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BUDGETS CUT TO SCHOOL BOARD TO HAVE DEVASTATING IMPACT
Friday 14th January 2011
The numbers are shocking. That's how Chignecto Central Regional School Board Superintendent Gary Clarke describes the effects of a potential 22-percent budget cut. The provincial government directed school boards to undergo a planning exercise, which would save 22-percent over three years, or roughly 34-million dollars to the local school board. Clarke says 664 full time equivalent jobs would be eliminated under that plan, and the actual number of people would be higher because of part time staff. The figure would include 283 classroom teachers and over 125 educational assistants, which Clarke says would affect class sizes and programs that could be offered to students, especially in rural areas. He warns programs such as literacy and math intervention for elementary students, adult high schools, the International Baccalaureate program, French immersion and more would also be in serious jeopardy. Ron Marks, who represents Stellarton and Westville on the board, says he believes the province has already made its decision to go ahead with the cuts, and urged not to sit by. Joan Jessome, President of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union, says her union and others have been quiet while gathering their facts, but promised they will come out screaming against any cut, no matter what the size.
NO CAUSE DETERMINED FOR HOUSE FIRE IN WESTVILLE
Thursday 13th January 2011
A middle aged couple were forced from their home after a fire Thursday morning in Westville. Westville Fire Chief Ken Dunn says the blaze was confined to the living room in the two-story older dwelling on Acadia Avenue, but there was smoke and water damage to the rest of the residence. Firefighters arrived on the scene just before 9am, and took about a half-hour to bring the blaze under control. Westville received back-up from the Stellarton Fire Department. No injuries were reported, and no cause has yet been determined.
WARRANT RELEASED FOR WESTVILLE WOMAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT
Friday 7th January 2011
A public interest warrant has been released for a Westville woman accused of assault causing bodily harm. 38-year old Margaret Ellen MacKenzie was charged after another person was assaulted on 12 September in downtown New Glasgow. The victim suffered head injuries and was kicked in the ribs during the attack. Police say they have not been able to find MacKenzie at her last known address, at work or through online social networks, such as Facebook. Separate warrants are also out for MacKenzie's arrest in Antigonish and Truro.
PROUDFOOTS TO BUILD NEW STORE IN BUSINESS PARK IN STELLARTON
Wednesday 5th January 2011
A new Proudfoots Home Hardware Building Centre is coming to the Albion Business Park in Stellarton. The company announced late Tuesday that a new location in the park will consolidate the existing locations on Westville Road in New Glasgow and South Foord Street in Stellarton. Staff from both current locations will move to the new store, and the old locations will close once the new store is complete. Construction is expected to begin this spring, with the new location set to open in early 2012. The move was widely expected. Stellarton town council announced last month that Home Hardware Stores Limited had purchased two-and-a-half hectares of land near Lawrence Boulevard. The sale price was not disclosed.
PICTOU COUNTY TO HOST SPECIAL OLYMPICS PROVINCIAL WINTER GAMES
Wednesday 5th January 2011
Pictou County is the host location for the 2011 Special Olympics Provincial Winter Games from 4 – 6 February. Athletes from all over Nova Scotia will be competing in floor hockey, curling, snowshoeing, figure skating and speed skating. Competition venues include the Pictou Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College in Stellarton, North Nova Education Center, Bluenose Curling Club, Westville Curling Club and John Brother MacDonald Stadium. Opening ceremonies will be held Friday, 4 February at 5pm at the N-S-C-C. The 2011 Winter Games will serve as a qualifying event for athletes to advance to the next level of competition including the 2012 National Winter Games or the 2013 World Winter Games in Korea. The Honorary Chair for the Provincial Winter Games is Defence Minister and Central Nova M-P Peter MacKay. Dalton Ferguson chairs the Games Organizing Committee in Pictou County. The call is now out for volunteers and for information you can contact Volunteer Coordinator Lesley Anne Sobey at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the event website at www.sons.ca.
WESTVILLE SETTLES ON LOCATION FOR NEW KIOSK
Tuesday 28th December 2010
The town of Westville has selected a location for its tourism kiosk. The Pictou County Tourist Association is building several kiosks around the County to provide community information to visitors. Members of the Airfield Engineering Flight in Pictou will build the kiosk, and the P-C-T-A has purchased the materials. Town council voted last week to use a town owned plot of land located at the corner of North Main Street and West Street for the kiosk. The lot is too small to build on, but is large enough for the kiosk and a green space.
SHOPLIFTERS CAUGHT IN TWO INCIDENTS IN NEW GLASGOW
Thursday 23rd December 2010
New Glasgow Police Service were called out to two separate incidents of shoplifting at the Atlantic Superstore on Westville Road Tuesday afternoon. All four suspects are from the Truro area and appear in court at a later date. Two youths were picked up in the first incident. A 17-year-old faces a charge of shoplifting, while an 18-year-old male will be up on charges of breach of probation and possession of marijuana. In the second occurrence at about the same time, a 21-year-old woman from Bible Hill faces two charges of shoplifting and two charges of possession of stolen property relating to thefts from other businesses in Nova Scotia, along with a 20-year-old woman. Police received assistance from the New Glasgow Police canine unit and integrated street crime unit.
DISCUSSIONS ONGOING ABOUT FUTURE OF GROUPE SAVOIE IN WESTVILLE
Tuesday 21st December 2010
The future of the Groupe Savoie mill in Westville is still a hot topic. Westville Mayor Roger MacKay says the offices of the provincial Natural Resources Minister and local M-L-A have been contacted, and he's hoping to meet with all parties early in the new year. The County of Pictou has also sent letters about the need to see the mill up and running again. Pictou East M-L-A Clarrie MacKinnon attended Westville council's meeting Monday, and says he met with the company that morning, and is waiting to hear a new proposal. In an update to council, Groupe Savoie Westville Wood Procurement Manager John Vautour says the company has taken steps to maintain core operations at the Foxbrook Road site, including purchasing softwood pulpwood to eventually convert to chips as part of a fiber exchange with another company. Vautour says Groupe Savoie is still hoping to carry on with regular business in the spring.
POLICE INVESTIGATE BREAK INS AT FOUR NEW GLASGOW BUSINESSES
Monday 20th December 2010
New Glasgow police are investigating four break-and-enters they believe are connected. Four businesses were victimized sometime late Sunday night or early Monday morning. Thieves smashed a window at the Baked Food Cafe on Provost Street to gain entry. Doors were smashed out as Dobsons Office Pro on East River Road, Pictou County Cycle on Westville Road and Alec MacDonald Printing. Undisclosed amounts of cash were taken from Dobsons and the printing business. Police say they typically do see an increase in property related crimes around the Holidays. Anyone with information is asked to contact the New Glasgow Police or Crime Stoppers.
WESTVILLE MAN ADMITS TO INCEST CHARGE
Tuesday 14th December 2010
A Westville man will be sentenced in the spring after pleading guilty to incest. The 21-year old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, entered the plea in provincial court in New Glasgow on Monday. Following the guilty plea, an accompanying charge of sexual assault was withdrawn by the crown. The offence took place between 28 May and 7 June in Westville. A pre-sentence report and a psycho-sexual assessment will both be completed prior to sentencing, 12 April.
POWER OUTAGES REPORTED FOLLOWING STRONG STORM
Tuesday 14th December 2010
High winds and heavy rain lashed the Maritimes late Monday and early Tuesday. As of noon Tuesday, more than 58-thousand customers were still without power in Nova Scotia, as trees brought down power lines province wide. Power crews are having trouble reaching some remote areas, and power may not be full restored until Wednesday morning according to the power utility. The bulk of the outages are in the Annapolis Valley, but there are pockets of outages reported from the south shore all the way through Cape Breton, where wind gusts reached 140 kilometres per hour overnight. By noon Tuesday, several areas of Pictou County were still reporting outages including: Trenton, Stellarton, Westville, Union Centre, White Hill, Sunny Brae, Pictou Landing, Little Harbour, Toney River, Three Brooks, Loch Broom and Black River as well as others. Around nine-hundred customers remained affected locally as of noon Tuesday. Many flights were delayed or canceled at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Several homes were evacuated in the Fredericton and Perth-Andover areas of New Brunswick because of flooding.
WESTVILLE MAN APPEARS IN COURT ON DRUG TRAFFICKING CHARGES
Monday 13th December 2010
A Westville man returns to court next month to enter pleas to drug charges. Twenty-three-year old Joseph James Hallam is accused of possession of less than three kilograms of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and marijuana production. Hallam also faces one count of storage of a prohibited weapon. The offences are alleged to have taken place 12 October in Westville. Hallam's case has been adjourned until 10 January.
WESTVILLE FATAL FIRE CAUSE UNKNOWN
Sunday 12th December 2010
The cause of the fatal fire earlier this week in Westville will remain undetermined. Westville Fire Chief Kenny Dunn says the damage to the upstairs portion of the home was so extensive that not enough evidence remains to conclusively determine the cause. Dunn says that they can conclude that the fire started in an upstairs bedroom. Forty-eight year old Barbara Webber and 59 year old Mike Sagar were killed in the blaze early Thursday morning.
FATAL HOUSE FIRE IN WESTVILLE
Thursday 9th December 2010
Two people are dead following a house fire early Thursday in Westville. Firefighters were called to the home on MacKay Street at around 4:20am. The bodies of a 48-year old female and a 59-year old male were found on the upper level of the two storey home, and have been taken to the Medical Examiner's Office in Halifax. The pair were the only two occupants of the home. Westville Police say now cause has yet been determined, but two investigators from the Fire Marshall's Office are on the scene. The home was completely destroyed in the blaze, with only the outer shell still standing.
COUNTY COUNCIL ASKING PROVINCE TO INCREASE HARDWOOD LUMBER SUPPLY
Wednesday 8th December 2010
With Groupe Savoie set to shut down its Westville operation this week, County council is calling on the province to increase the supply of hardwood in Nova Scotia. Councilor Robert Parker says supply was the biggest problem for the hardwood lumber mill in Westville, because nearly all harvesting on Crown lands goes to paper mills. Parker says rules in Nova Scotia do not allow for the best use of resources. He points out Groupe Savoie is thriving with over four-hundred employees in its native New Brunswick, which does not have the same rules in place. Council agreed Monday to write a letter to Natural Resources Minister John MacDonnell asking that the Department examine the rules for wood harvesting from Crown lands.
CONTEST LAUNCHED TO FIND NAME FOR WELLNESS CENTRE
Wednesday 8th December 2010
The Pictou County Wellness Center Building Authority has announced a community wide contest to provide a permanent name for the new facility being constructed at the intersection of MacGregor Avenue and Westville Road. The contest encourages citizens of Pictou County to submit a ballot recommending a permanent name for the building. Individuals, groups and youth are encouraged to submit their entries online at www.pcwellnesscenter.ca before the the contest deadline of 31 January. The top entries will be posted on-line at the beginning of February, and all residents will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite. The winning name and grand prize winner, which includes a Fraser and Hoyt trip to an NHL game between the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders, will be posted on 18 February.
WESTVILLE REACHING OUT TO GOVERNMENT TO TRY AND SAVE LUMBER MILL
Tuesday 30th November 2010
Westville Town Council is still holding out hope for the Group Savoie hardwood lumber mill. Following an announcement last week from the New Brunswick based company that it was shutting its doors in Westville as of 10 December, Mayor Roger MacKay is working to see what can be done to keep them in Pictou County. MacKay says he is trying to get a meeting with Pictou East M-L-A Clarrie MacKinnon, Central Nova M-P Peter MacKay, and Natural Resources Minister John MacDonnell to see if the other levels of government can help. MacKay says he is aware of the tight time line. During the monthly meeting of council, Councilor Charlie Sutherland called Group Savoie good corporate citizens, and credited them with being leaders in the hardwood industry.
WESTVILLE MAYOR DISAPPOINTED OVER DECISION TO CLOSE LUMBER MILL
Friday 26th November 2010
Disappointing for all of Pictou County. That is how Westville Mayor Roger MacKay describes the decision by Groupe Savoie to close down its hardwood lumber mill in the town. The decision is set to take effect on 10 December, laying off about forty people. MacKay says provincial policy which limits the supply of hardwood in Nova Scotia will be brought up at a meeting of council on Monday, and he intends to lobby the provincial government for changes. A spokesman for Groupe Savoie says the company hopes to re-open the mill in the spring, but improvements to efficiencies will have to happen first.
VEHICLE STOLEN IN DARTMOUTH FOUND IN STELLARTON
Friday 26th November 2010
A number of youths will appear in court in January following two stolen vehicle incidents Thursday in Stellarton. An officer came upon a group of youths at about 4am Thursday in Stellarton, but they ran when approached. When one of the males was caught, he told police he was from the Halifax area, and that the group had arrived in a stolen vehicle. Westville police found the stolen S-U-V from the Dartmouth area around 7am, but the vehicle sped away at high speed, and police had to abort the chase for safety reasons. The S-U-V was found abandoned later in the area around Acadia Avenue and Maple Street in Stellarton, and five males were later arrested and charged with possession of stolen goods as well as breaching court orders and providing a false name. Stellarton police received a phone call around 10am Thursday reporting a car stolen from Riverbank Street, which was discovered abandoned that night in Dartmouth. Police believe the incidents were connected.
LAYOFFS IMMINENT FOR WESTVILLE SAWMILL
Tuesday 23rd November 2010
A lumber mill in Westville will shut down on 10 December. About forty employees of Groupe Savoie received lay off notices Monday. Company Vice President Jonathan Levesque says the New Brunswick based company could not sustain any further loses, and will lose less money with the mill closed than open. The Westville mill, which was built in 1998, is the largest hardwood sawmill in Nova Scotia. Levesque says the company hopes to re-open the mill in the spring, but improvements to efficiencies will have to happen first.
THEFTS FROM VEHICLES IN WESTVILLE
Saturday 13th November 2010
Westville Police Service are investigating a rash of thefts from vehicles in the town this week. Vehicles were entered on Church Street, Elmwood Street, Irving Street, South Main and Greenwood Street overnight Wednesday and Thursday. Items stolen included small amounts of money, cigarettes, tobacco, tools, an all-season tire and G-P-S system. Police say the vehicles were left unlocked, and are reminding residents to keep them locked at all times and do not leave valuables behind. Anyone with information can contact police or Crime Stoppers.
CHIGNECTO CENTRAL REGIONAL SCHOOL BOARD RE-ELECTS CHAIRPERSON
Saturday 13th November 2010
No change at the top for the Chignecto Central Regional School Board. The board, which represents Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties as well as East Hants County, held its organizational meeting on Wednesday in Truro. East Hants' Trudy Thompson was re-appointed as board chair, and Colchester's Keith MacKenzie was re-appointed as vice-chair. New Glasgow's Jamie Stevens and Pictou's Vivian Farrell will serve on the board's Education Services committee, with Stellarton and Westville representative Ron Marks and Trenton's Marilyn Murray on the Finance Committee and Pictou's Gordon Anderson on Operational Services. Board Chair Thompson says they won't have firm numbers until the province sets its new budget in the spring, but the board is preparing for a very challenging year ahead.
PICTOU COUNTY MUNICIPAL LEADERS WORKING TOGETHER
Saturday 6th November 2010
Municipal leaders from across Pictou County showcased their desire to work together on Friday in Stellarton. The mayors and warden each took turns talking up a joint initiative during a breakfast for members of the business community. New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan gave the crowd an update on the Wellness Centre, which he says will open in the fall of 2012, while Stellarton Mayor Joe Gennoe gave an overview of the Pictou County Shared Service Authority, which replaced the old District Planning Commission. Westville Mayor Roger MacKay outlined the new Recruitment and Retention Committee, which aims to keep young people in Pictou County, and help bring in top talent. Trenton Mayor Glen MacKinnon talked about D-S-M-E's new operation at Trenton Works. MacKinnon says recruiting is still ongoing, but as of the end of last week, 32 employees had been hired by D-S-M-E Trenton, and ten of those were former Trenton Works employees. Production is set to begin next year, and around four-hundred employees will be working at the facility once it is in full production mode. Pictou Mayor Joe Hawes spoke about challenges facing communities in terms of infrastructure, and called for a county wide infrastructure plan to be part of a municipal governance study. Central Nova M-P Peter MacKay, who also spoke at the breakfast, called it encouraging to hear about the successes of sharing in the County.
CROWN TO SEEK JAIL TIME FOR WESTVILLE MAN FOLLOWING BREATHALYZER FAILURE
Friday 29th October 2010
A 32 year old Westville man will be sentenced next month for driving with a blood alcohol level over twice the legal limit. Jason Hugh White was pulled over in the early morning hours of 19 September in Stellarton when he was seen driving erratically. White pleaded guilty to the charge on Monday in New Glasgow Provincial Court. White has a previous impaired driving charge, so the Crown will be asking for jail time when the sentencing hearing goes forward on 22 November.
AUDIT SHOWS SURPLUS FOR TOWN OF WESTVILLE
Wednesday 27th October 2010
A marked improvement in the handling of operations has moved the Town of Westville into better financial shape at the end of the 2009-10 fiscal year than they were the year before. That was the message from the auditor who presented the Consolidated Financial Statements to council on Monday. The net position for the town, when all funds and accounts are considered, shows a surplus of just over 17 thousand dollars. The General Operating Fund finished the year with a surplus of just under 75 thousand dollars after financing costs and transfers to other funds were completed. The reserve fund also increased by 40-thousand dollars, and now holds 205-thousand.
WESTVILLE MAN ADMITS TO REFUSING BREATHALYZER
Tuesday 26th October 2010
A Westville resident is without his driver's license for the next twelve months for refusing the to provide a breathalyzer sample. 46-year old Thomas George Patrick Peppard pleaded guilty Monday in New Glasgow Provincial Court to the single charge from May of this year. Peppard was stopped at a checkpoint on Westville Road on his way home from a function when the breath sample was requested. The former Coordinator of the New Glasgow Development Commission was also fined one thousand dollars and must wait at least three months before he can apply for the interlock system.
CRUELTY CHARGES DROPPED DUE TO BAD SEARCH WARRANT
Sunday 17th October 2010
Animal cruelty charges against a Westville woman have been dismissed after a judge determined the search warrant used to seize her dogs wasn't legal. Janice Bingley says she's now considering legal action. Last fall the S-P-C-A seized 22 dogs, including 11 puppies, from Bingley's home in what it said was a case of “backyard breeding.” The dogs have been adopted out and Bingley wants them back, although she admits that's unlikely to happen.
NEW GLASGOW MAN RECEIVES HOUSE ARREST FOR DRINKING WHILE PROHIBITED
Thursday 14th October 2010
A New Glasgow man will spend the next six months under house arrest, narrowly avoiding time behind bars. 25-year old Scott Allan MacLean was handed the conditional sentence during a court appearance on Wednesday which also included electronic monitoring, requirements to stay away from alcohol, attend counseling and a one-hundred and fifty dollar fine. MacLean breached a probation order three times between 7 March and 18 April in New Glasgow, Westville and Stellarton, all by being impaired by alcohol when he was ordered not to consume it. His employer took the stand at the sentencing hearing saying MacLean is an excellent employee with tremendous potential if he can overcome his alcohol problem. Although the judge noted jail time would have been appropriate, he imposed the conditional sentence in part because of the support MacLean has from others in his life.
