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Showing news for the month of October , 2014

TIME CHANGE THIS WEEKEND
Thursday 30th October 2014
Nova Scotians will gain an extra hour of sleep this Sunday when daylight savings time ends. People are reminded to set their clocks back one hour at 2 a-m, or Saturday evening before they go to bed. This is also a good opportunity to clean dryer vents to prevent fires, and to change batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Smoke detectors should be tested monthly and replaced every 10 years.


U-VINTS AND U-BREWS GRANTED LEGAL STATUS
Thursday 30th October 2014
Government has approved regulations that officially provide U-Vints and U-Brews legal status in the province. These regulations will help develop a sustainable and competitive environment for operators and customers who want to make their own beer and wine. Amendments to the Liquor Control Act allowing ferment-on- premises came into effect yesterday.


BRIDGE WORK TO BE DONE TONIGHT
Thursday 30th October 2014
Work on the George Street Bridge will result in closure of that entryway into the downtown core of New Glasgow starting at 8:00pm tonight. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal will be repairing bridge joints, with the work expected to last until 6:00am tomorrow. Motorists are advised to find alternate routes into and out of the downtown area during that time.


CLEAN AIR ACT DEBATED IN LEGISLATURE
Thursday 30th October 2014
A law introduced to the Legislature by Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane was debated yesterday that would deal with situations such as the ongoing concerns at Northern Pulp should it pass. The Clean Air Act, modeled on a similar law in New Brunswick, is centered on the premise that there does not have to be a choice between clean air and good jobs. The Act would require strict monitoring of air quality, putting the responsibility on polluters for any damage or negative impacts. MacFarlane acknowledges that the situation at Northern Pulp was part of the driving force behind the need to create the bill. MacFarlane is calling on the Liberal government to support the bill and put an end to the school of thought that if Nova Scotians want jobs associated with industry, they have to be prepared to live with some unpleasant consequences.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – OCTOBER 30
Thursday 30th October 2014

The Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers are getting set to host the Valley Wildcats tonight at the Wellness Centre. The Crushers come into the game having earned an honorable mention in the Jr A National Ranking list published on Monday. They currently hold a five point lead on both Valley and the Truro Bearcats in the race for first place in the Eastlink Division. This is the third meeting of the season between the Crushers and Wildcats, with Pictou County having won both of the previous games. It is the first of two games for the Crushers this week, as they will head to Yarmouth on Saturday.

Some recent results from the Nova Hockey League. Tuesday night in Stellarton, the Elk's Club got past the Pictou Landing Falcons 10-7. Last night, Thistle Bar beat Connors Transfer 6-4. Two games tonight in Thorburn, starting at 7:00pm, when Can-Connect faces Dewtie's Excavating. At 8:15pm Thistle Bar will play Whitey's Vikings.

Crushers PEEWEE AA had one win this past weekend. On Saturday, the Crushers went up against Truro Bearcats with the game ending in a win of 3-1. Cody MacDougall was strong between the nets as the winning goalie. Crushers won’t play again until November 8, 9th.

Two games yesterday in the Walter Duggan World Indoor Soccer League. In game one, Canada beat Greece 5-3.
Canada: Jordyn Ferguson 3, JD MacKenzie 2
Greece: Dylan Kontuk 2, Jonathan Pyrovolos 1
Game two saw Barcelona defeat Spain 4-3.
Barcelona: Keifer Avery 3, Bryden Hutton 1
Spain: Isabel Kermack 1

It is Provincial Championship Weekend for High School Soccer, and one of the tournaments will take place at the Northumberland Field in Alma. The Lady Knighthawks host the NSSAF Division 2 Championship, and will face Central Kings in one semi-final this Friday at noon. At 2:30pm, the other semi-final features Northeast Kings against Millwood. The bronze medal and gold medal games will take place Saturday at 10am and 12pm.

Pictou Academy Senior Girls soccer team will head to East Antigonish this Friday and Saturday in hopes of bringing home the Division Four Championship. This is the third straight year that PA girls have made it to Provincials winning a bronze 2012 and a silver in 2013.

The North Nova Gryphons Boys Hockey Team next regular home game has been rescheduled due to Halloween and will be played on Sunday November 2 at the Wellness Centre at 1:30 against the Northumberland Nighthawks. Admission is $4.00 and $2.00 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are admitted free. The Gryphons will travel to Port Hood on Saturday to take on the Dalbrae Dragons at 6pm. Parents and players would like to thank all those who donated their recycling to the bottle drive this past weekend.

Northern Nova United Soccer Club will be launching its winter training centre over the next few days, and will be hosting an open house on Saturday, November 1st for U4 & U6 players, and Monday, November 3rd for U8 to U16 players at the William M. Sobey Sports Complex in Stellarton. Players born from 2009-2012 can come to the field for a free training session on Saturday, November 1st from 10-11am where parents and players can learn about the program which is under the direction of club head coach Jackie Fitt-Ryan. Players born from 1999-2008 can come to the field for a free training session on Monday, November 3rd . Players born from 2007-2008 will be on the field from 6-7pm, followed by players born from 2003-2006 from 7-8pm, wrapping up with players born from 1999-2002 from 8-9pm. The cost for U4-U6 is $75 for 12 weeks, while U8-16 is $100 for 16 weeks. All training will be in Stellarton at the William M. Sobey Sports Complex, with no travel out of the county. For more information visit www.nnusc.com.

The first of four, Round-Robin, Snooker ranking tours for the Northern N.S. Region will end this Friday, with the second one beginning the following day. The top four players currently stand as:
1   Billy Martin
2   Jeff Gillin
3   Don Latter
4   Peter Borden
Our region has only 17 actively competing players so we have room for a lot more in the next three tours.  Check the Century Snooker Club Facebook page for info.

The second Cue Sports Nova Scotia, Northern Region, OPEN 9-ball, Double Knockout, Satellite tour will be held on Saturday at Century Snooker Club in New Glasgow. Coming into this event, the ranking are as follows:
1   Billy Martin
2   John Baker
3   Nick Kaiser
4   Jeff Gillin
5   Chris Simmons
6   Greg Quinn
7   Chris Kemp
8   Kris Dunbar
9   Shawn Fequet
10  William Holmes
11   Archie Best
12.   Peter Borden
13   Jody Turner
Members from other regions will be playing this Saturday, and pool fans are welcome to come and watch this incredibly good competition and can even be a player if they wish to join in on the action.

Pictou Recreation Aquatics is offering a new Active for Life Swim - Would you like to get back into the water and enjoy un-structured swim time? Open to those with mobility challenges and seniors 55+. Assistance provided by certified staff. Aqua wheelchair and hydraulic lift available to access water. No cost, bring a friend or family member. Every Wednesday, 1-2pm. Call the pool for details at 485-5301.

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



CONDOLENCE BOOK SET UP AT NEW GLASGOW TOWN HALL FOR SOLDIERS' FAMILIES
Wednesday 29th October 2014
The Town of New Glagsow is setting up two books for community members to send their condolences to the families of two soldiers who lost their lives last week. The books will be set up at the front desk of New Glasgow Town Hall starting tomorrow from 8:30am to 4:30pm, and staying there until Thursday, 6 November. The book is available for all Pictou County residents, or anyone visiting the area who wishes to send a message to the families of Cpl Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent. Central Nova MP and Justice Minister Peter MacKay says the attacks last week were directed at Canadian democracy, freedom, and security. He say Canadians will stand together to condemn the acts of violence by linking with the family and friends of the fallen.


FRIENDS FOR FLEUR TAKING PLACE TONIGHT
Wednesday 29th October 2014
A fundraising concert is set for tonight at the Glasgow Square Theatre for beloved local musician and East Coast FM radio host Fleur Mainville who is currently battling cancer.  "Friends for Fleur" are coming together to support Mainville and her family during this difficult time.  The show boasts artists such as Dave Gunning, J.P. Cormier, John Spyder MacDonald, John Landry, Christina Martin, Carmel Mikol, Jim Dorie, Karen Corbin, and many more.   Programs and events manager at the Square Carlton Munroe is expecting a big turn out.The show will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets will be $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.  For more information please check out eastcoastfm.ca, click community and "special events".


NO OTHER FRACKING WATER DISPOSAL PROPOSALS UNDER CONSIDERATION
Wednesday 29th October 2014
The Nova Scotia government says it is not currently considering any other proposals to dispose of treated hydraulic fracturing waste water. But Environment Minister Randy Delorey says the government will assess any other proposals that come forward. The province has approved a request from Atlantic Industrial Services to use five million litres of waste water at the Lafarge cement plant in Brookfield. The waste water is left over from drilling that occurred seven years ago. It will be transported from holding ponds in Debert to the plant, where it will be used as a coolant in a kiln and evaporated. The approval follows a pilot project earlier this spring. Delorey says evaporation is a viable disposal solution for the waste water. About 10 million litres of waste water remain in two ponds in Debert. There's another 20 million litres of waste water in two holding ponds in Kennetcook.


JONES TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR DON'T BE AFRAID CAMPAIGN
Wednesday 29th October 2014
Scott Jones is among the Nova Scotians who will be honoured today at the 2014 Community Heroes Awards presented by the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to Nova Scotia's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. Jones launched the “Don't Be Afraid” campaign to combat homophobia and promote acceptance after he was attacked in downtown New Glasgow. The assault last year left him paralyzed from the waist down, and Jones has said he believes he was targeted because he is gay.


SYSTEM UPGRADE TO IMPACT SERVICES NEXT WEEK AT HEALTH AUTHORITY
Wednesday 29th October 2014
The province is conducting an upgrade to the hospital information system which will impact on service delivery next week. Laboratory Specimen Collection Clinics in New Glasgow and Pictou will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, 4 and 5 November. Patients may also experience some delays in registration due to the system being unavailable. The Department of Health and Wellness says the upgrade is necessary to ensure optimum performance to provide timely, accurate information to support patient care on a go-forward basis.


WESTVILLE DECLINES MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
Wednesday 29th October 2014
A decision from the Town of Westville regarding the Memorandum of Understanding was formally announced at their monthly meeting earlier this week. It comes as little surprise, after several comments by members of council, that Westville has opted not to sign on to the document penned by New Glasgow, Pictou, and the County Municipality. Mayor Roger MacKay of Westville, who has spoken in favor of amalgamation in the past, said having the other units trying to dictate the process made the document hard to swallow. Councilor Lennie White, who also has spoken in favor of amalgamation, described the MOU as ill-conceived and ill-designed. Westville joins Trenton, who made their announcement at their monthly meeting last week, as the two units within the county not to be involved in the MOU. Stellarton opted in following a contentious public consultation meeting earlier this month.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – OCTOBER 29
Wednesday 29th October 2014

The Ballantyne Fuels PeeWee AAA Crushers had a successful trip to Yarmouth this past weekend. In game one, the Crushers and the Mariners battled through a tight match and had a 2-1 lead after 2. Scoring in the first period were Connor MacLeod and Ryan Green with Blake Kontuk earning an assist. Late in the third the Mariners pulled their goalie and had an extra attacker on the ice and Kontuk sealed the win with an empty net goal. Brayden Leblanc made key saves to earn the win. On Sunday, the crew were in tough with the Mariners leading 3-1 after two periods of play. Ethan MacDonald opened the scoring for the Crushers with assists going to Ryan Green and Raymond Chisholm. In the third period with only 2 minutes 30 seconds left Chisholm brought it to within 1. With time running out and with the Crushers having an extra attacker, Ryan Green scored the tying goal with Thomas Schnare and Kontuk picking up assists. Keegan Walker was solid in goal. The team showed grit and determination throughout the weekend.

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers travelled to Amherst this past Saturday to play the Cumberland Atom A team. Final score of the game was 13-7. Crushers started strong scoring 7 goals in the first period, but the Ramblers rallied in the second with 6 goals to 1 from the Crushers. The Crushers netted 5 more in the third to secure the win. Scoring for the Crushers was Cameron MacKinnon (3), Seth Gallant (2), Ian Reynolds (2), Lane Lochead, Adam Farrell, Reese Smith, Nikos Bonvie, Ben Wallace, and Brent Chapman. Assists went to Reynolds, Gallant, Lochead, Wallace, MacKinnon, Peyton Clements, Smith and Farrell. Cole Battist and Jacob MacLeod shared the games between the posts. The Atom A Crushers participate in Hockey Nova Scotia’s Developmental Weekend and will not travel for games this week.

Two games were played in the Walter Duggan World Indoor Soccer League yesterday. In the firsy game, Italy defeated Mexico 4-1.
Italy …..Austin Pettipas 2, Kake Barkhouse 1, Kate Koch 1
Mexico…Ethan Gilmore 1
Game two saw Ireland win 7-2 over Portugal.
Ireland: Caleb Janes 3, Aiden Turnbull 3, Brendan Avery 2, Kale Behie 1
Portugal: Kayden Moulaison 1

The Candians defeated the Leafs 5-4 on Sunday evening at the Westville Miners Sports Center in the Leo Fahey Twilight Ladies Hockey League. Leanne MacDonald with two goals and single tallies by Amy Cameron, Dawn MacKay, and Liz MacFarlene paced for the Canadians. The Leafs were led by Santina Ruston’s 3 goals and Debbie MacLean’s single tally.

One game last night in the NSJHL saw Brookfield come away with a dominating home win, 9-2 over the Cumberland County Blues. The Pictou County Scotians are off until Sunday, when they host the Strait Pirates at 7pm at Trenton Arena.

It is Provincial Championship Weekend for High School Soccer, and one of the tournaments will take place at the Northumberland Field in Alma. The Lady Knighthawks host the NSSAF Division 2 Championship, and will face Central Kings in one semi-final this Friday at noon. At 2:30pm, the other semi-final features Northeast Kings against Millwood. The bronze medal and gold medal games will take place Saturday at 10am and 12pm.

Pictou Academy Senior Girls soccer team will head to East Antigonish this Friday and Saturday in hopes of bringing home the Division Four Championship. This is the third straight year that PA girls have made it to Provincials winning a bronze 2012 and a silver in 2013.

The North Nova Gryphons Boys Hockey Team next regular home game has been rescheduled due to Halloween and will be played on Sunday November 2 at the Wellness Centre at 1:30 against the Northumberland Nighthawks. Admission is $4.00 and $2.00 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are admitted free. The Gryphons will travel to Port Hood on Saturday to take on the Dalbrae Dragons at 6pm. Parents and players would like to thank all those who donated their recycling to the bottle drive this past weekend.

The first of four, Round-Robin, Snooker ranking tours for the Northern N.S. Region will end this Friday, with the second one beginning the following day. The top four players currently stand as:
1   Billy Martin
2   Jeff Gillin
3   Don Latter
4   Peter Borden
Our region has only 17 actively competing players so we have room for a lot more in the next three tours.  Check the Century Snooker Club Facebook page for info.

The second Cue Sports Nova Scotia, Northern Region, OPEN 9-ball, Double Knockout, Satellite tour will be held on Saturday at Century Snooker Club in New Glasgow. Coming into this event, the ranking are as follows:
1   Billy Martin
2   John Baker
3   Nick Kaiser
4   Jeff Gillin
5   Chris Simmons
6   Greg Quinn
7   Chris Kemp
8   Kris Dunbar
9   Shawn Fequet
10  William Holmes
11   Archie Best
12.   Peter Borden
13   Jody Turner
Members from other regions will be playing this Saturday, and pool fans are welcome to come and watch this incredibly good competition and can even be a player if they wish to join in on the action.

Pictou Recreation Aquatics is offering a new Active for Life Swim - Would you like to get back into the water and enjoy un-structured swim time? Open to those with mobility challenges and seniors 55+. Assistance provided by certified staff. Aqua wheelchair and hydraulic lift available to access water. No cost, bring a friend or family member. Every Wednesday, 1-2pm. Call the pool for details at 485-5301.

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



JUSTIN BOURQUE TO BE SENTENCED FRIDAY AFTERNOON
Tuesday 28th October 2014
Justin Bourque will be sentenced Friday afternoon for the shootings that killed three Mounties and injured two others in Moncton. The Crown is seeking 75 years before Bourque would be eligible for parole while the defence wants 50 years. The Crown told Bourque's sentencing hearing today that he purchased a semi-automatic M305 rifle from a store in Moncton in July of 2009, and he had a valid firearms acquisition certificate for the weapon. Bourque also bought a Mossberg pump-action shotgun with a valid acquisition certificate in November of 2012, but it wasn't fired during the June 4th shootings.


BUDGET OFFICER SAYS FOUR SHIPS TO BE BUILT
Tuesday 28th October 2014
The Parliamentary Budget Officer says the government budget will only pay for four Arctic patrol ships, not between six and eight as it claims. And the P-B-O says the 3.1-billion-dollar budget might only pay for three ships if there is a delay of more than a year. The Irving shipyard in Halifax was selected to build the ships, and the deadline to sign a deal to begin constructing them is the end of the year.


FRACKING WASTEWATER DISPOSAL APPROVED
Tuesday 28th October 2014
The Nova Scotia government will allow another five million litres of treated hydraulic fracturing wastewater to be disposed of at a Lafarge cement plant in Brookfield. Environment Minister Randy Delorey says he's approved a request from Atlantic Industrial Services to use the wastewater as a coolant in a kiln at the plant. Delorey says a previous pilot project of two million litres showed evaporation is a viable disposal solution for the province's existing hydraulic fracturing wastewater. About 167 truckloads of water will be needed to transport the wastewater from holding ponds in Debert to the cement plant.


SHORT LINE TRAIL TO RECEIVE PROVINCIAL FUNDING
Tuesday 28th October 2014
The Short Line Trail will more than double in length after a contribution of 62-thousand dollars from the province announced yesterday. The trail is currently five kilometres long, and another 7 kilometres will be added by the Pictou County Trails Association using the funding from the Active Transportation Network in the Department of Energy. Halifax-Chebucto MLA Joachim Stroink was on hand to make the announcement of the extension which will connect Hardwood Hill and Scotsburn. The trail will be built on an abandoned rail bed, which Association trails co-ordinator Sally O'Neill says is an opportunity to reimagine and rewrite some community history.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – OCTOBER 28
Tuesday 28th October 2014

The Pictou County Scotians took out the two-time defending NSJHL champions last night, beating the Sackville Blazers 5-4 in their own barn. Cole Livingston scored the game winner with just over 8 minutes left in the third period. Lucas Eshelman had a hat-trick, while Jason Falkenham stopped 40 of 44 shots in the win. The Scotians improved to 5-2-1, just 3 points back of Glace Bay for first place in the Sid Rowe Division, and with two games in hand. The Scotians next game will be Sunday night at home against the Strait Pirates. Game time at Trenton Arena is 7pm.

The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers played 2 games this past weekend at Kingston Arena vs the Western Valley Spartans. On Saturday, the Crushers ran into penalty trouble and came out on the short end, losing 4-0 to the Spartans.  Nick Laffin made 41 saves in the loss.  On Sunday, the Crushers played a much better team game, defeating the Spartans 4-3. Matt Munroe and Parker Hickey played a strong defensive game for the Crushers. Scoring for the Crushers were Nick Dykstra with 2 goals, Matt Martin and Michael MacGillivary with one goal each.  Assists going to Martin with three, Dykstra and MacGillivary with two a piece. Ryan Royles made a glove save late in the game to preserve the win for the Crushers. This weekend is Development Weekend for all teams, so there are no games scheduled.  The Crushers will play 2 home games the following weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre vs the Shelburne Flames on on Saturday, November 8th at 6:15pm, then again on Sunday, November 9th at 10:45am.

There are two games on the schedule tonight in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League. At 8pm in Stellarton, Pictou Landing Falcons will take on the Elk's Club. At 9pm in Pictou, Can-Connect faces Nat Pro Gas. One game tomorrow, with Connor's against Thistle Bar at 9pm in Stellarton.

It is Provincial Championship Weekend for High School Soccer, and one of the tournaments will take place at the Northumberland Field in Alma. The Lady Knighthawks host the NSSAF Division 2 Championship, and will face Central Kings in one semi-final this Friday at noon. At 2:30pm, the other semi-final features Northeast Kings against Millwood. The bronze medal and gold medal games will take place Saturday at 10am and 12pm.

Pictou Academy Senior Girls soccer team will head to East Antigonish this Friday and Saturday in hopes of bringing home the Division Four Championship. This is the third straight year that PA girls have made it to Provincials winning a bronze 2012 and a silver in 2013.

In their only game of the weekend, the North Nova Gryphons Boys hockey team extended their unbeaten strike to five after beating the Dr. JH Gillis Royals from Antigonish  by a 6-1 margin. Austin Mason started the scoring in the first period assisted by Tyler Baird. Ryan MacDonald scored with 2 seconds left to take a 2-0 lead into the second. Campbell Burrows opened the second frame on a goal assisted by Duncan Byrne. Chris Brooker scored a power play goal with assists to Ryan Chabbassol and Jacob Pentz while Luke Pelton scored assisted by Noah Delorey and Baird to take a 5-0 lead into the third period. Chris Brooker scored his second marker of the night assisted by Carson Dunbar and Pentz. With 15 seconds remaining in the game, the Royals scored to break the shut out. Matt Murray backstopped the Gryphons for the win. The Gryphons next regular home game has been rescheduled due to Halloween and will be played on Sunday November 2 at the Wellness Centre at 1:30 against the Northumberland Nighthawks. Admission is $4.00 and $2.00 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are admitted free. The Gryphons will travel to Port Hood on Saturday to take on the Dalbrae Dragons at 6pm. Parents and players would like to thank all those who donated their recycling to the bottle drive this past weekend.

A pair of wins last week has moved the Weeks Jr A Crushers onto the national radar. The Crushers, off of wins against Amherst and Truro, earned an Honorable Mention, along with the Dieppe Commandos on the National Top 20 rankings. The Woodstock Slammers moved up one spot from sixth to fifth in the rankings, as they continue to roll, with a record of 12-1.

The MHL announced the three stars of the week yesterday, and there is not much surprise that Ryan Caswell of the Crushers was named the first star. Caswell scored three goals and added an assist in his first two games in a Crusher jersey, leading the Eastlink Division leaders to a pair of wins over Amherst and Truro. Ryan Langan of Dieppe and Eddie Banville from Campbellton rounded out the three star selection. This week, the Crushers host Valley on Thursday, who currently sit tied for second in the Eastlink with Truro, 5 points back of the Crushers. The Crushers then head to Yarmouth on Saturday.

The first of four, Round-Robin, Snooker ranking tours for the Northern N.S. Region will end this Friday, with the second one beginning the following day. The top four players currently stand as:
1   Billy Martin
2   Jeff Gillin
3   Don Latter
4   Peter Borden
Our region has only 17 actively competing players so we have room for a lot more in the next three tours.  Check the Century Snooker Club Facebook page for info.

The second Cue Sports Nova Scotia, Northern Region, OPEN 9-ball, Double Knockout, Satellite tour will be held on Saturday at Century Snooker Club in New Glasgow. Coming into this event, the ranking are as follows:
1   Billy Martin
2   John Baker
3   Nick Kaiser
4   Jeff Gillin
5   Chris Simmons
6   Greg Quinn
7   Chris Kemp
8   Kris Dunbar
9   Shawn Fequet
10  William Holmes
11   Archie Best
12.   Peter Borden
13   Jody Turner
Members from other regions will be playing this Saturday, and pool fans are welcome to come and watch this incredibly good competition and can even be a player if they wish to join in on the action.

Pictou Recreation Aquatics is offering a new Active for Life Swim - Would you like to get back into the water and enjoy un-structured swim time? Open to those with mobility challenges and seniors 55+. Assistance provided by certified staff. Aqua wheelchair and hydraulic lift available to access water. No cost, bring a friend or family member. Every Wednesday, 1-2pm. Call the pool for details at 485-5301.

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



TWO-DAY SENTENCING HEARING BEGINS TODAY FOR JUSTIN BOURQUE
Monday 27th October 2014
A two-day sentencing hearing begins today for Justin Bourque in Moncton, New Brunswick. Bourque has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting three Mounties and wounding two others in early June. He could be handed the harshest sentence since the death penalty was abolished -- 75 years in prison before he is eligible to apply for parole. However, legal scholars say it's unlikely the 24-year-old man will face the maximum penalty under the law.


PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT PUTTING MONEY INTO TRAIL EXPANSION PROJECT IN PICTOU COUNTY
Monday 27th October 2014
The Provincial government is putting money into a trail expansion project in Pictou County. The Pictou County Trails Association will be given $62,000 to complete seven kilometers of Short Line Trail. The trail will connect the existing five kilometers. The trail will connect people in Hardwood Hill and Scotsburn to businesses, workplaces and the Scotsburn Elementary School.


STUDY OF HIGHWAY 104 TO BE COMPLETED
Monday 27th October 2014
A portion of Highway 104 will undergo a safety review following calls for the road to be twinned. Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan says the government is aware of concerns from residents who travel along the 37-kilometre stretch that connects Antigonish and Sutherland's River. Joe MacDonald, the volunteer fire chief in Barney's River, has started an online petition urging the government to twin that portion of the highway. He says there have been 14 fatal crashes on that stretch since 2009. MacLellan says a tender will be issued this week for the safety review.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – OCTOBER 26
Monday 27th October 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crusher got their third consecutive victory Saturday night, a 5-4 win in a shootout against the Bearcats in Truro. Regan Spears scored the shootout winner in the fourth round to clinch the win for the Crushers, who now lead the Eastlink Division by five points over the Bearcats and Valley Wildcats, who are tied for second. Ryan Caswell scored twice, giving him three goals in his two games since joining the Crushers this past week. The Crushers are now off until Thursday when they host the Valley Wildcats.

The Pictou County Scotians fell in overtime last night at the Trenton Arena to the Sid Rowe Division leading Glace Bay Miners, 4-3. Criag Matheson, Lucas Eshelman, and Brandon Verge scored for the Scotians, who are now 5 points behind the Miners, and 3 ahead of the third place Strait Pirates. The Scotians are right back in action tonight, when they visit the Sackville Blazers.

It was a rough weekend for the Weeks Major Midgets, losing twice to the South Shore Mustangs in Bridgewater. On Saturday night, the Mustangs raced away to a 5-1 win, followed up by a 4-1 decision Sunday afternoon.

Joey MacDonald started twice for the Hamilton Bulldogs over the weekend, earning a 4-1 win over the Toronto Marlies on Friday and losing 5-2 to the San Antonio Rampage on Sunday. MacDonald now has a 2-2 record in 4 starts. The next action for the Bulldogs comes Wednesday in Rochester against the Americans.

Pictou Academy Senior Girls soccer team punched their ticket to the NSSAF Provincial Soccer Championships with two wins in qualifying action last week. On Wednesday PA traveled to Port Hawkesbury to play Inverness Education Center and came out on top 4-0. On Saturday they traveled to Lockport and defeated Lockport 4-0. The girls will now be off to East Antigonish this Friday and Saturday in hopes of bringing home the Division Four Championship. This is the third straight year that PA girls have made it to Provincials winning a bronze 2012 and a silver in 2013.

