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Showing news for the month of August , 2014

PAVING IN STELLARTON AFFECTS RCMP PARKING, FOR NOW
Wednesday 20th August 2014
The RCMP advises that public parking at the Stellarton detachment will be limited to the front of the building along North Foord Street, with no overflow parking available. This will be for the remainder of the week while the back parking lot is being re-paved. The public is also reminded that while RCMP counter service in Stellarton is available from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm weekdays, Police services are available 24 hours a day by calling 755-4141 in Stellarton, 485-4333 in Pictou or 911 in an emergency.


GREEN PARTY ENTERS NORTHERN PULP DEBATE
Wednesday 20th August 2014
The Nova Scotia Green Party and the federal Green Party have weighed in on the ongoing situation at the Northern Pulp mill at Abercrombie Point. Federal Leader Elizabeth May is calling on Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose to conduct an independent study on the rates of cancer and other diseases in Pictou County. Meanwhile, Nova Scotia Deputy Leader Brynn Nheiley is calling on the province to ensure the mill is in compliance with air and water quality standards. May and Nheiley both say that there does not have to be a choice between jobs and health, but the facility must follow immediate steps to become compliant or face significant penalties. A week long test of emissions from the mill is currently in progress, ahead of a planned shutdown next month when new scrubbers will be installed, and a new precipitator is due for installation in the spring.


CHARGES LAID IN CLAYTON PARK PELLET GUN INCIDENT
Wednesday 20th August 2014
Halifax Regional Police say a 35-year old mam is facing charges of possession of weapons dangerous to the public peace and mischief after Clayton Park was essentially locked down yesterday. Jason Kieth Gillespie was held in custody overnight before appearing in court this morning. Police received two reports of a man walking in the nieghbourhood of Clayton Park yesterday carrying long guns. Following a search that lasted roughly an hour, Gillespie turned himself in, carrying pellet guns that appeared similar to assault rifles, while wearing camouflage and what appeared to be a bullet proof vest. Constable Pierre Bourdages says that while the guns may not have been real, the danger to the community was because of the fear that was generated. Bourdages also says yesterday's incident is a good reminder for gun enthusiasts about the importance of taking necessary precautions while using real or imitation firearms.


SEARCH IN TRENTON LEADS TO EXCISE ACT, CRIMINAL CHARGES
Wednesday 20th August 2014
Charges are pending against an adult male after a search yesterday afternoon in Trenton. The Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit (PCISCEU), along with the assistance of the New Glasgow Police Service, executed a search warrant at a residence on Spruce Street, in Trenton. A 41-year-old male was arrested without incident. Police seized 25 bags of unstamped cigarettes and a long barreled firearm. The accused was released from custody and will appear in Pictou Provincial court at a later date to face charges of Possession of Unstamped Tobacco under the Excise Act and unsafe storage of a firearm under the Criminal Code. The investigation continues.


MAGIC VALLEY FUTURE MAY DEPEND ON NEW WATER LINE
Wednesday 20th August 2014
The future is murky for a local amusement and water park that relies on well water for its business. Bill MacNeil, owner of Magic Valley Fun Park, says he's hoping the Municipality of Pictou County will agree to extend its water line to his business in Greenhill. He says that would allow the park to use treated water instead of well water, which grows algae quickly. The park opened in 1971 and MacNeil says he'd like to make upgrades to attract more visitors but treating the well water is expensive. MacNeil says he's debated whether it's worth it to keep the park open. Councillor David Parker says the county is willing to discuss extending the water line if the park agrees to contribute to the project's cost.


FUNERAL DETAILS ANNOUNCED FOR GEORGE MEGENEY
Wednesday 20th August 2014
The funeral for Stellarton's Deputy Mayor will take place this Friday afternoon. George Megeney passed away suddenly Monday morning at the age of 72. Megeney was in his third term on Stellarton Town Council, having been first elected in 2004, then again in 2008 and 2012. The funeral service is scheduled for 2pm Friday in the H.W. Angus Funeral Home Chapel in New Glasgow.


BOMB THREAT AT TRURO MALL
Wednesday 20th August 2014
Police are investigating a bomb threat yesterday at the Truro Mall. Police and fire crews were called to the mall around 6:30 yesterday evening. Firefighters helped with the evacuation of the building while an explosives canine unit from Halifax attended to help with the search. Constable Andrew Frost says the half-hour search did not turn up any explosives. Frost says the threat was received from a call originating at a pay phone, and the responsible party has not yet been identified.


LOCAL SPORTS AUGUST 20 **UPDATED**
Wednesday 20th August 2014

The Trenton Rangers won their opening game in the 2014 AGR playoffs last night without having to throw a single pitch. The Rangers were awarded a forfeit victory over the Wycocomaugh Warriors, and will now travel to Pomquet tonight to face Heatherton. Other results from last night saw Arisaig beat St. Andrew's 8-1, and Guysborough over St. Joseph's by a score of 6-5. Guysborough and Arisaig will play tonight in Guysborough, while St. Andrew's and St. Joseph's will face off in Pomquet after the completion of the Trenton vs Heatherton game.

The Weeks Crushers added two key pieces to their line up on Tuesday. 19yr old forward Mike Lyle from North Sydney, NS who played 17 games with the Crushers as a 16yr old informed the Crushers that he would be rejoining the club after 3 seasons in the QMJHL with Bathurst and Cape Breton. Earlier in the day, 19yr old forward Cole Murphy from Halifax, NS also informed the Crushers that he will be reporting to camp after spending the last 3 seasons in the QMJHL with Cape Breton and Sherbrooke. The Crushers officially open camp on August 28th at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

The Northern Nova United Senior B Womens soccer team are hosting the Senior B Women's Provincial Championship tournament this coming weekend at the Sobey Soccer Complex in Stellarton. The games begins Saturday morning at 10am and continue throughout the weekend. The hosts are scheduled to play at noon and 4pm on Saturday, as well as 10am Sunday before the bronze and gold medal games Sunday afternoon.

The NRHS Boys Soccer Program will begin Training Camp for all male student athletes from Grades 9-12 on Monday August 25th from 6 pm  to 8 pm. This camp will continue on Tuesday Aug 26 from 6 to 8 pm and also on Thursday Aug 28 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and again on Friday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. For further information please email/contact Head Coach John Fortune fortunej@ccrsb.ca or Assistant Coach Andrew Francis francisa@ccrsb.ca

On Monday August 25th at 4 pm and Tuesday August 26th at 4 pm NRHS will conduct the annual rookie camp and orientation for female soccer players that will be entering Grade 9 or are new to the school soccer program for this year. The camp will run each day at the NRHS field in Alma. Please come prepared for a full workout on both days (proper soccer gear, water bottle, sunscreen etc.) NRHS Lady Nighthawks will open training camp for the full squad on Thursday August 28th at 8 am with registration, payment of try-out fees ($10) and a full training session, including fitness testing. All female soccer players that will be full time students at NRHS from Grades 9 through 12 are welcome to attend the training camp. The camp will continue on Friday August 28th from 8 am to 10 am and on Monday September 1st from 10 am to 12 noon. All sessions will be conducted at the NRHS field in Alma. Please come prepared for a full workout on each day (proper soccer gear, water bottle, sunscreen etc.) A schedule for the try-out sessions will be distributed at the camp and the sessions will continue into early September. Players will be able to try out for Varsity, Junior Varsity, and if numbers permit, a Grade 9 team.

The Pictou County Orioles will be defending their Midget A Provincial Title this weekend at the Albion Field in Stellarton. The Orioles were winners of the 2013 Midget A provincial title and are hosting the 2014 provincial championships. Also competing for the provincial title are Humber Park, North Kings, and Aylesford. Action starts this Friday, Aug 22 at 3pm with the Orioles opening the tournament against Humber Park.

Pictou County Gymnastics will be holding their fall program registration on August 25 from 6 to 8 pm at their new location, 558 South Frederick Street , which is the old YMCA in New Glasgow. For more information call 695-3699, or check out their Facebook page. www.facebook.com/pictoucountygymnasticsclub

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

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting an open house at the Wellness Centre tonight at 7 p.m. for all Pictou County female Atom-aged players (born in 2004 and 2005). This session will include one hour of FREE ice time, and an information session for parents about female hockey and the upcoming hockey season. Pre-registration is required. Contact tlmacdonald70@hotmail.com to register. Players must wear full gear.

The Stellarton Nova League is looking to add two more teams for the upcoming season. Teams must have players 19 years of age and over. If you have a team that may be interested, contact Millan at 755-2696 or Vernon at 752-2491. The League plays out of the Thorburn and Stellarton Rinks and offers players two games per week. You can also get in touch with Millan or Vernon if you're an individual who's looking to join a team.

The Butter Trail Run is a volunteer-run community event to be held August 31 in Tatamagouche- Register 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. To register call 759-9277, 396-3595 or e-mail vince@boballens.com (Registration closes Sept 10)

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

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



PETER MACKAY SAYS MORE LENIENT MARIJUANA LAWS STILL ON TABLE
Tuesday 19th August 2014
Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay has told media in Vancouver that the government is still considering whether to allow police to ticket people caught with small amounts of marijuana instead of pursuing charges. Speaking ahead of a meeting with law-enforcement experts, MacKay says that if the government were to introduce looser pot laws, that would have to happen within the next six months because of the large number of bills before Parliament. Canada's police chiefs have long called for such a move, and MacKay has already said the government was taking that into consideration. But he stressed that the government remains opposed to decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana. Currently, anyone convicted of possessing small amounts of pot can be jailed for up to five years, and first-time offenders can face fines of up to $1,000 or as much as six months in jail.


RETROSPECTIVE FOR ALEX COLVILLE OPENS SATURDAY AT ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO
Tuesday 19th August 2014
Master painter Alex Colville is being remembered for his vast body of work that immortalized the seemingly mundane moments of everyday life. This Saturday, the Art Gallery of Ontario will open the most comprehensive retrospective ever done on the Maritime artist. Colville died in July 2013 at age 92, but the head of AGO's Canadian Art department says the exhibition is not a memorial, but rather seeks to show the continuing relevance of Colville. The exhibition of the painter's work is paired with contemporary popular culture including film clips and excerpts from modern writers. The Alex Colville exhibition runs until January 4th, 2015.


NSP FILES REPORT BLAMES WEATHER FORECASTS FOR UNDER-ESTIMATING HURRICANE ARTHUR
Tuesday 19th August 2014
Nova Scotia Power has filed a report to the province's Utility and Review Board today outlining its response to post-tropical storm Arthur. In the 172-page report, the utility acknowledges the considerable impact to tens of thousands of customers who waited days for their power to be restored after the storm hit. But Nova Scotia Power says it successfully restored service on a timeline consistent with other utilities in North America. The company says while its damage prediction model for emergency restoration didn't fail, the company says the weather forecast used for planning their response significantly underestimated the storm's impact. It also says its communications systems were swamped due to more calls from customers than ever before and capacity was reduced after technical problems occurred with its telecommunications supplier.


WOMAN GETS SIX MONTHS FOR HIGH SPEED CHASE
Tuesday 19th August 2014
A Pictou County woman was sentenced this morning to 6 months in jail for impaired driving and fleeing police. Twenty-two year old Emily Ann Rae was pursued by Westville police in the early morning of 18 May of last year after an encounter in the McDonalds drive thru on East River Road. Court heard that Rae went through at least one red light on the way to Highway 104, where police called off the pursuit after reaching speeds in excess of 170 kilometres an hour. Rae was later found by police at the Aberdeen Hospital. In imposing sentence, Judge Del Atwood noted that the excessive speeds, coupled with the fact that Rae turned off her headlights during the pursuit, posed a serious danger to the public. Along with the six month sentence, Rae will serve 12 months probation and is prohibited from driving for 3 years.


2 YEAR SENTENCE FOR ASSAULT, PROPERTY DAMAGE
Tuesday 19th August 2014
A Westville man will spend the next two years behind bars for assaulting a police officer. Thirty-nine year old Jason Earl Crowther was scheduled to go to trial this morning on six charges stemming from an incident in July, but changed his plea to guilty on four of the charges, including assaulting a police officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, uttering threats, and property damage. Two other charges were withdrawn. Judge Del Atwood agreed to the joint recommendation of crown and defence, and sentenced Crowther to a total of 2 years plus a day, along with a one year driving prohibition, a 10 year weapons prohibition, an order to pay $1,440 in restitution, and $800 in victim surcharges.


POLICE IN HALIFAX SEARCH FOR ARMED MAN IN CLAYTON PARK AREA *** UPDATED *** ARREST MADE
Tuesday 19th August 2014
Halifax Regional Police have a man in custody after searching a Clayton Park neighbourhood following receiving reports of a man with a weapon walking around. HRP Const. Pierre Bourdages says police received two separate reports of a man, who was wearing camouflage and carrying a long gun near Westridge Drive. Police confirm that when the man was arrested, he had pellet guns that looked very much like assault rifles. Reports also indicate that he appeared to be wearing a bullet proof vest over his camouflage. Trails through the park will remain closed for a period of time while police continue to search the area.


EMISSIONS TESTS SHOULD TAKE A WEEK
Tuesday 19th August 2014
A spokesman for Northern Pulp says the much-anticipated emissions tests at the mill at Abercrombie Point should take roughly a week to complete. David MacKenzie says Stantec has been contracted to complete the tests at the mill’s recovery boiler, power boiler, dissolving tank and lyme kiln, and samples will be submitted to a lab for analysis. The previous round of tests, completed nine months ago, showed levels of particulate matter released into the air that were 78 percent above legal limits. The mill says improvements of approximately 25 percent have been made since then, with more reductions expected after next month's planned shutdown, and again in the spring with the installation of the new precipitator. The mill has been at the centre of an ongoing movement recently calling for it to be shut down until the emissions can be controlled, although the province says there is no imminent danger.


BALLANTYNE FUELS CONTRIBUTES TO NEW GLASGOW COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM
Tuesday 19th August 2014
Ballantyne Fuels has made a contribution to the New Glasgow Communities in Bloom program, which resulted in the planting of two pink flowering crab-apple trees. The trees were placed at the entrance of the Pioneer Cemetery off the Pioneer Trail and situated along the south banks of the East River. The Pioneer Cemetery is one of New Glasgow’s registered municipal heritage sites and is owned and managed by the Riverside Cemetery Company Board of Trustees. The flowering crab-apple tree is the officially designated signature tree of New Glasgow which adds to the significance of the donation. Several passengers from the Ship Hector are laid to rest in this historical cemetery as well as many of the region’s pioneers such as Deacon Thomas Fraser and his wife Margaret, the first settlers of New Glasgow; Rev. James MacGregor, the first permanent minister to Pictou County; Colin Mackay, a Ship Hector passenger; two James Carmichaels and their wives of the famous founding Carmichael family of New Glasgow, and many others.


STATUS UPDATE ON JOB CREATION COMMITTEE GIVES LITTLE DETAIL
Tuesday 19th August 2014
At last night’s meeting of Pictou County’s Financial Services Committee, questions were asked about what council can do to improve the economy. In particular, Councillor Robert Parker asked what progress has been made with the committee that was formed by Michelin several months ago to help stimulate job creation in the county. Warden Ron Baillie told the committee that he has met with the chair of the committee Sean Murray, and there are things in the works, but that it’s still too early to provide details. Baillie said that Murray is willing to meet and talk with council. Parker says he’s disappointed that more than six months in, there has been little information released to the public, noting that he’s still not sure who is on the committee itself.


NEW GLASGOW COUNCIL MAKES DECISIONS ON PAVING, RESERVE FUNDS
Tuesday 19th August 2014
At last night’s meeting of the committee of the Whole, among other items, New Glasgow council took care of some financial issues. The tender for paving for the current fiscal year was awarded to SW Weeks, who submitted the low bid of just over $442,000. The committee also voted to take the surplus from the previous fiscal year – about $210,000 – and move it into the general operating reserve.


COUNTY COUNCIL DEBATES WIND TURBINE BY-LAW CHANGES
Tuesday 19th August 2014
There was much debate at last night’s meeting of the Pictou County Financial Services Committee. A proposed change to the wind turbine by-law would increase the setback on new turbine construction from 600 meters to 1000 meters, but with a clause that would enable developers to build with a setback of less than 1000 meters - provided they receive unanimous approval from affected property owners. Councillor Robert Parker proposed removing the clause, saying that buy-outs from developers could pit neighbour against neighbour. Deputy Warden Andy Thompson was among several councillors who were in favour of keeping the proposal as is, noting that residents who may not favor closer turbines would still have veto power. In the end, the committee rejected Parker’s amendment. The proposed by-law change will go to first reading at the next meeting of the committee, with a public hearing to be scheduled in September.


