By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-10 22:27:25
The Summit Hyundai Junior Wildcats couldn't have picked a better time to rebound after a disheartening 7 game slide at the end of the year as they won the first game of a best-of-3 series against the host Yarmouth Junior Mariners 4-2 Monday night. Mike Molloy, the game's first star, scored 2 second period goals and added an assist, while Anthony Cardinal assisted on both of those goals and added a third period tally himself to spearhead the offense. But goaltender Blade Mann-Dixon did it again, saving 49 shots shots to earn 2nd star honours, in backstopping the victory. The 'Cats can wrap the series up with a win tonight back home in Kentville when the puck drops at 7:30.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-10 21:57:12
Travis Randell scored only 3 goals during the regular season, but when the Axemen powerhouse line struggled over the past couple of games, Randell emerged as an unlikely playoff hero as he scored the winning goal in a 3-1 Acadia win over SMU which gave them the AUS Title, his second in the last 2 Acadia wins. Randell also scored a key goal in the Axemen's miracle 6-5 comeback over Moncton in the previous round, matching his regular season output in 2 playoff series. While Acadia finally scored a power play goal in the first period off the stick of Dustin Ekelman to give them a 1-0 lead, it was Randell's goal with less than 5 minutes to go in the second which put Acadia ahead to stay after the Huskies tied it up. Michael Clarke scored on an empty net with a minute left to ice the win, and Evan Mosher was the story again, stopping 28 shots. The Axemen are now off to the Nationals in Saskatoon starting March 20.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-10 16:56:22
Call Me Fitz, a dark comedy starring Jason Priestly as morally-challenged car salesman, which was shot in New Minas, won 3 Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto Sunday night. It won the nod for Best Comedy, Priestly himself won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role for an episode called “Thirty Percent less Pulp Fiction, and co-star Tracy Dawson won for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role for another episode entitled “ The Totally Legitimate Death of Meghan Fitzpatrick”.
The series was shot at a car lot which is now called Carnival Of Cars along Commercial Street in New Minas, and featured familiar locations such as Ken-Wo Golf course.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-10 16:31:49
Kentville native Craig David Robar, 36, will spend 13 weeks in custody after pleading guilty to a series of theft and fraud charges laid in connection with incidents last spring and summer. The thefts occurred last April and May at the Kentville Foodland and SaveEasy, and Robar got into further legal hot water when he failed to pay a cab fare, and was charged with fraud in incidents in July and August. He was further sentenced to pay over $700 in restitution to his victims.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-10 16:21:55
A final decision has been rendered in the case involving Pauline Raven and the County of Kings over a procedure to which Raven objected, and while she has hit with a bill of just under $1,500, she says, in a press release issued Monday, that it was “money well spent”. She notes while she had “hoped for a more favourable outcome”, she respects Judge Pickup’s decision, and adds that without her application for a judicial review of the proceedings in question, county council would not have recognized its actions in rescinding an offending motion four months prior had been improper.
She felt that, more importantly, the process had led to long-term improvements in dealing with points of order and clearer codes of conduct for councilors.
The issue resulted from language Raven used to criticize CAO Tom MacEwan’s report on regional governance at an October 1st meeting and Warden Diana Brothers subsequent warning to Raven.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-10 15:48:54
According to Greenwood Century 21 Acclaim Realty broker Lorna Fulton, the recently announced downsizing of the Michelin plant in Pictou County plant could spell good news for the Valley, especially for real estate values. In a recent interview in the Kings County Advertiser and Register, she says while she sympathizes with the disruptions caused to those affected by the eventual loss of 500 jobs in Pictou County, she adds workers with young families is exactly what the Valley needs, adding she has already received an inquiry from a worker who has accepted a transfer to the Waterville plant.
The anticipated influx will likely improve the real estate market between Wolfville and Middleton, and while property inventory for sale will be adequate, rental properties might well only come at a premium.
