Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Mayor to Meet with Class Afloat

Lunenburg Mayor Laurence Mawhinney will meet with Class Afloat officials today to discuss the schools future plans and ongoing role in the community. The group rents space at the Lunenburg Academy. Mawhinney says having all come through a very traumatic week in their lives Class Afloat are now looking at what the future will hold and will be doing an assessment of what their needs may be. He says the Town will be open to looking at ways to encourage them to continue with the excellent work they have done. Mawhinney says he's approaching the dialogue with an open mind and positive attitude
The tall ship S-V Concordia sank off Brazil last Wednesday. All 64 students and crew were rescued after spending up to 40 hours in the Atlantic.

Digital Mammography Unit for SSRH

South Shore Health is getting some new modern machinery thanks to funding by the province. CEO Alice Leverman says the District is one of 5 in the province that will be receiving funding for a new digital mammography unit. The 600 thousand dollar cost is being fully funded by the Department of Health. The District will spend an additional 50 thousand on renovations to the Diagnostic Imaging Department. The new machine is expected to be in operation next month. Meantime, a new CT scanner will be operational in April. The Department of Health has provided 1.1 million towards the purchase of the new scanner to replace the current 11 year old model. South Shore Health will be looking to the hospital foundations to help raise the difference in cost of an additional 92 thousand dollars.

Farmington Fire

Five fire departments were called to battle a blaze in Farmington which started before six p.m.last night. New Germany got the initial call to a house fire at 451 Charles Hill Road at 5:37pm. The structure was fully engulfed when they arrived. Tankers were called in from Northfield, Hemford, Cornwall and Springfield Fire Departments to assist New Germany. Bridgewater was on standby for the Northfield Fire Department. The Red Cross was also contacted to provide assistance to the family.

Shelburne Family Escapes Fire

A Shelburne family is being assisted by the Red Cross following a weekend fire that is being deemed suspicious. All three family members were asleep when the fire broke out in their duplex which was extensively damaged around 3 o'clock Sunday morning . They escaped without injury and are staying with relatives for now. Shelburne firefighters prevented flames from spreading to the other half of the duplex. An investigation is ongoing.
The Red Cross has provided personal-care items and covered the cost of emergency purchases of clothing and food.