Huge Crowd Wowed By Snowbirds, CF-18 At 14 Wing Open House

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-21 17:53:14

Blue skies above 14 Wing Greenwood were filled precision aerobatics as the world-famous Snowbirds invaded the Valley Wednesday.

Thousands were on hand on a beautiful late summer day to enjoy the tight formations, and heart-pounding passes performed by the pride of the Canadian Air Force, The Snowbirds. Skilled flying resulted in a wide variety of shapes in the clear skies, including a flower representation, and to show how much they loved the crowd, even a heart-shaped valentine. Equally impressive was a display of the incredible capabilities of the CF-18 Hornet, which included rocket-like climbs into the stratosphere, and both high and low speed passes. Pilot Captain Adam Runge was matter of fact about the tremendous G-forces this sort of flying engenders, saying that you get used to it after proper training, and special suits which are provided to help keep blood pumping to the brain and extremities.

PCs Unimpressed With Ministry Orders to Northern Pulp

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-21 15:02:33

Enviroment Minister Randy Delorey issued a series of orders to Northern Pulp today to get the embattled mill to clean up its emissions by next spring, but the directives haven’t impressed the PCs. Delorey insisted the mill comply with air quality stack emissions from a recovery boiler by next May 30th, but Pictou West PC MLA Karla MacFarlane dismisses the “knuckle rap” as a “slap in the face to residents of Pictou County”.

She says it simply gives the mill another 10 months to pollute the environment, and is the same timeline the mill has always had. Delorey laid out five directives for the company, which includes prompt submission of stack results after the May 30 deadline, and provide results of a second set of tests within 30 days of October 31 in order to comply with the Environment Act.

Annapolis County Council Basks In Success of Exhibition

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-21 14:45:51

Tuesday’s Annapolis County council meeting was peppered with glowing comments about the recently completed Annapolis Valley Exhibition held last week in Lawrencetown. Both Warden Ritchie and Councilor LeBlanc expressed pleasure at the fine weather, good attendance, and engaging entertainment the show enjoyed.

Council also recently held a Barbecue to thank Not-for-profit groups in the county for their valuable groups. To date, council has approved over $200,000 in grants for such groups. They also expressed support in establishing a Civilian Court Position, which would help reduce the amount of paperwork police officers have to complete, and are also looking to add another RCMP member.

Deputy Warden Wilkins expressed concerns at actions taken to remove the Assessment Cap, which shelters residents from property tax increases due to fluctuating real estate values. Also approved was a $10,000 expenditure to buy a lot for a park in Nictaux

Two Valley “Young Guns” To Suit Up for NS

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-21 14:05:26

A couple of young Valley hockey hopefuls have been chosen to represent Nova Scotia in the Young Guns PeeWee Tier II hockey team as part of the Atlantic Hockey Group. Kyle Garde from Bridgetown, and Ryan Clarke of Kentville both were named to the team after bringing home a gold medal from a competition in Maine last week.

Congratulations to both these players and their parents.

Buddy MacMaster Died at the Age of 89

By The Canadian Press. Last updated: 2014-08-21 10:40:32

Cape Breton fiddling icon Buddy MacMaster has died at the age of 89. MacMaster was born in Timmins, Ont., but grew up in and lived in Judique. In 2000, he was awarded the Order of Canada and credited with leading a Gaelic renaissance in the country and beyond. MacMaster's citation for the honour says he began playing the fiddle as a child after finding his father's instrument in a trunk and went on to become internationally renowned for his talent. Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie says MacMaster was a musical ambassador for Nova Scotia and Canada. MacMaster's son, Allan MacMaster, is the Tory member of the legislature for Inverness.

Hantsport Bye-Election Attracts 3rd Candidate

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-21 10:30:44

Normally, small-town bye-elections don’t gather much interest, but that’s not the case in Hantsport, where the recent decision to dissolve the Town is garnering far more attention than usual. Bill Preston, a senior whose presence at monthly committee of the whole meetings has been a fixture for some time, is the third candidate to throw his hat in the ring. Preston has made his feelings clear on the issue, stating he supports Hantsport becoming a village within Kings County, a position that was shown to have broad support at a recent meeting.

Originally a Scotsman, Preston, who returned to the town after working elsewhere, has joined Phil Zamora and Jeff Starratt, both Hantsport fixtures for many years, to contest an upcoming October election.