It was an exciting finish to an excellent weekend of female hockey at the Subway Cup female Hockey Tourney held at the Wellness Center this weekend. The Bantam AA Selects had a record of two wins and a loss through the round robin which lead them through to Sunday morning's cross over game against Glace Bay. The Selects fell behind 1-0 after one period of play but mid-way through the second period, Sarah MacNeil scored on a breakaway to even things up. Camryn Halliday scored the winner with two minutes to play and the Selects hung on to win 2-1, putting them in to the afternoon final. Victoria Dunn was solid between the pipes for the Selects. In the gold medal game, the Subways took on the Valley Wild. It was an end to end affair with the Selects having the slight edge in play. The Wild were first on the board, however, when they capitalized on the power play midway through they first period. The Selects bounced back again and tied things up on a goal by Sarah MacNeil. The teams play hard to the final buzzer but with neither team able to score, the game was sent into overtime. The teams battled for five minutes of four on four hockey unable to score. The game then went to a shootout. Valley was able to score on their first two shots while the Selects came up short on both attempts. That gave the hard fought 2-1 win to the Valley. Jenna Landry was stellar in goal for the Selects. Pictou County allowed only two regulation goals throughout the tournament, playing a tight defensive style. The Subways are off now for Development weekend and will return to league play on November 8th.

The Atom A Subway Selects took the gold medal at the Subway Cup, winning the gold medal game over Valley 5-0, and winning all five games they playes by a combined score of 26-2. The Midget AAA Northern Subway Selects earned the silver medal in the Midget Division, falling just short in the final 2-1 to the defending Nova Scotia champions Metro Boston Pizza. The Pee Wee AA Selects also finished with the silver medal, losing the championship game to Dartmouth, 3-2.

Maddie Robertson led the Pictou County Bantam A Subway Selects to victory Sunday in their first league series game against the Glace Bay Miners. Robertson scored twice for the Subway Selects in a 2-1 win over the Miners. Her goals were assisted by Bianca Bourgeois, Ryleigh Sutherland and Hannah Fraser.

The Northumberland Nighthawks Girls Volleyball team won the Tier 2 JH Gillis Tournament over the weekend in Anitgonish. The girls went 6 and 2 in the round robin and a perfect 6 and 0 in the playoffs, beating Riverview of Sydney, North Nova and JH Gillis of Anitgonish. Rylee McLean and Katie Nickerson were all-stars and Jamie Crockett was the MVP.

Three games last night at the Stellarton Arena in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League. Dewtie's Excavating defeated Connors 9-6, Nat Pro Gas over Elk Club 11-5, and Whitey's Vikings beat Pictou Landing Falcons 8-3.

The first of four, Round-Robin, Snooker ranking tours for the Northern N.S. Region will end this Friday, with the second one beginning the following day. The top four players currently stand as:
1   Billy Martin
2   Jeff Gillin
3   Don Latter
4   Peter Borden
Our region has only 17 actively competing players so we have room for a lot more in the next three tours.  Check the Century Snooker Club Facebook page for info.

The second Cue Sports Nova Scotia, Northern Region, OPEN 9-ball, Double Knockout, Satellite tour will be held on Saturday at Century Snooker Club in New Glasgow. Coming into this event, the ranking are as follows:
1   Billy Martin
2   John Baker
3   Nick Kaiser
4   Jeff Gillin
5   Chris Simmons
6   Greg Quinn
7   Chris Kemp
8   Kris Dunbar
9   Shawn Fequet
10  William Holmes
11   Archie Best
12.   Peter Borden
13   Jody Turner
Members from other regions will be playing this Saturday, and pool fans are welcome to come and watch this incredibly good competition and can even be a player if they wish to join in on the action.

Pictou Recreation Aquatics is offering a new Active for Life Swim - Would you like to get back into the water and enjoy un-structured swim time? Open to those with mobility challenges and seniors 55+. Assistance provided by certified staff. Aqua wheelchair and hydraulic lift available to access water. No cost, bring a friend or family member. Every Wednesday, 1-2pm. Call the pool for details at 485-5301.

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LOBLAWS VOLUNTARILY RECALLS ORGANICS BRAND PRIMAVERA PASTA SAUCES
Sunday 26th October 2014
There has been a voluntarily recalling by Loblaw Companies Limited of one of its President’s Choice pasta sauces due to possible plastic contamination. President's Choice Organics brand Primavera Pasta Sauce 700 millilitre jars are being recalled as there may be plastic pieces in it. Consumers are asked that any Organics brand Primavera Pasta sauces with the UPC 0 60383 69005 2, with a best before date of Aug. 7, 2015 should be thrown out or returned to the store from which they were purchased. There have been no reported injuries associated with the consumption of this product. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the recalled products were distributed in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, and Prince Edward Island.


JUSTICE MINISTER ADDRESSES WHAT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING IN AFTERMATH OF FATAL ATTACKS ON SOLDIERS
Sunday 26th October 2014
The Harper government plans to give police and intelligence agencies more tools to fight terrorism as soon as this week. Ottawa hints more powers are needed to make pre-emptive arrests after fatal attacks on two Canadian soldiers over the course of a week. Speaking with East Coast FM's newsroom, Minister of Justice and Central Nova MP Peter MacKay says the government is looking at a number of security measures, saying they are “examining certain sections of the criminal code and taking precautions around public places and bases.” MacKay told reporters earlier in the week the government is trying to find the right balance between civil liberties and protecting national security.


FUNERALS PLANNED FOR SLAIN CANADIAN SOLDIERS
Sunday 26th October 2014
There will be a regimental funeral in Hamilton on Tuesday for Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was murdered last Wednesday while guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Funeral services will be held in a Montreal suburb next Saturday for Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent. He was run down and killed last Monday southeast of Montreal by a radicalized Muslim convert who was shot dead by police.


SENTENCING HEARING TO START TOMORROW IN MONCTON FOR JUSTIN BOURQUE
Sunday 26th October 2014
A sentencing hearing is due to start tomorrow in Moncton, New Brunswick for Justin Bourque, who pleaded guilty to killing three RCMP officers in June. Until 2011, the maximum sentence that could be given to a multiple killer was life in prison with no parole for at least 25 years. However, under a new law that allows for consecutive sentencing, Bourque, who is 24, may not be eligible for parole for 75 years.


DOZENS COME OUT SATURDAY TO HONOUR FALLEN SOLDIERS AT LOCAL CENOTAPH
Sunday 26th October 2014
Canadians from coast to coast stood on guard at cenotaphs yesterday in honour of the two Canadian soldiers who lost their lives last week. Locally, a few dozen came out to the cenotaph at Carmichael Park Saturday morning to remember soldiers Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who both died in targeted attacks.  Minister of Justice and Central Nova MP Peter MacKay was in attendance and called the day's gathering very symbolic of Canadians. Speaking with East Coast FM's newsroom Minister MacKay said “there is a real resolve, a sense of wanting to pull together, hold your loved ones a little tighter and tell our security forces, our military, our police, our first responders, how much we care and appreciate what they're doing and what they've always done for us." The hour-long vigil ended with the crowd singing O Canada.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – OCTOBER 26
Sunday 26th October 2014
The Weeks Jr A Crusher got their third consecutive victory last night, a 5-4 win in a shootout against the Bearcats in Truro. Regan Spears scored the shootout winner in the fourth round to clinch the win for the Crushers, who now lead the Eastlink Division by five points over the Bearcats and Valley Wildcats, who are tied for second. Ryan Caswell scored twice, giving him three goals in his two games since joining the Crushers this past week. The Crushers are now off until Thursday when they host the Valley Wildcats.

Twenty-eight female hockey teams in four age divisions are in Pictou County this weekend for the 2nd Annual Subway Cup. All four Subway Select teams have made it to crossovers or finals today in the Subway Cup being hosted at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Atom Subway girls will play in the championship game at 1130 am and the Peewee AA Subway Girls will be on their own championship fight at 1 pm. Come out and cheer on these Pictou County girls! More information on the tournament can be found at http://www.sport.ca/tournament/index.php?tournament=116 .

The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers are busy with a pair of home games this weekend. They hosted the Cole Harbour Storm last night and lost by a score of 6-3. The Crushers will take on the Bay Gulls at the Wellness Centre this afternoon at 12:15pm.

The Northumberland Nighthawks Girls Volleyball team won the Tear 2 JH Gillis Tournament over the weekend in Antigonish.  The girls went 6 and 2 in the round robin and a perfect 6 and 0 in the playoffs, beating Riverview of Sydney, North Nova and JH Gillis of Antigonish.  Rylee McLean and Katie Nickerson were all-stars and Jamie Crockett was the MVP.

Pictou Recreation Aquatics is offering a new Active for Life Swim - Would you like to get back into the water and enjoy un-structured swim time? Open to those with mobility challenges and seniors 55+. Assistance provided by certified staff. Aqua wheelchair and hydraulic lift available to access water. No cost, bring a friend or family member. Every Wednesday, 1-2pm. Call the pool for details at 485-5301.

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



ACCIDENT FRIDAY EVENING CLOSES EAST RIVER ROAD FOR 30 MINUTES
Saturday 25th October 2014
A motor vehicle accident had East River Road closed in both directions for around 30 minutes last evening. New Glasgow Regional Police and New Glasgow Fire Department responded to an accident involving two vehicles at the intersection of Atlantic Drive and East River Road shortly after 7pm. A Toyota Corolla was traveling southbound on East River Road making a left turn onto Atlantic Drive, while a Hyundai Elantra was traveling northbound. Both vehicles collided causing the driver of the Hyundai to be taken to Hospital by Emergency Health Services for minor injuries and was later released. The Hyundai suffered extensive damage. The driver of the Toyota was a 20 year old from Antigonish and was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act for Failing to Yield to the Right of Way.


MILITARY AIRCRAFT LEAVE C-F-B GREENWOOD TO JOIN MISSION AGAINST ISIS
Saturday 25th October 2014
Two Aurora aircraft and their personnel left from C-F-B Greenwood in the Annapolis Valley last night to participate in international combat missions against Islamic State extremist in Iraq. Canada has already sent six C-F 18 Hornet fighters from Cold Lake, Alberta to Operation Impact. The country is also sending one Polaris aerial refueller from Ontario. The Aurora flights left in heavy rain and were bound for a base in Kuwait.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – OCTOBER 25
Saturday 25th October 2014
The Weeks Jr A Crusher had a 6-3 victory over the Amherst Ramblers Thursday night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Crushers now have a five point lead in the Eastlink Division over the second place Valley Wildcats and a six point lead on the third place Truro Bearcats, who will be the Crushers next opponents. That game goes tonight (October 25) at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre, and you can hear it live on Classic Rock 97.9 starting with the pre-game show at 6:45pm.

The Scotsburn Major Bantams will be hosting two games this weekend as they entertain Pro Hockey Harbour Storm at 7:30 tonight and Landworks Gulls at 12:15 tomorrow.  Both games will be played at the Wellness Center.  Come Support the 2nd place bantams as they make their move to take over first in the provincial major bantam league.  Admission is $5.

The Weeks Major Midgets will be spending the weekend in Bridgewater, as they will play a pair of games against the South Shore Mustangs at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre. The Weeks come into the weekend in fifth place in the 8-team Nova Scotia Major Midget hockey League, two points behind Newbridge Academy, three points back of the Mustangs, and four behind Cole Harbour.

Twenty-eight female hockey teams in four age divisions are in Pictou County this weekend for the 2nd Annual Subway Cup. The tournament will see some of the top female teams in the maritime region competing in the Midget AAA, Bantam AA, Peewee AA and Atom A divisions. Games started Friday morning and run through Sunday using both sheets of ice at the Wellness Centre, as well as some games being played in the Hector Arena in Pictou. More information on the tournament can be found at http://www.sport.ca/tournament/index.php?tournament=116 .

The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers have a pair of home games this weekend, as they will be hosting the Cole Harbour Storm Saturday at 7:30pm at the Wellness Centre, then the Bay Gulls will visit the Wellness Centre Sunday afternoon at 12:15pm. The Crushers currently sit in second place in the NSMBHL, just one point behind the Nova Jr X-Men from Antigonish in the battle for first.

The North Nova Gryphon's Boys Hockey team will be holding a fundraising bottle drive in the town of New Glasgow today. If you have bottles you would like to have picked up, please call or text Tony at 902-928-8280, or you can also drop the bottles off at the school during those same hours.

Meanwhile, the NRHS Nighthawks will host the Hants East Tigers at 6:00 PM tonight at the Westville Miners Sports Center.

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EVENT TODAY TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR MILITARY
Saturday 25th October 2014
A Pictou County Canadian Armed Forces veteran is looking for residents of the county to show their support for military members in light of events this week in Quebec and Ottawa. Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was killed when he was struck by a vehicle Monday in St. Jean Sur Richelieu, and Corporal Nathan Cirillo was shot and killed Wednesday in Ottawa. Former Military Policeman Sergeant (Retired) Ron Wray is spreading the message that started at CFB Edmonton, and is extending across the country for an event this morning (Saturday). Wray says at 10am, veterans, reservists, and full-time members of the military are being asked to go to their local cenotaph for one hour. He says members of the public will be given the opportunity to show their support and thanks.


GUN SEIZED ON HALIFAX TRANSIT BUS NOT RELATED TO GUNMAN SIGHTING IN DOWNTOWN CORE
Friday 24th October 2014
Halifax Regional Police say the two weapons related calls they received yesterday are not related. One call about a sighting of a gunman in the downtown core and the other about a firearm on the city bus. 25 year old Justin Roger Crathorne of Fall River faces charges after police got a call that someone had left an unloaded, sawed off shotgun on a Halifax Transit bus Yesterday. He's facing multiple charges including possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, unauthorized possession of a firearm and careless use of a firearm. Police also received another report of a man with a rifle. The sighting led to lock downs at the legislature, city hall and other public buildings. No one matching the description has been found. Anyone with information is asked to call (902) 490-5020


E-CIGS TO BE BANNED FROM INDOOR PUBLIC SPACES
Friday 24th October 2014
Health Minister Leo Glavine is looking to ban e-cigarettes from indoor public places under amendments to legislation introduced today. Glavine says the definition of smoke would be changed to deal with output from waterpipes and vapour from e-cigarettes. The changes would also ban stores from selling e-cigarettes to those under 19 and from displaying, advertising or promoting them. The sale of flavoured tobacco would be banned as well. Glavine says the steps are needed to address emerging evidence that e-cigarettes pose a health risk, especially to young people.


EVENT BEING ORGANIZED TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR MILITARY
Friday 24th October 2014
A Pictou County Canadian Armed Forces veteran is looking for residents of the county to show their support for military members in light of events this week in Quebec and Ottawa. Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was killed when he was struck by a vehicle Monday in St. Jean Sur Richelieu, and Corporal Nathan Cirillo was shot and killed Wednesday in Ottawa. Former Military Policeman Sergeant (Retired) Ron Wray is spreading the message that started at CFB Edmonton, and is extending across the country for an event tomorrow morning. Wray says at 10am, veterans, reservists, and full-time members of the military are being asked to go to their local cenotaph for one hour. He says members of the public will be given the opportunity to show their support and thanks.


HOUSTON OPPOSES PREMIER'S STATEMENTS ABOUT PICTOU COUNTY
Friday 24th October 2014
Pictou East MLA Tim Houston says Premier Stephen McNeil needs to withdraw statements made in the legislature about the three Pictou County MLAs. Houston objects to an answer to a question concerning Boat Harbour, where McNeil said “(t)ime after time, members from Pictou stand up in this House asking us to cut this tax, cut that tax, fix that classroom, clean up Boat Harbour, fix the mill. They can't have it both ways.” Houston stood on a Point of Order asked for the Premier to withdraw the statement and that “the people of Pictou County be treated with the respect they are owed in a 21st century, Nova Scotian democracy.”


NO CHANGE TO GAS PRICE, DIESEL UP SLIGHTLY
Friday 24th October 2014
The price at the pumps remains steady this week for motorists who use unleaded gasoline, while diesel users will pay slightly more. The Utility and Review Board left the price of a litre of regular unleaded self serve gas at a minimum of one dollar 23.0 cents when it was reset at 12:01am this morning. Diesel went up by 1.1 cents per litre to one dollar 26.7 cents.


PROJECT CONCLUDES EVAPORATION ACCEPTABLE TREATMENT METHOD FOR FRACKING WASTE WATER
Friday 24th October 2014
A pilot project using waste water from holding ponds in Debert has concluded that evaporation is an acceptable way to treat the by-product of hydraulic fracturing. Provincial Environment Minister Randy Delorey announced the results of the project yesterday. He says it has disposed of two million litres of treated fracking waste water. The project saw Atlantic Industrial Services ship the water from the holding ponds to a cement plant. The waste water was treated for radioactive materials and filtered to remove salts before being evaporated in a kiln at 700 degrees Celsius. Delorey says the resulting water was analyzed and meets guidelines from the Canadian Council of Environment Ministers and Health Canada for release into a freshwater source. The department says there are 10 million litres remaining in two ponds at the company's Debert site. Triangle Petroleum also has 20 million litres of waste water in two holdings ponds in Kennetcook.


MORE DETAILS RELEASED IN HALIFAX GUN ARREST
Friday 24th October 2014
A man was arrested after he allegedly left a firearm on a city bus in downtown Halifax yesterday morning. Constable Pierre Bourdages of Halifax Regional Police says a bus driver found the firearm and called police at about 11 a-m. Police had originally received a call about a man carrying what appeared to be a rifle wrapped in fabric around 8:30 a-m in the area of Duke and Brunswick Streets. The 25-year old, whose name has not been released, was arrested as he was walking down Argyle Street. Bourdages says it's too early to determine if the initial complaint and the gun found on the bus are connected. Police say they have no information to suggest the events in Halifax are linked to the deaths of soldiers this week in Quebec and Ottawa. Premier Stephen McNeil says he's asked for a security review of all provincial government buildings after the events of this week.


CODE BLUE CALLED AT NEW GLASGOW ACADEMY
Friday 24th October 2014
New Glasgow Regional Police responded to a call of a Code Blue at New Glasgow Academy yesterday afternoon, shortly before the dismissal bell at the end of the day. The school went into lockdown for approximately five minutes, as police investigated a behaviour incident involving a student. The investigation led police to discover that what had been reported to be a knife turned out to be a nail clipper. There were no injuries, and school activities returned to normal in time to allow for dismissal of the students at the end of the day. Police are not releasing the name of the student involved in the incident. Constable Ken MacDonald says the school administration should be commended for implementing the Code Blue because there was a fear of the unknown, and the ultimate goal of student safety was maintained.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – OCTOBER 24
Friday 24th October 2014

The newest Weeks Jr A Crusher had a goal and an assist, as Ryan Caswell was named the game's third star in the Crushers' 6-3 victory over the Amherst Ramblers last night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Cole Murphy led the way with one goal and three assists, while Justin Ritcey earned his third win in goal in as many starts this season. The Crushers now have a five point lead in the Eastlink Division over the second place Valley Wildcats and a six point lead on the third place Truro Bearcats, who will be the Crushers next opponents. That game goes tomorrow night at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre, and you can hear it live on Classic Rock 97.9 starting with the pre-game show at 6:45pm.

The Weeks Major Midgets will be spending the weekend in Bridgewater, as they will play a pair of games against the South Shore Mustangs at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre. The Weeks come into the weekend in fifth place in the 8-team Nova Scotia Major Midget hockey League, two points behind Newbridge Academy, three points back of the Mustangs, and four behind Cole Harbour.

Twenty-eight female hockey teams in four age divisions are in Pictou County this weekend for the 2nd Annual Subway Cup. The tournament will see some of the top female teams in the maritime region competing in the Midget AAA, Bantam AA, Peewee AA and Atom A divisions. Games begin Friday morning and run through Sunday using both sheets of ice at the Wellness Centre, as well as some games being played in the Hector Arena in Pictou. More information on the tournament can be found at http://www.sport.ca/tournament/index.php?tournament=116 .

The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers have a pair of home games this weekend, as they will be hosting the Cole Harbour Storm Saturday at 7:30pm at the Wellness Centre, then the Bay Gulls will visit the Wellness Centre Sunday afternoon at 12:15pm. The Crushers currently sit in second place in the NSMBHL, just one point behind the Nova Jr X-Men from Antigonish in the battle for first.

The Lady Nighthawks continued to prepare for hosting the NSSAF Provincial Championships by playing an exhibition match with the North Nova Gryphons. The game allowed both teams to get a run and to rehearse some set plays in anticipation of upcoming play-off games. NRHS used three goalkeepers in the game as Hannah Mertin, Lexie Trevors and Sarah-Wynn-Baudoux combined for seven saves in the 2-1 Lady Nighthawks victory over the Gryphons. Emily Mertin scored on a low drive to the far post to open the scoring. She was set up on a great ball switched from the right side by Olivia Fraser, while Olivia MacDonald also picked up an assist on the play. This was the lone goal of the opening half. The game was a see saw affair with both teams having spells of possession in the offensive end of the field. Midway through the second half Emily Mertin struck again with her second goal of the game on the half volley this time as Haley Smith served in a great cross after a ball played up from the back by sweeper Lauren Hale. Once again the Nighthawk defenders played a strong game until NNEC halved the lead with thirteen minutes to go in the game. Kelsey Robson, Leisha Dennis, Gaby Beland, and Alex Kampa-Plouffe held tight to deny any further damage. Amy Elliott nad Danielle McDonald had some great runs up front. The teams also practiced a shoot-out at the conclusion to again prepare for playoffs. NRHS converted 8 of their 10 penalty kicks while NNEC found the back of the net five times. In Qualifiers the NNEC Gryphons will play Citadel High with the winner adavancing to play Horton. The Lady Nighthawks wait to host the NSSAF Division 2 Girls High School Soccer Provincial Championship on Friday October 31st and Saturday November 1st at the Nighthawk Field in Alma. Competing teams will be announced after qualification this week-end to join the NRHS squad in the final four.

The North Nova Gryphon's Boys Hockey team will play their next home game tonight at the Trenton Arena against Dr.J H Gillis High School from Antigonish. Game time is 8:30 and admission is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for students and seniors. Children under 12 are admitted free. The following day, Saturday, from 10am to 3pm the team will be holding a fundraising bottle drive in the town of New Glasgow. If you have bottles you would like to have picked up, please call or text Tony at 902-928-8280, or you can also drop the bottles off at the school during those same hours.

Meanwhile, the NRHS Nighthawks will host the Hants East Tigers at 6:00 PM tomorrow at the Westville Miners Sports Center.

The new season of the Labatt's Chediac Furniture Hockey League started with a pair of games at the Thorburn Rink last night. Whitey's Vikings defeated Can-Connect by a score of 9-5, followed by Dewtie's Excavating over Thistle Bar 8-7 in a shootout.

The St. Francis Xavier X-Women rugby team are two wins away from their 17th consecutive AUS Championship, and another berth in the CIS National Tournament. The X-Women, who went through the league schedule with a perfect 6-0 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 404-34, will play the St. Mary's Huskies in one semi-final match-up tomorrow at Acadia University. The other semi-final will see the hosts take on UPEI, with the winners going on to the gold medal game on Sunday. The AUS has one berth at this year's national championship tournament, which begins next Thursday at the University of Guelph.

The St. Francis Xavier X-Women hockey team will play a pair of games at home this weekend, hosting Dalhousie tonight at 7pm at the Keating Millennium Centre, before facing Mount Allison tomorrow afternoon at 2pm.

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HIT AND RUN ON HIGHWAY 102 NEAR ONSLOW
Thursday 23rd October 2014
Colchester RCMP are investigating a hit and run northbound on Highway 102 near exit 14 for Onslow. The incident happened last night at around 8:15pm when a Red Jeep TJ was about to take the exit, when a gold colored half-ton truck hit it from behind. The suspect vehicle then struck the Jeep a second time on the front fender before continuing north on the 102. No injuries were reported. Police are asking anyone with information to come forward or contact Crime Stoppers.


MILITARY TRAINING IN PICTOU AND COLCHESTER COUNTIES
Thursday 23rd October 2014
Starting on Friday and running through til 4pm Sunday, The Canadian Armed Forces members from 36 Canadian Brigade Group will be conducting training exercises in Colchester and Pictou counties. Soldiers will be conducting training in navigation, patrolling, fieldcraft and tactical movements in McCallum Settlement and they will be carrying weapons with blank ammunition. The soldiers will patrol and take shelter in the area, practicing their patrol hide routine and field shelter use. The soldiers will also be training with weapons and small calibre blank ammunition at the Debert Range. They will also be in the area of the Truro Armouries and New Glasgow Armouries, as well as military convoy traffic on provinical highways and secondary routes.


PARLIAMENT RESUMES AFTER SHOOTING YESTERDAY
Thursday 23rd October 2014
Members of Parliament honoured Cpl. Nathan Cirillo with a moment of silence as they tried to get back to a normal routine, a day after the soldier was killed during the Ottawa shootings. Cirillo was shot and killed while standing guard at the war memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Wednesday morning, just before 10 a.m. ET. The House allowed proceedings inside the chamber to be broadcast, as the parade entered and Speaker Andrew Scheer read the prayer that opens every sitting day. Following the moment of silence, representatives of every party spoke of the solidarity of parliament. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, during his speech, said “we are opponents, but never enemies”.


MOTHER OF SHOOTER GRIEVES FOR VICTIMS, NOT SON
Thursday 23rd October 2014
The mother of the man identified as the assailant who killed a soldier at the National War Memorial before opening fire in Parliament says she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son. In a brief and tear-filled telephone call Thursday, Susan Bibeau told the Associated Press she did not know what to say to those hurt in the attack. “Can you ever explain something like this?” she said. “We are sorry.” Authorities have identified the shooter as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who was killed in a gunfight in the halls of Parliament. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a reservist from Hamilton, was killed after being shot on the steps of the National War Memorial while serving as an honour guard.


MAN ARRESTED NEAR WAR MEMORIAL
Thursday 23rd October 2014
A man was detained by police this morning not far from Stephen Harper as the prime minister stopped by the National War Memorial to pay tribute to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. Harper visited the memorial to lay a wreath where Cirillo was fatally shot Wednesday by a gunman who then raced to Parliament Hill, where he was killed in a gunfight in the halls of the Centre Block. As the prime minister arrived, police could be seen wrestling a man to the ground and cuffing him before taking him to a nearby police cruiser. Ottawa Police Constable Marc Soucy says the man is being charged with disturbing a crime scene. Several federal MPs were also on hand to pay their respects, even taking part in an impromptu rendition of O Canada. Harper and the rest of the MPs are expected to be in the House of Commons to resume the business of government.


