Local News for Tuesday 20th June

‘Be nice or go home’ message to airport visitors
Barra Airport Café has found itself at the centre of a social media storm, after posting about ‘the worst coach party ever’ and their behaviour in the café. The unbooked party reportedly complained about the food and coffee, jostled waiting passengers and bumped other diners in a scramble to see the iconic beach plane landing. Airport café management said their young staff had been treated with rudeness by a group who were thoroughly miserable. The post unleashed a storm of comments, most supporting the way the café had stood up for their staff, but was taken down yesterday after national newspaper reports covered the story. Other café visitors who had witnessed the incident agreed that the group had behaved badly, and supported the café’s final statement to visitors: “Remember you are on holiday on a beautiful island – be nice or go home!”

New tweed for Bethesda
Harris Tweed Hebrides yesterday launched a unique Harris Tweed for Bethesda Care Home and Hospice, with a bright, vibrant sea blue window pane check. The Bethesda creative sewing team will now transform the fabric into ladies' and gents' accessories which will be sold to raise funds for care and palliative services. Brand Development Director, Margaret A. MacLeod, said: "All of us at the Shawbost mill recognise the importance of this facility within our local community and the amazing commitment of the Bethesda team. The fact that Bethesda now has its own dedicated design of Harris Tweed will hopefully create a significant source of income to support the services they provide". The range of accessories made in the new Bethesda Harris Tweed will be available from the Bethesda Shop, Bayhead, Stornoway over the coming weeks.

Point on track to be LED district
The community of Point and Sandwick is on track to become the first LED energy community in the UK after a project to cut carbon emissions beat its first year targets. Point and Sandwick Trust are working with Tighean Innse Gall (TIG) to offer up to 14 free LED lightbulbs to every household in the district. Since the project started last May, it’s outstripped its year one target and community estate trusts at Galson and Carloway have emulated the scheme. In Point and Sandiwck, 141 homes have installed the LED lightbulbs, also getting other energy efficiency measures such as internal wall insulation, underfloor insulation and loft top-ups. The Climate Challenge Fund have endorsed Point and Sandwick's aim of becoming 'the first LED community in the UK' — where 90 per cent of households are lit by LEDs

Shellfish toxin risk
Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of Food Standards Scotland has identified raised levels of shellfish toxins in Loch Seaforth, East Loch Tarbert (Sound of Scalpay) and Loch Stockinish in Harris. Eating shellfish such as mussels, cockles or razor fish from these areas may pose a risk to human health and commercial shellfish harvesters have been asked to postpone harvesting until algae levels subside.

Shinty news
Camanachd Leòdhais welcomed second-placed Caberfeidh to Shawbost on Saturday, in a Marine Harvest North Division 2 League match. Lewis put in a hard-working performance in blustery conditions but ultimately conceded a 3-nil defeat. Lewis next welcome runaway league leaders Glengarry to Shawbost this Saturday. Throw up is scheduled for 2:30pm.