Thieves Who Walk Off With SPCA Can Charged After Social Media Blitz

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 17:41:42

Two thieves who made off with a SPCA Donations can at the Milne Court Petro Can in New Minas late Monday morning have been caught after Social Media unmasked its power in the Valley, with the video witnessed an incredible 80,000 times. One asked the attendant for cigarettes while the second pocketed the change earmarked for animal protection services.

They were looking for a ride to Kentville as they left the store, creating suspicion they would be repeating their act there. But a viewer identified the men, and the pair have been charged.

Lohr Demands Glavine Develop A Plan For VRH Overcrowding

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 17:31:58

The was no luck of the Irish in store last week at the Valley Regional Hospital when reports indicated it was in Phase 3 overcapacity for over 18 hours starting just after 4:00PM on St. Patrick’s Day, and Kings North John Lohr rose in the legislature Friday to call on Health Minster Leo Glavine to come up with a plan to deal with the overcrowding issue at the Kentville facility. He also wanted to get an update on the long-awaited hospice facility, given that community fundraising for the project is virtually complete.

The hospital has been over capacity since January, but the situation boiled over last week as no beds were available in any units, elective surgeries were cancelled, and the ER filled with patients waiting to be admitted.

Most NSCC Tuition Rates To Increase 3%

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 17:17:40

Most NSCC students will have to dig a little deeper to come up with their tuition for the 2015-16 academic year, as the Community College announced a 3% increase for most full-time programs. While NSCC President Don Bureaux sympathized with financially-strapped student who will have to cough up, on average, an additional $90, he said the additional revenue will help to maintain a high-quality programming, leading to student success, as the NSCC brags of an 86% employment rate among graduates, most within their field, and of 90% who remain in the province.

Eight programs, however, held the line on tuition costs.

NS Business Confidence Remains Above National Average-Poll

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 17:06:27

Despite the worst winter from a weather standpoint in years, business optimism in Nova Scotia remains above the national average, according to a Canadian Federation of Independent Business Barometer. While there was a nominal fallback in March after strong increases in January and February, the standard stood at 65.2, which means the economy is thought to be growing at its potential, as compared to 61.5 in the rest of Canada.

Provincial Affairs Director Nick Langley credits the positivity with a sense that lower values for oil and the Canadian dollar are helping, and 25% of business owners are expecting to add full-time staff.

Huge Canada Post Profits Negate Need For Home Delivery Cuts-Union

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 16:48:49

With Canada Post reporting a 2014 profit of almost $300M Friday, union leaders have reiterated their protests against door-to-door delivery cuts which are already underway in many parts of the country. CUPW National President Denis Lemelin notes this is a dramatically different story than the $555M loss projected by the corporate plan, and that Canada Post itself acknowledges that the profits are built on increasing parcel business, higher postal rates, and decreased worker benefit costs, with little to do with home delivery cuts.

Community mailboxes have been blamed for inconvenience to the elderly and disabled and for increases in mail theft, and Lemelin wrote to both the President of Canada Post and to Lisa Raitt, the federal minister responsible for Canada Post asking to stop the practice, and to publicly review home delivery.

Windsor To Throw Kings Transit Under The Bus

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 16:33:05

Citing a $32 per passenger cost to the town, Windsor town council has opted to pull out of their agreement with Kings Transit as per the 6 month notice required by their contract, but will remain fully funded for the duration of the fiscal year. This was one of the highlight’s of the town’s budget, which featured no increases in either residential or commercial tax rates, although marginal increases in property values will result in a slight bump in actual tax bills.

To no one’s surprise, increased snow removal costs have had a major impact on the town’s budgeting, but it did loosen its pursestrings in almost doubling a grant to the Hants Exhibition to $5,000 with councilors recognizing the special nature of the historic exhibition’s 250th anniversary next fall. A new fire truck is the highlight of capital expenditures.

Roof Problems Plague Businesses, Schools

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 16:33:00

Melting snow and resultant extra water is causing concerns for both business owners and school officials around the province today. Students at Advocate District School were dismissed early today owing to what is described in a Chignecto-Central Regional school board release as “questionable sounds” believed to be emanating from the roof.

