Government will help fund an extension of the Maud Lewis Trail and the installation of a crossing light to promote active living in Yarmouth. Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill, on behalf of Energy Minister Michel Samson, announced today, Aug. 22, that the project will receive funding from the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2. “The Maud Lewis trail is an important part of our community,” said Mr. Churchill. “The extension of the trail, along with the installation of a pedestrian crossing light on Parade Street, will help create more accessible connection points for our residents.” The project will be cost-shared with the Town of Yarmouth, with $60,000 from the province and $121,000 from the town. “The existing trail will extend to the Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School and the Broad Brook Wetland Park,” said Mayor Pam Mood. “This trail is used by residents to access key areas in the community. We are looking forward to enhancing this busy trail.” Connect2 aims to create and promote active transportation options for trips of two kilometers or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province. More projects will be announced in the coming weeks and all will be completed by March 10, 2017. For more information, visit http://novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation/.
A fire which raged across some wooden houses in Mattakuliya last night destroyed 37 houses, the police media unit said today.The police said that 164 people who were living in the wooden houses have been displaced as a result of the fire. Initial investigations revealed that a bottle in one of the houses may have accidentally caused the fire which later spread across the other houses.Further investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette) All the displaced people have been temporarily sheltered at a Muslim school in the area. However the police said that there were no deaths or injuries caused by the fire.