAY FOR MISSING CANOEIST
Monday 21st July 2014
RCMP in Antigonish County are searching for a 33-year old man after the canoe he was in overturned yesterday in the Bayfield area. Corporal Scott MacRae says the man was reported missing yesterday afternoon, resulting in a search conducted by police, assisted by several residents familiar with the area. A Department of Natural Resources helicopter assisted with the search yesterday. MacRae says it is not known whether the man had been wearing his life jacket when the canoe capsized.


THEFT OF TIRES FROM VEHICLES UNDER INVESTIGATION
Monday 21st July 2014
Pictou County RCMP are investigating thefts of tires from five vehicles late last week in Abercrombie. Sometime between Friday and Saturday five vehicles parked near Abercrombie Road were jacked up and had all of their tires, with rims, stolen. Police are looking for help from the public, and anyone with information is asked to contact Pictou County District RCMP or CrimeStoppers.


LOCAL SPORTS JULY 21
Monday 21st July 2014

The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA baseball is making their second trip to the national stage in 3 years. They won the provincial tournament this past weekend in Hammonds Plains, opening with a loss to the host team 5-2 before rattling off four consecutive wins. The championship game was a rematch of the opener, and this time the MacGregor Kinsmen won 6-1 to earn the right to head to Magog, Quebec for the National Championship Tournament from August 14 to 18.

Two games yesterday in the AGR league saw Heatherton defeat St. Andrew's 10-3 and St. Joseph's win by forfeit over Wycocomaugh. The Trenton Rangers are back in action tomorrow when they host Arisaig.

7000 fans watched as veteran driver John Flemming of Halifax won the IWK 250 at the Riverside International Speedway in James River Saturday night. Donald Chisholm of Antigonish commanded the track for 218 laps, but could not survive two late cautions. Chisholm was the sentimental favourite after his father and race-founder John Chisholm died earlier this month.

The inaugural Swing for Tourette Syndrome Lob Ball Tournament held over the weekend in Trenton resulted in roughly 29-hundred dollars being raised. That money will go to the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada. Tournament organizer Garrett Holmes says the total far surpassed his expectations, and that he is pleased with the overall success of the event.

There are still a limited number of spaces left in the Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament which will happen on Thursday, July 24 at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. For more information or to book your tee time call 752-8944

The 14th annual Walter Macdonald Charity Golf Tournament for the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society will take place on Sunday August 10th. A four hundred dollar registration per team includes entry into the tournament at Glen Lovat Golf Course, golf cart, a prime rib dinner, and entry to the Palliative Care fundraiser the night before at the Whitetail Pub. The fundraiser runs from 9pm to 1am with live entertainment and there will also be a progressive 50/50, starting July 1 until August 10. Contact Mike MacNaughton - 396-1483, or Marlee MacNaughton – 396-6394

The Melmerby Triathlon returns Sunday, July 27. It's sixty dollars to register, which can be done at atlanticchip.ca. This year also sees kids triathlon, which is free: it's open to those twelve and under on Saturday the 26th.

The Butter Trail Run is a volunteer-run community event promoting fitness, family and fun that showcases the beautiful scenery of Tatamagouche and the historic Nelson Park - Register today for the August 31st event at www.buttertrailrun.com

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

LOCAL SPORTS JULY 21

The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA baseball is making their second trip to the national stage in 3 years. They won the provincial tournament this past weekend in Hammonds Plains, opening with a loss to the host team 5-2 before rattling off four consecutive wins. The championship game was a rematch of the opener, and this time the MacGregor Kinsmen won 6-1 to earn the right to head to Magog, Quebec for the National Championship Tournament from August 14 to 18.

Two games yesterday in the AGR league saw Heatherton defeat St. Andrew's 10-3 and St. Joseph's win by forfeit over Wycocomaugh. The Trenton Rangers are back in action tomorrow when they host Arisaig.

7000 fans watched as veteran driver John Flemming of Halifax won the IWK 250 at the Riverside International Speedway in James River last night. Donald Chisholm of Antigonish commanded the track for 218 laps, but could not survive two late cautions. Chisholm was the sentimental favourite after his father and race-founder John Chisholm died earlier this month.

The inaugural Swing for Tourette Syndrome Lob Ball Tournament held over the weekend in Trenton resulted in roughly 29-hundred dollars being raised. That money will go to the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada. Tournament organizer Garrett Holmes says the total far surpassed his expectations, and that he is pleased with the overall success of the event.

There are still a limited number of spaces left in the Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament which will happen on Thursday, July 24 at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. For more information or to book your tee time call 752-8944

The 14th annual Walter Macdonald Charity Golf Tournament for the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society will take place on Sunday August 10th. A four hundred dollar registration per team includes entry into the tournament at Glen Lovat Golf Course, golf cart, a prime rib dinner, and entry to the Palliative Care fundraiser the night before at the Whitetail Pub. The fundraiser runs from 9pm to 1am with live entertainment and there will also be a progressive 50/50, starting July 1 until August 10. Contact Mike MacNaughton - 396-1483, or Marlee MacNaughton – 396-6394

The Melmerby Triathlon returns Sunday, July 27. It's sixty dollars to register, which can be done at atlanticchip.ca. This year also sees kids triathlon, which is free: it's open to those twelve and under on Saturday the 26th.

The Butter Trail Run is a volunteer-run community event promoting fitness, family and fun that showcases the beautiful scenery of Tatamagouche and the historic Nelson Park - Register today for the August 31st event at www.buttertrailrun.com

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



NEWFOUNDLAND'S HEALTHY BEE COLONIES ATTRACT ATTENTION OF RESEARCHERS
Sunday 20th July 2014
Newfoundland's healthy honeybees are of increasing interest for researchers in a race to understand why colonies around the world are struggling. The Canadian Honey Council estimates the bee population across the country has dropped by about 35 per cent in the past three years, with Newfoundland being an increasingly rare haven, Dave Jennings of the provincial Natural Resources Department says there are now about 38 beekeepers with hundreds of colonies on the island, and that the province regulates honeybee imports to prevent parasites from coming in. Honeybees are crucial pollinators for fruit, vegetables and other crops. Stressors blamed for decimating hives around the globe include invasive parasites, climate change and the widespread use of pesticides on huge corn and soybean farms.


ADDITIONAL ARRESTS MADE IN BEATING OF HOMELESS MAN IN NORTH SYDNEY
Sunday 20th July 2014
Two more suspects have been tied to the assault of a homeless man in North Sydney. Cape Breton Regional Police say they arrested 33-year-old James Darren Clarke of Northside Sydney Saturday, and charged him with obstructing justice. A 47-year-old man was also arrested, and police say charges are anticipated. 48-year-old Shawn Jack, formerly of Truro, was found outside a grocery store in North Sydney on Monday suffering from serious head injuries. He was transported to Halifax and was last listed in serious condition. Police previously charged two females aged 16-and 22 years, as well as a 25 year old man from Sydney Mines. An arrest warrant is out for 22-year-old Cory Patrick Blinkhorn of Sydney Mines, who's facing charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, and wearing a disguise.


NEW DEVICE ALLOWS TEXTS TO BE SENT WITHOUT CELLULAR SERVICE/POWER/WI-FI
Sunday 20th July 2014
A brother-sister team from New York debuted a device this week that allows text messages to be sent without the need for power, a cellular network, or WiFi. The goTenna is battery-powered, about the size of a slim remote control and uses long-range radio signals to send texts to other users. The goTenna was invented after Jorge Perdomo was frustrated when unable to connect with friends at a music festival because the cellphone towers were swamped. His sister Daniela had her own problems during Hurricane Sandy. The siblings say besides natural disasters, the device, which has a range of about two up to 40 kilometres or more based on elevation, would be ideal for use while hiking in remote places off the grid or while travelling to avoid roaming costs.


GOVERNMENT SURPLUS AUCTION NEXT WEEKEND
Sunday 20th July 2014
The government's upcoming surplus auction will offer great deals on vehicles, heavy equipment, office furniture and other items. The auction is Saturday, July 26th at 10 a-m, at the Auction Advantage Warehouse at 107-A Perrin Drive, Fall River. The items can be viewed Friday, July 25th from noon until 4 p-m and on auction day between 8 a-m and 10 a-m. A list of items is at www.auctionad.ca. Cash, debit, or credit cards will be accepted. All profits will go toward improving the province's bottom line.


DONATIONS FLOW FOR MAN SEVERELY BEATEN IN CAPE BRETON
Sunday 20th July 2014
Donations are pouring in for a man found severely beaten in a North Sydney grocery store parking lot in Cape Breton. Julia Hawkins of Little Pond, Nova Scotia, set up an online fundraising account on Friday hoping to raise one-thousand dollars. But less than 24-hours later more than 14-thousand dollars had been sent in. Police say the victim remains in a Halifax hospital in serious condition. Four young people face charges in connection with the incident, including two charges of attempted murder.


PUBLIC SESSIONS RE:FRACKING IN NOVA SCOTIA
Sunday 20th July 2014
Hydraulic fracturing remains a hotly-debated topic, with a current moratorium on the practice in Nova Scotia. Residents are invited to attend upcoming public sessions to hear results of an independent review commissioned by the provincial government. President of Cape Breton University Dr. David Wheeler is chair of the review panel that looked at social, economic, environmental and health implications of fracking and its associated wastewater. A public session is scheduled for this Monday at noon at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, with a second meeting at the Tatamagouche Centre at 6:30pm. On Tuesday – sessions will be held in Amherst & Truro. Wheeler says the final recommendations of the committee will be based on public feedback and the report presented to Energy Minister Andrew Younger by August.


GOVERNMENT MEMO SAYS BOAT HARBOUR CLEANUP COULD COST $100 MILLION
Sunday 20th July 2014
A government memo says treating the effluent from Northern Pulp mill could cost the provincial taxpayers 100 million dollars. The Environment Department fact sheet from March was released in response to a freedom of information request. The province signed an indemnity agreement in 1995 with the mill’s former owner that takes responsibility for all liabilities associated with Boat Harbour, which could include the cost of cleanup and a replacement facility. Although the report considers multiple options, it concludes that treating the effluent external to Boat Harbour is required, and one suggestion is to discharge the effluent through a submerged diffuser on the ocean floor at the mouth of Pictou Harbour. The report says this option would create very significant improvement in water quality for both a reopened Boat Harbour and surrounding coastline. Following a blockade by the Pictou Landing First Nation after a pipe break last month, a new agreement between the province and the First Nation was signed that will see the eventual closure and cleanup of Boat Harbour. The province will introduce legislation aimed at remediation by June 30, 2015.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND-UP *SUNDAY, JULY 20* UPDATED
Sunday 20th July 2014

7000 fans watched as veteran driver John Flemming of Halifax won the IWK 250 at the Riverside International Speedway in James River last night. Donald Chisholm of Antigonish commanded the track for 218 laps, but could not survive two late cautions. Chisholm was the sentimental favourite after his father and race-founder John Chisholm died earlier this month.

There are still a limited number of spaces left in the Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament which will happen on Thursday, July 24 at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. For more information or to book your tee time call 752-8944

The 14th annual Walter Macdonald Charity Golf Tournament for the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society will take place on Sunday August 10th. A four hundred dollar registration per team includes entry into the tournament at Glen Lovat Golf Course, golf cart, a prime rib dinner, and entry to the Palliative Care fundraiser the night before at the Whitetail Pub. The fundraiser runs from 9pm to 1am with live entertainment and there will also be a progressive 50/50, starting July 1 until August 10. Contact Mike MacNaughton - 396-1483, or Marlee MacNaughton – 396-6394

The Melmerby Triathlon returns Sunday, July 27. It's sixty dollars to register, which can be done at atlanticchip.ca. This year also sees kids triathlon, which is free: it's open to those twelve and under on Saturday the 26th.

The Butter Trail Run is a volunteer-run community event promoting fitness, family and fun that showcases the beautiful scenery of Tatamagouche and the historic Nelson Park - Register today for the August 31st event at www.buttertrailrun.com

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



ADDITIONAL CHARGES LAID IN BEATING OF MAN IN CAPE BRETON
Saturday 19th July 2014
Police have laid more charges in an assault against a man found injured in a Cape Breton parking lot. A Canada-wide arrest warrant has been issued for 22-year-old Cory Patrick Blinkhorn of Sydney Mines on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, and wearing a disguise while committing an offence. Three other people face charges in connection with the beating Monday in North Sydney. The 48-year-old victim remained in a Halifax hospital yesterday in serious condition.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP *SATURDAY, JULY 19*
Saturday 19th July 2014

The next event in the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour is the signature event of the season, as the IWK 250 comes to Riverside Speedway in James River this weekend. Defending NASCAR Truck Series Champion Matt Crafton will join the field for the race set for tonight at 7:30pm. Also in the field will be local drivers George Koszkulics of New Glasgow, Dylan Blenkhorn from Truro, Donald Chisholm of Antigonish and the King Racing entry from Pictou.

There are still a limited number of spaces left in the Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament which will happen on Thursday, July 24 at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. For more information or to book your tee time call 752-8944! Remember, your participation gets you a steak dinner at the RCAF club!

The 14th annual Walter Macdonald Charity Golf Tournament for the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society will take place on Sunday August 10th. A four hundred dollar registration per team includes entry into the tournament at Glen Lovat Golf Course, golf cart, a prime rib dinner, and entry to the Palliative Care fundraiser the night before at the Whitetail Pub. The fundraiser runs from 9pm to 1am with live entertainment and there will also be a progressive 50/50, starting July 1 until August 10. This fundraiser could generate thousands of dollars for the Palliative Care Society. Contact Mike MacNaughton - 396-1483, or Marlee MacNaughton – 396-6394

The Melmerby Triathlon returns Sunday, July 27. It's sixty dollars to register, which can be done at atlanticchip.ca. This year also sees kids triathlon, which is free: it's open to those twelve and under on Saturday the 26th.

The Butter Trail Run is a volunteer-run community event promoting fitness, family and fun that showcases the beautiful scenery of Tatamagouche and the historic Nelson Park - Register today for the August 31st event at www.buttertrailrun.com

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



HYDRAULIC FRACTURING REVIEW COMMITTEE TO DELIVER FINDINGS AT PUBLIC MEETINGS
Friday 18th July 2014
Hydraulic fracturing is currently a hot topic right across the continent, and residents of Northern Nova Scotia are invited to attend public meetings next week to hear results of an independent review on the practice. A fracking review panel session is scheduled for this coming Monday at noon at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Dr. David Wheeler, president of Cape Breton University and chair of the review panel, will deliver the findings of the committee tasked by the goverment to explore the social, economic, environmental and health implications of fracking and its associated wasterwater. Another public meeting will be held later Monday- at the Tatamagouche Centre in Tatamagouche, starting at 6:30pm. Public meetings continue on Tuesday in Amherst & Truro, and Wednesday in Noel.


PICTOU COUNTY COMMUNITY TRAIL-BUILDING GARNERS NATIONAL ATTENTION
Friday 18th July 2014
Trenton Steeltown Park will be gain national attention and a new trail tomorrow, as a film crew captures the enthusiam of community volunteers working together to building the Trans Canada Trail. The new project will extend work completed last year to Park Road at the end of the woodland. Trans Canada Trail’s national foundation was impressed by the participation of so many young people and chose Pictou County to be featured in a video that will include select projects across Canada. A major supplier of sweat equity to the project this year will be Pulse Pictou County, a newly formed group of young working-age people. Pulse takes a fun, social approach to community service and development, mixing community projects with social activities, networking and development opportunities. The community party gets underway 9:00am tomorrow until 3:00pm when volunteers will be treated to a free barbeque and swim after their hard work.


PICTOU TO STAY ON COURSE WITH MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
Friday 18th July 2014
The Town of Pictou has politely declined an invitation from Westville and Trenton to join in on the study announced earlier this week to look into how to more efficiently share services. During a special meeting of Pictou Council earlier today, where they also held some budget deliberations, they unanimously voted to stay the course on developing an MOU with the County and the Town of New Glasgow. The Memorandum of Understanding is expected to be completed by early fall, while the study by Trenton, Westville and Stellarton is also expected to be completed in roughly the same time frame.


PROVINCE TO FUND ABERDEEN HOSPITAL TO CONVERT TO NATURAL GAS
Friday 18th July 2014
The Aberdeen Regional Hospital is one of seven the province is converting to be able to use natural gas. Converted hospitals will be able to switch between natural gas and furnace oil, whichever is most cost effective at any given time. Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine says converting the seven regional hospitals to burn natural gas will improve air quality and reduce heating costs. Planning will begin immediately. The province is investing $9.7 million with projected savings in the millions once all seven have been fully converted.


PICTOU LANDING TRUST AGREEMENT COMING TO AN END
Friday 18th July 2014
Members of Pictou Landing First Nation are receiving cash payments as a 21-year-old deal with Ottawa is set to expire. It's the final phase of the Boat Harbour Settlement Trust agreement, which ends tomorrow. The original purpose of the trust was to compensate band members for paper mill effluent discharging next to band land. According to Chief Andrea Paul, the trust now contains roughly $30 million. Three million of that will be divided among 650 band members living on and off reserve. The payout will be roughly $5,000 for each band member. Four million has been allocated to the chief and council and Paul says there will be community discussions about how to spend it. What will happen with a $22 million relocation fund is still undetermined. The trust agreement says the band and the Federal Government must agree what to do with the funds when the trust expires. Paul says those discussions are still underway.


FUTURE OF CENTRAL NOVA SCOTIA RAILWAY TO BE SUBJECT OF MEETING
Friday 18th July 2014
Government and railway officials will meet today to discuss the future of rail in Cape Breton. Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt is facilitating the meeting at the request of Cape Breton Regional Municipality Mayor Cecil Clarke. Raitt says Clarke, provincial ministers and rail executives from C-N and the Cape Breton and Central Nova Railway are scheduled to attend. It's the first time they have gotten together since the railway announced its decision to discontinue freight rail service from St. Peter's Junction to Sydney once a two-million-dollar subsidy agreement expires. The private sector parent company operating the line has said it has no interest in continuing the subsidy once it lapses. The railway plans to file an application with the Utility and Review Board in October to formally launch the process of abandoning the rail line.


