Nova Scotians should feel proud when they see the newest addition to the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame. Premier Darrell Dexter today, Oct. 30, presented a $500 gold Olympic coin to the sports institution at its induction ceremony in Halifax. “This coin represents the important role that Nova Scotia and its people played in this year’s Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver,” said Premier Dexter. “I presented the coin to the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame because I wanted all Nova Scotians to be able to see it and share in the pride that the coin instills in our great province.” Each Canadian premier received one of the commemorative coins from British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell at the Council of the Federation meeting in Winnipeg this summer. The coins represent the significant contributions that the provinces made to the Vancouver Games, which took place Feb. 12-28. “This presentation is also my way of thanking the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame for recognizing and honouring our very best, and inspiring our next generation of sports heroes,” Premier Dexter said. Sports fans will be able to catch many such up-and-coming athletes in action at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Nova Scotia next February. The Games will be the biggest multi-sport event held in the province, with more than 2,700 athletes and thousands more spectators, coaches, volunteers and officials.
Nova Scotia Museum sites are offering unique activities for families and visitors during March Break, March 12-20. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax is hosting 20,000 Leagues Under the Museum! Learn about Morse code, visit aquatic stations, and examine curious sea creatures. For more information, go to http://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca . The Museum of Natural History in Halifax will have live animals from Little Rays’ Reptile Zoo, Dinosaur Discovery: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas and a variety of hands-on activities. For more information, go to http://naturalhistory.novascotia.ca/ . The Museum of Industry in Stellarton is hosting Sportstastic for kids who like to move. Sport stations will be set up for kids to try basketball, soccer and mini golf. There will be an obstacle course, and a quieter space for younger children. Kids can build and decorate their own cut-out sports jersey and view lots of local sports memorabilia like vintage goalie masks, trophies, baseball gloves, and photos of athletes from the past. For more information, go to http://museumofindustry.novascotia.ca . Ross Farm Museum in New Ross is offering an outdoor winter experience, with a different theme for each day related to the farm. Weather permitting, there will be sleigh rides. For more information, go to http://rossfarm.novascotia.ca/ . The Firefighters’ Museum in Yarmouth is inviting visitors to discover the history of firefighting in Nova Scotia and see antique hand-drawn and operated engines. For more information, go to http://firefightersmuseum.novascotia.ca/. Hours of operation and schedules for March Break activities are available on each museum’s website. For a list of events happening at all museums visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/notes/nova-scotia-museum/march-break-at-the-nova-scotia-museum/10156524184210184 . -30-