Local Briefs


Allen Webber returned as warden

A civic government stalwart in the Municipality of Chester was re-installed to the position of warden after he and his fellow elected officials were recently sworn into office.

Allen Webber, a member of council since the 1980s, was re-elected to District 4, which includes communities such as Chester Basin, Chester Grant, Borgels Point, and part of Middle River, during October's municipal elections. He was nominated and went uncontested for the position of warden during council's first meeting post-election.

Floyd Shatford, acclaimed in District 2, was also nominated and went uncontested for the position of deputy warden.

Andre Veinotte was sworn-in as the municipality's newest councillor, having defeated incumbent Marshal Hector in District 1, which encompasses communities such as Northwest Cove, Blandford, Deep Cove, and East River. Veinotte was a civic politician in the municipality between 2012 and 2017.

Incumbents Tina Connors, Danielle Barkhouse, Abdella Assaff, and Sharon Church, were also recently sworn-into office. All but Connors fought contested races in the last election.

Police probe local man's death

Pine Grove resident Donny Lohnes died under suspicious circumstances, RCMP say.

It's believed the 57-year-old sustained life-threatening injuries at Jippie Avenue home in Pine Grove on October 25, law enforcement said in a news release issued November 2.

Five days after he was hurt - on October 30 - authorities were summoned to a local hospital in relation to the circumstances. Police were told November 1 of Lohnes's death.

Police agencies specializing in major crime investigations, along with local law enforcement agencies, and the medical examiner, are now looking into the matter.

Anyone with information concerning the incident involving Lohnes is asked to contact RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

Province awards grants to trio of local organizations

A pair of Lunenburg County church halls and a Queens County community association are among recipients of provincial grants awarded by the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

The Saint Joseph Parish Church in Bridgewater secured $45,000 toward kitchen and heating upgrades, along with flood mitigation measures, the province announced recently.

The Trinity United Church of Canada in Mahone Bay collects $20,000 to help pay for roof and flooring replacements, while the Milton Community Association in Queens County sees the same amount in its bank account toward kitchen upgrades.

The local grants were among three-dozen monetary awards announced by the province to support existing cultural and community facilities.

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