Monday, April 26, 2010

Auxilliary RCMP Recognized

Three former RCMP Auxiliary Constables will be recognized during a special ceremony tomorrow. (Wed. April 28th) Recognition and presentations will be made to the three former members, who through their commitment and dedication, contributed in a significant way to the community policing service delivery model in Lunenburg County. The ceremony is set for 1:15 p.m. at the RCMP Cookville detachment.
The RCMP Auxiliary Constable Program is a Community Policing Program that allows community residents the opportunity to work with regular members of the RCMP, providing front-line support to policing services in the areas of general duties, school liaison, drug awareness, traffic control, boat patrols, off-highway vehicles patrols, as well as numerous other areas of responsibility.

Workers Remembered

Larry and Cheryl MacKay from New Germany are sharing their story as part of a Day of Mourning campaign in support of families affected by workplace tragedy. In 1999 Larry, a saw-filer in a saw mill, called home from the hospital to tell Cheryl he cut his hand on a saw. Doctors performed surgery to repair tendons and possible nerve damage, but an infection developed that caused the wound to open and damage the repair work. In Lunenburg County alone, about 870 people were injured at work last year. Nearly 200 of those injuries were serious enough that the worker had to lose time from work to recover. On Wednesday, (April 28th) Nova Scotia joins the rest of Canada and more than 80 countries worldwide to commemorate the Day of Mourning and pay tribute to those who died or were injured at work. The WCB has produced an awareness campaign in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Workforce Development, the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour and Threads of Life, a charitable organization dedicated to supporting families affected by workplace tragedy. To read more about Larry and Cheryl MacKay’s story and the Day of Mourning campaign, visit

Day of Mourning

The Town of Lunenburg inviting the public to a ceremony to recognize workers who have lost their lives or were injured in the workplace. On Wednesday (April 28th) The Mayor and Town Council invite all Town employees and public to join them on the Lunenburg Waterfront at the site of the Fishermen’s Memorial on Bluenose Drive for a wreath laying ceremony. The event is slated to get underway at 11:45 a.m.

Bridgewater Residents Face Tax Hike

Looks like taxes will be going up for Bridgewater property owners. Town Council hopes to table the budget and set the tax rate by May 10th, and a 2 and half percent increase is being proposed. The draft budget proposes raising the residential rate to $1.66 per $100 of assessment, up from $1.62 and the commercial rate to $4.05 from $3.72. Council is looking at a 17 million dollar budget with 6.7 million of that for capital expenditures. Mayor Carroll Publicover says there hasn't been a tax increase in the Town for a long time and maybe it hasn't registered with the general public. Council has two more meetings where public input will be received before the budget is tabled.

Shannex Complaints

A senior's care home soon set to open in Bridgewater is meeting with some resistance from nearby neighbours. Residents of Brady Street appeared before Town Council to complain of high wattage lights shining in their homes and noise from a ventilation fan. Mayor Carroll Publicover says the residents have shouldered a lot of inconvenience during the construction period. Publicover says Council will work with Shannex officials and the contractors to resolve the issues. The residents are also calling for a fence to be erected between the properties. Publicover says a conditional occupancy permit has been issued to Shannex and they have 30 days to resolve the issues. The Halifax based firm Shannex specializes in seniors care. Ryan Hall, a 65 bed long term care residence is located off Hollingsworth Drive

4th Annual Community Meeting

The 4th annual United Way community meeting will be held tomorrow morning at the Day's Inn in Bridgewater.

Beginning at 10am, the meeting will focus on funded partners and highlight six particular groups that are making a difference in the community.

This year, 25 Lunenburg County organization and programs will share funding to help make positive things happen in Lunenburg County.

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