Highway Upgrade Announced for Digby

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 15:51:43

Big news for motorists in Southwestern Nova Scotia as the long-awaited upgrade of the 101 between Digby and Marshalltown has been announced. South Nova MP Greg Kerr, flanked by Clare-Digby MLA Gordon Wilson said the Canadian Government will provide $7.5 M from the New Building Canada Plan to allow for a controlled access highway in the area, as part of a larger plan to eventually connect Digby to Weymouth.

The provincial government has committed to provide the remaining $9.2M needed to complete the extension, allowing for safer and more efficient transportation in the region.

Berwick Trail Vandalized

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 14:36:22

For the second time in two weeks, green spaces in Kings County have been damaged by inexplicable vandalism. The football field at West Kings was wrecked by deep tire tracks last week, and now the Berwick Apple Capital Heritage Trail, recently resurfaced at a cost of $30,000, is marred by ruts along its over 2 km length.

The wanton destruction will sharpen the debate as to whether motorized vehicles should be allowed on the trail.

Panel Named to Review Hants County Mill Practices

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 14:23:42

A mill harvesting near Panuke Lake in Hants County is facing review by the Mersey Woodlands Advisory Committee after concerns were raised by environmental groups that it didn’t conduct its operations properly. Because of the area is a travel corridor for wildlife, including mainland moose, special forestry practices are required.

Natural Resources Minster Zach Churchill expects the broadly experienced committee to submit its report by the end of November.

Time For Expansion Ripe For Benjamin Bridge

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 13:43:17

Benjamin Bridge Vineyards, located in the Gaspereau Valley, can already boast of Nova Scotia’s best selling wine, Nova 7, but with the announcement Friday of a $338,000 repayable loan through ACOA, the time for the winery to expand is ripe. It has just purchased an adjoining property with 40 acres to add to its existing 60, and the funding will allow the company to purchase a state-of–the-art pressing machine and other specialized equipment.

South Nova MP Greg Kerr was on hand to make the announcement, which will allow the winery to surpass its original goal of being a 10,000- case vineyard, with expectations of 18,000 cases now realistic.

Multi-Vehicle Collision Closes Highway 101

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 09:55:25

A 5-car collision between Exit 13 in North Alton and Exit 14 in Coldbrook forced police to close Highway 101 this morning. The call came in about 8:20, and prompted a major response from RCMP, area fire fighters, and paramedics. While details as to the extent of injuries are limited at this time, one person has been taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police asked motorists to avoid the area, but expected the highway to reopen by around 9:00AM.

4th Annual Brigaween Set For Tonight at Brigadoon Village.

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 09:55:11

If you’re looking for an alternate way for the kids to celebrate Halloween tonight, get ready for Brigaween, the fourth annual Halloween party taking place tonight at Brigadoon Village on lake Aylesford. It’s a safe, fun, and free way for kids to enjoy the evening, with the scares beginning at 6:00.

Brigadoon Village is about 20 minutes south of Exit 13 along North River Road.

Acadia Soccer Stars Honoured

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 09:41:41

As AUS soccer glory will be contested this weekend, the men’s and women’s awards and All-Stars have been announced, and Acadia is strongly represented. On the women’s side, fourth-year cornerback Caoimhe McParland was named as the Student-Athlete Community Award recipient, the fourth consecutive year an Axewoman won the award. Teammate Alana Fairfax, from Somerset, who has won the award for the past 2 years, was named to the First All-Star Team.

Also making the first team was defender Emily Nickerson of Coldbrook. Midfielder Laura Grey, of Brookside, made the Second Team.

On the Men’s side, Bridgewater’s Andrew Snyder, a defender, made the First Team, and hometown boy Cochrane Noseworthy-Smith, playing midfield, made the Second Team.

Major Midget Wildcats Upend Halifax

Drake Bathurson’s two goals led the Valley CIBC Wood Gundy Wildcat to a 5-2 win over the league-leading Halifax McDonalds last night at the AppleDome The two teams stage a rematch Saturday night in Berwick, game time is 7:00.

Crunch Time For Acadia Soccer Teams

It’s crunch time for both Acadia soccer teams as both are on the pitch this afternoon for a chance to advance in the AUS Championship. The men are on the field in Newfoundland against UPEI, and the women are taking on the host Dalhousie Tigers, with the semis scheduled for Saturday. The football Axemen also play in a semi final Saturday at 2:00 in Antigonish against the X-Men. The 2nd-ranked Hockey Axemen are on their way to Fredericton tonight for a game against the St. Thomas Tommies, before making their way to the Island Saturday to face off against the Panthers in Charlottetown. Len Hawley will have the play-by-play on AVR for both games.