Gas Prices Likely to Slide

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-21 09:42:01

It appears as if last week’s slight increase in gas prices will be neutralized by corresponding dip this week. Prices for both regular unleaded and diesel fell by about a cent and a half a liter overnight in New Brunswick. Propane prices also fell slightly. Prices in Nova Scotia will be adjusted a midnight tonight.

Valley A&W's will take part in a national event today

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-21 05:51:11

Over 800 A&Ws across Canada will be celebrating their 6th annual Cruisin' To End MS Day today in support of Canadians living with Multiple Sclerosis, and Valley locations are no exception. Canada has the highest incidence of the disease in the world, with 100,000 Canadians dealing with the unpredictable neurological condition which affects vision, hearing, memory, balance, and mobility.

Valley locations at Windsor, New Minas, and Greenwood will be participating, and all you need to do to help the Multiple Sclerosis Society is to enjoy a Teen Burger, with a dollar from every one sold going towards research. Over $5M has been raised in previous years.

The New Minas Atlantic Superstore welcomes local food growers

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-21 05:50:27

As part of its "Picked Near You" program, the New Minas Atlantic Superstore is welcoming 4 of its local growers to its store in order for customers to be able to meet them and make inquiries about their facilities. Superstore brags that some relationships with local operations go back 40 years, and is pleased to help support local jobs and provide local produce to its customers.

The first session will take place Friday from 11-3PM when a representative from Lawrencetown's Den Haan Greenhouses, winner of last year's Loblaw's Vendor Development Partnership Award for Atlantic Canada, will be in store. Future sessions will welcome this year's winner, Centreville's Novi Agri Country Magic, Wink Apples from Van Meekeren Farms in Lakeville, and Scotian Gold Co-op in Coldbrook.

Kings North MLA upset over "lobster tax"

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-21 05:49:44

Kings North MLA and Fisheries Critic John Lohr has repeated his calls to have Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell come clean with his plan on the controversial lobster tax. Lohr says Colwell "shocked the industry" when he announced a five cent a pound tax on lobster as a pilot project in a yet unnamed region of the province a month ago. The amount was more than twice a panel had recently suggested to provide a marketing fund for lobster.

Lohr says Colwell needs to explain details as to how the levy will be collected and allocated, and why fisherman should support it. While recognizing the need for better marketing, Lohr deplores the "mystery" surrounding the location of the pilot plan zone, and the lack of detail surrounding the proposed levy, calling it evidence of Liberal "incompetence."

Maritime kids strike it rich when it comes to the "Tooth Fairy"

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-21 05:48:58

If you're a kid here in Atlantic Canada, here's a reason to smile.

According to a survey, the tooth fairy is paying a premium for baby teeth in the Maritimes.

At 3 dollars and 46 cents per tooth, it's 19 per cent higher than the national average of 2-80.

Even better, 35 per cent of parents in Atlantic Canada said their children found 5 dollars or more per tooth under their pillows in 2014.

Quebec kids were the least likely to get a visit from the tooth fairy, 13 per cent received no money for their lost teeth.

For those who did, 2 dollars and 6 cents was the average rate.

The findings are from a telephone survey done by a credit card company.

Beware of road-work near the Coldbrook exit

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-21 05:48:15

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is advising you to be aware of anticipated delays along Highway 101 just west of Exit 14, the Coldbrook exit.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane while work on the railway overpass is being completed.

There will be 24-hour traffic signals, and repairs are expected to be completed by the end of September.

Grand Pre historic site gets a 14-year old interpreter

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-21 05:47:02

If you happen to be visiting Grand Pre Historic Site today and come across what appears to be an underage interpreter, don't be surprised as 14-year-old Megan Gibson from Berwick will be pleased to show you around.

She earned the honour of being Interpreter for a Day with a story she wrote in French about her Irish ancestors having survived a shipwreck off the coast of Newfoundland, and how they eventually settled in Nova Scotia. It was good for honourable mention in the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board's Heritage Fair, held last May.

A former West Hants official is facing assault charges

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-21 05:46:02

Former CAO of the Municipality of West Hants, Cheryl Chislett didn't appear in court in Windsor Tuesday to answer to assault charges in connection with an shocking incident where she is alleged to have attacked her husband with a hammer last June.