Agents in Pictou County also sympathize with impacted families, but feel the County is resilient enough to bounce back from the blow, citing new job sources such as the Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional facility in Priestville and the Vida Cannabis plant in Stellarton as compensating factors.
They say the situation when the ill-fated Westray mine shut down was worse, because there was no compensating large scale job creating opportunities at the time, which prompted a 5-7% drop in real estate values. They also say that most senior Michelin workers, who are eligible for up to a 78 week severance package, won’t necessarily need to relocate, and that there is no need to panic.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-10 15:15:26
Berwick RCMP and Town Firefighters converged on the Appledome Friday night, but the only injuries involved in this charity hockey game were perhaps bruised egos, as the Policemen outgunned the firefighters by a wide margin.
Despite The Village People’s inducements in their smash disco hit "YMCA" through the PA system, there weren’t many “young men” around, but the older ones playing in this “guns versus hoses” match all gave it their best shot. After spotting the firemen a short-lived 2 goal lead, the RCMP, bolstered by ringers such as Magic 94.9 morning man “Killer” Kevin Bottaro, who scored a nifty goal upon being generously awarded a penalty shot, and smooth skating Health Minister Leo Glavine, who also netted a few goals, soon put on a clinic and eventually hosed the fireman by a 13-7 score. But the real winner was a Berwick family, whose struggles to cover out-of-province medical expenses were eased by fund raising efforts totaling close to $4,500, according to organizer Rod Reeves, who thanked all participants for their community-mindedness, and all Berwick and area hockey fans for their selfless generosity.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-10 14:35:29
Due to a physician availability issue, the emergency department at Soldiers Memorial Hospital in Middleton will close today at 5 pm. The ER will reopen on Tuesday at 8 pm.
If you have an emergency, please call 911. Emergency care is also available at Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville and the Collaborative Emergency Centre in Annapolis Royal. For non-emergency health information, please call 811 to speak with a Registered Nurse. Annapolis Valley Health apologizes for any inconvenience.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-10 10:34:23
South West Nova MP Greg Kerr has been busy , starting with a statement he made in the House of Commons Thursday congratulating what he termed “the amazing volunteers” who have helped Cape Forchu, which graces the cover of this year’s Doers and Dreamers Guide, continue to be a welcoming beacon to Atlantic Canadian shores. The lighthouse’s history goes back to 1604, when it was named by Samuel de Champlain, but local citizens teamed up to preserve this valuable example of maritime heritage in the 1990’s.
Friday, he was in Greenwood to announce a $1.4M federal investment towards a 2.5 km water line which will connect dozens of households along Tremont Mountain Road to the Greenwood Water Utility service area, improving fire protection flows, pressure, and overall operational performance of the system. Kings Municipality Warden Diana Brothers said without the federal Gas Tax Fund contribution, improvements such as making the system looped and avoiding dead ends, would simply be impossible.
And Saturday, he encouraged all Valley residents to show their support for Kingston’s Kraft Hockeyville bid. By making the final 16, the village has already ensured itself of at least $25,000 towards improvements at its arena. Winning the online competition would net the grand prize of $100,000, and a pre-season NHL game. Hurry, voting ends at 1:00am tonight, so visit http://krafthockeyville.cbc.ca/
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-10 10:01:22
It’s still a little early for spring planting at Ross Farm but the New Ross heritage farm museum has plenty of excitement in store during Spring Break week. Director Lisa Wolfe says the first lamb of the season was already born, and there is always the possibility of witnessing an early spring birth. Chances are much better you’ll enjoy some hot chocolate and a sleigh ride, however. There are plenty of crafts and other activities for children of all ages, and snowshoes are available for outdoor hiking, or if you’re missing school already, you can visit the site’s one-room schoolhouse.
The Firefighter’s Museum in Yarmouth offers free admission all week, where visitors can explore firefighting equipment back to the 1800s. And across the bay in Parrsboro, the Fundy Geological Museum has a full slate of interesting activities planned, including an opportunity for a sleepover with the dinosaurs. For a complete listing of all provincial museum activities, see http://museum.novascotia.ca .