ARREST MADE AFTER REPORTS OF GUNMAN IN HALIFAX ***UPDATED***
Thursday 23rd October 2014
Police arrested a man in Halifax today and recovered a firearm on a nearby public transit bus after receiving a report of a man carrying what appeared to be a gun wrapped in fabric in the city's downtown. Const. Pierre Bourdages of Halifax Regional Police says they received a single report at 8:36 a.m. of a man with a rifle on Duke and Brunswick streets in the city's downtown core. Police tweeted that they had arrested a man on Argyle Street shortly after 11 a.m. in the same area of the city. Police also tweeted that they had received no indication of any threats being made. Some schools in the area took precautions on the movement of students. Doug Hadley of the Halifax Regional School Board says police advised Citadel High School to go into a hold and secure mode, which meant about 1,200 students can move freely inside the building but no one was allowed to leave or enter it. Three elementary schools in the area also restricted students' movement, with some keeping children inside at recess. The Capital District Health Authority also said on its Twitter feed that it had heightened security at all of its medical sites, but that appointments were continuing.


INCREASED POLICE PRESENCE IN HALIFAX EXPECTED
Thursday 23rd October 2014
Police are telling Haligonians they will be upping their presence in some areas in light of the fatal shooting of a soldier in Ottawa yesterday. The force says in a news release there's no information to suggest a local threat, but it is staying in touch with other police agencies. Police say they'll be increasing patrols and visibility in certain areas of the community. Citizens are asked to report any suspicious activity.


PETER MACKAY RESPONDS TO ATTACK ON OTTAWA
Thursday 23rd October 2014
Federal Justice Minister and Central Nova MP Peter MacKay was in the halls of the Parliament Building just moments before a man with a rifle stormed in yesterday morning. CBC reports that MacKay was involved in a scrum with journalists asking questions about legislation that would allow for increased ability to monitor Canadians abroad with alleged ties to terrorist groups. Members of Parliament from all parties were then kept secure in lockdown for roughly ten hours following the incident which resulted in the death of Canadian reservist Corporal Nathan Cirillo and the gunman, Michael Zehaf Bibeau. MacKay later posted a response to his Facebook page:
Today we experienced a direct attack on our country at the very heart of our democracy. My personal condolences go out to the family and friends of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo who gave his life honouring those who made the ultimate sacrifice. I thank Cpl. Cirillo for his service and his sacrifice. My sincere thanks go out to the our first responders who showed professionalism, compassion and unselfish acts of bravery and public service. Canadians should be exceptionally proud of the courageous and decisive actions of our Sergeant at Arms, Kevin Vickers and the security personnel that risked their lives to confront and repel today’s attacks so bravely. These cowardly attacks will not be tolerated in Canada. Law enforcement agencies are using every tool at their disposal to investigate the attack and to ensure that Canadians remain safe. Canada will not be terrorized by these despicable acts. Our commitment to peace, freedom and the rule of law will continue to guide us through these difficult times.


KEVIN VICKERS DESCRIBED AS A HERO
Thursday 23rd October 2014
Friends and families of Kevin Vickers say they aren't surprised that the sergeant-at-arms of the House of Commons would be the one to intervene in yesterday's attack on Parliament Hill. Vickers reportedly shot and killed Michael Zehaf Bibeau during the attack on Parliament Hill in Ottawa yesterday. Friends and family of the former long-serving Mountie say it is in his nature to take on threats. Dan Bussieres -- the sergeant-at-arms in the New Brunswick legislature and a friend of Vickers -- calls him “a top cop.” The 58-year-old became the sergeant-at-arms in the House of Commons eight years ago after 29 years with the R-C-M-P and after serving as aide-de-camp for New Brunswick's lieutenant-governor, Marilyn Trenholme Counsell. Trenholme Counsell says it's in Vicker's character to take charge of something and - quote - “do what has to be done.”


OTTAWA SHOOTER KNOWN TO POLICE
Thursday 23rd October 2014
The gunman who turned Ottawa into an armed camp yesterday was known to police in Montreal and Vancouver. Michael Zehaf Bibeau was shot dead, reportedly by the sergeant-at-arms of the House of Commons, Kevin Vickers. Bibeau was born in Canada in 1982. The Canadian Press reports that a search of Quebec court records database suggests he had a lengthy record with several convictions and brushes with the law in the early and mid-2000's. The records appear under three different names - Michael Bibeau, Michael Zehaf Bibeau and Michael Bibeau Zehaf. The earliest of the 13 identified Quebec court records dates back to June 2001 in Montreal, with the latest in 2006. Twelve of the 13 cases resulted in convictions.


SOLDIER KILLED IN OTTAWA IDENTIFIED
Thursday 23rd October 2014
The soldier shot and killed at the National War Memorial yesterday has been identified as Corporal Nathan Cirillo of Hamilton. Cirillo was a member of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, a reserve unit within the 31 Canadian Brigade Group. The 24 year old was father of a six-year-old boy, an animal lover, outdoor enthusiast and fitness buff. David Cirillo expressed anger at the killing in a Facebook posting, saying the man who shot his cousin “point blank” destroyed his whole family “for life.” The shooter in the incident, Michael Zehaf Bibeau, was killed a short time later in an exchange of gunfire inside the Parliament Building.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – OCTOBER 21
Thursday 23rd October 2014

The Weeks Junior A Crushers announced a trade with the Summerside Western Capitals. Ryan Caswell, who spent the last two seasons in Amherst amassing 59 points in 90 games, before joining Summerside at the beginning of this season will now become a Crusher in exchange for prospects and draft picks. Coming to the Crushers with Caswell is a 4th round draft pick in 2015 in exchange for the rights to Parker Monaghan, Julien Galloway, a 2nd round pick in 2015 draft and future considerations. Caswell's first game with his new team will be against the Amherst Ramblers tonight at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 7pm.

The Weeks Major Midgets will be spending the weekend in Bridgewater, as they will play a pair of games against the South Shore Mustangs at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre. The Weeks come into the weekend in fifth place in the 8-team Nova Scotia Major Midget hockey League, two points behind Newbridge Academy, three points back of the Mustangs, and four behind Cole Harbour.

In the Northern Nova Scotia High School Hockey league action, the NRHS Nighthawks will host the Hants East Tigers at 6:00 PM on Saturday, October 25 at the Westville Miners Sports Center.

Twenty-eight female hockey teams in four age divisions will be in Pictou County this weekend for the 2nd Annual Subway Cup. The tournament will see some of the top female teams in the maritime region competing in the Midget AAA, Bantam AA, Peewee AA and Atom A divisions. Games begin Friday morning and run through Sunday using both sheets of ice at the Wellness Centre, as well as some games being played in the Hector Arena in Pictou. More information on the tournament can be found at http://www.sport.ca/tournament/index.php?tournament=116 .

The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers have a pair of home games this weekend, as they will be hosting the Cole Harbour Storm at 7:30pm at the Wellness Centre, then the Bay Gulls will visit the Wellness Centre Sunday afternoon at 12:15pm. The Crushers currently sit in second place in the NSMBHL, just one point behind the Nova Jr X-Men from Antigonish in the battle for first.

The North Nova Gryphon's Boys Hockey team will play their next home game this Friday at the Trenton Arena against Dr.J H Gillis High School from Antigonish. Game time is 8:30 and admission is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for students and seniors. Children under 12 are admitted free. The following day, Saturday, from 10am to 3pm the team will be holding a fundraising bottle drive in the town of New Glasgow. If you have bottles you would like to have picked up, please call or text Tony at 902-928-8280, or you can also drop the bottles off at the school during those same hours.

The new season of the Labatt's Chediac Furniture Hockey League starts with a pair of games at the Thorburn Rink this Thursday.
6:40 - Whitey's Vikings vs Can-Connect
8:00 - Dewtie's Excavating. vs Thistle Bar

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YOUSAFZAI CEREMONY CANCELLED AS A RESULT OF SHOOTING INCIDENT
Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office says two scheduled events today in Toronto with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai have been cancelled. Harper was to moderate an afternoon question-and-answer session with Yousafzai at a Toronto high school. He was then scheduled to head to a downtown hotel, where the 17-year-old from Pakistan was to receive honorary Canadian citizenship. Harper's spokesman says both events have been cancelled.


SOLDIER KILLED IN OTTAWA SHOOTING BASED IN HAMILTON
Wednesday 22nd October 2014
We are learning a bit about the soldier killed in this morning's incident. While his name has not been released, CBC has reported that a source has told them that he was a reservist serving in Hamilton from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada. The source asked not to be identified as members from the unit have all been ordered not to speak about the incident. The Argylls are an infantry unit of the Canadian Forces primary reserves within 31 Canadian Brigade Group. It is one of the largest army reserve units in the country with over 250 soldiers.


TWO KILLED ON PARLIAMENT HILL ***UPDATED AT 3:20PM***
Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Police have now confirmed there are two people dead following shooting incidents today in and around Parliament Hill in Ottawa. A soldier standing guard at the War Memorial was killed when he was shot shortly before 10:00am, and the man believed to be the shooter in that incident was killed a short time later by Parliament's Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers. One other person, a security guard at the Parliament Building, was shot in the leg and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The lockdown at several buildings in downtown Ottawa has been lifted, although Ottawa Police and RCMP have described the situation as fluid and ongoing, as recently as 15 minutes ago. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was rushed away from the building to an undisclosed location, while Opposition Leaders Tom Mulcair and Justin Troudeau are also confirmed as being safe and secure. Central Nova MP Peter MacKay tweeted early in the incident that he is also safe and secure. His exact location has not been confirmed. MacKay tweeted again roughly 30 minutes ago, saying “Today, our deepest appreciation for those in uniform who keep us safe & are always in harm's way. Our utmost respect and prayers today fr the fallen and injured”. Consituency offices for Members of Parliament, including Peter MacKay's office on East River Road in New Glasgow, are now closed as a security precaution. All of this happened just two days after two Canadian soldiers were run over - and one of them killed - in Quebec by a man with jihadist sympathies, although there is no confirmation that the two incidents are connected.


TRENTON COUNCIL FORMALLY DECLINES MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
Wednesday 22nd October 2014
At the beginning of the monthly meeting of Trenton Town Council yesterday, Mayor Glen MacKinnon read a prepared statement indicating that they would not be joining the Memorandum of Understanding. MacKinnon says Trenton remains willing to be a partner in studying regional governance, however the document as it currently stands is not in the best interest of the citizens of Trenton. The Towns of New Glasgow and Pictou, along with the Municipality of Pictou County, created the MOU after the province announced that it would not share in funding a regional governance study. The Town of Stellarton has since agreed to sign on to the MOU, while Trenton now joins Westville as municipal units which have opted out.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – OCTOBER 21 ***UPDATED***
Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The Weeks Junior A Crushers have announced a trade with the Summerside Western Capitals. Ryan Caswell, who spent the last two seasons in Amherst amassing 59 points in 90 games, before joining Summerside at the beginning of this season will now become a Crusher in exchange for prospects and draft picks. The exact contents of the package heading to Summerside has not been announced. Caswell's first game with his new team will be against the Amherst Ramblers tomorrow night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 7pm.

The Weeks Major Midgets will be spending the weekend in Bridgewater, as they will play a pair of games against the South Shore Mustangs at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre. The Weeks come into the weekend in fifth place in the 8-team Nova Scotia Major Midget hockey League, two points behind Newbridge Academy, three points back of the Mustangs, and four behind Cole Harbour.

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers took to the ice twice this past week-end against the Truro Bearcats. The Crushers dominated the first game in Truro with a final score of 10-3. Scoring for the Crushers were Peyton Clements (2), Seth Gallant (2), Lane Lochead, Ian Reynolds, Adam Farrell, Dylan Kontuk, Ben Wallace, and Reese Smith. Wallace and Farrell each had assists. The second game was on home ice for the Crushers. Despite the Bearcats putting on pressure in the third period, the Crushers sealed another win with a score of 9-5. Ben Wallace netted three goals. Peyton Clements and Adam Farrell both had two. Singles went to Cameron MacKinnon and Reese Smith. Assists went to MacKinnon (3), Clements (2), Smith (2), Wallace, Nikos Bonvie, Kontuk, Brendan Avery, and Lochead. Cole Battist and Jacob MacLeod shared the games between the posts. The Atom A Crushers travel to play Cumberland this Saturday.

In the Northern Nova Scotia High School Hockey league action, the NRHS Nighthawks will host the Hants East Tigers at 6:00 PM on Saturday, October 25 at the Westville Miners Sports Center.

Twenty-eight female hockey teams in four age divisions will be in Pictou County this weekend for the 2nd Annual Subway Cup. The tournament will see some of the top female teams in the maritime region competing in the Midget AAA, Bantam AA, Peewee AA and Atom A divisions. Games begin Friday morning and run through Sunday using both sheets of ice at the Wellness Centre, as well as some games being played in the Hector Arena in Pictou. More information on the tournament can be found at http://www.sport.ca/tournament/index.php?tournament=116 .

The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers have a pair of home games this weekend, as they will be hosting the Cole Harbour Storm at 7:30pm at the Wellness Centre, then the Bay Gulls will visit the Wellness Centre Sunday afternoon at 12:15pm. The Crushers currently sit in second place in the NSMBHL, just one point behind the Nova Jr X-Men from Antigonish in the battle for first.

The North Nova Gryphon's Boys Hockey team will play their next home game this Friday at the Trenton Arena against Dr.J H Gillis High School from Antigonish. Game time is 8:30 and admission is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for students and seniors. Children under 12 are admitted free. The following day, Saturday, from 10am to 3pm the team will be holding a fundraising bottle drive in the town of New Glasgow. If you have bottles you would like to have picked up, please call or text Tony at 902-928-8280, or you can also drop the bottles off at the school during those same hours.

The new season of the Labatt's Chediac Furniture Hockey League starts with a pair of games at the Thorburn Rink this Thursday.
6:40 - Whitey's Vikings vs Can-Connect
8:00 - Dewtie's Excavating. vs Thistle Bar

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PROCEDURES TO AMEND WIND TURBINE BY-LAW “HIDEOUSLY COMPLEX”
Tuesday 21st October 2014
County Councilor Robert Parker was hoping to go into last night's Financial Services Committee meeting and bring forward an amendment to a by-law passed earlier this month governing installation of wind turbines. However, that did not happen, after a discussion surrounding the procedural issues that Councilor David Parker summed up as “hideously complex”. The amendment in question would remove a clause from the by-law that could see the setback on wind turbines reduced from 1000 metres to 600 metres, if and only if all residents in the affected area agree. Many residents have spoken out against this clause, saying they want the setback to be at a minimum of 1000 metres, with no exceptions. Because this would constitute a change in a land-use bylaw, the Planning Advisory Committee needs to have an opportunity to discuss it and bring its recommendation to council. This means the earliest the clause can be removed from the by-law is December.


JONES SPEAKS OUT ON SAFETY OF DOWNTOWN CORE
Tuesday 21st October 2014
New Glasgow Town Council saluted Scott Jones with a plaque presentation last night during their regular monthly meeting. Mayor Barrie MacMillan spoke of Jones' courage and strength following an attack a year ago in downtown New Glasgow that left the 28-year old man paralyzed. Jones has since created the Don't Be Afraid movement, which became an international rallying cry against bullying and violence. After accepting the plaque, Jones spoke to council about his concern that a highly publicized attack this Thanksgiving weekend suggests that little has changed to address safety in the downtown core. Jones asked council to look at improving lighting, increasing police presence, and making changes to the policies surrounding alcohol sales at bars. Several councilors, Mayor MacMillan, and CAO Lisa MacDonald all responded, indicating that new lights will be installed soon, policing changes are being discussed. They said that issues such as hours of operations for nightclubs are under the jurisdiction of the province, but they are speaking with management at downtown establishments to see if some changes can be addressed.


BAILLIE ATTACKS LIBERALS FOR BAN ON SHALE GAS DEVELOPMENT
Tuesday 21st October 2014
Opposition Leader Jamie Baillie used the annual Progressive Conservative Party Leader's Dinner to attack the governing Liberal's decision to ban shale gas development in the province. Baillie says the issue of shale gas development was a missed opportunity by the Liberals to create jobs, and instead is forcing more people to head west to find work. He cited the story of one family that moved to Alberta after the husband had spent the previous two years commuting back and forth to work as a crane operator. Baillie says there is no fact or figure that makes a more powerful argument for why this ban is wrong. Baillie was joined by Pierre Poilievre, MP for Nepean-Carleton, who also spoke in favor of shale gas development.


STELLARTON ADDS REQUEST TO MOU SIGNING
Tuesday 21st October 2014
The town of Stellarton is signing the Memorandum of Understanding, but council has a request. Currently, the proposed steering committee consists of the heads of the municipalities taking part. Stellarton is asking for two members of council to be part of the steering committee, along with two members of town staff to participate as non-voting members. Council is also writing a letter to the Department of Municipal Affairs asking to put on hold proposed funding that was to go towards an organizational review that was separate from the MOU, with a possibility of revisiting the funding should Stellarton change its mind and opt back out.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – OCTOBER 21
Tuesday 21st October 2014

The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers won the second game of a home and home series Sunday at the Wellness Centre defeating the Truro Bearcats 4-2. Noah Teed, Munro MacKay, Bryce Thomsen and Lauchie Malcolm scored each with Broden DeCoff earning 2 assists, while Ben MacDonald and Cairan Boone had one each. On Saturday, the Bantam A's lost 3-2 in Truro. Carson Ripoll scored assisted by Tyler Foote, while MacKay scored late in the third, assisted by Blake Fraser and Boone.

It was a split weekend this past Saturday and Sunday for the PEEWEE AA Crushers and the Cumberland Ramblers Hockey teams. Ramblers inched there way ahead of the Crushers with a final 3-2 score.  Brody Bowering and Kyle Reim scored for the Crushers.  Assists went to Reim, Jansen Langille, and Luke Young.  Cody MacDougall was goalie. Sunday’s game had the opposite outcome with Crushers visiting the Ramblers’ home ice and led the game with a final 6-3 score.  Goals went to Nolan MacDonald, Reim with two goals; Matt Carson, and Brycen MacDonald adding two more goals in the third period.  Assists went to Bowering, Carson, Jayden Hatchard, Landen MacDonald and Reim.  Vaughn MacEachern was in the nets. PEEWEE AA Crushers play this upcoming weekend with their games against Truro Bearcats.

One game last night in the NSJHL saw the Sackville Blazers dominate the Brookfield Elks 10-3 in Sackville. The Pictou County Scotians are off until Sunday when they host the Glace Bay Miners at 7pm in Trenton Arena. The Scotians will make their lone visit of the season to Sackville next Monday night.

The weekly national rankings were released for Jr. A Hockey yesterday, and only one MHL team made the list. The Woodstock Slammers, who last Friday handed the Weeks Crushers a 9-1 loss, moved up two spots from 8th to 6th. The Dieppe Commandos, whom the Crushers beat last Thursday 5-4 at the Wellness Centre, fell off of the list after coming in at 19th the week before. This week, the Crushers play twice. On Thursday, they will host the Amherst Ramblers, before visiting Truro on Saturday. We will have the game from the Rath Eastlink Community Centre live on Classic Rock 97.9 Saturday night starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

The North Nova Gryphon's next home game is Friday, October 24th at the Trenton Arena against Dr.J H Gillis High School from Antigonish. Game time is 8:30 and admission is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for students and seniors. Children under 12 are admitted free.

The new season of the Labatt's Chediac Furniture Hockey League starts with a pair of games at the Thorburn Rink this Thursday.
6:40 - Whitey's Vikings vs Can-Connect
8:00 - Dewtie's Excavating. vs Thistle Bar

The North Nova High School Boys Hockey team will be holding a bottle drive in the town of New Glasgow on Saturday October 25 th from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. If you have bottles you would like to have picked up, please call/text  Tony at 902-928-8280. You can also drop the bottles off at the school during the hours above.

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



NORTHERN PULP TESTING STACKS AFTER SCRUBBERS INSTALLED
Monday 20th October 2014
The Department of Environment should learn soon what effect the installation of new scrubbers had on the emissions coming from the Northern Pulp mill at Abercrombie Point. The work was done during a planned shutdown last month, and last week Stantec Consulting Ltd. began a second round of stack tests. The tests are expected to continue until the end of this week, with the results in to the Environment Department within 30 days of completion. The results will then be compared to a similar series of tests from August. Those results can be found at http://www.novascotia.ca/nse/issues/northern-pulp-boat-harbour.asp . The replacement of the precipitator is still set to take place by the end of May, which is expected to bring the mill to within provincial standards.


DANIEL MICHAEL BRADLEY PLEADS GUILTY TO 36 OF 52 CHARGES
Monday 20th October 2014
A man who has been in custody for roughly three-and-a-half years awaiting trial on 52 charges related to multiple incidents of break and enter, theft, and possession of stolen property has changed his plea to guilty. Daniel Michael Bradley of River john pleaded guilty to 36 of 52 charges, including three break and enters, four counts of possession of a stolen firearm, five additional possession of stolen property charges, and twenty four other weapons offenses. Bradley had been in custody on these charges since his initial arrest in April 2011, but has now been released while he awaits sentencing. He will return to court on January 16 for sentencing on the charges.


ARREST WARRANT ISSUED FOR 25-YEAR OLD JAYDEN HUGH CHANDLER PIERCEY
Monday 20th October 2014
An arrest warrant was issued for a 25-year old man from the South Shore accused in a robbery in New Glasgow 13 months ago, after he failed to show up in Pictou Provincial Court today. Jayden Hugh Chandler Piercey was scheduled for a status update hearing before he heads to trial next month. Piercey faces a robbery charge for his alleged role in stealing a purse from a woman in the parking lot of a local drug store while using a can of spray irritant. The status update hearing was needed after Piercey's previous lawyer withdrew at the last court appearance in September. One of the co-accused, Rosina Virginia Ernst, was scheduled to have a preliminary inquiry into the matter beginning tomorrow, but that is being postponed to a later date.


STEVEN JAMES LAWRENCE ARRAIGNED ON AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
Monday 20th October 2014
Twenty- three year old Steven James Lawrence has been arraigned on a single count of aggravated assault in relation to an incident outside the Roseland Cabaret on 10 October. Lawrence is accused of attacking 46-year old Glen Fraser, causing multiple head injuries including skull fractures. Lawrence appeared briefly in Pictou Provincial Court this morning and will remain in custody pending a bail hearing next Monday. Fraser, meanwhile, remains in critical condition in a Halifax hospital. An effort to help raise funds to help Fraser and his family through recovery and rehabilitation has been set up. Donations can be made online at www.youcaring.com and searching Hope for Glen, or by going into any branch of the Bank of Montreal and asking to contribute to the Hope for Glen Fund.


ACCUSED DUE IN COURT TODAY IN NIGHTCLUB BEATING
Monday 20th October 2014
A 23-year old Pictou County man will appear in court today on a charge of aggravated assault after an incident earlier this month that left another man in critical condition. Steven James Lawrence has been in custody since his arrest on Friday in relation to the incident that resulted in multiple skull fractures and other head injuries to 46-year old Glen Fraser. Lawrence allegedly attacked Fraser outside the Roseland Cabaret in downtown New Glasgow in the early morning hours of 10 October. Fraser remains in the QE II Health Sciences Hospital in critical condition. A fundraising effort to help Fraser and his family with the costs related to recovery and rehabilitation has been set up, and can be found online at www.youcaring.com and searching for Hope for Glenn or by going to any branch of the Bank of Montreal.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – OCTOBER 20
Monday 20th October 2014

The Ballantyne Fuel PeeWee AAA Crushers began their regular season this weekend by hosting the South Shore Ice Sharks. In game one, the Sharks opened the scoring in the second period. The Crushers battled hard, but fell just short and were defeated 1-0. Playing in goal was Brayden Leblanc who made impressive saves to keep his team in the hunt. On Sunday, the Sharks had a 2-0 lead at the end of the second period. Early in the third period, the fuel kids answered back with a goal by Ryan Green assisted by Raymond Chisholm, but the Sharks bit back with 2 more goals and won the game 4-1. Keegan Walker was solid between the pipes. Next action for the Crushers will be on the weekend when they will travel to Yarmouth to face off against the Mariners.

After a week long break due to the Atlantic Cup Challenge, the Northern Subway Selects Female AAA Hockey Club returned to regular season action this past weekend. On Saturday the Selects travelled to Cole Harbour to face the ProCresting Panthers. The Penguins dominated the game from start to finish and defeated the Selects 3-1. If it wasn’t for the amazing goaltending of Selects netminder Katie Henderson the score could have been a lot higher. Julie Scammell scored the lone Select goal assisted by MacKenzie Reid. The Northern Team returned to action Sunday at home facing the first place Metro Boston Pizza club. Whether it was the home cooking or the friendly confines of the Wellness Centre the Selects were a totally different team. The game featured end to end action with numerous chances by both teams. Boston Pizza opened the scoring in the second on the power play to take a 1-0 lead. The Subway crew responded on the power-play with a goal from Katie Pentz assisted by forwards Maddie Bourque and Hilary Taylor. Goaltending took over from there with Adi Small closing the door on Metro Boston Pizza making the final 1-1. The Northern Subway Selects are participating in the Subway Cup this coming weekend starting on Friday at the Wellness Centre. The next league action sees the Selects travelling to Halifax to face Metro Boston Pizza on Saturday November 1st

The Pictou County Bantam AA Subway Selects opened their regular season this past weekend earning three of four points in two games in the Provincial female Bantam AA league. On Saturday the Subways played host to the Bedford Blues at the Hector Arena. The Selects got out to an early 2-0 lead before giving back two goals in a 2-2 tie. Lindsey MacDonald and Chloe MacDonald had the Subway goals with assists going to Camryn Halliday and Eva Wornell. The Selects outshout the Blues 25-9. Jenna Landry earned the tie between the pipes. On Sunday The Selects headed to Cole Harbour where they took on the Wings in an afternoon tilt. The Subways spotted and 1-0 and 2-1 lead to the Wings before potting two goals on the power play late in the second period, taking a 3-2 lead into the dressing room between periods. The Selects then scored three unanswered goals in the third to earn a convincing 6-2 victory. Camryn Halliday led the Selects with two goals and an assist while singles went to Rhea Young, Sophia Wornell, Hannah Porter and Lindsey MacDonald. Wornell, Lindsay Smith, Taylor MacKenize, Macdonald, Mariah Linehan and Jenna Reid added assists. Victoria Dunn earned the victory in goal stopping eight of 10 shots on goal. The Selects will practice this week before hosting the 2nd annual Subway Cup AA female Hockey tourney. The tournament will see 28 of the top female teams in the maritime region competing in the Midget AAA, Bantam AA, Peewee AA and Atom A divisions. The Subways will look for your support next weekend and hope you'll join them for some terrific female hockey.

The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers played a pair of games this past weekend vs the Cumberland Ramblers. Game 1 went at the Wellness Centre on Saturday, with the Crushers coming out on top with a score of 4-3. Nick Dykstra had a strong game, scoring the game winner with 3 seconds remaining. Scoring for the Crushers were Zack Houston, Kyle Walsh, Michael MacGillivary and Dykstra. Assists going to Sam McDow, Dykstra, Walsh, Alex MacKinnon, Spencer Creed and Matt Martin. Nick Laffin was solid in goal, turning away 28 shots for the win. On Sunday, the Crushers travelled to Amherst to play Game 2, where in a hard fought battle, fell 2-1 to the Ramblers. The Crushers got into penalty trouble early in the game, which led to Cumberland scoring on the power play. The Crushers answered right back with a blast from Kyle Walsh, assisted by Michael MacGillivary and Matt Martin. The game was very close until the third period, where many supsicious calls started going against the Crushers, causing them to play most of the third period short handed. Cumberland were able to score again late in the third on the power play. Ryan Royles made many acrobatic saves, turning away 29 shots in the loss. The Crushers see action again next weekend in Kingston, where they play 2 games away vs Western Valley

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers took wins in two of three games this past weekend, defeating Dieppe 5-4 at the Wellness Centre on Thursday, before getting blown out in Woodstock 9-1 on Friday. Saturday night the Crushers bounced back with a 4-3 win in their first ever visit to St. Stephen to face the County Aces. The Crushers play twice this coming week. The Thursday night home game will see the Amherst Ramblers come to town for the first meeting of the season, before the Crushers head to Truro on Saturday to face the Bearcats for the third time. The teams split the first two meetings with both teams winning on home ice. This game will be on Classic Rock 97.9, with the pre-game show beginning at 6:45pm.

The Weeks Major Midgets split their home and home set with the Cape Breton West Islanders, with both teams earning the win in their own building. Saturday night the Islanders took the game by a score of 2-0, while the Weeks came back to earn a 3-2 win yesterday afternoon, thanks to a last second goal from Ben Higgins. The Weeks will play a pair in Bridgewater this coming weekend as they take on the South Shore Mustangs at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre.

The North Nova Gryphons boys Hockey Team remains undefeated this season after picking up two more wins this weekend.  On Friday night the Gryphons hosted the Dalbrae Dragons at the Trenton Arena and came away with a 4-3 win. Chris Brooker led the scoring with two goals while singles went to Noah Delorey and Colin Holmes. Assists went to Carson Dunbar, Kirklin Murray, Campbell Burrows, Ryan MacDonald, Jacob Pentz and Luke Pelton. Kieran MacGillivray back stopped NNEC to the victory. On Saturday, NNEC travelled to the Lantz Arena to play the Hants East Tigers and defeated them 7-3. Ryan MacDonald scored the hat trick for the Gryphons with Tyler Baird, Sean Duggan, Jacob Pentz and Luke Pelton adding singles. Taylor Publicover added two assists while single helpers went to Colin Holmes, Kirklin Murray, Jacob Pentz, Carson Dunbar, Cody Haas, Pelton, and MacDonald. Matt Murray played a solid game between the pipes. The Gryphon's next home game is Friday, October 24th at the Trenton Arena against Dr.J H Gillis High School from Antigonish. Game time is 8:30 and admission is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for students and seniors. Children under 12 are admitted free.

The St. Francis Xavier X-Women Rugby team finished the AUS regular season with a perfect 6-0 record after a one-sided win against St. Mary's on Saturday. The X-Women dominated to a 115-0 victory. These two teams will meet again in the AUS Semi-Finals this coming Saturday at Acadia, with the winner advancing to the final on Sunday.

The North Nova High School Boys Hockey team will be holding a bottle drive in the town of New Glasgow on Saturday October 25 th from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. If you have bottles you would like to have picked up, please call/text  Tony at 902-928-8280. You can also drop the bottles off at the school during the hours above.

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RICHMOND COUNTY MAN DIES IN EARLY MORNING CRASH IN CAPE BRETON
Sunday 19th October 2014
RCMP say a 42-year-old Richmond County man has died following a single-vehicle crash on County Line Road north of Route 4 in Cape Breton early this morning. Cpl. Scott MacRae said RCMP, Emergency Health Services and local fire department officials responded to a call about 2:30 a.m. and arrived to find the lone occupant of a pickup truck ejected from the vehicle after it left the road, overturned and landed on its roof. County Line Road remained closed this morning while RCMP from the St. Peter’s detachment and a traffic analyst investigated. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.


HALIFAX REGIONAL POLICE HOLDING 32ND ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL SERVICE TODAY
Sunday 19th October 2014
Halifax Regional Police are holding their 32nd Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service today to honour officers who have died in the line of duty in Canada during the last year and to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the years prior. Officers from across the province are assembling in Grand Parade at the Nova Scotia Fallen Peace Officers’ Monument this morning for a brief ceremony to start at 9:30am. Following the ceremony, the officers will march down Barrington Street to historic St. Mary’s Basilica at the corner of Spring Garden Road and Barrington Street for the 10:30 a.m. church service. The participating organizations include Halifax Regional Police, RCMP, Military Police, Canada Border Services Agency, Nova Scotia Sheriffs Services, Nova Scotia municipal police departments and the Nova Scotia Department of Justice.


SOUTHEASTERN NEWFOUNDLAND GETS GLANCING BLOW FROM HURRICANE GONZALO ON SUNDAY
Sunday 19th October 2014
Southeastern Newfoundland is only getting a glancing blow from hurricane Gonzalo, with the eye of the storm passing south of Cape Race. Gonzalo's top winds have dropped to 140-kilometres an hour, and southeastern Newfoundland is getting gusts of 80-kilometres an hour along with heavy rain. Forecasters expect to downgrade Gonzalo to a post-tropical storm later today as it heads out into the Atlantic.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – OCTOBER 19
Sunday 19th October 2014
The Pictou County Weeks Crushers weekend road trip ended on a high note after a big loss Friday night to the Woodstock Slammers 9-1. The Crushers edged the St. Stephen County Aces 4-3 last night in New Brunswick. The Crushers next game will be back at home to take on the Amherst Ramblers Thursday night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

The Weeks Major Midgets continue their home and home set with the Cape Breton West Islanders. Weeks lost last night's game 2-0 to the Islanders. The return match-up is set for this afternoon at 1pm at the Wellness Centre.

Hockey Canada has announced the roster for the Women's Four Nations Cup taking place in British Columbia next month, and Blayre Turnbull of Stellarton will be on the team. Turnbull and Jillian Saulnier of Halifax become the first women from Nova Scotia to play for Team Canada, and are two of ten players making their first appearances with Team Canada at the Senior Level.

The Kinsmen Power Skating program will be holding registration and a family skate today (October 19) from 3:45pm to 5:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The program is for children aged 4-12 years old and lessons will begin on Sunday October 26. For more information contact Steve Dunbar at 902-759-1656.

The 23rd annual Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held last night at the Westville Civic Building. The event was held in honour of the late Hugh “Sparky” Paris, and included the induction of three builders, one member of the media, and five athletes. In the builders category, Lisa Haley, Cathy Mason, and Roy Bennett were honored. Steve Goodwin was recognized for his efforts in sports journalism, while Clayton MacLeod, Tara Dunn, Courtnay Malcolm, Jennifer Weir, and Jason MacDonald all entered the hall in the athletes category. Special recognition was also given to the organizers of the Scott Weeks Celebrity Golf Tournament and the Original Trenton Rink Builders. Congratulations to all the recipients!

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CANADIAN RED CROSS AIDS FAMILY WHO LOST HOME TO FIRE ON WHITE HILL ROAD FRIDAY
Sunday 19th October 2014
Two people are temporarily homeless after a fire destroyed the mobile home they rented in the White Hill area.
A woman and her 17-year-old daughter are staying with relatives for now and received help from the Canadian Red Cross with emergency aid including purchases of clothing and food.
There were no injuries in the fire on White Hill Road as the occupants of the home were away at the time, but the family dog died in the blaze. Volunteer fire departments from Alma and Westville responded to the blaze around 10 a.m. Friday, but say the structure was full engulfed in flames when they arrived. The cause of the fire is unknown.


NORTHERN PULP SET TO HOST PUBLIC CONSULTATION PROGRAM
Sunday 19th October 2014
Northern Pulp is getting set to host a public consultation program to get an idea of what people think about the pulp mill. This provincially mandated consultation is taking place as part of its application for a renewal of an existing industrial approval for their bleached kraft mill and effluent treatment system in the County. Northern Pulp stated in a public service announcement last week that it would provide information, along with a review and comment period, to solicit public input. The deadline for public comment is Nov. 7. Two public open houses are being held this coming Wednesday, October 22 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre and on Thursday, October 23 at the deCoste Centre, both events will run from noon to 9 p.m. Northern Pulp has indicated the report that will be sent to Nova Scotia Environment will be made public. Environment Minister Randy Delorey issued a ministerial order for the mill to reduce air quality emissions that exceed approved limits by May 30, 2015.


***UPDATE***PETITION CIRCULATING TO TWIN SECTION OF HIGHWAY
Sunday 19th October 2014
An on-line petition on change.org started this weekend by Tammy MacLaren of NewGlasgow has been gaining serious momentum. The petition, which now has over 1500 signatures, is calling on Premier Stephen MacNeil and other government officials to come up with a plan to twin Highway 104 from Sutherlands River to Antigonish within the next 5 years. Barney’s River Fire Dept. Chief Joe MacDonald has been working with MacLaren on this cause since early Spring. He hopes that government will see the need for the twinning of the highway and will start making plans soon.
Police continue to investigate the cause of the most recent crash that killed 37-year-old Benjamin Donald Carver of Sheet Harbour early Friday morning in Marshy Hope. There have been 14 fatal accidents on this stretch of highway since 2009. Provincial Transportation minister Geoff MacLellan says a safety audit of the section is due to be completed, with a final report and recommendations expected in Febrary 2015.


PICTOU COUNTY RESIDENCE DESTROYED BY FIRE
Saturday 18th October 2014
A Pictou County home has been destroyed by fire. The Alma Fire Department were called to a residence on White Hill Road around 10 a.m. yesterday and the structure was engulfed in flameS when they arrived. Alma Fire Chief Jack Ross says the Westville Fire Department was called in to assist, and that the occupants of the home were away at the time, but a dog perished in the fire. The cause of the blaze is unknown.


TRANSPORT TRUCK COLLIDES WITH TRAIN BRIDGE IN NEW GLASGOW
Saturday 18th October 2014
A transport truck crashed into the train bridge at Dalhousie Street in New Glasgow yesteday, resulting in minor damage to the bridge while the truck suffered major damage. At approximately 6:15 pm , New Glasgow Regional Police and New Glasgow Fire Department responded to the single motor vehicle crash. No one was injured in the collision, but Dalhousie Street was closed to traffic for a couple of hours. Maritime Rail and the New Glasgow Public Works also attended and investigated the damage and deemed the bridge structure safe.


NAME OF VICTIM RELEASED-SAFETY AUDIT TO BE COMPLETED ON SECTION OF HIGHWAY 104 BETWEEN ANTIGONISH & NEW GLASGOW
Saturday 18th October 2014
The name of the latest victim of the stretch of Highway 104 between Sutherlands River and Antigonish has been released. 37-year old Benjamin Donald Carver of Sheet Harbour was pronounced dead at the scene early yesterday morning after his pick-up truck collided with a tractor trailer in Marshy Hope. The Trans-Canada was closed in both directions for several hours, and RCMP say the cause of the crash remains under investigation. There have been 14 fatal accidents on the same stretch since 2009. Provincial Transportation minister Geoff MacLellan says a safety audit of the section is due to be completed, with a final report and recommendations expected in Febrary 2015.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND-UP **SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18**
Saturday 18th October 2014

The Scotsburn Bantam AAA crushers will be hosting the Western Hurricanes tonight. Come watch the Crushers put their winning record to the test! Game time is 7:30 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, and the cost is $5.

Last night in Woodstock, the nationally-ranked Slammers dumped the Pictou County Weeks Crushers 9-1. The Game was 2-1 after the first period, before the Slammers added 3 goals in the second, then four in the third. Cole Murphy scored the lone Crusher goal. Woodstock went 0 for 3 on the powerplay while Pictou County went 1 for 6. The Slammers goalie stopped 28 of 29 shots for the win while Devan Tremblay stopped 35 of 44 shots in the loss. The Crushers play another road-game tonight against the expansion St. Stephen Aces. It will be the first ever meeting between these two clubs & will be the Crushers third game played in three days.

The Weeks Major Midgets will be playing a home and home set with the Cape Breton West Islanders this weekend. Saturday night's game will be played in Port Hood, with the return match-up set for Sunday afternoon at 1pm at the Wellness Centre.

Pictou's Joey MacDonald made his home debut with his new team last night in the American Hockey League. MacDonald and the Hamilton Bulldogs were defeated 3-2 by the Toronto Marlies at the First Ontario Centre.

Hockey Canada has announced the roster for the Women's Four Nations Cup taking place in British Columbia next month, and Blayre Turnbull of Stellarton will be on the team. Turnbull and Jillian Saulnier of Halifax become the first women from Nova Scotia to play for Team Canada, and are two of ten players making their first appearances with Team Canada at the Senior Level.

Last chance to register for Canskate is today. Starts Wed, Oct 22 It's from 4:40pm to 5:20pm weekly for all children and adults to learn to skate or improve their skating skills. Registration is today at the Wellness Centre from 4 to 6pm. For more info call 755-0145 or email info@mariposaeast.com for details.

The StFX rowing team along with the Antigonish Rowing Club will be hosting the Atlantic University Rowing Championships (AURC) and the Atlantic Rowing Championship (ARC) this weekend. The event will take place in  Lochaber from 8 am to 2:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday. The big boats (eight's) are the last races on each day (men on Saturday, women on Sunday) and they both should be pretty exciting, as DAL and StFX have traded wins this season.  Dalhousie was the 2013 AURC winner while StFX won in 2012. The winner will receive the Lochaber Cup. The 2013 ARC winner was Halifax.

The Kinsmen Power Skating program will be holding registration and a family skate tomorrow (October 19) from 3:45pm to 5:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The program is for children aged 4-12 years old and lessons will begin on Sunday October 26. For more information contact Steve Dunbar at 902-759-1656.

The 23rd annual Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held today at the Westville Civic Building. The event includes a social beginning at 1 p.m. followed by the induction ceremony at 2 p.m. The event will be held in honor of the late Hugh “Sparky” Paris, and will include the induction of three builders, one member of the media, and five athletes. In the builders category, Lisa Haley, Cathy Mason, and Roy Bennett will be honored. Steve Goodwin will be recognized for his efforts in sports journalism, while Clayton MacLeod, Tara Dunn, Courtnay Malcolm, Jennifer Weir, and Jason MacDonald will enter the hall in the athletes category. Special recognition will also be given to the organizers of the Scott Weeks Celebrity Golf Tournament and the Original Trenton Rink Builders.

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PEI'S FISHERIES MINISTER SAYS CHANGES TO TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER PROGRAM WILL HARM LOBSTER INDUSTRY
Friday 17th October 2014
P-E-I's fisheries minister is highlighting his opposition to changes to the temporary foreign worker program. Ron MacKinley says the federal changes will negatively affect the province's lobster fishery. He sent that message at a meeting today of the Atlantic Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers in Charlottetown. MacKinley toured the ministers around a lobster and mussel facility staffed by foreign workers.


PROVINCE INVESTS IN CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE SAFE SHARING OF ROADS
Friday 17th October 2014
The Provincial Government is supporting phase two of Share the Road, a Dalhousie University-led campaign to raise awareness about road safety.  Energy Minister Andrew Younger announced today that 45-thousand dollars will go to the Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory for the campaign, with a goal of promoting positive behavioral change and safer sharing of roads for all pedestrians, cyclists, in Nova Scotia. For more information on the campaign, visit the Share the Road Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.


PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT AIMS TO IMPROVE COMMUNITY CARE FOR PATIENTS WITH ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURIES
Friday 17th October 2014
Nova Scotia's health minister says the government will develop a strategy aimed at improving long-term support services for those with acquired brain injuries. Leo Glavine says the government wants to address gaps in community care services once patients are released from hospital. Glavine says a review will be conducted next year and his goal is to have a new provincial program in place by early 2016. He says there are no estimates yet on how much it would cost. Ryan Blood, president of the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia, says he welcomes the government's move because there is a significant need for help beyond the initial acute care provided in hospitals. Glavine says it's estimated more than 2,700 people suffer brain injuries each year, while as many as 60,000 are dealing with the long-term impacts of such injuries.


NOVA SCOTIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO HOLD FIRST PROVINCE-WIDE OPEN HOUSE
Friday 17th October 2014
Nova Scotia Community College is opening its doors at its 13 campuses and sites across the province on Tuesday, October 21st for the college’s inaugural province-wide open house. NSCC President Don Bureaux says, “It is a way for us to welcome the community, prospective students, alumni and supporters to our campuses and sites to see, first-hand, the work we do, the programs we offer and the people who make it happen.” Open House 2014 will include hands-on and informational displays, experts to talk about our 100-plus programs offered by the College and its many services which support our students and prospective students. Bureaux adds, “Because the college has a presence throughout Nova Scotia, community is a big part of who we are. We wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to our neighbours for all of the collaborative work we do with businesses, individuals, community groups and so many others.”


REASON FOR HOPE CONCERT SET FOR 1 NOVEMBER
Friday 17th October 2014
The Reason For Hope concert will take place in New Glasgow on 1 November, in a casual cabaret format at the Glasgow Square. The annual event has raised over 40-thousand dollars for cancer related initiatives over the previous six years, benefiting such groups as The Lodge That Gives, the Aberdeen Oncology Department, Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. This year funds will go toward metastatic breast cancer research at the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute in Moncton. Matt Minglewood will headline a list of performers that also includes Doris Mason and Mary Stewart. The event will also feature a Silent Auction and Door Prizes. Tickets are $25 in advance and are available at Glasgow Square and H&R Music.


SCHOOL REVIEW PROCESS ADOPTED
Friday 17th October 2014
Amendments to the Education Act dealing with the School Review Process were proclaimed into law today in the Nova Scotia Legislature. The new process puts the focus onto collaboration, community engagement, and better long-range planning for schools. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey says the amendments reflect the recommendations that were received from consultations with Nova Scotians. Casey says through a long-range outlook and more public engagement, school communities and school boards have an improved process to review schools. With the new process, school boards will remain responsible for the final decision on whether a school is closed.


BLOCKADE AT NOVA SCOTIA POWER GENERATING PLANT **UPDATE 4:30PM**
Friday 17th October 2014
The Trenton Hillside Environmental Watch Association says blockades at the Nova Scotia Power Generating Station will continue weekly as the group seeks a reduction in fly-ash emissions. The association ended a blockade after 2 hours today, and spokesperson Peter Boyles says the group has been given plenty of promises by provincial parties to reduce fly-ash emissions, but have seen no government action. The group wants the plant to switch from coal-burning to natural gas to alleviate the problem. Energy Minister Andrew Younger has stated that the government's options are limited because the amount of fly-ash leaving the station is within regulated industry limits.


ARREST MADE IN NIGHTCLUB ASSAULT **UPDATED**
Friday 17th October 2014
A 23-year old Pictou County man has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault in relation to an incident in downtown New Glasgow last week. Steven James Lawrence was picked up yesterday morning by New Glasgow Regional Police Major Crime Unit. The charge stems from an assault outside the Roseland Cabaret in the early morning hours last Friday, which resulted in a 46-year old man being airlifted to the QE II Health Sciences Hospital. The victim remains in critical condition with serious head injuries. The accused will remain in custody pending a court appearance in Pictou on Monday.


HIGHWAY REOPOENS FOLLOWING FATAL ACCIDENT IN MARSHY HOPE ***UPDATED AS OF 4:30pm***
Friday 17th October 2014
Traffic has started moving again on Highway 104 in Marshy Hope, following the death this morning of a man in a collision between a transport truck and a pickup truck on Highway 104 in Marshy Hope. R-C-M-P say the driver of the pickup truck was pronounced dead at the scene and traffic was diverted between exits 29 and 30 for most of the day as the RCMP investigated.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – OCTOBER 17
Friday 17th October 2014

Ethan Marsh and Josh Renaud both scored their first goal in a Crushers jersey, and helped lead the team to a 5-4 win over the nationally ranked Dieppe Commandos 5-4 last night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. It was the first of three games in three nights for the Crushers, who will make the long road trip to Woodstock tonight to face another nationally ranked team in the Slammers before heading to St. Stephen on Saturday to face the expansion Aces. It will be the first ever meeting between these two clubs.

The Weeks Major Midgets will be playing a home and home set with the Cape Breton West Islanders this weekend. Saturday night's game will be played in Port Hood, with the return match-up set for Sunday afternoon at 1pm at the Wellness Centre.

Pictou's Joey MacDonald is set to make his home debut with his new team tonight in the American Hockey League. MacDonald and the Hamilton Bulldogs will face the Toronto Marlies at the First Ontario Centre. MacDonald won the regular season opener on the road in Rochester by a score of 6-4 last Saturday.

Hockey Canada has announced the roster for the Women's Four Nations Cup taking place in British Columbia next month, and Blayre Turnbull of Stellarton will be on the team. Turnbull and Jillian Saulnier of Halifax become the first women from Nova Scotia to play for Team Canada, and are two of ten players making their first appearances with Team Canada at the Senior Level.

Canskate at the Pictou County Wellness Centre for all children and adults to learn to skate or improve their skating skills starts Wed, Oct 22 from 4:40pm to 5:20pm weekly. Last chance registration will be held at the Wellness Centre today and tomorrow from 4 to 6pm. For more info call 755-0145 or email info@mariposaeast.com for details.

The StFX rowing team along with the Antigonish Rowing Club will be hosting the Atlantic University Rowing Championships (AURC) and the Atlantic Rowing Championship (ARC) on October 18th and 19. The event will take place in  Lochaber from 8 am to 2:00 pm both days. The big boats (eight's) are the last races on each day (men on Saturday, women on Sunday) and they both should be pretty exciting, as DAL and StFX have traded wins this season.  Dalhousie was the 2013 AURC winner while StFX won in 2012. The winner will receive the Lochaber Cup. The 2013 ARC winner was Halifax.

The Kinsmen Power Skating program will be holding registration and a family skate on Sunday October 19 from 3:45pm to 5:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The program is for children aged 4-12 years old and lessons will begin on Sunday October 26. For more information contact Steve Dunbar at 902-759-1656.

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

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ANOTHER BIG DROP IN THE PRICE OF GAS
Friday 17th October 2014
There's another big drop in the price of gas. After falling more than 6 cents last week, a litre of regular self-serve is down over SEVEN cents to a dollar twenty-three. Diesel is down by almost four cents to $1.256 per litre. If you filled up recently, the good news is these prices remain in effect until next Friday at 12:01 am.


ARREST MADE IN NIGHTCLUB BEATING
Thursday 16th October 2014
A 23-year old Pictou County man has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault in relation to an incident in downtown New Glasgow last week. The man, whose name is being withheld by police, was picked up this morning by New Glasgow Regional Police Major Crime Unit. The charge stems from an assault outside the Roseland Cabaret in the early morning hours last Friday, which resulted in a 46-year old man being airlifted to the QE II Health Sciences Hospital. The victim remains in critical condition with serious head injuries. The accused will remain in custody pending a court appearance in Pictou on Monday.


TURNBULL TO MAKE SENIOR TEAM CANADA DEBUT NEXT MONTH
Thursday 16th October 2014
Hockey Canada has announced the roster for the Women's Four Nations Cup taking place in British Columbia next month, and Blayre Turnbull of Stellarton will be on the team. Turnbull and Jillian Saulnier of Halifax become the first women from Nova Scotia to play for Team Canada, and are two of ten players making their first appearances with Team Canada at the Senior Level.


POTENTIAL IMPACT OF GONZALO STILL UP IN THE AIR
Thursday 16th October 2014
Forecasters say a potent storm barrelling its way north from an area around Bermuda could unleash heavy rain and winds on parts of Newfoundland. The Canadian Hurricane Centre says hurricane Gonzalo's centre could track anywhere from just east of Cape Breton to well offshore over the Grand Banks. But they say the system could transition to a strong post-tropical storm when it reaches the region Saturday. They say the strongest winds will be to the right of the storm and the heaviest rainfall to its left. Forecasters say it's still too early to predict the storm's track, but suggest it's likely eastern Nova Scotia will be hit with heavy rain. Parts of eastern Newfoundland could also see storm surge even if the system remains offshore. The powerful hurricane was moving toward Bermuda yesterday with top sustained winds of 195 kilometres per hour and forecasters say it could strengthen. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Gonzalo was about 935 kilometres south-southwest of Bermuda moving north at 15 kilometres per hour.


SECOND CONSECUTIVE DROP IN GAS PRICE IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Thursday 16th October 2014
After a drop of over a nickel in the price of a litre of gasoline yesterday monring in Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick did the same this morning. This is the second consecutive week that regular unleaded gasoline fell by more than five cents per litre in New Brunswick. Diesel also fell this morning, by nearly three cents. Nova Scotia's new prices will come into effect as of midnight tonight.


AFGHANISTAN MEMORIAL VIGIL IN HALIFAX
Thursday 16th October 2014
The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil is an opportunity to remember and honour the soliders and civilians who lost their lives while serving in that country. A ceremony was held yesterday in Halifax as the Vigil opened, and former Defense Minister, now Justice Minister Peter MacKay was in attendance along with family members of the fallen. The Vigil displays 192 plaques that were formerly part of the Kandahar Air Field cenotaph. The cenotaph was a memorial structure for Canadian soldiers to commemorate their fallen comrades while deployed in Afghanistan. It will remain on display at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax from today through to Saturday from 10:00am to 8:00pm daily.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – OCTOBER 16
Thursday 16th October 2014

The Lady Nighthawks took 115 minutes of playing time before senior Olivia MacDonald, affectionately known as OMAC, delivered the banner winning goal in double overtime to propel the NRHS squad past a gritty and determined Amherst Vikettes team. MacDonald buried the rebound of senior captain Lauren Hale’s direct free kick from 25 yards out that proved too hot to handle for the Amherst keeper. The game was a see saw affair with both teams having spells of possession in the attacking third of the field. As a 1-0 scoreline indicates it was a very very tight, physical and intense game with every strike of ball being meaningful. Jennifer Cooke rocketed a shot off the crossbar early in the game while later the NRHS defence cleared two balls off the goal line behind their keeper, one in the first overtime period. The backline of the Nighthawks tream played flawless as Hale, stopper Marcy MacCallum, wing backs Gaby Beland, Alex Kampa-Plouffe and Sarah Wynn-Baudoux handled wave after wave of Amherst attacks. In midfield captain Season Brennan, Haley Smith, Lexie Trevors and Kelsey Robson earned their keep by adding width to the attack and protecting the flanks in defence. Goalkeeper Hannah Mertin earned the shutout with several key saves while at the opposite end of the pitch strikers Emily Mertin, Olivia Fraser, Amy Elliott, Leisha Dennis and Danielle McDonald all contributed when called upon. Coaches, Boardway, Franc and MacDonald were so proud of their squad and the effort they put forth not just in this game but so far this season. Boardway said “it is a very together team and our senior leadership has been phenononal. Well done ladies.” By virtue of this win the Lady Nighthawks will host the NSSAF Division 2 Girls High School Soccer Provincial Championship on Friday October 31st and Saturday November 1st at the Nighthawk Field in Alma. (as submitted)

The Weeks Jr A Crushers will go into tonight's home game against the nationally ranked Dieppe Commandos in a tie for first in the Eastlink Division of the MHL. The Crushers and Truro Bearcats both sit on 13 points, however the Crushers will be playing one of the two games they have in hand on the schedule. The Commandos come into the game ranked 19th in the country in the most recent rankings put out by the CJAHL, which governs all Junior A hockey in Canada. This is the first of three games in three nights, as the Crushers will hit the road Friday and Saturday on a western New Brunswick swing to Woodstock and St. Stephen. Our next broadcast on Classic Rock 97.9 will be one week from this Saturday, when the Crushers visit Truro.

