The nominations are in for the Lunenburg Queens Business Excellence awards, and several businesses are from Queens County.
The finalists for the Lunenburg Queens Business Awards are as follows:
The Galley Restaurant
The Blarney Stone Restaurant
Van Dyk's Juices
Deja Vu Labs
Bear Cove Resourses
River Bank General Store and Café
Ocean View Garden Center
Liverpool Flowers Gifts and Such
The awards will be handed out on Feb. 17 at the Best Western in Bridgewater.
Ethan Whynot, from Caledonia, is now the youngest person to receive a "Bronze" award and be inducted into Kejimkujik's Volunteer Walk of Honour.
He received his award at the 9th Annual Volunteer Banquet at the Caledonia Fire Hall at the end of November from Megan Crowley, a biologist with Parks Canada. At twelve years old, Ethan has recorded over 250 hours of volunteer work on local wildlife projects to earn the designation.
The award is given jointly by Parks Canada, the Friends of Keji Co-operative Association, and the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute. Ethan has helped to protect and study endangered Blanding's turtles near McGowan Lake. Ethan and his mom, Wendy, have kept an eye on one female turtle named "Kelly" whose nests have been covered diligently for five years.
Ethan has also helped with salamander surveys in Keji, ribbonsnake surveys, Chimney Swift roost monitoring, nighthawk surveys and the Caledonia Christmas Bird Count. This year he joined almost 300 volunteers who together logged 10,500 hours in 2014.
A few rain showers or periods of drizzle changing to a few flurries this afternoon. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming west 20 gusting to 40 this afternoon. Temperature falling to plus 1 this afternoon.
Flurries, amounting to 2 to 4 cm. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. Low minus 1.
Weather source: Environment Canada