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Fall River Lions Christmas Express – Donation Drop Off

The Fall River Lions Christmas Express is an annual event that provides Christmas baskets for over 100 families in the Waverley-Fall River area including Lakeview, Windsor Junction, Wellington, Grand Lake, Goffs and Oldham.

For over 20 years, this organization has been supported by the schools in the area, Feed Nova Scotia, local business and individuals by providing food (dry goods), baby food, and nearly new items such as clothing, toys, and personal products.

We are happy to accept donations on behalf of the Christmas Express at 1265 Fall River Road, between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from now until Dec. 13. Thank you to all who help make Christmas a merry time for all.

Expansion of the Restorative Justice Program to Adults and Across the Province

Communities, victims, and offenders will benefit from the province-wide expansion of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program to adults. Justice Minister Diana Whalen made the announcement at the National Restorative Justice Symposium in Halifax. Restorative justice takes a more inclusive approach that has shown better outcomes for all involved, with offenders far less likely to come into conflict with the law again. The expansion stems from successful pilots that began in 2011. Restitution rates from the pilots have been very successful with strong support from criminal justice partners and a high satisfaction rate among victims.

Call for Nominations for 2017 Provincial Volunteer Awards

Nova Scotians can recognize outstanding volunteers in their communities by nominating them for a 2017 Provincial Volunteer Award. Each year the awards honour volunteers from across the province for their selfless contributions. Nova Scotians can nominate volunteers in the categories of volunteer representative award, volunteer youth award and volunteer family award. The premier, lieutenant-governor and minister of the voluntary sector will present the awards at a ceremony in April.

Nomination forms are available at http://novascotia.ca/volunteerawards .

The deadline for nominations is midnight, Feb. 24.

Seasonal Flu Vaccine

The province is encouraging Nova Scotians to get their flu shot early. Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine says vaccination is a simple, safe and effective way to prevent getting or spreading the flu. High-risk groups strongly encouraged to get a flu shot include, seniors, children six months to five years of age, pregnant women, anyone with a chronic medical condition, persons with neurological conditions and anyone who lives with, or cares for, a person at high risk. The public is also asked to practice proper hand hygiene such as hand washing and covering noses and mouths when coughing or sneezing.

Winter driving and Safe Holidays

Winter road conditions are just around the corner and Nova Scotians are encouraged to prepare now for winter driving. Geoff MacLellan, Minister, Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, says now is the time to prepare your vehicle for winter driving and make your appointment to have winter tires installed. The department is also preparing for winter. More than 400 pieces of snow and ice clearing equipment are ready to go and salt and sand domes are filled to the brim. Nova Scotians can check road conditions at: gov.ns.ca/tran/winter. During a storm or any winter event, follow @NS_TIR on Twitter for the latest road condition updates.

Merry Christmas!

As we head into the busy Christmas season take time to enjoy the many holiday celebrations in our community and be safe in your travels around the province as the weather heads to winter. There are always ways to help out our neighbours and community during the Christmas season. Now is a good time to donate to Feed Nova Scotia and help and support those in need. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

Contact us – Please call my office, 902-576-3411, or drop by at 1265 Fall River Road to discuss any concerns you may have. Our email is billhorne@gmail.com and you can follow me on twitter @bill_horne_mla.

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