PICTOU PASSES BUDGET WITH CHANGES TOWARD USER-PAY
Tuesday 19th August 2014
Pictou Town Council held a special meeting last night as they unveiled a budget for 2015  that would see a user-pay system applied to residential taxes to help make up for a 72-thousand dollar shortfall from 2014. CAO Scott Conrod explained the unexpected deficit was due to 3 events: Last season,  the cost of snow removal  ballooned to  323-thousand dollars when 95-thousand had been budgeted. RCMP overtime costs were beyond what  was expected and a one-time tax sale that saw the town dispose of some properties also took a loss.  Looking to the future, Council has budgeted 285-thousand dollars for snow removal for the coming winter, and have also had contract discussions with the RCMP. Hardest hit will be the homeowners with houses assessed under 100-thousand dollars, which CAO Scott Conrod says makes up 50 percent of the town.  Conrod says residents will see a maximum increase of 150 dollars annually on their tax bill.  He added that, in Pictou, eighty-five percent of taxes collected by the town come from residential rate payers, whereas other towns in the province have a  more a balanced commercial/residential tax base. There will also be a new Hydrant Rental Area Rate applied to all current taxpayers, including those previously exempt, including churches, schools, and community buildings.


LOCAL SPORTS AUGUST 19
Tuesday 19th August 2014

The MacGregor kinsmen Midget AAA baseball team are returning home from nationals with a ninth place finish. The MacGregor Kinsmen Midgets lost their last roundrobin game 3-1 to PEI in extra innings. this result meant the Macgregor kinsmen would meet New Brunswick in the placement round. after getting off to a slow start trailing 3-0 the Macgregor Kinsmen Midgets battled back in the fifth scoring 4 runs. The MacGregor Kinsmen held on to win by a score of 4-3. The MacGregor Kinsmen would like to thank their sponsors and supporters who made this trip possible. They now prepare for provincials to be held this weekend hosted by Woodlawn.

The Pictou County Orioles will be defending their Midget A Provincial Title this weekend at the Albion Field in Stellarton. The Orioles were winners of the 2013 Midget A provincial title and are hosting the 2014 provincial championships. Also competing for the provincial title are Humber Park, North Kings, and Aylesford. Action starts this Friday, Aug 22 at 3pm with the Orioles opening the tournament against Humber Park.

The playoffs for the AGR League get going tonight with three games, including one in Trenton. The Rangers will be hosting Wycocomaugh at 7pm, while Guysborough faces St. Joseph's and Arisaig takes on St. Andrew's. If the Rangers win on Tuesday, they will then travel to Heatherton on Wednesday night. The rest of the schedule for the playoffs will be announced once the Tuesday and Wednesday games are completed.

Donald Chisholm used the hometrack advantage as he took his first career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series checkered flag in Saturday’s Wilson Equipment 300 at Riverside International Speedway. The victory for Chisholm, from Antigonish, came in his 16th career start. A part-time competitor since 2007, he became the 15th different winner in Canadian Tire Series history.

Three Pictou County boys were part of the Atlantic Hockey Team at the Maine Hockey Summer Jamboree in Portland, Maine recently. Moe MacKay, Broden DeCoff and Ryan Royals, were on the squad that won 4 out of 5 games to capture the gold medal.

Pictou County Gymnastics will be holding their fall program registration on August 25 from 6 to 8 pm at their new location, 558 South Frederick Street , which is the old YMCA in New Glasgow. For more information call 695-3699, or check out their Facebook page. www.facebook.com/pictoucountygymnasticsclub

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

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting an open house at the Wellness Centre on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. for all Pictou County female Atom-aged players (born in 2004 and 2005). This session will include one hour of FREE ice time, and an information session for parents about female hockey and the upcoming hockey season. Pre-registration is required. Contact tlmacdonald70@hotmail.com to register. Players must wear full gear.

The Stellarton Nova League is looking to add two more teams for the upcoming season. Teams must have players 19 years of age and over. If you have a team that may be interested, contact Millan at 755-2696 or Vernon at 752-2491. The League plays out of the Thorburn and Stellarton Rinks and offers players two games per week. You can also get in touch with Millan or Vernon if you're an individual who's looking to join a team.

The Butter Trail Run is a volunteer-run community event to be held August 31 in Tatamagouche- Register 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. To register call 759-9277, 396-3595 or e-mail vince@boballens.com (Registration closes Sept 10)

0800 The Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex will be starting an indoor paintball league starting October 12 which will consist of three person teams. Anyone interested in joining can contact Gary at the Sobeys Indoor Complex for details or email sobeyssoccer@gmail.com

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



MAN ENTERS TWO MORE NOT GUILTY PLEAS FOR BREACHING PROBATION AND MISCHIEF UNDER $5000
Monday 18th August 2014
A 26-year-old Pictou County man accused of stealing a truck that later crashed into a hotel has pleaded not guilty to two new offences. Dale Kass McInnis previously pleaded not guilty to vehicle theft from a Stellarton business on December 23, 2013. Police identified the truck after it smashed into a motel room in Darmouth, causing extensive damage to the room, the truck and three other vehicles. McInnis was charged on May 17th for breaching a probation order to abstain from alcohol as well as mischief under $5000. MacInnis had a half-day trial set for December 2nd in Pictou. His co-accused, 20-year-old Brett Edward Hennessey of New Glasgow also faces additional charges for theft and breaching probation stemming from a separate incident in January in Westville.


TRIAL FOR MAN ACCUSED OF LETTING HIS COWS RUN LOOSE SEES ANOTHER DELAY
Monday 18th August 2014
Some frustrated residents from the Caribou-area saw their day in court delayed again today. Accused of allowing his cows to run loose between June 21st and the 24th of July, 2013 - Seventy-four-old Duncan MacGregor Murray had previously entered not guilty pleas to two charges under the Pictou County Animals at Large bylaw. Murray did not appear in court due to health issues, and the half-day trial was adjourned for a third time, and is now scheduled for October 29th in Pictou Provincial Court.


$30 MILLION NEW INVESTMENT INTO MULGRAVE FACILITY THAT PRODUCES NUTRITIONAL FISH-OIL
Monday 18th August 2014
At least $30 million in new capital will be invested to increase capacity of a Mulgrave facility that produces nutritional products. Nova Scotia Business Inc. has signed two agreements with Dutch-based multi-national company DSM Nutritional Products. A payroll rebate agreement will encourage DSM to create up to 50 new jobs in the province over five years, and the second agreement will encourage a capital investment of at least $30-million at the facility. The company must maintain at least 200 jobs over the five years to be eligible, and could then earn over $6 million-dollar in rebates. The two agreements represent over $86 million in salaries for Nova Scotia's economy. The Mulgrave facility has been in operation for 15 years, producing more than 175 billion servings of Omega 3 healthy fish oil.


STELLARTON DEPUTY MAYOR PASSES AWAY UNEXPECTEDLY
Monday 18th August 2014
The Town of Stellarton has lost one of its leaders unexpectedly this morning, when Deputy Mayor George Megeney died. A notice on the Town of Stellarton website indicates that, out of respect for Megeney, tonight's council meeting has been cancelled. Megeney is being described by his fellow councilors as a person who always put the best interest of the town's residents first.


FUNDRAISER UNDERWAY FOR PICTOU COUNTY MAN IN WINNIPEG HOSPITAL
Monday 18th August 2014
A Riverton man who was injured while conducting research in Nunavut is in a Winnipeg hospital while he recovers from being hit by a refrigerator-sized boulder. Thirty-one year old Travis White was studying the nesting sites of a species of bird in a remote part of Digges Island in preparation for his PhD studies set to begin this fall. White and the rest of the team were roughly halfway through the research project when the accident happened, causing serious injuries to his back. A fundraising effort is underway, through indiegogo, to assist with the costs associated with the event, travel and lodging, and his stay in the Winnipeg hospital. The campaign will close 4 September, and has raised over 14-thousand dollars to this point.


EMISSIONS TESTS SET FOR TODAY AT NORTHERN PULP
Monday 18th August 2014
A test is scheduled to take place today at Northern Pulp at Abercrombie Point to determine the level of particulate matter being emitted. The last test was done roughly 9 months ago, and the results showed the mill was 78 percent above the acceptable level according to government regulations. Today's test comes just one day after another protest was held along East River Road. The protesters want the mill closed until the emissions reach provincial standards, while the mill says emissions have improved, and will continue to do so with work planned for next month and the spring. The results of the emissions test generally take 60 days to complete, however provincial representatives say they hope to have the results even sooner.


THORBURN ACCIDENT SENDS ATV RIDERS TO HOSPITAL
Monday 18th August 2014
Two men were taken to hospital with serious injuries Sunday after their all-terrain vehicle collided with a pickup truck in Thorburn. A four-year-old child who was in the truck sustained minor injuries. Police say neither man was wearing a helmet when their ATV sped into an intersection and failed to negotiate a turn. One of the men was airlifted to hospital in Halifax. Police say two adults who were also in the truck were not hurt.


PROTESTERS RAISE VOICES AGAINST EMISSIONS
Monday 18th August 2014
The sidewalk on East River Road was crowded yesterday as another protest against the emissions coming from the Northern Pulp Mill took place. This event was organized by the Clean Up the Pictou County Pulp Mill group, which is a different entity from the Clean Pictou Air Group of Businesses. The protesters want to see the facility at Abercrombie Point to be brought back within provincial thresholds for particulate matter, or forced to stay closed until that can happen. Northern Pulp says that there are plans in the work for some improvements to be made during a planned shutdown next month as new scrubber sprays get installed. The major improvement will take place next May when the mill is able to complete installation of a new precipitator.


TRURO TEEN SWIMS STRAIT
Monday 18th August 2014
It was a record-setting weekend for 14-year old Cali Bruce of Trruo. Yesterday, Bruce became the youngest person to complete the 14 kilometre swim across the Northumberland Strait when she competed in the Big Swim. The annual event raised 300-thousand dollars for Brigadoon Village, a camp for young people and families living with chronic illness or special needs. Bruce raised 11-thousand dollars in honour of her 15-year old cousin who died from brain cancer. She finished her swim in just over six hours as she battled the currents that swept her under the Confederation Bridge.


LOCAL SPORTS AUGUST 18
Monday 18th August 2014

Congratulations to the Northern Nova United Senior B Womens soccer team for winning the Highland Division soccer league title yesterday in Stellarton. They defeated the Truro CC Riders 3-0 to win the championship, which completes an undefeated season for the team in league play this summer. The team is hosting the Senior B Women's Provincial Championship tournament this coming weekend at the Sobey Soccer Complex in Stellarton.

The Highland Derby Dolls Kicken Vixens improved their record to 3 and 1 in their debut match at home. The Vixens defeated the Tar City Rollers from Cape Breton 281-223 in the Trenton rink Saturday afternoon. It was a bit of revenge on the part of the Vixens, as the Rollers handed them their only defeat so far this year. The team heads back on the road for their final 2 bouts: the Vixens will be In Charlottetown September 13, and Fredericton NB on September 20.

The playoffs for the AGR League get going tomorrow with three games, including one in Trenton. The Rangers will be hosting Wycocomaugh at 7pm, while Guysborough faces St. Joseph's and Arisaig takes on St. Andrew's. If the Rangers win on Tuesday, they will then travel to Heatherton on Wednesday night. The rest of the schedule for the playoffs will be announced once the Tuesday and Wednesday games are completed.

Blayre Turnbull of Stellarton has been named to the Hockey Canada Development Team for a three-game series against the United States later this week. Turnbull is the lone Nova Scotian on the 22-player roster. The games will take place in Calgary on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. The roster is made up entirely of players in the Under-22 age division, and this is a stepping stone toward possibly being named to the senior team in future years. Another Nova Scotian, goaltender Carly Jackson of Amherst, has been named to the Under-18 National Team for a three-game series against the US which will take place at the same time in Calgary.

Nighthawk Volley Ball has two upcoming camps, both to be held at GR Saunders school. From August 18-21 is for experienced Junior High players, while the camp from August 25 until the 28th is for beginners. Cost is 60 dollars – contact Keith Melanson at 752 0498.

The Major Bantam try outs will begin this week with 2 on ice sessions, a 3 game exhibition series, and then 2 more ice sessions. Players wishing to try out must pre register by sending a form to greenj8@staff.ednet.ns.ca TODAY so plans can be made for intersquad games. Cost of the try out sessions is $80. It is absolutely essential for any players coming fr0m the PeeWee division last year that you must attend a checking clinic which will take place on Wed at 1:45 pm for a one hour classroom session and then a 2 hour on ice session from 3 -5 pm--IF YOU DO NOT ATTEND ALL OF THE CLINIC YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ATTEND THE TRY OUT! Any player who attended a spring camp is welcome to attend--for information contact Jeff Green 301-5793

Pictou County Gymnastics will be holding their fall program registration on August 25 from 6 to 8 pm at their new location, 558 South Frederick Street , which is the old YMCA in New Glasgow. For more information call 695-3699, or check out their Facebook page. www.facebook.com/pictoucountygymnasticsclub

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

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting an open house at the Wellness Centre on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. for all Pictou County female Atom-aged players (born in 2004 and 2005). This session will include one hour of FREE ice time, and an information session for parents about female hockey and the upcoming hockey season. Pre-registration is required. Contact tlmacdonald70@hotmail.com to register. Players must wear full gear.

The Stellarton Nova League is looking to add two more teams for the upcoming season. Teams must have players 19 years of age and over. If you have a team that may be interested, contact Millan at 755-2696 or Vernon at 752-2491. The League plays out of the Thorburn and Stellarton Rinks and offers players two games per week. You can also get in touch with Millan or Vernon if you're an individual who's looking to join a team.

The Butter Trail Run is a volunteer-run community event to be held August 31 in Tatamagouche- Register 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. To register call 759-9277, 396-3595 or e-mail vince@boballens.com (Registration closes Sept 10)

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

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



$7300 GOVERNMENT MONEY FOR 18TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL AT SHERBROOKE VILLAGE
Saturday 16th August 2014
The Historic Sherbrooke Village Development Society is receiving government help to present the 18th edition of the Sherbrooke Village Old Fashioned Christmas. $7,300 in funding under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program will be spent on the two-weekend festival. It features performances by local musicians, demonstrations by local artisans, craft workshops, family and children's activities, and a historical tour of the village. The Honourable Peter MacKay made this announcement today on behalf of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.


UPCOMING PUBLIC MEETINGS RE: AQUACULTURE SITES IN PICTOU COUNTY
Saturday 16th August 2014
Two public meetings in the coming week will gather public input on proposed and existing aquaculture sites in Pictou County. Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture spokesperson Krista Higdon says information has been gathered by federal and provincial partners, and that now the government is required to invite and consider resident feedback before any final decisions are made. A meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at the Caribou Fire Hall regarding two proposed sites in Caribou Harbour, and a second meeting will take place at the Little Harbour Community Centre on Thursday involving amending to two existing areas and applications for six new areas. The applications involve mainly oysters. Both of the meetings get underway at 7pm.


INJURED WOMAN RESCUED FROM ISLAND IN MERIGOMISH HARBOUR
Saturday 16th August 2014
An injured woman needed to be removed by emergency services from an from an island in Merigomish Harbour. Members of the New Glasgow Fire Department's water rescue team as well as local paramedics were called to Indian Island yesterday afternoon to rescue the woman. They used Quarry Island as their launch site, and transported EHS to the scene. The woman was brought back to shore, and taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No word on the nature of the woman's injuries, or how she received them.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND-UP *SATURDAY, AUGUST 16*
Saturday 16th August 2014
p> On day 2 of the national midget championships the MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA  split two games. In the morning matchup the macGregor Kinsmen were walloped 12-2 by the powerful B C squad.   The afternoon matchup saw the MacGregor Kinsmen best team Newfoundland 9-2. Rivaldo Yanes lead the way at the plate going 1/2 with a walk and driving in 2 rbis. Logan Dowe picked up the win on the mound.  Kinsmen face team PEI today ( Saturday) at 2 pm eastern time.