MAN AND TRAIN COLLIDE IN WESTVILLE
Friday 1st October 2010
Westville police are continuing their investigation into an accident between a pedestrian and a train Thursday night on Main Street in the town. A Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia train going west across an intersection when a 39-year old man walking in the same direction collided with the train. The man became entangled in the locomotive, but stood up and made his way home. E-H-S and Fire Rescue went to the man's home where he was treated for cuts and abrasions. He is resting at home.
WESTVILLE LOOKING INTO EMERGENCY GENERATOR FOR TOWN HALL
Tuesday 28th September 2010
The Town of Westville is looking to improve its emergency preparedness. In a unanimous vote at the monthly meeting of council on Monday, council approved a motion to bring in Ice Cold Engineering to create a proposal to install an emergency generator in the Town Hall. The proposal would then go forward to get funding from the province for Emergency Measures. If successful, the province would fund half of the expenses involved in installing the generator, including construction of an outbuilding to house the machine. The generator would be powerful enough to supply heat and electricity to the entire building, including the gymnasium which could hold four-hundred people during an extended power outage.
LONG TERM CARE WORKERS VOTE TO STRIKE IN PICTOU COUNTY
Tuesday 21st September 2010
Workers at three long term care facilities in Pictou County have voted overwhelmingly to strike to back contract demands. C-U-P-E Local 2330 represents approximately four-hundred workers at Glen Haven Manor in New Glasgow, Valley View in Riverton and the Maritime Oddfellows Home in Pictou. The vote was 96-percent on Monday in Westville in favour. C-U-P-E Local 2330 President, Nan McFadgen, says the prime issue is maintaining wage parity with acute care workers across the province. 36-homes across the province are currently conducting strike votes. McFadgen says talks resume with the province on 30 September.
WATER RATE INCREASE ON THE HORIZON FOR WESTVILLE
Tuesday 31st August 2010
Residents of Westville could be seeing a dramatic increase to their water bills beginning in January. Town Council unanimously approved a motion to send an application to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board which would see an average increase of roughly thirty-seven percent. GA Isenor Consulting Limited and WH Gates Utility Consultants Ltd together presented a 63 page report to council outlining the need for the increase. The dramatic increase is needed in part because there has not been a review of the rates since April of 2006, and last year the utility ran a deficit of 137 thousand dollars. A date will be set for a public hearing on the matter by the URB.
PROVINCIAL LIBRARY LAUNCHES DOWNLOADABLE BOOK COLLECTION
Wednesday 11th August 2010
Westville was the launch site for a new digital library service for Nova Scotia on Tuesday. The downloadable book collection includes over one-thousand e-books and audio books in all genres and in both English and French. Anyone with a library card can log onto the site and download a book from their own home, which can be viewed or listened to on a home computer, laptop or compatible hand-held device. Some titles are always available, while others are borrowed like a standard library book, for a period of time, but digital titles are returned automatically. The provincial library invested 40-thousand dollars for the collection. All rural regional library boards will collectively invest 38-thousand dollars a year for the next three years to add another one-thousand titles annually.
WESTVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH SEX CRIMES
Tuesday 10th August 2010
A Westville man will enter pleas next month to sex charges. The 21-year old, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the alleged victim, appeared briefly in New Glasgow Provincial Court Monday. The man is charged with sexual assault and having sex with a blood relation. The incidents allegedly occurred between 28 May and 7 June in Westville. The accused returns to court for election and pleas on 27 September.
SCOTIANS FIND NEW HEAD COACH
Thursday 5th August 2010
Sean Fraser is the new Head Coach of the Pictou County Junior B Scotians of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League. Originally from Pictou County, Fraser played for the Weeks Major Midgets. He spent the last five years as an assistant with the Dalhousie University Tigers Varsity Women's hockey team, with specific responsibilities for the forwards under head coach Leslie Jordan of Westville. Fraser was an all-star in the Ontario Junior A Hockey League, and played on a provincial championship team. He moved onto N-C-A-A Division One hockey with the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, and moved into coaching with a women's program in Alaska after graduation. Scotians General Manager Walter Smith says there were ten candidates for the vacancy after the coaching staff, led by George Frazee, stepped down after last season. Fraser was picked from a short list of five, and is expected to be in the county next week. Former Scotians player Fraser Roddick has signed on as an assistant coach, with a second one expected to be firmed up by the end of next week. The Scotians open training camp the first week of September at the Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre.
SOD TO BE TURNED FOR WELLNESS CENTRE ON SUNDAY
Thursday 5th August 2010
Things appear to be moving along in the development of the Pictou County Wellness Center. A sod turning takes place on Sunday. The ceremony will be held on the site of the centre, at the corner of Westville Road and MacGregor Avenue off highway 104. Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defense and the M-P for Central Nova, will be on hand as well provincial, municipal and community representatives.
NO INJURIES IN OVERNIGHT FIRE
Saturday 31st July 2010
An early morning fire at a trailer park in Westville on Saturday damaged one trailer. Westville Fire Department received a call shortly before 3:30 a.m. of a trailer fire in Wadden's trailer park. Sixteen firefighters and four trucks responded to the scene, and had the fire contained within two hours. Westville Fire Chief Ken Dunn says the home was empty at the time, and there were no injuries. Dunn says there is no word yet as to the cause, and the Fire Marshall is investigating.
POLICING STUDY FOR UPPER RIVER TOWNS GETS GREEN LIGHT
Tuesday 27th July 2010
A provincial government funded municipal policing study will be carried out for the four upper river towns in Pictou County. Westville Town Council revealed Monday night the study should be up and running in the fall. A steering committee of representatives from Westville, Stellarton, New Glasgow and Trenton will analyze policing needs and options for the future. The Mayor of Trenton says a policing arrangement between his town and New Glasgow is still on the table after negotiations began in late winter, and the study will have no affect on those talks. Glen MacKinnon says the findings of a police review committee in the Steeltown will go to a public meeting at a date to be determined before any final decision is made. Stellarton had sent out invitations for input from Westville and the R-C-M-P in regards to their policing needs in the future. Pictou town and the rural county is under the jurisdiction of the R-C-M-P.
WESTVILLE MAN GETS PROBATION, DRIVING PROHIBITION FOR REFUSING BREATHALYSER
Monday 26th July 2010
A Westville man has been given a year driving prohibition and nine months probation in relation to a charge of refusing to provide a breathalyser sample. Forty-eight year old Kevin Lewis Rumley entered a guilty plea to the charge at a previous court appearance in March, and was sentenced Monday in New Glasgow Provincial Court. The charge stemmed from an incident last November in MacPherson's Mills. Rumley told the court that he had been drinking, and the effect of the alcohol combined with pain-killers he was taking had a greater impact on him than he thought they would. Rumley, who had one previous related conviction, was also fined twelve hundred dollars, which is above the minimum fine of one thousand.
POWER OUTAGES IN WESTVILLE AND STELLARTON AREAS
Friday 16th July 2010
Power has been on and off for people in the Westville and Stellarton areas. About twenty-eight-hundred homes went into the dark for about an hour Thursday night, but in an oddity the power came back on by itself. Power crews traced the lines looking for a cause, and a spokesperson for Nova Scotia Power says a tree branch may have fallen on a line, then fell off again on its own. A second outage hit the same area Friday morning. Power was affected in parts of Stellarton, Westville, Landsdowne, Union Centre, Millbrook, Rocklin, White Hill and Gairloch Lake. Once again, power crews investigated the cause of the outage. Power was restored around 11am.
POLICE PERSUADE ARMED MAN TO GIVE UP KNIFE IN STELLARTON
Wednesday 14th July 2010
Police in Stellarton convinced an armed man to give up his weapon on Tuesday. A 23-year old man at a residence on South Foord Street was allegedly threatening to harm himself with a knife, and to kill any police officers who arrived at his door. Officers began negotiating with the man by telephone around noon, and diverted traffic from the area. Police continued talking with the man, who carried a large carving knife, as he appeared in the doorway of the residence, stepped outside and made his way to the driveway. The matter ended peacefully when an officer convinced him to throw down the knife. New Glasgow and Westville Police officers were also on scene, and E-H-S treated the man at the scene before taking him to the Aberdeen Hospital for further treatment.
FIVE VEHICLE ACCIDENT CLOSES EXIT OFF HIGHWAY 104
Friday 9th July 2010
An accident involving several vehicles has shut down Exit 23 off the Trans Canada Highway into New Glasgow. Just after noon a tractor trailer and four other vehicles were involved in a collision at Exit 23 eastbound. Five people were taken to hospital, but no specifics have been released on their injuries. The jaws of life had to be used to free a small girl from the rear of one of the vehicles. A hazardous materials team was on site for precautionary reasons, but police say the materials being transported in the truck were not explosive or flammable. Fire crews from New Glasgow, Stellarton and Alma all responded. A traffic analyst was called to the scene to investigate and help determine a cause. As of 3pm, Friday, Exit 23 eastbound was closed completely, as was the section of Westville Road between Exit 23 and Foster Avenue. MacGregor Avenue had also been shut down between Foster and Westville Road, except to local traffic.
WESTVILLE PAIR CHARGED WITH RESISTING ARREST
Thursday 8th July 2010
A Westville couple charged with resisting arrest return to court in September to enter pleas. Gavin Matheson and Robyn Nicole Chisholm, both 25-years of age, made court appearances Monday. In addition to the resisting charges, Matheson is charged with theft under five-thousand dollars from the New Glasgow Superstore on 28 April, while Chisholm is accused of being an accessory after the fact. Both also face charges of failing to report to police for identification purposes on 4 May. The case was adjourned to 7 September to allow Chisholm and Matheson to seek legal counsel.
COUNTY COUNCIL DISCUSS POSSIBLE IMPACTS OF JAIL
Tuesday 6th July 2010
The three short-listed sites for the new Correctional Facility in northeastern Nova Scotia was a central topic of conversation at the monthly meeting of Pictou County Council Monday. Councilor Andy Thompson, who represents the region of Pictou County where the facility could be built, expressed his concerns over how construction of a jail could impact a proposed sewer project for the area. Thompson told Council that if the construction of the jail means his residents have to wait even longer to get hooked up to a sewer system, he intends to fight it tooth and nail. Councilor Randy Palmer, who represents the area directly adjacent to the proposed Priestville site, says the people he represents do not want the jail built near their homes. Palmer says he was against the county putting their support behind the Westville bid, and he continues to be against having the facility come to the county. Several other councilors spoke out in favor of bringing the one-hundred cell facility to the county, citing the jobs and infrastructure improvements that will come with it. The three places which have been short-listed include Addington Forks in Antigonish County, Debert in Colchester County, and Priestville. The government has not given a date for the final decision to be released.
NEW GLASGOW ROBBERY SUSPECT GOES TO TRIAL NEXT MONTH
Tuesday 6th July 2010
A New Glasgow man goes to trial on six charges, including robbery, late next month. 23-year old Joseph Nolan Reddick made a brief court appearance Monday as 24 August was set for the trial. Reddick has pleaded not guilty to possessing a dangerous weapon and two breaches of court orders 24 April in Westville, as well as robbery, assault causing bodily harm and breach of probation 29 April in New Glasgow. Sentencing on several other charges including marijuana possession, possession of a dangerous weapon, and breaches of probation was also set over to 24 August. Reddick has been remanded until then.
WESTVILLE OUT OF THE RUNNING FOR NEW PROVINCIAL JAIL
Monday 5th July 2010
Three potential locations for the new correctional facility in northern Nova Scotia are still being considered. But Westville has failed to make the short list. A site adjacent to Exit 26 in Thorburn is being considered in Pictou County, as well as locations in Debert, Colchester County and Addington Forks, Antigonish County. Justice Minister Ross Landry says the three short list locations will undergo a phase one environmental assessment. Landry says the three sites have risen to the top following an extensive search of about eighty properties. The one-hundred cell facility will serve Cumberland, Colchester, Pictou, Antigonish, Guysborough and Richmond Counties, and will create about seventy new jobs.
WESTVILLE TO BE INCLUDED IN STUDY ON ENERGY EFFICIENT STREET LIGHTING
Wednesday 30th June 2010
An upcoming study will look into the long-term viability of installing energy efficient streetlights across the province. The Town of Westville will be part of the study, being conducted by the municipal finance corporation. It will look at whether installing more energy efficient L-E-D street lights will result in long-term savings even without grant money. L-E-D lights, or Light Emitting Diodes, are brighter and last longer then traditional lighting while using less power. Several locations, including Antigonish, Canso, Amherst and Halifax, are currently having L-E-D streetlights installed, but government dollars are behind the projects. Councilor Charlie Sutherland says Westville pays over eighty-thousand dollars a year for streetlights, which he calls a lot for a small town.
NEW GLASGOW MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO CHARGES OF ROBBERY, ASSAULT AND MORE
Tuesday 29th June 2010
A New Glasgow man returns to court next week to set a trial date after pleading not guilty to several charges including robbery. 23-year old Joseph Nolan Reddick entered not guilty pleas to six charges on Monday, which stemmed from two separate incidents in April. Reddick pleaded not guilty to possessing a dangerous weapon and two breaches of court orders resulting from an alleged incident on 24 April in Westville as well as charges of robbery, assault causing bodily harm and breach of probation from 29 April in downtown New Glasgow. He did admit to a single count of marijuana possession on 29 April. Sentencing on four other charges Reddick had earlier pleaded guilty to was also set over his next court date. Reddick has been remanded back into custody until next Monday.
PROVINCIAL RECREATION GRANTS HELP LOCAL GROUPS
Thursday 24th June 2010
Sixteen recreation grants will be used to help improve facilities across Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough Counties. Antigonish M-L-A Maurice Smith made the announcement of 437-thousand dollars for the projects Tuesday in Antigonish. Five of the funding recipients are in Pictou County, with 20-thousand dollars for the renovation of the Westside Community Centre in New Glasgow being the largest investment. The Dalhousie Mountain Snowmobile Club will get 15-thousand dollars to develop a multi-use trail. 10-thousand dollars will go to the Friends of Redtail Society to develop trails, and to the Chignecto Central Regional School Board for a playground at Pictou Elementary School. The Westville Curling Club is also getting 6-thousand dollars to help upgrade the ice plant and replace windows and doors.
PICTOU COUNTY SPORTS HERITAGE HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES INDUCTEES
Tuesday 22nd June 2010
Four builders, seven players, two teams, one in multi-sports, and three who were previously honored provincially, are among the 2010 inductees at the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame. The builders include Roch Lefebvre for karate and hockey, Pat Roach for figure skating, Hugh MacGregor for youth baseball, and Vernon Tucker for girl's softball. Previously inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Heritage Hall of Fame and now taking their place in the Pictou County Hall are, Gerry Bauld and Delmore “Buddy” Day, posthumously, and the 1951-52-53 H-and-D Baseball Champion Stellarton Albions. Players include Sammy Murdock, posthumously, for hockey, Joanne Johnson and Melvin “Mel” Murray, posthumously, for golf, canoe racer Joe Nicholas, former pro hockey players and brothers David and Jason MacIntyre and Lyle Carter for pro hockey and senior softball. Teams include the Lourdes “Four Team” Legacy that won Nova Scotia and Maritime Hockey Championships from 1947-to-1950, and the New Glasgow High School Ladies Team, winners of the Nova Scotia Headmasters in both soccer and basketball in the 56-57 season. The twenty-first annual Induction Ceremony will be held Saturday, 25 September at 2pm at the Westville Civic Building. For information on tickets, phone the Hall at 755-1755.
WESTVILLE MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO FRAUD AGAINST COMMUNITY SERVICES
Friday 18th June 2010
A Westville man has pleaded not guilty to defrauding the Department of Community Services. 40-year old Kenneth Simon Doucet entered the plea Monday and elected trial in Provincial Court. He stands accused of bilking the Department out of more than five-thousand dollars over a fifteen month period, beginning in May 2008. Doucet's trial has been set for 4 November.
MILITARY HERITAGE MUSEUM WANTS STORED ITEMS MOVED TO DISPLAY
Thursday 3rd June 2010
Vincent Joyce wants to see more artifacts on display at the Pictou County Military Heritage Museum. Joyce, the museum's curator, says about one-hundred thousand dollars worth of items are currently in storage, and that is costing the museum money. He says people who helped pay for things like panels want to see them displayed, and former military vehicles acquired by the museum could be lost if they are not going to be put on display. Westville Mayor Roger MacKay says he has been in contact with Defence Minister Peter MacKay about getting a new building for the museum, and wanted to hold off until a permanent location for the artifacts could be found. Joyce will continue meet with council to discuss the issue.
MORE WEAPON AND BREACH CHARGES LAID AGAINST NEW GLASGOW MAN
Wednesday 2nd June 2010
More charges for a New Glasgow man already facing sentencing for several incidents. Charges of possessing a dangerous weapon, in this case a knife, and two breaches of court orders have been laid against 23-year old Joseph Nolan Reddick. The charges stem from an alleged incident on 24 April in Westville. Reddick's will enter pleas to the three new allegations 21 June when he is due back in court for sentencing on other counts. Earlier this month Reddick pleaded guilty to possessing a dangerous weapon and breaching his probation on 10 November in Westville, as well as failing the breathalyzer and another breach. Reddick also faces a show cause hearing on 21 June as a result of an alleged robbery and assault on 29 April in downtown New Glasgow.
NOVA SCOTIA SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION ELECTS EXECUTIVE
Wednesday 2nd June 2010
Two members of the Chignecto Central Regional School Board will serve on the Nova Scotia School Boards Association executive for 2010-2011. Outgoing President Ron Marks is staying on as past-president, while Jamie Stevens has been elected second vice president. The N-S-S-B-A, the provincial voice for school boards, recently held its annual general meeting in the Annapolis Valley. Marks represents Stellarton and Westville on the local school board, while Stevens is the member for New Glasgow.
WESTVILLE SETS ANNUAL TAX RATES
Tuesday 1st June 2010
Tax rates are holding steady in Westville. Residential customers will continue to pay two dollars and thirteen cents per one hundred dollars of assessment, while the Commercial rate remains at three dollars and seventy-five cents. Westville Mayor Roger MacKay announced the 2010/2011 tax rates on Monday along with the total operating budget figure of over 4.1-million dollars. Councillor Lynn MacDonald says the town is still operating on a shoe-string budget, and council was disappointed by a provincial government decision to cut Westville’s grant again for 2010/2011. As a result of the tight fiscal situation, a request by the Westville curling club for a tax exemption was denied, but another exemption request was granted for the Riverview Home Corporation.
