Acadia Signs Former Olympic Medalist To Coach Swim Team

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 14:28:41

Acadia Athletics has announced its second major coaching hiring in the past few days with news that former Olympic silver medalist Gary MacDonald will be taking over as head of an up and coming swim team. MacDonald, originally from Mission, B.C., but currently residing in Halifax, won a Silver medal at the Montreal Summer Olympics in 1976 as part of the 4x100 medley relay team, and also Pan-American and Commonwealth medals on his mantel.

Most recently, MacDonald coached the Dalhousie Tigers to an Eastern Canadian pool powerhouse over the past 11 years, and takes over an Acadia team which showed tremendous promise this past year under interim coach David Fry.

Announced Pete’s Frootique Closure In Wolfville Adds To Valley Retail Woes

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 10:52:41

With the announcement that Pete’s Footique will be closing its doors in Wolfville by the end of May, throwing a total of 50 employees out of work, a decision owner and Valley resident Pete Luckett described as “heartbreaking”, the retail sector within the Valley has absorbed another serious blow.

Major closings over the past couple of years include a Hart’s store in Windsor, the Bargain Shop in Wolfville, Zeller’s at the County Fair Mall in New Minas, and more recently, Future Shop, also in New Minas. Best Buy announced it will be closing all Future Shop stores across the country, but some will reopen under the Best Buy name.

Spectacular DRUM! Show Highlights Hants County Exhibition’s 250th Anniversary

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 10:52:35

The Hants County Exhibition, which boasts of being North America’s oldest such event, will be celebrating its 250th anniversary in style with its presentation of DRUM!, a spectacular blend of percussion involving Celtic, Acadian, Black, and Aboriginal styles. The performances will be held from May 21-24 at the Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre in Windsor, and will feature special guests such as popular Acadian entertainer Lennie Gallant. The show first came to prominence during the Tall Ships festival in Halifax in 2000, and has been riveting audiences ever since.

Ticket details and further information about the exhibition can be found at, or at the exhibition’s facebook page.

Leafs Advance, Wildcats Struggle Against Truro

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 10:52:29

In only their third year of operation, the Valley Maple Leafs are Fred Fox Division champions after a 5-2 win over the high-scoring Sackville Blazers Friday night to take their series 4 games to 2. The Leafs will battle the Glace Bay Junior Miners, who got past the Pictou County Scotians 4-1 in their divisional final, for the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey league crown, with the first game scheduled Saturday night in Glace Bay, and Game 2 a Sunday matinee affair, still in Cape Breton.

However, the Summit Hyundai Wildcats find themselves down 2-0 in their Eastlink Divisional final against Truro after a 6-4 setback Friday night, and a 6-5 overtime heartbreaker Sunday. The ‘Cats hope to regroup in Game 3 tonight (Tuesday night) in Berwick, with the puck dropping at 7:00 at the AppleDome.

And the Hockey Axewomen won the Eastern Canadian Championship in Charlottetown last weekend when Chelsey Wilkins scored a dramatic goal with 14 seconds left in the game to help Acadia complete a 3-2 comeback win over UNB. Congratulations to the team management, players, and their families.

Maple Producers Snowed Under

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 10:02:59

With yet more fresh snow on the ground, many Valley farmers are experiencing difficulties, and maple producers are no exceptions. While some snow around is associated with the sugaring off experience, mainlines and lateral lines have been repeatedly buried under snow, but pressure from the snow pack can damage the lines, requiring repeated shoveling of miles of lines to avoid flow stoppage.

This has increased maintenance costs by four to five times over a regular season, and producers such as Kevin McCormick, located outside Springhill, has been reporting his damages to the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, which is compiling snow damage-related information with the goal of applying for emergency government assistance.

New Director of Development At Brigadoon Village

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 09:38:26

Brigadoon Village Executive Director David Graham is pleased to announce the addition of Michelle Bohaychuk to the team in the position of Director of Development at the Aylesford Lake facility. Michelle will be engaged with the village’s corporate sponsorship program, “It Takes A Village”, and will look after major gifts, events, and annual giving.

