Cumberland County -
Canada's frozen playground
WENTWORTH - Christmas has finally come for workers at Ski Wentworth.
Well, not exactly. But the 2010 Junior National Freestyle Championships is the highlight of the season for the mountain and for good reason; it's the highest calibre event the ski resort has ever hosted.
The event will see about 120 of the best 19 and under aerials, moguls, double moguls and slope-style skiers converge on the hill from across the country.
Training is Wednesday and competition kicks off Thursday.
Tolls not going away
AMHERST - Cumberland County residents should not expect any relief when it comes to paying to use the province's only toll highway.
A suggestion to eliminate the toll on the Cobequid Pass, raised during the Back to Balance tour stop in Amherst on Monday, was quickly shot down by Finance Minister Graham Steele as being too expensive for the province.
"If we were going to do it, we would have to find a way to replace that money," Steele said in response to a suggestion from one of the groups making presentations on how to eliminate Nova Scotia's deficit.
Scouting movement in peril
AMHERST - While Scout-Guide Week should be a time of celebrations, local leaders are growing increasingly concerned for the future of their organization.
From a time when there were Beavers, Cubs and Scouts in communities across Cumberland County, the number has dwindled to just 71 young people between the ages of five and 14 in Amherst, Fenwick and Parrsboro.
"The biggest issue facing us is attracting adult leaders," Cumberland area commissioner Terry MacDonald said. "Scouting goes in cycles and right now we're at the bottom of our down cycle."