VEHICLE CRASHES INTO TELEPHONE POLE IN WESTVILLE
Wednesday 26th May 2010
A 20-year-old Stellarton man was apprehended Wednesday morning after a single vehicle accident on North Main Street in Westville late Tuesday night. The vehicle left the road and ran into a telephone pole, breaking it in three places. There was also extensive damage to private property and the vehicle. The man, who was injured in the accident, faces charges of impaired driving after fleeing the scene. Westville Police received assistance from Stellarton Police in making the arrest.
REDDICK PLEADS GUILTY TO WEAPONS CHARGE
Friday 21st May 2010
A New Glasgow man avoided trial Thursday by changing his pleas on two charges. Twenty-three-year old Joseph Nolan Reddick changed his pleas to guilty on charges of possessing a weapon for the purpose of committing an offense and breach of probation. The charges are from incident which took place 10 November in Westville. In an unconnected incident, Reddick pleaded guilty to failing a breathalyzer test and breach of probation. Reddick will return to court on 21 June for sentencing. Also 21 June, Reddick will appear for a show cause hearing for charges from a third incident, an alleged robbery and assault that took place in New Glasgow on 29 April.
WESTVILLE MAN FINED FOR POSSESSING ILLEGAL TOBACCO
Tuesday 18th May 2010
A Westville man had admitted to possessing illegal tobacco. 46-year old Samuel Phillip Harris pleaded guilty Monday to one court under the Revenue Act and one court under the federal Excise Act. Harris was charged following a police search of a Foley Street home on 8 February during which, a large quantity of illegal cigarettes were discovered. Harris was fined just under three-thousand dollars, and also entered a not guilty plea to a charge of possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking which arose from the same incident. He returns to court for trial 18 October. All charges against co-accused, 18-year old Bobby Allan Harris, were withdrawn.
SCHOOL BOARD TO FURTHER STUDY POSSIBILITY OF KEEPING SCHOOLS OPEN IN BAD WEATHER
Thursday 13th May 2010
The Chignecto Central Regional School Board has put off a decision on keeping schools open when bad weather keeps buses off the roads. Following extensive debate at the committee level, the motion came before the board Wednesday in Westville, but it was tabled for a year. Board Vice-Chair Keith MacKenzie says teachers are hired to work a certain number of days per year, and notes Ontario and provinces in Central Canada do not close schools for inclement weather. Stellarton representative Ron Marks says traveling in storms is a safety issue, and rural students will unfairly miss educational time as it takes longer to clear back roads of ice and snow. The motion was tabled for a year, during which time further input will be gathered by the Nova Scotia School Boards Association and stakeholders such as school staff and parents.
PICTOU AND STELLARTON SIGN ONTO WELLNESS CENTRE AGREEMENT
Tuesday 11th May 2010
More municipal councils have agreed to support the wellness centre project for Pictou County. Stellarton and Pictou both passed unanimous motions backing the centre on Monday. Pictou Mayor Joe Hawes says the deal is good for the town of Pictou because the town is only responsible for four percent of any debt, and the deal recognizes the Fisheries Training Pool as a regional asset for the County. Hawes also says a major sponsor should be found to brand the complex to help generate additional revenue. Stellarton's support for the project is contingent on a review of the final agreement by its solicitor. The County of Pictou voted to support the wellness centre agreement last week, while the town of Westville says it will only contribute funds from its deed transfer tax and will not take on an ownership role in the facility.
WESTVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH FRAUD OVER FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS
Tuesday 11th May 2010
A Westville man has been charged with defrauding the Department of Community Services. 40-year old Kenneth Simon Doucet made a brief court appearance Monday. He is accused of bilking the provincial department out of more than five thousand dollars. The offence is alleged to have taken place between May 2008 and August 2009. Doucet returns to court for election and plea on 14 June.
WESTVILLE POLICE MAKE ARREST IN CONNECTION WITH BREAK INS
Monday 10th May 2010
A 24-year-old Westville man is in custody in connection with several break-ins on Drummond Road Saturday night. A window was smashed at Bethal Baptist Church, and a small amount of cash was taken from the office. Nothing was stolen after a side door was forced opened at the Air Cadet Hall. Westville Police Service are continuing their investigation.
UNLOCKED CAR VICTIMIZED IN WESTVILLE
Thursday 6th May 2010
A courteous thief or thieves struck a car overnight Monday in Westville. Police say a Sirius Satellite Radio, valued at two-hundred dollars, was stolen after the vehicle was left unlocked on MacKay Street. But Police Chief Don Hussher says in an oddity, the car was locked back up again before the culprit or culprits fled the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Westville Police or Crime Stoppers.
COUNTY COUNCIL SIGNS ONTO WELLNESS CENTRE
Tuesday 4th May 2010
Pictou County's proposed wellness centre took another step closer to becoming a reality Monday as County council officially signed onto the project. Council voted nine to four in favour of entering into an agreement with the towns to build, operate and maintain the facility. Under the terms of the agreement, the town of New Glasgow will pay thirty-five percent of any debt or shortfall while Stellarton absorbs thirty percent and the County pays twenty-five percent. Trenton and Pictou will cover the remaining ten percent, while Westville is only supporting the project through its deed transfer tax and will not have an ownership role in the centre. Many councillors had concerns about the deal including Deborah Wadden who cited the deed transfer tax as unfairly targeting only home buyers. Councillor Robert Parker pointed to the Ship Hector as an example of a project which seemed like a good idea until it was in the red. County C-A-O Brian Cullen says 109-million dollars worth of homes need to be sold across the six municipal units each year in order for the deed transfer taxes to cover the cost of the project. Cullen says the local housing market has averaged about 130-million over the last few years.
WORLD LITERACY CHAMPIONSHIP FOR A WESTVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Monday 3rd May 2010
Students in Pictou County have been proclaimed World Literacy Champions. Walter Duggan Elementary school in Westville took top honours in the 2009/2010 WOW Reading Challenge, put on by the Adopt-A-Library literacy program. The average of 502 books read per student at Walter Duggan won the students to the world title for the fourth annual event, which wrapped up in April. East Court Road and Bible Hill Central elementary schools in Bible Hill were second and third respectively out of eighty-three schools from Canada and the Republic of Ireland who participated in the challenge. Pictou Landing Elementary school finished first in the First Nations Division, while Summer Street Industries in New Glasgow was tops in the Special Needs Division. Over 1.3-million books were read by participants throughout the year. Previous World Champions include Shatford Elementary in Hubbards, Big Tancook Elementary in Mahone Bay and Salt Springs Elementary, who took the inaugural title.
WESTVILLE TO ADVERTISE LAND FOR SALE
Monday 3rd May 2010
The town of Westville has received interest in two pieces of land. Lots at 1906 Dufferin Street and on Water Street were purchased at tax sale by the town years ago. People have come forward in the past few weeks offering to buy the parcels of land. Town council agreed to advertise both lots for sale to see if there is any further interest in the land before selling them. The town has no plans to use either lot itself.
WESTVILLE WAITING ON POLICING PROPOSAL FROM MOUNTIES
Friday 30th April 2010
Westville is continuing to investigate ways to save money on policing services. C-A-O Scott Fraser says the town expects to receive a proposal from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police within the next two to three months. Fraser says the town began looking at different options several months ago, and wants to hear from the R-C-M-P as to what policing from them would look like in Westville. Mounties currently handle policing in the County and town of Pictou, with offices in Pictou and Stellarton. Westville was also one of the leading municipalities behind a request to the Department of Justice to examine the possibility of regional policing in Pictou County.
NO PROVINCIAL HELP TO REPAIR SINK HOLE IN WESTVILLE
Thursday 29th April 2010
Westville will not receive provincial assistance to repair a sinkhole. Town council wrote to Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations in January requesting help covering the costs of fixing a sinkhole on Diamond Street. At the time, Mayor Roger MacKay said it would cost about 31-thousand dollars to repair the forty foot deep hole. Westville announced Monday the province has declined financial assistance. C-A-O Scott Fraser says the province believes the hole is Westville's responsibility because Diamond Street is town land, not provincially owned.
WESTVILLE TO STUDY WATER RATES
Wednesday 28th April 2010
Water rates are going to be examined in the town of Westville. Council passed a motion Monday to conduct a water rate study. While the vast majority of municipalities in Nova Scotia have raised water rates within the last three years, Westville has not conducted a study since 2004. Any rate increase recommended by the study would still have to go before the provincial Utility and Review Board before being applied. Westville's water rates are currently in the lower half of provincial averages.
WESTVILLE TO AGAIN ASK PROVINCE FOR AMALGAMATION STUDY
Tuesday 27th April 2010
Whether any other municipal units are on board or not, the Town of Westville will ask the province to conduct an amalgamation study in Pictou County. In a narrow vote, council agreed to send the request to Service Nova Scotia requesting the study, which the the former Progressive Conservative government had promised to complete at no cost to the local municipal units. A separate motion by councilor Lynn MacDonald to instead use the town website to ask citizens to submit their thoughts on amalgamation died on the table when no one seconded the motion to move it to a vote. MacDonald calls the study putting the cart before the horse, but councilor Charlene Thompson says it may actually answer a lot of questions about how any sort of amalgamation might impact Westville. Thompson adds the study is just a study, and does not commit the town to anything. Councilor Charlie Sutherland says towns like Westville are struggling to stay alive, while rural areas of the province are subsidized and thriving. County Warden Ronnie Baillie recently reiterated the rural municipality's opposition to amalgamation.
CAR HITS BEAR IN NEW GLASGOW
Tuesday 27th April 2010
A car ran into a black bear in the early morning hours Tuesday in New Glasgow. The crash occurred just after midnight near Duff Street, which is situated between Westville and Stellarton Roads. The driver of the vehicle and bear were not injured. Police have searched the area, but the bear has not been located. Natural Resources have been called in to investigate. Police say an exhaustive search of the area was done, and it appears the bear left the area.
POLICE INVESTIGATE GAS AND DASH INCIDENTS IN NEW GLASGOW
Monday 26th April 2010
New Glasgow Police are looking into a pair of gas and dash incidents on the weekend. Both incidents of motorists fueling up their vehicles and driving away without paying happened at the Atlantic Superstore gas bar on Westville Road. The first gas and dash involved a silver GMC Tracker on Friday at about 7pm. The second took place Saturday and involved a Subaru Outback. Information can be forwarded to the New Glasgow Police Service or Crime Stoppers.
TRENTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO TAKING CAR FROM DEALERSHIP
Monday 26th April 2010
A Trenton man has pleaded guilty to taking a vehicle from a dealership in Westville. 43-year old Joseph Ryan MacLean took a 2010 model car from Highland Nissan on 17 March. He appeared in court Monday and admitted to charges of taking the vehicle with intent to drive it, and to failing the breathalyzer. MacLean returns to court for sentencing on 11 June. A second man is accused in the incident. 51-year old Joseph Bernard MacIntosh of New Glasgow faces one count of taking a vehicle with intent to drive it, and returns to court to enter a plea on 21 June.
SALE OF SERVICE AGREEMENT WILL NOT BE RENEWED NEXT SPRING
Wednesday 21st April 2010
The sale of service agreement between Westville and New Glasgow is into its final year. Westville Mayor Roger MacKay says the agreement between the two towns, which covers public works services, will not be renewed when it expires at the end of March 2011. He told a brief public meeting Monday that there will be no major service interruptions as the towns work to ensure a smooth transition. MacKay says Westville provided its own public works services at one time and survived, and will do so again. He says the door is always open and all options for the future will be looked at, including striking a deal with another municipal unit. MacKay adds New Glasgow's decision not to renew the agreement was somewhat expected.
WESTVILLE MEN FACING ILLEGAL TOBACCO CHARGES
Wednesday 21st April 2010
Two Westville men charged with possession of illegal tobacco return to court next month. 46-year old Samuel Phillip Harris and 18-year old Bobby Allan Harris each face three charges under the Revenue Act and one additional charge under the federal Excise Act. Two drug charges were withdrawn against each man during a court appearance Monday, while an additional charge of possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking remains against Samuel Harris. Both men were arrested after police searched a home on Foley Street in Westville on 8 February. The duo return to court 17 May to enter pleas.
WESTVILLE SAYS NO TO OWNERSHIP IN WELLNESS CENTRE PROJECT
Tuesday 20th April 2010
The Town of Westville will not be an owner of the proposed wellness centre in Pictou County. Council announced Monday it would support the facility through a deed transfer tax, but would not become an active owner. Mayor Roger MacKay says the town is doing what it was asked to do, while participating in the project at a level of risk the town can sustain. A deed transfer tax has been adopted by all six municipal units within Pictou County as a way to help fund the wellness centre's construction and ongoing operations as well as renovations to the Aberdeen Hospital. The proposed wellness centre came with an original cost estimate of 34-million dollars, but a draft consultant's report in August pegged the cost at 43-million.
SEXUAL EXPLOITATION CHARGE LAID AGAINST WESTVILLE MAN
Tuesday 13th April 2010
A Westville man has been charged with sex crimes dating back nearly thirty years. The 73-year old, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the alleged victim, appeared in New Glasgow provincial court Monday. The accused is charged with sexual exploitation of a young person with whom he was in a position of authority. The offence allegedly took place between August 1980 and March 1983 in Coalburn. The Westville man returns to court 3 May to enter a plea.
FIRE DESTROYS APARTMENT BUILDING IN NEW GLASGOW
Thursday 8th April 2010
Fire gutted a one-and-a-half storey home just outside downtown New Glasgow on Wednesday. The blaze broke out at the MacDonald Street building, which housed five apartments, around 12:45pm. All residents of the home escaped unhurt. A cat was rescued by firefighters, and taken to a local vet. Thick smoke billowed from the structure and forced the closure of several streets in the area while the fire burned. Crews from New Glasgow, Trenton, Stellarton, Westville and Linacy were all on the scene. The Fire Marshall's office is investigating the cause of the blaze. The Red Cross is providing assistance to the affected families.
SMALL FIRE AT NEW GLASGOW CAR DEALERSHIP
Wednesday 7th April 2010
New Glasgow Firefighters were called out to the Bob Allen's Vehicle Dealership on Westville Road early Wednesday morning. They put out a small roof fire in about twenty minutes. Fire chief Doug Dort says an air handling unit caught fire after a malfunction. There was some minor damage to the structure, but no injuries were reported.
WESTVILLE MAN ADMITS REFUSING BREATHALYZER
Monday 5th April 2010
A Westville man will be sentenced this summer for refusing the breathalyzer. 47-year old Kevin Lewis Rumley pleaded guilty to the charge last week. The incident took place on 21 November in MacPherson's Mills. Rumley returns to court for sentencing on 26 July.
COYOTE SIGHTING IN WESTVILLE
Wednesday 31st March 2010
Coyotes continue to be a worry in early 2010. The issue came up at Westville council on Monday with councilor Charlie Sutherland saying one had been spotted within the town recently. Mayor Roger MacKay says the sighting near the elementary school was reported. Sutherland says people are scared as reports of coyote sightings keep popping up, and he questions the decision of the province not to allow a cull to try and reduce the population and risk.
STILL NO WORD ON LOCATION OF NEW JAIL
Tuesday 30th March 2010
With April just a few days away, communities in central Nova Scotia are anxiously awaiting word on the location of a new provincial jail. The new jail, which will replace two aging facilities in Cumberland County and Antigonish, was first announced by Justice Minister Ross Landry in December. Landry has said the jail would likely be built somewhere between Truro and Antigonish. Westville has been lobbying to host the facility for years, but Mayor Roger MacKay says he is still playing the waiting game. MacKay says having the announcement of the jail's location repeatedly pushed back is getting discouraging.
BREAK IN AT WESTVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT
Tuesday 30th March 2010
Westville Police are investigating a break, enter and theft at the Fire Department on Queen Street over the weekend. Police say entry was gained by smashing the front glass door sometime between 8pm Saturday night and 1:20am Sunday morning. The bar in the main hall was broken into and the cash register with a small amount of money was taken. Any information can be forwarded to Crime Stoppers or Westville Police.
WOMAN FREED FROM VEHICLE WITH JAWS OF LIFE
Thursday 25th March 2010
A single vehicle collision Wednesday on the Trans-Canada Highway on the Pictou-Colchester County line in the Mount Thom area. R-C-M-P say no cause has been determined, but the car may have hydroplaned in heavy rain and gone off the road. A woman in her thirties was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. West River and Westville Fire Departments freed her from the vehicle with the Jaws of Life.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS NEW GLASGOW MAN
Sunday 21st March 2010
A 40-year-old New Glasgow man was arrested Friday afternoon in connection with a domestic violence complaint Wednesday evening in the town. Jason Albert Reddick was picked at a home on Bernard Street, with an emergency response team deployed because the suspect was considered armed and dangerous and was well known to police. Police were on the scene for about an hour before entry was made to the home, with the man taken into custody without incident. Reddick appears in New Glasgow Court Monday to answer to charges of assault, forcible confinement and breach of probation. New Glasgow Police Service was assisted by Stellarton and Westville Police, along with Truro Police K-9 unit. E-M-S and fire department were also on standby.
NEW GLASGOW AND TRENTON STILL TALKING ABOUT POLICING SERVICES
Sunday 21st March 2010
A policing arrangement between the towns of New Glasgow and Trenton is still being negotiated. A statement from the town of New Glasgow says outstanding items remain on the table, and there is no definite time line on a final decision. Trenton had earlier indicated a final determination would be made in April. New Glasgow also says it is willing to participate in a municipal based study on regional policing in the four up river towns in Pictou County. But council says it is only a study and a non-binding cost analysis, and would not support any reduction in the current policing service to the town. The Mayors of Trenton and Westville have put in a request to Provincial Justice Minister Ross Landry for funding for a study.
TWO MEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THEFT OF VEHICLE
Friday 19th March 2010
R-C-M-P say two men were taken into custody after the theft of a 2010 Nissan Maxima early Wednesday morning just after 1:30am at a dealership on Balodis Drive in Westville. Two male occupants were allegedly intoxicated in the vehicle when the car hit a deer near Munroe Avenue Extension. Municipal Police assisted the Mounties in tracking down the errant vehicle, which was finally stopped by Stellarton Police on Foord Street around 4am. Both suspects are from Pictou County. A 42-year old driver will face impaired driving and theft related charges, while a 51-year old passenger will be up on theft related charges. R-C-M-P say additional charges could be laid, because there was additional damage to property outside the dealership. The new car was extensively damaged, with no word on the fate of the deer.
WESTVILLE MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO IMPAIRED DRIVING
Tuesday 16th March 2010
A Westville man charged with drunk driving goes to trial this summer. 21-year old Mason Travis Teed pleaded not guilty to charges of impaired driving and driving with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit during a court appearance Monday. Teed is alleged to have committed the offences on 14 February in Westville. His trial has been set for 5 July.