The Weeks Major Midgets will be playing a home and home set with the Cape Breton West Islanders this weekend. Saturday night's game will be played in Port Hood, with the return match-up set for Sunday afternoon at 1pm at the Wellness Centre.

There is still space available at the Self Defense Class at the North End Recreation Centre – tonight from 6:30-8:30pm. Phone 755-8363  $10 per person or $20 per family.

The North Nova Gryphons Boys Hockey team play Friday night at the Trenton Arena. This week they host the Dalbrae Dragons and game time is 8:30 pm. The cost is $4.00 for adults and $2,00 for students and seniors.

Canskate at the Pictou County Wellness Centre for all children and adults to learn to skate or improve their skating skills starts Wed, Oct 22 from 4:40pm to 5:20pm weekly. Last chance registration will be held at the Wellness Centre on Friday and Saturday (Oct 17 and 18) from 4 to 6pm. For more info call 755-0145 or email info@mariposaeast.com for details.

This past weekend the 6th Annual SoccerMania: Jimmy George Cup was held. Team Ryan-Fitt defeated Team George 2-1 to take home the title for 3rd year in a row. Scoring for Team Ryan-Fitt were Chuck Hill and Jeremy Bell, while Matt Ross replied for team George. Organizers are extending their thanks to all who participated, saying it was a great day all around.

The StFX rowing team along with the Antigonish Rowing Club will be hosting the Atlantic University Rowing Championships (AURC) and the Atlantic Rowing Championship (ARC) on October 18th and 19. The event will take place in  Lochaber from 8 am to 2:00 pm both days. The big boats (eight's) are the last races on each day (men on Saturday, women on Sunday) and they both should be pretty exciting, as DAL and StFX have traded wins this season.  Dalhousie was the 2013 AURC winner while StFX won in 2012. The winner will receive the Lochaber Cup. The 2013 ARC winner was Halifax.

The Kinsmen Power Skating program will be holding registration and a family skate on Sunday October 19 from 3:45pm to 5:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The program is for children aged 4-12 years old and lessons will begin on Sunday October 26. For more information contact Steve Dunbar at 902-759-1656.

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

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PAVING TOMORROW IN NEW GLASGOW INCLUDES GEORGE STREET BRIDGE
Wednesday 15th October 2014
The Town of New Glasgow is advising motorists that George Street into and out of downtown will be resurfaced tomorrow, resulting in delays. The work will begin at 6:00am, and is expected to last all day. Traffic control personnel will be on scene as the work is done from Abercrombie Road to Riverside Parkway. The Town of New Glasgow recommends motorists find alternate routes into the downtown area.


ANTIGONISH RESIDENTS WIN SET FOR LIFE LOTTERY
Wednesday 15th October 2014
An Antigonish couple are Nova Scotia's newest winners of the Atlantic Lottery Set for Life top prize. Anne Marie and Joseph Gillis are the third winners of the prize, and have opted to take the lump sum payment of 675-thousand dollars. There are still two prizes remaining in the scratch-and-win game.


MACFARLANE TABLES PETITION SUPPORTING TURKEY PROCESSORS
Wednesday 15th October 2014
A petition with over three-thousand signatures supporting small turkey processors was tabled in the Legislature today by Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane. MacFarlane says Gordon Fraser is just one such processor who is being attacked by the province with a possible five-thousand dollar fine if he continues butchering as he has for the last 36 years. MacFarlane calls this a Liberal attack on the rural way of life, and a major barrier to small business. MacFarlane, and Progressive Conservative Agriculture Critic John Lohr, are calling on Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell to work with farmers to find a solution and allow small processors to operate.


SUMMER STREET ACCEPTS PLEDGE FROM FIRST MUTUAL
Wednesday 15th October 2014
Summer Street Industries will receive ten-thousand dollars per year over the next five years as First Mutual Properties has pledge support for the organization. Executive Director Bob Bennett says the donation will be put to use ensuring that each client continues to receive as individualized a program as possible. The cheque presentation was made recently by First Mutual Properties President, Shawn Chaisson to Bennett and Summer Street Planned Giving Coordinator, Paula Irving.


GAS LEAK RESOLVED IN BURNSIDE **UPDATED AT 11:35AM**
Wednesday 15th October 2014
Emergency crews have stopped a gas leak in Burnside this morning. Up to 50 buildings in the area had been evacuated as a precaution. The city says construction crews working in Burnside in Dartmouth punctured a four-inch natural gas main pipe. It says readings taken in the area at the intersection of Joseph Zatzman Drive and Akerley Boulevard showed high explosive levels, particularly around storm sewer openings. The city's fire department says levels began dropping after it managed to stop the flow of gas.


HURRICANE GONZALO TO REACH ATLANTIC CANADA LATE FRIDAY
Wednesday 15th October 2014
Hurricane Gonzalo is expected to have a significant impact on weather in the region on Friday, although forecasters are still not certain of the exact path of the storm. Gonzalo is expected to reach category-4 intensity today, as it has intensified quickly over the past two days. It is currently tracking toward Bermuda, and may continue on a path anywhere from just east of Cape Breton to well offshore over the Grand Banks - which is approximately a 600-km span of uncertainty. Timing of the storm's possible impact over land or closest offshore approach will be in the late Friday to late Saturday timeframe. The Canadian Hurricane Centre will begin issuing regular bulletins later today since the storm is expected to at least affect our offshore marine district.


SINGLE VEHICLE COLLISION DAMAGES POWER POLE
Wednesday 15th October 2014
A single vehicle collision on Mark Road in the early morning hours today remains under investigation. Pictou District RCMP say they received a call around 1:15 this morning reporting the collision, and when they arrived on scene the vehicle had been abandoned. Police say a conversation with the registered owner indicates that he was not driving at the time. The pole was significantly damaged, although police could not indicate whether a power outage occurred as a result. Nova Scotia Power crews attended the scene to replace the pole.


STELLARTON TO SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
Wednesday 15th October 2014
In a decision that was not very popular with the majority of the people in the room, Stellarton Town Council voted three-to-one in favor of signing on to the Memorandum of Understanding. Roughly 150 people attended a public consultation meeting last night, and almost all of the people who spoke expressed concerns about the potential impacts of signing onto the document written by the towns of New Glasgow and Pictou as well as the Municipality of Pictou County. After the public consultation was concluded, the formal meeting of council was convened. Councilor Judith MacLellan brought forward the motion to sign the MOU, with the precondition that the town's responsibility for debt related to the Albion Business Park become a debt for the whole region. The lone dissenting vote was Mayor Joe Gennoe, who will now become Stellarton's elected representative on the MOU committee.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – OCTOBER 15
Wednesday 15th October 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers will go into tomorrow night's home game against the Dieppe Commandos in a tie for first in the Eastlink Division of the MHL. The Crushers and Truro Bearcats both sit on 13 points, however the Crushers will be playing one of the two games they have in hand on the schedule. This is the first of three games in three nights, as the Crushers will hit the road Friday and Saturday on a western New Brunswick swing to Woodstock and St. Stephen. Our next broadcast on Classic Rock 97.9 will be one week from this Saturday, when the Crushers visit Truro.

One game last night in the NSJHL saw the Strait Pirates go on the road and earn a 6-5 victory over the Brookfield Elks. The Pictou County Scotians, who currently sit second in the Sid Rowe Division, do not have a game scheduled for this week, but will be back in action October 26 at home against the Glace Bay Miners.

The Northumberland Regional Lady Nighthawks soccer team will host the D-2 High School Girls NSSAF Regionals this afternoon at 3:30pm against the semi final winner of Amherst and Hants East. The results of that semi-final are currently unavailable.

This past weekend the 6th Annual SoccerMania: Jimmy George Cup was held. Team Ryan-Fitt defeated Team George 2-1 to take home the title for 3rd year in a row. Scoring for Team Ryan-Fitt were Chuck Hill and Jeremy Bell, while Matt Ross replied for team George. Organizers are extending their thanks to all who participated, saying it was a great day all around.

The StFX rowing team along with the Antigonish Rowing Club will be hosting the Atlantic University Rowing Championships (AURC) and the Atlantic Rowing Championship (ARC) on October 18th and 19. The event will take place in  Lochaber from 8 am to 2:00 pm both days. The big boats (eight's) are the last races on each day (men on Saturday, women on Sunday) and they both should be pretty exciting, as DAL and StFX have traded wins this season.  Dalhousie was the 2013 AURC winner while StFX won in 2012. The winner will receive the Lochaber Cup. The 2013 ARC winner was Halifax.

The Kinsmen Power Skating program will be holding registration and a family skate on Sunday October 19 from 3:45pm to 5:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The program is for children aged 4-12 years old and lessons will begin on Sunday October 26. For more information contact Steve Dunbar at 902-759-1656.

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

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TORY PARTY INTRODUCES FOUR BILLS THAT LEADER BAILLIE SAYS WILL "GET PROVINCIAL FINANCES UNDER CONTROL"
Tuesday 14th October 2014
Progressive Conservative MLAs introduced four Bills in the Legislature today they say will rebuild Nova Scotia’s struggling economy and get the provincial finances under control. They are: the Economic Growth Goals Act, to legally enshrine the goals of the Ivany report, the Limit Government Debt Act which would reduce Nova Scotia’s net debt-to-GDP ratio to 30 per cent or less by 2024 , the Balanced Budget Act would require the government to balance the budget and finally, the Next Generation Act, which protects future generations by making their needs a priority in government decision making. Baillie calls the Liberal government shortsighted, saying the Ivany Report has been left to collect dust when there must be a focus on creating new jobs. He says Nova Scotia's debt is the highest it’s ever been and it will increase by $1.1 billion over the Liberals’ four-year mandate. Baillie says the debt impedes our ability to pay for frontline services and infrastructure, and also doesn't allow for meaningful tax relief, and that (quote) “Putting limits on new debt will take the credit card away from the Premier and his cabinet.”


PICTOU COUNTY MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO 5 CHARGES, INCLUDING TWO FOR IMPAIRED DRIVING
Tuesday 14th October 2014
A Pictou Landing man has pleaded not guilty to five charges related to an incident that occurred at the end of 2013. 50-year-old Daniel John McCue faces two charges of impaired driving, as well as driving while disqualified, a breach of probation, and breach of recognizance from December 31st, 2013 in Pictou Landing. Today in Pictou Provincial court, Judge Del Atwood set a half-day trial for February 2nd, 2015.


LITTLE HARBOUR MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MARIJUANA PRODUCTION
Tuesday 14th October 2014
From Pictou Provincial Court today – a 49-year-old man has pleaded guilty to a single drug charge of production of marijuana. Paul Alexander Matheson was charged following incidents that occurred between mid-March and August 13th of this year in Little Harbour. The Pictou County man had four drug-related charges withdrawn. Matheson will have a pre-sentencing report completed, then be back in court for sentencing on February 2nd, 2015.


PETER MACKAY ANNOUNCES 50 MILLION DOLLARS WILL BE SPENT ON SERIES 100 HIGHWAYS IN NOVA SCOTIA OVER NEXT 4 YEARS
Tuesday 14th October 2014
Justice Minister and Central Nova MP Peter MacKay in Stellarton this afternoon to announce funding for joint federal-provincial highway infrastructure for projects on Nova Scotia's 100 series highways to be completed over the next four years. Twenty million of the 50 million dollar cost will come from the federal government. Three of the 22 jobs are slated for Pictou County. 2015/16 will see improvement to Highway 104 eastbound at exit 20, while the 2016/17 will see westbound lanes re-paved in the same area. In 2018/19, the westbound lanes between exits 21 and 25 wil be completed. MacKay was joined by provincial Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal area manager Troy Webb at the Museum of Industry for the event. It was one of three announcements being made across the province, with the others in Bible Hill and on the South Shore.


PICTOU MAN CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT RELEASED ON HOUSE ARREST CONDITIONS
Tuesday 14th October 2014
A Pictou man charged with aggravated assault following a incident last Friday (October 10) appeared in Provincial court this morning. 47-year-old Randall Edwin Mills is charged with aggravated assault that left a 41-year-old man with a severe facial injury. Two $1000 sureties enabled Mills to be released from jail on house arrest conditions ahead of his return to court in Pictou to enter a plea on November 17th. Conditions given to Mills by Judge Del Atwood include a no-contact order that covers five residents, twice-weekly reporting to the RCMP, and abstaining from drugs and alcohol.


NEW GLASGOW POLICE OFFICER WILL GO TO TRIAL IN MARCH 2015 FACING A CHARGE UNDER THE MOTOR VEHICLE ACT
Tuesday 14th October 2014
This morning in Pictou Provincial court, a New Glasgow police officer had a trial scheduled for late March 2015. Thirty-year-old Constable Donald Wadden has pleaded not guilty to a charge of “failing to drive or operate a motor vehicle in a careful and prudent manner” stemming from a traffic stop incident on Highway 104 in April, 2013. The charge was laid in October 2013 following an investigation by the province's Serious Incident Response Team. A 25-year-old Pictou County man sustained injuries during the traffic stop on Highway 104 in Pleasant Valley, when Wadden is alleged to have caused a two-vehicle collision. Ahead of the trial, Wadden's case will return to court for a status update on November 24th. The officer's trial will get underway on March 23rd, 2015.


CHAD TRANSIT GETS APPROVAL TO ADD TO FLEET
Tuesday 14th October 2014
Last Friday, the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board approved an application by the Central Highlands Association of the Disabled to add another vehicle to the CHAD Transit fleet. The 16-passenger minibus, also known as a Cutaway Coach, has been approved for use effective immediately. The amendment to CHAD's Motor Carrier License had to go through an approval process through the URB.


ENERGY MINISTER TO LOOK INTO FLY ASH SITUATION
Tuesday 14th October 2014
Energy Minister Andrew Younger says the province, through three separate departments, is looking into the situation at the Nova Scotia Power plant in Trenton. Younger says his staff, along with the Departments of Environment and Health, are working on a plan to determine what can be done about fly ash from the plant impacting on local residents. Younger says the situation has improved since the installation of a baghouse several years ago, although there are still issues with occasional emissions. He says the amount of fly ash is within allowable industrial limits, and therefore the options are limited as to what can be done. People who live near the facility are threatening to block trucks from getting to the plant.


WEARWELL RECOGNIZED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE
Tuesday 14th October 2014
The Resource Recovery Fund Board has named the winners of the 16th annual Mobius Awards of Environmental Excellence, and one of the recipients is a Pictou County-based business. WearWell Garments Company Ltd., of Stellarton, is the small business of the year, and will receive the award at a special luncheon tomorrow in Halifax. The award is given for innovation in an effort to divert waste.


DIFFERENT ACCOUNTS OF ACCIDENT ON WEEKEND
Tuesday 14th October 2014
Pictou District RCMP issued a release in regards to a two-vehicle collision in Merigomish on Sunday that is being disputed by a person related to the incident. RCMP say that a driver was attempting to pass a second vehicle on Shore Road in a legal passing zone, but did not have enough room to complete the pass before meeting with oncoming traffic. They say the car tried to return to its own lane, and both westbound vehicles ended up in the ditch, resulting in injuries to both drivers and the female passenger in the lead vehicle. Police say both drivers, men in their early twenties, were taken to the Aberdeen Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, while the teenage girl was airlifted to Halifax. Carolanne White, who told a local news source that she is the mother of the driver of the lead vehicle, disputes some of the facts of the police press release. White says the driver of the vehicle attempting to make the pass did so in an illegal zone and has been ticketed. She also says her son is only 19 and not yet in his twenties. White says the female passenger has since returned home and is recovering.


FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT SET FOR TODAY
Tuesday 14th October 2014
Justice Minister and Central Nova MP Peter MacKay will be in Stellarton this afternoon to announce funding for a federal-provincial joint infrastructure announcement. MacKay will be joined by provincial Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal area manager Troy Webb at the Museum of Industry for the event at 1pm. It is one of three announcements being made across the province today, with the others set for Bible Hill and the South Shore. Stay tuned to East Coast FM and Classic Rock 97.9 this afternoon for details on the announcement as they become available.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – OCTOBER 14
Tuesday 14th October 2014

The Lady Nighthawks added the CCRSB League Banner and the Turkey Bowl Trophy to their collection this past week by virtue of a 1-0 shootout victory over the South Colchester Wolves on Tuesday past and a 1-0 Thanksgiving Day win over the host NNEC Gryphons. On Tuesday it was a difficult and emotional game as the Lady Nighthawks played hard to support one of their captains, Lauren Hale and her family. Season Brennan and Jennifer Cooke provided the offence while Gaby Beland at sweeper and Marcy MacCallum at stopper along with goalkeeper Hannah Mertin played airtight defence. Alex Kampa-Plouffe, and Sarah Wynn-Baudoux also were solid on the backline while Olivia MacDonald, Haley Smith, and Lexie Trevors ran miles in midfield. In the 9th annual Turkey Bowl the Lady Nighthawks won thier sixth Gobbler Trpohy with a narrow 1-0 victory over the host Gryphons in the yearly friendly encounter. A large crowd was present for the game on a chilly but bright morning with many alumni home for the long week-end and making the trip out to Parkdale to take in the soccer action. Hannah Mertin controlled her 18 yard box with authority while Lauren Hale, Marcy MacCallum, Season Brennan, Kelsey Robson and Olivia MacDonald took care of the central lanes to lead the Nighthawks to the win. Emily Mertin assisted by Brennan and Jennifer Cooke fired home the Turkey winning goal late in the first half. Leisha Dennis, Danielle McDonald and Amy Elliott were full marks for their effort up front. At the conclusion of the game Referee Peter MacDonald presented NRHS Co-Captains Season Berennan and Lauren Hale with the Turkey Bowl trophy which is a felt turkey sitting on a soccer ball in a roasting pan. The trophy was created in 2006 by Cindy Osmond and was updted with feathers and fall colours by local primary teacher Janet Boardway in 2010. This coming week the Lady Nighthawks will be in play-off mode as Wednesday at 3:30 pm the red, white & blck will host the D-2 High School Girls NSSAF Regionals against the semi final winner of Amherst and Hants East.

Paige MacDonald started her hockey season this weekend with a hat trick from the blue line. The defenseman from the Pictou County Bantam A Subway Selects was one of three goal scorers during a 5-0 win against Antigonish Sunday. Maddie Robertson and Megan MacCarthy scored the other two goals. On Saturday, the bantam a Subway Selects were defeated 3-1 by Cape Breton West Islanders. MacKenzie Ells scored the lone goal for the Selects.

Joey MacDonald backstopped the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 6-4 win in their season opener in Rochester on Saturday. The Pictou native stopped 25 of 29 shots faced in the victory. Up next for the Bulldogs is their home opener on Friday against the Toronto Marlies.

A shootout loss by the Truro Bearcats in Summerside on Sunday has pulled them into a tie with the Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers for first place in the Eastlink Division. Both teams have 13 points, although the Crushers currently hold the advantage of having two games in hand. One of those games will get played on Thursday night at the Wellness Centre when the Crushers host the defending Meek Division Champions, the Dieppe Commandos. It is the first of three games in three nights for the Crushers, as they will be making a road trip to western New Brunswick to visit Woodstock and St. Stephen. Game time Thursday is 7pm, and join us on Classic Rock 97.9 at 6pm for a full weekend preview on Slapshot.

Jake Martin of New Glasgow was a member of the gold-medal winning Male Under-15 Team Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Challenge Cup this past weekend in Moncton. Nova Scotia went undefeated in five games, outscoring their opponents 22-6 on the way to the gold medal. On the Female Under-15 Team, Camryn Halliday of New Glasgow scored one goal in five games, as the team also went 5-0 to earn gold. They were just as dominant as the boys, outscoring their opponents 19-3. Taylor Perry of Trenton and the rest of the provincial Female Under-18 team also took gold, after going 0-2-1 through the round robin, they bounced back with wins in the semi-final and gold medal games. And the Under-14 boys also won gold, marking the first time since 2003 that one province has swept gold in all of the divisions. It was also Nova Scotia in that year.

The StFX rowing team along with the Antigonish Rowing Club will be hosting the Atlantic University Rowing Championships (AURC) and the Atlantic Rowing Championship (ARC) on October 18th and 19. The event will take place in  Lochaber from 8 am to 2:00 pm both days. The big boats (eight's) are the last races on each day (men on Saturday, women on Sunday) and they both should be pretty exciting, as DAL and StFX have traded wins this season.  Dalhousie was the 2013 AURC winner while StFX won in 2012. The winner will receive the Lochaber Cup. The 2013 ARC winner was Halifax.

The Kinsmen Power Skating program will be holding registration and a family skate on Sunday October 19 from 3:45pm to 5:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The program is for children aged 4-12 years old and lessons will begin on Sunday October 26. For more information contact Steve Dunbar at 902-759-1656.

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

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***UPDATE***POLICE SPEAK WITH "PERSON OF INTEREST" AFTER ASSAULT OUTSIDE NEW GLASGOW NIGHT CLUB
Monday 13th October 2014
Police have spoken with witnesses as well as a "person of interest" after a 46-year-old man was assaulted over the weekend outside a New Glasgow Night Club. New Glasgow Regional Police responded to a 911 call that an adult male from Pictou County was injured on Provost Street outside the Roseland Cabaret early Friday morning. The man was transported to the Aberdeen Hospital and was later taken by life flight to Halifax QE2 where he still remains with serious life threatening head injuries. No arrests have been made. New Glasgow Regional Police Major Crime Unit continues to investigate.


CLINICAL TRIALS BEGIN FOR CANADA'S EBOLA VACCINE
Monday 13th October 2014
Minister of Health Rona Ambrose today announced the launch of Phase 1 clinical trials for Canada's Ebola vaccine. The clinical trial at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Maryland will test the vaccine on a small group of people to assess its safety, determine the appropriate dosage and identify any side effects. Canada has supplied 20 vials of the experimental vaccine for use in the trial.


SIRT INVESTIGATING MAN'S BROKEN BONE AFTER POLICE PURSUIT
Monday 13th October 2014
The Serious Incident Response Team is investigating after a man's head was injured while he was being pursued by police. Police say they received a complaint of an impaired driver who was also believed to be in possession of a firearm late Friday night in the Musquodoboit Harbour area of Halifax. RCMP say after pulling the 33-year-old man over, he allegedly ran from officers into the woods. He was arrested soon after and taken to hospital, where it was discovered that he had a broken bone on his head. The Serious Incident Response Team investigates all serious incidents involving police in the province, regardless of whether there is an allegation of wrongdoing.


MERIGOMISH CAR ACCIDENT LEAVES TEENAGED GIRL IN SERIOUS CONDITION
Monday 13th October 2014
A teen was airlifted to Halifax in serious condition after a two-vehicle crash in Merigomish mid-day yesterday. RCMP say two vehicles were travelling westbound on Shore Rd. when one vehicle tried to pass the other and was faced with oncoming traffic. Both vehicles drifted to the right-hand shoulder and ended up in the ditch. Police say both drivers, men in their early twenties, were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A female passenger in her late teens was airlifted to a Halifax hospital in serious condition. The road was closed for several hours while police investigated.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND-UP *OCTOBER 13 *HOLIDAY MONDAY*
Monday 13th October 2014
The North Nova Gryphons Boys Hockey team opened their regular season with two wins this weekend. On Friday night at a packed Trenton Arena, the Gryphons hosted the Hants East Tigers and came away with a 5-4 victory. Colin Holmes opened the scoring midway through the first period with Noah Delorey and Kirklin Murray getting the assists. Hants East tied the game on a power play only to have Chris Brooker score 10 seconds later to put the Gryphons up 2-1 after the first. Jacob Pentz had the helper. Carson Dunbar scored two goals early in the second frame assisted on the first by Brooker and Pentz and unassisted on the second. Hants East scored two more before Colin Holmes potted his second of the night with Ryan MacDonald adding the helper. Hants East scored a power play goal early in the third but North Nova shut the door for the remainder of the game to secure the 5-4 win. Matt Murray was solid in the net for NNEC. On Saturday night the Gryphons travelled to Westville to take on their cross county rivals Northumberland Nighthawks. Taylor Publicover started the scoring for NNEC assisted by Colin Holmes and Ryan MacDonald. NRHS answered quickly but Jacob Pentz scored two goals to end the period up 3-1. Chris Brooker and Carson Dunbar added assists. In the second frame, Publicover scored his second of the night assisted by Ryan MacDonald and then Pentz completed his hat trick on an unassisted short handed goal. Carson Dunbar rounded out the second period scoring assisted by Connor MacDougall and Colin Holmes. NRHS added one goal in the second and opened the third with another. Sean Duggan finished off the scoring for NNEC with the assist going to Dunbar to make the final score 7-3. Kieran MacGillivray back stopped the Gryphons to the victory. The Gryphons play next on Friday October 17th at home against the Dalbrae Dragons at 8:30 at the Trenton Arena before travelling to Lantz on Saturday to take on Hants East at 7:00 pm.


TWO VEHICLE CRASH ON SHORE ROAD SUNDAY
Sunday 12th October 2014
RCMP report three people have been taken to hospital after a two-vehicle crash in Pictou County. The accident happened along Shore Road in Merigomish shortly after twelve noon today. One person was taken to hospital by Life Flight, while two others were transported by ambulance. Motorists had to take an alternate route for several hours following the crash. RCMP say a preliminary investigation into the cause of the collision continues.


AGGRAVATED ASSAULT INCIDENT IN PICTOU
Sunday 12th October 2014
RCMP say a man is facing an aggravated assault charge after allegedly assaulting another man. Police say officers were called to a home in Pictou early Saturday morning after reports of an assault. They say a 41-year-old man was taken to a hospital in Halifax for surgery after suffering non-life-threatening injuries. Forty-seven-year-old Randall Edwin Mills was later charged with aggravated assault. He will remain in police custody until a court appearance on Tuesday.


