2021-01-27

LOCAL BRIEFS

by KEITH CORCORAN

Bluenose's 100th birthday commemorated in new Royal Canadian Mint coins

A pure silver dollar, a pure gold coin, and a pure silver proof set are among special coins rolling out from Canada's Royal Canadian Mint to mark the Bluenose's 100th birthday. "Set sail on a year-long celebration of one of the most famous ships in Canadian history," proclaimed the federal Crown corporation in a recent internet social media post. "Each coin in this 2021 centennial anniversary collection marks a special milestone in the Bluenose story. Together, they honour its journey from design to launch to racing and earning its legacy as a proud symbol of Canada's rich maritime heritage." The upcoming coins were mentioned by representatives of a committee organizing and planning events marking the anniversary of the launch of Canada's most famous ship when they addressed civic politicians in Lunenburg in January 2020. An initial birthday event is planned for March 26, but to learn more about what's planned, go to www.bluenose100.ca on the internet. To find out more about the coins, check out https://www.mint.ca/store/ on the internet. The original Bluenose, built at the Smith and Rhuland shipyard in 1921, reached Canadian icon status with its racing and fishing past. It was hauling freight when it struck a reef near Haiti in 1946 and sank.

New medical transport in Bridgewater

An Emergency Health Services (EHS) medical transport service van is expected to go into service in Bridgewater by February. It's part of a one-year trial designed to reduce stress on the province's emergency health system. The van, staffed with a EHS worker, will be able to transfer several people at a time for non-clinical, non-emergency transportation between hospitals and health-care facilities. The idea is to free-up paramedics and ambulances for more important emergency-oriented tasks. EHS is the province's ambulance and paramedic service.

All escape injury in crash involving school bus

Thirteen students en route to Newcombville Elementary School weren't seriously hurt when the bus they were on was rear-ended in Wileville January 14 by a Hyundai Elantra. The woman bus driver and the woman driver of the Hyundai, both of whom are from Lunenburg County, also were uninjured in the accident, which occurred near the intersection of Highway 325 and Main Street, near the access to a trailer park. Emergency crews, including tri-district and Wileville volunteer fire departments, RCMP, and paramedics were summoned to the scene around 8 a.m. "All parents of the children involved were notified as soon as possible and everyone continued on to class," Ashley Gallant, a local school board spokeswoman, told LighthouseNOW in an email. "Another bus arrived to take the children on to school." Nova Scotia RCMP spokesman, Sgt. Andrew Joyce, indicated to LighthouseNOW the only obvious damage was to the car, but both vehicles were driveable. There was no immediate word on whether or not charges would be filed.

Goodbye, EB Games

The major video game retailer, EB Games Canada, has confirmed to LighthouseNOW the Cookville outlet is no more. The shop, located inside a mini-mall in the shopping centre development north of the Highway 103 interchange at Exit 12, was slated to close this month. One of the long-time anchors of the mini-mall site, the shop sold new and used games and consoles, in addition to gaming accessories and apparel. Meanwhile, the mini-mall remains home to other entities. It makes up a piece of a larger shopping centre development, established in the mid-2000s, currently anchored by retail heavyweights Walmart and Canadian Tire.

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