WESTVILLE POLICE WARN OF BOGUS CHEQUE SCAM
Monday 15th March 2010
Another fraudulent scheme has surfaced in Pictou County. Westville Police say persons selling items over the internet are receiving payments by cheques from buyers for amounts larger than the purchase price. The buyer then requests the seller cash the cheque and return the excess funds with the item purchased. Police are warning the public these requests are scams and the cheques have the potential of not clearing the bank at a later date, leaving the seller with a large loss of funds and the item stolen.
TOWNS REQUEST STUDY OF REGIONAL POLICE FORCE OPTION
Wednesday 10th March 2010
The province's justice minister, Ross Landry, will be getting a letter from the town of Trenton supporting funding of a study to re-examine the concept of regional policing in Pictou County. Mayor Glen MacKinnon brought the matter to the council chambers Tuesday night, after Westville issued a similar call last week at a meeting of mayors and the warden. Westville Mayor Roger MacKay says the idea makes perfect sense, with Pictou County a possible location for a new correctional facility. The ball started rolling when police in Stellarton and Westville, along with R-C-M-P, made a presentation to Stellarton Town Council after Stellarton called for proposals. Dispatch for Westville Police is currently done through Stellarton, while New Glasgow and Trenton are finalizing the details of an agreement on policing for those two towns. A detachment of the R-C-M-P is also located in Stellarton.
NEW GLASGOW MAN REMANDED FOR MENTAL ASSESSMENT FOLLOWING THEFTS
Friday 5th March 2010
A New Glasgow man has been sent for a mental fitness assessment following a string of thefts over the last three weeks. 39-year old Richard Allen McCulloch was remanded to the East Coast Forensic Hospital in Dartmouth at a court appearance Thursday. McCulloch was arrested an charged with theft under five-thousand dollars, assault with the threat of a weapon and possession of a knife for a dangerous purpose on Wednesday following an alleged incident at an east side grocery store. He is also accused of stealing pick-up trucks from two Pictou County dealerships, driving without a licence, displaying licence plates issued to another vehicle, possession of stolen property, theft and various breaches of court orders. Those offences are alleged to have taken place on 1 March and 15 February in New Glasgow and Westville. McCulloch returns to court on 31 March.
MAN TAKES TEST DRIVE AND THE TRUCK
Tuesday 2nd March 2010
A test drive turned into a free ride yesterday at the Highland Ford Dealership in Westville. R-C-M-P say a thief requested keys for a brand new F-150 Supercab pick-up truck, but the adult male suspect fled with the vehicle when the salesman went to get a license plate for the test drive. Gas was later reported stolen from the Blue Acres Esso with a description of a suspect truck matching the vehicle stolen from the dealership. Investigators later attended at an Egerton Street, New Glasgow home where the truck was located and seized with assistance from the town police force. R-C-M-P say charges are pending, but no arrests have been made yet.
WESTVILLE TAKES AIM AT WASTE REDUCTION TARGET
Tuesday 23rd February 2010
Westville Town Council is committed to major reductions in the amount of waste disposal from the residents of the town in the coming years. At the monthly meeting of the council, they unanimously endorsed the provincial Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act. The Act includes a target of 300 kg of waste per person per year by the year 2015. While they did not enact any specific plans toward this goal, extended discussions took place about potential initiatives, including working with retailers to reduce packaging.
THEFT FROM WESTVILLE LIBRARY UNDER INVESTIGATION
Monday 22nd February 2010
Police are investigating a break, enter and theft last Friday at the Westville Library on Queen Street. Three interior doors were forced open after entrance had been gained into the building. Suspects cut themselves on an interior glass door which was smashed into order to gain access to the room. A cash box with a small amount of money was taken from the scene. Police believe the break-in occurred between noon and 2:00-pm Friday. Anyone with information can phone CrimeStoppers or Westville Police Service.
WESTVILLE CURLING CLUB RAISES MONEY FOR CANCER RESEARCH
Saturday 20th February 2010
It was another substantial payday for the Canadian Cancer Society last night in Westville. The Westville Curling Club held their annual Curl for Cancer event, and raised over seventeen thousand dollars. Organizers say the curlers, sponsors, and entertainers all made for an excellent evening of fun and fundraising.
BLUES MUSICIAN KILLED IN ROAD ACCIDENT
Tuesday 16th February 2010
The blues world is mourning a tragic loss. L'il Dave Thompson of Mississippi was killed in an automobile accident on Sunday morning. The accident happened just outside Augusta, Georgia, and no serious injuries were suffered by any members of his band, Big Love. L'il Dave Thomson was widely acknowledged as one of the best of the current generation of Mississippi blues artists. Thomson played to a packed house at the Whitetail Pub in Westville just a week ago on 7 February.
WOMAN SUFFERS MINOR INJURY IN WESTVILLE ACCIDENT
Monday 15th February 2010
A nineteen-year-old female was taken to hospital for observation after a minor leg injury Monday morning after the van she was driving went off the road at the foot of Union Street in Westville. The van ended up on it's side in a deep ditch. The young woman was alone in the vehicle. Police say she became distracted and no charges will be laid.
INCIDENT OF VANDALISM IN WESTVILLE
Saturday 13th February 2010
Westville Police are reporting an incident of vandalism Friday night. A window was broken at the ScotiaBank on North Main Street. Police indicate charges are pending against a county resident. The incident is still under investigation.
POLICE SEIZE ILLEGAL TOBACCO IN WESTVILLE
Wednesday 10th February 2010
Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Unit executed a search warrant at a home on Foley Street in Westville Monday night. A large quantity of illegal tobacco was seized, along with pre-packaged marijuana. Two Westville men, aged 46 and 18, have been charged with a variety of offenses under the controlled drugs and substances act and revenue act, with a total of eleven charges laid. The pair were arrested at the scene. Both men appear in New Glasgow Provincial Court in April.
WESTVILLE CITIZENS CRIME PREVENTION ASSOCIATION LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS
Tuesday 9th February 2010
As the Westville Citizen’s Crime Prevention Association approaches its twentieth anniversary next year, they are beginning to focus their attention on increasing their membership. The Association will be holding their annual Yard Sale on 15 May, to raise funds to support programs aimed at assisting police in crime prevention initiatives. One such program is the Seniors Watch Program, which conducts daily visits with seniors living alone. In the last year this program has been credited with assisting two seniors who required medical assistance but were not able to access it themselves due to injuries sustained from falls.
JONES NAMED DEPUTY MAYOR FOR WESTVILLE
Saturday 30th January 2010
The Town of Westville has a new deputy mayor. At the monthly council meeting earlier this week, it was announced that Councilor Gerald Jones of Ward 1 will carry the title for 2010. Westville traditionally gives each councilor one year in the position through the four year term that council sits, and the position is also transferred between wards. In 2009 Charlene Thompson of Ward 2 held the position.
WORK ON NEW WESTVILLE SEWER TO BEGIN IN MARCH
Thursday 28th January 2010
Ground will be broken this spring on the first stage of a sewer system overhaul in the Town of Westville. A presentation was made Monday by Engineer Bob Funke as to the details of the first phase of the Trunk Sewer Project. Funke told council the current system was built in 1972, and does not have the capacity to handle volumes created by heavy rainfalls. He says the trunk system being built in this phase will become the backbone of the future system which will be phased in over future projects. The final price tag for this phase will reach roughly 1.1 million dollars, with 660 thousand of that coming from the Federal and Provincial governments. The rest of the funds will come from the town's coffers, through sources such as capital funds and gas tax money. A-C-L, the company contracted to do the work, say they will be able to start work on the project 22 March, weather permitting.
WESTVILLE MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO SEX CHARGES
Thursday 28th January 2010
A Westville man goes to trial in the spring on sex-related charges. The 39-year old, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the alleged victim, elected provincial court and entered not guilty pleas to all seven charges against him Monday. The man is accused of sexual assault, possessing child pornography, invitation to sexual touching, exposing himself to a person under 16, touching a person under 16 for a sexual purpose, using a computer to communicate with a person under 16 for a criminal purpose and communicating with a person under 18 for a sexual purpose. The offences are alleged to have taken place between January 2008 and September 2009. The accused goes to trial 26 May, with a telephone pre-trial conference set for 28 April.
WESTVILLE LOOKING TO DEFENCE MINISTER TO FIND LARGER SPACE FOR MILITARY MUSEUM
Wednesday 27th January 2010
Westville Town Council will be approaching the National Defence Minister to try to make sure the Pictou County Military Heritage Museum can find a bigger and better home. The museum currently has a few rooms in the Westville Police Services building, and Museum Curator Vincent Joyce says there just is not enough room for all of the artifacts in their possession. Westville Council approved allowing the museum to convert the former council chambers, which are currently being used as a storage space for the museum, into a display area. Councilor Charlene Thompson also made the suggestion that they lobby Peter MacKay to try to find funding for a new permanent home more built specifically for the museum. The motion met with the council's unanimous approval, with Councilor Charlie Sutherland going so far as to applaud in response to the suggestion.
WESTVILLE REQUESTING PROVINCIAL FUNDING TO FIX SINK HOLE
Tuesday 26th January 2010
Westville Town Council wants to make sure that the province does not forget about their sinkhole. While the sinkhole on North Foord Street in Stellarton has been the topic of many headlines and much discussion in recent months, Mayor Roger MacKay says attention needs to be paid to the subsidence at Diamond Street as well. MacKay says it will cost the town roughly 31-thousand dollars to repair the hole in an area he describes as a common walkway for Westville's youth. He says it is a major safety concern, as the hole is about forty feet deep, and roughly twenty feet in diameter. At the monthly council meeting, a motion was passed to send a letter to Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Ramona Jennex making a funding request for assistance in the repairs.
NEW GLASGOW MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT WITH MACHETE
Tuesday 19th January 2010
A New Glasgow man will enter pleas next month to charges including assault with a weapon. 22-year old Joseph Nolan Reddick is accused of committing an assault with a machete, possessing a weapon for the purpose of committing an offence and breach of probation. The charges arise from an alleged incident on 10 November in Westville. Reddick returns to court 1 February.
TRENTON APPROVES NEW CAR WASH AND APARTMENT BUILDING
Thursday 14th January 2010
Second reading and final approval were given to development and commercial zoning agreements Tuesday by Trenton Town Council. Owner Matthew MacKenzie expects to have a car wash up and running in the spring on Main Street. The wash will be an outside operation with one building, and an attendant working a spray gun nozzle with hose, comparable to car washes on Westville Road and Blue Acres. The business will be located across from the new road leading to the Trenton Works facility. Developer Dale Watters is converting the former Diamond Street School at the corner of High Street into a nine unit residential apartment building. Plans also include a common room, deck and gazebo.
COLCHESTER COUNTY MAKES CASE FOR NEW JAIL
Thursday 14th January 2010
The Truro and District Chamber of Commerce is pushing to have a new provincial jail built in Colchester County. Chamber President, Jim Lorraine, says there is plenty of land for a jail in Colchester, and the central location would be closer for inmate transfers to and from Burnside and Springhill. He says the facility would cost less to run over the long-term because of reduced travel costs. Pictou County municipalities have thrown their support behind Westville as the location for the new jail. Justice Minister Ross Landry has indicated a decision on the location will be made within a month.
TRENTON COUNCIL TO MAKE POLICING DECISION THIS SPRING
Monday 11th January 2010
Trenton should have a decision on the town's police force in the spring. A police review committee is expected to have a recommendation by 1 April. Mayor Glen MacKinnon says the town is looking at two options including maintaining the status quo or an arrangement with New Glasgow. The proposal pertaining to New Glasgow is being looked at by the Police Association of Nova Scotia because of the ramifications if could have on jobs. New Glasgow and Trenton briefly shared police services in the early 70's as a cost saving measure, and New Glasgow also had a partnership with Westville.
TOWNS AND COUNTY TO HOST ANNUAL NEW YEARS LEVEES
Wednesday 30th December 2009
Municipal units across Pictou County are ready to welcome 2010. Annual New Year's Day levees will take place across the county on Friday beginning in Trenton, from 10am until noon at the Trenton Rink Annex. New Glasgow holds its levee from noon until 1:30pm in town council chambers, while Westville and Stellarton both hold levees from 1 until 3pm, taking place at the civic building in Westville and the fire hall in Stellarton. The rural municipality hosts a levee at the Toney River Community Hall from 2 until 4pm. New Year's Levees will also be held at branches of the Royal Canadian Legion throughout the county on Friday.
STELLARTON MAN CHARGED WITH TRESPASSING
Tuesday 29th December 2009
A 20-year-old Stellarton man has been charged with trespassing after a woman was startled at a Birchill Drive home in Stellarton on Saturday. The woman was getting ready to let her dogs out just after 4am, when she came across a man standing in the rear doorway. She let out a scream and the suspect fled. Stellarton Police Service were alerted by a 9-1-1 call and eventually tracked down a suspect at an Acadia Avenue home, with help from Westville Police and New Glasgow Police K-9 Unit. The man has been released on an undertaking, with an appearance in New Glasgow Provincial Court coming up on 25 January.
PICTOU COUNTY PAIR PLEAD NOT GUILTY TO DRUG CHARGES
Friday 18th December 2009
Two people from Pictou County will go to trial next year on drug charges. 44-year old Hector Benedict Deagle of New Glasgow and 58-year old Louanne MacNaughton of Westville were charged following a 5 June arrest in Mount Thom. Both are charged with trafficking marijuana and possession of less than three kilograms of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and have pleaded not guilty. A joint trial will be held on 25 March. Deagle, who has been remanded until trial, is also charged with possession of oxycondone and methadone for the purpose of trafficking, plus nine breaches of court orders. He has also pleaded not guilty to those charges, which allegedly took place between 11 November and 3 December in New Glasgow.
CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES AGAINST WESTVILLE MAN ADJOURNED UNTIL MARCH
Thursday 17th December 2009
A Westville man facing child pornography charges returns to court in the new year to enter pleas. 25-year old John Aiden Flynn is accused of producing, distributing and possessing child pornography. He was arrested in March as part of a nation-wide sweep. A special prosecutor will handle the case, which has been adjourned to 15 March. Flynn is currently free on conditions including that he not be in the presence of children under 14 and he not access the internet unless for work purposes.
FORMER WESTVILLE MAYOR SAYS NEW JAIL MUST BE BUILT IN TOWN
Thursday 17th December 2009
Westville's past was speaking about its future on Monday. Former Mayor Sandy Cyr addressed town council saying Westville needs the new jail for northern Nova Scotia to be built within the town. Cyr points out councilor Charlie Sutherland first proposed hosting a jail in Westville four years ago. Service Nova Scotia Minister Ramona Jennex recently visited Pictou County, and members of Westville council took the opportunity to press their case for the jail. Pictou East M-L-A Clarrie MacKinnon says he will celebrate the facility being built anywhere in Pictou County, but encouraged Westville to push for it.
PICTOU COUNTY URGED TO PRESENT SINGLE OPTION FOR JAIL
Wednesday 16th December 2009
The Pictou Regional Development Commission is calling on municipalities in Pictou County to present a united proposal to land a new jail. P-R-D-C Executive Director Gerald Gabriel says the six municipal units should all support a single location because communities from Truro to Antigonish are all vying for the jail due to the jobs and economic opportunities which come with it. Pictou East M-L-A Clarrie MacKinnon says a few sites should be lined up just in case the province deems one of them does not meet the requirements. MacKinnon says the jail will need to be close to the Trans Canada Highway, sewer and water service and will need about forty acres of land, and Pictou County is the only clear choice in his mind. All five local towns and the County have supported having a new jail built in Pictou County, with many councils suggesting Westville as the best location. New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan says the new jail will not go up in his town as New Glasgow does not have enough available land.
TOWN OF WESTVILLE HONOURS GUS FAHEY
Wednesday 16th December 2009
The Town of Westville paid tribute to a local sporting hero on Monday. Town Council officially recognized Gus Fahey and congratulated him on his induction to the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame earlier this year. Originally from New Waterford, Cape Breton, Fahey took a summer job as Westville's first Recreation Director forty years ago, and calls moving to the town the best personal decision her ever made. Mayor Roger MacKay thanked Fahey for his tireless efforts to promote sport, his time spent working with the town's youth.
BELL ALIANT MAY LOSE TOWN OF WESTVILLE AS SERVICE CUSTOMER
Tuesday 15th December 2009
Bell Aliant's decision to close its New Glasgow call centre may cost the telecommunications company a Pictou County customer. Westville Council unanimously agreed to review the town's current telephone and internet service, and switch to a rival company as long as a comparable service level and price exists. Councilor Gerald Jones put forward the motion Monday on the heels of a call by local business owner Bob Ferguson to drop Bell Aliant. Ferguson and others are upset over the company's decision to close five rural Nova Scotia call centres by mid-April affecting about one-hundred employees, half of which are employed in New Glasgow. Councilor Lynn MacDonald says there is normally not a lot that can be done when a company decides to close, but the town can send a message to Bell Aliant.
WESTVILLE MAN FACING SEX CHARGES
Tuesday 15th December 2009
A Westville man returns to court next month to answer to a number of sex related charges. The 39-year old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the alleged victim, made a brief court appearance Monday. The man is accused of sexual assault, possessing child pornography, invitation to sexual touching, exposing himself to a person under 16, touching a person under 16 for a sexual purpose, using a computer to communicate with a person under 16 for a criminal purpose and communicating with a person under 18 for a sexual purpose. The offences are alleged to have occurred between January 2008 and September 2009. The accused returns to court on 25 January to enter pleas.
COUNTY AND STELLARTON COUNCILS SUPPORT NEW JAIL BEING BUILT LOCALLY
Friday 11th December 2009
More Pictou County municipal governments are throwing their support behind the idea of a jail being built within the county. Stellarton and the municipality of the County have both agreed to send a letter to Justice Minister Ross Landry in support of the jail being built locally. District 10 County Councilor Allister MacDonald suggested the facility be built within the Town of Westville. Between the two councils, only one councilor voted against sending a letter of support, Randy Palmer of District 13 in the County. Palmer says he has concerns about the safety issues related to a jail being built locally.
WESTVILLE BUSINESS OWNER ENCOURAGES BOYCOTT OF BELL ALIANT
Wednesday 9th December 2009
A Westville small business owner is looking to take on a major telecommunications company in a fight over 49 jobs in Pictou County. Bob Ferguson, owner of Ferguson's Sport Shop, says it is unfair that the New Glasgow office of Bell Aliant is being closed and employees are being forced to choose between relocating or losing their jobs. Ferguson says he intends to switch phone carriers at the end of the month, and wants other businesses, residents, and even municipalities to join him. He says the impact of the loss of these 49 jobs will have a trickle down affect to other businesses throughout the county, and something must be done to fight for these employees. Ferguson has also asked Westville town council to switch phone carriers.
WESTVILLE TO MOVE UP MEETING TIMES
Thursday 3rd December 2009
Westville Town Council has been working outside the parameters of their own by-laws when it comes to meetings, but that is going to change right away. The traditional meeting time for the last several years has been 7pm, despite the fact the by-laws indicate a 6pm start time. The by-law also indicates that questions for council must be submitted in writing 48 hours ahead of the meeting, although they have been allowing anyone to speak. So council has decided to make one change to their practice, and one change to the by-law. Starting with the December meeting, the start time will return to 6pm. And council will be changing the by-law to remove the condition that questions be submitted ahead of time, to continue to allow anyone to speak.
