Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Board Names New Lunenburg P - 9 School

Students who will be attending the new P-to-9 school in the Town of Lunenburg have chosen to name it Bluenose Academy. The students voted on five submission with the top three choices forwarded to the South Shore Regional School Board for final approval. Superintendent Nancy Pynch-Worthylake says Bluenose Academy was the number one choice of the students with 32 percent and the Board ratified the students recommendation. Other names submitted were Lunenburg Community School (142 votes )-24%, Harbourfront Academy (100 votes)- 17%,Michael G. Baker Community School (92 votes)- 16%, Bluenose Community School (59 votes) -10%. The new school will be constructed on the current site of the Lunenburg Junior High School on Knickle Road.

Hebb's Cross Town Hall Meeting

Road safety was the main concern brought up at last nights town hall meeting in Hebb's Cross that was held to discuss the Annual RCMP performance plan.

Staff sergeant for Lunenburg County District, Mark Furey made the presentation at last nights meeting and one of his main points was that RCMP encourage residents to notify the police when they witness a crime.

The next town hall meeting will be held a the Petite Riviere Fire Department on Thursday evening, March 25th from 7pm-9pm.

If you are not able to attend one of the RCMP Lunenburg County Town Hall Meetings and wish to contribute to the discussions you can email the RCMP Lunenburg County District at

Sustainability Programs

Bridgewater Town Council has approved and adopted an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan. It contains a list of 62 recommended actions to be completed over the next 5 to 7 years in order to make Bridgewater a more sustainable community. Council has already committed 5 thousand dollars in this years budget for implementation of ICSP community programs. Sustainability Planner Leon DeVreede recommended to Council the approval of four community programs including a sustainability festival, support for the Farmers Market, a community energy assistance fund and a "Support Local" campaign

Volunteer Tax Assistance

The Canada Revenue Agency is offering a helping hand to low income individuals in Bridgewater needing help with their tax returns. Trained volunteers can help complete income tax and benefit returns for those with simple tax situations. That includes single persons with income under $25,000 and couples or adults with children with income under $30,000. The assistance is offered through CRA's Volunteer Income Tax Program. A Bridgewater clinic will be held today from 8:30 to 3 p.m. at the Community College on High Street. For an appointment call 543-2295.
Other clinics are set for April 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th ,28th, 29th and 30th.
Taxpayers should bring their information slips (T4’s, T5’s, etc.), medical expense receipts, charitable donation receipts and any T1 package they may have received in the mail. Taxpayers should also have the following information ready: their SIN and their personal information such as date of birth, address and marital status. For more information, visit our website at:

Go Fish

A sure sign Spring is really here.. sportfishing season opens in most areas of the province on April 1st. More than 100-thousand anglers enjoy fishing throughout the year, taking part in free fishing weekends and activities like fishing derbies and Learn to Fish programs. Licence fees, taxes included, are $25.85 for the season for residents of Nova Scotia and $59.57 for non-residents.. Seniors' fishing licences are available for $6.33. One-day licences are available to resident and non-resident anglers for $13.07. All anglers age 16 or older must purchase a general fishing licence. Licences are valid until March 31, 2011. Anglers who plan to fish during the winter season should keep their licence.
New regulations, and changes to regulations, are included in the 2010 Angler's Handbook and Summary of Regulations, which accompanies each fishing licence.
More information on angling and a list of special regulations by recreational fishing area can be found on the Fisheries and Aquaculture website at .

New School Board Member

Dan Hudson is the newest member of the South Shore Regional School Board. He was elected to the District 9 seat by acclamation . Hudson, who was the sole candidate by the March 23rd deadline, is a resident of Chester Grant and has two children in the public school system. The seat will be declared at tonight's School Board meeting and Hudson will be sworn in over the coming weeks. The by-election was originally scheduled for April 17, but will no longer be required.
District nine covers Forest Heights Community School, Chester District Elementary School, Chester Area Middle School, Gold River Western Shore Elementary School and New Ross Consolidated. Some students living in this district may also attend Park View Education Centre and Bayview Community School. There are ten school districts and seats for an African Nova Scotian Board Member and First Nations Representative Board Member for a total of 12.

Baby Slings Recall

Parents who use the Infantino ``SlingRider'' and ``Wendy Bellissimo'' are asked to stop, immediately! More than one million baby slings made by Infantino are being recalled because the products have been linked to three infant deaths. Fifteen-thousand of the slings were sold in Canada.

*Information from The Canada Press