Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Pleasant River Fire

2009-04-15 12:08:59

A young family of three is staying with family after a fire destroyed their home in Pleasant River.  The North Queens Fire Association called on mutual aid from Liverpool and Hemford and Annapolis Royal stood by.  Highway 208 was blocked off to traffic for several hours Wednesday.  The two-story dwelling was fully engulfed in flames  when members arrived on scene. There were no injuries as both parents were at working at the time and their pre-schooler was in daycare. The cause of the fire, which was reported around 10:30 yesterday morning, is under investigation.  The home was insured. Canadian Red Cross volunteers will be assisting with emergency food, replacement clothing and personal-care items. Pleasant River is about  30 kilometres west of Bridgewater.

Academy Plans

2009-04-15 06:10:44

The Town of Lunenburg is getting a new Primary to Grade 9 school. The location, yet to be determined will replace the Lunenburg Academy, the town's  junior high school, Centre Consolidated and Riverport and District Elementary.  Mayor Laurence Mawhinney says the Academy, almost a sacred property in the Town  will operate in some capacity or other. Mawhinney says the Academy is too valuable a property to lose. Mayor Mawhinney says the Lunenburg Academy Foundation was formed in 1981 with the intent that when the Academy was no longer required as a school it could be used for other purposes.

Queens Denied

2009-04-15 06:08:46

Good news for the Town of Lunenburg..not so good for Liverpool. Premier Rodney Macdonald and Education Minister Judy Streatch announced nearly 32 million in new construction and renovations for schools in Lunenburg and Queens counties yesterday.  Toping the list is a new P-9 school for the Lunenburg, Centre and Riverport area at a cost of 21.5 million.  South Shore Regional School Board Chair Elliott Payzant was disappointed that the other  top priority for the region, a new middle school for South Queens, was not approved as requested.  The Board and the community have worked for several years for a much needed renovation to South Queens Junior High School.  Now, that building has deteriorated to the point that a renovation is not sufficient; a replacement facility is required,  The new capital list released yesterday topped up the original allocation for the delayed renovation with an additional 2.7 million providing a total of 8 million for an addition to the Dr. John C. Wickwire Academy.