GAS AND DIESEL PRICES DROP OVERNIGHT AGAIN
Friday 18th July 2014
The downward trend continues for gas prices at the pump, although the decrease is slowing slightly. The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board dropped the price of a litre of regular unleaded self serve gasoline by 1.2 cents, while diesel dropped by just half a cent. The new prices in northeastern Nova Scotia are one dollar, 35.2 cents per litre for unleaded, and one dollar 29.5 cents for diesel. These prices will remain in effect until next Friday at 12:01am.


LOCAL SPORTS JULY 18
Friday 18th July 2014

The next event in the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour is the signature event of the season, as the IWK 250 comes to Riverside Speedway in James River this weekend. Defending NASCAR Truck Series Champion Matt Crafton will join the field for the race set for tomorrow night at 7:30pm. Also in the field will be local drivers George Koszkulics of New Glasgow, Dylan Blenkhorn from Truro, Donald Chisholm of Antigonish and the King Racing entry from Pictou. The weekend also includes racing tonight, with the Sportsman Series and Maritime Legends League.

There are still a limited number of spaces left in the Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament which will happen on Thursday, July 24 at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. For more information or to book your tee time call 752-8944! Remember, your participation gets you a steak dinner at the RCAF club!

The 14th annual Walter Macdonald Charity Golf Tournament for the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society will take place on Sunday August 10th. A four hundred dollar registration per team includes entry into the tournament at Glen Lovat Golf Course, golf cart, a prime rib dinner, and entry to the Palliative Care fundraiser the night before at the Whitetail Pub. The fundraiser runs from 9pm to 1am with live entertainment and there will also be a progressive 50/50, starting July 1 until August 10. This fundraiser could generate thousands of dollars for the Palliative Care Society. Contact Mike MacNaughton - 396-1483, or Marlee MacNaughton – 396-6394

The Melmerby Triathlon returns Sunday, July 27. It's sixty dollars to register, which can be done at atlanticchip.ca. This year also sees kids triathlon, which is free: it's open to those twelve and under on Saturday the 26th.

The Butter Trail Run is a volunteer-run community event promoting fitness, family and fun that showcases the beautiful scenery of Tatamagouche and the historic Nelson Park - Register today for the August 31st event at www.buttertrailrun.com

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



COAST GUARD EXERCISE IN WATERS OFF PICTOU
Thursday 17th July 2014
The Canadian Coast Guard is conducting an exercise today in the Northumberland Strait in the waters between Pictou and Wood Islands. The simulated exercise includes a scenario where a vessel, believed to be a tour boat has sent a Mayday signal and may be taking on water. The exercise includes Coast Guard vessels and planes patrolling the area. The exercise is expected to last until 2pm. Again, this is just an exercise and not an actual emergency situation in the Northumberland Strait.


CLEAN PICTOU GROUPS MEETS WITH MINISTERS
Thursday 17th July 2014
Two groups working to bring changes related to air quality in Pictou County had the opportunity to meet with three provincial Cabinet Ministers and their staff yesterday. The Clean Pictou Air Group of Businesses and Clean the Pictou County Pulp Mill Facebook Group attended the meeting with the Ministers of Environment, Health, and Economic Development and Tourism to express their concerns. After the group provided a briefing of health concerns and presented some of the gaps in the current way the mill is regulated, the Ministers were given a chance to address the crowd. Matt Gunning says the Ministers could not provide an acceptable timeline for a solution, although they recognized that a solution is needed. Gunning says they have met with legal council who presented them a possible option of a challenge under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guaranteeing the life, liberty and personal security of all Canadians.


LOCAL SPORTS JULY 17
Thursday 17th July 2014

Former Weeks Jr. A Crusher Mitchell Deruelle has signed a professional contract with the Peoria Rivermen of the Southern Professional Hockey League. The SPHL is an eight team league in the southeastern United States. The Crushers made the announcement via twitter Wednesday afternoon.

The Maritime Hockey League has released the 2014-15 regular season schedule. The Crushers will open their 48-game season (down from 52 last year) at home against Summerside on Thursday, September 11. The broadcast schedule will be posted in the coming weeks.

Riders of the Birch Hill MX Park Team participated in the fifth round of the CMRC’s Atlantic Spring Motocross Series held in Malden, NB at the Strang’s MX track. Nole Chapman raced to a 3rd place finish in the 85 cc (7-11 year old) class and a 6th place finish in the 65cc class. Brent Chapman finished 10th overall in the 65 cc class and 14th overall in the 85cc. Brandon Daling rode to a 3rd place finish in the Supermini class and 10th overall in the School Boy class on his 125 cc bike. Samantha Daling had a 3rd place finish in the Young Ladies class. Adam Hilling finished 9th overall in the School Boy class and 16th overall in Junior GP. The Birch Hill MX Park Team will be close to home this week-end competing in the final round of the CMRC Atlantic Motocross Spring Series at the Mount Thom MX track on Sunday, July 27th. Spectators welcome!!!

Three games last night in the AGR League, including a double header between Wycocomaugh and St. Andrew's. The Warriors took the first game 8-5, but the Flyers responded in game 2 with a 3-2 victory. Elsewhere, Arisaig dominated St. Joseph's 10-1. The Trenton Rangers are back in action at home on Tuesday against Arisaig.

Pictou County Athletics sent a team of 37 athletes to Antigonish this past weekend to participate in the Provincial track and Field Championships and they came home with the trophy for first place and the provincial championship banner. In only its third year of existence, it was a great accomplishment for athletes and coaching and management staff.

The next event in the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour is the signature event of the season, as the IWK 250 comes to Riverside Speedway in James River this weekend. Defending NASCAR Truck Series Champion Matt Crafton will join the field for the race set for this Saturday night at 7:30pm. Also in the field will be local drivers George Koszkulics of New Glasgow, Dylan Blenkhorn from Truro, Donald Chisholm of Antigonish and the King Racing entry from Pictou. The weekend also includes racing on Friday night, with the Sportsman Series and Maritime Legends League.

A Lob Ball Tournament is being organized as a fundraiser for the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, and they are looking for teams to sign up. The tournament will take place this coming weekend at the Trenton Baseball Field. Cost for entry is $250 per team, plus you must supply two balls for the games. There must be at least two female players on the team. There will also be a dance on the night of the 19th at the New Glasgow Legion from 9pm to 1am, open to those 19 and older. For more information on the Swing For Tourette Syndrome 2014, contact Garrett Holmes at 902-754-5999.

The Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament will happen on Thursday, July 24 from 11-1 at the Abercrombie Country Club. For more information or to book your tee time call 752-8944! Remember, your participation gets you a steak dinner at the RCAF club!

The 14th annual Walter Macdonald Charity Golf Tournament for the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society will take place on Sunday August 10th. A four hundred dollar registration per team includes entry into the tournament at Glen Lovat Golf Course, golf cart, a prime rib dinner, and entry to the Palliative Care fundraiser the night before at the Whitetail Pub. The fundraiser runs from 9pm to 1am with live entertainment and there will also be a progressive 50/50, starting July 1 until August 10. This fundraiser could generate thousands of dollars for the Palliative Care Society. Contact Mike MacNaughton - 396-1483, or Marlee MacNaughton – 396-6394

The Melmerby Triathlon returns Sunday, July 27. It's sixty dollars to register, which can be done at atlanticchip.ca. This year also sees kids triathlon, which is free: it's open to those twelve and under on Saturday the 26th.

“Hockey Day in Pictou County" will return in 2014 after a one-year absence. There will be a new format this year, to accommodate the pros playing two games the evening of July 18th with novice and atom aged players. And instead of a Pros and Joes game, the pros will put on a skills demo between the first and second game. There will be no charge to attend and watch these on-ice events, but donations will be accepted at the door. Players that have been announced include Colin White, Jon Sim, Derek Walser, Joey MacDonald and Dave McIntyre, Zach Sill, James Sheppard, Andrew Bodnarchuk and Boston Bruin Brad Marchand. Check out the "Play the Pros"Facebook page for more info. Following the game there will be a meet and greet with the players, performances by two comedians, and items available for auction. Tickets to the post-game festivities are $25.

The Butter Trail Run is a volunteer-run community event promoting fitness, family and fun that showcases the beautiful scenery of Tatamagouche and the historic Nelson Park - Register today for the August 31st event at www.buttertrailrun.com

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



WESTVILLE, STELLARTON & TRENTON TO EXAMINE SHARING SERVICES
Wednesday 16th July 2014
The mayors of Stellarton, Trenton, and Westville are putting their heads together to look at their town's services. Today, Westville Mayor Roger McKay, Trenton Mayor Glen MacKinnon and Stellarton Deputy Mayor George Megheny announced that they are collaborating on a study to look at the Delivery of Services in the three towns. MacKinnon says that before they can consider joining in the proposed Memorandum of Understanding with the towns of New Glasgow, Pictou and Pictou County, they need to see the numbers in order to see what makes the most sense financially. The mayors say the study should be complete by the end of August.


BROTHERS ENTERS GUILTY PLEA TO TWO MURDERS *** UPDATED
Wednesday 16th July 2014
Two brothers have pleaded guilty to murder charges in Halifax Supreme Court this morning. Twenty-six-year-old Dustan Joseph Preeper entered guilty pleas to first degree murder in the 2011 disappearance and death of Melissa Dawn Peacock and second degree murder in the 2010 death of Ben Hare during a brawl in Truro. Twenty-two year old Joshua Michael Preeper pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for his role in the death of Peacock, whose body was not found until July 2012. Barbara Elizabeth Marshall was also charged with second-degree murder in Hare’s death. That charge has now been dropped. The elder Preeper brother was sentenced to life in prison without parole eligibility for 25 years for the Peacock's death and 12 years for the killing of Ben Hare. Joshua Preeper was given a sentence of life in prison with no parole eligibility for 12 years for his role in Peacock's death.


HALIFAX COUPLE HAS TO BOW OUT OF AMAZING RACE
Wednesday 16th July 2014
Jen and Shawn King of Halifax had their run on the Amazing Race Canada cut short by an injury to Shawn's shoulder during a surfing challenge in the second episode of the reality show. King aggravated an old injury while swimming through the waves off of Tofino, BC on Vancouver Island. The married couple were the lone Atlantic Canadian team in the field.


LOCAL SPORTS JULY 16 ***UPDATED***
Wednesday 16th July 2014

The Trenton Rangers continued their winning ways in the AGR league with a convincing 10-3 victory in Arisaig yesterday. Pat Laffin got the victory on the mound, while Andrew Cameron led the way at the plate, amassing six RBI through a pair of 3-run home runs. The Rangers next scheduled action is a rematch with the Blues, this time in Trenton next Tuesday at 7pm. In one other game last night, St. Joseph's beat Guysborough 4-3.

Pictou County Athletics sent a team of 37 athletes to Antigonish this past weekend to participate in the Provincial track and Field Championships and they came home with the trophy for first place and the provincial championship banner. In only its third year of existence, it was a great accomplishment for athletes and coaching and management staff.

The next event in the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour is the signature event of the season, as the IWK 250 comes to Riverside Speedway in James River this weekend. Defending NASCAR Truck Series Champion Matt Crafton will join the field for the race set for this Saturday night at 7:30pm. Also in the field will be local drivers George Koszkulics of New Glasgow, Dylan Blenkhorn from Truro, Donald Chisholm of Antigonish and the King Racing entry from Pictou. The weekend also includes racing on Friday night, with the Sportsman Series and Maritime Legends League.

A Lob Ball Tournament is being organized as a fundraiser for the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, and they are looking for teams to sign up. The tournament will take place this coming weekend at the Trenton Baseball Field. Cost for entry is $250 per team, plus you must supply two balls for the games. There must be at least two female players on the team. There will also be a dance on the night of the 19th at the New Glasgow Legion from 9pm to 1am, open to those 19 and older. For more information on the Swing For Tourette Syndrome 2014, contact Garrett Holmes at 902-754-5999.

The Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament will happen on Thursday, July 24 from 11-1 at the Abercrombie Country Club. For more information or to book your tee time call 752-8944! Remember, your participation gets you a steak dinner at the RCAF club!

The 14th annual Walter Macdonald Charity Golf Tournament for the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society will take place on Sunday August 10th. A four hundred dollar registration per team includes entry into the tournament at Glen Lovat Golf Course, golf cart, a prime rib dinner, and entry to the Palliative Care fundraiser the night before at the Whitetail Pub. The fundraiser runs from 9pm to 1am with live entertainment and there will also be a progressive 50/50, starting July 1 until August 10. This fundraiser could generate thousands of dollars for the Palliative Care Society. Contact Mike MacNaughton - 396-1483, or Marlee MacNaughton – 396-6394

The Melmerby Triathlon returns Sunday, July 27. It's sixty dollars to register, which can be done at atlanticchip.ca. This year also sees kids triathlon, which is free: it's open to those twelve and under on Saturday the 26th.

“Hockey Day in Pictou County" will return in 2014 after a one-year absence. There will be a new format this year, to accommodate the pros playing two games the evening of July 18th with novice and atom aged players. And instead of a Pros and Joes game, the pros will put on a skills demo between the first and second game. There will be no charge to attend and watch these on-ice events, but donations will be accepted at the door. Players that have been announced include Colin White, Jon Sim, Derek Walser, Joey MacDonald and Dave McIntyre, Zach Sill, James Sheppard, Andrew Bodnarchuk and Boston Bruin Brad Marchand. Check out the "Play the Pros"Facebook page for more info. Following the game there will be a meet and greet with the players, performances by two comedians, and items available for auction. Tickets to the post-game festivities are $25.

The Butter Trail Run is a volunteer-run community event promoting fitness, family and fun that showcases the beautiful scenery of Tatamagouche and the historic Nelson Park - Register today for the August 31st event at www.buttertrailrun.com

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



INPUT FROM NOVA SCOTIANS SOUGHT FOR NEW SEXUAL VIOLENCE STRATEGY
Tuesday 15th July 2014
Nova Scotians are reminded this is the final week to provide input through an online survey to help shape the province's first Sexual Violence Strategy. The online survey available through the Department of Community Services' website will end this Friday July 18th. The provincial government would like to hear from all who have been impacted by sexual violence or want to effect positive change, and feedback is anonymous. The three-year strategy will get two-million-dollars per year and focus on prevention and services for victims. The online feedback form is available at http://novascotia.ca/coms/svs/your-feedback/ . The form can be completed online and submitted electronically, or can be printed and returned by mail.


TRAFFIC ADVISORY: TCH EXIT 24 ON-RAMP CLOSED UNTIL JULY 25TH.
Tuesday 15th July 2014
First a traffic advisory from Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal: Note that the eastbound on-ramp at exit 24 to the Trans Canada Highway will be closed beginning tomorrow for bridge repairs. The eastbound ramp at Exit 24 will remain closed until Friday, July 25th. It is recommended that motorists use Exit 25 at Blue Acres instead - detour signs will be in place.


NEW FIRST NATIONS CHIEF TO BE CHOSEN IN DECEMBER 2014
Tuesday 15th July 2014
Native leaders are in Halifax for the Assembly of First Nations' 35th annual general meeting. It was decided today that the next National Chief will selected in Winnipeg this December. The new chief will serve a term of 3 and a half years. It is the first gathering of the A-F-N since a groundbreaking ruling last month by the Supreme Court. The ruling to award 17-hundred square kilometres of territory to a B-C First Nation could have far-reaching consequences for the country's First Nations. The General Assembly wraps up on Thursday.


BREAK IN AT TRENTON PARK CANTEEN
Tuesday 15th July 2014
New Glasgow Regional Police is investigating a break and enter into the Trenton Park Canteen. One or more people broke into the canteen sometime through late Sunday night or early Monday morning. Money and food items were stolen, and the inside of the canteen was vandalized causing several thousand dollars in damages. New Glasgow Regional Police are asking anyone who might have information about this incident to contact them, or Crime Stoppers.


NEW GLASGOW COUNCIL DETERMINES FUTURE OF SURPLUS SCHOOLS
Tuesday 15th July 2014
With the new P-8 New Glasgow Academy opening in the fall, New Glasgow town council had to decide what to do with the three buildings that have been declared surplus and handed over to the town. At last night's monthly meeting, council followed the recommendations of the School Surplus Committee, and will set tenders to sell the Brown Street and Temperance Street School buildings, while retaining Acadia Street School for the purpose of renting it out to groups in the community.


LOCAL SPORTS JULY 15
Tuesday 15th July 2014

Blayre Turnbull of Stellarton is one of 42 players invited to a selection camp for the U22 Hockey Canada development team. The camp will take place in early August, ahead of a three game series with the United States in late August. Turnbull, going into her senior year as a member of the University of Wisconsin Badgers, is one of two Nova Scotians invited to the camp, the other being Jessica Wong of Baddeck.

The New Glasgow Kinsmen Dairy Queen Blizzards ruled the Windsor Knights in a double-header on Saturday. The Blizzards won game one 13 to 2 behind a strong pitching-performance by Max MacCallum, who struck-out five batters.  Scott Long led the way at the plate with a three-run homer. Raymond Lowe-Chisholm had a triple while Sam Hickey added  a single.  Game two saw the Blizzards victorious again with a score of 22-5. Top hitters were Luke Young, Nick MacInnis, Long and Lowe-Chisholm, Jayden Hatchard and Nick Horne. MacInnis struck out six Knights on the mound  for the Blizzards in that victory. The Blizzards will next travel to Truro for a night game this Friday.

A Lob Ball Tournament is being organized as a fundraiser for the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, and they are looking for teams to sign up. The tournament will take place July 19 and 20 at the Trenton Baseball Field. Cost for entry is $250 per team, plus you must supply two balls for the games. There must be at least two female players on the team. There will also be a dance on the night of the 19th at the New Glasgow Legion from 9pm to 1am, open to those 19 and older. For more information on the Swing For Tourette Syndrome 2014, contact Garrett Holmes at 902-754-5999.

The Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament will happen on Thursday, July 24 from 11-1 at the Abercrombie Country Club. For more information or to book your tee time call 752-8944! Remember, your participation gets you a steak dinner at the RCAF club!

The 14th annual Walter Macdonald Charity Golf Tournament for the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society will take place on Sunday August 10th. A four hundred dollar registration per team includes entry into the tournament at Glen Lovat Golf Course, golf cart, a prime rib dinner, and entry to the Palliative Care fundraiser the night before at the Whitetail Pub. The fundraiser runs from 9pm to 1am with live entertainment and there will also be a progressive 50/50, starting July 1 until August 10. This fundraiser could generate thousands of dollars for the Palliative Care Society. Contact Mike MacNaughton - 396-1483, or Marlee MacNaughton – 396-6394

The Melmerby Triathlon returns Sunday, July 27. It's sixty dollars to register, which can be done at atlanticchip.ca. This year also sees kids triathlon, which is free: it's open to those twelve and under on Saturday the 26th.

“Hockey Day in Pictou County" will return in 2014 after a one-year absence. There will be a new format this year, to accommodate the pros playing two games the evening of July 18th with novice and atom aged players. And instead of a Pros and Joes game, the pros will put on a skills demo between the first and second game. There will be no charge to attend and watch these on-ice events, but donations will be accepted at the door. Players that have been announced include Colin White, Jon Sim, Derek Walser, Joey MacDonald and Dave McIntyre, Zach Sill, James Sheppard, Andrew Bodnarchuk and Boston Bruin Brad Marchand. Check out the "Play the Pros"Facebook page for more info. Following the game there will be a meet and greet with the players, performances by two comedians, and items available for auction. Tickets to the post-game festivities are $25.

The Butter Trail Run is a volunteer-run community event promoting fitness, family and fun. On the course you will find challenging routes that showcase the beautiful scenery of Tatamagouche and historic Nelson Park August 31, 2014. Register today. www.buttertrailrun.com

The 2014 IIHF Women's High Performance Hockey Camp is underway in Finland, featuring 16 countries coming together to grow the female game globally. One of the women who is mentoring coaches at the camp is Westville's own Lisa Haley. Haley and the other assistant from the 2014 gold medal-winning women's hockey team, Danielle Goyette are part of the 25 person contingent from Canada participating in the camp.

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



TOURIST DIES FOLLOWING BUS ROLLOVER ON CABOT TRAIL
Monday 14th July 2014
RCMP say a woman has died after a tour bus crashed on the Cabot Trail. The Mounties say 10 people were injured when a bus carrying 20 passengers along the scenic highway hit the ditch and tipped onto its side Sunday afternoon. Several people remain in hospitals in Cape Breton while two injured passengers were taken to Halifax to be treated. Cpl. Scott MacRae says the bus is owned by Executive Coach Inc. in Lancaster, Pa., and all the tourists on the bus are believed to be from the United States. The company declined comment on the accident. Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.


PICTOU COUNTY WOMAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO CANNABIS CHARGES
Monday 14th July 2014
A twenty-five-old woman pleaded not guilty to two drug offenses in Pictou Provincial court today. Twenty-five year old Mary Madlene Herney was charged with Possessing marijuana in excess of 30 grams, as well as possession of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking, following an incident on March 17th in Pictou Landing. Herney had a half-day trial set for October 20th in Pictou. Darryl Joseph Toney is co-accused in the incident, and he will appear in provincial court on August 18th to enter pleas on the same two charges.


PUBLIC ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ON NUTRITIONAL FOOD LABELING
Monday 14th July 2014
The federal Minister of Health wants public input on proposed changes to nutritional labeling on food. Minister Ronan Ambrose launched a series of online public consultations today with a goal of improving information so Canadians can make informed decisions. One proposed change is grouping sugars together, so consumers have a clearer picture of how much sugar is added to the food and the label is easier to read. Another is to make the serving sizes displayed in the Nutrition Facts table more consistent among similar products. The consultations run from today until September 11th.


MISSING PERSON BELIEVED TO BE FOUND DECEASED
Monday 14th July 2014
RMCP say they believe the body of a Pictou County man reported missing last week was found yesterday in the MacLellan's Mountain area. A hiker found 41-year old Stephen Robert Willemse's truck yesterday afternoon with a body inside. RCMP Sergeant Kevin Dunleavy says they believe it to be Willemse, however the medical examiner's office has been called in to confirm. Police say they do not suspect foul play.


TWO FOREST FIRES BURN IN PROVINCE
Monday 14th July 2014
The recent dry weather is causing problems for fire crews battling a pair of fires, including one that continues to burn on the border of Hants and Halifax counties. Crews from the Department of Natural Resources are heading to Two Mile Lake this morning to try and get the fire under control. About four hectares have burned. The other fire is in the Nictaux area of the Annapolis Valley. The flames are controlled, but DNR crews say it will take a couple of days to burn out. About 15 hectares have been burned in that part of the province. The forest fire rating, according to the province's Fire Weather Index Map, for most of Nova Scotia, including all of Pictou County, is 'extreme'. There are showers in the forecast for the next few days.


LOCAL SPORTS JULY 14
Monday 14th July 2014

Team Nova Scotia has made history at the Special Olympics. Golfers brought home the first golf medals won in a National Special Olympics competition. It's was Gold for Ryan Kearney of Antigonish and Bronze for Robert Deal from Ellerhouse. These games are the largest in the Special Olympics Canada History featuring over 2,000 athletes, coaches and officials in 11 sports. The lone Pictou County athlete, Tim Ferris, finished with three silver medals, one bronze, and one fourth place finish. Congratulations to Tim, and to all of the Nova Scotia Special Olympians for their great efforts!

A pair of games yesterday in the AGR League saw the Heatherton Warriors win twice, 8-1 over St. Joseph's and 6-3 over Arisaig. The Trenton Rangers are scheduled to hit the road tomorrow for a 6:30pm game in Arisaig.

Pictou County Athletics' Learn to Run Program will take place again this summer. The program starts today and runs on Monday and Wednesday nights from 7:00 to 8:15 pm until August 11. The cost for this program is $30.00, and it's a good way to prepare for that upcoming race. Pictou County Athletics is also offering a Youth Athletic Camp this summer, for those between 12 and 17 years old. This camp is July 22, 23 and 24 from 10:00am-3:00pm. The cost for this camp is $60.00. This is a great camp for experienced and non-experienced track and field athletes. It is a great way to learn a new sport, new discipline or just expand your knowledge on a current track and field discipline.

A Lob Ball Tournament is being organized as a fundraiser for the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, and they are looking for teams to sign up. The tournament will take place July 19 and 20 at the Trenton Baseball Field. Cost for entry is $250 per team, plus you must supply two balls for the games. There must be at least two female players on the team. There will also be a dance on the night of the 19th at the New Glasgow Legion from 9pm to 1am, open to those 19 and older. For more information on the Swing For Tourette Syndrome 2014, contact Garrett Holmes at 902-754-5999.

The Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament will happen on Thursday, July 24 from 11-1 at the Abercrombie Country Club. For more information or to book your tee time call 752-8944! Remember, your participation gets you a steak dinner at the RCAF club!

The 14th annual Walter Macdonald Charity Golf Tournament for the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society will take place on Sunday August 10th. A four hundred dollar registration per team includes entry into the tournament at Glen Lovat Golf Course, golf cart, a prime rib dinner, and entry to the Palliative Care fundraiser the night before at the Whitetail Pub. The fundraiser runs from 9pm to 1am with live entertainment and there will also be a progressive 50/50, starting July 1 until August 10. This fundraiser could generate thousands of dollars for the Palliative Care Society. Contact Mike MacNaughton - 396-1483, or Marlee MacNaughton – 396-6394

The Melmerby Triathlon returns Sunday, July 27. It's sixty dollars to register, which can be done at atlanticchip.ca. This year also sees kids triathlon, which is free: it's open to those twelve and under on Saturday the 26th.

“Hockey Day in Pictou County" will return in 2014 after a one-year absence. There will be a new format this year, to accommodate the pros playing two games the evening of July 18th with novice and atom aged players. And instead of a Pros and Joes game, the pros will put on a skills demo between the first and second game. There will be no charge to attend and watch these on-ice events, but donations will be accepted at the door. Players that have been announced include Colin White, Jon Sim, Derek Walser, Joey MacDonald and Dave McIntyre, Zach Sill, James Sheppard, Andrew Bodnarchuk and Boston Bruin Brad Marchand. Check out the "Play the Pros"Facebook page for more info.

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NOVA SCOTIAN CUSTOMERS WITHOUT POWER NOW WHITTLED TO 500, 13 000 STILL IN DARK IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Saturday 12th July 2014
Thousands of homeowners and businesses remain without power in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia one week after a powerful post-tropical storm swept through the region. Most of the outages are in New Brunswick, where more than 13,000 customers were without power as of 11 a.m. About 9,000 of those outages were in the capital city of Fredericton. In Nova Scotia, the number of customers without power dwindled to about 500 overnight. Nova Scotia Power spokeswoman Stacey Pineau says the utility hopes to have the majority of those customers reconnected today, with a province-wide restoration by the end of Sunday. Premier Stephen McNeil said Friday that the province's Utility and Review Board will look into how Nova Scotia Power responded to the outages in the days since post-tropical storm Arthur. The utility says it welcomes the review.


LOTTO MAX WINNING TICKET BOUGHT IN COLCHESTER COUNTY
Saturday 12th July 2014
If you bought a ticket in Colchester County for last nights Lotto Max draw – you want to check it this morning, as the Atlantic Lottery Corporation's website says a ticket sold somewhere in the county is worth almost $146 thousand dollars for matching 6 of 7 numbers plus the bonus. Last's night top prize of $10 million was not won. The winning numbers are: 01-06-10-16-18-21-31. The bonus is 05.


ENGLISHTOWN FERRY HEADING TO PICTOU FOR REPAIRS
Saturday 12th July 2014
The Englishtown ferry in Cape Breton will be out of service from Tuesday until next Friday, as the vessel is slated to be in Pictou for servicing. Though the repairs to the Torquil MacLean are estimated to take 10 weeks, the Englishtown service will resume next Friday when the vessel Scotian arrives to take over. The cable ferry service crosses the mouth of St. Ann's Bay, north of Englishtown.


SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING PICTOU COUNTY MAN
Saturday 12th July 2014
Police say the search for a Pictou County man who was last seen around July 6th is now focused on the man's MacLellan's Brook home & surrounding area. 41-year old Stephen Robert Willemse is described as white, 5' 11”, with a heavy build and short, light brown hair. He is also known to wear glasses and drives a white 2011 Ford Ranger with Nova Scotia Licence Plate FHE 189. Anyone with information is asked to contact Pictou RCMP or Crime Stoppers.


THE CANADIAN WILDLIFE FEDERATION WANTS ONE MILLION CAMPERS!
Saturday 12th July 2014
The Great Canadian Campout is coming up. The Canadian Wildlife Federation's goal is to get one million Canadians camping by Canada's 150th birthday in 2017. If you commit to camp this July 19th, you will receive a guide to Canada's greatest hikes and be entered for a chance to win a $500 gift card from the outdoor superstore SAIL. As well, CWF is encouraging participants to share their experiences on social media using the hashtag #GreatCanadianCampout. The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of our natural world. For more information, visit GreatCanadianCampout.ca.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP *SATURDAY, JULY 12*
Saturday 12th July 2014

Team Nova Scotia has made history at the Special Olympics. Golfers will bring home the first golf medals won in a National Special Olympics competition. It's Gold for Ryan Kearney (Antigonish) and Bronze for Robert Deal (Ellerhouse). This is the final day of the games in Vancouver where Team Nova Scotia has advanced to the Gold medal game in Softball against host Team BC. These games are the largest in the Special Olympics Canada History featuring over 2,000 athletes, coaches and officials in 11 sports.

Forty two players have been named for the Hockey Canada U18 womens team selection camp, and the list of invitees includes one Nova Scotian. Carly Jackson, a goaltender from Amherst, will attend the camp in early August in Calgary. Jackson is one of six goalies who will be competing for two spots on the 22-player roster for a series of games against the United States later in August.

Pictou County Athletics' Learn to Run Program will take place again this summer. The program starts July 14 on Monday and Wednesday nights from 7:00 to 8:15 pm until August 11. The cost for this program is $30.00, and it's a good way to prepare for that upcoming race. Pictou County Athletics is also offering a Youth Athletic Camp this summer, for those between 12 and 17 years old. This camp is July 22, 23 and 24 from 10:00am-3:00pm. The cost for this camp is $60.00. This is a great camp for experienced and non-experienced track and field athletes. It is a great way to learn a new sport, new discipline or just expand your knowledge on a current track and field discipline.

A Lob Ball Tournament is being organized as a fundraiser for the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, and they are looking for teams to sign up. The tournament will take place July 19 and 20 at the Trenton Baseball Field. Cost for entry is $250 per team, plus you must supply two balls for the games. There must be at least two female players on the team. There will also be a dance on the night of the 19th at the New Glasgow Legion from 9pm to 1am, open to those 19 and older. For more information on the Swing For Tourette Syndrome 2014, contact Garrett Holmes at 902-754-5999.

The Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament will happen on Thursday, July 24 from 11-1 at the Abercrombie Country Club. For more information or to book your tee time call 752-8944! Remember, your participation gets you a steak dinner at the RCAF club!

The 14th annual Walter Macdonald Charity Golf Tournament for the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society at Glen Lovat Golf Course will take place on Sunday August 10th. A four hundred dollar registration per team includes golf cart, barbecue prime rib supper, entry to the Palliative Care fundraiser the night before at the Whitetail Pub in Westville, and the entry into the tournament. The tournament itself kicks off with a shotgun start at noon. The Friday night fundraiser at the Whitetail runs from 9pm to 1am and includes entertainment by All in Good Time, Mr Jim Dorrie, Derek and Jessie, and the Sunday Jam Band. There will also be a progressive 50/50, which will run from July 1 – August 10. Draw at 7 pm at the Glen Lovat Golf Course. This fundraiser could generate thousands of dollars for the Palliative Care Society. Contact Mike MacNaughton - 396-1483, or Marlee MacNaughton – 396-6394

The Melmerby Triathlon returns Sunday, July 27 with only a few tweaks to the course to help ease congestion for both participants and motorists. It's sixty dollars to register, which can be done at atlanticchip.ca. This year also sees kids triathlon, which is free to sign up: it's open to those twelve and under on Saturday the 26th.

“Hockey Day in Pictou County" will return in 2014 after a one-year absence. There will be a new format this year, to accommodate the pros playing two games the evening of July 18th with novice and atom aged players. And instead of a Pros and Joes game, the pros will put on a skills demo between the first and second game. There will be no charge to attend and watch these on-ice events, but donations will be accepted at the door. More players have been announced to join the lineup of local current and former NHL and AHL players Colin White, Jon Sim, Derek Walser, Joey MacDonald and Dave McIntyre, including Zach Sill of the Pittsburgh Penguins, James Sheppard from the San Jose Sharks, Andrew Bodnarchuk from the LA Kings and Boston Bruin Brad Marchand. Additional Players may be named in the coming days. The popular silent auction will also return, plus an after-game comedy-auction event upstairs in the Wellness Centre for those 19 years of age and over. The cost for this event will be $25.00 per person with tickets available at the YMCA desk. Check out Facebook "Play the Pros" group for additional information.

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MLA KARLA MACFARLANE WANTS LIBERALS TO PRESENT ECONOMIC PLAN IN FACE OF JOB LOSSES
Friday 11th July 2014
Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane wants a job-building plan from the Liberal government. MacFarlane is also Opposition Economic Development critic and she says new Statistics Canada data shows that Nova Scotia has lost over 10,200 jobs overall in the past year, while the Northern Region that includes Pictou County lost over 3,300 full-time jobs in those 12 months. The MLA says she is concerned the Liberals do not understand the magnitude of the issue because they have not presented a plan to rebuild the economy. MacFarlane says with no plan in place for the future, it is inevitable that these numbers will only continue to grow, and that action needs to be taken now.


NEW COMMANDER FOR THE CANADIAN ATLANTIC FLEET INDUCTED IN HALIFAX
Friday 11th July 2014
The Royal Canadian Navy welcomed a new commander at a ceremony held today aboard HMCS Iroquois in Halifax. Commander Craig Baines assumes responsibility for operational readiness of the the Canadian Atlantic Fleet and will oversee the evolution of naval warfare competencies across the entire navy to keep pace with changes to technology, tactics and operational scenarios. Baines joins the Fleet from Ottawa where he served as Special Advisor to the Chief of Defense Staff. He replaces Commodore Scott Bishop who moves on to become a Head of Joint Operations at National Defense Headquarters in Ottawa.


GRANTS FOR PICTOU COUNTY PROJECTS AIMED TO GET NOVA SCOTIANS MOVING *UPDATE*
Friday 11th July 2014
Eight projects in the Highland region are receiving grants totaling $217-thousand this year to help Nova Scotians lead healthy, active lifestyles. Projects chosen include$40,000 for the Town of New Glasgow to build a natural play space, $20,000 for the Town of Westville to build new trails and green space, and $30,000 for both of the next 2 years for upgrades to the mechanical plant at the Hector Arena in Pictou. Other local grants include $27,000 for the Pictou County Trails Association to extend the Short Line Trail through Scotsburn, and $25,000 for the Pictou County Recreation and Athletics Association for track equipment and bleachers. In total, government is providing nearly $2,000,000 for 67 projects across Nova Scotia.


RAILWAY SAYS DERAILMENT CAUSED BY TEMPERATURE FLUCTUATION
Friday 11th July 2014
Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway says last month's train derailment in Pictou County was caused by a track buckle after a sudden and unusual fluctuation of rail temperature and accumulated steel stress in a section of track. The company released the report to Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan this week. MacLellan says while government is satisfied with the corrective action taken by the railway, it has asked its inspectors to ensure the railway follows through on its preventative actions and is doing all it can to prevent another derailment. The railway replaced 300 feet of track at the derailment to reduce risk, performed a stress test and reviewed maintenance needs with staff. It is also taking preventative action such as developing a new rail technical training program, and restricting train speed to between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., during the summer. Seven cars derailed in the June 9 derailment in West River causing six homes to be evacuated as a precaution.


REVIEW BOARD TO LOOK INTO NOVA SCOTIA POWER'S HANDLING OF ARTHUR FALLOUT
Friday 11th July 2014
Government and the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board have agreed to a priority review of Nova Scotia Power's response to post-tropical storm Arthur. Premier Stephen McNeil says many Nova Scotians experienced extreme frustration with the difficulties they had in getting information in the wake of this storm. The premier also points out that some of the province's most vulnerable citizens were placed in potentially dangerous situations because of not having power for an extended period of time. Premier McNeil commends the hard work of the dedicated workers who restored power, but says the enormity and severity of the outages were unacceptable and warrant an in-depth review. Government has asked the investigation look at storm preparedness, staffing levels, vegetation management, inbound and outbound communications and the state of transmission and distribution infrastructure. The Utility and Review Board will release information about its process next week. The public will be invited to participate.