The 54-year-old Martock resident will enter a plea September 16. Conditions for release included no communication with her husband without consent, and prohibitions against possessing a firearm, and consumption of drugs or alcohol.

Ten-digit dialing starts this weekend in Nova Scotia

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-21 05:44:56

Ten digit dialing begins here in Nova Scotia this Saturday, which means you will have to dial the area code, followed by the seven digit phone number.

Local numbers dialed with only seven digits will be interrupted by a recorded network announcement before being connected.

You are being advised to add the 902 area code to programmed numbers in all of your communications devices and equipment.

You should also include your 10-digit phone numbers on stationery, cheques, advertising, and your employee or employer, client, and supplier databases.

Food RECALL

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-21 05:44:23

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says 227 gram packages of Belleisle Farms brand coleslaw are being recalled because it may be contaminated with Listeria.

Do not eat the recalled product, rather; throw it out or return it to where you bought it.

No illnesses have been reported so far.

More details are available on the CFIA website.

Pruning trees near Nova Scotia power lines may cause other problems

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-21 05:43:54

A Halifax city planner says heavy pruning of trees near power lines may not always be the solution in urban areas.

Nova Scotia Power raised the issue of pruning trees near power lines in a recent report about its response to post-tropical storm Arthur.

City planner John Charles points out that there are times when excessive pruning of a tree may weaken a tree.

He adds that the city is working with the utility to identify potential problem areas, and they are cutting the trees on a seven-year cycle.

Younger admits an anti problem-gambling program isn't working in Nova Scotia

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-21 05:42:43

A cabinet minister responsible for gambling is defending a decision to scrap a tracking system that allows V-L-T players to regulate their own play.

Andrew Younger says the "My-Play" system wasn't helping reduce problem gambling here in Nova Scotia.

He adds that it was costing four-and-a-half million dollars a year but just wasn't effective enough.

The system was introduced in April 2012 and will start to be removed on September 8th.

Nova Scotia's deputy premier will take the plunge today

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-21 05:42:02

A top bureaucrat in Nova Scotia will lead a team in a fundraising swim across Halifax harbour later this morning.

Provincial government employees are raising money for the United Way.

Premier Stephen McNeil's deputy minister, David Darrow; will take the plunge on the Dartmouth side of the harbour at 11:45 this morning, along with four other swimmers.

The Central Nova MP continues to think about ticketing pot-users instead of charging them

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-21 05:41:25

The Harper government is mulling over allowing police to simply give you a ticket if you're caught with a small amount of pot, instead of pursuing charges.

Central Nova MP and Justice Minister Peter MacKay says he's weighing whether ticketing for possessing Mary-Jane is an effective option based on other jurisdictions, including the United States.

Police chiefs have long called for such a move.

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police points out that under current laws, the only enforcement option officers have when confronted with simple possession of pot is either to turn a blind eye or pursue charges.

They add that often results in a long court process.

Valley sports

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-21 05:40:23

No, they're not planning on a franchise in the Valley, but the NFL is coming to Wolfville in October. The popular NFL on Campus program will be here to coincide with the homecoming game Saturday October 18 against Mount Allison. The fun gets underway on the Wednesday prior to the game, with students getting the chance to win prizes, play the latest football computer games, compare jumping results with those of NFL stars, play some flag football, and compete in skill competitions, among other engaging programs.

It's the first time the program has visited the Maritimes, explains NFL Canada Managing Director Dan Quinn, but it's not all fun and games. Each participating school receives a $5,000 donation to the football program. The scene shifts to Mount Allison the following week, when the Mounties host the X-Men.

Mark Cohon will be leaving his job as C-F-L commissioner next April. He has been in the role since 2007 and since then he has signed lucrative T-V deals, built several new stadiums, brought Ottawa back to the league, and introduced more stringent drug-testing.

The Toronto Blue Jays are disputing Creighton University's use of a logo that apparently resembles the Major League logo a little bit too much. The Jays filed a notice of opposition to the University's logo this month.

On the diamond, the Jays beat the Brewers 9 to 5, the Mets got past the A's 8 to 5, the Astros topped the Yankees 5 to 2, and the Angels got past the Red Sox 8 to 3.

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