Thursday night in the Leo Fahey’s Twilight Softball League , the Cardinals and Blue Jays posted identical 9-4 wins over the Giants and Yankees to draw first blood in the opening round of the Annual Charlie Hafey Memorial Tournament. Round 2 will be played next week with the Blue Jays hosting the Cardinals and the Yankees hosting the Giants. The winner will be declared after completion of the third round August 25th.

The Kickin Vixens will be holding their first ever home bout this weekend. After much success on the road, the local roller derby team will be hosting the Tar City Rollers at the Trenton rink today at 1:30pm, ECFM's John Leblanc will be hosting.

Nighthawk Volley Ball has two upcoming camps, both to be held at GR Saunders school. From August 18-21 is for experienced Junior High players, while the camp from August 25 until the 28th is for beginners. Cost is 60 dollars – contact Keith Melanson at 752 0498.

At Riverside Speedway in James River: It is a double header weekend & the Nascar Canadian Tire Series Wilson Equipment 300 will take place today.

The Major Bantam try outs will begin next week with 2 on ice sessions, a 3 game exhibition series, and then 2 more ice sessions. Players wishing to try out must pre register by sending a form to greenj8@staff.ednet.ns.ca no later than Monday Aug 18th so plans can be made for intersquad games. Cost of the try out sessions is $80. It is absolutely essential for any players coming fr0m the PeeWee division last year that you must attend a checking clinic which will take place on Wed at 1:45 pm for a one hour classroom session and then a 2 hour on ice session from 3 -5 pm--IF YOU DO NOT ATTEND ALL OF THE CLINIC YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ATTEND THE TRY OUT! Any player who attended a spring camp is welcome to attend--for information contact Jeff Green 301-5793

Pictou County Gymnastics will be holding their fall program registration on August 25 from 6 to 8 pm at their new location, 558 South Frederick Street , which is the old YMCA in New Glasgow. For more information call 695-3699, or check out their Facebook page. www.facebook.com/pictoucountygymnasticsclub

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

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting an open house at the Wellness Centre on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. for all Pictou County female Atom-aged players (born in 2004 and 2005). This session will include one hour of FREE ice time, and an information session for parents about female hockey and the upcoming hockey season. Pre-registration is required. Contact tlmacdonald70@hotmail.com to register. Players must wear full gear.

The Stellarton Nova League is looking to add two more teams for the upcoming season. Teams must have players 19 years of age and over. If you have a team that may be interested, contact Millan at 755-2696 or Vernon at 752-2491. The League plays out of the Thorburn and Stellarton Rinks and offers players two games per week. You can also get in touch with Millan or Vernon if you're an individual who's looking to join a team.

Tryouts for the Pictou Academy Senior Girls soccer team will begin Sunday August 17 at 6:00 pm in the Pictou Academy Gym. All girls from grades 7-12 who may be interested in playing high school soccer this fall are encouraged to attend. For more information please contact Philip Ruiz at cabotruiz@gmail.com or Tara Fanning at fanningt@ccrsb.ca

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

0700 You can register now for the 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament for the Pictou County S.P.C.A. At the Glen Lovat Golf Course on Sunday, September 21. It's a 4 Player Team format and costs $360.00 per team or $90.00 per person. To register call 759-9277, 396-3595 or e-mail vince@boballens.com (Registration closes Sept 10)

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

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TRURO TEENAGER WILL ATTEMPT TO SET RECORD WITH CHARITY SWIM ACROSS NORTHUMBERLAND STRAIT
Friday 15th August 2014
A 14-year-old girl from Truro will be among 50 swimmers taking on the Northumberland Strait for charity this Sunday. Cali Bruce will tackle "The Big Swim" across a 14-kilometre stretch between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.  Each swimmer must raise at least $1,000, the cost of sending a child to Brigadoon Village which is a camp for children living with chronic illnesses and other special needs.  Bruce said she's doing it for her cousin Kevin Laffin, who died of brain cancer at the age of 15. To date, the girl has raised more than $5,000 and if she succeeds, Cali will have be the youngest to make the swim in about 50 years. At the moment, Ralph Brooks of New Brunswick is the youngest person to swim the strait. He did so in 1964, at the age of 14.


HOUSTON SAYS TIMELINE FOR WINDOW INSTALLATION NOT GOOD ENOUGH
Friday 15th August 2014
Earlier this week, Pictou East MLA Tim Houston asked for information about the situation at Dr. WA MacLeod School. The school year is set to begin, and some of the classrooms are without windows, as influx of students from Highland Consolidated two years ago created the need for room dividers to be installed. The Chignecto Central Regional School Board released information that the tender recently closed for the work, and that it will be completed this fall. Houston is once again calling on Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey to step in and make sure the work is completed before the school year starts. He says it is unacceptable that students will have to start the year in windowless rooms, and that they will have their classrooms disrupted by the work once it begins.


MIRACLE TREAT DAY SETS NEW RECORD IN PICTOU COUNTY
Friday 15th August 2014
Ivor McRae says yesterday was the biggest Miracle Treat Day in the history of Dairy Queen in Pictou County. McRae released the sales results of Blizzards from yesterday, the proceeds of which go directly to support programs at the IWK Hospital in Halifax. Over ten thousand dollars were raised, through the sale of roughly 24-hundred Blizzards. McRae says there are many people to thank, including former NHL players Jon Sim and Colin White who helped out behind the counter, and all of the customers who supported the cause.


POLICE IN CAPE BRETON LOOKING FOR HELP IN FINDING MISSING QUEBEC MOTORCYCLIST
Friday 15th August 2014
RCMP in Cape Breton are asking for the public's help in locating a missing motorcyclist from Quebec. Francois Brodeur was last seen yesterday in a remote area stretching from North Mountain and Big Intervale to Cape North. Brodeur was travelling south to Ingonish from Pleasant Bay with another rider, who was travelling on a motorcycle ahead of him. Police say he's riding a purple-coloured Harley Davidson motorcycle.


STONEHAME CHALETS TO REOPEN UNDER NEW NAME AFTER SALE
Friday 15th August 2014
The Smith Rock Chalets will be opening this November on Fitzpatrick Mountain. The mountain retreat, formerly known as Stonehame Chalets, was recently sold to Cathy Smith Ura, and will be open as a year-round tourist destination. Smith is a Scotsburn native and long-time friend of the Gunn family, who were the previous owners. The business will remain a family operation, as Smith's brother-in-law David Steeves will take over as general manager. Smith says a number of renovations and upgrades are planned ahead of the opening in November, while more extensive alterations are set to occur over the next 18 months. She says the plan is to include a brand new exercise facility, sauna, hot tub and bar throughout the site.


PROTEST AGAINST MILL PLANNED FOR SUNDAY
Friday 15th August 2014
Another protest is being organized for this Sunday to voice residents' displeasure with the emissions coming from the Northern Pulp mill at Abercrombie Point. Starting at noon, the “Public Protest to Protect Our Health” will take place in the parking lot of the Pictou County Health Authority on East River Road. The ongoing concerns over particulate matter exceeding legal limits has drawn national attention to the County recently. A similar protest two weeks ago drew a crowd of over 100 to the Wellness Centre, where people raised concerns over not only the actions of the mill, but the lack of action from the government.


GAS, DIESEL PRICES UP IN NOVA SCOTIA
Friday 15th August 2014
The price of a litre of self-serve unleaded gasoline and a litre of diesel both went up by over a cent as the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board reset the prices overnight. Unleaded will now cost motorists one dollar, 34.3 cents per litre, an increase of 1.4 cents. Diesel saw a slightly smaller increase, as it went up by 1.2 cents, to a new total of one dollar, 33.4 cents. These prices will remain in effect until next Friday morning at 12:01am.


LOCAL SPORTS AUGUST 15 ***UPDATED***
Friday 15th August 2014

After the first complete day of play at the Midget National championships in Magog quebec. The Macgregor Kinsmen are 1 and 1. Their first game of the day saw the Macgregor Kinsmen come out on top of a 2-1 score over New Brunswick. Their second game of the day saw the MacGregor Kinsmen fall 7-3 to Manitoba. Action continues today with the MacGregor Kinsmen facing B.C. and Newfoundland

Last night at the Evansville Field, the Cardinals and Blue Jays posted identical 9-4 wins over the Giants and Yankees to draw first blood in the opening round of Leo Fahey’s Twilight Softball League’s Annual Charlie Hafey Memorial Tournament. Round 2 will be played next week with the Blue Jays hosting the Cardinals and the Yankees hosting the Giants. The winner will be declared after completion of the third round August 25th.

The Kickin Vixens will be holding their first ever home bout this weekend. After much success on the road, the local roller derby team will be hosting the Tar City Rollers at the Trenton rink this Saturday at 1:30pm.

Nighthawk Volley Ball has two upcoming camps, both to be held at GR Saunders school. From August 18-21 is for experienced Junior High players, while the camp from August 25 until the 28th is for beginners. Cost is 60 dollars – contact Keith Melanson at 752 0498.

The Ron MacGillivray Chevrolet 150 will take place Sunday at Riverside Speedway in James River. It was originally scheduled for June, then pushed to tonight, but was postponed once again due to rain. It is part of a double header weekend at the Speedway, as the Nascar Canadian Tire Series Wilson Equipment 300 will take place on Saturday.

The Major Bantam try outs will begin next week with 2 on ice sessions, a 3 game exhibition series, and then 2 more ice sessions. Players wishing to try out must pre register by sending a form to greenj8@staff.ednet.ns.ca no later than Monday Aug 18th so plans can be made for intersquad games. Cost of the try out sessions is $80. It is absolutely essential for any players coming fr0m the PeeWee division last year that you must attend a checking clinic which will take place on Wed at 1:45 pm for a one hour classroom session and then a 2 hour on ice session from 3 -5 pm--IF YOU DO NOT ATTEND ALL OF THE CLINIC YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ATTEND THE TRY OUT! Any player who attended tryouts in the spring of 2014 is welcome to attend--unfortunately if you did not attend a spring camp you are not permitted to attend the try out sessions. For further information contact Jeff Green 301-5793

Pictou County Gymnastics will be holding their fall program registration on August 25 from 6 to 8 pm at their new location, 558 South Frederick Street , which is the old YMCA in New Glasgow. For more information call 695-3699, or check out their Facebook page. www.facebook.com/pictoucountygymnasticsclub

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

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting an open house at the Wellness Centre on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. for all Pictou County female Atom-aged players (born in 2004 and 2005). This session will include one hour of FREE ice time, and an information session for parents about female hockey and the upcoming hockey season. Pre-registration is required. Contact tlmacdonald70@hotmail.com to register. Players must wear full gear.

The Stellarton Nova League is looking to add two more teams for the upcoming season. Teams must have players 19 years of age and over. If you have a team that may be interested, contact Millan at 755-2696 or Vernon at 752-2491. The League plays out of the Thorburn and Stellarton Rinks and offers players two games per week. You can also get in touch with Millan or Vernon if you're an individual who's looking to join a team.

Tryouts for the Pictou Academy Senior Girls soccer team will begin Sunday August 17 at 6:00 pm in the Pictou Academy Gym. All girls from grades 7-12 who may be interested in playing high school soccer this fall are encouraged to attend. For more information please contact Philip Ruiz at cabotruiz@gmail.com or Tara Fanning at fanningt@ccrsb.ca

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. To register call 759-9277, 396-3595 or e-mail vince@boballens.com (Registration closes Sept 10)

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

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



HOUSE ARREST FOR DRUG POSSESSION
Thursday 14th August 2014
A Pictou County man was given a nine month Conditional Sentence Order after pleading guilty to breach of probation and possession of hydromorphone. 41-year old Edward Anthony Horan pleaded guilty to the two charges stemming from an incident last December. While acknowledging the lengthy list of prior offences in his record, Judge Del Atwood did not sentence Horan to jail time, noting that Horan is making a substantial effort to stay clean and out of trouble. As part of the CSO, Atwood sentenced Horan to 6 months house arrest and ordered him to pay $300 in victim surcharges.


12 MONTHS FOR ASSAULT PLEA
Thursday 14th August 2014
A 50-year old woman was given a 12 month Conditional Sentence Order after pleading guilty to assault. Patricia Beresford of Diamond was orginially charged with assault with a weapon, but pleaded to a lesser charge of assault causing bodily harm. Beresford had attacked her then-partner, Francis Joseph Pettit, in an incident at her residence April 24th. As part of the CSO, Beresford was given 8 months of house arrest, an order to collect a DNA sample, and a $100 victim surcharge.


DRUG SEARCH IN LITTLE HARBOUR LEADS TO CHARGES
Thursday 14th August 2014
The Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Unit conducted a search at a home in Little Harbour yesterday, and have laid charges against a 49-year old man. The search, conducted with assistance from the RCMP, resulted in the seizure of 35 marihuana plants in various stages of growth, grow equipment, a long barreled firearm and drug paraphernalia. The accused is in custody and is appearing in Pictou Provincial court today to face charges of Production of Marihuana under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and Unsafe Storage of a Firearm. The investigation continues.


BOARD SAYS WORK WILL BEGIN SOON AT MACLEOD
Thursday 14th August 2014
Chignecto Central Regional School Board says the renovation plans for Dr. W.A. MacLeod Consolidated School are proceeding. The tender for additional windows, as well as a divider for the gymnasium, has closed and is currently being evaluated. Work on the windows and the installation of the divider are anticipated to begin soon and to be completed this fall. Staff members from the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the project consultants are working to finalize the renovation project plan in preparation for the upcoming Request for Proposals.


STUDENTS AT NEW GLASGOW ACADEMY TO HAVE DELAYED START TO SCHOOL YEAR
Thursday 14th August 2014
Construction delays have forced the Chignecto Central Regional School Board to push back the first day of school for students at New Glasgow Academy. The Board has received permission from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to open the new P-8 school to students on Tuesday, 9 September. All other schools within the Board will still open for students, as planned, on Thursday, 4 September. The extra days will allow staff at the new facility extra time to unpack and organize supplies and materials, and prepare classrooms and facilities ahead of the arrival of students. Along with opening slightly later than other schools, some secondary instructional areas within New Glasgow Academy will not be available for student use during the month of September. The Board says it is working with staff at the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, which is the provincial department responsible for the construction project, to ensure that the remaining work is completed as quickly as possible.


FREQUENCY OF SERIOUS INCIDENTS IN HOSPITALS TO BE MADE PUBLIC
Thursday 14th August 2014
Government is now publishing the number of serious reportable events that take place in hospitals. Between January 1st and March 31st, there were 19 serious events. From April 1st to June 30th, there were eight. Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine says the policy is about putting patient safety first. Health-care professionals at district health authorities and the I-W-K Health Centre began providing information on patient safety incidents in late December. To view the most recent serious events numbers, visit the department's website.


EAC SAYS MILL SHOULD NOT GET EXTRA FIBRE
Thursday 14th August 2014
The Ecology Action Centre wants to see a government commitment to an increase in access to fibre for Northern Pulp put on hold, at least temporarily. The previous NDP government committed to an increase of 25 percent in green tonnes of fibre in January 2013, and the Liberal government upheld that decision after coming into power. However, with the recent issues over the emissions coming from the facility at Abercrombie Point, the Centre would like to see that increase delayed until the problem is resolved. Matt Miller, the EAC forestry co-ordinator, says not only should the air emissions be dealt with, but a tangible plan to clean up Boat Harbour must also be in place. Miller said he also remains concerned about Northern Pulp receiving access to the western Crown lands, which the province purchased after the closure of the former Bowater Mersey mill.


NEW BRUNSWICK GAS PRICES UP, NOVA SCOTIA TO RESET TONIGHT
Thursday 14th August 2014
The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board followed the lead of New Brunswick last week in dropping the price of a litre of gasoline by almost two cents. If they do the same this week, motorists may want to fuel up today. New Brunswick prices for both unleaded and diesel went up this morning. Unleaded self-serve gasoline is up a cent per litre, while diesel is up seven-tenths of a cent. New prices will take effect locally at 12:01am Friday morning.


WINDOWLESS CLASSROOMS UNACCEPTABLE TO LOCAL MLA ***UPDATED***
Thursday 14th August 2014
With just a couple of weeks until the new school year, Pictou East MLA Tim Houston is wondering why there has been no progress on installing windows at the combined Dr. W.A. MacLeod Elementary School and Highland Consolidated Middle School. In order to accommodate the influx of students more than two years ago, several classrooms were sub-divided, which led to some classrooms without windows. Houston says he can't believe that students may have to spend another year without the promised improvements. Houston says Education Minister Karen Casey should ensure that a contractor is at the school to get the windows installed before the school year begins. Earlier today, the School Board released a statement saying that the tender for the work has closed, and is expected to be completed this fall.


