Friday, February 3, 2012

Awards For Local Architects & Their Designs

Two Hulls

A pair of South Shore homes and their architects have won some prestigious, international acclaim. Two Hulls, built on the rocky shoreline in Port Mouton and Shobac Campus, a collection of several buildings in Upper Kingsburg, have been recognized for their excellence in design.
Two Hulls has picked up a North American citation for innovative wood design and a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence.
Shobac Campus has been given the North American Wood Design Program's Ron Thom Award for outstanding creative talent and design.
It has also received the American Institute of Architects Honor Award for building design. Both projects are the creations of architects Brian MacKay-Lyons and Talbot Sweetapple who say they were designed to meet the challenges of their coastal surroundings.

Liberal Leader Calls For More Daycare Space In Schools

As changes are made to education, some people fear education budgets will be cut again and schools closed. In a CKBW News (Hank-fm News) interview, Liberal leader Stephen McNeil says the growing amount of space in schools still operating and those facilities that close should be used for daycare.
He says: "On the South Shore, we've talked an awful lot about school closures. They're happening in many rural areas. There's a wonderful opportunity inside of that debate to ask .. can we create a public daycare space, not making it a part of the education system, but allowing that public space to be used by community and daycare operators."
Meanwhile, Conservative leader Jamie Baillie says the government is saying one day its going to phase out day care subsidies and the next day, its telling parents not to worry, subsidies won't be cut.
He says the mixed messages surrounding whats an essential service for many South Shore parents is becoming very upsetting for them.
Baillie is calling on the Premier to reaffirm support for working parents.

Low Turnout at 1688 Lobster Meeting in Liverpool

Only a small turnout took-in a meeting to learn more about a new fisherman's group along the South Shore. Roughly 15 people attended the "1688 Professional Lobster Fishermen Association" gathering in Liverpool Thursday. The group's chair, James Mood, says they have signed up approximately 650 members since establishing over three weeks ago. He says they haven't lost momentum, despite low numbers at their recent meetings.
"Fisherman are waiting to see what this Association can do for them. I don't blame them. Some people joined up instantly, some people want to wait and see if this Association is going to stay and we are going to stay and keep the course."
Mood is hoping to see at least 80 percent of lobster fishermen in LFA's 33 and 34 district join the association. He expects meetings to be scheduled in Sambro and Lockeport in the next few weeks.

LCLC Tender Process extended until February 9

The tender process for the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre has been extended until February 9. The deadline was supposed to be February 2. But, the chair of the Lunenburg County Multipurpose Centre Corporation, Paul Belliveau, says changes to the tender have pushed the deadline to next Thursday.
"Contractors review the tender documents and if they come up with questions about changes or suggest changes or difference of materials and things like that within the tender documents then it will cause an addendum if the design team feels appropriate to make those changes. So, it's the time that's required to make those changes and inform all the contractors that the changes have been made."
Belliveau says he estimates around eight contractors have submitted bids so far to build the LCLC. The project is expected to include an NHL sized ice surface, an aquatic centre and library and is scheduled to be complete by March 2013.

Mariners drop Lumberjacks at Queens Place-Emera Centre

Andrew Wigg haunted his old club in Queens County Thursday night. The former Lumberjack scored once and added two assists as the Yarmouth Mariners dumped the Jacks 6-2. Head Coach Terry Rhindress says his club gave Wigg too much respect early in the game. Shawn Boudreau and Michael Crawley scored for the Jacks while Billy Clarke stopped 24 shots in the loss. A crowd of 1,120 took in the game at the new Queens Place-Emera Centre in Liverpool. The Lumberjacks get back on the ice Friday night when they host the Amherst Ramblers at 7pm at the Bridgewater Memorial Arena.