In Berwick two separate major collapses at a warehouse structures owned by Harley Moody in the Berwick industrial Park earlier this week, one containing stock for popular retailer Bargain Harley’s, caused damages valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. No one was in the buildings at the time, and while insurance With more melting, rain and possibly snow in the forecast this weekend, it’s a good idea to check the roofs of your home and any outbuildings as well those of elderly or disabled neighbours, and to leave immediately if you hear any suspicious creaking sounds.

Acadia Opens Fall AUS Football Schedule

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 16:32:28

While the field is still covered under piles of snow, the AUS is already thinking ahead to next fall’s football schedule, and Acadia will have the honour of kicking it off as they’ll host SMU at an exhibition game Saturday September 5, before hosting St. FX in the first regular season game the following weekend. They’ll head to Montreal two weeks later to take on McGill as part the league interlock schedule, and they’ll host Mount Allison in October for their homecoming. Visit the AUS website for details.

In other Acadia sports news, 20-year old student Maddie Radvanyi, who is Toronto-born but has Valley family, was awarded the February Sport Check Female Athlete of the month for her silver medal performance in the female parallel giant slalom at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC last month. Berwick’s Jenn Smith, as part of Nova Scotia’s Team Fay rink, which came within a whisker of winning the gold but had to settle for a silver in an extra-end loss to Ontario, won the Team of the Month Award.

And the soccer Axewomen are pleased to welcome Jenna Boudreau, a highly-touted striker graduating from Halifax West. With a knack for scoring goals and an accurate shot, Jenna, and honour roll student who’ll be studying Kinesiology, will add potency to the Axewomen attack.

Last Chance to Apply for Heating Assistance Rebate

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 14:44:38

The Nova Scotia Heating Assistance Rebate is available to low income families, but this is your last chance to apply for it as the deadline in this coming Tuesday, the last day of the month. Forms are available at town and county offices.

Mackay Announces New Addition To The Family

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 12:39:21

Justice Minister Peter MacKay, through a tweet by his Iranian wife Thursday morning, and confirmed with a interview with local reporters, will become a Dad again. The couple announced the new arrival will be a sister to son Kian Alexander, who is nearing his second birthday. His wife, Nazanin coyly tweeted that while she loves both her boys, she’s looking forward to having another female voice in the house this fall.

Valley REMO Officials Warn Of Flooding Risks

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 12:38:34

With a huge snow pack still on the ground, and more precipitation and milder temperatures on the way as we approach the weekend, REMO officials are warning Valley residents to be prepared for possible flood conditions. Annapolis REMO Coordinator David McCoubrey is sounding the alert for those living along rivers and streams, urging them to closely monitor weather reports, and water levels around their home, and to be prepared to evacuate if either they or access roads become unsafe.

If evacuation becomes necessary, remember to turn of power to your home to avoid dangerous short circuits, and ensure children stay away from fast-moving water in culverts and streams. More information is available at the website under EMO.

Playoff Hockey Headlines Local Sports Scene

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 12:36:30

Get ready for a catfight as the Truro Bearcats are in Berwick tonight to take on the Summit Hyundai Valley Wildcats in the first game of their best-of-7 Eastlink Divisional final with the puck dropping at 7:00 at the AppleDome. In Windsor, the Valley Maple Leafs, riding a 3-game winning streak, hope to wrap up their best of series against Sackville in front of the home fans with a win tonight in the Barn, They’re up 3 games to 2 in their best-of-7, and game time is at 7:30.

In High School hockey, the provincials get underway today, with the Division 2 Girls hosting the championships in Kingston. A total of 4 Valley girl’s teams will be competing, and boys from 2 Valley High Schools will be on the road in their provincials. See for details.

Clare Group Wins Social Innovation Competition

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 10:57:00

The Clare Organization Representing Persons with Disabilities was one of four regional provincial winners in the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council’s Social Enterprise Innovation Competition for 2014-15. The win earned them a $2,500 equity investment and 10 hours of technical assistance from a mentor.

A release describes the group as working diligently to improve the lives of Nova Scotians by meeting social, economic, and cultural needs across the province.