LOCAL SPORTS AUGUST 14
Thursday 14th August 2014

Last night in the AGR League, the game between St. Andrew's and Trenton was awarded to the Rangers as a forfeit victory. Two games that did get played saw St. Joseph's and Heatherton split a double-header, with the Heatherton Warriors taking the opener 11-4, and the Chiefs winning the nightcap 8-1.

Three Pictou County hockey players have been named to the rosters of Team Nova Scotia for the 2014 Atlantic Challenge Cup. The annual event, held in Moncton over the Thanksgiving weekend, will involve the provincial teams of the four Atlantic provinces in each of five divisions. Camryn Halliday will attend her first Cup as part of the Female U15 roster, while Taylor Perry will be at the event for the third time as part of the Female U18 roster. Jake Martin will be participating for the second time.

The Kickin Vixens will be holding their first ever home bout this weekend. After much success on the road, the local roller derby team will be hosting the Tar City Rollers at the Trenton rink this Saturday at 1:30pm.

Nighthawk Volley Ball has two upcoming camps, both to be held at GR Saunders school. From August 18-21 is for experienced Junior High players, while the camp from August 25 until the 28th is for beginners. Cost is 60 dollars – contact Keith Melanson at 752 0498.

The Ron MacGillivray Chevrolet 150 will take place this Friday at Riverside Speedway in James River. It was originally scheduled for June, but was postponed due to rain. It is part of a double header weekend at the Speedway, as the Nascar Canadian Tire Series Wilson Equipment 300 will take place on Saturday.

The Major Bantam try outs will begin next week with 2 on ice sessions, a 3 game exhibition series, and then 2 more ice sessions. Players wishing to try out must pre register by sending a form to greenj8@staff.ednet.ns.ca no later than Monday Aug 18th so plans can be made for intersquad games. Cost of the try out sessions is $80. It is absolutely essential for any players coming fr0m the PeeWee division last year that you must attend a checking clinic which will take place on Wed at 1:45 pm for a one hour classroom session and then a 2 hour on ice session from 3 -5 pm--IF YOU DO NOT ATTEND ALL OF THE CLINIC YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ATTEND THE TRY OUT! Any player who attended tryouts in the spring of 2014 is welcome to attend--unfortunately if you did not attend a spring camp you are not permitted to attend the try out sessions. For further information contact Jeff Green 301-5793

Pictou County Gymnastics will be holding their fall program registration on August 25 from 6 to 8 pm at their new location, 558 South Frederick Street , which is the old YMCA in New Glasgow. For more information call 695-3699, or check out their Facebook page. www.facebook.com/pictoucountygymnasticsclub

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

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting an open house at the Wellness Centre on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. for all Pictou County female Atom-aged players (born in 2004 and 2005). This session will include one hour of FREE ice time, and an information session for parents about female hockey and the upcoming hockey season. Pre-registration is required. Contact tlmacdonald70@hotmail.com to register. Players must wear full gear.

The Stellarton Nova League is looking to add two more teams for the upcoming season. Teams must have players 19 years of age and over. If you have a team that may be interested, contact Millan at 755-2696 or Vernon at 752-2491. The League plays out of the Thorburn and Stellarton Rinks and offers players two games per week. You can also get in touch with Millan or Vernon if you're an individual who's looking to join a team.

Tryouts for the Pictou Academy Senior Girls soccer team will begin Sunday August 17 at 6:00 pm in the Pictou Academy Gym. All girls from grades 7-12 who may be interested in playing high school soccer this fall are encouraged to attend. For more information please contact Philip Ruiz at cabotruiz@gmail.com or Tara Fanning at fanningt@ccrsb.ca

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. 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



DRUG CHARGES AFTER STELLARTON HOME SEARCH
Wednesday 13th August 2014
A police raid of a Stellarton home last night has led to drug charges for a man and woman. Police say they found marijuana, unstamped cigarettes and cash. Both suspects are 62 years old. They will appear in court in October.


MARITIME BUILDING DEMOLITION SET TO BEGIN SOON
Wednesday 13th August 2014
Later this month, the process to bring down the Maritime Building on Provost Street in downtown New Glasgow will begin in earnest. The million-dollar project is part of the town's 2014-15 capital budget, and will be done over several stages with numerous safety protocols in place. The first stage, expected to last roughly six weeks, is a hazardous materials abatement program. This will be followed by the actual demolition of the building, which is scheduled to begin in October and conclude before Remembrance Day. Night-time traffic, between 6pm and 6am daily, will be rerouted away from that block of Provost Street, although the plan is to keep traffic flowing during daytime hours from 6am to 6pm. Pedestrian traffic will be able to continue uninterrupted at all hours, except directly in front of the building. The sidewalk on the far side of Provost Street will not be blocked.


TEN DAYS UNTIL TEN DIGIT DIALING TAKES EFFECT
Wednesday 13th August 2014
The change to ten-digit dialing for local calls is just ten days away, set to take effect on 23 August. The introduction of a second area code for Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island has necessitated the addition of the area code in local calling. The amount of possible phone numbers in the 902 area code has reached its peak, and therefore new numbers are being given the 782 area code. However, the province wants to remind residents that certain numbers will not be impacted by the change. Three digit dialing, such as 211, 511, 811, and 911, will still work without any additional dialing. A notice from the province says that these numbers can be reached regardless of whether the call is coming from a 902 or a 782 telephone number.


NEW FESTIVAL SET TO DEBUT IN TATAMAGOUCHE
Wednesday 13th August 2014
The weekend of 23 and 24 August will mark an inaugural festival celebrating emerging voices for social, environmental and spiritual renewal. Festimagouche! will take place in Tatamagouche, and will include workshops and conversations in the arts, social justice, spirituality, and environment. A children's area will provide activities for the youngsters, and the main stage will include performances by a number of artists, including Molly Thomason and Lewis MacKinnon. More information, including registration details, are available at their webiste, www.festimagouche.ca .


NOVA SCOTIA-BORN BUSINESS LEADER PASSES AWAY
Wednesday 13th August 2014
Nova Scotia-born businessman Purdy Crawford is being remembered as a major figure in the world of Canadian commerce after he died yesterday. Liberal M-P Scott Brison describes Crawford as an exceptional leader, mentor and friend. The corporate lawyer grew up in the rural community of Five Islands, Nova Scotia and went on to become the C-E-O of the conglomerate Imasco Ltd. from 1985 to 1995. Crawford was 82.


AGRICULTURE CAMPUS GETS FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ORGANIC FARMING RESEARCH
Wednesday 13th August 2014
Ottawa is providing eight million dollars to the Dalhousie University agriculture campus to boost research into organic farming. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz visited the Truro campus yesterday to make the announcement. The funding comes from the federal department's “Growing Forward” program, which supports scientific research into the growing of organic food. The university says the funding will help support two faculty of agriculture researchers, Chris Cutler and Derek Lynch.


MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY WALK SET FOR THIS WEEKEND
Wednesday 13th August 2014
The Pictou County Walk for Muscular Dystrophy will take place this Saturday at noon, starting from the Scotsburn Fire Hall. Along with the walk, the Fire Department will host a barbecue. The walk is one of 13 being held across the Atlantic Region raising funds for support, services, mobility equipment and research for a cure. Muscular Dystrophy is the name of a group of progressive genetic muscle disorders that are characterized by the progressive weakening and wasting of the muscles that control body movement. It can lead to a shortened life expectancy. Registration for the walk begins at 11am.


TOWN OF TRENTON TO SUPPORT BENEFIT DANCE
Wednesday 13th August 2014
Trenton town council is helping a family in need. At last night’s monthly meeting, council voted to donate use of the Trenton Rink free of charge this Saturday to host a benefit dance for Elaine & Randall Farrell, whose daughter Erin is battling a rare form of kidney cancer. Council also approved a small loan ($7,000) to the Trenton Fire Department to operate the bar during the benefit. The loan is to be paid back following the event.


SOBEY FOUNDATION MAKES LARGEST EVER GIFT TO ABERDEEN HEALTH FOUNDATION
Wednesday 13th August 2014
The Aberdeen Health Foundation has received the single largest gift in its history with an 8-million dollar one-time donation from the Sobey Foundation. Susan Green, Chair of the Aberdeen Health Foundation Board, says the gift will have a huge impact on the ability of the foundation to meet its madate of enhancing health-care in Pictou County. Frank Sobey, Chair of the Sobey Foundation, says the investment will ensure that the Aberdeen Health Foundation and hospital will have the capacity to continue essential health-care support for residents. As well as supporting hospital programs and services, the Foundation’s holistic approach to health care funding provides benefits to other organizations in Pictou County to alleviate risk and promote wellness. These enhancements are funded through the Foundation’s Medical Equipment Endowment, Palliative Care Unit Endowment, Sandbar Mental Health Endowment, Children’s Aid Society Endowment, and various education endowments, such as the Dr. Johnnie Miles Williston Education Fund and Bain Langley Palliative Care Education Endowment.


LOCAL SPORTS AUGUST 13 ***UPDATED***
Wednesday 13th August 2014

A cancellation in the AGR League tonight – the game between St.Andrew's and the Trenton Rangers scheduled for 7pm in Trenton will not be played, and has been awarded as a forfeit victory to the Rangers.

The Kickin Vixens will be holding their first ever home bout this weekend. After much success on the road, the local roller derby team will be hosting the Tar City Rollers at the Trenton rink this Saturday at 1:30pm.

Nighthawk Volley Ball has two upcoming camps, both to be held at GR Saunders school. From August 18-21 is for experienced Junior High players, while the camp from August 25 until the 28th is for beginners. Cost is 60 dollars – contact Keith Melanson at 752 0498.

The Ron MacGillivray Chevrolet 150 will take place this Friday at Riverside Speedway in James River. It was originally scheduled for June, but was postponed due to rain. It is part of a double header weekend at the Speedway, as the Nascar Canadian Tire Series Wilson Equipment 300 will take place on Saturday.

Pictou County Gymnastics will be holding their fall program registration on August 25 from 6 to 8 pm at their new location, 558 South Frederick Street , which is the old YMCA in New Glasgow. For more information call 695-3699, or check out their Facebook page. www.facebook.com/pictoucountygymnasticsclub

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

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting an open house at the Wellness Centre on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. for all Pictou County female Atom-aged players (born in 2004 and 2005). This session will include one hour of FREE ice time, and an information session for parents about female hockey and the upcoming hockey season. Pre-registration is required. Contact tlmacdonald70@hotmail.com to register. Players must wear full gear.

The Stellarton Nova League is looking to add two more teams for the upcoming season. Teams must have players 19 years of age and over. If you have a team that may be interested, contact Millan at 755-2696 or Vernon at 752-2491. The League plays out of the Thorburn and Stellarton Rinks and offers players two games per week. You can also get in touch with Millan or Vernon if you're an individual who's looking to join a team.

Tryouts for the Pictou Academy Senior Girls soccer team will begin Sunday August 17 at 6:00 pm in the Pictou Academy Gym. All girls from grades 7-12 who may be interested in playing high school soccer this fall are encouraged to attend. For more information please contact Philip Ruiz at cabotruiz@gmail.com or Tara Fanning at fanningt@ccrsb.ca

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. To register call 759-9277, 396-3595 or e-mail vince@boballens.com (Registration closes Sept 10)

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MINISTER GLAVINE OPTIMISTIC NORTHERN PULP CAN IMPROVE EMISSIONS
Tuesday 12th August 2014
The provincial health minister says the level of emissions from Northern Pulp can't continue over the long term. Leo Glavine says modern mills do not spew effluent or substances into the air to the degree seen recently at the Pictou mill. Glavine says he hopes to see an improvement in emissions during a September shutdown at the mill and expects a dramatic improvement once the facility gets a new precipitator in place next year. Tests conducted last year showed the mill was producing emissions that were 78 per cent above legal limits. The company says there has been a 25 per cent improvement in particulate levels since then and a new round of testing is slated to begin on Monday. Glavine says he hopes to get test results earlier than usual so he can consult on possible next steps with the Environment Department, which is responsible for regulations governing the mill's emissions.


SCHOOL SITES SELECTED AND APPROVED
Tuesday 12th August 2014
Sites have been chosen and approved for new, state-of-the-art schools in Tatamagouche and Bible Hill. The new schools will be built on existing school properties submitted by the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board and approved by Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey. In Tatamagouche, a new P-to-12 school will replace North Colchester High and Tatamagouche Elementary. In Bible Hill, a new P-to-4 school will replace Bible Hill Central and Bible Hill East Court Road elementary schools. Casey says she is pleased the projects are moving forward and that these communities are closer to having new schools that will suit their needs for years to come.


ROBIN WILLIAMS DIES IN APPARENT SUICIDE
Tuesday 12th August 2014
Oscar-winner Robin Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63. The Marin County Sheriff's Office says Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday. The sheriff's office says a preliminary investigation shows the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia. Williams shot to fame in the late '70s as the alien in TV's “Mork and Mindy.” He conquered the big screen in comic films such as “Good Morning, Vietnam” and “Mrs. Doubtfire.” But he won his Academy Award in a serious role - as the therapist in “Good Will Hunting.” His performing style was at its purest in his standup act, as he impersonated a Russian immigrant or parodied anyone from John Wayne to Keith Richards.


MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH IDENTIFIED
Tuesday 12th August 2014
RCMP have released the name of a 22-year old man killed in a single-vehicle crash over the weekend in North River. Devin Allan Tower was killed when the vehicle he was driving left Highway 311 while trying to negotiate a sharp turn in the early morning hours on Sunday. Tower was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


MLA MACLEOD RECOVERING FROM SURGERY TO REMOVE FOOT
Tuesday 12th August 2014
Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg MLA Alfie MacLeod is recovering in hospital in Sydney after having surgery to remove his left foot. The surgery was done as a result of a serious infection which recently forced the long time Progressive Conservative MLA into the hospital. A statement from the Party says MacLeod is doing well and is expect to fully recover. MacLeod thanked all of his constituents for their patience and words of encouragement and support. He says he hopes to resume his duties as MLA as soon as possible, and that his staff will continue to keep the constituency office open in the meantime.


LOCAL SPORTS AUGUST 12
Tuesday 12th August 2014

The Kickin Vixens are rollin on home as happy as can be after another victory on the road. The final score was 421-266 against the Valley Avengers! Mark you calendars for their next bout! It all happens on home turf at the Trenton rink this coming Saturday, August 16th!

In the AGR League last night, the Guysborough Broadhorns dominated both ends of a double-header against the Wycocomaugh Warriors, winning the first game 16-1 in just four innings, while taking the second 14-2 in five innings. The Trenton Rangers are in action tomorrow when they host St. Andrew's.

The Weeks Jr A Crushers made another acquisition yesterday as they prepare for the upcoming 2014-15 MHL season. The Crushers traded the rights to Madison Dunn to the Brooks Bandits for forward Spencer Cobbold. The Crushers had acquired Dunn earlier this summer from the Chilliwack Chiefs. Cobbold comes to the Crushers having spent the last three seasons in major junior. Entering his 20 year old season this fall, the Stittsville, Ontario native was a member of the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors/Steelheads organization from 2011 until early in the 2013-14 campaign. In 145 combined regular season and playoff games in the OHL, Cobbold posted 45 points and 171 penalty minutes. He then made his way to the QMJHL where he spent 50 games with the Charlottetown Islanders last year. During that time, Cobbold scored 14 goals and added 16 assists to go with 73 minutes in penalties. Before playing in the OHL, Cobbold spent a season in the CCHL with the Kanata Stallions.

Nighthawk Volley Ball has two upcoming camps, both to be held at GR Saunders school. From August 18-21 is for experienced Junior High players, while the camp from August 25 until the 28th is for beginners. Cost is 60 dollars – contact Keith Melanson at 752 0498.

The Ron MacGillivray Chevrolet 150 will take place this Friday at Riverside Speedway in James River. It was originally scheduled for June, but was postponed due to rain.

Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Fall Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons – they are available on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday evenings or Saturday morning. The lesson being the week of Sept. 10th and run for 8 weeks.Register or for more information, please call the pool at 485-5301 OR aquatics@townofpictou.com Pictou County Athletics is having a strength and endurance camp for ages 9-18 beginning this morning, until Thursday, from 9am-12pm each day. This Strength and Endurance camp is not sport specific but is designed to increase both male & female athletes speed and agility, which can be applied to their sport of choice. The cost of this camp is $80.00. Registration will be taking place on the first day of the camp at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field located in Stellarton. For more information email pictoucountyathletics@gmail.com

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting an open house at the Wellness Centre on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. for all Pictou County female Atom-aged players (born in 2004 and 2005). This session will include one hour of FREE ice time, and an information session for parents about female hockey and the upcoming hockey season. Pre-registration is required. Contact tlmacdonald70@hotmail.com to register. Players must wear full gear.

The Stellarton Nova League is looking to add two more teams for the upcoming season. Teams must have players 19 years of age and over. If you have a team that may be interested, contact Millan at 755-2696 or Vernon at 752-2491. The League plays out of the Thorburn and Stellarton Rinks and offers players two games per week. You can also get in touch with Millan or Vernon if you're an individual who's looking to join a team.

Tryouts for the Pictou Academy Senior Girls soccer team will begin Sunday August 17 at 6:00 pm in the Pictou Academy Gym. All girls from grades 7-12 who may be interested in playing high school soccer this fall are encouraged to attend. For more information please contact Philip Ruiz at cabotruiz@gmail.com or Tara Fanning at fanningt@ccrsb.ca

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. To register call 759-9277, 396-3595 or e-mail vince@boballens.com (Registration closes Sept 10)

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YOUNG MAN ENCOURAGED TO SPEAK WITH LEGAL COUNSEL FOLLOWING SPRAY-PAINT VANDALISM IN TRENTON
Monday 11th August 2014
19-year-old Shawn Christopher Cabaj appeared in Pictou today to answer to two charges of mischief with property damage. The charges stem from incidents on July 5th in Trenton when both the dug-out of the Scotia Ball field as well as some road ways were spray-painted. Cabaj told Judge Del Atwood that he intended to represent himself, and was given time to review legal material. Atwood encouraged the Trenton resident to seek legal assistance, and set a return court date of September 2nd.


STATISTICS CANADA RELEASES RESULTS OF MENTAL HEALTH SURVEY OF CANADIAN FORCES
Monday 11th August 2014
Statistics Canada says about one in six members of the military have reported experiencing symptoms of mental or alcohol disorders. The agency surveyed full-time regular members of the Canadian Forces last year. The results showed nearly 17 per cent of those surveyed had experienced symptoms in the previous 12 months consistent with at least one of a half-dozen disorders. The Canadian Forces Mental Health Survey asked about major bouts of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, incidents of anxiety or panic and alcohol abuse, as well as alcohol dependence. Major depressive episode was the most common disorder reported, with eight per cent of regular force members meeting the criteria. Just over five per cent of those surveyed reported having suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder while nearly five per cent reported symptoms consistent with generalized anxiety disorder.


PICTOU LANDING MAN GUILTY OF MISCHIEF FOR REPORTING TRUCK STOLEN
Monday 11th August 2014
A Pictou Landing man has been found guilty of public mischief following a single-vehicle crash in Little Harbour. Kyle Allen Francis was the driver of a truck that left the road and struck a power pole on the morning of March 30th. Francis initially reported the vehicle stolen, but Pictou Provincial court heard he quickly admitted his guilt when first questioned by officers. Crown attorney Patrick Young noted Francis has 7 prior convictions, but also that it has been 8 years since the 27-year-old man last had a brush with the law. Judge Del Atwood fined Francis $1500 plus a total of $450 in victim surcharges and gave him one year to pay.


IMPAIRED DRIVER SENTENCED TO 90 DAYS
Monday 11th August 2014
A man from New Glasgow will serve 90 days of intermittent jail time after pleading guilty to 3 charges in Pictou Provincial Court this morning. 29-year-old Scott Allan MacLean pleaded guilty to refusal to provide a breath sample, driving while disqualified and breaching his probation by consuming alcohol. Charges of impaired driving and an additional breach were withdrawn. MacLean was the driver of a car witnessed going through a stop sign in Stellarton in the early morning hours of August 9th. Stellarton Police found other occupants in the vehicle, as well as open alcohol when they pulled the car over. Crown Patrick Young pointed out MacLean’s history of breaching court orders, and in addition to the 3 months jail time, the man is also prohibited from driving for 2 years, has 300 dollars in total victim surcharges to pay, and was ordered to abstain from alcohol and undergo substance abuse counseling.


WEBSITE NAMES PICTOU AS ATLANTIC CANADIAN HIDDEN GEM
Monday 11th August 2014
The Cruisington Times has recently named Pictou as one of four hidden gems in Atlantic Canada. The article describes lesser-known cruise ship destinations, and is highlighting St. Andrew's By the Sea, NB, Cornerbrook, NL, and Summerside, PEI along with Pictou. The segment on Pictou in the article highlights the Hector, the Northumberland Fisheries Museum and the Lobster Hatchery as three of the special places within the town to visit. The Pearl Seas Mist will be stopping in Pictou later this fall.


ROOST NAMED AS 2014 ONE BOOK NOVA SCOTIA
Monday 11th August 2014
The 2014 One Book Nova Scotia has been named, and it is the first novel of a Halifax-raised author now living in Calgary. Roost, by Ali Bryan, is the story of a single mother of two children who is dealing with the loss of her mother while juggling the needs of her children, her siblings, and her widower father. Libraries Nova Scotia has organized the One Book Nova Scotia program every fall since 2012, and this fall's book was formally introduced this morning. A number of events are planned, including author readings throughout the province, with one scheduled for the Antigonish branch of PARL on 25 September. Several copies of the book are available from the library for reading throughout the fall.


LOCAL SPORTS AUGUST 11 *UPDATED*
Monday 11th August 2014

T-ball scheduled for 6 pm tonight in Pictou has been cancelled.

Dylan Blenkhorn of Truro took the checkered flag at the Atlantic Cat 250 over the weekend at Scotia Speedworld. It is his third win of the season in the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour 2014. The Ron MacGillivray Chevrolet 150 will take place this Friday. It was originally scheduled for June, but was postponed due to rain.

The MacDonald Cup took place yesterday at the Glen Lovat Golf Course. The winners of the four man scramble was Bill Stewart's team with an 11 under par, 61. Team East Coast FM, consisting of Michael Petter, Don MacKenzie, John LeBlanc, and Matt Mabee, finished an even 30 shots off the lead, at 19 over par.

Two games were played in the Leo Fahey Twilight Ladies Softball League during the past week. The Blue Jays edged the Giants in the first game as Evelyn Hill made a game-saving running catch in left field off the bat of Robin Fraser in the bottom of the seventh to snuff out a 4 run Giants rally and defeat the Giants 10-8. Leanne Works, Debbie MacLean and Bev Sheehan led the Blue Jays with a double and single apiece. Theresa Dewar, Kate Bray and Robin Fraser all hit two singles each to pace the Giants. The Cardinals continued their winning ways with a 12-8 decision over the Yankees. Samantha MacDonald and Debbie d'Entremont connected for a triple and double each to lead the Cardinals. Tracy Brine and Ann Urquhart led the Yankees attack; each connecting for a double and two singles. Action continues this evening at the Albion Field with the Cardinals hosting the Giants at 6:15 and the Blue Jays hosting the Yankees at 7:25.

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

Yesterday in the AGR League, Heatherton doubled-up Guysborough by a score of 4-2.

Nighthawk Volley Ball has two upcoming camps, both to be held at GR Saunders school. From August 18-21 is for experienced Junior High players, while the camp from August 25 until the 28th is for beginners. Cost is 60 dollars – contact Keith Melanson at 752 0498.

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting an open house on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. At the Pictou County Wellness Centre. It's open to females born in 2004 and 2005, and players must wear full gear. This session will include one hour of FREE ice time, and an information session for parents about the upcoming hockey season. Pre-registration is required. Contact tlmacdonald70@hotmail.com to register.

The Stellarton Nova League is looking to add two more teams for the upcoming season. Teams must have players 19 years of age and over. If you have a team that may be interested, contact Millan at 755-2696 or Vernon at 752-2491. The League plays out of the Thorburn and Stellarton Rinks and offers players two games per week. You can also get in touch with Millan or Vernon if you're an individual who's looking to join a team.

Tryouts for the Pictou Academy Senior Girls soccer team will begin Sunday August 17 at 6:00 pm in the Pictou Academy Gym. All girls from grades 7-12 who may be interested in playing high school soccer this fall are encouraged to attend. For more information please contact Philip Ruiz at cabotruiz@gmail.com or Tara Fanning at fanningt@ccrsb.ca

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. To register call 759-9277, 396-3595 or e-mail vince@boballens.com (Registration closes Sept 10)

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YOUNG MAN DIES IN EARLY MORNING CAR CRASH OUTSIDE TRURO
Sunday 10th August 2014
A 22-year-old man is dead following a single-vehicle crash in Nova Scotia early Sunday. Police say a preliminary investigation suggests the man lost control while making a sharp turn on Highway 311 in North River, just outside Truro, N.S. RCMP say a light rain was falling at the time of the crash, which took place shortly before 2 a.m. Police say the man, from Truro, was the only person in the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation is underway.


BIGGEST AND BRIGHTEST MOON OF THE YEAR IS TONIGHT
Sunday 10th August 2014
A supermoon will light up the sky tonight, though we may not see it in this area of the world due to cloud in the forecast. A supermoon refers to the phenomenon when the moon is in its “full moon” stage, and at its closest point to earth during its yearly orbit. Closer to the earth than it has been in over twenty years, stargazers will see a moon 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than usual. This is e the second in a trio of supermoons this summer, with one having happened on 12 July and the next one due to appear on 9 September. To have three in such close proximity is very rare and it is not expected that this will happen again until 2034. In general, supermoons occur on average every 13 months.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP *SUNDAY, AUGUST 10*
Sunday 10th August 2014

Nighthawk Volley Ball has two upcoming camps, both to be held at GR Saunders school. From August 18-21 is for experienced Junior High players, while the camp from August 25 until the 28th is for beginners. Cost is 60 dollars – contact Keith Melanson at 752 0498.

There are some makeup games coming up in the AGR league – Today, two games at at 1:30 with Guysbrough @ Arisiag  and Trenton@ Heatherton.  Wednesday Aug 13 will se St.Andrew's @ Trenton for a 7pm match, and on Friday Aug 15 - Trenton @ St.Andrew's for an evening game.     

Two former MacGregor Kinsmen players will be competing in the National Junior tournament being hosted by Dartmouth August 14-17. Westville's Troy Fisher handles second base duties for Dartmouth Juniors and Glenn Harvie pitches for the Juniors. Fisher is having a good year with a .361 batting average through 17 games with the Juniors. As well he was instrumental in the Elimination championship game vs Tri County who are representing Nova Scotia in the junior championship. Fisher was 3-for-4 at the plate with 2 singles and a double driving in one run. Harvie, hailing from Kennetcook, has been solid this year on the mound. In 8 games started this year Harvie boasts an era of 2.92. The MacGregor Kinsmen Midgets would like to extend best to their former players in their quest for Gold.

The Town of New Glasgow Engineering and Public Works Department wishes to advise the public that tomorrow the track on Park Street will be closed from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon for grading to take place. The Town of New Glasgow regrets any inconvenience & thanks the public for your cooperation.

Pictou County Athletics is having a strength and endurance camp for ages 9-18 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9am-12pm. This Strength and Endurance camp is not sport specific but is designed to increase both male & female athletes speed and agility, which can be applied to their sport of choice. The cost of this camp is $80.00. Registration will be taking place on the first day of the camp at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field located in Stellarton. For more information email pictoucountyathletics@gmail.com

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting an open house on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. for all Pictou County female Atom-aged players (born in 2004 and 2005). This session will include one hour of FREE ice time, and an information session for parents about female hockey and the upcoming hockey season. Pre-registration is required. Contact tlmacdonald70@hotmail.com to register. Players must wear full gear.

The Stellarton Nova League is looking to add two more teams for the upcoming season. Teams must have players 19 years of age and over. If you have a team that may be interested, contact Millan at 755-2696 or Vernon at 752-2491. The League plays out of the Thorburn and Stellarton Rinks and offers players two games per week. You can also get in touch with Millan or Vernon if you're an individual who's looking to join a team.

Tryouts for the Pictou Academy Senior Girls soccer team will begin Sunday August 17 at 6:00 pm in the Pictou Academy Gym. All girls from grades 7-12 who may be interested in playing high school soccer this fall are encouraged to attend. For more information please contact Philip Ruiz at cabotruiz@gmail.com or Tara Fanning at fanningt@ccrsb.ca

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. 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



NEW ONLINE REGISTRY WILL HELP NOVA SCOTIANS FIND MULTI-UNIT SMOKE-FREE HOUSING
Sunday 10th August 2014
A new online registry aims to help residents by offering a way to find smoke-free housing in the province. The website has been developed by Smoke-Free Nova Scotia who claim 80 per cent of people in the province are non-smokers . Representative Sharon MacIntosh says they get calls weekly from people who are subjected to second-hand smoke where they live, or for people that are looking for places to live that are smoke-free. The group also hopes the registry will encourage landlords to convert their buildings to smoke-free environments.


$22 000 RAISED FOR VICTIM OF BRUTAL BEATING
Sunday 10th August 2014
A group of good Samaritans has raised 22 thousand dollars for a man who was viciously attacked in Cape Breton. Former Truro-area resident Shawn Curtis Jack was seriously injured during a brutal beating behind a North Sydney grocery store last month. Police say Jack often camps behind the store during the summer months with his dog. The group began an online fundraising campaign and are also planning a benefit dance for him next Saturday. Six people have been arrested and charged in connection with the attack.


HALIFAX PADDLER MARK DE JONG WINS GOLD IN MOSCOW
Sunday 10th August 2014
A Nova Scotia paddler has taken gold. Halifax’s Mark de Jong came out on top in the men's K1 200-metre final at the  2014 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Moscow. 30-year-old De Jonge won the race with a time of 34.96 seconds, slightly off his record time in yesterday's semifinal. De Jonge also took home a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics in London.


HALIFAX COUPLE SEARCH FOR DAUGHTER
Sunday 10th August 2014
Halifax parents are taking the search for their daughter national. John Miller stood up in front of reporters Friday to say his 29-year-old daughter Catherine ‘Catie’ Miller didn't have a passport, but could be anywhere in Canada. Catie suddenly disappeared on July 15, texting from her Dartmouth apartment and calling a cab company. More than three weeks into the saga, the Miller family has begun to cast their net wider after plastering Halifax with missing person signs.Police do not suspect that Catie was a victim of foul play, adding another layer of mystery to the situation.The Millers are planning a vigil for Catie at Grand Parade Square on Tuesday when it will be one month since they last heard from their daughter.


FANTINO OFFERS THANKS FROM CANADIANS ON NATIONAL PEACEKEEPERS DAY
Saturday 9th August 2014
Today is National Peacekeepers' Day and time to recognize the heroic efforts of Canadian peacekeepers. The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs says the Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, provincial and municipal police forces, as well as civilians and diplomats, have worked together to maintain peace and stability throughout the world. Fantino issued a statement marking occasion that offers heartfelt thanks to peacekeepers from a grateful nation, saying (quote) “Their achievements, courage and commitment have made a profound difference in the lives of people around the world.”


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND-UP *SATURDAY, AUGUST 9* UPDATED
Saturday 9th August 2014

The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA club will be representing Nova Scotia at the midget championship in Magog Quebec next week. In preparation, the team will be playing a double-header today at 5 pm on the Albion Field. If it rains, they will be practicing from 3- 5 pm at the indoor soccer complex.

Here are some makeup games coming up in the AGR league – this Sunday, two games getting underway at 1:30 with Guysbrough @ Arisiag  and Trenton@ Heatherton.  Wednesday Aug 13 will see St.Andrew's @ Trenton for a 7pm match, and on Friday Aug 15 - Trenton @ St.Andrew's for an evening game.     

Nighthawk Volley Ball has two upcoming camps, both to be held at GR Saunders school. From August 18-21 is for experienced Junior High players, while the camp from August 25 until the 28th is for beginners. Cost is 60 dollars – contact Keith Melanson at 752 0498.