She sits of the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and has previous experience with charities such as Parents of Multiple Births Association, and the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope.

A charge has been laid regarding the Campbellton snake incident

By Rick Fleming - with files from the Tribune. Last updated: 2015-03-31 05:16:39

Following the deaths of two Campbellton boys in August of 2013, a charge has been laid.

The Tribune reports that Jean-Claude Savoie, formerly of Campbellton; is facing one charge so far of criminal negligence causing death.

Autopsies found that Noah and Connor Barthe, 4 and 6 years old respectively, died during a sleepover by being asphyxiated by a 45-kilogram African rock python in an apartment above Savoie’s exotic pet store, Reptile Ocean.

It's believed that the snake managed to escape from its enclosure, and fell through the ceiling near where the boys were sleeping on the floor.

A Sydney business gets a 300K boost

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 05:13:31

"Protocase" of Sydney, which serves over 8000 customers worldwide; is getting $300,000 in funding from ACOA.

The grant will help the company do equipment and infrastructure enhancements.

Bridgetown's final council meeting is this evening

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 05:11:06

Bridgetown's last-ever council meeting is tonight (Tuesday) at 7:00 at the Legion.

Tomorrow (Wednesday), the former town will officially dissolve into Annapolis County.

Former Mayor Horace Hurlburt will be sworn-in as a county councilor in Annapolis Royal, followed by an open house.

A Meteghan firm will build the new Digby Neck ferry

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 05:10:18

A.F. Theriault and Sons of Meteghan has been contracted to build the new Digby Neck ferry.

It'll replace the aging Joe Casey, which will be used as a spare.

The new ferry will be 35 metres long, 13 metres wide and capable of accommodating 18 cars, and is expected to be ready by late next year.

Acadia vaccination schedule

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 05:08:36

The second phase of the meningitis vaccinations has begun at Acadia.

The clinics began last month after two student cases of the virus' "B" strain, including one fatal.

The clinics are at the Fountain Commons today and tomorrow before resuming after the Easter break.

In addition, Hollywood journalist Liz Crokin is launching her book "Malice" at Acadia this afternoon.

It chronicles her battle with life-threatening viral meningitis and its effects.

The event is at the Student Union building at 5:00.

Kentville person to be released with conditions after serving his time

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 05:08:03

A Kentville man is about to be released from prison after serving a two year sentence for trying to lure a child over the internet.

The Parole Board is imposing several conditions on Andrew Christopher Barrett who must live in a halfway house to start and stay away from places where children may be. He's not allowed access to the internet.

Barrett was charged in 2013 after the Internet Child Exploitation Unit investigated a complaint that originated in Lower Sackville.

A Greenhill blaze destroys a mobile home

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 05:07:12

A Hants County man in his 60s wasn't hurt but his mobile home was gutted in a weekend fire. The man is now staying with relatives after his home was destroyed in the blaze in Greenhill west of Mt. Uniacke. The Red cross is helping with emergency supplies.

The NKEC Titans take the Division 2 NSSAF Provincial Championship crown

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2015-03-31 05:04:23

The North Kings Educational Centre (NKEC Titans) Senior Boys Hockey team won the division 2 NSSAF Provincial Championship this past Sunday.

They won 4 consecutive games, including the championship game against the Eastern Shore schooners 4 to 1.

The Hockey Axewomen won the Eastern Canadian Championship in Charlottetown last weekend when Chelsey Wilkins scored a dramatic goal with 14 seconds left in the game to help Acadia complete a 3-2 comeback win over UNB. Congratulations to the team management, players, and their families.

Charlottetown beat Sherbrooke 5 to 2.

Tampa Bay got past the Habs 5 to 3.

It was the Raptors over Houston 99 to 96.

The Celtics topped Charlotte 116 to 104.

News stories from 2015-03-30.