Long-serving police officers from mainland Nova Scotia were recognized today, Oct. 21, for their contributions by Premier Rodney MacDonald and Justice Minister and Attorney General Cecil Clarke in the second ceremony in the inaugural Nova Scotia Provincial Police Long Service Award Program. Two-hundred-and-forty recipients from mainland Nova Scotia were given medals at a ceremony in Halifax. “These inaugural awards recognize our longest-serving members who deserve our support and thanks for their public service,” said the premier. They join 104 from Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Guysborough County and Antigonish County. They were recognized at a ceremony in Membertou on Sept. 22. The new provincial program recognizes police officers who have served in the province for 15 and 25 straight years. “Without the hard work and dedication of these officers, Nova Scotia would not be the safe and secure place to live and work that we now enjoy,” said Mr. Clarke. “As Justice Minister, I’m pleased we have developed this important new recognition program to show our appreciation for the difficult work they do on the front lines every day.” A full list of medal recipients can be viewed at gov.ns.ca/just .
Department of Environment staff are investigating the release of sewage into Eel Creek in Middleton, Annapolis Co., west of Riverside Park. The department was notified by the Town of Middleton on March 29 that during daily water quality sampling an employee noticed a sewage pipe from Middleton’s sewer treatment plant was broken. A new pipe has been installed to contain any further release into the environment. At this time the amount of sewage released is unknown, so the province is asking residents to avoid contact with water in the area. Residents are advised not to swim in, drink from, or eat fish from water sources west of Riverside Park, including the Annapolis River. The province is reviewing plans by the town to mitigate any potential impacts to the environment. An update will be issued when more information is available.