Quite the endorsement for the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Judique. The provincial legislature has adopted unanimously a resolution introduced by Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster acknowledging the facility as the official Celtic Music Centre of Nova Scotia. The centre’s executive director Cheryl Smith says the designation is exciting, which she hopes will lead to more visitors coming to the facility. Smith says the interpretive centre has expanded significantly since it’s beginnings in the 1990′s.
Smith says it’s mandate is to collect, preserve and promote Celtic Music of Cape Breton. She says that is done through workshops and classes, research and performance. There’s daily performances at the centre from June until October. Smith says it also has a large archive of celtic music, which is not fully accessible to the public. Smith says its goal is to change that, to include listening stations on site.
Two local projects have advanced to the semi-final round of the Aviva Community Fund. The two projects are the Port Hawkesbury Community Park listed in the large project category and the Cranton Crossroads Center Dream Playground entered in the small project category. In all, 90 projects from across Canada are in the running in this round.
Voting by the public in the semi final round begins next Monday and continues until December 11th. In all, one million dollars in money will be given away in this contest, with the top 30 finalists guaranteed a minimum of five thousand dollars each. Grand prize winners will receive between 50 and 150-thousand dollars.
With the change in the weather in recent days to more winter-like conditions, the Inverness District RCMP has a message for local drivers, slow down.
RCMP say officers were called to 64 collisions between November and December of last year; and most of those could have been prevented if drivers had adjusted to the change in road conditions. Police say increasing your driving distance with other vehicles, not passing other cars in poor weather conditions and anticipating lane changes and turns are measures that can be taken to ensure a safe arrival to your destination. They also advise that while the road may look clear, black ice might also be present.
Also ensure your car has good winter tires and an emergency kit. The kit should include road flares, booster cables, a flashlight, first aid kit, shovel, sand, windshield washer fluid and an emergency blanket.
Inverness RCMP say a 17-year-old male youth faces six charges in connection with fatal single vehicle collision in Harbourview in July. Three people died in that crash.
RCMP say the driver of the car faces three counts of Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle Causing Death and three counts of Dangerous Driving Causing Bodily Harm. The 17-year-old from Harbourview will be appearing in Port Hood Youth Court on February 19th of next year.
On July 22nd at around 11:30 p.m., RCMP were called to the collision on Shore Road in Harbourview. Preliminary investigation by police indicated a car traveling northbound with seven people in the vehicle left the road and went into the ditch. Two occupants of the car were pronounced dead at the scene. Four others were transported to St. Martha’s Hospital in Antigonish for treatment while a fifth person in the car passed away before being airlifted from Port Hood to the QEII Hospital in Halifax.
The Inverness RCMP is investigating two break-ins at cottages in South West Margaree. Police say it was notified of the first break on Monday and the second yesterday, both on South West Margaree Road. It’s believed both incidents occurred on Sunday. A number of electronic items were taken, including a televisoin, an amplifier and a video recorder. In both cases, the patio doors were smashed out, allowing the thieves to enter.
Police are asking all residents to check their properties to ensure they are secure. If you have information on either of these breaks, call the Inverness RCMP or CrimeStoppers.
A Port Hawkesbury RCMP officer is facing charges of impaired driving. RCMP say the charges stem from a single vehicle crash on September 21st.
At around 1:30 that morning Inverness RCMP officers were called to a single vehicle crash on Highway 19 in Long Point. The female driver and lone occupant of the car was found trapped inside her personal vehicle. The driver, identified as off-duty RCMP officer Constable Stacey MacRae, was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Following an investigation by police MacRae was charged with impaired driving and Operating a vehicle over the legal limit.
MacRae, a seven year member of the force is currently on administrative leave with pay. She will be making her first court appearance on January 27th in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court.
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