By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-13 14:49:09
An intense Lunch hour squall which reduced visibility to next to nothing and has dumped several centimeters of snow in a short time has caused a series of accidents throughout the Valley. As of about 2:00PM, the 101 has been closed between Coldbrook and Berwick as the result of a serious accident requiring the attention of the Waterville and Kentville Fire departments which requires an extrication. BAn earlier two-vehicle accident near the Foodland Mall in Coldbrook was also reported as was a single vehicle accident along Highway 358. The 101 Highway was reopened shortly before 3:00 but police urge extreme caution on all roads if travel is necessary.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-13 13:51:56
A spectacular Christmas light-up bedazzled residents and staff at the Rehab Centre in Waterville Thursday night, but they’re welcoming the general public to enjoy the show.
It was an enthusiastic group of residents and staffers who counted down to see a computerized light show that reacts to Christmas music set up by Master Corporal Mario Larose. While the spectacle is a delight for the eyes and ears, Centre organizers are inviting the general public to come and enjoy the show, and are asking for a loonie admission fee to help raise funds for a greenhouse project for next spring. The show will be presented every day until December 22nd between 6:00 and 8:00PM, and is a wonderful way for children of all ages to enjoy the Christmas season, as well as supporting a vital institution within the Valley.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-13 13:09:12
The suddenly struggling Valley Maple Leafs will try to get back on track against the Bay Ducks tonight at 7:50 in Windsor. The standings are tight with only 7 points between the 1st and 5th place teams, and the second place Leafs are just two points ahead of the Ducks.
The Junior A Wildcats fell to Pictou County last night by a 5-3 count, but they’ll be showing their Christmas spirit with two fundraisers over the weekend. Tonight, the first 50 people with a food donation will get in free for the game against Amherst, and Saturday when they take on Pictou County, there will be a Teddy Bear toss. Both Games start at 7:30.
The Summit Hyundai Major Midget Valley Wildcats are not especially enjoying their visit to Quebec City, having suffered a second shutout in as many days, this time, 7-0 to Magog yesterday. They’ll try to regroup against Trois Rivieres this afternoon.
The Bantam Wildcats’ struggles continue as they succumbed to the Halifax Hawks yesterday 6-2. They host Cole Harbour Saturday at 6:45, and entertain Bedford in a Sunday matinee at 2:15 in Berwick.
And the Western Valley Pee Wee Bs are hosting the Plant-It-Earth tournament this weekend at the Apple Dome. They take on West Hants tonight at 6:45 with games continuing later this evening and all day tomorrow, with the Final Sunday afternoon.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-13 11:44:39
The Annapolis Chamber of Commerce held one its last functions of the year, a luncheon at the Annapolis Mess at 14 Wing Greenwood Thursday.
Past President Scott Roberts was bullish on the outstanding growth the Chamber, and took a moment to brag that it was one of only a very few Chambers nationally which received an accreditation of Distinction, indicating it offers its members the highest level of services and assistance. The keynote speaker was Jessica Scott of Efficiency Nova Scotia, who informed well-fed attendees, who enjoyed a lunch catered by Lou Murphy’s Pub, about not just the environmental, but the economic advantages of the not-for–profit group’s services, noting that the grocery giant Sobey’s has realized savings of $500,000 through more efficient use of energy.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-13 11:44:14
Nova Scotia Swimmer of the Year in 2011, and product of the Wolfville Tritons Swim Club, Rebecca MacPherson, has taken the plunge and committed to joining the women’s swim team at Acadia. Coach Chris Stone, who knows Rebecca well as he has coached her with the Tritons, is very excited about her joining the Acadia program, saying she’ll be a competitor to watch for in both AUS and CIS competitions. For MacPherson, who holds several provincial records, it’s a family affair, as her sister already swims for Acadia. If she’s not in the pool, she’ll be studying towards a Bachelor of Science Degree, while majoring in Chemistry. The Acadia Swim team has 2 major meets on the horizon, the AUS invitation in mid- January, and the championships in February.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-13 10:03:55
At the Universiade Games in Trentino, Italy, the Canadian Women’s hockey team continued to overwhelm the opposition with a 13-0 win Great Britain this morning, improving their record to 3-0. The men play later today against the Ukraine. In snowboarding, Halifax native Michael Graves failed to advance in the Snowboard Cross preliminary round.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-13 09:44:38
Lunenburg RCMP are concerned about a rash of break and enters within the County, and have released some hints for anyone travelling over the holiday season. They have responded to 34 Break and Enters since October 1st, and remind residents to ensure their homes looked lived in if they are going to be away for any significant amount of time by ensuring mail and flyers are picked up, radios or TVs are left on, driveways and paths are shoveled, and serial numbers of electronic items are recorded, which significantly increases the chance of their return should they be stolen, and don’t leave keys in an obvious “hiding spot” such as under a mat. Let a trusted family member or neighbor know your travel plans, and have them keep an eye on your home. Report any suspicious activities to police, and contact them or Crimestoppers if you have any information about any crimes.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-13 05:32:44
A class-action lawsuit against the province over alleged abuse at the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children can proceed.
The suit by 150 former residents has been sanction by a provincial Supreme Court judge who also wants more information from the plaintiffs on their litigation plan and a slight amendment to the statement of claim.
The case may not proceed through the courts if the province and the plantiffs can work out a settlement.
The group's lawyer Ray Wagner says talks are talking place with the Justice Department and he qualifies them as "positive and fruitful.''