FORMER TEACHER TO SERVE TWO WEEKS FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORN
Sunday 22nd November 2009
A Westville man will spend two weeks behind bars for possessing child pornography. 67-year old Jim Wadden was sentenced earlier this month. Three images depicting young girls were found on his computer after the former teacher took it to a local repair shop. Wadden was given the minimum fourteen days to be followed by eighteen months probation because of the low number of images found. He must submit to a DNA order, and will have his name placed on the national sex offender registry for ten years.
POLICE INVESTIGATE TWO VEHICLE COLLISION IN WESTVILLE
Thursday 19th November 2009
Westville Police Service are continuing their investigation into a two vehicle collision late Monday afternoon on North Main Street. A car was making a left hand turn from North Main to Dufferin Street when it was struck from behind by another vehicle. Extensive damage was done to the struck car, with moderate damage to the other vehicle involved. The driver of the impacted car was taken to hospital. The other driver appears in provincial court at a later date to answer to a charge of impaired driving.
WESTVILLE POLICE ARREST BREAK IN SUSPECT
Wednesday 11th November 2009
Westville Police have taken a White Hill man into custody after a theft at the C-F Dickson Forest Products Mill on Foxbrook Road in late October. Police say tools and copper wire were stolen in the break, enter and theft, and considerable damage was done to the mill when the wire was cut leading to several machines. The suspect appears in New Glasgow Provincial Court at a later date. The Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Unit helped in the apprehension.
WIND TURBINES TO BE OPERATIONAL BY THE END OF NOVEMBER
Wednesday 4th November 2009
A Westville company is expected to have a 34 turbine wind farm up and running by the end of the month. R-M-S Energy was one of six groups to sign long term agreements with Nova Scotia Power. The turbines are being commissioned and wired in the Cobequid Mountain Range, just 25-kilometres from New Glasgow. The company says there has been a delay in installing a one-million dollar transformer, because of the size and awkwardness of positioning the 68-tonne edifice. The over 50-megawatts of power generated from the turbines will provide enough power for 18-thousand homes annually. The project has employed over one-hundred people over the past six months.
NEW STOP SIGNS TO BE ADDED IN WESTVILLE
Tuesday 27th October 2009
People driving around in Westville will notice two changes to traffic signs in the upcoming weeks. The intersection at Munroe Avenue and South Main Street will be changing to a three-way stop, while the intersection at Angell Street and Spring Garden Road is being changed to a four-way stop. Both recommendations were brought before council at the monthly meeting, and both passed unanimously. Mayor Roger MacKay says the intersection at Munroe and South Main needed to be changed to help control the speed of vehicles traveling along that stretch of Main Street, while the change at Spring Garden Road will help keep things safer for children at Walter Duggan School.
HEALTH AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES FLU IMMUNIZATION CLINICS
Friday 23rd October 2009
H-1-N-1 flu immunization clinics begin next week in Pictou County. Vaccines for pandemic and seasonal flu will be given out over five weeks, beginning 28 and 29 October at Town Hall in Westville. Shots will also be available 29 October in New Glasgow and 30 October on the Pictou Landing First Nation. Clinics will also be held in Stellarton, Thorburn, Scotsburn, Pictou and Trenton throughout November. The H-1-N-1 vaccine is free for all those who want it, but seasonal flu shots will only be given to those in high-risk groups. Pictou County Health Authority C-E-O Pat Lee says the H-1-N-1 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from the virus, and will be made available to everyone in Pictou County. The Colchester East Hants Health Authority is also holding immunization clinics at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital in Tatamagouche 29 October and 5 November.
WESTVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING ALZHEIMERS PATIENT
Thursday 22nd October 2009
A former Westville town councilor is facing an assault charge related to an alleged incident last month at Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow. Raymond Cameron is alleged to have assaulted a 69-year old Alzheimer’s patient at the hospital while working as a Commissionaire on 16 September. An internal report into the alleged incident says a confrontation ensued after the 69-year old man, who was in the hospital for four months awaiting a place in a long-term care facility, became agitated. Cameron says he has been off work since 16 September when he suffered an eye injury, which has since required surgery. He appears in court 21 December to enter plea.
STELLARTON SIGNS ONTO MUNICIPAL SERVICES AUTHORITY
Tuesday 20th October 2009
All towns in Pictou County have agreed to enter into a new municipal services authority to replace the Pictou County District Planning Commission. Stellarton council voted unanimously in favour of the proposal Monday. New Glasgow, Westville, Trenton and Pictou all backed the plan last fall, but it appeared dead in the water when Stellarton rejected the proposed user-pay system in January. Mayor Joe Gennoe says Stellarton was never against the user-pay system, but wanted time to see some numbers on how much it would end up costing the town. Cost-sharing models show Stellarton would pay an increased cost of 87-thousand dollars, which will be phased in over a five year period. Unlike the Planning Commission, this new model will also have the County of Pictou involved, and all six municipalities will share the costs of the Mount William site and the East River Environmental Control Centre.
STELLARTON MAN FINED FOR FAILING BREATHALYZER
Monday 19th October 2009
A Stellarton man has received a hefty fine for failing the breathalyzer. 49-year old Alan George Mosher pleaded guilty to the charge Tuesday in provincial court in New Glasgow. Mosher's motorcycle struck a car on 8 September in Westville, and police were called to the scene. Before officers arrived, Mosher got back onto his motorcycle, ignoring requests from bystanders to stay put, and scraped a second vehicle belonging to a witness to the first accident. Because his breathalyzer reading was more than twice the legal limit, Mosher was fined over 16-hundred dollars and banned from driving for one year.
MAN INJURED IN TRACTOR ACCIDENT IN LANDSDOWNE
Tuesday 13th October 2009
An accident in Landsdowne resulted in one man being airlifted to Halifax Friday. The man was injured when his tractor rolled over on top of him while working in the woods behind his home. Crews from the Alma Fire Department, Westville Rescue, EHS, and RCMP all responded to the call which came in shortly before 4pm. The man was conscious at the scene.
DEVIL'S BRIGADE MEMBERS TO SPEAK IN WESTVILLE
Friday 9th October 2009
Four members of the famous Devil's Brigade will be at the Pictou County Military Heritage Museum Saturday to share stories about their missions in the Second World War. The First Special Service Force was a joint Canadian-American Commando Unit that took on seemingly impossible missions in Italy and Scandinavia. The Nazis gave the unit the Devil's Brigade nickname. A movie about the brigade came out in 1968 with William Holden as the overall supreme commander of the unit, Cliff Robertson heading up the Canadians and Vince Edwards the Americans. The reception gets underway at 11am at the Museum in Westville.
FUND RAISING DRIVE ON THIS WEEKEND FOR RIVERVIEW HOMES
Friday 9th October 2009
The Riverview Volunteer Association wants your change. A Penny Parade fund raising drive takes place this weekend at various locations throughout Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough Counties. The group is hoping people will donate collections of loose change stuffed in jars or drawers around the house to help raise money for the Riverview Homes. Collections take place at grocery stores in New Glasgow, Stellarton, Westville, Pictou, Antigonish and Canso and at the Sherbrooke Village Supermarket. Change can also be donated at area churches on Sunday. Located in Riverton, just outside Stellarton, Riverview is home to about 110 people with mental and physical challenges.
DARTMOUTH MAN GIVEN TWO YEARS IN PRISON FOR CRIMES IN PICTOU COUNTY
Tuesday 6th October 2009
A Dartmouth man is heading to prison for two years after pleading guilty to seven charges Monday in New Glasgow. 30-year old Francis Mark Young was originally set to appear for a show cause hearing, but entered the pleas and proceeded straight to sentencing when he and his lawyer parted ways. Young admitted to stealing merchandise from the Westside Sobeys in New Glasgow, possessing a stolen vehicle and breaching court orders on 24 September, and to breaking into coin operated laundry machines in Westville the day before. The Crown and defence had been proposing a sentence of 9-to-12 months in jail, but Young, already a veteran of 55 criminal convictions and over 9 years behind bars, told the judge he did not want to go to a provincial facility and asked for two years in federal prison. In the end Young got his wish and was sentenced to two years plus a day in federal custody. A co-accused, 43-year old Bernadine Christine Wulf-Pacquette, returns to court on 19 October to enter pleas.
WESTVILLE TO PUT VACANT LAND UP FOR SALE
Thursday 1st October 2009
A vacant parcel of land in Westville will be put up for sale. Town C-A-O Scott Fraser says the town has received interest in land on the Old Truro Road across from Bens Bread. Fraser says the town bought the land at a tax sale in 1963 and it has always been vacant. The person interested in the property wants to build a home on the land. Town Council agreed Monday to advertise the property for sale.
WESTVILLE TO PUT UP ANTI-LITTER SIGNAGE
Wednesday 30th September 2009
Anti litter signs will soon be posted in Westville, although there is little hope they will be very effective. Town Councilor Lynn MacDonald suggested the signs Monday, saying a lot of hard clean up work from the spring is now being spoiled, especially near the town entry points. Councilor Charlie Sutherland was quick to support the idea, but added he doubts it will do one bit of good. Sutherland says people don't need an anti-litter sign to use common sense. Westville C-A-O Scott Fraser added the reminder that provincial fines and penalties for littering are in place whether signs are posted or not, and violators can be charged.
WESTVILLE TO DO MORE STREET PAVING
Tuesday 29th September 2009
Two more streets will be paved in Westville this fall. Town Council approved four-hundred thousand dollars to pave six streets earlier this year, and the work has been completed. C-A-O Scott Fraser says the work on Drummond Road, Acadia, Church, Greenwood, Irving and Diamond Streets came in under budget, and the surplus will be used for more fresh asphalt. Matheson and Scotia Streets will now be paved before the end of the year. The four-hundred thousand dollar price tag is double what the town spent on street paving the previous year.
WESTVILLE TO RECEIVE FUNDING FOR CLEAN AIR PROJETCS
Wednesday 16th September 2009
More than 132-thousand dollars is being provided for projects in Central and Northern Nova Scotia to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The town of Westville is getting over 43-thousand dollars for an energy retrofit of its police and fire departments. Ten-thousand apiece is going to the towns of Truro and Antigonish for energy audits and infrastructure reviews. The announcement was made Tuesday by Colchester-Bible Hill M-L-A Lenore Zann, on behalf of Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. The funding is part of a nine-hundred thousand dollar investment being made by the Eco Nova Scotia Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change.
MOUNTIES BUST MARIJUANA GROW OPERATIONS
Thursday 10th September 2009
Mounties launched their annual marijuana eradication program Wednesday in rural areas of Pictou County. Several hundred plants were seized, with grow sites dismantled and eradicated. The twenty officers involved included R-C-M-P, Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Unit, along with New Glasgow, Stellarton, Trenton and Westville Police Services. Helicopters were also used to seek out fields. Sargeant Dan MacGillivary of the R-C-M-P marijuana grow operations team says those involved in marijuana cultivation often have ties to more serious, organized criminal activity and pose a threat to the community. MacGillivary says with the operation complete, fewer drugs are available for sale on the street.
NEW ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP CONCERNED OVER PICTOU HARBOUR WATERSHED
Tuesday 18th August 2009
A new environmental coalition has been created in Pictou County. The Pictou County Watershed Coalition has identified five sites of concern in the Pictou Harbour watershed. These include the Boat Harbour effluent facility for Northern Pulp, Canso Chemicals, the Nova Scotia Power coal-fired generating station, Maritime Steel Foundry, and the strip mine in Stellarton. Coalition spokesperson Ron Kelly says New Glasgow Town Council has already shown support for the main demand of the group, which is to bring in an independent epidemiologist to assess the health impact of the local industries. The group includes residents of Pictou Landing, Pictou, Trenton, New Glasgow, Linacy, Westville, Stellarton, and River John.
TRUCK STOLEN IN WESTVILLE
Saturday 8th August 2009
A half-tonne truck was stolen from the driveway of a Westville residence early Friday morning. Westville Police Service say the red four-door 2007 Dodge Ram was reported stolen from the Church Street address just before 7:00-am. Police say they do not have a suspect at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact Westville Police Service.
STREETS TO BE PAVED IN WESTVILLE
Tuesday 28th July 2009
Three and a half kilometers of streets will see new pavement in Westville. Town Council approved four-hundred thousand dollars, twice the amount originally budgeted, for paving on Monday. Preparation work has already begun on Drummond Road, the first on the list to be done, and resurfacing will also take place on Acadia, Church, Greenwood, Irving and Diamond Streets this year. Westville has developed a new five-year paving plan to help allocate where money will go in the future. Streets will be given a numerical rating to help the engineering department decide the order streets should be repaired in, and residents will be able to view those ratings on-line within the next few months.
CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES LAID AGAINST WESTVILLE MAN
Tuesday 28th July 2009
A 25-year old Westville man will be back in court in October to face charges of production, distribution, and possession of child pornography. John Aiden Flynn was initially arrested in March as part of a nation-wide sweep. A special prosecutor is being brought in to deal with the case,which is set to begin 26 October. Flynn is currently free on a number of conditions, including that he not be in the presence of children under 14, and not access the internet unless for work purposes.
POWER OUTAGE IN NEW GLASGOW CAUSED BY DOWNED TREE LIMBS
Thursday 23rd July 2009
About one thousand customers lost power for a short time in New Glasgow on Wednesday. A secondary power line went down just before noon in heavy rains in the Duff Street area. The rain broke tree branches which fell onto and damaged the power lines. The live wires sparked some small fires, and Nova Scotia Power crews had to shut the power off to make repairs. New Glasgow firefighters attended the scene. Power was affected on and around Stellarton Road, North Foord Street, Westville Road, Munroe Avenue and at the Highland Square Mall. The damage was repaired by mid-afternoon.
WESTVILLE MAN ARRAIGNED ON SEX-RELATED CRIMES
Monday 20th July 2009
A Westville man faces a pair of charges related to alleged sexual offenses earlier this year in Stellarton. The 21 year old, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of the under-age victim, was arraigned on charges of touching for a sexual purpose and sexual assault. The man returns to court August 10th to enter pleas on the two charges.
STELLARTON APPROVES DEED TRANSFER TAX
Wednesday 15th July 2009
A one percent Deed Transfer Tax By-Law has passed second reading in Stellarton. Four of six municipalities in the county have enacted the By-Law, which is intended to be the source of income for the proposed wellness center and improvements to the Aberdeen Hospital. Westville and the Town of Pictou have given a carbon copy of the same By-Law first reading, and are expected to pass second reading of the by-law in the coming weeks. The tax will come in to effect at the beginning of September.
SIX YOUTHS CHARGED WITH BREAKING INTO WESTVILLE GROCERY STORE
Wednesday 15th July 2009
Westville Police Service say six male youths have been nabbed in connection with a break, enter and theft at the Foodland Grocery Store on Main Street last week. They will be dealt with under the youth criminal justice act. Four of the suspects come from Westville, one is from Stellarton and another is from Alma. Police were alerted by an alarm in the early morning hours of 7 July , with some food taken from a pallet near a back delivery door. A Truro R-C-M-P Tracking Dog also assisted in the investigation.
NEW PICTOU COUNTY MILITARY HERITAGE MUSEUM LOCATION OPENS
Friday 10th July 2009
The Pictou County Military Heritage Museum is open in its new location. Over seventy people turned out to the ribbon cutting at the new location, in the police station building in Westville, on Thursday. Museum President and Curator Vincent Joyce says transportation of over six-thousand artifacts, along with preparation of the new location, was all done in six weeks. He could not say enough good things about the efforts of volunteers and Westville Town Council to get the museum up and running in such a short period of time. Joyce says despite being out of downtown New Glasgow he believes visits to the museum will actually increase because it is much closer to an entry point like Exit 21. Joyce says the new location in Westville is great because it has room to showcase all the memorabilia, and is wheelchair accessible.
POLICE INVESTIGATE BREAK IN AT GROCERY STORE IN WESTVILLE
Tuesday 7th July 2009
Westville Police Service are investigating a break, enter and theft at the Foodland Store on Main Street early Tuesday morning. Culprits entered the store through a back door and removed a small amount of grocery items from a pallet near the door. Some of the items were dropped as they fled the scene. Police were alerted by an alarm while on routine patrol around 2:30am. An R-C-M-P Police Dog from Truro was called in to help in the investigation.
POWER OUTAGE BLAMED ON PASSING TRUCK
Friday 3rd July 2009
A downed power line on Drummond Road left roughly 1400 Nova Scotia Power customers without electricity yesterday. The line was brought down when it was snagged by a passing commercial truck. Crews had repairs completed in about an hour, while Westville Fire Department assisted in securing the scene. Residents in parts of Westville, Stellarton, Landsdowne, Union Center, Millbrook, White Hill, Rocklin, and Gairloch Lake were all affected.
WESTVILLE COUNCIL TO TACKLE DOG PROBLEM
Thursday 2nd July 2009
Westville Town Council is taking steps to deal with the problem of stray and loose dogs roaming around. Councilor Lynn MacDonald put forward a motion to create a committee to work with Police Chief Don Hussher to come up with solutions to the problem. The motion passed unanimously, and Deputy Mayor Charlene Thompson and Councilor Gerald Jones immediately volunteered to join MacDonald on the committee. The catalyst behind this decision was a presentation at a recent council meeting by Jennifer Wagner, owner of the Spring Garden Child Care Center, expressing concern for the safety of the children in her care. MacDonald says this problem is not specific to Westville, and she hopes other municipalities will follow suit.
WESTVILLE TAKES FIRST FORMAL STEP TOWARD DEED TRANSER TAX
Tuesday 30th June 2009
Despite many questions and concerns about the project and the process, the Town of Westville has taken the next step in implementing a Deed Transfer Tax to help fund the proposed Wellness Center. Council unanimously passed a motion to begin the process of enacting a 1% Deed Transfer Tax By-Law, which would come into effect 1 September. Mayor Roger MacKay says Westville has asked the other communities to support them in moves toward amalgamation, so Westville has to support the other municipalities on this project. All six municipalities have now entered in to the process, with each at varying stages of getting the by-law enacted.
PARK VANDALIZED IN WESTVILLE
Monday 22nd June 2009
Acadia Park in Westville was the target of vandals over the weekend. Two mural signs were smashed, and several picnic tables thrown into a pond at the Main Street location. Police are requesting the public's help in tracking down the perpetrators.
POLICE INVESTIGATING BREAK AND ENTER IN WESTVILLE
Saturday 20th June 2009
A small amount of cash was stolen after a break, enter and theft Thursday at a home in Westville. Police say the theft occurred between 9:30-am and 4:30-pm at the Church Street residence. Entrance was gained through a bathroom window where the suspects removed a screen and pried open a window.