Hollywood Author Relates Mental Health Battles With Acadia Talk

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 10:40:27

Liz Crokin was a highly-paid, powerful Hollywood journalist, comfortable with rubbing shoulders with A List Tinseltown celebrities, who seemingly had it all. But all that came crashing down after a STD she contracted from her boyfriend led to personality changes, and life-threatening viral meningitis. Crokin will be launching her book, entitled “Malice”, where she’ll delve into the battles she experienced with the loss of her livelihood, self-esteem and subsequent depression at a talk at the Michener Lounge in the ASU Building at Acadia Monday afternoon at 5:00, with refreshments available.

Car Stolen From Kentville Dealership Recovered in Speeding Arrest

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 10:28:00

Annapolis County police wound up recovering a car which had been reported stolen from Best Toyota in Kentville after arresting a female driver who is alleged to have been travelling at speeds close to 150 kms/hr near the Dodge Road overpass earlier this week.

The woman was arrested for the theft of the vehicle and for excessive speed, and was turned over to Kentville police.

North Kentville Civic Centre Group Hosts Family-Friendly Meeting Saturday

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 09:59:22

Harlene Munroe, with the North Kentville Enhancement Committee, like everyone else this winter, has had to deal with weather-related postponements, but she’s geared up to host a family-friendly event Saturday night. Harlene dreams of developing a playground and civic centre so that the youth of North Kentville will have somewhere to gather, and the event will be a way for neighbours to connect and strategize, but there will also be door prizes and fun for the kids.

The event is slated for Saturday at 8:00PM at Aldershot School.

The Valley food drive is underway

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 05:38:59

Four Valley Superstores and six of Your Independent Grocers will be supporting area food banks across the region as their annual spring food drive is underway until April 9. FEED NOVA SCOTIA Executive Nick Jennery says that while hunger is a year-round issue, food donations tend to drop off this time of year with so many other issues on the go.

Any healthy non-perishable food item will make for a welcome donation, but you can check at your local grocery store for most-needed items.

Tibbetts Home for Special Care visitor restrictions

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 05:37:54

Yet another seniors residence has been forced to limit visitors as a result of a gastrointestinal virus which is making the rounds.

This time it's the Tibbetts Home for Special Care in Wilmot, and they're asking guests to call in advance before coming for a visit this week.

Kings County snow concerns

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 05:36:48

Kings County snow removal crews struggled for 15 hours Wednesday to open up a single lane along Dyke Road in Grand Pre after snow drifts clogged the open stretch well-known for its blowing snow.

A local dairy farmer, who expressed concern the clearing was so narrow he might not get through, described the route as a "tunnel of snow" on a CBC report.

He said had the milk truck not been able to make it through, he would have had to destroy thousands of liters of milk.

Vintners at Domaine de Grand Pre are also concerned they have had to delay attempts at pruning, and may not be able to get to vines until they start to bud.

EMO flood prepardness tips

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 05:35:57

A warning from the Annapolis EMO about possible flooding. With the deep snow pack and the rain we're getting now, the EMO is warning you to be prepared for possible flooding conditions, to closely monitor weather reports and the water levels around your home. Be prepared to evacuate.

If that becomes neccessary remember to turn off all power to your home before leaving, and be sure sure to keep kids away from fast-moving water and culverts.

Ski Martock will extend its season

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 05:34:07

While most of us are grumbling with the prospect of yet another dose of winter weather in the forecast, there are plenty of smiles around Ski Martock as operations manager Andy MacLean is happy to be able to extend the season past the planned Sunday closing. Or depending on how you look at it, get a head start on next year as Maclean jokes he'll be the first resort in North America to open for the 2015-'16 season.

Technically, the hill will close for the season Sunday, but will reopen Monday, and they'll honour existing season passes, but you can also take advantage of the situation to buy a pass for the next ski season, and use it through the end of this year.

Valley growers are concerned about the snow-pack

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 05:33:19

Valley grape and apple growers are worried that the heavy snowpack will prevent timely pruning, a problem compounded by the need to cut back branches which have been afflicted with the fire blight bacteria. The provincial Fruit Growers Association says it's a race against time to perform necessary pruning before May when trees begin to blossom, and it shouldn't come as a surprise to see some resorting to snowshoes to at least get access to treetops.