INCIDENT AT DOWNTOWN NIGHTCLUB SENDS CAUSES LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES
Sunday 12th October 2014
Police say a 46-year-old man remains in hospital with life-threatening injuries after an assault outside of a night club. Investigators say the man was assaulted early Friday morning outside the Roseland Cabaret in New Glasgow. He was taken to the Aberdeen Hospital and later airlifted to a Halifax hospital with life-threatening head injuries. Police say officers are in the processes of speaking with witnesses.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – OCTOBER 12
Sunday 12th October 2014

Lucas Eshelman scored twice for the Pictou County Scotians last night, but it was not enough, as the Scotians fell to the Liverpool Privateers 3-2 in the first half of a home and home series in Liverpool. The teams will meet again tonight at 7pm in the Trenton Arena. Other games from last night in the NSJHL saw Glace Bay defeat Sackville 4-2, while the Cole Harbour Colts dominated the Cumberland County Blues 10-3.

The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers opened their regular season with a win over the Antigonish Bulldogs at the Keating Millenium Centre in Antigonish on Saturday evening, with a score of 5-3. The Crushers put the pressure on early and did not let up. Scoring for the Crushers were Sam McDow with a pair, singles to Nick Dykstra, Kyle Walsh and Luke Sheehan. Assists going to Daniel Molyneaux and Michael MacGillivary with two a piece, along with Zack Houston and Kyle Walsh with one each. Ryan Royles was solid in goal making 20 saves for the win. The Bantam AA Crushers next home game will be this Saturday vs the Cumberland Ramblers at the PC Wellness Centre. Game time is at 11:30am.

There were four games last night in the Maritime Hockey League, including the second meeting of the season between last season's Kent Cup finalists. The Dieppe Commandos defeated the Truro Bearcats 4-1, leaving the Pictou County Weeks Crushers one point ahead of the Bearcats for first place in the Eastlink Division, and the Crushers now hold one game in hand. Elsewhere last night the Lumberjacks defeated Amherst 4-1, Miramichi beat the expansion St. Stephen County Aces 7-0, and Woodstock doubled up Yarmouth 4-2. Two games today see Truro visit Summerside and Yarmouth at Valley. The next game for the Crushers will be at home Thursday against Dieppe.

The Cape Breton Capers won the St. Francis Xavier Mens Basketball Invitational Preseason Tournament by beating the hosts 91-84 last night at the Oland Centre.

The StFX rowing team along with the Antigonish Rowing Club will be hosting the Atlantic University Rowing Championships (AURC) and the Atlantic Rowing Championship (ARC) on October 18th and 19. The event will take place in  Lochaber from 8 am to 2:00 pm both days. The big boats (eight's) are the last races on each day (men on Saturday, women on Sunday) and they both should be pretty exciting, as DAL and StFX have traded wins this season.  Dalhousie was the 2013 AURC winner while StFX won in 2012. The winner will receive the Lochaber Cup. The 2013 ARC winner was Halifax. The winner will receive the President's Cup.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for a Bronze Medallion course. If you are 13 or over and hold a Bronze Star and wish to go on to become a National Lifeguard, then, this course will get you started. Course dates are: Oct 19, 20, 26 and Nov 2, 3. More info contact Pictou Recreation or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

The Kinsmen Power Skating program will be holding registration and a family skate on Sunday October 19 from 3:45pm to 5:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The program is for children aged 4-12 years old and lessons will begin on Sunday October 26. For more information contact Steve Dunbar at 902-759-1656.

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

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FORMER HALIFAX MAYOR WALTER FITZGERALD DIES AT 78
Saturday 11th October 2014
Former MLA and mayor of Halifax, Walter Fitzgerald has died in hospital this morning at the age of 78. The sociable former school principal-turned- politician was mayor of Halifax during 2 separate periods. First elected to the provincial legislature in 1974, Fitzgerald was a cabinet minister in the liberal government of Gerald Regan. He also had the distinction of being the final mayor of the old City of Halifax and the first mayor of the HRM. A survivor of coronary bypass surgery, Fitzgerald leaves wife Linda, four children and nine grandchildren.


NOT-FOR-PROFIT ART CENTRE IN NEW GLASGOW HOLDS FIRST ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Saturday 11th October 2014
Join the celebration tonight as Pictou County's arts community continues to grow and thrive. Today is the first anniversary of the Eventide Art Hub in downtown New Glasgow, and the occasion will be marked with live music, food and a silent art auction. Eventide Art Hub is a not-for-profit art center that exists to support and promote the creation and sharing of all forms of art. The facility consists of  Look Up Art Gallery, Intentions Art Market, artist studios, and New Glasgow's Art at Night. Tonights festivities are in the gallery at 99 Provost Street from 7 until 10 pm & all are welcome!


NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER TO BECOME HONORARY CANADIAN CITIZEN ON OCTOBER 22
Saturday 11th October 2014
Prime Minister Harper says the co-winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize will be in Ottawa later this month. On October 22nd, 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai will formally receive her honorary Canadian citizenship -- an honour given to only five other people. Yousafzai, an advocate for girls education, was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago. It happened while she was on her way home from school in her native Pakistan. Rather fitting that when Malala learned she had won the Nobel peace prize, she was in her chemistry class, and chose to finish the school day before she held a press conference!


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND-UP *SATURDAY, OCT 11* UPDATED
Saturday 11th October 2014

The Jimmy George Cup is happening today at the Sobeys Indoor Complex. Admission is free & it goes until 5pm. The teams registration fees go to support minor soccer.

CANSKATE registration is today from 4-6pm at the Wellness Centre! The Learn to Skate program  for children and adults will be offered by the Mariposa East Skating Centre every Wednesday from 4:40-5:20pm.. Whether you play hockey, ringette, figure skate or just want to skate with friends, Canskate at the Wellness Centre is for you. Call 755-0145 or email info@mariposaeast.com  for details.

The StFX rowing team along with the Antigonish Rowing Club will be hosting the Atlantic University Rowing Championships (AURC) and the Atlantic Rowing Championship (ARC) next weekend(October 18th and 19). The event will take place in  Lochaber from 8 am to 2:00 pm both days. The big boats (eight's) are the last races on each day (men on Saturday, women on Sunday) and they both should be pretty exciting, as DAL and StFX have traded wins this season.  Dalhousie was the 2013 AURC winner while StFX won in 2012. The winner will receive the Lochaber Cup. The 2013 ARC winner was Halifax. The winner will receive the President's Cup.

The Weeks Jr A Crushers defeated the Truro Bearcats 6-3 Thursday night. Led by 4 points from Evan Morrison and a 34 save performance from Devan Tremblay, the game also say Gabriel Levesque score his first goal as a Crusher. The Crushers are now in first place in the Eastlink Division , but the Bearcats can regain that spot when they play in Dieppe tonight. The Crushers are off until next Thursday when they host the Commandos.

Tonight the Northumberland Regional High Nighthawks will have their home opener at the Westville Miners Sports Centre at 6pm, when they host the Gryphons.

The St. Francis Xavier X-Men basketball team are hosting an invitational exhibition tournament at the Oland Centre. The championship game will go at 8pm tonight, while the consolation final goes at 6pm. All of the other St. FX teams are on the road this weekend. The X-Men hockey game scheduled for Saturday night has been moved to next Tuesday.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for a Bronze Medallion course. If you are 13 or over and hold a Bronze Star and wish to go on to become a National Lifeguard, then, this course will get you started. Course dates are: Oct 19, 20, 26 and Nov 2, 3. More info contact Pictou Recreation or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

The Kinsmen Power Skating program will be holding registration and a family skate on Sunday October 19 from 3:45pm to 5:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The program is for children aged 4-12 years old and lessons will begin on Sunday October 26. For more information contact Steve Dunbar at 902-759-1656.

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

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NEW GLASGOW POLICE INTERVIEWING WITNESSES OF ASSAULT ON MAN WITH LIFE-THREATENING HEAD INJURIES *UPDATED*
Saturday 11th October 2014
Police say a man is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after an assault in downtown New Glasgow. Investigators say officers were called to Provost Street around 1:45 a.m. Friday after reports of an assault outside the Roseland Cabaret. Police say a 46-year-old man was taken to the Aberdeen hospital and later airlifted to a Halifax with life-threatening head injuries. New Glasgow Constable Ken MacDonald says officers have not interviewed the victim yet because of his condition, and says police are in the processes of speaking with witnesses.


PETER MACKAY TO OPEN 18TH ANNUAL CELTIC COLOURS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
Friday 10th October 2014
The Honourable Minister Peter MacKay will speak at the opening of the Celtic Colours International Festival this evening. It's the 18th year for Festival in Cape Breton. The nine-day event kicks off tonight with a concert at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. The annual festival celebrates all things Celtic with kitchen parties, music, dancing and storytelling.


MILLBROOK ARTIST SYLIBOY HAS SHORT FILM ABOUT HIS HALIFAX AIRPORT MURAL PREMIERE TONIGHT
Friday 10th October 2014
A short film about Mi’kmaq artist Alan Syliboy will have a premiere tonight at a hangar near the Halifax Airport. The 12-minute film, Carry Me Home by Nance Ackerman is a look inside Syliboy’s creative process as he created a mural x at the airport. The five-metre-square acrylic painting depicts a butterfly and is done with the Mi’kmaq double-curve motif which symbolizes life. The film is also an exploration of the journeys of travellers who pass beneath the painting, which is by the departure area. Carry Me Home is part of a multi-media exhibit that is travelling through Nova Scotia for Mik’maq Heritage Month, and tonight’s event includes pulled moose meat, drumming and singing.


PREMIER STEPHEN MCNEIL FORMALLY APOLOGIZES FOR ABUSE AT NOVA SCOTIA ORPHANAGE
Friday 10th October 2014
Former residents of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children rose to their feet in the provincial legislature today as the premier apologized for their suffering. Stephen McNeil delivered a heartfelt apology for the mental, physical and psychological abuse of former residents over several decades. McNeil says it is one of the province's great tragedies that the cries of children for help were met with silence and that he hopes the apology brings a measure of comfort. In his closing comments, MacNeil said support will be provided as a claims process begins next week to disperse a $29 million dollar settlement from the government and a toll-free number has been set-up to connect former residents with services in their area.


OPERATION IMPACT ON THE ROADS THIS LONG WEEKEND
Friday 10th October 2014
The annual campaign by law enforcement officers across the country to keep the roads safe will once again hit the streets of Pictou County this Thanksgiving Weekend. Operation Impact is an initiative designed to remind people that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries. The focus will be on behaviours that put drivers, passengers and other road users most at risk: impaired driving, seat belt use, and all aspects related to aggressive driving. All Law Enforcement agencies across the county will be participating. During the long weekend, policing agencies will be setting up several checkpoints throughout the towns and county to enforce safe driving.


GAS PRICE SEES MAJOR DROP, DIESEL DOWN SLIGHTLY
Friday 10th October 2014
The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board gave most motorists some very good news going into a long weekend. The price of a litre of regular unleaded self serve gasoline fell by 6.2 cents, to new minimum of one dollar 30.2 cents. News for those who drive diesel vehicles was not as good, as a litre of diesel went down by just one-tenth of a cent. The new minimum is one dollar 29.3 cents. These prices will remain in effect until next Friday morning at 12:01am.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – OCTOBER 10 *UPDATED*
Friday 10th October 2014

CANSKATE registration is today and tomorrow (Saturday, OCT 11th) from 4-6pm at the Wellness Centre! The Learn to Skate program  for children and adults will be offered by the Mariposa East Skating Centre every Wednesday from 4:40-5:20pm.. Whether you play hockey, ringette, figure skate or just want to skate with friends, Canskate at the Wellness Centre is for you. Call 755-0145 or email info@mariposaeast.com  for details. The Weeks Jr A Crushers, led by a 4 point night from Evan Morrison and a 34 save performance from Devan Tremblay, defeated the Truro Bearcats 6-3 last night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Gabriel Levesque scored his first goal as a Crusher early in the third period. The Crushers take over sole possession of first place in the Eastlink Division with the win, although the Bearcats can regain that spot when they play in Dieppe tomorrow night in a rematch of this spring's Kent Cup Final. The Crushers are off until next Thursday when they host the Commandos.

The North Nova Education Centre Boys Hockey team will play its home opener tonight at the Trenton Arena. North Nova will host the Hants East Tigers at 8:30. Admission is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for students and seniors. Tomorrow night the Northumberland Regional High Nighthawks will have their home opener at the Westville Miners Sports Centre at 6pm, when they host the Gryphons.

The St. Francis Xavier X-Men basketball team are hosting an invitational exhibition tournament this weekend, with games starting tonight at 6pm in the Oland Centre. Tonight's games feature Cape Breton taking on Dalhousie and Mount Saint Vincent against the host X-Men. The winners of tonight's games will play in the championship game tomorrow at 8pm, while the consolation final goes tomorrow at 6pm. All of the other St. FX teams are on the road this weekend. The X-Men hockey game scheduled for Saturday night has been moved to next Tuesday.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for a Bronze Medallion course. If you are 13 or over and hold a Bronze Star and wish to go on to become a National Lifeguard, then, this course will get you started. Course dates are: Oct 19, 20, 26 and Nov 2, 3. More info contact Pictou Recreation or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

The Kinsmen Power Skating program will be holding registration and a family skate on Sunday October 19 from 3:45pm to 5:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The program is for children aged 4-12 years old and lessons will begin on Sunday October 26. For more information contact Steve Dunbar at 902-759-1656.

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

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PROVINCIAL MINISTER SEEKS AMENDMENTS TO STRENGTHEN ANIMAL PROTECTION ACT
Thursday 9th October 2014
It would be an offense to abandon pets under amendments to the province's Animal Protection Act. A veterinarian's certificate of health would also be needed to sell cats in the province. Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell says cats would also be specifically added to the list of animals that are protected from abuse under the act. Colwell says standards of care for cats and dogs and a definition of what constitutes abandonment have not been finalized but they will be set out in regulations under the legislation, which will also give the minister the authority to appoint organizations or interested municipalities to enforce the act.


MEDIATOR CHOSEN TO WORK WITH NOVA SCOTIA HEALTHCARE UNIONS ON NEW LABOUR-RELATIONS STRUCTURE
Thursday 9th October 2014
The provincial government has chosenBritish Columbia mediator James Dorsey to work with health-care unions & employers on a new labour relations structure for Nova Scotia. He has 37 years of experience as a mediator and arbitrator in cases involving health care, firefighters, transit and education. Dorsey will meet with unions and employers in the next two weeks. Under the Health Authorities Act, any issues not settled in mediation by Monday, Nov. 17, will be referred to arbitration. If that happens,the Dalhousie Law School graduate would also serve as arbitrator.


PREMIER TO MAKE FORMAL APOLOGY TO VICTIMS OF NOVA SCOTIA HOME FOR COLORED CHILDREN
Thursday 9th October 2014
Premier Stephen McNeil will make a formal apology to former residents of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children tomorrow. The event will take place at 1:30pm in the Red Chamber at Province House in Halifax. It will also be webcast live at novascotia.ca/stayinformed/webcast .


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR PROVINCIAL HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD
Thursday 9th October 2014
Nominations are being sought to recognize people and organizations from around the province for the 2014 Human Rights Awards. The annual awards are presented by the Human Rights Commission and Partners for Human Rights. Nominations should include people or groups that support projects which advance human rights. The award categories are individual, organization and youth. The awards will be presented at the International Human Rights Day celebration on December 10th at Cole Harbour Place. The theme this year is Human Rights Education. The deadline for nominations is Monday, November 3rd. Find nomination forms & more info at: human rights.gov.ns.ca.


PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVES LOOKING FOR CLARITY ON POULTRY BUTCHERING
Thursday 9th October 2014
Progressive Conservative Agriculture critic John Lohr says there is an inconsistent message coming from the Minister and the Agriculture Department regarding poultry butchering. Lohr asked Minister Kieth Colwell yesterday during Question Period about a potential ban on turkey and chicken slaughtering by farmers on their own property. Colwell responded by saying a ban would not be imposed, which Lohr says contradicts Colwell's statement to the media last week when he said “we may have no choice”. Lohr says that while this is not directly related to the situation with Gordon Fraser and his ability to butcher turkeys for his customers, there is still a correlation. Colwell says his original comments were taken out of context and blamed the media for what he calls a “cut and paste job”.


MORE DETAILS GIVEN TO GROUPS REGARDING HUB SCHOOLS
Thursday 9th October 2014
Groups attempting to work out the details of a HUB school model for their communities are getting more information about the needs of the School Board to make the process successful. CCRSB is sending letters to groups in River John, Wentworth, and Maitland detailing financial requirements and other expectations, as well as setting up regular meetings to stay attuned to progress. CCRSB Communications Director Debbie Buott-Matheson says the meetings as important for both the groups and the Board. Buott-Matheson says if the group has an idea that ends up creating concern for the Board around potential impact on program delivery or student safety, the regular meeting will allow for that to be addressed before too much time is wasted.


SCHOOL BOARD EXPRESS CONCERN FOR STUDENTS NEAR POSSIBLE COAL BLASTING
Thursday 9th October 2014
Chignecto Central Regional School Board is writing a letter in support of the Town of Stellarton to try to prevent a permit from being issued to Pioneer Coal for blasting until a study is completed. Ron Marks, who represents the town on the 17-member board, brought forward the motion during the meeting last night to express concern over the proximity of the coal mine to GR Saunders Elementary School. Marks says the school is roughly 500 metres from the location where Pioneer is looking to blast, and says there are too many concerns over health and safety for the students and teachers at the school. The Town of Stellarton has written to the Department of Environment requesting a complete environmental assessment be completed ahead of any blasting being approved.


HOUSTON SAYS MOU A GOOD FIRST STEP
Thursday 9th October 2014
Pictou East MLA Tim Houston says there is a potential for positive change in the county, and the much debated Memorandum of Understanding is a needed kick-start to the conversation. Houston says people's concerns about the document are legitimate and need to be addressed, and that the complex legal language in the Memorandum may be part of the issue. He says he would like to see the MOU presented in plain language that would allow all residents of the county to understand its potential impact. Houston says the focus has to be the phrase Forward Together, as it appears on the road sign as motorists enter the county, emphasizing it is not just a slogan, but a way of life. Westville and Trenton recently held public consultation meetings to discuss whether they would sign on with the original authors from Pictou, New Glasgow, and the County Municipality. Stellarton has a similar meeting scheduled for this coming Tuesday at 7pm in the Fire Hall.


PICTOU COUNTY 2020 MEETING DRAWS LARGE CROWD
Thursday 9th October 2014
Over 200 people from all walks of life filled the gymnasium at the NSCC Pictou campus to discuss ways to move the county forward. Pictou County 2020 is a group formed by local residents in the wake of the Now or Never report, and Jaime Smith, one of the organizers of the group, says there is a lot of positive energy in the community. Smith says the inspiration of the people in the room will be vital moving forward. Organizers say the next step is to take the ideas generated in last night's session, and hold another meeting in November to find ways to turn those ideas into action.


BIG DROP FOR GAS, SMALL INCREASE FOR DIESEL IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Thursday 9th October 2014
With the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board preparing for its weekly reset of gasoline and diesel prices effective midnight tonight, motorists are once again looking to New Brunswick for clues. While the URB does not always follow the lead of the New Brunswick Energy and Utility Board, it does serve as a general indicator of what is likely to happen. With that in mind, drivers of vehicles that take diesel may want to fill up today, while those who use unleaded gas might wish to wait until tomorrow if they can hold off. Diesel increased by 1.6 cents per litre in New Brunswick effective this morning, while regular unleaded gasoline went down by more than a nickle per litre.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – OCTOBER 9
Thursday 9th October 2014

The Northern Nova Soccer Club is holding an in-person registration this evening at the indoor soccer complex in Stellarton from 6-8 pm. For more details on programming or to register online please visit www dot nnusc dot com.

After losses in three of the last four games, the Pictou County Weeks Jr. A Crushers will be looking to get back into the win column and avenge one of those losses tonight, when the Truro Bearcats visit the Wellness Centre at 7pm. Join us on Classic Rock 97.9 at 6pm for a full preview of this game on Slapshot.

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers opened their season on Sunday with an exhibition game against the Antigonish Bulldogs. The Crushers skated to a convincing 10-1 win over the Bulldogs. Scoring for the Crushers was Adam Farrell (4), Ian Reynolds (2), Cameron MacKinnon, Seth Gallant, Reese Smith, and Peyton Clements. Assists went to Gallant, Reynolds, Brent Chapman, Nikos Bonvie, MacKinnon, Ben Wallace, Lane Lochead, and Conrad Robertson. Goalies Cole Battist and Jacob Macleod were solid between the pipes. The Atom A Crushers will play Cumberland this week-end at the Wellness Center.

The North Nova Education Centre Boys Hockey team will play its home opener this Friday night at the Trenton Arena. North Nova will host the Hants East Tigers at 8:30. Admission is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for students and seniors. The Northumberland Regional High Nighthawks will then host the Gryphons in their home opener on Saturday Oct 11th at the Westville Miners Sports Centre. game time 6;00 PM.

The 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament for the Pictou Couny SPCA on Sept. 21st saw 55 players and volunteers take part to raise $4004 to help fund their new septic system required by the Granton SPCA. There was a tie for 1st place between Team Rondelet and Team Brannon - both at 8 under Par. Organizers thank participants, Glen Lovat Golf course and all who donated to the Silent Auction and the Prize Holes for contributing to the event's success.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for a Bronze Medallion course. If you are 13 or over and hold a Bronze Star and wish to go on to become a National Lifeguard, then, this course will get you started. Course dates are: Oct 19, 20, 26 and Nov 2, 3. More info contact Pictou Recreation or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

The Kinsmen Power Skating program will be holding registration and a family skate on Sunday October 19 from 3:45pm to 5:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The program is for children aged 4-12 years old and lessons will begin on Sunday October 26. For more information contact Steve Dunbar at 902-759-1656.

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

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PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT PLANS PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
Wednesday 8th October 2014
The Nova Scotia government is planning public consultations on the province's university system. Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan says the government wants to know how to better support universities. She says the process will involve students, parents and businesses along with university faculty and presidents. The consultation will also look at how to make post-secondary education more affordable for students.


METAL FRAGMENT FOUND IN SECOND POTATO AS POLICE INVESTIGATE POTENTIAL FOOD TAMPERING
Wednesday 8th October 2014
As they investigate a possible case of food tampering, police in PEI say a second potato containing a metal object has been found in Newfoundland and Labrador. RCMP Sgt. Leanne Butler says it's believed the potato purchased in Carmanville came from Linkletter Farms Ltd., the P.E.I. supplier linked to another potato that had a metal piece in it. Police have asked consumers in Atlantic Canada to check for metal objects in potatoes supplied by the company since the metal was discovered earlier this week in a potato in Labrador City, N.L. If metal objects are found – to call RCMP, not throw them. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Linkletter Farms voluntarily withdrew its Link and Market Town brands after receiving the complaint.


LEGISLATION INTRODUCED THAT WOULD DRASTICALLY INCREASE LIABILITY FOR OIL & GAS COMPANIES WHO DAMAGE ENVIRONMENT
Wednesday 8th October 2014
Nova Scotia's Energy Minister Andrew Younger has introduced legislation raising to $1 billion the liability oil and gas companies will face for a spill or other mishap that hurts the environment, even if they aren’t at fault. The amendment to the Canada Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Accord mirrors a federal law making its way through the House of Commons. The current limit is $30 million. Younger says the changes will mean taxpayers won't get stuck with huge cleanup costs if there's a spill.Younger adds that  if a company is found to be at fault in a spill there's no limit to the amount they'd have to pay to clean it up.


THIS ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON WEAKEST IN DECADES
Wednesday 8th October 2014
This year's Atlantic hurricane season is shaping up as one of the weakest we've seen in decades. Only five storms have been named so far, when a typical hurricane season has 12 - 9 of them hurricanes, and three of those major. So far, it is the fewest storms formed in a single season in the Atlantic since 1983, when there were four. The last storm formed on Setember 11th, and there is no sign of new ones as we enter the last few weeks of peak season, which generally runs from mid-august to late October.


STUDY FINDS NOVA SCOTIA YOUTH ARE SOME OF WORST OFF IN COUNTRY
Wednesday 8th October 2014
A new reports says our young people are in dire shape. According to hundreds of statistics compiled by the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia- the lives of Nova Scotians between childhood & early 30's have worsened dramatically in the past decade, and are now doing the worst or near worst in the country in most respects. The report says they are jobless and debt-ridden and, as they begin their adult lives, more than one in 10 don’t have adequate food and more than half are overweight. About one in five Nova Scotia high school students surveyed in 2012 had seriously considered suicide and nearly one in 10 had attempted it. Colchester-East Hants, Cumberland and Pictou County high school students reported the highest rates of “very elevated” depression symptoms. Nearly half of youngsters with depression symptoms asked for help, but only about 16 per cent actually got it. Overall, the number of Nova Scotians aged 15 to 24 who had suicidal thoughts rose 63 per cent between 2002 to 2012. In the past five years, the province’s exodus of people under 25 has increased more than four-fold. The foundation will be officially unveiling the study’s results next Wednesday.


NEW PERMANENT EXHIBIT ON SABLE ISLAND OPENS TODAY
Wednesday 8th October 2014
The Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History launched a new permanent exhibit today - Sable Island: Over the Dunes, Beyond Wild Horses saw research and development begin over two years ago. An exhibit-planning team used the natural history collection to help convey the rich diversity of plants and animals on the sandbar island.  The National Park Reserve 300 kilometers southeast of Halifax is famous for its wild horses and shipwrecks. The exhibit explores the rich diversity of plants and animals that thrive on Sable sland despite the winds, waves and isolation. For more information, visit natural history dot Nova Scotia dot c-a.


TRAFFIC NOTE FOR NEW GLASGOW ON THURSDAY EVENING
Wednesday 8th October 2014
Motorists coming into or leaving downtown New Glasgow tomorrow evening will not be able to use the George Street Bridge as it is going to be planed in preparation for paving. The work is scheduled to begin at 8:30pm and continue until roughly midnight.


TURBINE BASE HITS OVERPASS DURING DELIVERY
Wednesday 8th October 2014
The vast majority of deliveries of wind turbine blades and bases go according to plan. However, earlier this week a minor incident took place as a turbine tower base was being delivered to the South Canoe Wind Farm from DSTN in Trenton. A delivery truck hit an overpass Monday afternoon on Highway 102 between Exits 7 and 8. Police indicate there were no injuries, and Mary-Frances Lynch, community relations manager for South Canoe Wind Farm, says the company is investigating the cause of the incident. There is no word at this time as to the extent, if any, of damage to the turbine tower base.


