July 2017

J-Strong Foundation Hosting 2nd Annual Softball Tournament This Weekend

Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 13:28 PM

(Photo: 2016 winners: the 'New Jays')

The second annual J-Strong Softball Tournament is this weekend in Hebron.

Action will take place at the Recreation Complex Friday night to Sunday afternoon.

It's a fundraiser for the J-Strong Foundation, in honour of Jadon Robinson, a football standout from Yarmouth who passed away in 2015.

Money raised goes to families with children that want to access sports in Yarmouth County.

Foundation member Steve Berry says 20 teams are registered this year.

Returning To Normal: Staff Moving Back Into Building B Of The Yarmouth Hospital

Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 13:24 PM

Repairs to Building B at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital are finished.

Damage was done after pipes burst last December during a cold snap.

Starting this week, staff, physicians, offices and services that were displaced due to the water damage are moving back in.

The move began this morning and will take until the end of the day Friday.

Nova Scotia Health Authority spokesperson Fraser Mooney says staff are looking forward to getting back in their regular locations.

Some Childcare Workers Concerned Over New Pre-Primary Program

Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 13:17 PM

Some Early Childhood Educators, daycare workers and parents are concerned about the province's new pre-primary program.

Last week, Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Zach Churchill kept a Liberal platform promise, announcing a free, play-based curriculum for four year olds will be rolled out at around 50 schools in September.

Churchill says this will save Nova Scotian parents thousands in daycare costs.

Shelburne Getting Ready To Bid Farewell To Farley Mowat

Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 12:38 PM

The Mayor of Shelburne is thrilled to finally say 'farewell Farley.'

Karen Mattatall says it's wonderful that the derelict vessel, the MV Farley Mowat will be towed out of the Port of Shelburne.

The Canadian Coast Guard is expected to begin the process tomorrow morning at 7.

It will be taken to Port Mersey in Queens County, where it will be dismantled.

Mayor Mattatall says the town is planning a party on the waterfront.

Barrington: New Loan Program For Improved Water Storage Coming Soon

Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 12:33 PM

A loan program to help homeowners in Barrington with their water supply will soon be rolled out.

Municipal council passed first reading of a by-law last night that will grant up to $10,000 to homeowners looking to improve their well or add an alternate water system.

The money will be paid back through taxes over a ten year period.

Water levels in Barrington were at record lows last year, and about 400 families had dry wells.

CAO Rob Frost says things have improved this year.

Yarmouth: Clements Avenue Project Nearing Completion, New Crosswalk Almost Ready

Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 12:28 PM

A new crosswalk is nearly installed in Yarmouth.

It will be on Parade Street, connecting Clements Avenue to the Maud Lewis Trail.

New poles and an overhead crosswalk light have been put in place.

Mayor Pam Mood says it should be ready before the end of the month.

"The crosswalk will be painted as soon as the weather is good enough. They are planning on doing that this week.

Mood says drivers will have to be aware, as it is a busy spot.

Clare Proud Of 'Hometown' Golfer Austin Connelly

Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 12:16 PM

(Photos: Clare Golf and Country Club Twitter)

Austin Connelly has arrived.

The 20 year old dual Canadian/American citizen played in his first PGA major over the weekend, the British Open.

Connelly made the cut and finished 14th overall, and got as high as third place during the four day event at Royal Birkdale in England.

Where did it all start for Connelly?

Church Point, Clare, Nova Scotia.

Connelly lives in Texas, but his father is from Toronto, and his grandparents live in Salmon River.

MV Farley Mowat To Be Towed Out of Shelburne on Wednesday

Posted on Monday, July 24, 2017 14:14 PM

A derelict vessel in Shelburne County will soon make its way to the demolition line in Queens.

The MV Farley Mowat will be removed from the Shelburne waterfront on Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. by the Canadian Coast Guard.

They will begin towing the vessel to Port Mersey Commercial Park to be dismantled by R.J. MacIsaac Ltd.

Region of Queens Mayor David Dagley says he's glad the company has brought the work to the county.

Yarmouth And Area Chamber Of Commerce Supports Fight For Cancer Radiation Unit In Yarmouth

Posted on Monday, July 24, 2017 13:30 PM

Support for a cancer radiation unit in Yarmouth continues to grow.

The Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce is on board with the Western Nova Scotia Cancer Support Network.

The network, started by Derek Lesser is a Facebook group that has over 17,500 members.

They are fighting to bring a radiation unit to Yarmouth hospital, and for the province to fund oral cancer medication.

Executive Director of the Chamber Matthew Trask says they want to bring some more momentum to the cause.