Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Visitor restrictions remain in place at South Shore Regional Hospital

The 4th floor Medical Unit at South Shore Regional Hospital continues to be closed because of ongoing issues with MRSA.

South Shore Health says the antibiotic-resistant organism is creating longer than normal delays for people with non-urgent matters.

The VP of Medicine and Acting CEO, Dr. Peter Vaughan, says they're continuing to fight the outbreak and is optimistic things will turn around soon.

Family members who are assisting with a patients care are now permitted to visit, but restrictions remain in place for the general public.

MRSA does not pose a threat to the public or health care employees who are healthy.

Meeting to discuss future of Generations Active Park

A meeting to discuss the future of Generations Active Park will be held Wednesday night at the Bridgewater Days Inn.

Ekistics Planning and Design is creating the Master Plan for the park, and is looking for public input.

Bridgewater town councillor David Mitchell says it's important for people to have their say about what's included in the park.

An off-leash dog park is one idea considered for the space.

The meeting will begin Wednesday night at 7pm at the Days Inn Bridgewater.

MARC North

The Municipality of Lunenburg has acquired 115 acres of land in the northern part of the County for future park development. Mayor Don Downe made the announcement today
(Tuesday, Sept. 20th) at the Pinehurst Community Hall calling it a major milestone. The land acquired is located just before Guppy's on public highway, Trunk number 10. Downe says the MARC North has been a priority for the Municipality since the Open Space Strategic Plan was adopted back in 2003. He says over the last nine years, properties have been looked at, and it was only recently a piece of property that was affordable and suitable became available.

COMFIT Applications

More than 60 community groups across the province including the Municipality of Chester, have applied to be part of a unique, made-in-Nova Scotia initiative to develop community based green energy projects. The Community-Based Feed-in Tariff, or COMFIT, opened Monday. The program encourages community groups to get involved in renewable energy development while reducing green-house gas emissions, securing a supply of clean energy at stable prices and

creating jobs. Almost 100 community projects are registered with the department from a variety of eligible groups.

Projects can include wind, biomass, in-stream tidal and run-of-the river tidal developments. Eligible groups include municipalities, First Nations, co-operatives and not-for-project groups. For more information on the program and to apply, visit herehttp://www.nsrenewables.ca/

Healthy Community Resource Centre

Details of the next steps in the proposal to build a Healthy Community Resource Centre in the Village of Chester will be revealed Wednesday night (Sept.21st). Following months of public consultation, the committee spearheading the Centre will announce its intentions to the public at a meeting at Forest Heights Community School at 7:30 p.m. Chairperson Barb Grigsby will discuss funding the centre, fundraising possibilities and informally discuss the visual concept of the proposed centre. The community health complex would be an expansion of the Heath Resources Centre at Shoreham Village over a a 5 to 10 year span. The concept will see a number of health related professionals including doctors and nurse practitioners together in a central location.

For more information visit here http://www.HealthCentreInfo.com

Shelburne Clearwater Lobster Fleet To Join Union

Clearwater's Lobster Fleet fishermen out of Shelburne have voted to join a union. The province's Labour Board has certified a recent vote by the fishermen, allowing them to become members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 864.

Chris Mayberry is a UFCW organizer. He says one of the main issues for the fishermen has been the disparity between time spent at sea and time home.
Mayberry says: "Equal time ashore, equal time at home. A lot of the guys have families and the company would come in and you'd go out on a trip for 5, 7 possibly 9 days and then you'd come back and they'd ask you to come back the next day and get on the boat again. So a lot of the guys though that was a big issue as far as shore time."
Clearwater and the UFCW will begin talks soon on a collective agreement for the fishermen.

South Shore Weather -- Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Sunny. High 19. (((**UV index 6 or high**))).

Increasing cloud and a chance of showers. Low 12.

Clearing late in the morning then sunny. High 20.


Cloudy with periods of rain. Low 10. High 17.

Cloudy. Low 14. High 20.

Cloudy with showers. Low 14. High 22.

A mix of sun and cloud. Low 13. High 19.

A mix of sun and cloud. Low 11. High 19.


Low- 8:10am
High- 1:50pm
Low- 8:55pm


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