GRAND RE-OPENING OF SOUTH END PLAYGROUND SET FOR NEXT WEEKEND
Wednesday 8th October 2014
The South End Playground at the Ward One Community Centre will be the site of a party next weekend. On Saturday, 18 October, from 11am to 1pm, a Grand Re-Opening Celebration will take place, with a barbecue and games for the children. The playground is being re-opened after the relocation and installation of equipment from the former Walker Street Park.


NEW GLASGOW SELECTED FOR FLEET EFFICIENCY PROJECT
Wednesday 8th October 2014
It is possible that vehicles owned by the Town of New Glasgow could be electric in the future, depending upon the result of a study to be done by the Clean Foundation. The Foundation, formerly known as Clean Nova Scotia, is fully funding a study in two towns – Bridgewater being the other – to analyze fleet requirements and future needs. The goal is to then match those requirements with various electric vehicle makes and models. One requirement for New Glasgow to be in the study is that there is a public electric car charger available, which is going to be installed at Glasgow Square in the near future. Vehicle duty cycles will be logged for three weeks and analyzed by FleetCarma, who will provide recommendations regarding key areas for potential economic savings and CO2 emission reductions.


REGIONAL ENTERPRISE NETWORK AGREEMENT A WORK IN PROGRESS
Wednesday 8th October 2014
The creation of a Regional Enterprise Network is not something that can happen overnight. At the Committee of the Whole Meeting for the Town of New Glasgow yesterday, CAO Lisa MacDonald gave a progress report to Council. MacDonald reported that she is the one tasked with creating the agreement to form the REN which will include all six municipalities in Pictou County, along with Truro, Amherst, Stewiacke, East Hants, and Cumberland County. She says she has been poring over the documents creating the other RENs in the province, and is taking the best practices from those agreements. The Regional Enterprise Networks will replace the former Regional Development Authorities, which were disbanded after the federal government removed funding in 2013.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – OCTOBER 8
Wednesday 8th October 2014

After losses in three of the last four games, the Pictou County Weeks Jr. A Crushers will be looking to get back into the win column and avenge one of those losses tomorrow. The Truro Bearcats will be at the Wellness Centre on Thursday at 7pm. Join us on Classic Rock 97.9 Thursday at 6pm for a full preview of this game on Slapshot.

One game last night in the NSJHL saw the East Hants Penguins go on the road and defeat the Brookfield Elks 4-3. The Pictou County Scotians are off until Saturday when they start a home and home series against the Liverpool Privateers. Saturday's game will be played in Liverpool, with the Sunday game going at 7pm in Trenton Arena.

The Ballantyne Fuels PeeWee AAA Crushers played a pair of exhibition games against the Antigonish Bulldogs over the weekend, and came out with a win and a tie despite trailing in both games. In the home game on Saturday at the Wellness Centre, the Crushers were down 3-1 going into the third period, but came back to earn the 4-3 victory. Scott Long, MacLean Tobin, Blake Kontuk and Ethan MacDonald scored the goals for the Crushers, while Brayden LeBlanc earned the win in goal. The back end of the home-and-home series on Sunday ended in a 2-2 tie after the Crushers were again down by 2 going into the third period. MacLean Tobin and Blake Kontuk scored goals for the second consecutive game. Keegan Walker got the tie in net. Next weekend they will travel to Bedford to play in the Jordan Boyd Memorial Tournament.

The recent trade of Peter Budaj from the Montreal Canadiens to the Winnipeg Jets firmly places Pictou's Joey MacDonald as the number three on the depth chart of the NHL Club. MacDonald is starting the season with the Habs top farm team, the Hamilton Bulldogs. Carey Price holds down the number one spot with the top club, while Dustin Tokarksi will start the year as his back-up.

The North Nova Education Centre Boys Hockey team will play its home opener this Friday night at the Trenton Arena. North Nova will host the Hants East Tigers at 8:30. Admission is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for students and seniors. On Saturday evening at the the NNEC Gryphons will travel to the Westville Miners Rink to play Northumberland High School at 6pm.

Northumberland Regional High School has named their Athletes of the Month for September. Katie Warren, in her third year as a member of the Cross Country Running Team, was named as Female Athlete. The Grade 11 student is described as a very positive person with a great attitude and always willing to help others. Grant Fraser, a Grade 10 student on the NRHS Boys Golf Team, was named Male Athlete of the Month. Fraser finished second overall in the regional golf tournament in Pugwash, leading the team to the Regional title. They went on to finish fourth in provincials in Cheticamp.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for a Bronze Medallion course. If you are 13 or over and hold a Bronze Star and wish to go on to become a National Lifeguard, then, this course will get you started. Course dates are: Oct 19, 20, 26 and Nov 2, 3. More info contact Pictou Recreation or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

The Kinsmen Power Skating program will be holding registration and a family skate on Sunday October 19 from 3:45pm to 5:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The program is for children aged 4-12 years old and lessons will begin on Sunday October 26. For more information contact Steve Dunbar at 902-759-1656.

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

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SUSPECTED FOOD TAMPERING IN LINKLETTER FARMS POTATOES
Tuesday 7th October 2014
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says Linkletter Farms of Summerside is voluntarily withdrawing products after an incident of suspected food tampering. The withdrawal comes after a consumer complaint of a metal object inserted into a potato. Linkletter Farms sells potatoes across Atlantic Canada under the brand names Market Co-op, Link, and Carr's. There have been no confirmed illnesses or injuries associated with the consumption of these products. As a precaution, consumers should carefully check potatoes for foreign objects. Police are investigating with assistance from the CFIA.


SOBEYS NOMINATED FOR ATLANTIC BUSINESS ETHICS AWARD
Tuesday 7th October 2014
The Atlantic Business Ethics Awards nominees were announced earlier today by the Better Business Bureau for the Atlantic Provinces, and a Pictou County based company made the list. Sobeys, based in Stellarton, is nominated in the category for companies with over 75 employees, alongside Bell Aliant and the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union. Peter Moorhouse, president and CEO of the Atlantic Canada Better Business Bureau says all of the nominees ensure the region exemplifies marketplace trust. The tenth annual presentation of the awards will take place at a gala dinner in Halifax on 23 October.


BUSINESS OWNER SEARCHING FOR STOLEN ITEMS
Tuesday 7th October 2014
A theft was reported to RCMP in Pictou this week, and now the owner of the stolen property is extending the search for the items. Kent Corbett of Corbett's Towing and Salvage in Central Caribou says a portable hydraulic hose crimping machines and three rolls of hydraulic crimping hose were stolen. Corbett asks anyone who hears of someone trying to sell these items to contact police immediately.


LEGISLATIVE CHANGES MADE TO PROTECT OFFSHORE
Tuesday 7th October 2014
The province introduced legislation today to ensure greater accountability for companies operating offshore. Energy Minister Andrew Younger introduced amendments to the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation (Nova Scotia) Act to strengthen offshore environmental liability protections and improve transparency and clarity of operations. The amendments mirror changes introduced federally earlier this year. Younger says the proposed amendments will help ensure Nova Scotia has the best laws and regulations to protect the environment while it develops its resources.


NOVA SCOTIA STUDENTS BELOW AVERAGE ON PAN-CANADIAN ASSESSMENT
Tuesday 7th October 2014
Grade eight students in Nova Scotia have improved in math and remained constant in literacy and science, but remain below the Canadian average according to the results of the 2013 Pan-Canadian assessment. The assessment was administered in 141 schools in Nova Scotia, with 2,716 students participating. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey says she is pleased Nova Scotia has shown signs of improvement, but there is still work to be done to bring scores up to the Canadian average. The Pan-Canadian Assessment Program assesses Grade eight students in math, reading, and science and is administered every three years. The main focus of the 2013 assessment was science. The full report is available at www.CMEC.ca .


MONITOR TWO YEARS LATE FOR INSTALLATION BY NORTHERN PULP
Tuesday 7th October 2014
The Northern Pulp mill at Abercrombie Point, which has been under fire recently for emissions surpassing government regulated levels, is not meeting another condition of its operating permit. As part of the 2011 approval from the province, the company was ordered to complete an air quality study and install monitors to measure particulate output by November 2012. The mill had been granted an extension to that deadline to repair a non-functioning scrubber, in order to not skew the results. The study was completed by May of 2013, but two of the three monitors were not installed until last month, and the third is not yet operating. Terri Fraser, technical manager for the Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation, says the third monitor will be up and running by the end of this month.


STELLARTON DEPUTY MAYOR NAMED
Tuesday 7th October 2014
At the end of the regular meeting of Stellarton Town Council last night, Mayor Joe Gennoe introduced Ken Francis as the new Deputy Mayor. Francis takes over the post vacated by the passing of George Megeney earlier this summer. The vacant seat on council will be filled at the end of November in a special election. Nominations for the election will be taken until 4 November.


PICTOU COUNCIL VOTES DOWN HYDRANT RENTAL EXEMPTIONS
Tuesday 7th October 2014
The Town of Pictou has shifted from an assessment-based model to a user-pay model for hydrant rental fees as part of the 2014-15 town budget. In doing so, several discussions were held over the summer and early fall as to which groups, if any, would receive exemptions on this part of their annual tax bill. Last night, the answer to that question was given as no one. A motion to pass the By Law for Exemptions on the Fire Protection Rate was defeated, thus meaning that all residents, businesses, churches, and other groups owning property must pay the bill. Also on the hook for this expense is the Royal Canadian Legion, who until last night had been considered as a given that they would receive the exemption. Under the user pay model, each property will pay the same amount to cover the Fire Department's bill to the Water Utility for rental of the fire hydrants, regardless of assessed property value.


COUNTY COUNCIL APPROVES NEW TURBINE SETBACK LIMITS
Tuesday 7th October 2014
A by-law that would see the setback limits for wind turbines increased from 600 metres to 1000 metres passed at Pictou County Council last night. The by-law includes a clause that would allow for turbines to be developed inside the zone between 600 and 1000 metres if all residents in the impacted area agree. Councilor Robert Parker says that he will be introducing a motion at the next Property Services Committee meeting later this month to remove that clause from the by-law. Parker says the public consultation meeting held last week in Plymouth showed him that residents of the county want the additional setback space.


MAYOR SAYS PIONEER COAL INVITATION TO COUNCIL NEVER RECEIVED
Tuesday 7th October 2014
There is an apparent disconnect between the Mayor and the rest of Town Council in Stellarton. Councilor Judith MacLellan spoke at the regular meeting last night, and said that she, Denise Taylor, and Ken Francis were unaware of an invitation sent from Pioneer Coal to meet. She says that she is unsure why there was no reply to the invitation, sent by email and telephone to Mayor Joe Gennoe. Gennoe responded by saying he never saw the invitation because he was having trouble with his email program. The discussion centres around Pioneer Coal's recent request to the province for permission to conduct blasting at their facility within the town limits.


FORMER MLA SAYS MOU NOT RIGHT FOR WESTVILLE
Tuesday 7th October 2014
Former MLA for Pictou East Clarrie MacKinnon attended last night’s town meeting in Westville concerning signing a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at setting up a regional government. MacKinnon says he is disheartened to see three units on the inside and three on the outside, as Westville’s residents voiced a resounding NO to the town signing the MOU drawn up by Pictou, New Glasgow & the Municipality of Pictou County. The former broadcaster and politician states he has wanted regional government for 50 years, but he believes the current document is fundamentally flawed and Westville should not sign it. McKinnon says Pictou County needs a strong united voice and he hopes the process can proceed in a fair and transparent way.


STELLARTON LAWYER SAYS MOU PERMISSIBLE
Tuesday 7th October 2014
Stellarton's legal council says any concerns over the legality of the Memorandum of Understanding are unfounded. Craig Clarke spoke to roughly 100 residents in attendance at last night's council meeting and told the crowd that the document is permissible under the Municipal Government Act. Clarke says that his role as the Town's lawyer is to give an opinion on the law, not give an opinion on what they should do. He says the Town of Stellarton has the option of negotiating clauses into the document before they sign on, including “opt out items” that will give council room to back out if not accepted. A further public consultation meeting will take place next Tuesday at 7pm in the Fire Hall.


WESTVILLE LAWYER SEES PROBLEMS WITH MOU
Tuesday 7th October 2014
The lawyers for the towns of Westville and Trenton both addressed public meetings this week to give their legal opinion on the Memorandum of Understanding that the towns must sign or reject. Last night, Dennis James told Westville residents that the document drawn up by the towns of Pictou, New Glasgow and the Municipality of Pictou County is inconsistent with legislation under the Municipal Government Act. He says it fast-tracks to an implementation plan without first contemplating the best interests of all. James also calls the omission of the issue of policing from the study a fundamental error. Last week at Trenton’s town meeting, their counsel Greg MacDonald said the MOU was “putting the cart before the horse” and that all municipal units should take part in the formation of any regional government.


STELLARTON COUNCIL DEBATES MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
Tuesday 7th October 2014
Stellarton Council needed to move their monthly meeting to the Fire Hall last night, after Council Chambers became overcrowded with citizens wanting to discuss the Memorandum of Understanding. Many residents stood and spoke during the meeting, and expressed concerns that there are too many questions still unanswered in the document written by the Towns of New Glasgow and Pictou with the Municipality of Pictou County. Councilors Denise Taylor and Judith MacLellan presented prepared statements in support of signing in the document, but have agreed to hold a public consultation next Tuesday at 7pm before a decision is finalized. Taylor and MacLellan both stressed the point that the reason there are answers missing from the MOU is because it is a template for creating discussions between the units, not a template for answers. Mayor Joe Gennoe says he is opposed to signing the MOU.


WESTVILLE HOLDS PUBLIC CONSULTATION MEETING ON MOU
Tuesday 7th October 2014
Residents of the Town of Westville have voiced their displeasure with the Memorandum of Understanding created by the Municipality of Pictou County with the Towns of New Glasgow and Pictou. While many in attendance at the public consultation meeting supported a regional governance model, they opposed the current document and the process it proposes. One such concern is that even after a contribution of 25-thousand dollars, the Town would still not have a voice on the steering committee as a new regional government was formed. Westville Mayor Roger MacKay says they had requested to be at the table for discussions, but were turned down. CAO for Westville Kelly Rice says she has seen other amalgamations in Nova Scotia and Ontario, and the best chance for success is when everyone works together from the bottom-up, not the top down.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – OCTOBER 7 ***UPDATED***
Tuesday 7th October 2014

After losses in three of the last four games, the Pictou County Weeks Jr. A Crushers will be looking to get back into the win column and avenge one of those losses this Thursday. The Truro Bearcats will be at the Wellness Centre on Thursday at 7pm. Join us on Classic Rock 97.9 Thursday at 6pm for a full preview of this game on Slapshot.

One game last night in the NSJHL saw the Sackville Blazers defeat the Liverpool Privateers by a score of 8-6. The Pictou County Scotians will be facing those same Privateers in a home and home set this coming Saturday and Sunday night. The game in Trenton will take place Sunday at 7pm.

The Ballantyne Fuels PeeWee AAA Crushers played a pair of exhibition games against the Antigonish Bulldogs over the weekend, and came out with a win and a tie despite trailing in both games. In the home game on Saturday at the Wellness Centre, the Crushers were down 3-1 going into the third period, but came back to earn the 4-3 victory. Scott Long, MacLean Tobin, Blake Kontuk and Ethan MacDonald scored the goals for the Crushers, while Brayden LeBlanc earned the win in goal. The back end of the home-and-home series on Sunday ended in a 2-2 tie after the Crushers were again down by 2 going into the third period. MacLean Tobin and Blake Kontuk scored goals for the second consecutive game. Keegan Walker got the tie in net. Next weekend they will travel to Bedford to play in the Jordan Boyd Memorial Tournament.

The Northumberland Lady Knighthawks Soccer Team will be playing at home today against the South Colchester Wolves. Game time in Alma is 4:30pm. The Lady Knighthawks will also be at home Thursday against the Hants East Tigers, before playing the ninth annual Turkey bowl on Thanksgiving Monday against the North Nova Gryphons.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for a Bronze Medallion course. If you are 13 or over and hold a Bronze Star and wish to go on to become a National Lifeguard, then, this course will get you started. Course dates are: Oct 19, 20, 26 and Nov 2, 3. More info contact Pictou Recreation or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

The Kinsmen Power Skating program will be holding registration and a family skate on Sunday October 19th from 3:45pm to 5:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The program is for children aged 4-12 years old and lessons will begin on Sunday October 26. For more information contact Steve Dunbar at 902-759-1656.

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

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NOVA SCOTIA POWER TO TEXT CUSTOMERS DURING OUTAGES
Monday 6th October 2014
Nova Scotia's Utility and Review Board says in the future, Nova Scotia Power will send text messages to customers experiencing outages. It is one of the new measures to prevent communication snafus like experienced following a storm on July 5th. The Utility Board says NSP will also overhaul its automated telephone line to provide individualized outage restoration times to callers. The board also calls for a revamped interactive outage website map that won’t crash when internet traffic goes up. Nova Scotia Power faced intense criticism during post-tropical storm Arthur when 245 000 customers were left in the dark, some for up to 8 days. During that time, the company's outage website crashed, customer service phone lines were jammed and customers were repeatedly given incorrect information about power restoration times.


ENVIRONMENTAL COALITION SAYS LOOPHOLES IN FRACKING-BAN LEGISLATION
Monday 6th October 2014
A coalition of environmental groups opposed to hydraulic fracturing in Nova Scotia says legislation that would ban the practice is specifically aimed at high-volume hydraulic fracturing in shale rock formations. The Nova Scotia Fracking Resource and Action Coalition says that creates a loophole for companies hoping to frack for oil or gas in different types of sand or rock. The coalition also says the bill does not include a requirement for community consent before fracking is permitted, which was a key recommendation from an expert panel review done for the government.


TURKEY MARKETING BOARD DEFENDS DECISION TO STOP LOCAL BUTCHER
Monday 6th October 2014
A local farmer is not allowed to butcher turkeys until he becomes properly licensed to do so. Lori Ansems, chair of the Turkey Marketing Board, says the regulations are in place to ensure food safety and Gordon Fraser needs to follow proper procedures. Fraser was ordered to stop butchering turkeys earlier this year, despite strong support from customers, some of whom have been going to him for close to 30 years. Ansems says the goal of the Board is not to discourage small business, but rather to ensure food safety. She says Fraser, or anyone, worried about the cost of that, should check with the provincial government about what's required.


JULY 5TH VANDALISM SPREE NETS TRENTON MAN ONE YEAR PROBATION AND OVER $2500 IN PENALTIES
Monday 6th October 2014
A 19-year old man has avoided jail time for a vandalism spree last summer. Corey Robert Keating pleaded guilty to 4 charges of mischief for incidents in early July in Trenton. In Pictou Provincial court this morning, Judge Del Atwood called the defacement of town property including the Trenton ball field dug-out, street signs and road surfaces "disgraceful". Some of the spray-painted graffiti was racist or sexist in nature, and the judge said a period of incarceration was worth considering, but accepted the joint recommendation from crown & defense and handed Keating a suspended sentence with 12 months probation. Restitution the man must pay includes $664 to the town of Trenton and a total of $660 to two residents of the town for damage to a trampoline and a Dodge Durango. Keating was also ordered to pay $1250 dollars in victim surcharges and comply with various conditions during his probation.


*NSP RESTORED POWER IN GRANTON AREA SHORTLY BEFORE 3PM *UPDATED*
Monday 6th October 2014
Roughly 50 Nova Scotia Power customers lost power around 1:00 this afternoon as a result of a motor vehicle accident along the Granton Road. There are no further details available at this time, including whether there were any injuries in the incident. Nova Scotia Power indicates they expect to have power restored by approximately 3:15pm.


PARTNERSHIP WELCOMED AS GOOD NEWS FOR THE COUNTY
Monday 6th October 2014
Progressive Conservative MLA for Pictou East, Tim Houston, says a new partnership between Michelin Development Nova Scotia, Bergengren Credit Union, and two business development corporations is exciting news for the county. Houston says the low-interest business loans and small business expertise that will be made available will encourage entrepreneurs and create an opportunity for growth. The partnership will provide small businesses with opportunities for loans of up to three-hundred thousand dollars. The program will be open to start-up and existing small businesses in Colchester, Pictou, Antigonish, and Guysborough counties.


TWO DONATIONS TO ABERDEEN HEALTH FOUNDATION
Monday 6th October 2014
The Aberdeen Health Foundation received two donations today, one of which was financial, while the other is being called the “cutest donation in its history”. Jennifer Smees has donated several pieces of photographic art featuring babies in the community, which will be put up in the halls and delivery rooms of the Women and Children's Unit. Meanwhile, the Foundation also accepted a cheque for nearly five-thousand-dollars from McDonald’s, which accounts for the proceeds of the 2014 McHappy Day. This year the support will help to fund a Bariatric Prenatal Chair for use in the Antenatal Clinic, and will also provide PURPLE Program information videos to new parents and caregivers. The PURPLE program helps caregivers to better understand normal infant crying and the triggers of infant crying that can lead to frustration.


PICTOU ACADEMY STUDENT ONE OF SIXTEEN TO EARN SCHOLARSHIP
Monday 6th October 2014
Sixteen students from across the province, including one from Pictou Academy, have been awarded scholarships to help pursue careers in the energy sector. David Chiasson plans to attend the NSCC in the Survey Technician program, and earlier today it was announced that he has won the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Program. The scholarship has helped more than 180 students study in an energy-related field during their post-secondary education. This year's Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship Program recipients were chosen based on their academic standing, community involvement and interest in the Nova Scotia energy industry.


ORPHANAGE SETTLEMENT LEGAL FEE DETERMINATION TO CONTINUE TODAY
Monday 6th October 2014
Lawyers will appear before a judge today to continue the process of approving millions of dollars in legal fees for representing people who alleged they were abused at a Halifax orphanage. Ray Wagner and a team of lawyers helped former residents of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children win 34-million dollars in settlements from two class-action lawsuits. The firm is seeking 6.6 million dollars in legal fees for their work on the file over 16 years. Last month, a judge asked the firm to provide proof of the hours its staff put in.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – OCTOBER 6
Monday 6th October 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers took two losses in northern New Brunswick this weekend. Friday night saw the Crushers were defeated by the Campbellton Tigers in overtime by a score of 4-3. On Saturday, they got shut out by the Miramichi Timberwolves, 2-0. The Crushers next play this coming Thursday, meeting the Truro Bearcats at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Puck drop at 7pm.

The Pictou County Scotians earned a pair of victories over the weekend, starting with a dominating shutout of the Antigonish Bulldogs in Antigonish on Friday. Brandon Verge had a goal and five assists, Brad MacEachen had two goals and three assists, Lucas Eshelman scored twice and Mitchell Dunlevy stopped all 14 shots he faced in a 7-0 win. Then last night at Trenton Arena, the Scotians again won comfortably, this time 6-2 over the Cumberland County Blues. The offensive attack was much more balanced with 13 different players earning points. Jason Falkenham earned his first win in his first start of the season. The Scotians now have a record of 3-1 going into a home and home set with Liverpool on Saturday and Sunday night.

The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers took three of a possible four points over the weekend, winning 3-2 in Antigonish against the Nova Jr. X-Men on Saturday before falling 3-2 in overtime to the Newbridge Senators yesterday afternoon at the Wellness Centre. Kevin Mason scored twice in the game on Saturday, while Andrew MacLeod, the previous weekend's Player of the Week for the league, stopped 22 of 24 shots in the win. MacLeod then played out of the net on Sunday, and scored a goal in the losing effort.

The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers played 2 exhibition games this past weekend vs the CB West Islanders, picking up a win and a loss. Game 1 went in Port Hood at the Al MacInnis Sports Centre on Saturday. The Crushers came out strong, but were unable to get anything going, losing 2-0. Nick Laffin played a very strong game in goal for the Crushers, taking the loss. On Sunday at the PC Wellness Centre, the Crushers came ready to play, defeating CB West 4-2.

A pair of road games resulted in a pair of victories for the Lady Nighthawks in this past week’s matches of High School Girls Soccer. On Tuesday the NRHS squad travelled to the Shiretown and blanked the host Pictou Academy Pitbulls 2-0. On Thursday the squad travelled to Amherst and earned a hard fought 1-0 shoot-out victory in the border town. Hannah Mertin recorded her second consecutive shutout and has only been scored on twice in the last four games. This win allowed NRHS to claim top spot in the D-2 High School girls race to host NSSAF Regionals and it also allowed NRHS to continue to set the pace in the Northern High School Girls Soccer League. A pair of home games loom this week to close out the CCRSB League schedule as the Lady Nighthawks will welcome the Wolves from South Colchester on Tuesday and the Tigers of Hants East on Thursday both matches kick off at 4:30 pm in Alma and then on Monday Oct 13th at 10 am in New Glasgow at the North Nova school field it is the 9th annual Turkey Bowl friendly game between NRHS & NNEC. NRHS leads the annual Thanksgiving Day series 5 wins to 3 versus the NNEC Gryphons.

The Northern Subway Selects Female AAA Hockey Club participated in the OPOE Female Midget “AAA” 2014 Preseason Jamboree in Moncton this past weekend. The Selects opened the weekend on Friday evening against the Fundy Nationals. The Selects were in control from the opening faceoff and skated to a 4-1 victory. Kenzie Reid, Patti- Anne Tracey and Annika Mason led the Subway crew with a goal and an assist each. Kaitlyn Pentz scored the other Select goal. Adi Small picked up the win in goal for the Selects. The Selects were on the road for an early Saturday morning game against the Moncton Rockets. The back and forth game saw the Selects and Rockets end in a 4-4 tie. The third game saw the Northern Subway Selects face their provincial rivals Pro-Cresting Penguins in a fast paced game featuring end to end action and great goaltending. Trailing 3-1 late in the third, Amanda Dunning scored assisted by Julia Scammell to cut the Penguins lead by 1. That was the closest the Selects would get with the Penguins winning 3-2. The Selects next see regular season action on Saturday October 18th vs. the Pro-Cresting Penguins at 12pm in East Hants. The Selects return home on Sunday October 19th to face Metro Boston Pizza at 12:15pm at the PC Wellness Centre.

A very good weekend for St. Francis Xavier teams, as the X-Women Rugby team, X-Men Football Team, and X-Men Soccer teams all earned regular season victories. The X-Women Rugby team remained undefeated with a 43-12 win over Acadia on Friday. The X-Men Football team bounced back from a shutout loss to Montreal the week before to beat Acadia 37-20. The X-Men and X-Women soccer teams both gained points, as the X-Women tied twice, against Acadia on Friday and Memorial yesterday, while the X-Men tied Acadia before beating Memorial. And the X-Men and X-Women hockey teams continued their exhibition seasons, with the X-Men earning a win and a tie against NCAA opponents. The X-Women finished the Moncton Invitational Tournament with one win and two losses.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for a Bronze Medallion course. If you are 13 or over and hold a Bronze Star and wish to go on to become a National Lifeguard, then, this course will get you started. Course dates are: Oct 19, 20, 26 and Nov 2, 3. More info contact Pictou Recreation or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

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

The Pee Wee AA Subway Selects are fundraising to attend Haley Wickenheiser's tournament, Wickfest in Calgary next month where they will compete against teams from all over North America. The team plans a major comedy night fundraiser at the Wellness Centre on October 18. Tickets are 15 dollars, and they are close to sold out.