WESTVILLE RECEIVES MORE INFORMATION ON PROPOSED WELLNESS CENTRE
Wednesday 17th June 2009
Westville Town Council is closer to making a decision regarding the proposed wellness centre, Aberdeen Hospital renovations and deed transfer tax following a special meeting Tuesday. About forty people turned out to the special meeting, including County C-A-O Brian Cullen and Aberdeen Hospital Board Chair Murray Hill who gave presentations on the two projects that the one-percent deed transfer tax will fund, if approved by all six municipal units. While the towns and County would have to guarantee loans, Cullen says they would not impact on borrowing for specific infrastructure projects in each municipal unit because a separate entity would be set up to borrow needed funds and receive deed transfer tax revenues. Most everyone was behind the wellness centre and its ability to make Pictou County more attractive to families and companies in theory, but some did call for more information and answers before any decisions are made. Westville council will likely discuss the issue further at a meeting at the end of the month, although a consultants study into the potential make up of the facility is now not expected until July. Westville Mayor Roger MacKay got the biggest cheer of the night when he called for all of Pictou County to amalgamate into one municipal unit and end fighting and bickering between the towns.
MORE DRUG BUSTS BY STREET CRIME UNIT
Friday 12th June 2009
Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Unit stopped a vehicle on Westville Road Monday and nabbed two 19 year old Truro area males on drug offenses. A large quantity of esctasy and small amount of marijuana were seized, with assistance from the New Glasgow Police Service. The two appear in court in July to answer to charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking in M-D-M-A, and trafficking and possession of marijuana. One male has also been charged with breach of undertaking, along with breach of probation.
TWO WOMEN CHARGED WITH THEFT OVER FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS
Wednesday 10th June 2009
Two Pictou County women have been charged with theft over five-thousand dollars, but the cases are proceeding in different ways. 52-year old Marilyn Elaine MacIsaac of Westville and 28-year old Brenda Lee MacRae of New Glasgow are charged with stealing the money from Sobeys in Stellarton between October 2007 and December 2008. MacIsaac had her case re-submitted to the adult diversion program on Monday after it did not start the first time. If she successfully completes the program, the charge will be withdrawn. MacRae saw her case originally sent to adult diversion, but she failed to complete the program. MacRae now returns to court for election and plea on 13 July.
BUST SEIZES $5K WORTH OF DRUGS
Monday 8th June 2009
Marijuana and hydromorph valued over 5-thousand dollars were seized after a vehicle stop by the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Unit Friday at Mount Thom. A 43-year-old New Glasgow man is appearing in Provincial Court Monday for a show cause hearing on charges of trafficking, possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of hydromorph. Hector Benedict Deagle has also been charged with breach of probation. A 48-year-old Westville woman also appears in court in September on charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The Unit received assistance in the seizure from New Glasgow Police Service K-9 Unit and R-C-M-P General Investigating and Traffic Services.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ASKS COUNTY COUNCIL TO SUPPORT MUNICIPAL GOVERNANCE STUDY
Wednesday 3rd June 2009
County Council will re-examine its position on supporting a proposed municipal governance study, although it will do so reluctantly. Members of the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce asked the rural municipality to support the study, first proposed by the Town of Westville. Past President Gerald Green says the current governance model needs to be re-visited because a lack of collective vision creates inefficient service delivery, and often results in decisions being made that do not benefit the County as a whole. Green says the previous study on the issue looked at only one option, complete amalgamation, and it was done over thirteen years ago. He says other options, such as increased service sharing, may be identified through a new study, and there is nothing to lose since the province will pay for the study. County Councilors including Allister MacDonald, Ed MacMaster, Andy Thompson and Fielding Smith all say savings promised by amalgamation in Halifax and Cape Breton were never realized. They warned of the same scenario in Pictou County, but the issue was referred back to Committee of the Whole for further debate. Chamber Executive Director Faus Johnson says all five local towns have agreed to back the study request.
PICTOU EAST CAMPAIGN SIGNAGE VANDALIZED
Monday 1st June 2009
Francois Rochon says he is having a hard time keeping his campaign signs up. The Pictou East Liberal Candidate says on two occasions his signs have either been vandalized in Westville or ripped up and stolen. He calls the situation scary and says someone has a problem with free speech and the democratic process. Rochon says the first time the signs were vandalized was just after the party released it's election platform, and the second time when the platform was published in a provincial daily over the weekend.
NEW GLASGOW POLICE MAKE ARRESTS IN THEFT CASE
Thursday 28th May 2009
Three people from the Truro area were arrested by the New Glasgow Police Service Tuesday after reports of theft at the Atlantic Superstore on Westville Road. A 47-year-old female faces charges of possession of stolen property and theft under five thousand dollars while a 38-year-old female has been charged with fraud, theft over five thousand dollars and possession of stolen property. A 46-year-old male is also charged with theft under five thousand dollars and possession of stolen property. Police seized a vehicle in the Superstore parking lot. The three are scheduled to appear in court at a later date.
WESTVILLE DELAYS DECISION ON DEED TRANSFER TAX
Wednesday 27th May 2009
Westville Town Council wants more information on operations costs before making a decision on the proposed Wellness Center and Aberdeen Hospital expansion. Council unanimously passed a motion to withhold from making a decision on the proposed deed tax for funding of the projects until they hold a public meeting to get feedback from residents. Westville councilors are also looking for further clarification of questions they have for the Chief Administrative Officers of the six municipalities. No date has been set for the meeting, but Councilor Lynn MacDonald says she would like to see it take place as soon as possible.
PICTOU COUNTY MAN ELECTED TO NOVA SCOTIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME AS A BUILDER
Wednesday 27th May 2009
The Nova Scotia Sport Heritage Hall of Fame will induct five athletes, two builders and one team as part of the 2009 class in November in Halifax. One of the builders is Gus Fahey of Westville. He has coached volleyball, basketball soccer, softball, golf, cross country and track and field at the elementary and junior high school levels for more than a decade and ran successful school and intramural programs for almost thirty years. Fahey is also being lauded for his work in minor hockey, baseball and recreational programs for men and women. He joins a prestigious group which includes Mickey Fox, Brian Heaney, Bruce Beaton, Jody Hennigar, Gordie Smith, the late Roy Clements and the 1976-77 Canadian Champion Acadia Axemen Basketball team.
MILITARY HERITAGE MUSEUM FINDS NEW HOME IN WESTVILLE
Tuesday 26th May 2009
The Pictou County Military Heritage Museum, which had been located in downtown New Glasgow, will have a new home in Westville. Westville Mayor Roger MacKay announced an agreement has been signed between curator Vincent Joyce and the town. MacKay says Joyce will begin moving the artifacts into the old Library at the Police Station, possibly as soon as this weekend. MacKay says the hope is to have the new museum site opened by Canada Day.
STELLARTON MAN RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT OF NOVA SCOTIA SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION
Wednesday 20th May 2009
Ron Marks will serve a fourth term as President of the Nova Scotia School Boards Association. Marks, who represents Stellarton and Westville on the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, was reaffirmed as President during the N-S-S-B-A annual general meeting this past weekend in Antigonish. As President, Marks chairs the board of directors as well as the Lead and Achieve committee, which sets priorities for public education and lobbies government for additional funding for the public school system. The N-S-S-B-A is the provincial voice for school boards.
WESTVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ONTARIO CRIMES
Friday 15th May 2009
A Westville man has pleaded guilty to six charges which date back nearly three years and almost 2000 kilometres. Firty-six year old James Henry Bonvie admitted to six charges including break and enter, assault, criminal harassment and breach of probation, while another eight breaches of probation were withdrawn by the Crown. The offences took place in mid-June 2006 in Bluewater, Ontario. A pre-sentence report has been requested. Bonvie returns to Provincial Court in New Glasgow for sentencing August 24th.
TWO MEN SENTENCED FOR BREATHALYZER OFFENCES
Tuesday 12th May 2009
Two men were sentenced for refusing and failing the breathalyzer Monday. 46-year old Peter J. Desylva pleaded guilty to refusal and was sentenced to a fine of eleven-hundred and fifty dollars plus a one-year driving ban. Police witnessed his motorcycle driving erratically on 10 April in Westville. Desylva lost a delivery job as a result of the driving ban. 18-year old Thomas Murdock Molyneaux admitted to failing the breathalyzer on 13 March in New Glasgow. The Trenton man was fined one-thousand dollars plus barred from driving for a year. Molyneaux registered a reading of 160 on the breathalyzer, which bordered on excessive under the Criminal Code of Canada, and also lost his job as a result of the driving ban.
STELLARTON CHANGES POSITION AND BACKS AMALGAMATION STUDY
Thursday 7th May 2009
Stellarton Town Council has decided to change its stance and support a proposed amalgamation study in Pictou County. But Mayor Joe Gennoe says the town will not cost share in it. He says it has to be financed by the province not by Stellarton taxpayers. Westville Council first broached the idea of a study on municipal governance in the County, with mixed support. But since that time New Glasgow, Trenton and Pictou say they will support it with terms of references in some instances. County Council said no in a vote last month, but did propose a committee to explore ways to improve sharing of services and governance, which all six municipalities agreeing to have representatives on.
WESTVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT
Tuesday 5th May 2009
A 38 year old Westville resident has been arraigned on a single charge of sexual assault in relation to an alleged incident from early April. The man, whose name is being withheld, will return to court later this month to enter a plea. The incident is alleged to have occurred in Westville on 5 April.
WESTVILLE MAN RECEIVES HOUSE ARREST FOR IMPAIRED DRIVING
Monday 4th May 2009
A stupid, stupid mistake. That was how 24-year old James Robert Hilton described his actions from the early morning hours of 1 October, 2008. Hilton was sentenced in New Glasgow Provincial Court to one month house arrest followed by twelve months probation, as well as a twelve-hundred dollar fine for an incident of impaired driving. The Westville resident registered a breathalyser reading of three times the legal limit after being stopped while driving on Main Street in Westville. Hilton says he has not had a drink since his arrest, and is attending counseling.
PICTOU COUNTY STUDENTS WIN PROVINCIAL ORATORY COMPETITION
Sunday 3rd May 2009
Students from Pictou County showed their public speaking skills, and what's more did so in their second language. A recent competition in Halifax featured 162 students from across the province competed in 21 categories, and three of the winners came from Pictou County. Halie Atwater from Westville won for Grade 5/6 Middle Immersion students representing West Pictou Consolidated School. Johnny Skinner from Stellarton won the Grade 7/8 Integrated Core French competition for Highland Consolidated School. And Sara Waters of Westville won the Grade 9/10 Extended Core French category for Northumberland Regional High School. By winning in a Grade 9/10 category, Waters received a full bursary to attend a youth forum program in Ottawa.
WESTVILLE MAN SENT TO PRISON FOR CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBERIES
Thursday 30th April 2009
A Westville man is going to prison for a string of convenience store robberies last August. 22-year old James George Peter Falt was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in federal custody for the robberies, which took place in New Glasgow and Bible Hill. Falt took a total of 390-dollars in cash from the Irving Mainway in Blue Acres, the Needs convenience store on East River Road and Kennedys Quick Mart in Bible Hill during the three robberies between 4 and 6 August. He displayed a small knife and threatened store clerks with the weapon during the two New Glasgow robberies, which occurred over the span of just two hours Falt apologized during his sentencing hearing Wednesday, which also covered three probation breaches and a theft from last July in Westville and Stellarton. Falt will serve three years behind bars after getting credit for 18-months already spent in custody on remand, courtesy of a two-for-one time credit.
WESTVILLE MAN TO SEEK LIBERAL NOMINATION FOR PICTOU EAST
Wednesday 29th April 2009
A Westville resident will seek the Liberal nomination in Pictou East. 53-year old Francois Rochon says he knows unseating incumbent Clarrie MacKinnon will not be easy, but he welcomes the challenge of provincial politics. Rochon has lived and worked in Nova Scotia for over thirty years, including time in Antigonish and Halifax, and currently works for Michelin. Rochon spent twenty years with the Canadian Armed Forces and is a volunteer with the Westville branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Alma Fire Department and the Lions Club. The Liberals will choose their candidate for Pictou East at a nomination meeting Wednesday evening.
WESTVILLE MAINTAINS TAX RATES
Tuesday 28th April 2009
The tax rate is unchanged, and the 2009/2010 budget balances. That was the big news from the Westville Town Council meeting Monday night. The Town approved an operating budget of just over four-million dollars, a capital budget of slightly above one-point-three-million, and an unchanged tax rate of two-dollars and thirteen cents per one-hundred dollars of assessment for residential property. The Commercial tax rate is also unchanged at three-dollars and seventy-five cents. Council unanimously endorsed the budget. Mayor Roger MacKay says Financial Officer Scott Fraser and Town CAO Don Smeltzer worked very hard to get the budget completed prior to the deadline set out by the province. MacKay says all departments within the town will need to work hard to stay within the budget, as there is very little wiggle room.
WESTVILLE MAYOR APPLAUDS RECONSIDERATION BY NEW GLASGOW
Friday 24th April 2009
Westville's Mayor says there is now light at the end of the tunnel. Mayor Roger MacKay says he was thrilled to hear from Mayor Barrie MacMillan that New Glasgow had decided to support Westville's request for a study on amalgamation. MacKay says he spoke to MacMillan on Wednesday evening, and that was when he gave me the good news. He says having four of the six municipal units on board is a positive step toward having the study completed.
NEW GLASGOW SAYS YES TO STUDY
Thursday 23rd April 2009
New Glasgow Town Council has changed it's position and has decided to support an amalgamation study proposed by the town of Westville. But C-A-O Lisa MacDonald says the town sees the study as a chance to explore other operational models for municipal governance in the county, not just amalgamation. But she says there are conditions. MacDonald says council wants terms of reference that reflects the needs and wishes of the citizens of New Glasgow. She also says a shared services and municipal governance committee struck by county council would be an excellent steering committee for this study. MacDonald says part of the reason New Glasgow would not endorse the call for a study the last time was because not all municipal units in the county were on-board.
WAR REPORTER SAYS AFGHAN POLICE AND MILITARY STILL A LONG WAY FROM SELF-SUFFICIENCY
Tuesday 21st April 2009
A crowd in Westville got a chance to see a unique perspective on the military missions in Afghanistan and other conflict zones last week. Scott Taylor spoke about his new book, Unembedded: Two Decades of Maverick War Reporting. Taylor, a former Canadian soldier, became a military journalist in the 1980s, and began publishing the independent Esprit de Corps magazine in 1988. Taylor has reported from war zones including Iraq, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Western Sahara and more, and was held captive by Iraqi militants in 2004 and tortured. Despite the order, Taylor says he remains committed to telling the often overlooked side of the story. Taylor says the mission in Afghanistan cannot be won solely through force. He says Afghan police and military members need to be trained to be self-sufficient, and that process is long, expensive and involves more than just giving them guns.
SUSPECT ARRESTED FOLLOWING BREAK AND ENTER IN WESTVILLE
Friday 10th April 2009
Westville Police Service arrested a 33-year-old man after a break, enter and theft from a residence at a Union Street trailer court Wednesday afternoon. Police say a suspect entered the home by prying open the front door. Some jewellery and other miscellaneous items were stolen. The suspect was arrested a short distance away in a residence. The suspect appears in court at a later date.
NOVA SCOTIA TOWNS RECEIVE GRADES ON DELIVERY OF SERVICES
Thursday 9th April 2009
The Atlantic Institute of Market Studies is out with grades on how municipal units are performing in Nova Scotia. In Pictou County, the towns of Westville, Trenton and Pictou had a C-plus, with the Municipality of Pictou County, New Glasgow and Stellarton coming in with a C mark. Overall in the province, Westville is ranked tenth, Trenton eleventh and Pictou twelfth. The County is thirtieth, New Glasgow thirty-eighth and Stellarton thirty-ninth. A-I-M-S grades municipalities on efficiency and delivery of service over a three year period, and examines how tax dollars are spent. Lockeport in Southwestern Nova Scotia is tops with a B grade. Bobby OKeefe, who handles statistical information for A-I-M-S, says none of the units in Nova Scotia got top marks, but none failed either.
WESTVILLE MAN GETS PRISON TERM FOR ROBBERY
Wednesday 8th April 2009
A Westville man is headed to prison for a robbery in the town last week. 25-year old Darren Brent Snell was sentenced to two years in Federal custody on Wednesday for robbing a man at a Main Street, Westville residence on 31 March. He pleaded guilty to robbery and breach of probation on Monday. Snell held a hunting knife to the throat of the victim, and took 160-dollars he said the victim owed him. Snell was arrested when he returned to the same address the next day with a baseball bat in hand. In addition to the prison term, Snell was given twelve months probation, a lifetime firearms ban, must submit a D-N-A sample to the national data bank and pay back the stolen money. Judge Theodore Tax says even if the victim did owe him money there are more civil ways to get it as opposed to threatening someone with a knife and bat like a scene from the Sopranos.
PICTOU ASKS OTHER TOWNS TO COMMIT TO STUDY OF MUNICIPAL SERVICES AUTHORITY
Tuesday 7th April 2009
The Town of Pictou is still trying to bring all six municipal units within the County together for planning services. Pictou, New Glasgow, Westville and Trenton have all indicated they will pull out of the Pictou County District Planning Commission next April, leaving only Stellarton standing by the current model. Mayor Joe Hawes says the decision was liability based for his town as the remaining units would have been on the hook for forty-percent of the cost of the Commission if New Glasgow, the first town to indicate a withdrawal, pulled out. Pictou C-A-O Scott Conrod says everyone wanted to know the costs of a proposed user-pay system which would replace the current Planning Commission, so the Shiretown is spearheading the charge to get those answers. Conrod says two local chartered accountants will have a cost of service study completed by the end of May if the Towns agree to share the fifteen-thousand dollar cost of that work. Pictou agreed on Monday, and Conrod says the Province may also contribute.
WESTVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ROBBERY
Monday 6th April 2009
A Westville man has pleaded guilty to a robbery in the Town last week. 35-year old Darren Brent Snell appeared in New Glasgow Provincial Court on Monday. Snell admitted to robbing a residence on 31 March, as well as an accompanying breach of probation. Charges of carrying a dangerous weapon, uttering threats, assault with a weapon and other breaches were withdrawn by the Crown. Prosecutors will be asking the judge for a Federal prison term of two years plus a day to be followed by twelve months probation when Snell returns to court for sentencing on Wednesday. Snell also agreed to enter into a one-year peace bond against a Westville woman during the court appearance.
MAN CHARGED IN ARMED ROBBERY HAS TO WAIT FOR BAIL HEARING
Friday 3rd April 2009
A 35-year-old Westville man made his first appearance in court Thursday afternoon on a number of charges related to incidents earlier this week. Darren Snell faces charges of theft, uttering threats, assault with a weapon, two counts of carrying a weapon, and breach of probation after allegedly robbing a home in Westville on Tuesday night with a knife, and attempting to rob the same home again Wednesday evening with a baseball bat. Snell is being held until at least next week, when a date will be set for a bail hearing. Crown Prosecutor Dell Atwood told the court he intends to proceed on all counts as indictable, which carries a potentially stiffer sentence than a summary conviction.
