Fire chief petitions for twinning of Hwy. 104 to Antigonish
Friday, 24 October 2014 11:57
A fire chief in Pictou Co. says he's renewing his call for more twinning on Hwy. 104 after another deadly crash.
Joe MacDonald with the Barney's River Volunteer Fire Dept. says there have been 14 fatal crashes on the 37-kilometre stretch that runs from Sutherland's River to Antigonish since 2009.
He says there have roughly 145 other crashes in that time.
A 37-year-old man from Sheet Harbour died in the latest fatal crash when a pick-up truck and tractor trailer collided in Marshy Hope Oct. 17.
MacDonald tells The Hawk provincial officials need to consider twinning that particular stretch of highway.
"One is too many," he says. "Fourteen is a lot too many."
MacDonald says provincial officials have said a safety audit will be done on that stretch of highway in the next few months.
He says there are other safety measures that could be put in place in the meantime.
"More rumble strips, more alerts (that tell you to) pay attention, fasten your seatbelt," he says. "Maybe some flashing lights (to indicate) that you're entering a dangerous zone."
MacDonald says he has started an online petition addressed to both provincial and federal officials to ask them to twin Hwy. 104 from Sutherland's River to Antigonish.
It has gained nearly 3,500 signatures so far.
You can see it here.
Chamber officials present small business awards
Friday, 24 October 2014 11:41
Members of the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce have honoured their own.
Chamber officials presented their 2014 Small Business Week awards at a gala at the St. Andrews Community Centre Thursday.
Kevin and Bonnie DeCoste, the owners and operators of DeCoste Electrical and Ventilation, received the Ian Spencer- Excellence in Business award.
After, Bonnie DeCoste told The Hawk the award is recognition of great employees and customers.
"It's a good opportunity for us to be able to thank our customers that we've been very much supported by over the last 30 years," he said. "(It's) a good opportunity to thank the staff that have been very supportive, and have really built the company over the last 30 years."
The company, which was established in 1985, has 15 employees.
Sarah England of Queen Bead won the Young Entrepreneur award, the Outstanding Customer Service award went to Emma Peters from the Tall and Small Cafe, and Sacred Temple Tattoo and Design won the Emerging Business award.