Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Residents water concern passed to Public Service Commission

It's something David Wilkie has never encountered before.

The Bridgewater resident is complaining about his tapwater leaving a red-pinkish stain and black deposits on different fixtures in his bathroom.

Wilkie made a presentation to Council Monday night, explaining his situation.

Mayor Carroll Publicover says, while Council can't do anything, Wilkie should bring the matter up to the Public Service Commission.

"If it were me, I'd be on the doorstep on the Public Service Commission saying what's going on and hopefully he'll get an answer. He's saying it's also in other neighbours water, and so it's not just one individual crying in the wilderness, there's something there that needs to be looked at."

Councillor Bill McInnis explained to Wilkie that the red-pinkish stains are most likely bacteria.

Council suggested Wilkie to make a presentation at the next Public Service Commission meeting in mid-October.

Martin returns from World University Games and World Track and Field Championships

South Shore native Jenna Martin says competing overseas at the World University Games and World Track and Field Championships was an eye-opening experience.

Martin returned to Bridgewater from China and South Korea last week after a sixth place finish and setting personal best times in the 4 x 400 metre relay.

She says she has more confidence heading into future events.

"I know after coming from this experience and running how well I did in the relay, I know I can make an Olympic final or World Championships final."

Martin says she didn't run the 400 metre event at the World Championships because her body didn't recover enough from the World University Games.

Martin is enjoying some time off before getting back into practice sessions around the first week of October.

Shelburne Shipyard Re-Opens

Shelburne is back in ship shape, busy repairing ships again, thanks to the province's 8.8 million dollar investment in Irving Shipbuilding's Shelburne Ship Repair. Irving Shipbuilding invested 16.6 million dollars in the upgrades to modernize the cradle and marine railway, as well as the wharf. The restoration, completed in August, will strengthen the
economy and sustain employment for local residents in the long term. Irving's purchase of the yard was a condition of the province's investment. Most of the upgrades were completed by Shelburne Ship Repair employees. There are currently 38 employees in the yard with repair work underway and bids for more work submitted.

Beach Access Acquired

The Municipality of Lunenburg has acquired a piece of property providing public access to Mason's Beach. Mayor Don Downe says the property was donated to the Municipality by Paul Young and his mother. Downe says Young talked about the issue of pride of culture, pride of community and pride of our people and history. The Mayor says having this open space given to the Muncicpality by a local individual for access to the beach is a remarkable thing to do and will add to the amount of property that will be kept in perpetuity for the community and people allowing access to the waterways.

Downe says Council recognized Young with a certificate.

Copper Wire Theft

RCMP have a theory concerning the theft of copper wire from the Lunenburg Electric Light Department . The copper wire was taken from the Town's utility trucks. One incident happened June 27th in which two chainsaws were also stolen. The other incident took place in July. In his quarterly report to Lunenburg Town Council, Corporal Derek Smith says they have not yet identified any suspects. Corporal Smith says police aren't getting a whole lot of help from scrap dealers where the wire might be sold. He says the stolen copper wire is also hard to trace.

Local Veterans Receive Commendation

Two local residents have been honoured for their commitment and dedication to Veterans. Richard Halliday and Gerald Sigrist were presented with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation at a ceremony in Halifax today. (Tuesday, September 13th). Halliday is a retired Canadian Forces Naval Veteran from East Clifford. He has been heavily involved with naval organizations since his retirement serving  as President of the South Shore Naval Association (SSNA) from 1994 1997 and was instrumental with the affiliation of SSNA with the Royal Canadian Naval Association. Halliday currently serves as Parliamentary and Veterans Affairs Officer on the National Executive of the Royal Canadian Naval Association and continues to assist Veterans in obtaining benefits. Sigrist is a retired Canadian Forces Naval Veteran from Bridgewater. He is the founding President of the South Shore Naval Association, which was established in 1985 and changed its name to the Admiral Desmond Piers Naval Association (ADPNA) in 2003. He is currently Director of the ADPNA, Divisional Vice President for the Maritimes, and National Executive Secretary.
             In April 2001, Her Majesty the Queen approved the design of a special bar to be worn with decorations to be known as the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation. The Commendation is awarded annually to individuals who have contributed in an exemplary manner to the care and well-being of Veterans or to the remembrance of the contributions, sacrifices and achievements of Veterans. To date, more than 600 individuals have received the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation.