East Dalhousie Man Arrested After Gunplay Incident

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-29 12:49:24

The normally placid community of East Dalhousie was the scene of an uncharacteristically large police presence last night after gunshots were reported at a cabin in the community just before 8:00PM Thursday evening. The situation endured until about 1:40AM, when a 52-year-old man was taken into custody by the RCMP Emergency Response Team without incident.

He is in Kentville Provincial Court this morning answering to a number of weapons-related charges.

Ken-Wo Golfer Sets Course Record at Penn Hills, Weekend Sports

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-29 12:49:16

After a slow start, Ken-Wo’s Derek MacKinnon tore up The Links at Penn Hills with 6 birdies and an eagle to card a course record 5 under 67 Thursday at the TaylorMade Adidas PGA of Canada Atlantic Tour Championship. MacKinnon finished in 4th, 4 strokes back of the winner, Steven Toombs of Mactaquac, who needed a birdie on the second playoff hole to edge Brian Affleck.

It’ll be a merciful end to a bleak season this weekend as the Kentville Wildcats entertain the Sydney Sooners in a 4 game series. A double header starts Saturday at 3:00PM, and the finale is slated for Sunday beginning at noon. And 7 Mosquito AA teams are invading Kentville to challenge for the provincials this weekend. Action started this afternoon, and opening ceremonies are at 4:00 today. Games continue Saturday with playoff going Sunday morning at 9:00. In Hantsport, the Nova Scotia Intermediate Downs will be held this weekend with action beginning this evening at 5:00 with rivals Hantsport and Windsor taking the field. Games continue Saturday morning, and the winner takes on the winner of the Metro League playdowns Monday at 12:00.

In soccer action, the Acadia Axewomen upended the X-Women 1-0 as part of an exhibition series in Wolfville yesterday. The Axewomen take on Mount Allison this evening at 5:00, with the men taking on the Mounties at 7:00. And the football Axemen welcome the Saint Mary’s Huskies Saturday at 5:00 in a pre-season tilt.

Hockey is shifting into gear as well as the Summit Hyundai Junior A Wildcats invite you to a pre-season game against the defending league champion Truro Bearcats tonight at 7:00, with just a dollar for admission. But come early for the pre game skate at 5:30. And on the strength of a 3-0 shutout over Dartmouth last night last night, the Wood Gundy CIBC Major Midget Wildcats are off to a fast 3-0 record in pre-season play.

And Ben Brown will be performing in front of the home crowd when he competes in the 5-Mile Berwick Gala Day Road race Sunday. He’ll be looking to beat the course record, and he’s been within a whisker in his training runs.

Bell Aliant Responds To Questions About Fundy Shore Broadband Services.

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-29 10:51:34

In response to questions raised about the slowness in providing high speed internet service to many pockets in the Valley still without broadband, Bell Aliant spokesperson Christine Manore replied by noting that 7,600 homes within Nova Scotia have been added to the network this year, including the Fundy Shore communities of Port George and Morden, and about half the homes in Victoria Harbour.

But she says no further expansion plans are in the works for this year.

AVH Dementia Program Deemed “Tremendous Success”

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-29 10:33:28

A program developed by the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia entitled Shaping the Journey:living with dementia has been adapted by the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, and according to social worker Pam McKinley, last year’s inaugural offering of the program in the Valley was so successful that it will be extended from 6 to 8 weeks.

She says the program benefitted not just those living with the disease within the region, but care givers as well. The program deals with understanding the progression of the disease, maintaining health, and dealing with depression following a diagnosis. The program will take place Tuesday afternoons in Kentville, and those interested in attending the sessions, which run about two and a half hours, are invited to pre-register by calling 902-365-1701.

Strong August Numbers Buoy Nova Star Results

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-29 10:13:39

The latest figures for travel on the Nova Star ferry are indicating smooth sailing for the cruise line, easing fears which had arisen after the season had got off to a slow start. As of Thursday, over 20,000 passengers had taken the crossing between Portland and Yarmouth during August, for a daily average of 650, near the top end of the cruise line’s goal of between 500-700 passengers a day.

This represents an increase of more than 50% over July’s figures, and the company credits social media feedback, marketing efforts, new rates and packages, as well as onboard events and better weather for the improved performance. Nova Star Cruises recently announced several packages promoting shopping and theatre excursions in New England as well as entertainment in Nova Scotia in an effort to capitalize on the fall season.

For details, see novastarcruises.com.

Police Arrest 3 in 2 Wolfville Drug Busts

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-29 09:32:35

A visit to a Pleasant Street residence by police in Wolfville Wednesday resulted in the arrest of a 27-year-old man after marijuana plants were seized He’ll be facing drug-related charges soon.

Wolfville police were back at it Thursday when another search warrant, this time at a Hillside apartment, uncovered marijuana, and drug trafficking equipment. A 25-year-old man was charged with trafficking, and a 29-year-old woman faces drug charges as well as breeching conditions. They’ll appear in Kentville Provincial Court presently.