STELLARTON OFFICIALLY STICKS WITH PICTOU COUNTY DISTRICT PLANNING COMMISSION
Wednesday 1st April 2009
The Town of Stellarton is standing alone. Council decided Tuesday in special session not to withdraw from the Pictou County District Planning Commission. New Glasgow, Trenton, Westville and Pictou have announced their intentions to pull out in a year. But Stellarton Mayor Joe Gennoe says he and council are convinced there there are no hard figures to suggest a talked about regional service authority based on a user-pay system would be a good arrangement. He says uniformed assessment has worked for the last half-century. Gennoe, who chairs the commission, hints the planning authority could become smaller in scale with some tweaking. The municipality of Pictou County is not in the planning commission.
ROBBERY SENTENCING ADJOURNED UNTIL LATE APRIL
Wednesday 1st April 2009
A Westville man will wait another month to be sentenced for multiple robberies this past summer. 22-year old James George Peter Falt appeared in New Glasgow Provincial Court Monday, but without his lawyer, so the case had to be adjourned. Falt is to be sentenced for three counts of robbery, one theft, two counts of possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace and five breaches of probation. He has admitted to robbing the Irving in Blue Acres and a Needs store in New Glasgow within hours of one another last August. Falt has been remanded into custody until his new sentencing date on 29 April.
STELLARTON STILL FAVOURS KEEPING PLANNING COMMISSION
Tuesday 31st March 2009
The Mayor of Stellarton says his council is not in favour of pulling away from the status quo as far as the Pictou County District Planning Commission is concerned. Joe Gennoe says he hopes to get council together Tuesday to discuss the future of Stellarton in the commission. Council rejected a proposal to replace the commission with a regional services authority or user-pay system earlier this year. Gennoe says a user-pay model would cost taxpayers in the smaller towns more money to put the new system in place. Gennoe, who chairs the planning commission, says the current set-up may need some tweaking. Trenton, New Glasgow, Westville and Pictou have announced they will be withdrawing in a year. The municipality of Pictou County is not a commission member, but has struck a committee to explore avenues for sharing services and better cooperation.
WESTVILLE MAN ARRESTED IN CHILD PORN INVESTIGATION
Monday 30th March 2009
A Westville man has been arrested as part of last week's nation-wide investigation into child pornography distribution. The 25 year old was taken in to custody for questioning yesterday after a search warrant was executed by the RCMP Provincial Integrated Child Exploitation Team. The Pictou County Street Crime Unit, Westville Police and Atlantic Region Integrated Tech Crime Unit also assisted. The man was later released on conditions he not access the Internet unless for work purposes, and not be in the presence of children under the age of 14. He will appear in New Glasgow Provincial Court in July on these charges.
NEW GLASGOW GIVES FIRST READING TO PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENTS
Wednesday 18th March 2009
A number of policy moves are still before the Town of New Glasgow. Town Council intends to adopt policy in April to close a portion of Haig Street as well as enter into development agreements with John Gunning and William Reid. The Haig Street property has already been sold to the town and was never developed into a roadway, but needs to be officially removed from record as a street. The proposed development agreements would allow John Gunning to set up a mixed retail property at 464 Stewart Street that will include four storage units and a seasonal lobster store, and would allow William Reid to construct a new commercial building on East River Road next to the former Reids Carpet store. Town Council also gave second reading to the re-zoning of three parcels of land from residential to highway commercial along Westville Road and North Street to allow for expansion of parking facilities at Andys Tire.
PICTOU SUPPORTS AMALGAMATION STUDY
Tuesday 17th March 2009
The debate on the merits of amalgamation carries on. The Town of Pictou has agreed to join Westville and Trenton in a proposed, provincially funded study on binding the Towns and County together. New Glasgow and Stellarton have come out against the study. Pictou also supported a resolution in 2005 to sanction the Pictou Regional Development Commission to carry out an amalgamation study. Improved shared services and stronger cooperation is also on the table, and a proposal on a committee struck by the Municipality of Pictou County is being discussed.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WANTS TO SEE ALL FACTS BEFORE AMALGAMATION DECISIONS ARE MADE
Saturday 14th March 2009
The Pictou County Chamber of Commerce is still urging the six municipal units to support a study on potential amalgamation. Chamber Executive Director Faus Johnson says the last serious study on amalgamation in Pictou County was done fifteen years ago, and informed decisions cannot be made without updated information. Johnson says municipal governments should not be guessing what might be best for the County, and the facts need to be laid out. He says the Chamber would have no interest in amalgamation if a study showed it was not feasible. The Town of Pictou will announce its decision on Monday, while New Glasgow and Stellarton have already rejected a province-funded study. Westville proposed the study, which has received support from the Town of Trenton.
SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGIES TO BE PRESENTED LATER THIS MONTH
Saturday 14th March 2009
Four strategies have been developed to help Pictou County move towards a sustainable future. Sustainable Pictou County has been developing an integrated community sustainability plan for the towns of New Glasgow, Westville, Pictou and the County, and has been gathering input through a series of public forums over the past number of months. Public consultation, which also included a visioning workshop and survey, resulted in feedback from over 460 people from around the County, or about one-percent of the total population. The four key strategies developed are improving environmental health, promoting green entrepreneurship to address population decline, encouraging energy efficiency and improving municipal cooperation. Details are set to be presented at a public meeting on 24 March at Glasgow Square in New Glasgow beginning at 7pm.
NEW GLASGOW SAYS NO TO AMALGAMATION STUDY
Thursday 12th March 2009
The Town of New Glasgow has rejected signing on to an amalgamation study proposed by the Town of Westville. But council did agree to act on a request by the Municipality of Pictou County to place two councilors on a committee to examine where the municipal units can share services and develop programs of mutual benefit. New Glasgow Mayor Barry MacMillan says both options were weighed carefully given the resources and taxpayer dollars involved. MacMillan adds the town should still set up a Citizens Panel to look at any potential benefits and savings amalgamation can bring to taxpayers. C-A-O Lisa MacDonald says the town has already endorsed a proposed Municipal Services Authority which she says would effectively deliver a vast amount of regional services. The Authority would replace the District Planning Commission, but the concept has already been pushed to the back burner after Stellarton rejected participating. Meanwhile, the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce says there is no cookie cutter approach to to the concept of regional government in the area. The Local Business Lobby Group is supporting the call for an amalgamation study saying the County needs a strong central voice, not fragmentation. The Chamber also says the Province would not fund a study unless all municipal units in Pictou County are on side.
TRENTON SUPPORTS PROPOSED AMALGAMATION STUDY
Wednesday 11th March 2009
Trenton has agreed to join an amalgamation study proposed by the town of Westville. But council also feels the mandate should be expanded. Mayor Glen MacKinnon says it would be a good way to bring in lots of data on sharing services so ratepayers can make an informed decision if a plebiscite were ever held. Councilors chimed in by saying the will of the people has to be heard, fiscal responsibility was paramount and municipal units in the County had to show more cohesion in working together. The last study on amalgamation was done over a decade ago. Trenton Council also agreed to have two representatives on a committee struck by the County to examine areas for better co-operation and sharing of services. The committee does not include the Mayors or Warden, but two councilors from each municipal unit.
WESTVILLE RETROFITS LIGHTING IN MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS
Wednesday 11th March 2009
The Town of Westville has been recognized for taking steps to make itself more energy efficient. Nova Scotia Power presented the Town with a plaque Tuesday for completing a retrofit of all lighting in the Town Hall building as well as the Fire and Police Departments. Town C-A-O Don Smeltzer says all lights were replaced with newer energy efficient bulbs in the fall, and motion sensors were installed on some lights which turn them off automatically after a set time when no one is in the room. Under the small business light solutions program, a partnership of Nova Scotia Power and Conserve Nova Scotia, Westville paid just twenty-percent of the cost of the upgrades, and expects to save about five-thousand dollars a year in electricity costs. The energy efficiency project was launched in Pictou County and Dartmouth last May for municipalities and small businesses with energy consumption of less than three-hundred thousand kilowatt hours per year.
STELLARTON VOTES NOT TO SUPPORT AMALGAMATION STUDY
Tuesday 10th March 2009
Stellarton will not support a study on amalgamation in Pictou County. The Town of Westville is initiating a study on the pros and cons of amalgamation, and sent a letter to Stellarton Town Council looking for support. Stellarton Councilor George Megeney says amalgamation in Pictou County has already been studied to death. Megeney says the only way to ever really know what the people of the County have to say about the subject is through a plebiscite. Stellarton unanimously voted down supporting the motion, but did agree to participating in a municipal cooperation committee, being lead by the County.
LIBERAL LEADER SAYS PRIVATE SECTOR MUST LEAD SECOND PORT PROJECT IN PICTOU HARBOUR
Friday 6th March 2009
The Leader of the Liberal Party of Nova Scotia says private business would have to lead the charge to establish a port facility in Pictou Landing. Stephen McNeil was questioned Wednesday as he spoke to members of the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce at a breakfast in Stellarton. Art Sinclair of Westville says a port on the south side of the harbour with a rail link to the dormant Trenton Works facility could make the former rail car plant more attractive to prospective buyers. McNeil says such a project would have to be initiated and led by the private sector, but government would certainly support the development and partner with stakeholders. McNeil says Nova Scotia needs an overall transportation strategy for the future.
INVESTIGATION CLEARS WESTVILLE POLICE OF WRONGDOING
Thursday 5th March 2009
The Westville Board of Police Commissioners says complaints made against two police officers in the town and the Chief have no foundation. Chair Gerald Jones says an investigation was carried out by Kensington, Prince Edward Island Police Chief Louis Sutherland. Jones says the two officers were cleared of any wrong doing and the probe was unable to find Chief Don Hussher committed any defaults in a form five complaint lodged against him. The investigation cleared the chief of any wrongdoing.
NUBODY'S COMING TO NEW GLASGOW
Friday 27th February 2009
Atlantic Canada's Largest Fitness Center is opening a location at the Aberdeen Business Center in New Glasgow. Nubody's starts up workouts in April. The chain, a quarter-century old, also recently opened for business in Truro and Antigonish and has twenty clubs in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.> Nubody's also says it has reached an agreement for the purchase of Performance Mac's on Westville Road in New Glasgow. Mac's is owned by former pro hockey player Dave MacIntyre, who will be joining Nubody's along with his staff.
CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER RESIGNS IN WESTVILLE
Tuesday 24th February 2009
As of the first of July, the Town of Westville will have a new Chief Administrative Officer. Current C-A-O Don Smeltzer has resigned the position. His resignation was formally accepted by town council on Monday. A replacement has already been named, as Scott Fraser has been promoted to the position from within. Mayor Roger MacKay says Smeltzer told council when he was first hired that he would not be there for an extended period of time, but he will be missed. MacKay says Fraser is a natural choice to replace Smeltzer because of his strong financial background, which is needed in tough economic times.
MOTORISTS CAUTIONED ABOUT DEER SIGHTINGS IN WESTVILLE
Wednesday 18th February 2009
Westville Police Service have issued a warning to motorists of the large amount of deer crossing streets in the town. Police say herds have been sighted on North Main Street, Cowan, Union, North and the Old Truro Highway. Police say the herds appear to be making regular trips across town to different feeding locations. They say deer will cross regardless of how close the vehicle is, are very quick and travel short distances fast.
MESSY CONDITIONS LEAD TO MULTIPLE ACCIDENTS
Monday 16th February 2009
Sunday was not a good day to be on the roads in Pictou County. Four accidents, including two roll overs, were caused by icy road conditions. A vehicle on the Trans-Canada near Alma appeared to have lost control late Sunday afternoon and went down an enbankment.A passenger, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle and taken to the Aberdeen Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. R-C-M-P, along with Alma Fire and Westville Rescue, were dispatched to another location farther north on the 104 less than two hours later. Both occupants came out unscathed. Two other collisions occurred at the same time, with the driver of one of the vehicles taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Mounties say motorists have to be cognizant of road conditions, and drive accordingly.
ORGANIZATIONAL STUDY COMING FOR TOWN OF TRENTON
Friday 13th February 2009
Ramsey Report, part three. Richard G. Ramsay Management Consultants Limited have been hired to prepare an organizational study on the Town of Trenton. Town Council unanimously approved Ramsay for the job on Tuesday, which will examine efficiency within the Steeltown. The study, which was proposed by the former council and given the green light to continue under the current council, will cost the town over sixteen-thousand dollars plus taxes. Ramsay has completed similar studies in Westville and Pictou. C-A-O Cathy MacGillivray says the review is expected to be complete by the end of March.
WESTVILLE BROTHERS SENTENCED TO HOUSE ARREST FOR DRUG OFFENCES
Thursday 12th February 2009
Two brothers from Westville have been given conditional sentences for dealing marijuana. 28-year old Christopher John Zugay and 19-year old Mark Allan Zugay each received one-year conditional sentences to be followed by one-year of probation. The brothers will serve the first eight months of their sentence under house arrest, and will be subject to an overnight curfew for the final four months. Both men pleaded guilty to production of marijuana and possession of less than three kilograms of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking back in December. Members of the Pictou County Street Crime Enforcement Unit searched their Greenheith Street home in July and seized forty grams of pot, four plants and other drug paraphernalia.
FAKE MONEY SURFACES IN WESTVILLE
Thursday 29th January 2009
Another counterfeit situation in Pictou County. Westville Police Service are investigating a bogus bill incident that occurred at a Main Street business late yesterday afternoon. A man in his mid-twenties purchased merchandise with what looked like a 20-dollar bill, but the bill was actually a photocopy reproduction. Canadian money has distinctive holograms that cannot be reproduced with a photocopier. Police are looking for assistance from the public. The suspect was wearing a blue hoodie.
WESTVILLE ENDS FISCAL YEAR WITH SMALL SURPLUS
Wednesday 28th January 2009
It is a good news, bad news situation for the Town of Westville. Town Council received the audited financial statement for the fiscal year ending 31 March, 2008 at the monthly council meeting Monday night. And while there was a surplus for that year, the surplus could have been larger. A liability of 134-thousand dollars had to be included as part of that year, which was the result of the court decision that some towns in the province are required to pay for a shortfall in the Police Association of Nova Scotia Pension Plan. Despite that liability, the town still ended the year with a small surplus of about 24-thousand dollars.
A BUSY NIGHT FOR POLICE IN STELLARTON
Wednesday 21st January 2009
Members of the Stellarton Police Service had a busy night on Tuesday. Police were called in after a medical emergency early in the evening on Hudson Street. A male suspect was arrested after interfering with police and E-H-S personnel and breaching the peace. A disguised male suspect was also nabbed exiting the front door just before midnight after a break and enter at the Pantry Kitchen Restaurant on Foord Street. Two male youths were also picked up after a 1998 Toyota was stolen from a residence on Clairmont Avenue overnight. The car was later found extensively damaged after the vehicle ran into a guardrail at the intersection of Belmont and Maple Streets. Westville Police Service assisted Stellarton in the restaurant and stolen car incidents.
MULTIPLE FIRES IN EARLY DAYS OF 2009
Saturday 17th January 2009
No cause was determined for a fire that destroyed a barn at the MacGregor Farm in Churchville earlier this week. Over $1 million in damage was done, with cattle and equipment lost. Investigator Bentley Rice of the Provincial Fire Marshall's office says an excavator had to be used in fighting the fire, with potential evidence destroyed. Fire also gutted a barn Thursday night on the Graham Road in West River Station. West River Fire Chief Dennis Harnish says the fairly large structure was still smouldering Friday morning, but they did manage to get a goat out. Some paint was also stored in the building. Firefighters took over five hours to bring the blaze under control, with assistance from Alma and Westville departments. Harnish says the cause may have been electrical. A blaze in Stellarton destroyed a set of three rowhouses on Friday. One of the units was unoccupied, while another was illegally occupied. The third unit is owned by Scott Priest, who was swinging by his home when he noticed smoke coming from the middle unit. Stellarton, Westville, and Plymouth Fire Departments all responded to the scene. The fire seems to have begun in a couch in the illegally occupied unit, but no conclusions will be drawn until an investigation can be completed once the blaze is extinguished. Stellarton Fire Chief Dwight Campbell says the entire building was engulfed by the time crews arrived on the scene. This brings to six the number of significant fires in Pictou County in 2009.
FIRE DESTROYS TOWNHOUSE IN STELLARTON
Friday 16th January 2009
Fire crews have knocked out a blaze in Stellarton, but not before the blaze knocked down a three-unit townhouse. The fire in the townhouses on Bunker Hill started around nine 9am Friday in the middle unit of the building. This unit was apparently being illegally inhabited, as it had no running water. Stellarton, Westville, and Plymouth fire crews all responded to the scene. Stellarton Fire Chief Dwight Campbell ordered equipment in to knock down the building. He says it was needed to ensure the fire could be extinguished safely. Campbell says they have a good idea about the cause of the blaze, but an investigation is ongoing.
COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO RESISTING ARREST
Friday 16th January 2009
A 42-year old Pictou County man will be sentenced in March for resisting arrest. Hector Benedict Deagle appeared in court Tuesday and pleaded guilty to one count of resisting by fighting during an incident ten months ago in Westville. Charges of possessing under thirty grams of marijuana and cocaine were withdrawn by the Crown. Deagle returns to court for sentencing on 12 March. He was scheduled to go to trial, but changed his plea prior to its start.
STELLARTON REJECTS NEW MUNICIPAL SERVICES AUTHORITY
Tuesday 13th January 2009
Once again, Stellarton has said no to a new Municipal Services Authority for Pictou County. Town Council voted four to one against entering into any new arrangement to replace the current Pictou County District Planning Commission. Mayor Joe Gennoe and councillors George Megeney and Bryce Richardson say Stellarton had no input drafting the agreement for the new authority, and believe it would lead to increased costs, not savings, for the town. Councillor Denise Taylor was the lone vote in favour of the new user-pay system, and says the municipal units have to work together. Supporters of the system, New Glasgow, Trenton, Westville and Pictou, argue a user-pay approach is fairer than using uniform assessment as is currently done. Despite the vote to stick with the status quo, Taylor says she believes the Town of New Glasgow will pull out of the current Planning Commission model.
WESTVILLE RATIFIES COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT WITH POLICE FORCE
Wednesday 17th December 2008
Westville Town Council has voted to ratify a collective agreement with its police force. In a vote of 4-1, council accepted the recommendations of the negotiation committee to accept terms of the contract retroactive to November of 2004. The contract would only be in effect until the end of this month. The one dissenting voice was that of Charlie Sutherland, who has concerns about a clause in the contract. Details of the contract have not been released, as the Police Association of Nova Scotia local still has to ratify the deal.