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association still have room available on its Atom 'C' team. The Atom 'C' team will be an all-female team playing in the local recreational league in the county, with players guaranteed three hours of ice time each week. Regular season play begins this week and goalie registration is half price. Interested players should contact the coach at stephenalexander@eastlink.ca.

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



PICTOU COUNTY CIBC RUN FOR THE CURE RAISES OVER $63 000
Sunday 5th October 2014
Today marked the 23rd annual CIBC Run for the Cure to benefit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, while it was the second time the run that has been organized for here in Pictou County. ECFM's Ann MacGregor hosted the event at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, and she reports that this year's 462 participants have raised a total of $63,294 dollars! Well done to organizers, participants and as always, the volunteers.


PICTOU COUNTY PUMPKIN NAMED THE MOST PERFECT IN MARITIMES
Sunday 5th October 2014
Yesterday at the Windsor-West Hants Pumpkin Festival, Pictou County resident Tom Dudka nabbed the Hilda Dill Award for the most perfect pumpkin in the Maritimes. Duka grew the 900 pound beauty in Linacy, and he says the prize is an honour because the competition in giant-pumpkin-growing has exploded in the past years. Duka says when he began a decade ago, they might be 10 competitors, and now there can now be 50 or 60. Chosen by a panel of judges, the most perfect pumpkin is picked for its colour, shape and texture. This is the only award issued where size does not matter. Starting on Monday, the Maritimes most perfect pumpkin will be on display at the Sobeys West Side location. The prize for heaviest pumpkin the weigh-in went to Dawn & Bill Northup of Sussex, New Brunswick – that giant squash weighed 1389 lb. Pumpkins, which are a fruit, not a vegetable - are believed to be native to North America with seeds found in Mexico that date between 7000 and 5500 BC.


GRAND OPENING FOR FIRST PUBLIC TOOL LIBRARY IN ATLANTIC CANADA
Sunday 5th October 2014
Yesterday afternoon saw the grand opening of the Halifax Tool Library with approximately 600 tools available. The first of its kind in Atlantic Canada, the library’s goal is to collect unused tools via donation and make them available to people who might not have their own. A year-long membership costs $50 and the space is open on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The Tool Library shares its space on Almon Street with Bike Again, a store that offers people the opportunity to learn bike maintenance and rent out bikes. Kelly Schnare, one of the co-founders of the organization says the library is completely run by volunteers and will needs 50 members to cover operating costs.


SCOTT JONES "DON'T BE AFRAID' TEAM ARE TOP FUNDRAISERS FOR DROP ZONE EVENT
Sunday 5th October 2014
We shared that New Glasgow's Scott Jones took part in the Drop Zone event in Halifax on Friday, rappelling 23 stories down the side of a building to raise money for Easter Seals. Jones heads an organization called Don’t Be Afraid that combats homophobia, which is a natural partner for Easter Seals who promotes mobility, inclusion and independence for Nova Scotians with disabilities. We are pleased to update that Jones "Don't Be Afraid" team were the top fundraising team in the province in. They raised a total of $28,500 - Jillian Sexton was the top fundraiser with $6290. Way to go Scott, Jillian and everyone!


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP * SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5 *
Sunday 5th October 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers took two losses in northern New Brunswick this weekend. Friday night saw the Crushers were defeated by the Campbellton Tigers in a close game with a final score of 4-3. Last night they took on the Miramichi Timberwolves who blanked the Pictou county team 2-0. The Crushers next play this coming Thursday, meeting the Truro Bearcats at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Puck drop at 7pm.

The honorary chair of the 2015 Nova Scotia 55 Plus games has been named and it is Henderson Paris, being recognized for his work in the track and field community, as well as creating and organizing the Run Against Racism. The 2015 55 Plus Games are being co-hosted by New Glasgow and the Municipality of Pictou County from September 17 to 19 next year.

The St. Francis Xavier soccer teams are hosting Memorial this Sunday afternoon. The X-Women will play at 12 noon, before the X-Men kick off at 2:15pm.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for a Bronze Medallion course. If you are 13 or over and hold a Bronze Star and wish to go on to become a National Lifeguard, then, this course will get you started. Course dates are: Oct 19, 20, 26 and Nov 2, 3. More info contact Pictou Recreation or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

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

The Pee Wee AA Subway Selects are fundraising to attend Haley Wickenheiser's tournament, Wickfest in Calgary next month where they will compete against teams from all over North America. The team plans a major comedy night fundraiser at the Wellness Centre on October 18. Tickets are 15 dollars, and they are close to sold out.

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association still have room available on its Atom 'C' team. The Atom 'C' team will be an all-female team playing in the local recreational league in the county, with players guaranteed three hours of ice time each week. Regular season play begins in the next few days and goalie registration is half price. Interested players should contact the coach at stephenalexander@eastlink.ca.

The Sobeys indoor sports complex in Stellarton will once again be opening up their drop in paintball on Fridays and Saturdays, and there is no charge for equipment rentals for the month of October. You also sign up for the new 3 person paintball league starting October 12. Contact Rob at 396-7049 or Gary at 752-3793



FULL LUNAR ECLIPSE THIS WEDNESDAY - ORANGE SETTING MOON FOR THE MARITIMES
Sunday 5th October 2014
In the early morning hours of this Wednesday, Oct 8th, North America will witness a total lunar eclipse as the full Hunter's Moon will slide into the Earth's shadow. The west coast and mountain zones are favoured to see the entire event whereas the central zone will see most of the eclipse- on the east coast, if its clear -we will see a setting orange moon. The orange tint is sunlight refracting through our atmosphere. Our next total lunar eclipse will take place in April of 2015, but there will be a partial solar eclipse later this month, on Oct 23.


FISHERMAN WHO RETIRED AFTER 60 YEARS WINS NEARLY 14 MILLION FROM LOTTO 649
Saturday 4th October 2014
Nova Scotia's big winner in last Wednesday's Lotto 649 has been revealed. Leon Hirtle is a resident of Bell Island on the south shore. After fishing for 60 years, Hirtle only gave up his licence two years ago at the age of 75. After learning of his 13.8 million dollar win at a local pharmacy, Hirtle headed to Mahone Bay to check out the Scarecrow Festival. He lives with his 74-year-old brother, and says he is not sure what he's going to do with his winnings.


FOLLOWING LAND DISPUTE, GOVERNMENT TO ANNOUNCE A LAND-USE AGREEMENT AND FUNDING FOR SHUBENACADIE CANAL SYSTEM
Saturday 4th October 2014
The province will make an announcement on Monday regarding a historical site along the Shubenacadie Canal system that has been the centre of a land dispute. The province says Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill will announce a land-use agreement and funding for the Shubenacadie Canal Commission. The commission raised alarm bells earlier this year that public access to the site could be lost because a landowner was trying to claim ownership of a portion of the land. The area is regularly used by paddlers.


SMALL CRUISE SHIP MAKES STOP AT PORT OF PICTOU
Saturday 4th October 2014
The Pearl Mist cruise-ship made its first stop at Pictou yesterday with 200 passengers . It's the first of 2 visits to the port this month, with the ship returning on October 25th. Director of Community Development for the Town of New Glasgow, Geralyn MacDonald attended a Cruise Shipping Trade Show in Miami in March 2014 and used freshly-developed marketing materials to attract the smaller ships to this area. The Pearl Mist is owned by a division of American Cruise line, and passengers from the US and Canada were doing a New England and Maritime itinerary. Visitors choices included a tour of the Hector Heritage Quay in the morning, and the Museum of Industry in Stellarton in the afternoon. Two more cruise-ship visits have been confirmed for next May.


ARREST MADE IN ALBERTA IN CONNECTION WITH STABBING DEATH OF NOVA SCOTIA MAN
Saturday 4th October 2014
A 36-year-old Alberta man in in custody facing charges in the murder of Ashley John George MacNeil of Sydney Mines. 34-year-old MacNeil was stabbed to death in a parking lot in the early morning hours of March 12 in West Edmonton. Daryle Kidder is charged with second degree murder, possession of a weapon and breach of recognizance and is scheduled to appear in an Edmonton court this morning. Edmonton Homicide Detective Dan Collins says it appears it was a drug deal that went bad, and that police had a viable suspect very early on. Additionally, an arrest warrant has been issued for a 34-year-old woman, also of Alberta.


SCOTT JONES RAPPELS 23 STORIES TO RAISE MONEY FOR EASTER SEALS
Saturday 4th October 2014
One of New Glasgow finest ambassadors - Scott Jones – has rappelled 23 stories down the side of a Halifax building to raise money for Easter Seals. Jones heads an organization called Don’t Be Afraid that combats homophobia, which is a natural partner for Easter Seals who champion inclusion & support programs for those with disabilities. Since Jones was stabbed and paralyzed from the waist down in October 2013, he has made it his mission to educate the public about homophobia and prevent further incidents of violence. Judging from the enthusiastic crowd that cheered him down the building, it's working. Scott and his sister Sherise were among 75 who took part yesterday in the Drop Zone fundraiser.


NO SERIOUS INJURY REPORTED FOLLOWING ROLLOVER ON HIGHWAY 104
Saturday 4th October 2014
There are no reports of any serious injuries after a single-vehicle accident on Highway 104 early last evening. RCMP, EHS, and Westville and Alma fire departments responded after a Toyota Tacoma flipped on the middle of the highway between exits 22 and 23 at the intersection with Mount William Road. The driver was able to exit the vehicle on their own.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP *SATURDAY, OCT 4*
Saturday 4th October 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers are in northern New Brunswick this weekend for a pair of games. Last night, the Crushers were defeated by the Campbellton Tigers in a close one. Final score 4-3. Hopefully it will go the Crushers way tonight, when they face the Miramichi Timberwolves.

The honorary chair of the 2015 Nova Scotia 55 Plus games has been named and it is Henderson Paris, being recognized for his work in the track and field community, as well as creating and organizing the Run Against Racism. The 2015 55 Plus Games are being co-hosted by New Glasgow and the Municipality of Pictou County from September 17 to 19 next year.

The St. Francis Xavier football, rugby, and soccer teams all play games at home this weekend, with the X-Men football team taking on Acadia at 2pm today. And the soccer teams hosting Memorial on Sunday afternoon. The X-Women will play at 12 noon, before the X-Men kick off at 2:15pm. St FX's hockey teams are on the road this weekend.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for a Bronze Medallion course. If you are 13 or over and hold a Bronze Star and wish to go on to become a National Lifeguard, then, this course will get you started. Course dates are: Oct 19, 20, 26 and Nov 2, 3. More info contact Pictou Recreation or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

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

The Pee Wee AA Subway Selects team is holding a fundraising BBQ today at the Aberdeen Sobeys from 11 to 2pm. The team is attending Haley Wickenheiser's tournament, Wickfest in Calgary in November, where they will compete against teams from all over North America. They also have a comedy night fundraiser at the Wellness Centre on October 18. Tickets are 15 dollars, and they are getting close to sold out.

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association still have room available on its Atom 'C' team. The Atom 'C' team will be an all-female team playing in the local recreational league in the county. Players are guaranteed three hours of ice time a week. The team's regular season begins this week and goalie registration is half price. Interested players should contact the coach at stephenalexander@eastlink.ca.

The Sobeys indoor sports complex in Stellarton have once again opened up their drop-in paintball on Fridays and Saturdays. There will be no charge for equipment rentals for the month of October. You also sign up for the new 3 person paintball league starting October 12. Contact Rob at 396-7049 or Gary at 752-3793

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



WESTJET ANNOUNCES NEW SEASONAL DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM HALIFAX TO GLASGOW, SCOTLAND
Friday 3rd October 2014
Getting from New Glasgow to Glasgow will become a lot more direct next year. WestJet today announced Glasgow, Scotland, as its newest European destination. Daily non-stop flights from Halifax begin May 29, 2015 and run seasonally until October 23rd. WestJet Executive Bob Cummings says fares to Glasgow will be as much as fifty per cent off existing prices, and the company expects the new flights to be popular with Nova Scotians with family roots in Scotland. Peter MacKay, says "WestJet's addition of this direct flight ... will not only strengthen economic ties with Europe... but will also strengthen significant ties to a country that has had a significant impact on Canada's cultural, social, artistic, military and political fabric." The Scotland-bound flight path will take about five-hours & 15-minutes, making it both cheaper and shorter than flying from Halifax to Vancouver.


NOVA SCOTIA LAUNCHES RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN TO FILL POSITIONS ON BOARDS, AGENCIES & COMMISSIONS
Friday 3rd October 2014
Nova Scotians wanting to make a difference in their communities can now apply for the many available positions on the province's 165 agencies, boards and commissions. The province launched its fall recruitment campaign today to get more people to play an active role. Applications for non-adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions are welcome anytime, with assessment of applications to begin on November 10th. The application deadline for adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions is November 17th.


TWITTER CHAT TO MARK FIRE PREVENTION WEEK IN NOVA SCOTIA
Friday 3rd October 2014
As Fire Prevention Week is recognized across Canada from October 5 to 11th, Nova Scotians are reminded to check their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they have fresh batteries and are working correctly. On Tuesday (October 7th), Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey, the Office of the Fire Marshal, first responders around the province, and other partners will participate in a live Twitter chat on fire safety from 9 a-m to 10:30 a-m. Join the conversation by using the hashtag n-s fire safety.


GAS AND DIESEL PRICES BOTH JUMP
Friday 3rd October 2014
The price of regular unleaded gasoline and diesel both made jumps overnight last night as the Utility and Review Board reset the prices. While the increase was not as significant as in New Brunswick, there was still a jump of almost a penny for regular unleaded gasoline, to a minimum of one dollar, 36.4 cents. Diesel saw a bigger increase than in New Brunswick, as it went up by almost two cents, to a minimum of one dollar 29.4 cents. These prices will remain in effect until 12:01 next Friday morning.


TRENTON COUNCIL HEARS FROM RESIDENTS ON MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
Friday 3rd October 2014
The Mayor and Council of Trenton heard over two hours of input at a well-attended public meeting last night, with most of the feedback suggesting against signing the Memorandum of Understanding with the town of New Glasgow , the Muncipality of Pictou County & the town of Pictou. Concerns raised at the meeting included protecting jobs and key civic properties like Trenton Rink and Park, and having a say in any regional government that is formed. Mayor Glen MacKinnon says council will now take what they heard back to chambers. MacKinnon calls it a “delicate situation”, and says the town realizes status quo is not an option. He says many residents expressed an interest in amalgamation, but not on the terms of the current document.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – OCTOBER 3 ***UPDATED***
Friday 3rd October 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers got back into the win column last night with a 2-1 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Evan Morrison had a goal and an assist, while Justin Ritcey stopped 35 of 36 shots in his first start of the season between the pipes. The Crushers now head off to northern New Brunswick for a pair of games. Tonight they visit the Campbellton Tigers before heading to Miramichi tomorrow for a game against the Timberwolves.

The honorary chair of the 2015 Nova Scotia 55 Plus games was named during a ceremony yesterday in the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Henderson Paris is being recognized for his work in the track and field community, including time spent as a coach as well as creating and organizing the Run Against Racism. The 2015 55 Plus Games are being co-hosted by New Glasgow and the Municipality of Pictou County from September 17 to 19 next year.

The St. Francis Xavier football, rugby, and soccer teams will all be playing games at home this weekend, starting tonight with the X-Women rugby team hosting Acadia at 7pm. The football X-Men will play tomorrow afternoon at 2pm, also against Acadia. And the soccer teams start the weekend on the road tonight at Acadia before hosting Memorial Sunday afternoon. The X-Women will play at 12 noon, before the X-Men kick off at 2:15pm. The X-Men and X-Women hockey teams are on the road this weekend.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for a Bronze Medallion course. If you are 13 or over and hold a Bronze Star and wish to go on to become a National Lifeguard, then, this course will get you started. Course dates are: Oct 19, 20, 26 and Nov 2, 3. More info contact Pictou Recreation or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

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

The Pee Wee AA Subway Selects team is heading to Calgary this November to attend Haley Wickenheiser's tournament, Wickfest. The Selects will compete against teams from all over North America. They are doing a BBQ fundraiser at the Aberdeen Sobey's this Saturday from 11am to 2pm if people would like to drop by. Also we are doing a major comedy night fundraiser at the Wellness Centre on October 18. Tickets are 15 dollars, and they are getting close to sold out.

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association still have room available on its Atom 'C' team. The Atom 'C' team will be an all-female team playing in the local recreational league in the county. Players are guaranteed three hours of ice time a week. The team's regular season begins the week of October 6 and goalie registration is half price. Interested players should contact the coach, Stephen Alexander, at stephenalexander@eastlink.ca.

The Sobeys indoor sports complex in Stellarton will once again be opening up their drop in paintball on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 starting this weekend. There will be no charge for equipment rentals for the month of October,. You also sign up for the new 3 person paintball league starting October 12. Contact Rob at 396-7049 or Gary at 752-3793

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



TRENTON SHOPPERS DRUG MART WILL TRANSFER PRESCRIPTION FILES TO NEW GLASGOW LOCATION & OFFER FREE DELIVERY TO TRENTON RESIDENTS
Thursday 2nd October 2014
Shoppers Drug Mart says all employees at its Trenton location will have jobs at the location in New Glasgow. Tammy Smitham, Vice President of Communication for SDM tells ECFM that all patient files have also transferred automatically to that location. Additionally, Smitham says, in consideration of non-drivers and the disabled, the company will offer free prescription-delivery service to the town of Trenton in the future.


MI'KMAQ HISTORY MONTH BEING CELEBRATED IN LOCAL SCHOOLS
Thursday 2nd October 2014
Each year, in the month of October, Nova Scotians celebrate the contributions of Mi’kmaq people to Nova Scotia’s past, present and future with Mi’kmaq History Month. October 1, Treaty Day, commemorates the signing of the 1752 Treaty and begins the month-long celebrations and educational offerings at CCRSB schools and across Nova Scotia. Today and tomorrow, educators from across CCRSB will gather at the Millbrook First Nations Community Hall for for the 6th Annual Mi’kmaq Educator’s Conference. Throughout the month, CCRSB students will also have opportunities to learn more about Mi'kmaq culture, tradition, history, language, art, music and more through classroom activities and special events.


TRENTON COUNCIL HOLDING PUBLIC CONSULTATION MEETING TONIGHT
Thursday 2nd October 2014
Trenton Mayor Glen MacKinnon says the future of the town is too important to allow for a decision to be made without input from residents. MacKinnon is referring to the Memorandum of Understanding written by the Towns of New Glasgow and Pictou, and Municipality of Pictou County, which Trenton, Westville, and Stellarton have been invited to sign. To allow for residents to have the opportunity to share their thoughts before a decision is made whether to sign the document, a public meeting will be held tonight in the gymnasium of Trenton Elementary. MacKinnon said two weeks ago council still had 14 questions about the document for which they needed answers. Tonight's meeting is scheduled for 6:30pm.


GAS JUMPS IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Thursday 2nd October 2014
The price of unleaded gasoline in New Brunswick jumped significantly overnight, while diesel was also up. The Utility and Review Board does not always directly follow the lead of our neighbors to the west, however Nova Scotians may want to fill up today. Regular unleaded gasoline in New Brunswick jumped 3.6 cents, while diesel was up just less than a penny per litre. Prices in this province will be reset effective 12:01am tomorrow morning.


LARGE OUTDOOR GROW-OP SEIZED
Thursday 2nd October 2014
A search of a property on Piedmont Valley Road has resulted in the seizure of the largest outdoor marijuana grow-operation ever by the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Unit. The search, conducted yesterday morning, resulted in the seizure of roughly 200 plants, some of which reached over 10 feet in height. The plants were found growing in various locations around the property. Police have yet to make any arrests, as they are waiting to speak with the property owner.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – OCTOBER 2
Thursday 2nd October 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers will be looking for a bounce back performance tonight when they host the Yarmouth Mariners at 7pm at the Wellness Centre. After suffering their first loss of the season last time out against Truro over the weekend, the Crushers can reclaim first place in the division with a win. This is the first meeting of the season between these two teams. We will have a more complete preview of this game tonight at 6pm on Slapshot on Classic Rock 97.9.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for a Bronze Medallion course. If you are 13 or over and hold a Bronze Star and wish to go on to become a National Lifeguard, then, this course will get you started. Course dates are: Oct 19, 20, 26 and Nov 2, 3. More info contact Pictou Recreation or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

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

The Pee Wee AA Subway Selects team is heading to Calgary this November to attend Haley Wickenheiser's tournament, Wickfest. The Selects will compete against teams from all over North America. They are doing a BBQ fundraiser at the Aberdeen Sobey's this Saturday from 11am to 2pm if people would like to drop by. Also we are doing a major comedy night fundraiser at the Wellness Centre on October 18. Tickets are 15 dollars, and they are getting close to sold out.

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association still have room available on its Atom 'C' team. The Atom 'C' team will be an all-female team playing in the local recreational league in the county.  Players are guaranteed three hours of ice time a week.  The team's regular season begins the week of October 6 and goalie registration is half price.  Interested players should contact the coach, Stephen Alexander, at stephenalexander@eastlink.ca. 

The Sobeys indoor sports complex in Stellarton will once again be opening up their drop in paintball on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 starting this weekend. There will be no charge for equipment rentals for the month of October,. You also sign up for the new 3 person paintball league starting October 12. Contact Rob at 396-7049 or Gary at 752-3793

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



COOK'S DAIRY IN YARMOUTH TO CLOSE BY THE END OF THIS MONTH
Wednesday 1st October 2014
A company in Quebec is closing Cook's Dairy in Yarmouth, just over a year since purchasing the facility. Approximately 21 people will lose their jobs when the dairy closes later this month. The plans for the site are still unknown, but in the meantime, the Cook's Dairy Site will be used as a cooler only. Cook's Dairy, the leading milk brand in Southwestern Nova Scotia supplying Shelburne, Yarmouth and Digby counties had been previously owned by the Cook family for 85 years. The facility produced 2.7 million litres of milk per year.


SHOPPERS DRUG MART IN TRENTON CLOSING ITS DOORS
Wednesday 1st October 2014
The only drug store within the Town of Trenton is closing its doors as of tomorrow. Residents are expressing concerns over the fact that the closest place to get prescriptions filled is now in New Glasgow. East Coast FM News has reached out to officials with Shoppers Drug Mart and is awaiting a response to our request for a comment on the closure.


PROTEST AGAINST UNDERWATER GAS STORAGE PLAN UNDERWAY ON HIGHWAY 102
Wednesday 1st October 2014
A highway protest is underway near Stewiacke to oppose the Alton Natural Gas project. Mi'kmaq leader Cheryl Maloney says the protest on Highway 102 is not intended to cause major traffic jams, but is just intended to get the First Nation's perspective across. However, northbound traffic is reportedly slowed to a crawl at this hour. Maloney says the plan to store natural gas in salt caverns that are dissolved using river water hasn't received the consent of native groups. Alton Natural Gas Storage says it has consulted with the Mi'kmaq on numerous occasions and remains open to continuing talks.


WE ARE NOT AFRAID WEDNESDAY WILL BE YEAR LONG INITIATIVE
Wednesday 1st October 2014
Chignecto Central Regional School Board is taking the Stand Up! Speak Out! Stop Bullying! Together! message a step further this year, as they have announced a year-long program. Today is the first “We are not afraid Wednesday”, which will include a weekly update on the Board's website including student submissions carrying the anti-bullying message. Student submissions to be featured will include videos, photographs and art work from students and staff across the region. The submissions will not only be shared on the board website, www.ccrsb.ca, but also through their Twitter feed and Facebook page.


WESTVILLE SETS PUBLIC CONSULTATION MEETING ON MOU
Wednesday 1st October 2014
Westville’s mayor and councilors are encouraging all residents to educate themselves ahead of an important upcoming public meeting. Westville will decide shortly whether to sign on with the towns of New Glasgow, Pictou and the Muncipality of Pictou in a Memorandum of Understanding. The towns of Trenton, Westville and Stellarton have recently had a Service Delivery Review completed by accountant Brian White to explore options and identify potential for delivering municipal services at a reduced cost . Councillor Lynn MacDonald says the study shows the three towns are running efficiently, while Councillor Bernie Murphy says the new review outlines tangible options outside of joining the MOU. A summarized version of the Service Delivery Review is posted on the town’s website alongside the MOU document and the documents will also be made available for viewing at the town office and Westville library during business hours. The public meeting will be held on Monday, 6 October at 7pm in the gym at Westville’s Municipal building and both legal and financial perspectives will be given.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP – OCTOBER 1
Wednesday 1st October 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers will be looking for a bounce back performance tomorrow night when they host the Yarmouth Mariners at 7pm at the Wellness Centre. After suffering their first loss of the season last time out against Truro over the weekend, the Crushers can reclaim first place in the division with a win. This is the first meeting of the season between these two teams. We will have a more complete preview of this game tomorrow night at 6pm on Slapshot on Classic Rock 97.9.

A doubles tennis tournament is scheduled to take place this evening starting at 5:30pm at the West Side Courts on Lavinia Street in New Glasgow. The entry fee is five dollars per team, and all are welcome. All funds raised will go to support the tennis program. There will also be a barbecue and prizes for the winning team. Contact Cheryl Young at 902-755-8363 or cheryl.young@newglasgow.ca to register.

Registration for CANSKATE will be held today from 4-6 pm at the PC Wellness Centre. The Learn to Skate program for children and adults will be offered by the Mariposa East Skating Centre every Wednesday from 4:40-5:20pm. The program is set up for those who play hockey, ringette, figure skate or just want to skate with friends. Call 755-0145 or email info@mariposaeast.com for details.

The Final Registration for New Glasgow Minor Hockey Association Will be held tonight from 6pm to 9pm at the North End Recreation Centre.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for a Bronze Medallion course. If you are 13 or over and hold a Bronze Star and wish to go on to become a National Lifeguard, then, this course will get you started. Course dates are: Oct 19, 20, 26 and Nov 2, 3. More info contact Pictou Recreation or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

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

The Sobeys indoor sports complex in Stellarton will once again be opening up their drop in paintball on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 starting this weekend. There will be no charge for equipment rentals for the month of October,. You also sign up for the new 3 person paintball league starting October 12. Contact Rob at 396-7049 or Gary at 752-3793

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