Monday, January 9, 2012

Bridgewater's Prest wins juvenile under-18 curling championship

A Bridgewater curling team will represent Nova Scotia after winning the boys final at the juvenile under-18 championships in New Glasgow. Daniel Prest defeated Chester's Daniel Jessome 11-4 in Monday afternoon's championship game. Prest's squad scored five in the sixth end to close out the match. Elsewhere, Chester's Mary Fay fell 4-3 to Lakeshore's Hayley McCabe in the girls final. The winners now head to the Under-18 Atlantic Championship also in New Glasgow on Easter weekend.

VIDEO: Ottawa Supports those with Disability

The federal government is helping people with disabilities in Bridgewater find jobs. South Shore-St. Margaret's MP Gerald Keddy announced over $144,000 in funding that is expected to help 25 people with disabilities develop skills and experience to find work in Lunenburg and Queens Counties. The chairperson of Employment Solutions Society's board of directors, Dawn Huskins-Townsend, says the money is a big help.

"It is our bread and butter to be able to access federal dollars for our clients to be able to continue to support the local community and as I spoke about, the rural community in particular, to find viable job opportunities within the local community for persons with disabilities is critical."

Keddy says the money is an important step for persons with disabilities.

"By supporting this project, our government is helping Canadians with disabilities maximize their potential and independence."

Executive Director Margaret Matthews says people who apply will go through a process and if approved, money would be doled out on an as needed basis. The federal funding is being provided through the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities.

South Shore-St. Margaret's MP Gerald Keddy looks on as the chairperson for Employment Solutions Society's board of directors , Dawn Huskins-Townsend, speaks about the government's funding for people with disabilities. 

Municipality of Barrington reviewing council size

A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon to discuss polling districts in the Municipality of Barrington. The Municipality has applied to the province's Utility and Review Board to reduce the number of districts and councillors from seven to five. The application also looks at amending the polling boundaries. The meeting will be held Tuesday at 1pm at municipal council chambers in Barrington.

Price Wars: South Shore & Area Lobster Fishermen's Association

A new association consisting of South Shore and area fishermen is picking up steam and looking for support. The group - consisting of approximately 150 fishermen - formed earlier this month in a bid to get better prices for lobster. Retired fisherman James Mood is leading the charge for new association. Mood says the group will hold meetings this week in Yarmouth and Shelburne. He says the meetings are open to everyone and is encouraging area residents to rally behind the new association. Mood says beginning midnight on Tuesday, fishermen will hold their catch until they get at least $5.50 per pound of lobster. The association has yet to officially select a name.

CKBW/HANK FM Poll: Results

More than half the residents along the South Shore are not very confident about their personal finances as we start 2012. Our latest CKBW/Hank FM poll, asked the question: Are you confident about your finances? Fifty-four percent of respondents are saying "Not at all" while 24 percent said they ARE confident. Twenty-two percent say they are slightly confident with their finances. Canadian Taxpayers Federation Atlantic President Kevin Lacey says there's no surprise in those numbers. "Not surprised at all, particularly in the South Shore, where your seeing places like Bowater lose jobs, employment is down year after year, so its getting worse before its getting better," A total of 79 people voted in our on-line survey over the weekend.

New Deputy Chief of Bridgewater Police Service

A long time member of the Bridgewater Police Service has been promoted. Scott Freener has been appointed Deputy Chief of the local police service. Feener began his policing career with the Toronto Police Service where he served 5 years in Patrol and Traffic. He's been serving the Bridgewater community since in 1993 and in his new role, Freener will be officer in charge of operations. The Bridgewater Board of Police Commissioners and Chief John Collyer announced the appointment over the weekend.