GAS AND DIESEL PRICES DROP OVERNIGHT
Friday 11th July 2014
Prices continue to fall at the pumps this week. The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board dropped the price of a litre of regular unleaded self serve gasoline by 2.1 cents, while diesel dropped by 3.2 cents. The new prices in northeastern Nova Scotia are one dollar, 36.4 cents per litre for unleaded, and one dollar 30.0 cents for diesel. These prices will remain in effect until next Friday at 12:01am.


SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING PICTOU COUNTY MAN
Friday 11th July 2014
Police continue to search for a MacLellan's Brook man reported missing earlier the week. The Pictou County Ground Search and Rescue Team are assisting Pictou County RCMP in the search for 41-year old Stephen Robert Willemse. Police say yesterday's search of West Loon Lake did not result in any leads into Willemse's possible whereabouts. RCMP indicate the focus of the search will now shift to his home and the surrounding area. Willemse is a white male, approximately 5' 11”, with a heavy build and short, light brown hair. He is also known to wear glasses. Willemse drives a white 2011 Ford Ranger with Nova Scotia Licence Plate FHE 189. Anyone with information on Stephen Willemse's whereabouts or the location of his vehicle is asked to contact Pictou RCMP at (902) 755-4141 or Crime Stoppers.


LOCAL SPORTS JULY 11
Friday 11th July 2014

Pictou County Athletics' Learn to Run Program will take place again this summer. The program starts July 14th on Monday and Wednesday nights from 7:00 to 8:15 pm until August 11th. The cost for this program is $30.00, and it's a good way to prepare for that upcoming race. Pictou County Athletics is also offering a Youth Athletic Camp this summer, for those between 12 and 17 years old. This camp is July 22nd, 23rd and 24th from 10:00am-3:00pm. The cost for this camp is $60.00. This is a great camp for experienced and non-experienced track and field athletes. It is a great way to learn a new sport, new discipline or just expand your knowledge on a current track and field discipline.

Tim Ferris of Pictou earned another three silver medals at the National Special Olympic Games in Vancouver Wednesday. Ferris got those medals in 100m backstroke, 100m freestyle, and 50m butterfly. Ryan Kearney of Antigonish had another solid round on the golf course as well, shooting a 61. The games continue through to Saturday.

The Trenton Rangers game in the AGR league scheduled for tonight in St. Andrew's has been postponed to allow for the league to get in a couple of other rescheduled games that had been postponed by rain earlier in the season. The Rangers are now off until Tuesday, when they travel to Arisaig.

A Lob Ball Tournament is being organized as a fundraiser for the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, and they are looking for teams to sign up. The tournament will take place July 19 and 20 at the Trenton Baseball Field. Cost for entry is $250 per team, plus you must supply two balls for the games. There must be at least two female players on the team. There will also be a dance on the night of the 19th at the New Glasgow Legion from 9pm to 1am, open to those 19 and older. For more information on the Swing For Tourette Syndrome 2014, contact Garrett Holmes at 902-754-5999.

The Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament will happen on Thursday, July 24 from 11-1 at the Abercrombie Country Club. For more information or to book your tee time call 752-8944! Remember, your participation gets you a steak dinner at the RCAF club!

The 14th annual Walter Macdonald Charity Golf Tournament for the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society at Glen Lovat Golf Course will take place on Sunday August 10th. A four hundred dollar registration per team includes golf cart, barbecue prime rib supper, entry to the Palliative Care fundraiser the night before at the Whitetail Pub in Westville, and the entry into the tournament. The tournament itself kicks off with a shotgun start at noon. The Friday night fundraiser at the Whitetail runs from 9pm to 1am and includes entertainment by All in Good Time, Mr Jim Dorrie, Derek and Jessie, and the Sunday Jam Band. There will also be a progressive 50/50, which will run from July 1 – August 10. Draw at 7 pm at the Glen Lovat Golf Course. This fundraiser could generate thousands of dollars for the Palliative Care Society. Contact Mike MacNaughton - 396-1483, or Marlee MacNaughton – 396-6394

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is accepting applications for head coaching positions in all divisions. The association is expected to host Intermediate, Novice, Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget teams this coming hockey season. Please indicate on the application which level of hockey you are interested in coaching, whether it is A or AA. Application forms can be found on the Pictou County Minor Hockey Association website at www.pcmha.com. Deadline for submissions is July 11, 2014. Applications can be emailed to smusick@ngnews.ca or mailed to Sueann Musick, 352 East River Road, New Glasgow, B2H 5E2.

Following a year's absence, The Melmerby Triathlon returns Sunday, July 27 with only a few tweaks to the course to help ease congestion for both participants and motorists. It's sixty dollars to register, which can be done at atlanticchip.ca. This year also sees kids triathlon, which is free to sign up: it's open to those twelve and under on Saturday the 26th.

“Hockey Day in Pictou County" will return in 2014 after a one-year absence. There will be a new format this year, to accommodate the pros playing two games the evening of July 18th with novice and atom aged players. And instead of a Pros and Joes game, the pros will put on a skills demo between the first and second game. There will be no charge to attend and watch these on-ice events, but donations will be accepted at the door. More players have been announced to join the lineup of local current and former NHL and AHL players Colin White, Jon Sim, Derek Walser, Joey MacDonald and Dave McIntyre, including Zach Sill of the Pittsburgh Penguins, James Sheppard from the San Jose Sharks, Andrew Bodnarchuk from the LA Kings and Boston Bruin Brad Marchand. Additional Players may be named in the coming days. The popular silent auction will also return, plus an after-game comedy-auction event upstairs in the Wellness Centre for those 19 years of age and over. The cost for this event will be $25.00 per person with tickets available at the YMCA desk. Check out Facebook "Play the Pros" group for additional information.

The Heartland Tour 2014 will be coming to Pictou County today, with some changes from previous years. All events have been move to the Pictou County Wellness Centre, with huge support from the YMCA. The day starts at 8:30am with a new feature: An Opening Ceremony! Everyone is welcome to come along as they circle the Wellness centre, on cycles, in strollers, and on foot. There will be an honorary starter, and a brief road safety lesson from a very experienced local cyclist. At 9:00am the first ride will begin, tailored to intermediate cyclists, who want to complete a 60 km scenic, fairly flat ride. The afternoon will provide a medium length ride of about 30 km, with a few rolling hills. It will leave the Wellness Centre at 1:30pm, while a youth ride and walk/run of about 5 km will leave Wellness Centre at the same time. At 3pm there will be an open swim for all participants. After an hour in the pool, hot tub, and lazy river, they will hold the closing ceremony and draw prizes.

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DEANS LOOKING FOR HELP FROM LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHERS
Thursday 10th July 2014
Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores (DEANS) is looking for local amateur and professional photographers to highlight the beauty of the region. DEANS wants photos to use in upcoming marketing projects. Selected photos would appear in the annual visitors guides, on their website, social media pages and other marketing collateral that will help promote the region to visitors considering this area as a vacation destination in 2015. DEANS is specifically looking to receive photos that demonstrate experiences that are unique to the region, which means that photos with people are most useful. If photographers are interested in assisting in this endeavor, they are asked to email hollieatdeans@gmail.com for more details as well as a printable waiver that will need to be signed by any subjects who are recognizable in their photos.


LOCAL SPORTS JULY 10
Thursday 10th July 2014

Tim Ferris of Pictou opened the National Special Olympics with a silver medal in the 200m Individual Medley yesterday. Ferris brought in one of 13 medals for Nova Scotia athletes on the first day of competition at the games in Vancouver. Ryan Kearney of Antigonish had a great day on the golf course as well, shooting a 52. The games continue through to Saturday.

Seven athletes from Pictou County participated in the Hershey Track Meet in Moncton on Sunday, July 6. Sarah Higdon participated on the 11-12 year category in the 200m and 400m races. Hannah MacLeod ran in both the 50m and 200m. Haileigh MacLeod and Taylor Cromwell both participated in the 100m. Liam Berthiaume competed in the 50m (5th) and the 100m. Eric Ferguson participated in both the 100m and the 200m.  Ethan MacDonald placed first in the 400m and second in the 800m. Anyone interested in doing track and field for the summer can contact Pictou County Athletics at pictoucountyathletics@gmail.com 

The Weeks Crushers have announced the addition of two new forwards to the team in a trade that has sent defenseman Evan MacEachern to the Chilliwack Chiefs of the BCHL. Mitchell Plevy comes in as an 18 year old forward who scored 10 points in 45 games last year with the Chiefs. Madison Dunn, another 18 year old, joins the Crushers after spending the last two seasons with the Brooks Bandits, having won the RBC Cup in 2013.

A Lob Ball Tournament is being organized as a fundraiser for the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, and they are looking for teams to sign up. The tournament will take place July 19 and 20 at the Trenton Baseball Field. Cost for entry is $250 per team, plus you must supply two balls for the games. There must be at least two female players on the team. There will also be a dance on the night of the 19th at the New Glasgow Legion from 9pm to 1am, open to those 19 and older. For more information on the Swing For Tourette Syndrome 2014, contact Garrett Holmes at 902-754-5999.

The Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament will happen on Thursday, July 24 from 11-1 at the Abercrombie Country Club. For more information or to book your tee time call 752-8944! Remember, your participation gets you a steak dinner at the RCAF club!

The 14th annual Walter Macdonald Charity Golf Tournament for the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society at Glen Lovat Golf Course will take place on Sunday August 10th. A four hundred dollar registration per team includes golf cart, barbecue prime rib supper, entry to the Palliative Care fundraiser the night before at the Whitetail Pub in Westville, and the entry into the tournament. The tournament itself kicks off with a shotgun start at noon. The Friday night fundraiser at the Whitetail runs from 9pm to 1am and includes entertainment by All in Good Time, Mr Jim Dorrie, Derek and Jessie, and the Sunday Jam Band. There will also be a progressive 50/50, which will run from July 1 – August 10. Draw at 7 pm at the Glen Lovat Golf Course. This fundraiser could generate thousands of dollars for the Palliative Care Society. Contact Mike MacNaughton - 396-1483, or Marlee MacNaughton – 396-6394

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is accepting applications for head coaching positions in all divisions. The association is expected to host Intermediate, Novice, Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget teams this coming hockey season. Please indicate on the application which level of hockey you are interested in coaching, whether it is A or AA. Application forms can be found on the Pictou County Minor Hockey Association website at www.pcmha.com. Deadline for submissions is July 11, 2014. Applications can be emailed to smusick@ngnews.ca or mailed to Sueann Musick, 352 East River Road, New Glasgow, B2H 5E2.

Following a year's absence, The Melmerby Triathlon returns Sunday, July 27 with only a few tweaks to the course to help ease congestion for both participants and motorists. It's sixty dollars to register, which can be done at atlanticchip.ca. This year also sees kids triathlon, which is free to sign up: it's open to those twelve and under on Saturday the 26th.

“Hockey Day in Pictou County" will return in 2014 after a one-year absence. There will be a new format this year, to accommodate the pros playing two games the evening of July 18th with novice and atom aged players. And instead of a Pros and Joes game, the pros will put on a skills demo between the first and second game. There will be no charge to attend and watch these on-ice events, but donations will be accepted at the door. More players have been announced to join the lineup of local current and former NHL and AHL players Colin White, Jon Sim, Derek Walser, Joey MacDonald and Dave McIntyre, including Zach Sill of the Pittsburgh Penguins, James Sheppard from the San Jose Sharks, Andrew Bodnarchuk from the LA Kings and Boston Bruin Brad Marchand. Additional Players may be named in the coming days. The popular silent auction will also return, plus an after-game comedy-auction event upstairs in the Wellness Centre for those 19 years of age and over. The cost for this event will be $25.00 per person with tickets available at the YMCA desk. Check out Facebook "Play the Pros" group for additional information.

Kinsmen Club of New Glasgow's Chicken BBQ is coming up at the Glasgow Square this Friday from 11am-1pm. Business delivery Available! Pre-ordering is strongly recommended by emailing chickenbbq@ngkinsmen.com. Funds raised will go towards the Kinsmen Minor Baseball Program.

The Heartland Tour 2014 will be coming to Pictou County tomorrow, with some changes from previous years. All events have been move to the Pictou County Wellness Centre, with huge support from the YMCA. The day starts at 8:30am with a new feature: An Opening Ceremony! Everyone is welcome to come along as they circle the Wellness centre, on cycles, in strollers, and on foot. There will be an honorary starter, and a brief road safety lesson from a very experienced local cyclist. At 9:00am the first ride will begin, tailored to intermediate cyclists, who want to complete a 60 km scenic, fairly flat ride. The afternoon will provide a medium length ride of about 30 km, with a few rolling hills. It will leave the Wellness Centre at 1:30pm, while a youth ride and walk/run of about 5 km will leave Wellness Centre at the same time. At 3pm there will be an open swim for all participants. After an hour in the pool, hot tub, and lazy river, they will hold the closing ceremony and draw prizes.

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



RCMP SEARCH FOR MISSING MAN
Wednesday 9th July 2014
Pictou County RCMP are asking for the public's help in locating a missing man. 41 year old Stephen Robert Willemse was last seen on Sunday. Willemse is a white male, approximately 5' 11”, with a heavy build and short, light brown hair. He is also known to wear glasses. Willemse drives a white 2011 Ford Ranger with Nova Scotia Licence Plate FHE 189, and is known to travel in the Trafalgar area. Anyone with information on Stephen Willemse's whereabouts or the location of his vehicle is asked to contact Pictou RCMP at (902) 755-4141 or Crime Stoppers.


TWO CHARGED IN CENTRAL WEST RIVER DRUG BUST
Wednesday 9th July 2014
Drug charges are pending against a man and a woman after a search in Central West River. Around 4 p.m. Tuesday , Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, with the assistance of the Pictou County RCMP and the RCMP's Police Dog Service, executed a search warrant at a residence on Gates Road. A 21-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman were arrested without incident. Police seized approximately 36 grams of cocaine, 3 marihuana plants and almost 3.5 kilograms of dried marijuana, a quantity of cash and an ATV. The woman was released and will appear in Pictou Provincial court on October 20th. The man was held and appeared in court this morning. Charges include Production of Marijuana, Possession of both marijuana and cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking, and Trafficking in Marijuana under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The investigation continues.


CRIME SPREE SUSPECTS FACE NEARLY TWO DOZEN CHARGES
Wednesday 9th July 2014
New Glasgow Regional Police arrested five persons in connection with break and enters, possession of stolen property, thefts, mischief, and several breaches of probation that occurred last week. The five persons charged are considered responsible for last Thursday's break and enter into the Helico Air Services building, Saturday's damage to several properties by spray paint and Sunday's theft of two motor bikes from a residential barn. The five persons responsible face a total of 23 charges including Break and Enter, Possession of Stolen Property, Theft, Mischief and Breaches of Probation. Police have also recovered the stolen property as part of the investigation. Suspects will appear in court at a later date. New Glasgow Regional Police continue to investigate.


ALMA ROAD CLOSED DUE TO ROLLOVER
Wednesday 9th July 2014
Alma Road is closed from the start of the road in Alma to the intersection with Sylvester Road while emergency crews clean up a single vehicle rollover. Alma Fire Chief Jack Ross says a dump truck rolled onto its side and is spilling some fuel into a brook. Ross says the driver suffered only minor scratches, but the road will remain closed for some time while the clean up takes place.


TRENTON ON BOARD WITH REGIONAL ENTERPRISE NETWORK
Wednesday 9th July 2014
The town of Trenton is joining REN 4. At last night’s meeting, council voted to become part of the Regional Economic Network that includes Colchester & Cumberland Counties, on the condition that the other 5 municipalities in the county join as well. Four of them, the Towns of Pictou, New Glasgow, and Stellarton, as well as the County, have already decided to join REN 4. Several councillors expressed disappointment that there haven’t been clear reasons set out as to why REN 4 is more desirable than Antigonish and points east, but noted that it’s important that all of Pictou County is on the same page.


CIVIC BUILDING IN TRENTON GETTING NEW ROOF
Wednesday 9th July 2014
Trenton’s Civic Building is getting spruced up. Last night, council voted to spend $79,450 to re-roof both the Civic Building and the Fire Hall. The tender was awarded to Fosco Roofing Ltd. Council also awarded Tuppers Trucking a $9,900 tender for the Maple Street sewer line.


MAXINE COCHRAN, FIRST FEMALE CABINET MINISTER, PASSES AWAY
Wednesday 9th July 2014
Nova Scotia's first female cabinet minister passed away yesterday. Maxine Cochran was first elected to represent Lunenburg Centre in 1984 and became Transport Minister in John Buchanan's Progressive Conservative government in 1985. Tributes to Cochran are poring in, including from current Premier Stephen McNeil, who says Cochran paved the way for the many women now serving in elected roles. She was 87.


LOCAL SPORTS JULY 9
Wednesday 9th July 2014

The Trenton Rangers continued their hot start to the AGR League season with another win last night. Mike Wolfe pitched the team to an 8-3 win over the Heatherton Warriors, supported largely by a grand slam home run by Jason Sanford. Three other gamea in the AGR last night saw Wycocomaugh beat Arisaig 2-1, and Guysborough sweep a double-header from St. Joseph's 3-2, and 8-2. Trenton is back in action on Friday when they hit the road to face St. Andrew's.

The Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament will happen on Thursday, July 24 from 11-1 at the Abercrombie Country Club. For more information or to book your tee time call 752-8944! Remember, your participation gets you a steak dinner at the RCAF club!

On Monday evening at the Albion Field the Cardinals edged the Blue Jays in a closely fought contest. With the Jays threatening in the bottom of the seventh, Lisa James snared a line drive off the bat of Debbie MacLean to secure the Cardinals 3rd victory of the season. Theresa MacDonald and Jill davidson led the way for the Jays: with two singles . Dawn Cleary and Lisa James each punched two singles to pace the Cardinals. In the evenings final contest, the Giants defeated the Yankees 10-6. Amber Dunn and katie Bray led the way for the Giants with a triple apiece while Cindy Osmond and Stacey Ferguson each notched three singles to aid the Yankee offense.