NEW GLASGOW AND WESTVILLE ORDERED TO PAY PORTIONS OF PENSION PLAN FOR POLICE ASSOCIATION
Tuesday 16th December 2008
The Town of New Glasgow is paying its share of the unfounded liability in the pension plan of the Police Association of Nova Scotia. Paying the bill, as ordered by the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, pushed expenditures up to 16.7-million dollars for the fiscal year ended in March, and resulted in a loss of 1.3-million dollars for the year. The loss dropped the running fund balance for New Glasgow to 1.65-million dollars, but Mayor Barrie MacMillan says council is committed to rebuilding reserves through strategic cost controls. New Glasgow is one of six municipalities ordered to pay into the PANS pension fund. The Town of Westville has also paid out over 143-thousand dollars to cover its share of the pension shortfall, and will continue making payments into 2011. Westville Councilor Charlie Sutherland having the towns cover this shortfall could spell the end for small town police forces, and has called on Mayor Roger MacKay to set up a meeting with the other Mayors in Pictou County to try to find a solution.
MUNICIPAL POLICE AND MOUNTIES RECONCILE STREET CRIME ENFORCEMENT UNIT
Monday 15th December 2008
Pictou County will once again have a street crime enforcement unit with both municipal police officers and Mounties. A disagreement earlier this year broke up the unit, with police and R-C-M-P going their separate ways. The newly established Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Unit now includes municipal police from New Glasgow, Stellarton, Westville and Trenton, along with R-C-M-P, and will work out of the New Glasgow Police Service office. Retiring District Commander for the R-C-M-P in Pictou County, Ross Landry, says the new team is a collaborative effort of all stakeholders working in the bests interests of the community.
NORTHERN PULP FACES SHORT-TERM CLOSURE
Thursday 4th December 2008
Northern Pulp has been temporarily shutdown because of a leak at a pipeline carrying effluent from the Abercrombie Point Mill to Boat Harbour. About 180 employees are affected. The union met with the membership last night in Westville to give more information, with an official saying the closure could be for two weeks or longer until the leak is plugged. A spokesman for the Department of Environment says the leak was located just under the East River estuary, and mill management notified the department immediately.
JAWS OF LIFE NEEDED AFTER ACCIDENT ON MOUNT THOM
Thursday 4th December 2008
A Newfoundland couple narrowly escaped with their lives after the truck they were traveling in collided with the back of a semi-trailer Wednesday night on the Trans-Canada at Mount Thom. Mounties responded to a 9-1-1 call from the operator of the trailer. The driver was trapped inside the cab of the half-ton with a severe chest injury and the passenger, his wife, was also mildly injured, but she was keeping her husband stable by holding his neck and chest. R-C-M-P say quick action by the Westville and West River Fire Departments with the Jaws of Life freed the couple from the cab. The husband spent the night in the Aberdeen Hospital for observation, while the wife was treated and released.
WESTVILLE MAYOR SAYS SWEARING-IN WAS LEGAL
Wednesday 3rd December 2008
The swearing in of the new town council in Westville was legal. Mayor Roger MacKay was responding to assertions by two former councillors that C-A-O Don Smelter did not have the authority to administer the oath of office. Gary MacLaughlin and Raymond Cameron say the new council was not legally sworn in. But MacKay says the town obtained a legal opinion, which concludes Smeltzer can administer the oath of office under the Municipal Government Act as Chief Administrative Officer and Clerk. MacKay says Council has important work to do and cannot afford to spend valuable time, energy and taxpayer's money dealing with ill-informed accusations.
FATAL FIRE DEEMED ACCIDENTAL
Wednesday 3rd December 2008
The cause of a fatal fire in Westville last week has been deemed accidental. That conclusion comes after an investigation by the Fire Marshall.
FATAL FIRE VICTIM IDENTIFIED
Tuesday 2nd December 2008
A man who was evicted from his Stellarton apartment after the building was deemed unsafe last month has been identified as the victim of a fatal fire in Westville. 75-year old William Oliver Foster died Friday after fire struck a 3-unit apartment building on Church Street. Foster, who was asleep in the back bedroom of the apartment when the fire broke out, was pulled out by firefighters but could not be revived. The cause of the fire is under investigation by police and the Fire Marshall, but Police Chief Don Hussher says it was contained to a front bedroom. Other occupants of the building were alerted by passers-by who noticed smoke coming from the building. The Red Cross is assisting them with temporary accomodations, meals, clothing and personal care items.
MAN WHO DIES IN WESTVILLE FIRE IDENTIFIED
Monday 1st December 2008
A man who was evicted from his Stellarton apartment after the building was deemed unsafe last month has been identified as the victim of a fatal fire in Westville. 75-year old William Oliver Foster died Friday after fire struck a 3-unit apartment building on Church Street. Foster, who was asleep in the back bedroom of the apartment when the fire broke out, was pulled out by firefighters but could not be revived. The cause of the fire is under investigation by police and the Fire Marshall, but Police Chief Don Hussher says it was contained to a front bedroom. Other occupants of the building were alerted by passers-by who noticed smoke coming from the building. The Red Cross is assisting them with temporary accomodations, meals, clothing and personal care items.
RED CROSS ASSISTS FOLLOWING FATAL FIRE IN WESTVILLE
Saturday 29th November 2008
The Canadian Red Cross is lending a hand to five people following a fire in Westville Friday morning. A Red Cross emergency response team has arranged temporary accommodations, meals, clothing and personal care items for the five people left homeless after the blaze. Passers-by noticed smoke coming from the three-unit apartment building on Church Street in Westville Friday morning and alerted residents. The cause of the fire, which caused extensive damage to one apartment and smoke and water damage to the others, is still under investigation. A 75-year old man died in the fire. His name has not been released.
RED GREEN COMING TO WESTVILLE
Sunday 23rd November 2008
A Canadian icon will be in Westville tonight. Steve Smith, better known as the head of Possum Lodge – Red Green, will be at the Westville Municipal Building Auditorium tonight at 7pm. He will be there with Mag Ruffman, Canada’s best-known handywoman, to promote their book We’re All in This Together – the man behind the character and vice versa. Smith says the book does not read like a normal biography. He says it is written more as a conversation between himself and Ruffman. Tonight’s event is presented by the Pictou Antigonish Regional Library.
CHRISTMAS PARADE CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
Sunday 23rd November 2008
After yesterday morning’s storm, and with today’s questionable forecast, the New Glasgow Traffic Authority and New Glasgow Christmas Parade Committee have decided to cancel today’s parade. As the Stadium is not available next week, and the week after that is the Christmas Fund event and Westville’s Parade of Lights, there is no make-up date that would work. Entries into today’s parade are invited to contact the Westville Fire Department for information about entering that parade. The Traffic Authority and Parade Committee say they are disappointed that they have to make this decision. They say that the top priority is safety, and road conditions and the weather forecast make holding a parade today too unsafe.
HUNDREDS TURN OUT FOR SANDY CYR APPRECIATION NIGHT
Tuesday 18th November 2008
The residents of Westville had an opportunity last night to give thanks to a man who had dedicated the past three decades to serving them. Sandy Cyr Appreciation Night saw hundreds of people come out to recognize the accomplishments of the man who had been their Mayor for the last 13 years. Speeches were given by former New Glasgow Mayor Ann MacLean, current and former councilors from Westville, and town employees applauding Cyr’s honesty, integrity, and respect for the people he worked with. Cyr says he is grateful to the people who attended. He adds he always made decisions based on what was best for the town, even if it might not be the popular choice.
WESTVILLE SITE CHOSEN FOR JOINT TRAINING EXERCISE
Saturday 15th November 2008
A major joint training exercise will be conducted in the former Drummond Mine area in Westville. Westville and New Glasgow Police, along with the Pictou County Firefighters Association, Pictou County Ground Search and Rescue and Regional Emergency Measures Organization will co-ordinate resources and train together. Members from the different agencies will be trained to work together in integrated search techniques. The training site is near the area where 32-year old Gerald Todd Hayman of Westville went missing on May 5th, 2007, and was never located.
POLICE INVESTIGATE TOOL THEFT IN WESTVILLE
Thursday 13th November 2008
A contractor’s utility trailer was broken into between Tuesday and Wednesday, and Westville police say over $3000 worth of tools were taken. The lock on a trailer at a job site on Foxbrook Road was broken, and an air compressor, air nailer, two finish nailers, and a radio with battery charger were all taken. Westville Police are asking for the public’s assistance in this case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Westville Police or Crimestoppers.
NEW DEPUTY MAYOR FOR WESTVILLE
Tuesday 11th November 2008
Charlene Thompson is the new Deputy Mayor of Westville. The rookie councilor was named to the position at a Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday. Mayor Roger MacKay says recent Deputy Mayors were all from Ward One, and council wanted a person from Ward Two to fill the role this time around. Thompson will be Deputy Mayor for the first year of the new four-year term.
NEW COUNCIL FOR WESTVILLE SWORN IN
Tuesday 4th November 2008
Westville's new town council can now begin to move forward. The newly elected mayor and four councilors were officially sworn in Monday in front of a full town council chambers. Roger MacKay says he's happy people put their faith in him in last month's vote as he faced two very strong contenders for the mayoralty. Mayor MacKay says one of his first goals is to attract more commercial business. Sandy Cyr, who handed the reigns of the town to MacKay after 29-years in municipal politics, says he's proud of the steps Westville took during his time on council and in the mayor's chair, including sharing services with New Glasgow. Westville holds a Sandy Cyr appreciation night on 17 November.
SUSTAINABILITY FORUMS SLATED FOR NEXT WEEK
Thursday 30th October 2008
Two public forums will be held next week dealing with population decline and energy. North Nova Education Centre will host a forum on retaining youth and reversing population decline on Tuesday at 6:30pm. Panelists include the co-chair of the provincial Immigration Advisory Council and the lead author of the Rural Re-population in Atlantic Canada discussion paper from Mount Allison University among others. A forum on energy efficiency and renewable energy will be held Thursday, 6 November at the Merigomish Fire Hall with guest speakers including an energy engineer with Conserve Nova Scotia and the C-O-O of the Glen Dhu wind farm in Bailey's Brook. The events are part of Economic Sustainability Week in Pictou County, co-sponsored by the Pictou Regional Development Commission and Sustainable Pictou County, a partnership between the towns of New Glasgow, Westville, Pictou and the County and Conserve Nova Scotia.
WESTVILLE COUNCIL REJECTS POLICE COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION
Wednesday 29th October 2008
The outgoing town council in Westville had a few items of unfinished business to wrap up prior to handing the reins over on 3 November. One key item was to deny a recommendation of the Police Commission to approve the results of a negotiation with the town’s police. In a 4-1 vote, with only Mayor Sandy Cyr voting in favor of the agreement, Council sent a message back to the Commission saying they do not want over half of the police officers in the town to hold a rank of sergeant or higher. Councilors Dave MacKenzie and Gary MacLaughlin both said Westville would be the laughing stock of the province if the deal was ratified.
WESTVILLE'S NEW COUNCIL TO BE SWORN IN NEXT WEEK
Tuesday 28th October 2008
The new council for the Town of Westville will be sworn in next Monday. The announcement was made at Monday night’s council meeting that the ceremony would take place 3 November in the Council Chambers. Members of the community will be given the chance to meet with the incoming council. Two weeks later, on 17 November, the town will host a Sandy Cyr Appreciation Night in honor of the outgoing Mayor for his 29 years of service to the town, including the last 14 as Mayor.
Transit System Could Have Positive Benefits if Implemented
Saturday 25th October 2008
With changes to municipal governments after the October 18th elections, the issue of a Pictou County Transit System may once again resurface. Stephen Harder, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator for Pictou County, New Glasgow, Pictou and Westville, says a transit system could have a positive impact on the environment if ridership is high enough. Harder says the key to success for any new transit program is a long-term commitment. He says ridership will grow as people become confident the system will stay.
WESTVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ROBBERIES
Wednesday 22nd October 2008
A Westville man has admitted to a pair of robberies last summer in Pictou County. 22-year old James George Peter Falt has pleaded guilty to two counts each of robbery and carrying a knife for the purpose of committing an offense, as well as breach of probation. Falt admitted robbing an Irving Mainway in Blue Acres, and a Needs Store in New Glasgow last August. He also entered not guilty pleas to charges of break, enter and theft, mischief, theft and breach of probation. Falt remains in custody until his trial and sentencing date on 11 December.
PARIS RETURNS TO SCHOOL BOARD SEAT
Tuesday 21st October 2008
The African Nova Scotia representative for the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is again Elizabeth Paris. The incumbent from New Glasgow received 241-votes, to nose out challenger Shirley Robinson-Levering by 43-votes in municipal elections Saturday. The vote for the African Nova Scotia representative is taken to the school board head office to be counted before results are released because ballots were cast all over the region. Ron Marks remains the representative in Westville-Stellarton, prevailing over Anne Beaver. Bert Young of Truro was defeated by Angela Dwyer James.
TOWNS RECEIVE FUNDING AT GREEN CONFERENCE
Tuesday 21st October 2008
Funding has been announced for twenty-one projects that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Nova Scotia. 2.6-million dollars in grants were announced Monday by Environment Minister Mark Parent at the opening of a green conference in Halifax. The Towns of Pictou and Westville, along with the County of Pictou and seven other municipalities around the province, will receive funding to complete an inventory of energy and air emissions directly attributed to municipal operations. The audits will help identify opportunities to reduce energy use and emissions. Parent says the projects have the potential to reduce emissions in the province by over 55-thousand tonnes per year, which is the equivalent to taking over 10-thousand cars off the road. The Town of New Glasgow received funds from Eco Nova Scotia earlier for energy efficiency upgrades to town facilities, and a program to help businesses do the same.
Sunday 19th October 2008
Roger MacKay has moved from Council to the top position in Westville. The N-S-L-C employee and former deputy mayor picked up a total of 574-votes and is the new mayor. That was 70 more than his nearest rival Gerald Muir. Tom O’Brien placed third with 447. Ward one winners were Lynn MacDonald and Gerald Jones. In Ward two, it was Charlie Sutherland and Charlene Thompson. Two incumbents, Gary MacLaughlin and David MacKenzie, were knocked out.
HUGE TURNOUT AT MUNICIPAL ELECTION ADVANCE POLLS
Thursday 16th October 2008
Some returning officers around Pictou County say it was the busiest they've ever seen advance polls. Voters got a chance to cast their ballots twice Tuesday, both in the federal election and advance polls for Saturday's municipal election. Josephine MacDonald -- the Returning Officer for the Municipality of Pictou County says over 1100 people out of 14-thousand eligible voters cast ballots in advance of the regular voting. In New Glasgow, 896 people took advantage of two days of advance polls. 423 people voted in Stellarton, 370 in Westville, 328 in Trenton and 303 in Pictou – all above average for advance poll totals.
WESTVILLE POLICE BOARD BEGINS MOVING FORWARD
Friday 10th October 2008
The Westville Board of Police Commissioners is getting ready to start the process of moving forward. A report was compiled by Town Council and the Commissioners earlier this year in response to a Justice Department investigation into police governance issues in the town. The wheels started turning earlier this week when town C-A-O Don Smeltzer says the commissioners should act now. He says consultations could begin at November's meeting on developing a mission statement and identification of stakeholders, with public participation. Smeltzer says strategic and corporate plan could take 6-to-8-months to complete, and identify priority issues and actions.
WESTVILLE SUPPORTS MUNICIPAL SERVICES AUTHORITY
Wednesday 8th October 2008
Westville has voted unanimously to join the proposed Pictou County Municipal Services Authority, which if if goes through would replace the District Planning Commission. At an emergency meeting Tuesday night, Councillors expressed some concern to Solicitor Frank Demont, one of three who helped the Mayor's and CAO's work out the fine print on the draft agreement. Retiring Mayor Sandy Cyr says a sticking point with him was the user-pay system the agreement calls for, as opposed to uniform assessment. In other words if a municipal unit uses two years worth of planning services, it pays for two years. But he says the fact user-pay would be phased in over five years makes it easier for the town financially. He says anything less than that, and Westville would face serious financial challenges. The agreement kicks in 1 January if all five towns are on side. Stellarton Town Council, meantime, voted down the draft agreement by a margin of 4-3 at a session Monday night. Council has requested more information before taking another vote.
BODY OF MISSING WESTVILLE MAN DISCOVERED IN RURAL AREA
Wednesday 8th October 2008
The body of a Westville man missing since the weekend has been found in rural Pictou County. Westville Police say a hunter called officers after discovering a truck that fit the description of Wayne Raymond Lattie's vehicle on the Lovat Road in the Millbrook area Tuesday morning. RCMP located the empty vehicle and found the 57-year old's body a short distance away. He was last seen around 2am Saturday at his home. Foul play is not suspected at this time, but Police say an autopsy will be conducted.
Westville Police Looking for Help in Finding Missing Person
Monday 6th October 2008
Police are seeking assistance in the search for a Westville man who has not been seen since the weekend. 57 year old Wayne Raymond Lattie was last seen at his home on Union Street at 2:00am on Saturday. He is described as 5 feet 2.5 inches, 165 pounds, stocky build, with graying black hair and hazel eyes. Lattie is driving a red with a gray stripe, 1990 Chevrolet 1500 series truck. The truck has a temporary sticker on the rear driver's side. Anyone with information as to Lattie's whereabouts is asked to contact Westville Police Service.
JOINT MEETING OF TOWN COUNCILS DISCUSSES POSSIBLE NEW MUNICIPAL SERVICES AUTHORITY
Tuesday 30th September 2008
It could mark the beginning of a new era for the five towns of Pictou County. A lengthy meeting took place at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton between the five town councils, with Pictou County Council as invited guests. The topic of the meeting was the problem with the Pictou District Planning Commission, and the possibility of replacing it with a new entity, the Pictou County Municipal Services Authority. Trenton Mayor Shannon MacInnis says this new system will be more fair and equitable, and explains it is on a user-pay basis rather than payment by uniform assessment. In order for the new agreement to move forward it will require the approval of all five town councils. Two of those, Trenton and New Glasgow, passed approval in special councils meetings Monday night. Westville says it wants more time to examine the document.
WESTVILLE MAN FOUND SAFE AND SOUND
Thursday 25th September 2008
A missing persons case in Westville has a happy ending. 70-year old Robert Eli Ferguson made contact with his family and returned home early Wednesday afternoon. Ferguson had not been seen since leaving his family business Monday afternoon. He was later reported missing by his family.
WESTVILLE MAN SENTENCED TO SIX MONTHS IN JAIL FOR THREATENING POLICE
Monday 22nd September 2008
A Westville man faces six months in jail for barricading himself in his uncles home, and uttering threats against two police officers in March. Twenty-five year old Darren Brent Snell was sentenced Thursday in New Glasgow Provincial Court on three charges to which he pleaded guilty. Snell was facing an arrest warrant in March when he barricaded himself in the home of his uncle Randy Snell of Alma, and then threatened the lives of two of the arresting officers after he was in custody. Darren Snell also faces three other charges, including break and enter, assault, and breach of probation for a separate incident in February. Those charges have been stayed, with no new date set.