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Wallace man dies in motorcycle accident

WENTWORTH - Oxford Detachment RCMP, along with EHS and members of the Wentworth Fire Department, responded to a fatal motor cycle collision on Highway 204 in Streets Ridge on Fri, May 21. As a result of the accident, 55 year-old Warren Patriquin of Wallace, was pronounced dead at the scene.

An RCMP collision re-constructionist attended the scene to investigate the cause of the collision.

The investigation is continuing.


Residential taxes remain unchanged in county

UPPER NAPPAN - With a budget increase of almost $400,000, Cumberland County residents won't see an increase in their tax bills.

The municipality approved its 2010/11 budget of $15,207,964 during a regular monthly council meeting on Wednesday. The budget keeps the residential tax rate at $1.04 per $100 of assessment.

The commercial rate increased by 16 cents to $2.63 over last year, to offset the phase out of the Business Occupancy Tax.

The residential and commercial taxes will bring in just under $12 million, which is 79 per cent of the county's total budget.

The solid waste budget saw an increase in $42,000, mainly due to tipping fees being increased, and the public works budget has increased by $35,846 for septage and sewer systems.

For more information on the 2010/11 budget, contact the municipal office at 667-2313.


Group to look for ways to minimize cross-border shopping

AMHERST - Nova Scotia's finance minister has created a working group to look for ways to minimize the impact of cross-border shopping.

In Amherst to speak to the CREDA board on Wednesday night, Graham Steele also held the first meeting of the working group he promised to establish in mid-April when he released the findings of a study saying cross-border shopping would not be impacted by the tax increase.

The minister said members of the working group don't want to be identified at this time, but said they are among the community's business leaders. These leaders have accepted the challenge of working with government to find solutions for those problems that are unique to Cumberland County.

Steele is also due to return to Amherst on June 3 for an early morning meeting with members of the Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce.


Fewer bus routes, fewer drivers

OXFORD - Unionized bus drivers in Cumberland County are concerned with plans to cut up to 15 drivers in September.

"We've been told the school board is cutting down to 30 buses from the 45 that we have. We're going to lose 15 drivers," United Steelworkers of America Local 3172 president Don Roberts said. "They say they don't need as many drivers."

The conveyance contract for students requiring busing to schools in the Chignecto Family of Schools in Cumberland County is expiring this year and the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board has issued a request for proposals from interested carriers with May 28 being the deadline for submissions.


Fire in bathroom at Amherst Regional High

AMHERST – Classes were interrupted for more than an hour yesterday last week at Amherst Regional High School as firefighters responded to a fire in the boy's bathroom on the second floor.

The alarm sounded at the Amherst Fire Department at 1:29 and when firefighters arrived on the scene they found that the vice-principal at ARHS had already extinguished the fire with a fire extinguisher.

The fire started in a garbage can, proceeded up the wall and then burned the paper towel dispenser.

The Amherst Police Department is investigating the cause of the fire.

Organizations: Wentworth Fire Department, RCMP, CREDA board Amherst Regional High School Area Chamber America Local 3172 Schools in Cumberland County Central Regional School Board Amherst Fire Department Amherst Police Department

Geographic location: AMHERST, Cumberland County, Streets Ridge on Fri UPPER NAPPAN Nova Scotia OXFORD Chignecto

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