Two former MacGregor Kinsmen players will be competing in the National Junior tournament being hosted by Dartmouth August 14-17. Westville's Troy Fisher handles second base duties for Dartmouth Juniors and Glenn Harvie pitches for the Juniors. Fisher is having a good year with a .361 batting average through 17 games with the Juniors. As well he was instrumental in the Elimination championship game vs Tri County who are representing Nova Scotia in the junior championship. Fisher was 3-for-4 at the plate with 2 singles and a double driving in one run. Harvie, hailing from Kennetcook, has been solid this year on the mound. In 8 games started this year Harvie boasts an era of 2.92. The MacGregor Kinsmen Midgets would like to extend best to their former players in their quest for Gold.

The Town of New Glasgow Engineering and Public Works Department wishes to advise the public that on Monday, August 11, 2014, the track on Park Street will be closed from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon while track grading takes place. The Town of New Glasgow regrets any inconvenience this may cause and wishes to thank the public for your cooperation.

Pictou County Athletics is having a strength and endurance camp for ages 9-18 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9am-12pm. This Strength and Endurance camp is not sport specific but is designed to increase both male & female athletes speed and agility, which can be applied to their sport of choice. The cost of this camp is $80.00. Registration will be taking place on the first day of the camp at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field located in Stellarton. For more information email pictoucountyathletics@gmail.com

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting an open house on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. for all Pictou County female Atom-aged players (born in 2004 and 2005). This session will include one hour of FREE ice time, and an information session for parents about female hockey and the upcoming hockey season. Pre-registration is required. Contact tlmacdonald70@hotmail.com to register. Players must wear full gear.

The Stellarton Nova League is looking to add two more teams for the upcoming season. Teams must have players 19 years of age and over. If you have a team that may be interested, contact Millan at 755-2696 or Vernon at 752-2491. The League plays out of the Thorburn and Stellarton Rinks and offers players two games per week. You can also get in touch with Millan or Vernon if you're an individual who's looking to join a team.

The Parts For Trucks Pro Stock Tour continues this weekend with the Atlantic Cat 250 at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax. Local drivers George Koszkulics of New Glasgow, Dylan Blenkhorn from Truro, Donald Chisholm of Antigonish and the King Racing entry from Pictou will all be part of the field going after the checkered flag starting at 5pm this evening.

Tryouts for the Pictou Academy Senior Girls soccer team will begin Sunday August 17 at 6:00 pm in the Pictou Academy Gym. All girls from grades 7-12 who may be interested in playing high school soccer this fall are encouraged to attend. For more information please contact Philip Ruiz at cabotruiz@gmail.com or Tara Fanning at fanningt@ccrsb.ca

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. To register call 759-9277, 396-3595 or e-mail vince@boballens.com (Registration closes Sept 10)

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PETER MACKAY ANNOUNCES FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR CONVERGYS WORKERS
Saturday 9th August 2014
MP Peter MacKay says the federal government is taking action to support workers and families in Pictou County who are facing challenges due to the impending closure of Convergys. MacKay says  Service Canada is working closely with other levels of government and all stakeholders to help those affected by the closure of the call centre. Support includes a unique reference code for Convergys workers for Employment Insurance to facilitate the process of EI claims, as well as information sessions to ensure workers know what types of jobs are in demand and where they should look to apply for them. MacKay says two information sessions with affected employees at Convergys were already held on June 19th. Convergys will close its doors on September 28th, leaving 250 employees without severance pay. The New Glasgow closure will leave the Glace Bay site as the only remaining Convergys call centre in the province.


MACFARLANE CONCERNED ABOUT LOSS OF JOBS ACROSS PROVINCE
Friday 8th August 2014
Progressive Conservative Economic Development critic Karla MacFarlane is concerned about what she calls “staggering” job losses across the province. She says as time passes, more jobs are being lost and that it is unacceptable that the Liberal government has still not presented a plan on how to rebuild our economy. Statistics Canada data released yesterday show that 6,700 jobs have been lost in the last year in Nova Scotia - making it the province with the largest drop of all the provinces. Halifax has 1,500 fewer jobs than last year and Cape Breton was the hardest hit with 4,900 jobs disappearing. MacFarlane says Nova Scotians deserve a government who will work with them, not against them, and adds that the PC Caucus remains dedicated to implementing the 19 goals of the Ivany Report that was released nearly 6 months ago.


NORTHERN PULP OWNERS CLAIM PARTICULATES DOWN 25% FROM LAST FALL
Friday 8th August 2014
Northern Pulp is not meeting environmental standards but it's owners say they are making improvements. The mill's aging equipment, particularly its electrostatic precipitator, hasn't been able to meet legal limits for some time, but the mill's owners say they expect better results after a planned shutdown next month. Mill spokesman David MacKenzie claims the levels of particulates in the plume fell by 25 per cent in a mid-July test compared to results last fall and that the particulate levels were down from 670 to 500 milligrams per cubic metre. The legal limit is 375 milligrams per cubic metre. MacKenzie says next month the mill will install new scrubber spray nozzles that will inject more water into the emissions and annual maintenance will be carried out on the precipitator and recovery boiler. He says it's expected tests done after these improvements will show further reductions in particulate emissions, but it's not certain it will bring levels into compliance.


COUNTY REELING FROM JOB LOSSES, LOOKING FOR OPTIONS
Friday 8th August 2014
The year 2014 may not be one that Pictou County residents will look back upon with fondness decades from now. With job losses announced at Michelin that took effect earlier this year, and more next year, and the upcoming loss of another 300 jobs at Convergys next month, times are certainly anything but rosy. There is one major employer who could bring up to 300 jobs into the County in coming years, as Vida Cannabis Corporation could be opening a medical marijuana facility in Stellarton. Vida Cannabis must have its facility renovated and in place before it can apply for a cultivation license from Health Canada.


UNEMPLOYMENT DOWN NATIONALLY, UP PROVINCIALLY
Friday 8th August 2014
Trouble in Canada's jobs market extended into July as a paltry 200 jobs were added during the month, widely missing expectations. Canada's unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a point to 7.0 per cent for the month, as fewer people went looking for work. Here in Nova Scotia, the unemployment rate rose by nearly half of a percentage point, from 8.7 to 9.1 percent. Economists had expected the economy to bounce back with the creation of 20,000 - an improvement from June's unexpected decline of 9,400. Over the past 12 months, the economy has added 115,300 new jobs - or 0.7 per cent of the labour force - with all the growth in part-time work. Between June and July, the number of full-time jobs fell by 59,700 while part-time jobs increased by 60,000. Most of the month's job losses came in construction, health care and social assistance. However, employment in educational services and in information, culture and recreation rose in July.


COLCHESTER EAST HANTS HEALTH AUTHORITY USES IMPROPERLY DISINFECTED EQUIPMENT
Friday 8th August 2014
The Colchester East Hants Health Authority is notifying hundreds of patients after learning that medical equipment used for years in urology clinics was being improperly disinfected. Two-hundred fifty patients and their doctors have been told that the products used to disinfect transrectal ultrasound probes since 2009 were not recommended by the manufacturer. They were stopped on April 15 and resumed the following month after staff received additional training. A review by the health authority's medical specialist says it's unlikely anyone was exposed to serious infection because the probes were still cleaned between patients and covered with a protective sheath. Patients are being advised to contact their doctor if they have any concerns.


LOCAL DOCTOR SAYS HEALTH IMPACTS OF MILL ARE REAL
Friday 8th August 2014
Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine says the only evidence of a link between the emissions at Northern Pulp and health problems for Pictou County residents is anecdotal. However, a local medical doctor begs to differ. Dr. Gerry Farrell says he has witnessed numerous cases of lung cancer and chronic lung diseases in his work in palliative care. He also says when he was a general practitioner, he saw an inordinate number of cases of asthma, breathing problems, and COPD. Farrell says there may be other factors involved, such as smoking, but he believes emissions from Northern Pulp play a significant role in the situation.


HEALTH MINISTER SAYS MILL POSES NO IMMEDIATE THREAT, TESTS SCHEDULED
Friday 8th August 2014
Leo Glavine says there is no substantial scientific or medical information to indicate that the situation at Northern Pulp is an immediate threat. The provincial Minister of Health and Wellness made the comment yesterday in response to the ongoing concerns from residents in the vicinity of the mill at Abercrombie Point. Glavine said the Department could find no evidence that people in Pictou County have a higher incidence of lung cancer or asthma, although he agreed the mill could pose a long-term risk. Tests have been scheduled for 18 August to quantify the risk, although the results may not end up being made public as the company may prevent disclosure. Environment Minister Randy Delorey says he wants Northern Pulp to deliver the test results as quickly as possible. Delorey says there is no fixed level of emissions at which the province would force the mill to shut down.


STONEHAME DEAL CLOSE TO COMPLETION
Friday 8th August 2014
A long-rumored deal for the purchase of the Stonehame Lodge and Chalets is close to completion. The lodge was closed in April 2013 and put up for sale by the previous owners, the Gunn family, and yesterday Graham Hutchinson of Tradewinds Realty confirmed that an offer has been accepted. No details have been released about the new ownership group, or their plans for the 50-acre property. The closure date for the sale is said to be by the end of this month.


GAS PRICE DROPS, DIESEL UNCHANGED
Friday 8th August 2014
The price of gas has dropped nearly two cents per litre overnight, while diesel remains unchanged as the new prices were set by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. The move follows the lead of New Brunswick 24 hours earlier. The new price of a litre of regular self-serve unleaded gasoline is now one dollar, 32.9 cents, a decrease of 1.9 cents. Diesel remains at one dollar, 32.2 cents per litre. These prices will remain in effect until 12:01am next Friday.


LOCAL SPORTS AUGUST 8
Friday 8th August 2014

The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA club will be representing Nova Scotia at the midget championship in Magog Quebec next week. In preparation, the team will be playing a double-header tomorrow (Saturday) at 5 pm on the Albion Field. If it rains, they will be practicing from 3- 5 pm at the indoor soccer complex.

Two former MacGregor Kinsmen players will be competing in the National Junior tournament being hosted by Dartmouth August 14-17. Westville's Troy Fisher handles second base duties for Dartmouth Juniors and Glenn Harvie pitches for the Juniors. Fisher is having a good year with a .361 batting average through 17 games with the Juniors. As well he was instrumental in the Elimination championship game vs Tri County who are representing Nova Scotia in the junior championship. Fisher was 3-for-4 at the plate with 2 singles and a double driving in one run. Harvie, hailing from Kennetcook, has been solid this year on the mound. In 8 games started this year Harvie boasts an era of 2.92. The MacGregor Kinsmen Midgets would like to extend best to their former players in their quest for Gold.

Pictou County Athletics is having a strength and endurance camp for ages 9-18 on August 12th, 13th and 14th. This camp will run from 9am-12pm. This Strength and Endurance camp is not sport specific but is designed to increase both male & female athletes speed and agility, which can be applied to their sport of choice. Laying the cornerstone of athleticism required for the metabolic and kinematic demands of the athletes sport. Working in partnership with Dan Macdonald & Kyle Maclennan (Maclennan Elite Sport Performance). The cost of this camp is $80.00. Registration will be taking place on the first day of the camp at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field located in Stellarton. For more information email pictoucountyathletics@gmail.com

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting an open house on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. for all Pictou County female Atom-aged players (born in 2004 and 2005). This session will include one hour of FREE ice time, and an information session for parents about female hockey and the upcoming hockey season. Pre-registration is required. Contact tlmacdonald70@hotmail.com to register. Players must wear full gear.

The Stellarton Nova League is looking to add two more teams for the upcoming season. Teams must have players 19 years of age and over. If you have a team that may be interested, contact Millan at 755-2696 or Vernon at 752-2491. The League plays out of the Thorburn and Stellarton Rinks and offers players two games per week. You can also get in touch with Millan or Vernon if you're an individual who's looking to join a team.

The Parts For Trucks Pro Stock Tour continues this weekend with the Atlantic Cat 250 at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax. Local drivers George Koszkulics of New Glasgow, Dylan Blenkhorn from Truro, Donald Chisholm of Antigonish and the King Racing entry from Pictou will all be part of the field going after the checkered flag starting at 5pm Saturday night.

Tryouts for the Pictou Academy Senior Girls soccer team will begin Sunday August 17 at 6:00 pm in the Pictou Academy Gym. All girls from grades 7-12 who may be interested in playing high school soccer this fall are encouraged to attend. For more information please contact Philip Ruiz at cabotruiz@gmail.com or Tara Fanning at fanningt@ccrsb.ca

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)

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DELOREY WON'T SAY WHAT WOULD FORCE GOV'T TO SHUT DOWN NORTHERN PULP
Thursday 7th August 2014
The environment minister won't say what level of emissions would lead the province to shut down Northern Pulp. Randy Delorey says the government is waiting on results from a stack test scheduled for Aug. 18 before deciding what to about the mill. Delorey says he expects those results by October and he doesn't know if they'll be made public. A group called Clean Pictou Air is calling on the province to do something about the particulate matter coming from the mill. A spokesman for Northern Pulp has said the problem lies in part with the facility's aging equipment, which is not filtering emissions to environmental standards.


URB CONFIRMS DECISION ANNOUNCED LAST MONTH REGARDING HERITAGE GAS
Thursday 7th August 2014
The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board formally released a decision earlier this week that they announced last month regarding expansion of natural gas delivery in Pictou County. East Coast FM previously reported that Heritage Gas was granted approval on 22 July to expand service into Stellarton and New Glasgow. Construction began on 5 August, the same date as the letter of approval was released/ The UARB directed Heritage to time its applications in the future so the economic analysis approval is in place before the permits to construct are approved and construction starts.


UNION REPRESENTATIVE FRUSTRATED WITH MISINFORMATION
Thursday 7th August 2014
In response to an advertisement released yesterday by the Clean Pictou Air Group of Businesses, the union representative for workers at the Northern Pulp mill says he is frustrated that it doesn't tell the whole story. David MacKenzie says there are inaccuracies in the ad, from the role the new precipitator will play next spring when it is installed, to the purpose of federal funding received in the past. MacKenzie says the pamphlet suggests the precipitator will only address odour issues, when it will, in fact, also deal with the issues surrounding particulate matter. He says the federal funding of 28.1 million dollars was not to convert the power boiler to wood-power as the ad suggests, but in fact was to make the boiler more efficient, and that it had already used bark and wood waste. MacKenzie says he respects the concerns of the Pictou County residents, but he wishes they were “more knowledgeable about the actual facts and circumstances around what happens".


INFORMATION PAMPHLET OUTLINES CONCERNS ABOUT MILL
Thursday 7th August 2014
As the debate around the Northern Pulp facility at Abercrombie Point rages on, an advertisement was circulated yesterday with several key facts supporting efforts to temporarily shut the mill until it can be cleaned up. Included in the ad, from the Clean Pictou Air Group of Businesses, are some statistics from the World Health Organization, Environment Canada, and the American Lung Association. It makes reference to the fact that the mill emits nearly two-thirds of the fine particulate matter in the province, and that the amount in 2012 was twice that of any other pulp mill in the country. The ad also makes reference to the amount of funding the mill has received from the federal and provincial governments in recent years.


GAS PRICES DROP IN NEW BRUNSWICK, NOVA SCOTIA WILL RESET TONIGHT
Thursday 7th August 2014
Although the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board does not always follow New Brunswick's lead, there are reasons for optimism for motorists tonight. New Brunswick dropped the price of a litre of regular self-serve gasoline by almost two cents overnight, while holding steady with the cost of a litre of diesel. New prices locally will come into effect as of 12:01am tomorrow morning.


RECORD SETTING PRODUCTIVITY FOR MILL WHILE CONTROVERSY CONTINUES
Thursday 7th August 2014
As Northern Pulp deals with fallout from its emissions, it has at the same time been more productive than ever. According to documents obtained by the Chronicle Herald newspaper, the mill set two single day production records on 15 and 17 July. Both of those days came just a month after an unplanned shutdown following a major leak of untreated effluent, and before the campaign by businesses and citizens in the County to have the mill shut down until it can get its emissions under control.