Mahone Bay and Chester will get fibre-op service, no word yet for The Valley

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-29 05:26:31

Bell Aliant has announced plans to expand its fibreOP service to Mahone Bay and Chester on the South Shore, but there are no clear indications additional services were in the works for hundreds of customers in the Valley who still are without high speed internet access.

In a press release, the company boasted of an additional $2M investment to provided service to the 2 South Shore communities, bringing its total Nova Scotia expenditure to over $125M. The company mentions several communities within the Annapolis Valley as already having access to the service, but for the pockets within the region who are still without High speed internet, the issue has become a political football with property assessment and business impacts.

For the lucky ones in Mahone Bay, connection is imminent, and for Chester customers, they can expect fall installation. Further information is available on the Bell Aliant website, or by calling 1-866-342-7367.

Kentville Altercation Results in Attempted Murder Charges

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-29 05:25:38

A disturbance near the intersection of Chester Avenue and Main Street in Kentville early yesterday morning has resulted in the arrest of a 17-year-old Kentville youth on several charges, including attempted murder. The 21-year-old victim of the attack is recovering from serious, but non-life-threatening head injuries.

The suspect will be answering to several weapons-related charges, as well as the attempted murder accusation, at Kentville Youth Court today.

The Loretta Saunders murder case has been adjourned

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-29 05:25:07

The case of two people accused in the slaying of Loretta Saunders has been adjourned until next month to determine how much time will be needed for a trial.

26 year old Blake Leggette and 28 year old Victoria Henneberry are charged with first degree murder in Saunders' death.

Leggete's lawyer, Terry Sheppard; says the two have chosen trial by judge and jury which will likely begin next fall and would take about a month.

Saunder's body was found in a wooded area off the Trans-Canada Highway in New Brunswick two weeks after she was reported missing from her home in February.

Saunders, an inuit from Labrador; was a student at Saint Mary's University who was studying the cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women.

Nova Scotia awards a person 150 K for info leading to a conviction

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-29 05:24:18

The province's first maximum 150 thousand dollar payout for providing information to the "Reward for Major Unsolved Crimes" program happened this week.

Information received helped the RCMP arrest and charge two men in the 2011 disappearance of Melissa Dawn Peacock.

Dustan Joseph Preeper and Joshua Michael Preeper were convicted of her murder last month.

Justice Minister Lena Diab hopes this gives the family some closure and encouraged others with information about unsolved crimes to come forward.

There's no word on the identity of the person receiving the reward.

To qualify, the information received through the program must lead to an arrest and a conviction.

The amount paid out is determined by the investigative importance of the information.

A report says Nova Scotia should delay fracking around

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-29 05:23:24

A report on hydraulic fracturing says that practice should not go ahead in Nova Scotia at this time.

The 387-page report claims that fracking shouldn't be allowed until more research is done on health, environmental and economic impacts.

It also says a process to establish community permission should be developed before it goes ahead.

Energy Minister Andrew Younger says he hopes to make a final decision on fracking before the legislature convenes late next month.

New daycare regulations in Nova Scotia

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-29 05:22:42

The McNeil Government is beefing up regulations for the protection of children at day cares.

Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey says she will soon have the authority to ensure that staff who have not completed criminal background or child abuse registry checks are not working with children at any time.

Casey brought in those measures after getting information about five daycares that violated their operating licences and hired staff without the proper background checks.

Daycare operators whose background checks are not up to date, will have to be supervised when they are with children.

Digby gets ready for the Wharf Rats!

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-29 05:22:01

The bikers started arriving in Digby earlier this year for the Wharf Rat Rally.

It's the 10th annual one and it runs through Sunday.

Downtown Digby is going to be packed with motorcycles, their riders and fans.

There are traffic and parking restrictions in place for the whole weekend.

The chairman of the rally’s volunteer board of directors, Glen Dunn, says they had about 25 thousand motorcycles last year.

This year they could see more with fine weather expected for the whole weekend.

There will also be high-speed customized race boats competing in Digby Harbour tomorrow and Sunday.

You can get more on the activities online at wharf rat rally.com.

Event planners expect the economic impact of the Rally to be about 11 million dollars.

Valley sports

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-29 05:15:21

Labour Day weekend signals the beginning of the CIS football season, with several opening games slated for Monday. And while the Acadia Axemen don't suit up until next Saturday in Sackville, New Brunswick against the Mounties, they'll be featured on the Eastlink TV broadcast, the first of several appearances on the small screen for the team. They'll also be on TV the following week when they host the St. Mary's Huskies in Wolfville, and again for their homecoming game October 18th when they welcome Mount Allison.

The Axemen are trying to rebuild after an up and down season where they lost their last 4 games, finishing 3-5, before bowing out in the playoffs to Mount Allison.

In baseball, the Jays and the Red Sox had the day off; the Tigers beat the Yankees 3 to 2, and it was the Orioles over the Rays 5 to 4.

News stories from 2014-08-28.