A Pictou County athlete is a member of Team Nova Scotia at the National Special Olympics in Vancouver this week. Timothy Ferris is competing in swimming events starting today. There is be strong representation from Pictou County amongst the coaching and support staff, as three people will be making their first trips to National games. Cristie Beck as Head Coach for bowling, Debby Willet - Associate Coach for Track and Field, and Andrew Heighton as Medical Liaison for Team NS. You can follow the results on the Special Olympics Nova Scotia webpage (www.sons.ca), or their facebook page (www.facebook.com/SpecialONS). There will also be a Team Nova Scotia email set up for people to send best wishes to the team - TeamNSVancouver2014@yahoo.ca .

Three athletes from Pictou County participated in the Hershey Track Meet in Moncton on Sunday July 6. Sarah Higdon participated on the 11/12 yr category in the 200m and 400m races. Liam Berthiaume competed in the 50m (5th) and the 100m. Ethan MacDonald placed first in the 400m and second in the 800m. Anyone interested in doing track and field for the summer can contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hoymail.com

The 14th annual Walter Macdonald Charity Golf Tournament for the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society at Glen Lovat Golf Course will take place on Sunday August 10th. A four hundred dollar registration per team includes golf cart, barbecue prime rib supper, entry to the Palliative Care fundraiser the night before at the Whitetail Pub in Westville, and the entry into the tournament. The tournament itself kicks off with a shotgun start at noon. The Friday night fundraiser at the Whitetail runs from 9pm to 1am and includes entertainment by All in Good Time, Mr Jim Dorrie, Derek and Jessie, and the Sunday Jam Band. There will also be a progressive 50/50, which will run from July 1 – August 10. Draw at 7 pm at the Glen Lovat Golf Course. This fundraiser could generate thousands of dollars for the Palliative Care Society. Contact Mike MacNaughton - 396-1483, or Marlee MacNaughton – 396-6394

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is accepting applications for head coaching positions in all divisions. The association is expected to host Intermediate, Novice, Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget teams this coming hockey season. Please indicate on the application which level of hockey you are interested in coaching, whether it is A or AA. Application forms can be found on the Pictou County Minor Hockey Association website at www.pcmha.com. Deadline for submissions is July 11, 2014. Applications can be emailed to smusick@ngnews.ca or mailed to Sueann Musick, 352 East River Road, New Glasgow, B2H 5E2.

Following a year's absence, The Melmerby Triathlon returns Sunday, July 27 with only a few tweaks to the course to help ease congestion for both participants and motorists. It's sixty dollars to register, which can be done at atlanticchip.ca. This year also sees kids triathlon, which is free to sign up: it's open to those twelve and under on Saturday the 26th.

“Hockey Day in Pictou County" will return in 2014 after a one-year absence. There will be a new format this year, to accommodate the pros playing two games the evening of July 18th with novice and atom aged players. And instead of a Pros and Joes game, the pros will put on a skills demo between the first and second game. There will be no charge to attend and watch these on-ice events, but donations will be accepted at the door. More players have been announced to join the lineup of local current and former NHL and AHL players Colin White, Jon Sim, Derek Walser, Joey MacDonald and Dave McIntyre, including Zach Sill of the Pittsburgh Penguins, James Sheppard from the San Jose Sharks, Andrew Bodnarchuk from the LA Kings and Boston Bruin Brad Marchand. Additional Players may be named in the coming days. The popular silent auction will also return, plus an after-game comedy-auction event upstairs in the Wellness Centre for those 19 years of age and over. The cost for this event will be $25.00 per person with tickets available at the YMCA desk. Check out Facebook "Play the Pros" group for additional information.

Kinsmen Club of New Glasgow's Chicken BBQ is coming up at the Glasgow Square this Friday from 11am-1pm. Business delivery Available! Pre-ordering is strongly recommended by emailing chickenbbq@ngkinsmen.com. Funds raised will go towards the Kinsmen Minor Baseball Program.

The Heartland Tour 2014 will be coming to Pictou County on Friday, with some changes from previous years. All events have been move to the Pictou County Wellness Centre, with huge support from the YMCA. The day starts at 8:30am with a new feature: An Opening Ceremony! Everyone is welcome to come along as they circle the Wellness centre, on cycles, in strollers, and on foot. There will be an honorary starter, and a brief road safety lesson from a very experienced local cyclist. At 9:00am the first ride will begin, tailored to intermediate cyclists, who want to complete a 60 km scenic, fairly flat ride. The afternoon will provide a medium length ride of about 30 km, with a few rolling hills. It will leave the Wellness Centre at 1:30pm, while a youth ride and walk/run of about 5 km will leave Wellness Centre at the same time. At 3pm there will be an open swim for all participants. After an hour in the pool, hot tub, and lazy river, they will hold the closing ceremony and draw prizes.

One of the most prolific pair of brothers in NHL history will be in Pictou County this week. Peter and Frank Mahovlich have been confirmed as the guests for the 20th annual Scott Weeks Golf Tournament. The event includes an auction and dinner on Thursday evening, followed by the golf tournament itself on Friday.

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



MUNICIPALITY OF PICTOU COUNTY GIVES ROUGH TIMELINE FOR START-UP OF REN 4
Tuesday 8th July 2014
The town of Stellarton will be joining REN 4. At last night’s meeting, council voted to join the Regional Enterprise Network west of Pictou County. Several other municipalities, including The Town of Pictou & Pictou County, are already in talks to become part of REN 4 with Cumberland and Colchester Counties. And at Pictou County Municipal Council's monthly meeting last night, an updated timeline on the formation of REN 4 was given. Warden Ron Baillie says he expects an inter-government agreement will be signed by all municipal partners by the end of August. Chief Administrative officer Brian Cullen added that searching for and hiring a Board for would probably take place between September and December, with a goal of having the REN up and operating as early as January. Being in a REN will increase the ability of a municipality to to leverage government programs and services to attract and support economic development.


NOVA SCOTIA APPOINTS NEW INFORMATION OFFICER
Tuesday 8th July 2014
A new freedom of information and protection of privacy review officer has been appointed in Nova Scotia. Catherine Tully of Ottawa will take over the position beginning Sept. 8. The provincial government says Tully has over 10 years of senior experience with government agencies and Crown corporations dedicated to access to information and privacy law. Tully was most recently the director of privacy and access to information at Canada Post, and prior to that she was the assistant information and privacy commissioner for British Columbia. She takes over for Dulcie McCallum, who was terminated from the job in February after serving a seven-year term.At the time, McCallum said her dismissal was a sign of disrespect for her office, but the government responded by saying it was grateful for her service.


RCMP WARN PUBLIC OF RECENT SCAM
Tuesday 8th July 2014
The RCMP warns of a scam happening in Nova Scotia. Over the past few days, several people have reported a phone call from a person claiming to be an RCMP Constable. The man asks for donations between one hundred and three hundred dollars to fund an RCMP anti-bullying book. If the person says they will not provide credit card information over the phone, or requests additional information through the mail, they are told they are being transferred to another agent and the line is disconnected. RCMP reminds the public they do not solicit on the phone for funds, and advise if you receive calls or emails of this nature, do not respond.


PICTOU COUNTY MUNICIPAL COUNCIL TO ASK FOR EXEMPTION FOR SEAFOOD PROCESSORS
Tuesday 8th July 2014
The Municipality of Pictou County is adding its voice to the debate over controversial changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. At last night's monthly meeting, Councilor Jim Turple voiced concern that the changes will adversely affect local seafood processors. Turple says Logan's Fish plant in Caribou has 160 employees and 45% of them hail from Thailand. He says if that number must be reduced to a maximum of 10% over the next few years, it could cause the business to shut down. Councilor Bob Parker used farms as another example, saying if only Canadians could be hired, vegetables would (quote) “rot in the field”. Councilors approved a motion to go on record in support of using offshore labour for specific industries and will send the government a letter asking for seafood processors to be exempt from the the new requirements.


PICTOU COUNTY MAN SENTENCED FOR CREDIT CARD FRAUD AND THEFTS
Tuesday 8th July 2014
A twenty-eight-year old Pictou County man charged with fraudulently using his grandmother's credit card was given a six-month Conditional Sentence Order in Pictou Provincial court yesterday. Tyler Russell Butts pleaded guilty to 7 purchases made in 2009 totaling nearly 1900 dollars, telling court that the thefts occurred to feed his addiction to opiates. Butts was also charged with thefts in 2010 and 2013 at retail locations in New Glasgow, Stellarton and Antigonish. Crown attorney Bill Gorman called Butt's life a shambles and recommended that the focus of the order be on treatment for substance abuse. Butts told court he has been drug-free since mid-April. Following completion of his CSO, Butts will be on probation for one year, and other conditions include not associating with anyone with a criminal record, not possessing or consuming alcohol and staying off the property of the Highland Square Mall.


HOUSE ARREST FOR WESTVILLE MAN WHO LED POLICE ON CAR CHASE
Tuesday 8th July 2014
A Pictou County man is under house arrest after leading police on a short car chase through Westville in the early hours of March 22nd. After a Stellarton Police patrol car clocked Nathan Anthony Hale going 111km per hour within the town, the 27-year-old man attempted to evade police, eventually losing control of his vehicle and ending up in a yard on North Main Street. Hale gave breath samples at the scene that showed he was impaired by alcohol and a passenger in his vehicle was injured, leading Judge Richard MacKinnon to call the the incident a very dangerous situation that made imprisonment necessary. Despite a criminal record for incidents between 2006 and 2009, the judge noted the incident was repeatedly called “out-of-character” in the man's pre-sentencing report, and that Hale now has a stable relationship and good job. Other penalties handed to the man include prohibition from driving for 1 year, 9 months probation following his house arrest, and victim surcharges.


MUNICIPAL COUNCILLORS SAY LOCAL HARDWOOD SHOULD BE USED MORE WISELY
Tuesday 8th July 2014
Pictou County's municipal councilors say the practice of chipping premium hardwood to fuel the pulp mill or to generate power must come to an end. Councilor David Parker called it “desperately wrong” that high-grade lumber is being under-valued and says he doesn't understand why the practice is still happening in Pictou County, adding that local resources should go to their “highest and best use”. Councilor Leonard Fraser was adamant that hardwood should go to sawmills, and the leftovers burned for fuel. Fraser put forward a motion to write to the provincial government and request they oversee the province's hardwood resource, but after discussion, council decided to directly request a meeting with the Department of Natural Resources. Council agreed that in the current economic climate, everything possible must be done to protect the businesses remaining in the County.


MUNICIPALITY OF PICTOU COUNTY TO SEEK FINANCIAL PENALTIES AGAINST NOVA SCOTIA POWER
Tuesday 8th July 2014
The Municipality of Pictou County approved a motion that will seek penalties to Nova Scotia Power if the company fails to meet a “reasonable standard of service”. At last night's regular monthly meeting, council approved a motion to send a letter to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board requesting that in the next round of rate adjustments, financial penalties should be put in place. Councillor Leonard Fraser told Council some of his constituents were told their electricity may not be restored until tonight, and that two and a half days without power is unacceptable. Representative for White Hill David Parker says he understands that the more populated areas are given preference for being returned to the grid after weather incidents, but that if rural customers are “always last in line” they should pay less for service.


TRENTON CONNECTOR CLOSED WEDNESDAY
Tuesday 8th July 2014
Motorists who use the Trenton Connector will need to travel a different route tomorrow, as the road will be closed at the Trenton East River Bridge for repairs for roughly 11 hours. The closure will be in place from 7am until 6pm while crews work on repairing the bridge.


TESTING UNDERWAY FOR ROCK 97.9
Tuesday 8th July 2014
As you work your way up and down the radio dial, you'll catch some music where you hadn't in the past. That is because testing is underway for the signal of Pictou County's newest radio station, ROCK 97.9. Hector Broadcasting General Manager Michael Freeman says he is excited to launch the station which will compliment East Coast FM by serving a different demographic within the community. Some listeners have already tuned in to the new station, catching it from locations as far away as Judique. The signal testing phase for the 100-thousand watt station will last until early August, at which time the formal launch of the station will take place.


POWER OUTAGE CONTINUES IN SOUTHWESTERN NOVA SCOTIA
Tuesday 8th July 2014
While the lights are back on in Pictou County, the same cannot be said for many in the Annapolis Valley and along the South Shore. A power outage that began on Saturday during the winds from Post-Tropical Storm Arthur continues for roughly 20-thousand customers of Nova Scotia Power into today. And one MLA from the impacted area says the company should not be allowed off the hook. Chris d'Entremont, MLA for Argyle-Barrington and Progressive Conservative Energy Critic says the front line crews should be thanked for their tireless work, but “the company is hanging employees and customers out to dry, while they’re continuing to milk a record guaranteed profit.” d'Entremont is calling on the Liberals to hold NS Power and its parent company Emera to task. To that end, he wants the Liberals to support a bill currently before the Legislature that would require Nova Scotia Power to prepare service-standards audits, with the UARB reviewing the audits and applying service-standards penalties, if warranted.


WATER COMMITTEE TO CONTINUE OPERATION IN STELLARTON
Tuesday 8th July 2014
The town of Stellarton has decided to keep its water committee. Originally formed to deal with several issues with the town’s water system, the committee was slated to end once the water treatment facility upgrades were in place. But Councillor Ken Francis noted that while things have greatly improved, the committee wants to continue to meet in order to be proactive in dealing with town water. The committee is in recess for the summer, and there will be advertisements in the weeks ahead to find a citizen to fill an open position.


STELLARTON FINISHES YEAR WITH SIGNIFICANT SURPLUS
Tuesday 8th July 2014
Stellarton is in the black. At last night’s council meeting, the audited financial statements for the fiscal year ending in March were reviewed, showing a surplus of $1.5 million. The bulk of this amount is from the sale of assets, and from grants for capital received in the current year and not fully spent. Some of the money will be used to help pay down the town’s debt, while the rest will beef up Stellarton’s operational and reserve funds.


COUNTY COUNCIL SETS 2014-15 BUDGET
Tuesday 8th July 2014
Tax rates in Pictou County will not rise in the coming fiscal year.  Per $100 of assessment, the tax rate will remain at 81 cents for residential accounts and $1.82 for commercial.  The  2014-15 operating budget was approved at Municipal Council’s meeting last night,  and also established expenditures of just under 15.5 million dollars,  which is an increase of 3.9 percent over the previous year. Warden Ron Baillie states that Council continues to deal with pressures from outside of the Municipality including approximately $160 000 in mandatory education and a directive from the provincial government to convert conventional streetlights to LED at a budgeted cost of 1.8 million dollars. Baillie says council must make some tough decisions and that he believes the budget is fair and helps move the Municipality forward. Capital spending has been set at 5.3 million dollars in the coming fiscal year.  Nearly two million dollars is earmarked for two sewer projects in the Alma/Greenhill area and on Milne Street. Paving projects total over 900-thousand dollars while sidewalk work comes in at 80-thousand.  Warden Ron Baillie says Municipal council is committed to its communities and that the budget provides Pictou County a strong foundation for the next few years. The 2014-15 budget also maintains the Municipal Services Grants at 250-thousand dollars which directly invest money into community groups and agencies.


LOCAL SPORTS JULY 8
Tuesday 8th July 2014

The Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament will happen on Thursday, July 24 from 11-1 at the Abercrombie Country Club. For more information or to book your tee time call 752-8944! Remember, your participation gets you a steak dinner at the RCAF club!

The Trenton Rangers are scheduled to be in action in the AGR league tonight at home. Game time is scheduled for 7pm when they take on Heatherton.

One Pictou County athlete will be a part of Team Nova Scotia at the National Special Olympics in Vancouver this week. Timothy Ferris will be competing in swimming events starting on Wednesday. There will be strong representation of Pictou County amongst the coaching and support staff, as three people will be making their first trips to National games. Cristie Beck will be Head Coach for bowling, Debby Willet will be an Associate Coach for Track and Field, and Andrew Heighton will be the Medical Liaison for Team NS. Two familiar faces to the National games will be Ross MacIntosh, the Head Coach for Powerlifting for PEI and Cathy Mason will be a Mission Staff for the Softball Team. You can follow the results on the Special Olympics Nova Scotia webpage (www.sons.ca), or their facebook page (www.facebook.com/SpecialONS). There will also be a Team Nova Scotia email set up for people to send best wishes to the team - TeamNSVancouver2014@yahoo.ca .

The 14th annual Walter Macdonald Charity Golf Tournament for the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society at Glen Lovat Golf Course will take place on Sunday August 10th. A four hundred dollar registration per team includes golf cart, barbecue prime rib supper, entry to the Palliative Care fundraiser the night before at the Whitetail Pub in Westville, and the entry into the tournament. The tournament itself kicks off with a shotgun start at noon. The Friday night fundraiser at the Whitetail runs from 9pm to 1am and includes entertainment by All in Good Time, Mr Jim Dorrie, Derek and Jessie, and the Sunday Jam Band. There will also be a progressive 50/50, which will run from July 1 – August 10. Draw at 7 pm at the Glen Lovat Golf Course. This fundraiser could generate thousands of dollars for the Palliative Care Society. Contact Mike MacNaughton - 396-1483, or Marlee MacNaughton – 396-6394

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is accepting applications for head coaching positions in all divisions. The association is expected to host Intermediate, Novice, Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget teams this coming hockey season. Please indicate on the application which level of hockey you are interested in coaching, whether it is A or AA. Application forms can be found on the Pictou County Minor Hockey Association website at www.pcmha.com. Deadline for submissions is July 11, 2014. Applications can be emailed to smusick@ngnews.ca or mailed to Sueann Musick, 352 East River Road, New Glasgow, B2H 5E2.

Following a year's absence, The Melmerby Triathlon returns Sunday, July 27 with only a few tweaks to the course to help ease congestion for both participants and motorists. It's sixty dollars to register, which can be done at atlanticchip.ca. This year also sees kids triathlon, which is free to sign up: it's open to those twelve and under on Saturday the 26th.

“Hockey Day in Pictou County" will return in 2014 after a one-year absence. There will be a new format this year, to accommodate the pros playing two games the evening of July 18th with novice and atom aged players. And instead of a Pros and Joes game, the pros will put on a skills demo between the first and second game. There will be no charge to attend and watch these on-ice events, but donations will be accepted at the door. Colin White, Jon Sim, Derek Walser, Joey MacDonald and Dave McIntyre will be joined by other NHL/AHL pros to be announced over the next month. The popular silent auction will also return, plus an after-game comedy-auction event upstairs in the Wellness Centre for those 19 years of age and over. The cost for this event will be $25.00 per person with tickets available at the YMCA desk. Check out Facebook "Play the Pros" group for additional information.

