Ellershouse Standoff Ends Peacefully

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-05-29 08:35:40

Yesterday's standoff in Ellershouse ended peacefully. RCMP got the call around 7am that a 63-year-old man was threatening to hurt himself. He barricaded himself when police responded, and was arrested around 11:15 last night. No decision on charges has been made.

Concerns in The Valley regarding "Fire Blight"

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2015-05-29 04:37:13

Valley apple growers remain wary of the risk of fire blight, a bacterial infection which showed up after Hurricane Arthur last July.

Damaged branches created ideal conditions for the tree-infesting bacteria, which thrives in wet and warm weather.

Some estimate they lost up to 100 acres of orchard, which could take seven years to restore.

The quality of apples isn't affected by this, though.

The Apple Blossom Festival is blooming in The Valley

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-05-29 04:36:09

Apple Blossom weekend is here.

The Valley's flagship festival kicked off Wednesday, and gets into high gear this weekend.

A pancake breakfast is on now at the Kentville Rec Centre, tonight has the Queen Annapolisa coronation ceremony, the children's and grand street parades are tomorrow and the duck race is Sunday.

For a full list of events, go to appleblossom.com.

Kentville balances its budget

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2015-05-29 04:35:10

Kentville residents won't see an increase in tax rates, and business owners will save as the Town Council unveiled a balanced $12.4 million budget.

Increased assessment values boosted town coffers by over $250,000.

Among projects, federal funds will contribute to almost $500,000 worth of paving in Prospect Heights, and an $800,000 rebuild of Chester Avenue.

The RCMP will pay tribute to officers slain in Moncton

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2015-05-29 04:26:41

The RCMP Musical Ride will honour the three Mounties killed and two others injured by a gunman last June in Moncton.

The Musical Ride will perform at the Magnetic Hill concert site on June the 4th at 7 in the evening.

A 25-year old man murdered three constables and wounded two others when he went on a gun rampage.

The killer is serving life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 75 years.

Atlantic Canada can expect a quiet hurricane season

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2015-05-29 04:25:18

Forecasters are calling for a quieter-than-usual hurricane season here in Atlantic Canada.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre says that is due to cooler ocean temperatures, and El Nino; a patch of warm Pacific water that can interfere with the formation of hurricanes on the Atlantic Ocean.

The Atlantic hurricane season gets underway on Monday, and lasts half-a-year.

Sports scores

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2015-05-29 04:23:04

In baseball, Boston beat Texas 5 to 1, the Jays had the day off.

Memorial Cup action had Quebec over Rimouski 5 to 2.

PC Hummus Recall

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-05-29 04:19:56

Loblaws has expanded its recall of Presidents Choice hummus over toxin concerns. It now covers over a dozen varieties, because they may have the toxin produced by staphylococcus bacteria, and it should not be eaten. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says there have been illnesses reported. They include:

PC Butterbean & Roasted Garlic Hummus 280 g PC Caramelized Vidalia Onion Hummus 227 g PC Chickpea Dip and Spread Hummus 227 g and 454 g PC Garlic Hummus 227 g and 454 g PC Moroccan-Style Hummus 280 g PC Olive Tapenade Hummus 280 g PC Red Harissa Hummus 280 g PC Roasted Garlic Red Pepper and Cumin Hummus 280 g PC Roasted Pepper and Paprika Hummus 280 g PC Roasted Red Pepper and Chipotle Hummus 280 g PC Spicy Hummus 227 g and 454 g PC Sweet Potato and Harissa Dip 280 g

News stories from 2015-05-28.