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-13 05:31:59
Nova Scotia's heritage minister wants a full review of the 16 million dollar Bluenose II restoration project after another delay.
Tony Ince says he doesn't know what is holding up the project, adding that ongoing dockside tests in Lunenburg have been complex.
The results of the review will be made public.
The restoration project started more than three years ago and is being carried out by the Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-13 05:26:04
Two men have been released on bail after an attack on a man in Annapolis County last week, and that scares the victim.
35 year old Ryan Taylor told the Chronicle Herald he hasn't been sleeping well at his home in Lequille since the attack, and especially now since Trevor Durling and Matthew Fredericks were released on bail this week. They were told not to have contact with him, but Taylor says he's not reassured by that.
Taylor was beaten up, hit in the head with a rifle butt; then kicked and punched while on the ground outside his home.
Durling and Fredericks are both charged with assault causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public. Durling is also charged with two counts of breaching previous court orders. They'll be in court next month.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-13 05:24:18
MLS listing for the three-month period from September to November are out, and on a provincial basis, while sales drifted lower, listings increased, and the average sale price remain virtually unchanged.
But as always, there were fluctuations within the regions. The report noted the news of the return of the Yarmouth-Maine ferry, and the positive effect it should have on the Yarmouth and South Shore markets.
However, actual figures show sales down as compared to last year at the same time, although listings have increased, showing more confidence in the market.
But the two regions went in sharply different directions in terms of average sales price.
While the South Shore led the province with almost a 12% increase, Yarmouth showed a drop of almost 14%, the worst showing in the province.
The good news there is with an average sale price of under $93,000, there are possibly some bargains to be had.
The Valley more or less followed suit with provincial averages, with moderate drops in sales and listing, but the average selling price remained about the same at just over $151,000.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-13 05:23:31
Kentville police are asking for your help in locating the driver of a car involved with a hit and run incident last Tuesday, December 10.
The incident occurred at about 8:00PM at the crosswalk on Aberdeen St. in front of the NAPA Auto Parts store when the driver of a red compact car, believed to be a Chev Cavalier, struck one of two male pedestrians as they were attempting to cross the road.
The other man was able to jump out of the way to safety. The driver of the car, which had three or four young passengers, didn't stop and headed in the direction of Coldbrook.
Anyone with information about this incident or who may be familiar with the car in question is asked to call Kentville police at 678-3378.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-13 05:22:25
The Rob Ford story has entered a new phase.
Now the Toronto mayor has received a libel notice from Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale.
The notice relates to comments Ford made during a T-V interview with Conrad Black broadcast Monday.
Dale claims that Ford implied the Toronto Star reporter is a pedophile.
Ford said in the interview that Dale was being aggressive in taking pictures of his children over his backyard fence.
The Star contends that Dale was there to photograph a piece of public land Ford wanted to buy.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-13 05:21:39
Federal regulators are checking to see if Canada's big telecom firms are treating their smaller rivals fairly with the rates they charge for using their networks.
They are charging -- or seeking to charge -- smaller players such as Wind Mobile and Mobilicity higher wholesale roaming rates than they impose on wireless companies in the U-S.
The small carriers rely on the larger telecoms to offer their local customers national cellphone coverage.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-13 05:20:54
Police in Regina are investigating the theft of nearly half a million dollars worth of liquor.
A truck containing about 15-hundred cases of booze was stolen from a trucking facility on November 30th.
The vehicle was later found empty and abandoned.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-13 05:19:55
A report for the U-S government finds that synthetic marijuana is believed to have sickened 221 people in Colorado during a month-long outbreak this year.
Colorado hospitals started seeing an increase in emergency room visits by people who had used synthetic pot in late August.
While real marijuana is legal in Colorado, synthetic marijuana -- dried plant material sprayed with synthetic cannabinoids -- is illegal.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-13 05:19:15
A spokeswoman for the Alaska State Troopers says a small dog probably helped save a woman's life as she spent nearly three nights in bitterly cold temperatures after her snowmobile broke down along the Denali Highway.
57-year-old Vivian Mayo was able to share body heat with her dog, Elvis.
Even so, she was severely hypothermic and in need of immediate medical attention when she was found.
By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2013-12-13 05:18:27
Analysts have differing opinions about communist North Korea's announcement that it has executed Kim Jong Un's uncle as a traitor.
Jang Song Thaek was accused of trying to seize supreme power from his nephew.
Some analysts believe the execution shows Kim Jong Un "coming into his own" as a dictator.
However, others see it as a very dangerous sign of instability.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-13 05:16:14
At the 2013 Universiade games in Trentino, Italy, the Canadian Women's hockey team improved their record to 2-0 with a 5-0 shutout win over Russia.
The Russians kept it close, trailing only 2-0 going into the third period, but 3 goals and a 23-shot 3rd period barrage sealed the decision.
Five separate women shared in the scoring, and Antigonish native Alex Normore chipped in with 2 assists.
The women are back in action Friday against Great Britain, and the men take on the Ukraine later.
Maritime hockey league action saw The Pictou County Weeks Crushers beating the Valley Jr A Wildcats 5-3.
NHL action had the Bruins over the Oilers 4 to 2, the Blues dumped the Leafs 6 to 3, Philly doubled up the Habs 2 to 1, and the Sens beat the Sabres by the same score.
Thursday night football had San Diego over Denver 27 to 20.