LOCAL SPORTS AUGUST 7
Thursday 7th August 2014

Pictou County Athletics is having a strength and endurance camp for ages 9-18 on August 12th, 13th and 14th. This camp will run from 9am-12pm. This Strength and Endurance camp is not sport specific but is designed to increase both male & female athletes speed and agility, which can be applied to their sport of choice.  Laying the cornerstone of athleticism required for the metabolic and kinematic demands of the athletes sport. Working in partnership with Dan Macdonald & Kyle Maclennan (Maclennan Elite Sport Performance). The cost of this camp is $80.00. Registration will be taking place on the first day of the camp at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field located in Stellarton. For more information email pictoucountyathletics@gmail.com

There were a pair of double-headers last night in the AGR League, one of which ended in a split, the other in a sweep. The Arisaig Blues took the first game of their pair with Heatherton by a score of 6-5 before the Warriors bounced back in the nightcap for an 8-2 win. Meanwhile, the Guysborough Broadhorns rode some strong pitching to 9-2 and 5-1 victories over the St. Andrew's Flyers. No report is available for the game between St. Joseph's and Wycocomaugh.

The Stellarton Nova League is looking to add two more teams for the upcoming season. Teams must have players 19 years of age and over. If you have a team that may be interested, contact Millan at 755-2696 or Vernon at 752-2491. The League plays out of the Thorburn and Stellarton Rinks and offers players two games per week. You can also get in touch with Millan or Vernon if you're an individual who's looking to join a team.

The Parts For Trucks Pro Stock Tour continues this weekend with the Atlantic Cat 250 at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax. Local drivers George Koszkulics of New Glasgow, Dylan Blenkhorn from Truro, Donald Chisholm of Antigonish and the King Racing entry from Pictou will all be part of the field going after the checkered flag starting at 5pm Saturday night.

The 14th annual Walter Macdonald Charity Golf Tournament for the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society will take place on Sunday August 10th, and spots for just two more teams remain open. 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 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)

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2+ YEARS FOR WESTVILLE ASSAULT
Wednesday 6th August 2014
A fifty-two year old Westville man will spend more than 2 years behind bars for assault and breach of probation. Judge Del Atwood handed down the sentence to Derek John McRae Jardine this morning. Jardine pleaded guilty to two charges stemming from an incident June 8th. Atwood sentenced Jardine to 2 years for the assault charge, and 6 months for the breach of probation, less a 90 day credit for time served while awaiting sentence. Jardine also has to submit a DNA sample, pay $400 in victim surcharges, and cannot own weapons for a period of 20 years.


ACCUSED GETS THREE YEARS FOR ASSAULT
Wednesday 6th August 2014
Guilty pleas to assault and several breach of probation charges has netted a New Glasgow man 3 years in jail. 28 year old Joseph Allan Goodall was sentenced this morning in Pictou Provincial Court. In handing down the sentence, Judge Del Atwood followed the joint recommendation of crown and defence. Atwood noted that while Goodall admits that he has problems with anger and alcohol, and is seeking to turn his life around, the “high level of violence” stemming from the incidents in September and October of 2013, as well a number of prior convictions, were aggravating factors. In addition to jail time, Goodall is to submit a DNA sample, pay $200 in victim surcharges, and is banned for life from owning weapons.


NEW ULTRASOUND MACHINES COMING TO ANTIGONISH HOSPITAL
Wednesday 6th August 2014
St. Martha's Hospital in Antigonish will be receiving 75 percent of the cost of two new ultrasound machines from the province after issuing an emergency request for the equipment. The machines should be up and running within six weeks, and is being funded through an emergency reserve for capital equipment. A monthly meeting of the emergency funding committee at the Department of Health and Wellness put the application through a strict scoring process. This is the third emergency request granted so far this year, following requests for monitoring machines for South West Health and funding to the IWK for a plasmapheresis machine, which filters the blood and inserts healthy plasma.


ENGLISHTOWN FERRY OUT OF SERVICE
Wednesday 6th August 2014
Motorists making their way to the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton should take note that the Englishtown Ferry will be out of service for the rest of the day today, and all day tomorrow. Ferry service has been suspended to fix a hydraulic problem and to replace the cable. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal says replacement of the cable was part of planned maintenance. Motorists should allow extra time to take the detour route around St. Anns Bay.


MACKAY HOLDS OFF COMMITTING ACTION IN NORTHERN PULP DEBATE
Wednesday 6th August 2014
Central Nova MP Peter MacKay did not come out and say that Ottawa would not get involved in the ongoing debate surrounding emissions from the Northern Pulp mill at Abercrombie Point. However, he did say yesterday that regulation and licensing of facilities such as the mill fall under the province’s jurisdiction. MacKay says he wants to see a collaborative solution involving all stakeholders. He says the federal government has already spent 28-million dollars on the mill, which includes funds to help reduce emissions, which were nearly twice the provincial limit last year.


TRURO POLICE SUSPECT YOUTHS RESPONSIBLE FOR BALL FIELD FIRE
Wednesday 6th August 2014
Truro Police say that they believe a group of youths are to blame for a fire in a dugout at the Stanfield Ball fields last night. Officers and firefighters responded to the scene where it appears garbage bins had been lit on fire. The fire was quickly extinguished. Police are asking for assistance from the public, and anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Truro Police Service or Crime Stoppers.


BAILLIE TO MEET WITH BOTH SIDES IN MILL DEBATE
Wednesday 6th August 2014
Provincial Opposition Leader Jamie Baillie will be in Pictou County tomorrow to hear first hand from the two sides in the ongoing debate over the situation at the Northern Pulp mill. Baillie announced plans to meet with the Clean Pictou Air group, which is made up of business leaders concerned over the impacts of emissions from the Abercrombie Point facility. He intends to meet with the management team at Northern Pulp immediately afterward. Baillie spoke out last week on the issue, saying that the situation should not boil down to an either/or situation when it comes to jobs and environmental concerns.


CRASH SENDS WOMAN TO HOSPITAL WITH MINOR INJURIES
Wednesday 6th August 2014
Pictou District RCMP are investigating the cause of a collision between a car and a logging truck yesterday afternoon. Emergency crews responded to a 911 call of a head-on collision shortly before 1:30pm.  Preliminary investigation determined that the car driven by a 67-year-old Pictou County woman had crossed over the centre line into the oncoming northbound lane on Highway 374. The truck veered to the right over the small embankment and overturned onto its right side.  The driver of the Impala, who suffered minor injuries from the seatbelt and airbag deployment, was transported to the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow for treatment.  Police are crediting these life-saving devices in preventing serious injury or death. The driver of the truck was not injured. RCMP are continuing to investigate.


COUNTY RATEPAYERS LEARN OF COSTS FOR FIRE SERVICES AND STREET LIGHTING
Wednesday 6th August 2014
Pictou County Councilpassed the updated rates for fire services and street lighting for the current fiscal year at last night’s council meeting. The charges will be sent to county ratepayers soon, with payment due in full by October 15th. Below are the charges that will appear on those bills, based upon location.
Fire Service Rates
District 1, Merigomish Fire Dept: $0.18 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 1, Barney’s River Fire Dept: $0.18 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 2, Little Harbour Fire Dept: $0.10 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 2, Pictou Landing Fire Dept: $0.19 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 3, Caribou Fire Dept: $0.09 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 4, Caribou Fire Dept: $0.09 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 4, River John Fire Dept: $0.10 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 5, River John Fire Dept: $0.10 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 5, Scotsburn Fire Dept: $0.10 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 5, West River Fire Dept: $0.10 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 6, Caribou Fire Dept: $0.09 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 6, Scotsburn Fire Dept: $0.10 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 7, Alma Fire Dept: $0.10 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 7, West River Fire Dept: $0.10 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 7, Eureka Fire Dept: $0.14 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 8, Alma Fire Dept: $0.10 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 8, West River Fire Dept: $0.10 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 8, Eureka Fire Dept: $0.14 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 9, Alma Fire Dept: $0.10 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 9, Abercrombie Fire Dept: Residential - $0.085 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
  Commercial: $0.095 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 10, Little Harbour Fire Dept: $0.10 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 10, Trenton Fire Dept: $58.41 per property, $0.01 per acre
District 10, Linacy Fire Dept: $0.17 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 11, Linacy Fire Dept: $0.17 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 11, Eureka Fire Dept: $0.14 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 11, Plymouth Fire Dept: $0.20 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 12 Eureka Fire Dept: $0.14 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 12, East River Valley Fire Dept: $0.14 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 13, Barney’s River Fire Dept: $0.18 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 13, Linacy Fire Dept: $0.17 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 13, Thorburn Fire Dept: $0.14 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 13, Blue Mountain Fire Dept: $0.16 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 14, Barney’s River Fire Dept: $0.18 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 14, Plymouth Fire Dept: $0.20 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 14, Thorburn Fire Dept: $0.14 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 14, East River Valley Fire Dept: $0.14 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
District 14, East River St. Mary’s Fire Dept: $0.16 per $100 assessment, $0.01 per acre
Street Light, Intersection Light, and Road Maintenance Charges
Street Lights, District 1 (Merigomish & Area) - $98.93 per property
Intersection Lights, District 1 - $13.75 per property
Street Lights, District 2 (Pictou Landing) - $0.0958 per $100 assessment
Street Lights, District 2 (Little Harbour) - $0.0249 per $100 assessment
Street Lights, District 3 (Poplar Hill) - $0.1724 per $100 assessment
Street Lights, District 4 (River John East & West) - $145.17 per property
Street Lights, District 4 (Welsford) - $125.17 per property
Street Lights, District 5 (Lyons Brook & Area) - $111.26 per property
Street Lights, District 5 (Pleasant Heights) - $84.44 per property
Street Lights, District 6 (Lyons Brook & Area) - $111.26 per property
Street Lights, District 6 (Scotsburn) - $0.0992 per $100 assessment
Street Lights, District 7 (Greenhill) - $83.13 per property
Street Lights, District 7 (Springfield Estates) - $144.76 per property
Street Lights, District 7 (Union Centre) - $90.00 per property
Street Lights, District 7 (Green Acres) - $10.00 per property
Road Maintenance Fee, District 7 (MacIntosh Drive, Sylvester) - $150.00 per occupied property, $75.00 per unoccupied property
Road Maintenance Fee, District 7 (Green Acre Subdivision) - $150.00 per property
Street Lights, District 9  - $0.0354 per $100 assessment
Road Maintenance Fee, District 9 (Marble Estates Drive) - $150.00 per property
Street Lights, District 10 (Hillside) - $74.00 per property
Street Lights, District 10 (Little Harbour Road) - $0.0307 per $100 assessment
Street Lights, District 10 (Frasers Mountain) - $0.1087 per $100 assessment
Street Lights, District 10 (Linacy) - $0.0779 per $100 assessment
Street Lights, District 10 (Priestville/Walkerville) - $20.15 per property
Street Lights, District 11 (Plymouth & Area) - $76.96 per property
Street Lights, District 11 (Priestville/Walkerville area) - $68.00 per property
Street Lights, District 11 (Riverton) - $0.0952 per $100 assessment
Street Lights, District 12 (Riverton) - $0.0871 per $100 assessment
Street Lights, District 12 (Hopewell) - $0.1308 per $100 assessment
Street Lights, District 12 (Eureka) - $0.1509 per $100 assessment
Street Lights, District 12 (Lorne) - $0.2236 per $100 assessment
Street Lights, District 12 (Marshdale) - $0.1312 per $100 assessment
Street Lights, District 13 (Thorburn & Area) - $122.54 per property
Street Lights, District 14 (Thorburn & Area) - $92.23 per property
Intersection Lights, District 14 (Merigomish, District 1) - $13.75 per property
Street Lights, District 14 (Plymouth) - $76.96 per property


FPANS ASKS FOR PATIENCE WITH PULP MILL UPGRADES
Wednesday 6th August 2014
Members of Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia are asking people to allow the investments in new emissions technology to be put in place at the Northern Pulp mill at Abercrombie Point. FPANS says shutting the mill is an easy solution, but the impacts would end up being spread across the province. They suggest that there is an interconnected relationship between the landowners who sell wood, the pulp mills, the sawmills and the harvesting and trucking supply chain. FPANS says they are not trying to issue a threat of environment vs jobs, but say that losing another pulp mill would be devastating for all parts of the forestry sector and the province’s economy. There is a planned shutdown for next month at the mill, at which time the company says they will look at temporary solutions to make improvements until the new precipitator is prepared for installation next spring.


PICTOU TOWN COUNCIL CLOSE TO SETTING BUDGET
Wednesday 6th August 2014
Property owners in the Town of Pictou will likely see some changes to their tax bills this year, as Council gets closer to passing the budget for the 2104-15 fiscal year. Council continued deliberating yesterday, and are prepared to hold a public consultation and final debate to pass the budget next Wednesday afternoon. One change that will appear on the bill this year will see garbage collection go to a flat tax rate, rather than based upon property assessment. Also, fire hydrant charges will become an area rate that is charged to all properties, with the exception of those owned by the province, and the Royal Canadian Legion. The 72-thousand dollar deficit from the 2013-14 fiscal year will be dealt with by covering half of it from the previously accumulated surplus, with the other half being charged on this year's taxes. All of these decisions still need to be formalized in the final vote, which will be open to the public, next Wednesday at 4pm.


COUNTY COUNCIL PASSES MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
Wednesday 6th August 2014
The Memorandum of Understanding took another step forward as Pictou County Council voted 10-3 to adopt it at last night’s meeting. If the towns of Pictou and New Glasgow also vote to adopt the Memorandum, then the towns of Westville, Stellarton and Trenton will be given the MOU within a week, and then have 30 days to decide whether or not to join. There were a couple of amendments made to the draft agreement, as councillors Robert & David Parker stressed that the process must be as open and transparent as possible, and that County Council can still have the option to back out if the final results of the MOU are not beneficial to county ratepayers. The votes from the other two towns are expected to be taken by the end of this week.


LOCAL SPORTS AUGUST 6
Wednesday 6th August 2014

One game last night in the AGR League saw the Guysborough Broadhorns shut out the Arisaig Blues 4-0.

The Stellarton Nova League is looking to add two more teams for the upcoming season. Teams must have players 19 years of age and over. If you have a team that may be interested, contact Millan at 755-2696 or Vernon at 752-2491. The League plays out of the Thorburn and Stellarton Rinks and offers players two games per week. You can also get in touch with Millan or Vernon if you're an individual who's looking to join a team.

The Parts For Trucks Pro Stock Tour continues this weekend with the Atlantic Cat 250 at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax. Local drivers George Koszkulics of New Glasgow, Dylan Blenkhorn from Truro, Donald Chisholm of Antigonish and the King Racing entry from Pictou will all be part of the field going after the checkered flag starting at 5pm Saturday night.

The 14th annual Walter Macdonald Charity Golf Tournament for the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society will take place on Sunday August 10th, and spots for just two more teams remain open. 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 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



MAN FACING DRUG CHARGES FIRES LAWYER, PLEADS NOT GUILTY
Tuesday 5th August 2014
A Stellarton man is going to trial on several drug and excise charges, but without legal representation. 26-year old Travis Lee Darnell Patterson told the court he was firing his lawyer and wished to represent himself. Patterson elected trial by Supreme Court Judge and Jury, pleading not guilty to three charges related to possession of more than 30 grams of cannabis in February. A trial date will be set August 28th. Patterson also pleaded not guilty to possession of unstamped tobacco – those charges will go to trial November 24th.


AFFORDABLE HOUSING RECEIVES FUNDING EXTENSION
Tuesday 5th August 2014
Federal Justice Minister and Central Nova MP Peter MacKay was in Halifax this morning to make an announcement of a joint investment by Ottawa and the Province through an extension of the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) agreement. MacKay and Joanne Bernard, Minister of Community Services responsible for Housing Nova Scotia announced 102-million dollars over five years to help individuals and families in need access affordable housing. Under the IAH, Housing Nova Scotia has the flexibility to design and deliver a range of affordable housing programs to address local housing needs and priorities. On 24 October, 2011, the Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia announced an IAH agreement with a combined investment of some $61 million for the 2011-2014 period. This new agreement extends the original agreement for the 2014-2019 period with an additional combined investment of some $102 million. From April 2011 to 31 March, 2014, the IAH has already helped more than 183,600 households nationally and close to 7,400 in Nova Scotia.


