October 2017

Haunted Yard Next To Yarmouth Mountain Cemetery Offers Halloween Fun

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 14:45 PM

An impressive Halloween display is up again on Parade Street in Yarmouth this year.

Tim and Carol MacKinnon live next to the Yarmouth Mountain Cemetery, and for the last five years have gone 'all-out' in decorating their property.

There is a haunted schoolhouse, mock-graves, a pirate ship, a tank,and even a coffin for costume-goers to lie in.

Tim MacKinnon is a grave-digger at the cemetery, and says he's been working on his yard non-stop for two months.

"I go to the town dump and build everything out of recycled wood that I bring back."

Five Local Volunteer Fire Departments To Receive Provincial Grants

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 13:58 PM

Five volunteer first responder organizations in our region will be buying some necessary safety equipment with the help of provincial funding.

More than $500,000 dollars in grants has been announced for 38 organizations throughout the province.

Eligible organizations can apply for up to 75 per cent of new safety equipment costs, to a maximum of 20-thousand dollars.

The West Pubnico Fire Department received almost $17,000.

Chief Gordon Amiro says it's for an air compressor.

Grenadian Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter In Death Of Former Lunenburg Resident

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 11:46 AM

The man accused of killing former Lunenburg resident Linnea Veinotte has reached a plea agreement in Grenada.

Akim Frank pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

According to the Director of Public Prosecution Chambers, the lesser charge carries the same maximum sentence as the original non-capitol murder charge.

Veinotte was walking with her dog when she was struck by a vehicle on December 6, 2015 in the country's capital city of St. George.

Frank will be sentenced December 7.

Education Minister Encourages Participation In Child-Care Needs Consultation

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 11:43 AM

The province has launched a consultation for families and the regulated child-care sector.

It comes about a month after the government expanded pre-primary classes for four-year-olds.

Early childhood educators were hired to teach in all 50 classes in 43 locations across the province.

Education and and Early Childhood Development Minister Zach Churchill says the consultation process announced today will help the government better understand the child-care needs of families and the ability of providers to meet those needs.

Barrington Council Dealing With Humidity Issues At Sandy Wickens Memorial Arena

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 11:35 AM

Those who frequent an arena in Shelburne County are hoping the weather will cool down soon.

Humidity issues are occurring at the Sandy Wickens Memorial Arena in Barrington.

One of two dehumidifying units in the arena stopped working a few weeks into the season.

This, combined with unseasonably warm weather has created damp and foggy conditions inside the nearly 22 year old facility.

Barrington CAO Rob Frost says a contractor has been in to look at the unit that's not working.

Valley High School Hockey League Results: October 27-29

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 17:05 PM

The YCMHS Vikings Boys Hockey team fell 14-1 to Horton Saturday night in Valley High School Hockey League play.

Drake Johnson scored and Brad Verran (VER-ann) and Liam White split goaltending duties, making some nice saves on many Griffin shots.

The Par-en-Bas Sharks fell 8-3 to West Kings on Friday night.

Miguel d'Eon had two goals and Hayden Young also scored.

Clare was shutout 6-0 against Northeast Kings, but Loups goalie Nathan Comeau was outstanding, making several big saves.

On Saturday, the Barrington Barons lost 3-1 to Park View.

Two From Yarmouth Facing Animal Cruelty Related Charges

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 16:10 PM

Two people from Yarmouth have been charged in separate SPCA investigations into animal cruelty.

Chief Inspector Special Constable Jo-Anne Landsburg says they received a complaint from the public on October 2nd relating to a number of animals in distress at a property in Yarmouth.

"When our officers arrived, they found three dogs in immediate distress. Those dogs were removed from the property that day. On October 6th, provincial officers returned to the property with a search warrant. They searched the property and an additional seven dogs were removed from the property."

Cellular Service Still A Problem In Wood's Harbour

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 12:42 PM

Over 300 people in the Wood's Harbour area have signed a petition calling on the provincial government to work with service providers to improve cell service.

The document was tabled last Thursday in the House of Assembly by Argyle-Barrington PC MLA Chris d'Entremont.

He says homeowners and businesses are upset at the long-standing issue.

"Especially for those people trying to do business where they can't even use their iPhone, they can't talk to their overseas clients. So they're getting more and more upset with all the major carriers."

Lobster Buyers Coalition Wants Feds To Permit Them To Make Loans To Fishermen

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 12:35 PM

A newly formed coalition of lobster buyers wants the federal government to permit them to make loans to fishermen.

The Western Nova Scotia Lobster Dealers Coalition is looking at South Western Nova Scotia to test its proposal, if it's ever given the green light.

Robert Thibault is a consultant with the coalition and a former federal fisheries minister.

Y95-CJLS Weekender: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 11:30 AM

Gary Nickerson speaks with Shelburne Mayor Karen Mattatall on an upcoming healthcare rally in the community.

Gary Nickerson speaks with Bernie Berry of the Coldwater Lobster Association and Jennifer Daigley, Chief Biologist on a lobster study underway in Southwestern Nova Scotia.

The annual Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce Business Awards dinner is coming up on Thursday. Kevin Northup speaks with organizer Chris Atwood.