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-10 08:00:18
Maritime Bus says it needs more time to see if a pilot northern bus route between Moncton and Cambellton is viable. So far it has not gotten the ridership it needs for the route to pay for itself.
It's been operating since August, but it was only last week before they finally hit the 20 passenger mark in each direction which they need to get a permanent license for the route from the Energy and Utilities Board. The temporary license expired last month and the company is asking for an extension.
A big factor may be the pending loss of the VIA Rail train between Moncton and Campbellton. Maritime Bus boss Mike Cassidy told CBC they need to be advertising and be ready in July when the final decision is made by VIA.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-10 04:51:25
Kraft Hockeyville finalists include the Credit Union Centre in Kingston and the Bedeque and Area Recreation Centre in Central Bedeque, P.E.I., is another Maritime rink still in contention.
In addition; Grade 11 student Jordan Hunter from Amherst Regional High School teamed up with the Amherst Youth Town Council to to bring an NHL preseason game to Amherst, in hopes of winning the title of Kraft "Hockeyville."
During the second intermission of Hockey Night in Canada, it was announced that Amherst is another one of the semi-finalists vying for the title.
Jordan Hunter hopes you will take the time to vote by midnight tonight.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-10 04:48:20
Flames destroyed a home on the eastern Shore yesterday.
The blaze broke out late in the morning in a two storey house just off Highway 7 in Harrigan Cove between Sheet Harbour and Ecum Secum. The owner got out unscathed and ran to a neighbour's for help. By the time firefighters arrived, the place was pretty well engulfed. Not much is left.
Investigatiors are looking for the cause.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-10 04:47:09
Malaysia's transport minister says authorities are reviewing footage of the two passengers who boarded a missing Malaysian Airlines jetliner with stolen passports.
They want to find out who they are, but the minister says the main focus right now is finding the jet.
Vietnamese authorities are trying to get a closer look at a floating object that may be a part of the Boeing 7-77.
More than 60 ships are involved in the search off Vietnam.
Two Canadians were among the 239 people on board the flight.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-10 04:46:32
Ukrainian-Canadians marched in Ottawa to call for world support.
Only France's ambassador, Philippe Zeller, personally spoke with the dozens of protesters as they waved flags and signs outside the French embassy.
The demonstrations began in front of the Chinese embassy before snaking through the capital to buildings housing diplomats from France, the United States and the U-K.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin is defending the separatist drive in Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula -- saying it's in keeping with international law.
Pro-Moscow forces are pushing for a vote in favor of reunification with Russia in next Sunday's referendum.
The Russian president made it clear he supports the referendum in phone calls yesterday with the German Chancellor and British Prime Minister David Cameron.
U-S President Barack Obama says the March 16th vote would clearly violate international law.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-10 04:45:22
Israel's military says a ship it intercepted in the Red Sea last week carried 40 rockets with a range of up to 160 kilometres and dozens of mortar shells.
Israel has alleged the shipment was orchestrated by Iran and was intended for Islamic terrorists in Gaza.
An Egyptian security official feels that the rockets might also have been intended for militants in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, which borders Gaza.
Officials in Iran and Gaza militants have denied any involvement with the shipment.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-10 04:44:49
Police say a dispute over a parking spot at a southern New Jersey mall ended when a woman bit and almost severed the finger of another driver.
Saturday's fight at the Cherry Hill Mall involved three women.
Details about the dispute were not disclosed, but authorities say it began as a verbal argument before it turned physical.
Police add that if they find the biter she could face aggravated assault charges.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-10 04:43:51
The Saint Mary's Huskies stayed alive with a 2-1 over the Axemen last night staving off elimination in a penalty filled game. A total of 9 players were assessed misconducts.
The teams face off in Game 4 tonight at Saint Mary's.
