Tuesday, August 10, 2010

HighLiner Foods Reports Growth in Profits

Lunenburg based High Liner Foods is continuing to grow in profitability. Second quarter financial results show the frozen seafood company reported its net income increased 6.5 percent to $4.4 million, or 28 cents per share. Sales for the quarter were $134.7 million . Company president and CEO Henry Demone says second quarter results were highlighted by growth in profitability across all key measures Demone, says their bottom line continued to benefit from lower input costs and a stronger Canadian dollar, as well as ongoing commitment to cost management.

Award Presentation

South Shore Health will be hosting an awards presentation to honour some special volunteers. Lloyd McKnight and Maggie Mae were recently named the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Team of the Year. The award presentation will be made on
August 25th at 10 a.m. in the Lecture Rooms of South Shore Regional Hospital.

Sustainability Festival

Bridgewater is Growing Green . The Town will be hosting a free street festival to highlight and celebrate green community initiatives. Bridgewater Sustainability Festival is set for Saturday August 21, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. Festival organizers expect over 500 participants including guests, volunteers, vendors and performers. This festival is family friendly and there will be activities for all ages. Admission is FREE to Growing Green which will take place on King Street , between Empire and Dominion Streets.

Child Abuse Investigated

Queens RCMP are looking into a case of possible child abuse. The incident was initially reported to the authorities on Thursday, August 5th. An infant girl currently remains under care at the IWK Hospital in Halifax with undetermined injuries. The Mounties are conducting a criminal investigation in collaboration with Family and Children's Services.

Pregnancy and Parental Leave Policy Updated

The Town of Bridgewater has revised its Pregnancy and Parental Leave Policy to meet provincial standards. The catalyst for the review of the policy was a change to Nova Scotia Labour Standards which stipulated that employers must allow employees to continue to participate in benefit plans while on pregnancy/parental leaves. The Town's policy which was approved by Council now meets those minimum requirements.

Town Stays Out of Postal Business

The union representing postal workers is seeking support from municipal units in the province. CUP-W wants an improved Canadian Postal Service Charter and is asking the units to submit and endorse two resolutions. A motion by Bridgewater Town Council was lost on the floor due to the lack of a seconder. One councillor called it political propaganda and says the town has no business getting involved. Deputy-Mayor David Walker says it seems to be a labour management issue and he believes there will be negotiations with the union.


Award-winning Be Smart. Be Safe.will be stopping in Bridgewater this Thursday, August 12 to help visitors lead safer lives, protect their property & prepare for emergencies . Be Smart. Be Safe. is bringing its safety messages to the Children’s Fair from 10am to 4pm at the Bridgewater Memorial Arena . The DUMB Car 2.0 simulator, The Rain Cycle, Survivor 72 and other interactive displays will highlight the tour. The DUMB Car driving simulator demonstrates the dangers of driving while distracted by talking on a cellphone or text messaging. It also allows drivers to brush up on their skills in a number of situations including driving in adverse weather conditions, avoiding road hazards and identifying the point-of-no-return at traffic lights. In addition, an eco-driving segment teaches drivers how to improve fuel efficiency and reduce their carbon footprints.
The Insurance Bureau of Canada’s (IBC’s), award-winning community outreach program, now in its sixth year, will visit approximately 30 fairs and festivals throughout Atlantic Canada this summer.

Fire Hall Bands to Play Bridgewater High

The United Kingdom's West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Band and Bridgewater's very own Fire Department Band will play a gala concert on Wednesday night

Percussionist for Bridgewater, Ian Bolton, says the concert is part of a cultural exchange two years in the making.

“We were contacted... about doing an exchange and through two years of emails and letters and conversations back and forth...we've now managed to be hosts to the West Yorkshire group,” says Bolton.

The British band will return the favour next summer when the Bridgewater band travels across the pond.

Bolton says attendees can look forward to classical notes, disco beats, rock and folk melodies that fill the room.

“(When we play together) it's just a marvelous sound,” says Bolton.

The concert begins at 7pm, tickets cost ten to fifteen dollars.

The Lieutenant Governor will also be in attendance.

Bridgewater Hit and Run

Bridgewater Police are asking for the public's help involving a hit and run on Saturday, August 7th. A pedestrian was struck around 9 p.m. while crossing the street by the corner of Empire and Pleasant Streets. The suspect vehicle fled the scene without stopping at the accident. The car is described as a dark coloured Toyota, possibly a Corolla. The pedestrian suffered minor injuries and was treated in hospital and released.

Shore Road Sewage

Shore Road residents say they no longer want to be responsibility for dumping raw sewage in Lunenburg harbour. The properties in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg border approximately 500 meters of Lunenburg harbour shoreline in an area almost at the centre of the eastern side of the harbour. In a presentation to the Municipality, Nancy Rogers says their properties continue to dispose of raw sewage and the harbour cannot be fully cleaned until that changes. Rogers says connecting Shore Road to Lunenburg's waste water collection and treatment system is not only the right thing to do environmentally, it is the neighbourly thing to do. Mayor Don Down says the next step would be to do a study to determine the feasibility of the proposal to scope out the cost and impact.