BERTHA COULD SWING THROUGH ATLANTIC CANADA WEDNESDAY EVENING
Tuesday 5th August 2014
The Canadian Hurricane Centre in Halifax says the effects of newly formed Hurricane Bertha could brush parts of Atlantic Canada by late Wednesday. The storm was tracking northward at 31 km/h some 755 kms west of Bermuda early Tuesday with maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometres an hour. Forecasters say the storm was expected to move well south of Nova Scotia with its northern tip expected to spread cloud over the province. The hurricane centre says rain from the post-tropical phase of the storm may affect the southeastern portion of Newfoundland. Winds are expected to remain offshore, although there is a small chance they could affect southeastern Newfoundland on either Wednesday or Thursday. Ocean swells are also expected along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia and in Newfoundland with Bertha likely brining gales to the Southern Maritimes Marine District and the Grand Banks off Newfoundland.


LOCAL SPORTS AUGUST 5
Tuesday 5th August 2014

In the AGR League over the weekend, Arisaig defeated St. Joseph's 9-5.

The Stellarton Nova League is looking to add two more teams for the upcoming season. Teams must have players 19 years of age and over. If you have a team that may be interested, contact Millan at 755-2696 or Vernon at 752-2491. The League plays out of the Thorburn and Stellarton Rinks and offers players two games per week. You can also get in touch with Millan or Vernon if you're an individual who's looking to join a team.

The Parts For Trucks Pro Stock Tour continues this weekend with the Atlantic Cat 250 at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax. Local drivers George Koszkulics of New Glasgow, Dylan Blenkhorn from Truro, Donald Chisholm of Antigonish and the King Racing entry from Pictou will all be part of the field going after the checkered flag starting at 5pm Saturday night.

The 14th annual Walter Macdonald Charity Golf Tournament for the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society will take place on Sunday August 10th, and spots for just two more teams remain open. 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 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



PICTOU BUSINESSES DEMAND ACTION ON MILL
Monday 4th August 2014
A group of Pictou business owners say something has to be done immediately to relieve increased emissions from the town's mill. Anne Emmett, of the Clean Pictou Air group, says the tourism sector is being hurt now and can't wait for Northern Pulp to fix the problem by a promised date of May 2015. Emmett says her group wants the mill shut down until the emissions problem is fixed. Barring that she says the provincial Environment Department has to find some sort of solution. Company spokesman David MacKenzie says closing down the mill in the interim isn't an option, but there's hope of a short-term fix during a maintenance shutdown in September. Environment Minister Randy Delorey says he's been assured there are no immediate health concerns and he's willing to wait to see what progress can be made during the shutdown. Pictou Mayor Joe Hawes says the pollution problem must be dealt with, but not at the cost of jobs at the mill.


RIVERTON MAN FOUND *UPDATE*
Monday 4th August 2014
A missing Riverton man has been located. RCMP said that 62-year-old Jonathan Garrison was located early this morning in the Millbrook area and is fine. Garrison was reported missing from his home on Riverview Road yesterday.


MILL PROTESTORS SAY "WE WANT WELLNESS"
Monday 4th August 2014
A crowd of more than a hundred people came out to the Wellness Centre yesterday afternoon to demand that the provincial government enforce the environmental rules concerning Northern Pulp's mill at Abercrombie Point. Organizer Jean Thompson says she's pleased by the turnout, which shows that people are frustrated by the inaction of the government while people continue to get sick. Protestors are circulating a petition and will begin a letter writing campaign to pressure the province into forcing the mill to clean up its miss and adhere to environmental standards.


LOCAL SPORTS AUGUST 4
Monday 4th August 2014

In AGR league Action, Heatherton defeated Guysborough 5-1. Paul Purcell struck out 10 to get the win.

The Stellarton Nova League is looking to add two more teams for the upcoming season. Teams must have players 19 years of age and over. If you have a team that may be interested, contact Millan at 755-2696 or Vernon at 752-2491. The League plays out of the Thorburn and Stellarton Rinks and offers players two games per week. You can also get in touch with Millan or Vernon if you're an individual who's looking to join a team.

The 14th annual Walter Macdonald Charity Golf Tournament for the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society will take place on Sunday August 10th, and spots for just two more teams remain open. 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 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



PICTOU COUNTY RESIDENTS AND SUPPORTERS ARE INVITED TO "WE WANT WELLNESS" PROTEST
Saturday 2nd August 2014
All Pictou County residents and supporters are being invited to show up for the We Want Wellness Protest tomorrow at noon. Organizer Jane Sproull Thomson says provincial politicians “aren't getting it”, and that the point of this protest is to order that Northern Pulp's mill be shutdown immediately until the problem is fixed. Thompson says the protest will give frustrated people to support each other and have a voice, and she hopes a mass turn-out will send a loud message that the residents of Pictou County can not accept breathing air that their own government has admitted is toxic. The We Want Wellness Protest is at noon tomorrow at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.


LEADER OF OPPOSITION SAYS THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT IT IS A PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBILITY TO ENFORCE EMISSION STANDARDS
Saturday 2nd August 2014
Leader of the Nova Scotia opposition says it is clearly the job of the provincial Liberal government to enforce emission standards at Northern Pulp. Yesterday, Jamie Baillie called the situation with Pictou County's air quality a “provincial embarassment”. He says it is VERY clear that it is the responsibility of the Provincial, not the Federal government, to order compliance, and adds that he simply doesn't believe there has to be a choice made between health and jobs, and he finds it alarming to see citizens in Pictou County being told they can't have both. You can Hear Baillie's full interview with Michael Petter tomorrow on Sunday Report, when a special edition of the show focusing on both sides of the Pulp Mill debate, including an archived interview with former GM of the plant Don Breen prior to his retirement in February. The special episode airs after the 10am news, and again at 5pm. Meanwhile, following a thick fog of pollution blanketed Abercrombie, Trenton and parts of New Glasgow, Northern Pulp had an unexplained shutdown yesterday, causing a buzz in the town of Pictou. The switchboard at the pulp plant was unmanned without a message, and the pulp mill resumed operation throughout the night.


COLCHESTER COUNTY RECEIVES PROVINCIAL MONEY TO MITIGATE FLOOD DAMAGE IN FUTURE
Saturday 2nd August 2014
Three flood-prone areas in Truro & Colchester County will receive almost $280,000 in provincial funding to mitigate damage in future floods.. Colchester County Mayor Bob Taylor said while it has taken considerable time to open the communication channels between various government levels to put the flood relief funding in place, the co-operation that has been reached is what is required to help alleviate the problems that have long plagued residents and businesses located in low-lying areas. Truro Mayor Bill Mills also lauded the cooperation toward the area’s flood relief efforts, which will include ongoing monitoring of the area’s major waterways once the all the work has been completed.Total value of yesterday’s announcement by Minister Karen Casey is $344,275 under the Flood Risk Infrastructure Program. The other money will be used for projects in Lockeport, Amherst and Cumberland County.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND-UP *SATURDAY AUGUST 2*
Saturday 2nd August 2014
Two games were played in the Leo Fahey Twilight Ladies Softball League this week. In the first game, Lisa James and Debbie d’Entremont each with a triple apiece led the Cardinals past the Blue Jays 7-3. Christa Webber’s triple and home run drove in all three Blue Jays runs. In the second game, Stacey Ferguson and Ann Urquhart’s double and two singles each paced the Yankees to a 9-4 victory over the Giants. Robin Fraser and Katie Bray led the Giants with two singles apiece. Action continues this Monday evening at the Albion Field with the Blue Jays hosting the Giants at 6:15 and the Yankees hosting the Cardinals at 7:25.

A young Nova Scotia gymnast has won silver in the women's vault at the Commonwealth Games. Ellie Black of Halifax finished second behind England's Claudia Fragapane yesterday at the games in Scotland. Black says she had a good attitude going into yesterday's vault competition and it helped her win a medal.

The next race in the Parts For Trucks ProStock Tour takes place this weekend at the Oyster Bed Speedway in PEI, when the Parts For Trucks 100 runs. Local drivers George Koszkulics of New Glasgow, Dylan Blenkhorn from Truro, Donald Chisholm of Antigonish and the King Racing entry from Pictou will all be part of the field going after the checkered flag starting at 6pm Saturday night.

Live Horse Harness Racing at the Sport Pugwash Raceway is a family-friendly outing happening today! 12 races are are on the cards getting underway at 2pm. Doors open at 1pm with a canteen on-site. Both admission and parking are free.

The Stellarton Nova League is looking to add two more teams for the upcoming season. Teams must have players 19 years of age and over. If you have a team that may be interested, contact Millan at 755-2696 or Vernon at 752-2491. The League plays out of the Thorburn and Stellarton Rinks and offers players two games per week. You can also get in touch with Millan or Vernon if you're an individual who's looking to join a team.

The 14th annual Walter Macdonald Charity Golf Tournament for the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society will take place on Sunday August 10th, and spots for just two more teams remain open. 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 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



NEW GLASGOW WATERING TROUGH IS DESIGNATED HERITAGE SITE
Friday 1st August 2014
New Glasgow has added another heritage site. A watering trough at the intersection of MacDonald Street and East River Road, built in 1913, is the last of three that provided clean water for the many horses traveling through town. Mayor Barrie MacMillan says that horses played an important role in New Glasgow's development, as they were the main method to transport people and goods before the 20th century. MacMillan also noted in attendance the many descendants of Albert Williams, an African Nova Scotian man whose business was amoung the last in the town to use horses.


HOUSTON ALARMED BY LIBERAL SPENDING, CALLS FOR A BALANCED BUDGET
Friday 1st August 2014
Progressive Conservative Finance Critic Tim Houston says the Liberal government’s failure to balance our provincial budget means Nova Scotians are even further away from seeing meaningful debt reduction. Yesterday saw the release of the 2013-14 audited financial statements and the province is now $14.8 billion dollars in debt – over $15,700 per resident up from $14,800 in 2013. Houston says even more alarming is the Liberals’ spring budget that showed a plan to add another billion dollars to the debt over their four-year mandate. Houston says Minister Whalen needs to step up and make some serious financial decisions, instead of simply reiterating the current financial situation. He is calling for a real plan to balance the budget and service the debt, so next generations are not left with the burden.


JAMIE BAILLIE ADDS REACTION TO NORTHERN PULP DEBATE
Friday 1st August 2014
The Leader of the Opposition in the Nova Scotia Legislature is calling the situation in Pictou County surrounding the air quality “a provincial embarrassment”. Jamie Baillie says the lack of action from the province in relation to emissions from the Northern Pulp mill at Abercrombie Point is unacceptable. Baillie says he finds it hard to believe that there is no imminent danger from the particulates that are exceeding emissions standards. He says he respects the importance of Northern Pulp as an employer in the region, but is calling on the mill to do a better job, with government, to protect air quality.


CHAD TRANSIT RECEIVES FUNDING FOR NEW BUS
Friday 1st August 2014
The Central Highland Association for the Disabled is getting some support from the province for their planned purchase of a 16-passenger accessible bus. The nearly 59-thousand dollars from the province was announced this morning in Truro as part of over 412-thousand in funding under the Accessible Transportation Assistance Program going to eight transportation providers. Danny MacGillivray, vice-chair of the Rural Transportation Association and executive director of CHAD Transit says the groups will be able to provide for the transportation needs of seniors, the the disabled, and all other Nova Scotians who are transportationally disadvantaged.


MACDONALD TAKES OVER AT ST. FRANCIS XAVIER UNIVERSITY
Friday 1st August 2014
It's Day 1 on the job for St. Francis Xavier University's new president Kent MacDonald. MacDonald replaces the retiring Dr. Sean Riley, who led the university for 18 years. The Pictou County native comes to the university from Ontario's Algonquin College where he served as the school's president and C-E-O. MacDonald has also led private sector and not for profit organizations in Ontario and has been a teacher in both Canada and New Zealand.


DARTMOUTH FIRE FORCES EVACUATION
Friday 1st August 2014
A fire at an apartment building in Dartmouth this morning forced the evacuation of the three-storey structure. Corey Beals, division commander for Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency, says no one was injured in the fire which broke out around 5:00. The blaze started on the second floor of the building, and damage extended to the third floor and into the attic. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


PROTEST PLANNED FOR SUNDAY
Friday 1st August 2014
A protest is planned for Sunday at noon at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The protest is being organized through Facebook, with the title We Want Wellness Protest. The group organizing the event is looking for the closure of the Northern Pulp mill at Abercrombie Point until the new precipitator can be installed. Management of the mill and the union representing the employees have both recently come out saying that a closure at this time would be problematic because of the likelihood that the employees would not be able to wait around for their jobs to resume, and those skilled workers would end up leaving the region.


ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT RELEASES UPDATE ON EFFLUENT LEAK
Friday 1st August 2014
Some recovery is already taking place in the wetlands where effluent from the Northern Pulp mill at Abercrombie Point leaked into the ground two months ago. Yesterday, a report released by the Department of Environment indicated that the levels of biochemical oxygen demand in the area are returning to normal. This despite the fact that at the height of the leak, levels were double that approved by the Department. Kathleen Johnson, an environmental engineer with the Environment Department, says the recovery is due in part to the fact that the flow was stopped as quickly as it was. Johnson says long-term negative impacts would have been more likely if the leak had been over a much longer period of time. The number of total suspended solids in the wetlands at the height of the leak were also well above approved levels, the impact of that would also only have been over the short term. However, the presence of dioxins, which are toxic pollutants, means further investigation will take place. The report does indicate that materials likely did not reach Melmerby Beach and other points downstream from where the leak occurred.


TRAFFIC NOTES IN NEW GLASGOW
Friday 1st August 2014
With arguably the busiest weekend of the summer in downtown New Glasgow, there are some traffic notes to consider when planning your visit to the downtown core. Parts of Riverside Parkway and Dalhousie Street will be closed as of 8am today until 4am Monday, while the George Street Bridge will be reduced to two lanes during that time. Terrace Street will be closed on Saturday and Sunday starting at 10am, reopening at 5pm Saturday and 7pm Sunday. A few parking restrictions are also in effect, with Glasgow Square already closed, and the Goodman Parking Lot closing as of 8am today, although Bridgeview Square will remain open and accessible from the foundry side.


NO CHANGE IN THE PRICE OF GAS, DIESEL UP SHARPLY
Friday 1st August 2014
As Nova Scotians head into the long weekend, it will cost more to drive to your destination if your vehicle runs on diesel. The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board made no changes to the price of a litre of regular unleaded gasoline, holding steady at one dollar, 38.4 cents in the northeastern mainland. Diesel, however, went up by more than 2 cents per litre, to a new price of one dollar, 32.2 cents. These prices will remain in effect until next Friday morning at 12:01am.


LOCAL SPORTS AUGUST 1
Friday 1st August 2014

Two games were played in the Leo Fahey Twilight Ladies Softball League this week. In the first game, Lisa James and Debbie d’Entremont each with a triple apiece led the Cardinals past the Blue Jays 7-3. Christa Webber’s triple and home run drove in all three Blue Jays runs. In the second game, Stacey Ferguson and Ann Urquhart’s double and two singles each paced the Yankees to a 9-4 victory over the Giants. Robin Fraser and Katie Bray led the Giants with two singles apiece. Action continues this Monday evening at the Albion Field with the Blue Jays hosting the Giants at 6:15 and the Yankees hosting the Cardinals at 7:25.

A young Nova Scotia gymnast has won gold in the women's beam at the Commonwealth Games. Ellie Black from Halifax took the top spot ahead of an Australian and a Welsh gymnast. It is her second medal in as many days after winning silver yesterday in the vault.

The next race in the Parts For Trucks ProStock Tour takes place this weekend at the Oyster Bed Speedway in PEI, when the Parts For Trucks 100 runs. Local drivers George Koszkulics of New Glasgow, Dylan Blenkhorn from Truro, Donald Chisholm of Antigonish and the King Racing entry from Pictou will all be part of the field going after the checkered flag starting at 6pm Saturday night.

The Stellarton Nova League is looking to add two more teams for the upcoming season. Teams must have players 19 years of age and over. If you have a team that may be interested, contact Millan at 755-2696 or Vernon at 752-2491. The League plays out of the Thorburn and Stellarton Rinks and offers players two games per week. You can also get in touch with Millan or Vernon if you're an individual who's looking to join a team.

Tonight's scheduled game between the Trenton Rangers and Heatherton in the AGR League has been postponed. The make-up date has yet to be announced.

The 14th annual Walter Macdonald Charity Golf Tournament for the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society will take place on Sunday August 10th, and spots for just two more teams remain open. 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 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)

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