Kinsmen Club of New Glasgow's Chicken BBQ is coming up at the Glasgow Square this Friday from 11am-1pm. Business delivery Available! Pre-ordering is strongly recommended by emailing chickenbbq@ngkinsmen.com. Funds raised will go towards the Kinsmen Minor Baseball Program.

The Heartland Tour 2014 will be coming to Pictou County on Friday, with some changes from previous years. All events have been move to the Pictou County Wellness Centre, with huge support from the YMCA. The day starts at 8:30am with a new feature: An Opening Ceremony! Everyone is welcome to come along as they circle the Wellness centre, on cycles, in strollers, and on foot. There will be an honorary starter, and a brief road safety lesson from a very experienced local cyclist. At 9:00am the first ride will begin, tailored to intermediate cyclists, who want to complete a 60 km scenic, fairly flat ride. The afternoon will provide a medium length ride of about 30 km, with a few rolling hills. It will leave the Wellness Centre at 1:30pm, while a youth ride and walk/run of about 5 km will leave Wellness Centre at the same time. At 3pm there will be an open swim for all participants. After an hour in the pool, hot tub, and lazy river, they will hold the closing ceremony and draw prizes.

One of the most prolific pair of brothers in NHL history will be in Pictou County this week. Peter and Frank Mahovlich have been confirmed as the guests for the 20th annual Scott Weeks Golf Tournament. The event includes an auction and dinner on Thursday evening, followed by the golf tournament itself on Friday.

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



HOME FOR COLORED CHILDREN SETTLEMENT APPROVED
Monday 7th July 2014
A judge has approved a $29-million settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed by alleged abuse survivors of the Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children. Justice Arthur LeBlanc of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia signed off on the agreement today between former residents of the orphanage and the province, closing nearly 15 years of litigation. Former residents allege they suffered physical, psychological and sexual abuse while living in the Halifax-area orphanage. An advertising campaign is planned across Canada to inform former residents of the settlement and encourage eligible claimants to come forward. Those who allege they were abused have until Aug. 18 to opt out of the proposed settlement.


INVERNESS COUNTY MEN FACE DRUG CHARGES IN PICTOU COURT
Monday 7th July 2014
A 25-year-old man appeared in Pictou Provincial court today to address six charges he faces for the alleged possession of multiple controlled substances. Stemming from an incident in Lower Barneys River on 9 May, Justin Francis Goswell of Inverness is charged with unlawfully possessing cannabis, cannabis resin, cocaine, hydromorphone and oxycodone. The man requested time to seek legal advice and was given a return date of 28 July when he will enter a plea. Co-accused 26-year-old Michael Lewis MacPhail of River Denys faces identical charges to Goswell.


POWER OUTAGE UPDATE ***10:45am MONDAY***
Monday 7th July 2014
As of this time, there are still 40-thousand Nova Scotia Power customers in the dark as a result of Post-Tropical Storm Arthur, with roughly 700 of those in Pictou County. Nova Scotia Power indicates that they plan to have the remainder of the restorations completed by the end of the day today. If you are without power, please ensure that all devices and lights are turned off, so that when the power is restored the sudden influx does not overload the system. The list of outages can be found at the Nova Scotia Power website, which can be accessed with mobile devices, at http://outagemap.nspower.ca/en/home/livepoweroutagemap.aspx .


LOCAL SPORTS JULY 7
Monday 7th July 2014

The 2014 Nova Scotia Golf Association Womens Amateur Champion is a member of the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Julia Henderson took the title in a four-hole playoff after the tournament wrapped up early due to Post-Tropical Storm Arthur. Henderson defeated fellow Abercrombie member Bernadette Little and Mireille LeBlanc to claim her second title in three years.

The Run for The Lobsters took place yesterday in Pictou, and the 10k event was won by Matthew White of Dartmouth, while Dave MacLennan finished fifth as the top local runner. Mike Hennessey of Truro took the 5k event, with Pictou's Rob McDowell finishing fifth as the top local runner. In the Student 5k challenge, Keigan Thorpe of Truro took the top spot. Ryan Dykstra finished eighth as the top local. On the women's side, Denise Robson of Dartmouth won the 10k, while Abby Shaw of New Glasgow finished fifth. Debbie MacDonald of New Glasgow was the first woman across the line in the 5k. And Judith Lapierre of Truro won the female student challenge, while Cassidy Mason was the top female Pictou County student runner, finishing eighth.

The New Glasgow Kinsmen Dairy Queen Blizzards peewee baseball team split a double-header with Truro on Sunday, winning 19-9 and losing 19-17. Jayden Hatchard and Joseph MacCarron shared pitching duties in the Blizzards win. Leading the way at the plate was Ray Lowe-Chisholm with a homerun and a single. Braydon Killen had two doubles while Luke Young added a double and a single. Cody Leblanc chipped in with a triple. In the loss Sam Hickey, Killen, Young and Lowe-Chisholm each had a double and a single, while Hatchard added a triple.

Two games are scheduled to be played in the Leo Fahey Ladies Twilight Softball League this evening at the Albion Field;
Game 1 at 6:15…Yankees vs Giants
Game 2 at 7:25…Blue Jays vs Cardinals
League founder and Stellarton resident, Leo Fahey, is to be Inducted into the New Waterford Sport Hall of Fame on Monday, July 14, as a member of the New Waterford Strands Senior Hockey team who captured New Waterford’s first and only Cape Breton Senior Hockey League Championship be defeating the Sydney Millionaires in 1946. All games in the series were played at the Sydney Forum as New Waterford did not have an outdoor rink.

One Pictou County athlete will be a part of Team Nova Scotia at the National Special Olympics in Vancouver next week. Timothy Ferris will be competing in swimming events. There will be strong representation of Pictou County amongst the coaching and support staff, as three people will be making their first trips to National games. Cristie Beck will be Head Coach for bowling, Debby Willet will be an Associate Coach for Track and Field, and Andrew Heighton will be the Medical Liaison for Team NS. Two familiar faces to the National games will be Ross MacIntosh, the Head Coach for Powerlifting for PEI and Cathy Mason will be a Mission Staff for the Softball Team. You can follow the results on the Special Olympics Nova Scotia webpage (www.sons.ca), or their facebook page (www.facebook.com/SpecialONS). There will also be a Team Nova Scotia email set up for people to send best wishes to the team - TeamNSVancouver2014@yahoo.ca .

The 14th annual Walter Macdonald Charity Golf Tournament for the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society at Glen Lovat Golf Course will take place on Sunday August 10th. A four hundred dollar registration per team includes golf cart, barbecue prime rib supper, entry to the Palliative Care fundraiser the night before at the Whitetail Pub in Westville, and the entry into the tournament. The tournament itself kicks off with a shotgun start at noon. The Friday night fundraiser at the Whitetail runs from 9pm to 1am and includes entertainment by All in Good Time, Mr Jim Dorrie, Derek and Jessie, and the Sunday Jam Band. There will also be a progressive 50/50, which will run from July 1 – August 10. Draw at 7 pm at the Glen Lovat Golf Course. This fundraiser could generate thousands of dollars for the Palliative Care Society. Contact Mike MacNaughton - 396-1483, or Marlee MacNaughton – 396-6394

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is accepting applications for head coaching positions in all divisions. The association is expected to host Intermediate, Novice, Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget teams this coming hockey season. Please indicate on the application which level of hockey you are interested in coaching, whether it is A or AA. Application forms can be found on the Pictou County Minor Hockey Association website at www.pcmha.com. Deadline for submissions is July 11, 2014. Applications can be emailed to smusick@ngnews.ca or mailed to Sueann Musick, 352 East River Road, New Glasgow, B2H 5E2.

Following a year's absence, The Melmerby Triathlon returns Sunday, July 27 with only a few tweaks to the course to help ease congestion for both participants and motorists. It's sixty dollars to register, which can be done at atlanticchip.ca. This year also sees kids triathlon, which is free to sign up: it's open to those twelve and under on Saturday the 26th.

“Hockey Day in Pictou County" will return in 2014 after a one-year absence. There will be a new format this year, to accommodate the pros playing two games that evening with novice and atom aged players. And instead of a Pros and Joes game, the pros will put on a skills demo between the first and second game. There will be no charge to attend and watch these on-ice events, but donations will be accepted at the door. Colin White, Jon Sim, Derek Walser, Joey MacDonald and Dave McIntyre will be joined by other NHL/AHL pros to be announced over the next month. The popular silent auction will also return, plus an after-game comedy-auction event upstairs in the Wellness Centre for those 19 years of age and over. The cost for this event will be $25.00 per person with tickets available at the YMCA desk. Check out Facebook "Play the Pros" group for additional information.

Kinsmen Club of New Glasgow's Chicken BBQ is coming up at the Glasgow Square this Friday from 11am-1pm. Business delivery Available! Pre-ordering is strongly recommended by emailing chickenbbq@ngkinsmen.com. Funds raised will go towards the Kinsmen Minor Baseball Program.

One of the most prolific pair of brothers in NHL history will be in Pictou County this week. Peter and Frank Mahovlich have been confirmed as the guests for the 20th annual Scott Weeks Golf Tournament. The event includes an auction and dinner on Thursday evening, followed by the golf tournament itself on Friday.

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



POWER RESTORATION IN PICTOU COUNTY *UPDATE* *12:45PM SUNDAY*
Sunday 6th July 2014
The tally of Nova Scotia Power customers in the dark continues to be whittled down and currently stands at 84 272. Crews are working around the clock to restore power after high winds and rain from post-tropical storm Arthur blacked-out over a-quarter of-a-million homes and businesses in the Maritimes. After NSP shortened some times for expected power restoration in Pictou County, the power utility at this hour has posted a blanket restoration time of 11:30pm for all remaining areas of Pictou County without electricity. ECFM has received reports of power already returned ahead of the estimated time, including parts of Stellarton, Westville & the east side of New Glasgow. Go to nspower.ca for constantly updated information- check your location by clicking on the outage map and scrolling down the list -Detailed Pictou County information is near the bottom.


POLICE SEEK TIPS REGARDING WEEKEND VANDALISM IN TRENTON
Sunday 6th July 2014
New Glasgow Regional Police are asking the public for any information they may have about incidents of mischief and damage to property using spray paint. The incidents occurred on late Friday night and early Saturday morning in the area of North end part of Trenton when one or more individuals sprayed several streets and various properties with spray paint causing several thousands of dollars in damage. The investigation continues. Anyone with information on the vandalism is asked to call New Glasgow Regional Police at 902 752-1941 or provide the information anonymously at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca


N.S. MAN PULLS KNIFE ON PARAMEDIC TRYING TO HELP HIM
Sunday 6th July 2014
A Nova Scotia man faces a charge of assault with a weapon after pulling a knife and chasing a paramedic who was trying to help him. Halifax police were called to Wyse Road in Dartmouth at 6pm last evening by paramedics who had gone to an apartment on a call concerning an unconscious man. While the paramedic attended to the man, he regained consciousness and became combative, chasing the paramedic out of the apartment. The paramedic was not injured, and the 31-year old suspect is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow. He was additionally charged with uttering threats and breaching a court order.


SOME ESTIMATED POWER RESTORATION TIMES SHORTENED FOR PICTOU COUNTY *10 AM SUNDAY *UPDATE*
Sunday 6th July 2014
Nova Scotia Power says the number of customers across the province without power has been reduced to 93 000. Crews continue working around the clock to restore power after high winds and rain caused a black-out to over a-quarter of-a-million homes and businesses at the height of post-tropical storm Arthur. Approximately 6000 of those customers are in Pictou County, where in the past hour, some estimated times for power restoration have been shortened by the power utility. Instead of 11:30pm, now an outage affecting 514 on the Sunrise Trail to Seafoam, Poplar Hill, Carsons Corner, Scotsburn, Rogers Hill, Durham, Lower Mt Thom is expected to be restored at 11:30 this morning. 11:30am is also now posted for Mt. Thom, Saltsprings, areas of Trenton, Braeshore, the Sunrise Trail and other areas. As well, there are reports that the power is back ahead of schedule in parts of Stellarton, Westville, Lansdowne and Union Centre at this hour. You can check your specific area by going to nspower.ca and scrolling down the list under the outage map. Detailed Pictou County information is at the bottom. Arthur continues to weaken today as it crosses the Gulf of St. Lawrence and is expected to make landfall later today in western Newfoundland.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND-UP *SUNDAY JULY 6*
Sunday 6th July 2014
Pictou Soccer Club has cancelled games for both Saturday and Sunday. Make-up games will be scheduled in the early fall.

There were two well played games in the Leo Fahey Ladies Twilight Softball League on Thursday. In the first game the Cardinals survived a furious 6 run rally by the Blue Jays in the bottom of the seventh to edge the Blue Jays 10-8. In the evening’s final encounter, Tracy Brine’s bases loaded single in the bottom of the seventh drove in the winning run as the Yankees notched their first win of the season be edging the Giants 6-5. Action continues tomorrow(Monday) evening at the Albion Field with the Giants hosting the Yankees and the Cardinals hosting the Blue Jays.

One Pictou County athlete will be a part of Team Nova Scotia at the National Special Olympics in Vancouver next week. Timothy Ferris will be competing in swimming events. There will be strong representation of Pictou County amongst the coaching and support staff, as three people will be making their first trips to National games. Cristie Beck will be Head Coach for bowling, Debby Willet will be an Associate Coach for Track and Field, and Andrew Heighton will be the Medical Liaison for Team NS. Two familiar faces to the National games will be Ross MacIntosh, the Head Coach for Powerlifting for PEI and Cathy Mason will be a Mission Staff for the Softball Team. You can follow the results on the Special Olympics Nova Scotia webpage (www.sons.ca), or their facebook page (www.facebook.com/SpecialONS). There will also be a Team Nova Scotia email set up for people to send best wishes to the team - TeamNSVancouver2014@yahoo.ca .

The 14th annual Walter Macdonald Charity Golf Tournament for the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society at Glen Lovat Golf Course will take place on Sunday August 10th. A four hundred dollar registration per team includes golf cart, barbecue prime rib supper, entry to the Palliative Care fundraiser the night before at the Whitetail Pub in Westville, and the entry into the tournament. The tournament itself kicks off with a shotgun start at noon. The Friday night fundraiser at the Whitetail runs from 9pm to 1am and includes entertainment by All in Good Time, Mr Jim Dorrie, Derek and Jessie, and the Sunday Jam Band. There will also be a progressive 50/50, which will run from July 1 – August 10. Draw at 7 pm at the Glen Lovat Golf Course. This fundraiser could generate thousands of dollars for the Palliative Care Society. Contact Mike MacNaughton - 396-1483, or Marlee MacNaughton – 396-6394

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is accepting applications for head coaching positions in all divisions. The association is expected to host Intermediate, Novice, Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget teams this coming hockey season. Please indicate on the application which level of hockey you are interested in coaching, whether it is A or AA. Application forms can be found on the Pictou County Minor Hockey Association website at www.pcmha.com. Deadline for submissions is July 11, 2014. Applications can be emailed to smusick@ngnews.ca or mailed to Sueann Musick, 352 East River Road, New Glasgow, B2H 5E2.

Following a year's absence, The Melmerby Triathlon returns Sunday, July 27 with only a few tweaks to the course to help ease congestion for both participants and motorists. It's sixty dollars to register, which can be done at atlanticchip.ca. This year also sees kids triathlon, which is free to sign up: it's open to those twelve and under on Saturday the 26th.

“Hockey Day in Pictou County" will return in 2014 after a one-year absence. There will be a new format this year, to accommodate the pros playing two games that evening with novice and atom aged players. And instead of a Pros and Joes game, the pros will put on a skills demo between the first and second game. There will be no charge to attend and watch these on-ice events, but donations will be accepted at the door. Colin White, Jon Sim, Derek Walser, Joey MacDonald and Dave McIntyre will be joined by other NHL/AHL pros to be announced over the next month. The popular silent auction will also return, plus an after-game comedy-auction event upstairs in the Wellness Centre for those 19 years of age and over. The cost for this event will be $25.00 per person with tickets available at the YMCA desk. Check out Facebook "Play the Pros" group for additional information.

Kinsmen Club of New Glasgow's Chicken BBQ is coming up at the Glasgow Square this Friday from 11am-1pm. Business delivery Available! Pre-ordering is strongly recommended by emailing chickenbbq@ngkinsmen.com. Funds raised will go towards the Kinsmen Minor Baseball Program.

One of the most prolific pair of brothers in NHL history will be in Pictou County this week. Peter and Frank Mahovlich have been confirmed as the guests for the 20th annual Scott Weeks Golf Tournament. The event includes an auction and dinner on Thursday evening, followed by the golf tournament itself on Friday.

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



NORTHUMBERLAND FERRY CROSSINGS BACK ON SCHEDULE *UPDATE*
Sunday 6th July 2014
Northumberland Ferries has cancelled the 8am sailings in both directions for Sunday, July 6th. From 9:30 am on, normal sailing schedule resumes.


CLEAN UP AFTER ARTHUR/NOVA SCOTIA POWER PROGRESS *UPDATED:9AM SUNDAY*
Sunday 6th July 2014
Nova Scotia Power says the number of customers across the province without power now stands at under 98 000 after roughly 20 000 were reattached to the grid overnight. Crews are working around the clock to restore power after high winds and rain caused a black-out to over a-quarter of-a-million homes and businesses at the height of post-tropical storm Arthur. 97,773 are still in the dark as of 9am, approximately 6000 of those customers in Pictou County, where the estimated time for most areas is still 11:30pm. Encouragingly, some areas have just been re-estimated to 6pm, including the areas of Bridgeville, Glencoe, Sunnybrae, and sections of Toney River to Caribou River and Caribou Island. As well in Pictou County: North Foord Street, Stellarton Road and Westville Road including the Highland Square Mall and the east side of New Glasgow are currently scheduled to be back up before noon. Hurricane Centre meteorologist Doug Mercer says Arthur's maximum windspeeds were recorded in Greenwood at 139-kilometres an hour – and that the storm continues to weaken as it crosses the Gulf of St. Lawrence, predicting it will make landfall later today in western Newfoundland.


WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES INCLUDE PICTOU COUNTY - FURTHER EFFECTS OF ARTHUR INCLUDE INJURY FROM FALLING TREE LIMBS **UPDATED INFORMATION**
Saturday 5th July 2014
As the wind event that is Post-Tropical Storm Arthur continues, roughly 136-thousand homes and businesses are without power across the province as of 5:00pm Saturday. Some unofficial reports suggest that power may not get restored until evening. Forecasters are predicting more rainfall for already drenched areas of southwestern New Brunswick. Canadian Hurricane Centre spokesman Chris Fogarty says the system slowed over Saint John and Fredericton while at its maximum post-tropical intensity. Environment Canada measured wind gusts topping 116 kilometres per hour in the Halifax area, while more than 110 millimetres of rain drenched regions of southwestern New Brunswick. Fogarty predicted the rain to eventually surpass the 150-millimetre mark in Saint Stephen, New Brunswick, on the U-S border. Forecasters predicted Prince Edward Island would experience the worst of the weather this evening, though rainfall there was not expected to surpass New Brunswick. Along with the impact on the power supply, the strong winds in the region are having an impact on travel as well, with Northumberland Ferries cancelling all crossings until further notice. Likewise, several tree limbs and other debris are on the streets at this time, and drivers and pedestrians are encouraged to proceed with extreme caution. In Onslow, one man was taken to hospital with undisclosed injuries after a tree limb fell on him this morning.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND-UP *SATURDAY,JULY 5*
Saturday 5th July 2014

Due to the expected tropical storm, the Northern Nova United Soccer Club has moved their day-program indoors today from 9am to 4pm - Soccer Day will be held at the William M. Sobey Sports Complex in Stellarton. Tim Hortons will be on hand with free coffee, juice, and Timbits.  Schedule: 9am-10am – U4 co-ed 10am-11am – U6 Boys 11am-12pm – U6 Girls 12pm-1pm – U8 Girls 1pm-2pm – U8 Boys 2pm-3pm – U10/12 Boys 3pm-4pm – U10/12 Girls

Two local golfers are competing in the Nova Scotia Golf Association Women's Amateur Championships in Bridgetown, and after day 1 they sit in the top two spots on the leaderboard. Bernadette Little and Julia Henderson are part of the 18 player field. Henderson won the event in 2012. Little has the top score in the field after a 4 over par 78 at the Eden Golf and Country Club, while Henderson is two shots back.

There were two well played games in the Leo Fahey Ladies Twilight Softball League on Thursday. In the first game the Cardinals survived a furious 6 run rally by the Blue Jays in the bottom of the seventh to edge the Blue Jays 10-8. In the evening’s final encounter, Tracy Brine’s bases loaded single in the bottom of the seventh drove in the winning run as the Yankees notched their first win of the season be edging the Giants 6-5. Action continues Monday evening at the Albion Field with the Giants hosting the Yankees and the Cardinals hosting the Blue Jays.

The Parts For Trucks Pro Stock Tour is set to head to Speedway 660 in Geary, New Brunswick this weekend for the Irving Blending and Packaging 100. The race is scheduled for this evening at 7pm, and will include George Koszkulics, Dylan Blenkhorn, Donald Chisholm and the King Racing entry in the field.

One Pictou County athlete will be a part of Team Nova Scotia at the National Special Olympics in Vancouver next week. Timothy Ferris will be competing in swimming events. There will be strong representation of Pictou County amongst the coaching and support staff, as three people will be making their first trips to National games. Cristie Beck will be Head Coach for bowling, Debby Willet will be an Associate Coach for Track and Field, and Andrew Heighton will be the Medical Liaison for Team NS. Two familiar faces to the National games will be Ross MacIntosh, the Head Coach for Powerlifting for PEI and Cathy Mason will be a Mission Staff for the Softball Team. You can follow the results on the Special Olympics Nova Scotia webpage (www.sons.ca), or their facebook page (www.facebook.com/SpecialONS). There will also be a Team Nova Scotia email set up for people to send best wishes to the team - TeamNSVancouver2014@yahoo.ca .

The 14th annual Walter Macdonald Charity Golf Tournament for the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society at Glen Lovat Golf Course will take place on Sunday August 10th. A four hundred dollar registration per team includes golf cart, barbecue prime rib supper, entry to the Palliative Care fundraiser the night before at the Whitetail Pub in Westville, and the entry into the tournament. The tournament itself kicks off with a shotgun start at noon. The Friday night fundraiser at the Whitetail runs from 9pm to 1am and includes entertainment by All in Good Time, Mr Jim Dorrie, Derek and Jessie, and the Sunday Jam Band. There will also be a progressive 50/50, which will run from July 1 – August 10. Draw at 7 pm at the Glen Lovat Golf Course. This fundraiser could generate thousands of dollars for the Palliative Care Society. Contact Mike MacNaughton - 396-1483, or Marlee MacNaughton – 396-6394

Registration is underway for the 38th annual Run for the Lobsters. The race is tomorrow at 9am with race-kit pick-up starting at 7. This year's race will start at Advocate Printing at Brown's Point, rather than at the CN station as in the past. You can sign up online for the 10k, 5k, or Student 5k challenge at https://raceroster.com/events/2014/2794/38th-annual-run-for-the-lobster .

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is accepting applications for head coaching positions in all divisions. The association is expected to host Intermediate, Novice, Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget teams this coming hockey season. Please indicate on the application which level of hockey you are interested in coaching, whether it is A or AA. Application forms can be found on the Pictou County Minor Hockey Association website at www.pcmha.com. Deadline for submissions is July 11, 2014. Applications can be emailed to smusick@ngnews.ca or mailed to Sueann Musick, 352 East River Road, New Glasgow, B2H 5E2.

Following a year's absence, The Melmerby Triathlon returns Sunday, July 27 with only a few tweaks to the course to help ease congestion for both participants and motorists. It's sixty dollars to register, which can be done at atlanticchip.ca. This year also sees kids triathlon, which is free to sign up: it's open to those twelve and under on Saturday the 26th.

“Hockey Day in Pictou County" will return in 2014 after a one-year absence. There will be a new format this year, to accommodate the pros playing two games that evening with novice and atom aged players. And instead of a Pros and Joes game, the pros will put on a skills demo between the first and second game. There will be no charge to attend and watch these on-ice events, but donations will be accepted at the door. Colin White, Jon Sim, Derek Walser, Joey MacDonald and Dave McIntyre will be joined by other NHL/AHL pros to be announced over the next month. The popular silent auction will also return, plus an after-game comedy-auction event upstairs in the Wellness Centre for those 19 years of age and over. The cost for this event will be $25.00 per person with tickets available at the YMCA desk. Check out Facebook "Play the Pros" group for additional information.

Kinsmen Club of New Glasgow's Chicken BBQ is coming up at the Glasgow Square, New Glasgow Waterfront, FRIDAY, JULY 11th 11am-1pm. Business delivery Available! Order in advance by emailing chickenbbq@ngkinsmen.com or show up the day of the event. (Pre-orders are strongly recommended.) Funds raised will go towards the Kinsmen Minor Baseball Program.

One of the most prolific pair of brothers in NHL history will be in Pictou County next week. Peter and Frank Mahovlich have been confirmed as the guests for the 20th annual Scott Weeks Golf Tournament. The event includes an auction and dinner on July 10, followed by the golf tournament itself the following day.

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



POWER NOW RESTORED TO ABERDEEN HOSPITAL AND EAST SIDE NEW GLASGOW *UPDATED*
Saturday 5th July 2014
A power outage affected over one thousand customers in New Glasgow this morning. Power went out at 3 am in an area that included the Aberdeen Hospital & businesses on East River Road. Also affected were the areas of Granville, MacLean, Washington, Stewart Streets. Nova Scotia Power has not released the cause of the outage and power was restored by 8am.


PROVINCIAL PARKS IN N.S. CLOSING AHEAD OF PENDING TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR
Friday 4th July 2014
All provincial parks in Nova Scotia are closing due to the pending storm, including camping, beach parks, day-use parks and the Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park. The day-use parks will close at dusk tonight , Camping parks will close at 5 p.m. The wildlife park will be closed Saturday but will reopen Sunday at 9 a.m. as usual.


EMO ASKS RESIDENTS TO PREPARE AS HURRICANE ARTHUR APPROACHES
Friday 4th July 2014
The Emergency Management Office (EMO) is reminding Nova Scotians to take steps to help minimize risk of property and personal damage from a hurricane or tropical storm tomorrow. Strong winds, heavy rains and storm and power surges can cause significant damage and residents are asked to prepare in advance. People should have enough food and water for 72 hours, secure gates, doors, windows and anything that can be picked up by wind, check radio batteries, fill vehicles with gas and park them away from trees, keep pets inside and remove dead or diseased branches from trees.More storm tips can be found on the EMO website.


PAUL NAMED TO PROVINCIAL ADVISORY PANEL
Friday 4th July 2014
A nine-person panel will advise Health Minister Leo Glavine during the transition planning stage of the consolidation of the District Health Authorities. One of the nine panel members, announced today, is Chief Andrea Paul of the Pictou Landing First Nation, who is the lead Chief on Health of the Assembly of First Nations. The panel begins meeting this month and will act as a sounding board for Minister Glavine to help identify key issues and advise on key elements of the transition process. The Transition and Design Team is being led by Pat Lee, who had been CEO of the Pictou County Health Authority prior to being appointed. Its goal is to present government with recommendations for the design this fall of a single district leadership structure, which will take effect 1 April, 2015.


PANEL RELEASES DRAFT REPORT ON NOVA SCOTIA'S AQUACULTURE REGULATIONS
Friday 4th July 2014
The independent panel reviewing Nova Scotia's aquaculture regulations has released its draft report. The government-appointed panel was formed in April 2013, and held 40 public meetings in coastal communities last summer and held targeted meetings with more than 20 organizations, researchers and local experts. The panel also spoke with regulators in others jurisdictions and conducted its own research.  The panel's report is available at w-w-w dot aquaculture review dot c-a. The panel will next seek feedback on the report at 4 public meetings including one in Tatamagouche on July 22. The public can also provide online feedback.  The panel's final report will be submitted to Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell in September.


THREE NOVA SCOTIA WINES RECEIVE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
Friday 4th July 2014
Three Nova Scotia wines have been selected to receive the inaugural Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines. Though a blind tasting, an independent panel of experts chose the following wines, in no particular order, as the best among all Nova Scotia wines submitted for consideration: -- Blomidon Estate Winery: Cuvée L'Acadie, 2010 -- Avondale Sky Winery: Martock, 2012 -- Domaine de Grand Pré: Riesling, 2013 The awards will be presented at ceremony hosted by the lieutenant governor at Government House on July 23rd.


MLA SAYS LIBERAL RED TAPE PREVENTED SMALL BUSINESS START-UP
Friday 4th July 2014
Progressive Conservative MLA for Pictou East, Tim Houston, is concerned that the Liberal government’s attitude and red tape are choking small business start-ups. Houston cites the local business JiggyJava as an example. He says owner Jacinthe Bennett wanted to set up her 12-year-old business as a mobile canteen at Melmerby Beach this summer, and that she contacted the Department of Natural Resources at the end of January, but had no response until June 30th. Houston says (quote)“They literally left her hanging for months before ultimately slamming the door in her face without any warning or discussion” and adds that if the Liberal government continues to block entrepreneurs with red tape our economy will never grow.  


MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING OFFICERS DENIED BAIL
Friday 4th July 2014
A Westville man acccused of attacking police officers when they came to his property to investigate a case of alleged damage to property will remain in custody while he awaits trial. Thirty-nine year old Jason Earl Crowther had previously pleaded not guilty to a total of six charges, including two counts of assaulting a peace officer. Yesterday, court heard evidence related to the case, which resulted in Crowther being denied bail.


NEW GLASGOW POLICE ENTER COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT WITH TOWN
Friday 4th July 2014
The New Glasgow Regional Police and the town have signed a new five-year collective agreement that will be in effect until March, 2019. The deal includes annual salary increases between 2.25 and 2.5 percent. Mayor Barrie MacMillan and Police Chief Delaney Chisholm expressed pleasure with the terms of the deal, both financially and in the length. The contract received overwhelming support from the police union members and required no conciliation, no mediation or arbitration.


ARTHUR LIKELY TO HIT AS POST-TROPICAL STORM
Friday 4th July 2014
A storm headed towards the Maritimes is expected to lose its hurricane strength when it arrives in the region Saturday, but forecasters say Arthur will still pack a mean punch. The Canadian Hurricane Centre says it expects Arthur to be a strong, post-tropical storm with gusts reaching 90 kilometres per hour over exposed areas. The centre has issued a tropical storm watch for all of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and south and east New Brunswick. Meteorologist Bob Robichaud says Nova Scotia will experience the strongest winds while New Brunswick could see the most rainfall - up to 100 millimetres in some areas.


GAS, DIESEL BOTH DOWN AS URB SETS NEW PRICE
Friday 4th July 2014
Some very good news for drivers this morning, as the price of gas and diesel both went down overnight. A litre of regular unleaded self serve gasoline dropped by 2.5 cents as the Utility and Review Board set the new price effective 12:01 this morning, while diesel dropped by 3.6 cents per litre. Regular unleaded self serve is now one dollar, 38.5 cents per litre, while diesel is now one dollar, 33.2 cents. These prices will remain in effect until next Friday morning.


LOCAL SPORTS JULY 4
Friday 4th July 2014

Northern Nova United Soccer Club will be celebrating Soccer Day in Canada on Saturday, July 5th, from 9am to 4pm. The club, along with hundreds of other clubs across the country, will be participating in soccer matches that will unite players from coast to coast in their passion for the beautiful game. Due to the tropical storm that is expected to hit Nova Scotia on Saturday NNU has made the decision to move their program indoors to the William M. Sobey Sports Complex in Stellarton. Players will be able to stay dry, enjoy some free snacks, and most importantly play soccer! Tim Hortons will be on hand with free coffee, juice, and Timbits in support of the event. Schedule:
9am-10am – U4 co-ed
10am-11am – U6 Boys
11am-12pm – U6 Girls
12pm-1pm – U8 Girls
1pm-2pm – U8 Boys
2pm-3pm – U10/12 Boys
3pm-4pm – U10/12 Girls

Two local golfers are competing in the Nova Scotia Golf Association Women's Amateur Championships in Bridgetown, and after day 1 they sit in the top two spots on the leaderboard. Bernadette Little and Julia Henderson are part of the 18 player field. Henderson won the event in 2012. Little has the top score in the field after a 4 over par 78 at the Eden Golf and Country Club, while Henderson is two shots back. Round two goes today.

There were two well played games in the Leo Fahey Ladies Twilight Softball League at the Evansville Field in Stellarton last night. In the first game the Cardinals survived a furious 6 run rally by the Blue Jays in the bottom of the seventh to edge the Blue Jays 10-8. In the evening’s final encounter, Tracy Brine’s bases loaded single in the bottom of the seventh drove in the winning run as the Yankees notched their first win of the season be edging the Giants 6-5. Action continues Monday evening at the Albion Field with the Giants hosting the Yankees and the Cardinals hosting the Blue Jays.

The Parts For Trucks Pro Stock Tour is set to head to Speedway 660 in Geary, New Brunswick this weekend for the Irving Blending and Packaging 100. The race is scheduled for Saturday evening at 7pm, and will include George Koszkulics, Dylan Blenkhorn, Donald Chisholm and the King Racing entry in the field.

One Pictou County athlete will be a part of Team Nova Scotia at the National Special Olympics in Vancouver next week. Timothy Ferris will be competing in swimming events. There will be strong representation of Pictou County amongst the coaching and support staff, as three people will be making their first trips to National games. Cristie Beck will be Head Coach for bowling, Debby Willet will be an Associate Coach for Track and Field, and Andrew Heighton will be the Medical Liaison for Team NS. Two familiar faces to the National games will be Ross MacIntosh, the Head Coach for Powerlifting for PEI and Cathy Mason will be a Mission Staff for the Softball Team. You can follow the results on the Special Olympics Nova Scotia webpage (www.sons.ca), or their facebook page (www.facebook.com/SpecialONS). There will also be a Team Nova Scotia email set up for people to send best wishes to the team - TeamNSVancouver2014@yahoo.ca .

The 14th annual Walter Macdonald Charity Golf Tournament for the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society at Glen Lovat Golf Course will take place on Sunday August 10th. A four hundred dollar registration per team includes golf cart, barbecue prime rib supper, entry to the Palliative Care fundraiser the night before at the Whitetail Pub in Westville, and the entry into the tournament. The tournament itself kicks off with a shotgun start at noon. The Friday night fundraiser at the Whitetail runs from 9pm to 1am and includes entertainment by All in Good Time, Mr Jim Dorrie, Derek and Jessie, and the Sunday Jam Band. There will also be a progressive 50/50, which will run from July 1 – August 10. Draw at 7 pm at the Glen Lovat Golf Course. This fundraiser could generate thousands of dollars for the Palliative Care Society. Contact Mike MacNaughton - 396-1483, or Marlee MacNaughton – 396-6394

Registration is underway for the 38th annual Run for the Lobsters. The race is this coming Sunday, at 9am with race-kit pick-up from 7 to 8:45. This year's race will start at Advocate Printing at Brown's Point, rather than at the CN station as in the past. You can sign up online for the 10k, 5k, or Student 5k challenge at https://raceroster.com/events/2014/2794/38th-annual-run-for-the-lobster .

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is accepting applications for head coaching positions in all divisions. The association is expected to host Intermediate, Novice, Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget teams this coming hockey season. Please indicate on the application which level of hockey you are interested in coaching, whether it is A or AA. Application forms can be found on the Pictou County Minor Hockey Association website at www.pcmha.com. Deadline for submissions is July 11, 2014. Applications can be emailed to smusick@ngnews.ca or mailed to Sueann Musick, 352 East River Road, New Glasgow, B2H 5E2.

Following a year's absence, The Melmerby Triathlon returns Sunday, July 27 with only a few tweaks to the course to help ease congestion for both participants and motorists. It's sixty dollars to register, which can be done at atlanticchip.ca. This year also sees kids triathlon, which is free to sign up: it's open to those twelve and under on Saturday the 26th.