While a shorter pruning season may result in higher labour costs, the good news is that the deep snow acts as insulation for vines; and could be beneficial.

The Kingstec Campus of the NSCC and the Kentville Legion will hold an income tax clinic

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 05:32:14

If you're a little confused by your tax situation, there are a couple of community tax clinics which may be able to help. One has been taking place at the Kingstec Campus of NSCC Tuesdays during March, and the last session will be this Tuesday, March 31. Phone 902-679-5252 to make an appointment.

Another is coming up the morning of Saturday April 11 at the Kentville Legion between 8:00 and 11:00, and walk-ins are welcome with no appointment necessary. The clinics are for those will relatively basic tax situations, and if yours is more complicated, you'll likely need to hire a professional tax consultant.

Nova Scotia health care reform bill update

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 05:31:10

The spring sitting at the legislature has opened and one of the first pieces of business is the healthcare reform bill.

The McNeil Government wants the final measures of the Health Authorities Act passed quickly as the restructurimng it supposed to go into effect April 1.

The Premier and health minister backed down and agreed to have four bargaining units handle negotiations.

Existing contracts will remain in effect until those are ready to go.

Charges in a Lower Sackville biting case have been dropped

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 05:30:19

Nichelle Benn's mother is relieved her daughter's long battle with the justice system has come to an end.

Assault charges against Benn, who has intellectual and mental health issues; were dropped yesterday. She was accused of biting a staff member at the long term care facility in Lower Sackville where she lived.

The Crown said it decided not to proceed with criminal charges against Benn. Her mother and other critics have said the case should never have been criminal, but rather; it was a mental health issue.

Halifax chemical case update

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 05:28:18

A lawyer for the man who was arrested after police found chemicals in a shed and cottage in the HRM says his client wants to have his day in court as soon as possible.

So, the judge set June 1 for the trial for Christopher Phillips on charges of uttering threats; and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

The 42 year old Phillips remains in custody.

A German airliner was crashed on-purpose by the co-pilot

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-27 05:27:19

The co-pilot deliberately crashed that German airliner into a French mountain, killing 150 people aboard; but "why" is still not known.

The cokpit voice recorder plainly indicates that the pilot, who had left the cockpit; pounding on the locked door trying to get back in.

The co-pilot had put the aircraft into a steep dive and smashed into the ground at full speed.

Investigators say they have no idea of the reason behind the mass murder-suicide.

Valley sports

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2015-03-27 05:23:59

Acadia held its sports awards banquet Wednesday night, and Valley Student-athletes dominated. Graduating swimmer Luc Boudreau, from New Minas, won the Athenaeum Male Athlete of the Year Award, as well as male most Valuable Swimmer, while teammate Rebecca MacPherson won the First Year Female Athlete of the Year, and also won a similar award in swimming, and for Most Valuable Swimmer. Bridgetown's own soccer star Andrew Snyder took home The President's Award for outstanding contribution to their sport, and another New Minas native, Hillary Monette, earned MVP honours for women's volleyball.

Hantsport's Lauren Jodrey was women's basketball's outstanding rookie, and Yarmouth's Allie Berry was the best rebounder, while sharing MVP honours. In soccer, Emily Nickerson also of Coldbrook shared MVP honnours with Somerset veteran Alana Fairfax, while Coldbrook's Chantelle Cadeau took home the Coach's Award.

Another Coldbrook Cadeau, Corey, was the Most Improved Player on the Soccer Axemen, while neighbor Andrew MacRae earned the Coach's Award. Kayla Boudreau, from New Minas, earned the swimming Coach's Award, and Kingston's Adam Deutsch was best male Rookie, and Newport's Hayden Adams was the Most Improved Swimmer.

Moncton doubled Chicoutimi 4 to 2.

Dieppe topped Miramichi 3 to 1.

The Jets beat the Habs 5 to 2.

The Panthers got past the Leafs 4 to 1.

The Sens got topped by the Rangers 5 to 1.

It was Anaheim over the Bruins 3 to 2 in overtime.

Carolina beat the Penguins 5 to 2.

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