Construction of Pomquet community centre a matter of when, not if- chair
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 09:29
The chair of a committee working to build a new community centre in Pomquet says the construction start date depends entirely on fundraising.
Clarence DeYoung says the $112,000 recently pledged by provincial officials is a huge help, but they're still about halfway from their goal.
He says the provincial contribution took them to a little more than $800,000.
DeYoung tells The Hawk construction could start sooner rather than later if they're lucky with fundraisers.
"Our Chase the Ace, if we're lucky enough to have anywhere close to the luck that Sydney or Inverness had, we could have shovels in the ground by the fall; if we don't, it's going to be longer, of course," he says. "It's all right now based on funding- we're committed to making it happen, so it's a matter of when, not if."
DeYoung says municipal officials have donated the land at the site of the former Pomquet school for the centre, and they'll make a financial contribution as well.
He says contractors have told them the centre's construction would take eight or nine months.
DeYoung says fundraising started a year-and-a-half ago, because they decided from the start not to wait for government funding.
"We took the attitude on this right from the beginning that it was better for us to raise a good portion of the money on our own so that when we went to speak to all three levels of government, we could show them we were serious," he says. "So that's what we did."
DeYoung says committee members have not asked federal officials for a specific amount, but they expect to hear back from them soon.
Pair charged in Port Hawkesbury drug bust expected back in court in July
Monday, 27 June 2016 19:47
Two people arrested following a drug bust in Port Hawkesbury have had their cases adjourned.
Walter Hinkley, 41, of Port Hawkesbury has been charged with trafficking cocaine, possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of stolen property.
Crystal Timmons, 38, of Port Hawkesbury faces charges of trafficking cocaine and hydromorphone, possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of oxycodone.
Police say officers and members of sheriff services searched a home in the town and seized cocaine, oxycodone, hydromorphone and marijuana in March.
Hinkley and Timmons, who made their first appearances in the case in April, were expected for an election-and-plea hearing in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court Monday; it was adjourned until July 25.