The Summit Hyundai Junior A Valley Wildcats eked out a 4-3 overtime win over the first-place Pictou County Weeks in New Glasgow last night. The Cats visit Truro Saturday night to take on the Bearcats. The Kings Mutual Major Bantams, still trying to scare up their first win of the season, are in Liverpool for a weekend series for games against the Western Hurricanes, Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The Valley Maple Leafs try to get a leg up in a three-way tie for second place in the Fred Fox Division as they host the lowly Cumberland County Blues tonight at 7:50 at the Hants County Arena in Windsor.

NS education review released

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 04:21:41

A recent review has 30 recommendations for Nova Scotia's education system.

The panel recommends changes in seven key areas including curriculum, teaching and system structure.

They include a focus on math and literacy for elementary students, multiple subjects including science in high school; raising the amount of credits needed for high school graduation from 18 to 21, and firing teachers who aren't doing a good job.

Suspected thief is the son of Kings North MLA

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 04:21:15

A prowler who broke into a house Wednesday in the Northwest Arm area of Halifax, stole a display sword; and then tried to escape police by paddling a canoe, is the son of Kings North MLA John Lohr.

The PC Caucus says the issue will be handled through the provincial Mental Health Court Program.

Lohr added that the priority is getting his son the help and support he needs.

McNeil will make a funding announcement in Annapolis Royal

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 04:20:19

Premier Stephen McNeil will be joined by Annapolis Royal Mayor Michael Tompkins to make a funding announcement, Saturday at 11 a.m in the town.

The announcement will be at Grant Potter Memorial Park on George Street.

Valley man loses money, has it returned to him

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 04:19:31

Valley resident Glen Harnish is thankful for the help of good Samaritans.

Tuesday morning he lost $100 while doing deliveries to businesses.

One of them, Green Diamond; saw employees Peter Cahill and Glenn Melanson find the money, get Harnish's e-mail and ask if the cash was his.

Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce wins an award

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 04:18:24

The Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce have won the Workplace Education Ambassador for Workplace Champion.

The award is in recognition of a group which makes a significant contribution to the overall Nova Scotia Workplace Education Initiative.

The Chamber will receive the award at a ceremony in Halifax November 19th.

New Ferry Statement

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 04:17:13

Bay of Fundy Marine Transportation Chair Norman Lockyer expressed pleasure at the naming of the new Digby-Saint John ferry.

Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced Monday that a modern Greek ferry, the Blue Star Ithaki, would be taking over from the aging Princess of Acadia.

Lockyer also says an active stabilization system will make for a smoother crossing.

Bus schedule changed in West Hants

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 04:16:30

Kings Transit Authority has issued a statement in response to changes in bus service in West Hants.

It says the new schedule will have buses running from 6:00AM to 7:00PM weekdays, which is down two hours. While Brooklyn trips will be three a day, the route will have by a new, fully accessible low floor bus. There's also a new express route between Wolfville and Windsor has been implemented.

The Authority says the changes were necessary to increase efficiency and reduce operating costs.

Confessed cop killer will be sentenced today

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 04:15:44

Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice David Smith will hand down what will likely be the harshest sentence in a Canadian court since the death penalty was abolished in the '60s.

The Crown wants 24 year old Justin Bourque locked up for at least 75 years before he's eligible for parole for killing the three RCMP officers in Moncton.

The Defence suggested 50 years because they feel Bourque's mind was "confused" at the time.

HMCS Athabaskan is now home-ported

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 04:14:58

HMCS Athabaskan returned home yesterday from a seven week deployment intercepting drug shipments in the Carribean and Pacific.

The Athabaskan was one of seven Royal Canadian Navy ships that have been deployed to the region to try to curtail drug smuggling.

NS First Nations woman charged with fraud

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 04:14:18

A First Nations woman has been charged with defrauding a Mi'kmaq organization of $350,000 over three years.

The Mi'kmaq Employment and Training Secretariat called in the RCMP after it rfound the money missing from its accounts.

38 year old Dawn Marie Johnson of the Paq'tnek First Nation in Antigonish County will be in court November 26.

Valley sports

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2014-10-31 04:12:44

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers edged the Valley Jr A Wildcats 4 to 3 in overtime.

In the NHL, the Bruins beat the Sabres 3 to 2, the Penguins shut out the Kings 3 to nothing, the Black Hawks edged the Sens 5 to 4, and the Canucks topped the Habs 3 to 2.

News stories from 2014-10-30.