The season came to a dramatic close for the Valley Maple Leafs. They lost in double overtime to the East Hants Penguin 3-2 in Lantz Friday night. The Penguins move into the next series against the Sackville Blazers. Congratulations to the Maple Leafs players, their families, the coaching staff and the executive on a successful season.
Summit Hyundai Junior Wildcats lost two on the weekend. Miramichi beat them 5-3 Friday. Then Saturday the bearcats thrashed them 8-1. The 'Cats head to Yarmouth to start a 3 game playoff series against the Junior Mariners tonight. Game two is in Kentville tomorrow evening. Game three if neccessary Thursday in Yarmouth.
The Bantam Wildcats ended a difficult season losing to the Bedford Barons 6-4 and losing the series two games to none.
In the Q-league, Cape Breton beat Moncton 5 to 1, and it was Acadia-Bathurst over Saint John 7 to 4.
A Prince Edward Island man will go down in history as the first Canadian athlete to win silver in biathlon at the Paralympic Winter Games.
Mark Arendz won the medal yesterday in Sochi with the second fastest time in the men's 7.5-kilometre standing biathlon competition.
The Hartsville native said he was thrilled and relieved to be on the podium.
NHL action had Boston over Florida 5 to 2, while L.A. doubled up Edmonton 4 to 2.
In baseketball, it was Boston beating Detroit 118 to 111, while Toronto topped Minnesota 111 to 104.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-10 00:18:44
The Saint Mary's Huskies mushed to a narrow 2-1 over the Axemen Sunday night to stave off elimination in a penalty-filled game where a total of 9 players were assessed misconducts at the end of the game. SMU star Lucas Bloodoff broke up a scoreless game with just over 4 minutes to go in the second period before Stephen Johnson added an insurance marker 8 minutes into the third. Michael Clark finally put Acadia on the board with 3 and a half minutes to go, but there were no miracle comebacks this time for the Axemen, who were stymied in 8 power play chances. The game featured some heavy hits and short tempers as Axeman All-Rookie Geoff Schemisch had to be helped off the ice and didn't return after a hit. SMU goaltender Anthony Peters again starred in the win with 24 saves, and the teams face off in Game 4 tonight at Saint Mary's.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-10 00:18:11
The season came to a dramatic close for the Valley Maple Leafs as they lost in double overtime to the East Hants Penguin 3-2 in Lantz Friday night. The teams had traded goals in the first period, but the Penguins took the lead in the second period on a Nolan Martin power play goal with less than 6 minutes to play. Michael Dill then evened things up with just over 6 minutes left in the third period. But Nolan Martin propelled the Penguins into the next round with a goal 75 second into the second overtime. They'll go on to face the Sackville Blazers, who finally dispatched the Bay Ducks with a 3-0 win Saturday, Congratulations to the players, their families, the coaching staff and the executive on a very successful season.
Summit Hyundai Junior Wildcats' goaltender Blade Mann-Dixon stood on his ear Friday night, saving 61 shots, in earning 3rd star recognition. But it wasn't enough as the 'Cats went down to the Miramichi Timberwolves, paced by a Tyler Brown hat trick, who came back to defeat them 5-3 in Kentville Friday night, Things went from bad to worse Saturday when the Truro Bearcats overwhelmed them with a 54-shot barrage, and thrashed them 8-1. The 'Cats limp into Yarmouth to start a 3 game playoff series against the Junior Mariners tonight.
The Bantam Wildcats ended a difficult season, bowing to the Bedford Barons 6-4 to lose a best of 3 2-0. The 'Cats actually stormed back with 3 goals, all by Josh Foster late in the second period, to tie the game 3-3. After the Barons scored 2 in the third, Foster brought the' Cats within one with just over 6 minutes to play, but that's as close as they were able to come, as the Barons sealed it with a last minute power play tally. The 'Cats all deserve congratulations for never giving up over the course of a very challenging season.