Friday, September 23, 2011

Banner Year for VIC

The numbers are in and it was a banner year for the Bridgewater and area Visitor Information Centre at Exit 12. The VIC opened in June and the last day of operation was Friday, September 23rd. Manager Dan Hennessey says it has been a tremendous year for visitors with 4 thousand 750 people coming through the doors, almost twice the number of the year before.  Hennessey says there are two keys to success for a Visitor Information Centre, accessibility and visibility.   The Town of Bridgewater and Municipality of the District of Lunenburg jointly funded the temporary centre for two seasons while they work to finding a long term solution. A regional partnership is one of the options being discussed

Memory Project

Second World War and Korean War veterans will be able to have their stories preserved thanks to the the Memory Project. On Wednesday September 28, the veterans will gather in Bridgewater to take part in a nation-wide oral history project. An initiative of The Historica-Dominion Institute, The Memory Project Archive is creating an unprecedented record of Canada's participation in the Second World War and Korean War as seen through the eyes of thousands of men and women who were there. It is providing every living veteran with the opportunity to preserve their memories through recorded interviews and digitized memorabilia. Their stories are available, in both official languages, at

          The sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Best Western Hotel, Bridgewater.

Premier Opens Bay Side Home

Seniors in the Barrington area will receive better care and have the option to continue living in the community they call home thanks to an expansion at the local long-term care facility.  Premier Darrell Dexter joined residents and employees of Bay Side Home today, (Friday Sept. 23) to celebrate the opening of the expanded facility. Before the expansion, the Barrington facility was dedicated to mentally challenged and physically disabled residents. Forty new beds were added to the existing 22-bed home, nearly tripling its size and adding the capacity to care for elderly residents.
       The facility features four new households, each with 10 resident rooms that follow the same layout and design as the existing facility. The home has private rooms and bathrooms, combined dining, kitchen and living room space, accessible gardens and spa facilities. The design also allows couples who both require nursing home care to live together in the same household. An outdoor garden can be accessed from the hallway of each household. Clients at Bay Side Home have access to 24-hour nursing care, medical services, nutrition services, pharmacy services, recreation, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. The facility has hired 60 new staff, many of whom live in the Barrington area to provide care and manage the facility.

34th Nova Scotia 4-H Show

South Shore 4-H members will join their provincial counterparts at the 34th annual Nova Scotia 4-H Show being held in Bible Hill from September 30th to October 2nd. The event is hosted by the Eastern Region 4-H Leader's Councils.  Agriculture Minister John MacDonell says the 4-H program has a long history of developing excellent agriculture, community and business leaders. 4-H members, age nine to 21, are eligible to compete at the Nova Scotia show after achieving top honours at a local exhibition with life skills or livestock projects. Highlights include livestock auctions, a public speaking competition, dog obedience and handling trials, tug of war competition, bake-off, fashion show and cattle selections for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.
           The free event at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Grounds is open to the public.

Gas Prices Down Again

The price of gasoline is down again this morning at South Shore pumps.

The Utility and Review Board has set the price for a litre of regular self serve gas at $1.23.7.

Thats down 3 and a half cents from yesterday.