“Hockey Day in Pictou County" will return in 2014 after a one-year absence. There will be a new format this year, to accommodate the pros playing two games that evening with novice and atom aged players. And instead of a Pros and Joes game, the pros will put on a skills demo between the first and second game. There will be no charge to attend and watch these on-ice events, but donations will be accepted at the door. Colin White, Jon Sim, Derek Walser, Joey MacDonald and Dave McIntyre will be joined by other NHL/AHL pros to be announced over the next month. The popular silent auction will also return, plus an after-game comedy-auction event upstairs in the Wellness Centre for those 19 years of age and over. The cost for this event will be $25.00 per person with tickets available at the YMCA desk. Check out Facebook "Play the Pros" group for additional information.

Kinsmen Club of New Glasgow's Chicken BBQ is coming up at the Glasgow Square, New Glasgow Waterfront, FRIDAY, JULY 11th 11am-1pm. Business delivery Available! Order in advance by emailing chickenbbq@ngkinsmen.com or show up the day of the event. (Pre-orders are strongly recommended.) Funds raised will go towards the Kinsmen Minor Baseball Program.

One of the most prolific pair of brothers in NHL history will be in Pictou County next week. Peter and Frank Mahovlich have been confirmed as the guests for the 20th annual Scott Weeks Golf Tournament. The event includes an auction and dinner on July 10, followed by the golf tournament itself the following day.

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



WESTVILLE BODY IDENTIFIED
Thursday 3rd July 2014
Westville Police have released the name of the woman discovered earlier this week. The body of sixty year old Jessie Burke of Westville was found in a wooded area at the top of Diamond Street on Monday afternoon. The cause of death has not been released as the investigation continues, but police have ruled out foul play in Burke's death.


NDP SAYS INCOME ALLOWANCE FROZEN THIS YEAR
Thursday 3rd July 2014
The provincial NDP wants to know why the personal allowance for those on income assistance stayed flat this year. Acting Community Services critic Denise Peterson-Rafuse says that this is first time in many years that the allowance wasn't raised on July 1st; in fact, she says the rate has increased 22 percent from 2010 until this year. Peterson-Rafuse says the freeze places more pressure on families already struggling to get by.


QUESTIONS RAISED AROUND COUNCIL APPOINTMENT
Thursday 3rd July 2014
Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane is raising questions about a recent appointment to the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. Michelle Kelly was named to the Council during its 24 June meeting. Kelly had been the official agent for Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard during the 2013 provincial election, and donated one thousand dollars to Bernard's campaign. Questions arose last week when a Liberal staffer, Lisa Courtney-Mercer, was appointed to the same council, and was asked to resign on 26 June. MacFarlane wants Minister Bernard to explain these appointments, and to answer questions that have been raised about the application process.


ARTHUR NOW A HURRICANE
Thursday 3rd July 2014
The first named storm of the season in the Atlantic has been upgraded to a hurricane. What had been Tropical Storm Arthur is now Hurricane Arthur, as of roughly 6:00 this morning. Arthur is centred off the coast of South Carolina, headed north with winds currently exceeding 120 kilometres per hour. The Outer Banks of North Carolina is expected to take a direct hit tonight. Forecasters say parts of Atlantic Canada could feels the effects of Arthur this weekend, as the current track takes it along the south shore, and across mainland Nova Scotia throughout Saturday.


FIRE CHIEFS CONFERENCE COMING TO COUNTY
Thursday 3rd July 2014
Over 600 delegates, including Fire Chiefs, Deputy Chiefs, partners and fire equipment sales reps will descend upon Pictou County this weekend. The Pictou County Firefighters Association is hosting the 100th Anniversary conference of the Maritime Fire Chiefs Association at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, beginning on Sunday. The annual MFCA Memorial Service will be held at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 6:45pm, following the Fire Officers March and Antique Fire Truck Parade at 6pm. These trucks will be on display in the Wellness Centre parking lot and the Memorial Service is open to the general public.


FIRE GUTS BRIDGEVILLE HOME
Thursday 3rd July 2014
A family of five has been displaced after their Bridgeville home was gutted by a fire yesterday. A woman, her daughter and son-in-law, and her two grandchildren were able to escape the blaze uninjured when it started around 3:30 yesterday afternoon. The family will be staying with other relatives, while Canadian Red Cross have assisted with emergency purchases including clothing and food and personal-care items. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


LOCAL SPORTS JULY 3
Thursday 3rd July 2014

Pictou County Ultimate is offering a clinic for teens age 12-15 to learn how to play Ultimate Frisbee. This is a free program being offered through New Glasgow Recreation and Pictou County Ultimate, tonight, Thursday, July 3, at Parkdale field at 6:30.

Just one of three scheduled games took place in the AGR league yesterday, as St. Andrew's knocked off St. Joseph's 6-5. Games with Heatherton visiting Arisaig and Guysborough in Wycocomaugh were both cancelled. The Trenton Rangers next action is a home game scheduled for next Tuesday, July 8 at 7pm against Heatherton.

Joey MacDonald of Pictou has signed a one-year, two way contract with the Montreal Canadiens. The 34-year old will be coming into training camp battling for the number two spot on the depth chart behind Carey Price with Dustin Tokarski, who made a name for himself in the playoff series with New York after Price went down with an injury.

Two local golfers are competing in the Nova Scotia Golf Association Women's Amateur Championships beginning today in Bridgetown. Bernadette Little and Julia Henderson are part of the 18 player field. Henderson won the event in 2012.

Two of the three Subway Stingers fastpitch teams took home gold as they hosted the Brian Jarvis Memorial Tournament this past weekend. The U14 and U16 teams both won their championship games, while the U12 team came very close, taking the silver after falling just short to Cole Harbour.

Registration is underway for the 38th annual Run for the Lobsters. The race is this coming Sunday, at 9am with race-kit pick-up from 7 to 8:45. This year's race will start at Advocate Printing at Brown's Point, rather than at the CN station as in the past. You can sign up online for the 10k, 5k, or Student 5k challenge at https://raceroster.com/events/2014/2794/38th-annual-run-for-the-lobster .

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is accepting applications for head coaching positions in all divisions. The association is expected to host Intermediate, Novice, Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget teams this coming hockey season. Please indicate on the application which level of hockey you are interested in coaching, whether it is A or AA. Application forms can be found on the Pictou County Minor Hockey Association website at www.pcmha.com. Deadline for submissions is July 11, 2014. Applications can be emailed to smusick@ngnews.ca or mailed to Sueann Musick, 352 East River Road, New Glasgow, B2H 5E2.

Following a year's absence, The Melmerby Triathlon returns Sunday, July 27 with only a few tweaks to the course to help ease congestion for both participants and motorists. It's sixty dollars to register, which can be done at atlanticchip.ca. This year also sees kids triathlon, which is free to sign up: it's open to those twelve and under on Saturday the 26th.

One of the most prolific pair of brothers in NHL history will be in Pictou County next month. Peter and Frank Mahovlich have been confirmed as the guests for the 20th annual Scott Weeks Golf Tournament. The event includes an auction and dinner on July 10, followed by the golf tournament itself the following day.

“Hockey Day in Pictou County" will return in 2014 after a one-year absence. There will be a new format this year, to accommodate the pros playing two games that evening with novice and atom aged players. And instead of a Pros and Joes game, the pros will put on a skills demo between the first and second game. There will be no charge to attend and watch these on-ice events, but donations will be accepted at the door. Colin White, Jon Sim, Derek Walser, Joey MacDonald and Dave McIntyre will be joined by other NHL/AHL pros to be announced over the next month. The popular silent auction will also return, plus an after-game comedy-auction event upstairs in the Wellness Centre for those 19 years of age and over. The cost for this event will be $25.00 per person with tickets available at the YMCA desk. Check out Facebook "Play the Pros" group for additional information.

Kinsmen Club of New Glasgow's Chicken BBQ is coming up at the Glasgow Square, New Glasgow Waterfront, FRIDAY, JULY 11th 11am-1pm. Business delivery Available! Order in advance by emailing chickenbbq@ngkinsmen.com or show up the day of the event. (Pre-orders are strongly recommended.) Funds raised will go towards the Kinsmen Minor Baseball Program.

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WESTVILLE POLICE RULE OUT FOUL PLAY IN WOMAN'S DEATH
Wednesday 2nd July 2014
Foul play is not suspected in the death of a woman whose body was discovered in Westville Monday afternoon. Westville Police have ruled out foul play following the results of an autopsy conducted by the Medical Examiner's Office. The police are not releasing more details about the woman's identity or cause of death pending further investigation.


BIBLE HILL MAN FACES DRUG AND FIREARM CHARGES
Wednesday 2nd July 2014
A man has been arrested following a report of shots being fired in Bible Hill last week. On June 29th at approximately 7:15 p.m., Colchester District RCMP responded to a report of a male discharging a firearm on Albert Avenue. An immediate patrol was made to the location and RCMP located a vehicle that had been damaged by suspected gunfire. A rifle, ammunition and a large quantity of marijuana was seized from a residence on that street. On June 30th, 52-year old Kim Wade Spencer of Bible Hill was arrested without incident in Pictou County. Spencer is charged with numerous offences including Careless Use of a Firearm, Unsafe Storage of a Firearm and Possession of Marijuana for the purpose of Trafficking. He will appear in Truro Provincial Court today. The investigation continues.


STAN ROGERS FOLK FESTIVAL CANCELLED DUE TO POSSIBLE NASTY WEATHER
Wednesday 2nd July 2014
Weather concerns have meant the cancellation of this weekend's Stan Rogers Folk Festival. Management and staff decided to cancel the festival, citing a high likelihood of strong winds and heavy rain due to the effect of Tropical Storm Arthur, which is expected to strengthen to hurricane status tonight or tomorrow. The festival will be updating ticket holders on follow up decisions and information through the festival’s website (www.stanfest.com) and on the festival’s social network sites. They hope to have this information available early next week.


CANSO CAUSEWAY TO COME UNDER PROVINCIAL CONTROL
Wednesday 2nd July 2014
Repairs to the Canso Causeway's swing bridge are part of a new agreement with Transport Canada that transfers administration and control of the Causeway to the province. Ottawa will invest nine-million dollars toward repairing the causeway, including upgrades to the mechanical, electrical and structural components of the swing bridge. The repairs will extend the bridge's life by about 25 years. The federal government will continue to own and maintain the canal and navigational locks. The agreement replaces the original one signed in 1953.


TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR TO HIT MARITIMES OVER WEEKEND
Wednesday 2nd July 2014
The first Tropical Storm of the season is expected to bring heavy rains and wind to the Maritimes this weekend. Tropical Storm Arthur was upgraded from a tropical depression yesterday afternoon. As of Wednesday morning, it is heading northeast from an area off the coast of Florida. The current path and timeline suggests the winds and rain will arrive Saturday, and have passed by Sunday. New Brunswick and P.E.I. will likely see the storm, but Nova Scotia will be hit hardest. A tropical storm means winds of 60 to 117 kilometres per hour.


POLICE WAIT FOR AUTOPSY RESULTS BEFORE RELEASING DETAILS
Wednesday 2nd July 2014
No new details are expected to be released in the case of a body found in Westville on Monday afternoon until after an autopsy can be completed. Westville Police say they will not comment on whether foul play is suspected, the identity of the victim, or how long the body may have been in the wooded area where it was found. The woman's body was discovered near the intersection of Office and Diamond Streets by a person out for a walk.


LOCAL SPORTS JULY 2 *UPDATED*
Wednesday 2nd July 2014

The New Glasgow Kinsmen Dairy Queen Blizzards peewee baseball team took two out of three games on the weekend. The Blizzards defeated Springhill 23-13 in the first game; with Braydon Killen, Nick MacInnis and Luke Young sharing pitching duties. Top batters were Jordan Tran with a double and a single; Sam Hickey and Nolan Manning each had two singles; while Luke Young had a double. In the second game the Blizzards came back from a 9-1 deficit to defeat Halifax 21-11. Nolan Manning and Ray Lowe-Chisholm combined for the win on the mound. Jordan Tran cleared the bases with a towering home run to lead the offence. Lowe-Chisholm had three singles; Jayden Hatchard had two singles and a double; Luke Young had two singles and a triple; Sam Hickey had two singles and a double; Scott Long had a single and double; while Nick MacInnis added a double. The Blizzards lost the third game to Halifax 16-7. Tran again smashed a three run homer to lead the offence; with Lowe-Chisholm adding two singles; Nick Horne, Hatchard, Young, Long, and MacInnis all added singles.

Registration is underway for the 38th annual Run for the Lobsters. The race is this coming Sunday, at 9am with race-kit pick-up from 7 to 8:45. This year's race will start at Advocate Printing at Brown's Point, rather than at the CN station as in the past. You can sign up online for the 10k, 5k, or Student 5k challenge and that link, as well as our other local sports items, can be found in the sports roundup at eastcoastfm.ca https://raceroster.com/events/2014/2794/38th-annual-run-for-the-lobster .

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is accepting applications for head coaching positions in all divisions. The association is expected to host Intermediate, Novice, Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget teams this coming hockey season. Please indicate on the application which level of hockey you are interested in coaching, whether it is A or AA. Application forms can be found on the Pictou County Minor Hockey Association website at www.pcmha.com. Deadline for submissions is July 11, 2014. Applications can be emailed to smusick@ngnews.ca or mailed to Sueann Musick, 352 East River Road, New Glasgow, B2H 5E2.

Following a year's absence, The Melmerby Triathlon returns Sunday, July 27 with only a few tweaks to the course to help ease congestion for both participants and motorists. It's sixty dollars to register, which can be done at atlanticchip.ca. This year also sees kids triathlon, which is free to sign up: it's open to those twelve and under on Saturday the 26th.

One of the most prolific pair of brothers in NHL history will be in Pictou County next month. Peter and Frank Mahovlich have been confirmed as the guests for the 20th annual Scott Weeks Golf Tournament. The event includes an auction and dinner on July 10, followed by the golf tournament itself the following day.

“Hockey Day in Pictou County" will return in 2014 after a one-year absence. There will be a new format this year, to accommodate the pros playing two games that evening with novice and atom aged players. And instead of a Pros and Joes game, the pros will put on a skills demo between the first and second game. There will be no charge to attend and watch these on-ice events, but donations will be accepted at the door. Colin White, Jon Sim, Derek Walser, Joey MacDonald and Dave McIntyre will be joined by other NHL/AHL pros to be announced over the next month. The popular silent auction will also return, plus an after-game comedy-auction event upstairs in the Wellness Centre for those 19 years of age and over. The cost for this event will be $25.00 per person with tickets available at the YMCA desk. Check out Facebook "Play the Pros" group for additional information.

Kinsmen Club of New Glasgow's Chicken BBQ is coming up at the Glasgow Square, New Glasgow Waterfront, FRIDAY, JULY 11th 11am-1pm. Business delivery Available! Order in advance by emailing chickenbbq@ngkinsmen.com or show up the day of the event. (Pre-orders are strongly recommended.) Funds raised will go towards the Kinsmen Minor Baseball Program.

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



WESTVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATING A DEATH IN THE COMMUNITY
Tuesday 1st July 2014
Westville Police are investigating the death of a woman after a body was found in a wooded area Monday afternoon. The body was discovered near the intersection of Office and Diamond Streets around 3:20. Westville Police and the RCMP Major Crime Unit are investigating. Westville Police aren't releasing further details about the investigation until after the results of an autopsy.


LOCAL SPORTS - JULY 1
Tuesday 1st July 2014

Registration also underway for the 38th annual Run for the Lobsters. The race is this coming Sunday, at 9am with race-kit pick-up from 7 to 8:45. This year's race will start at Advocate Printing at Brown's Point, rather than at the CN station as in the past. You can sign up online for the 10k, 5k, or Student 5k challenge and that link, as well as our other local sports items, can be found in the sports roundup at eastcoastfm.ca https://raceroster.com/events/2014/2794/38th-annual-run-for-the-lobster .

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is accepting applications for head coaching positions in all divisions. The association is expected to host Intermediate, Novice, Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget teams this coming hockey season. Please indicate on the application which level of hockey you are interested in coaching, whether it is A or AA. Application forms can be found on the Pictou County Minor Hockey Association website at www.pcmha.com. Deadline for submissions is July 11, 2014. Applications can be emailed to smusick@ngnews.ca or mailed to Sueann Musick, 352 East River Road, New Glasgow, B2H 5E2.

One of the most prolific pair of brothers in NHL history will be in Pictou County next month. Peter and Frank Mahovlich have been confirmed as the guests for the 20th annual Scott Weeks Golf Tournament. The event includes an auction and dinner on July 10, followed by the golf tournament itself the following day.

“Hockey Day in Pictou County" will return in 2014 after a one-year absence. There will be a new format this year, to accommodate the pros playing two games that evening with novice and atom aged players. And instead of a Pros and Joes game, the pros will put on a skills demo between the first and second game. There will be no charge to attend and watch these on-ice events, but donations will be accepted at the door. Colin White, Jon Sim, Derek Walser, Joey MacDonald and Dave McIntyre will be joined by other NHL/AHL pros to be announced over the next month. The popular silent auction will also return, plus an after-game comedy-auction event upstairs in the Wellness Centre for those 19 years of age and over. The cost for this event will be $25.00 per person with tickets available at the YMCA desk. Check out Facebook "Play the Pros" group for additional information.

Kinsmen Club of New Glasgow's Chicken BBQ is coming up at the Glasgow Square, New Glasgow Waterfront,  FRIDAY, JULY 11th 11am-1pm.  Business delivery Available!  Order in advance by emailing chickenbbq@ngkinsmen.com or show up the day of the event. (Pre-orders are strongly recommended.)  Funds raised will go towards the Kinsmen Minor Baseball Program. 

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WESTVILLE MAN IN COURT AFTER ALTERCATION WITH POLICE
Tuesday 1st July 2014
Charged with assaulting two Police Officers as well as mischief causing over five thousand dollars in property damage, a Westville man appeared  in Provincial Court in Pictou.  Jason Earl Crowther pleaded not guilty to all six charges stemming from an incident on May 29th in Westville.  Crowther is charged with threats to cause bodily harm to Staff Sergent Robert Stewart and assault causing bodily harm to Police Chief Donald Hussher.  Other charges against the 39-year- old man include Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle,  uttering threats and assault with a weapon, alleged to be a crowbar.  No trial date has been set for Mr. Crowther, pending a bail hearing on Thursday afternoon.