Residents and visitors to New Ross will benefit from the enhanced programs and experiences of a new learning centre, announced today, Oct. 29. The province, through the Tangible Capital Asset Program, will provide $1 million to help build the centre at Ross Farm Museum. The province is matching $1 million in funding from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency which was announced in March 2010 as part of the Innovative Communities Fund. The community, through the New Ross District Museum Society, will contribute $235,000 to the project. The Municipality of the District of Chester will contribute $100,000 of that amount. The total cost to build the learning centre will be $2.35 million. “Supporting the learning centre project means that Ross Farm Museum will be able to offer enhanced interpretive programs and educational experiences for visitors and members of the community,” said Denise Peterson-Rafuse, Minister of Community Services on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister David Wilson. “This new facility will help to make life better for families by promoting life-long learning opportunities and maintaining Ross Farm Museum as an integral part of the provincial museum system.” “In March of 2010, our government announced $1-million in support of the Ross Farm Museum,” said Gerald Keddy, parliamentary secretary to the Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “It is great to see this project moving forward as the new learning centre will ensure that the museum has the tools and space needed to continue building a historic-rural adventure right here in New Ross.” The first phase will be a topographic survey. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal will manage the construction work. “With the support of all levels of government and the community, we will be able to offer our visitors a unique experience through what will become a new centre of excellence for heritage,” said Valerie White, president of the board of trustees for the New Ross District Museum Society. “This will be a wonderful showcase for New Ross and Nova Scotia.” Construction is expected to begin in the spring.
The police arrested three people in Kuruwita today over the theft of a golden color Buddhist statue, the police media unit said.According to the police media unit, the three people were arrested on suspicion by a police street patrol unit near a Temple in the area. The police said that when the suspects were arrested the police found the statue inside a jeep.The police also found military style uniforms in the vehicle . Investigations had later revealed that the statue was of historic value and had been stolen from a Temple yesterday.Further investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette)