Monday, April 2, 2012

Busy Intersection in Lunenburg Needs Upgrades

The Town of Lunenburg is hoping the province will anti up some money to widen a busy intersection near Bluenose Academy. Mayor Laurence Mawhinney says he's met with MLA Pam Birdsall to discuss the Green Street-Tannery Road intersection. Council is concerned the intersection isn't wide enough to handle buses, trucks or 18 wheelers. Mawhinney says the intersection is so narrow, big rigs need to cross over into the centre line when they attempt to make a turn."As we've talked here at council, we may have to expand the road width towards the water so there is more space for trucks, buses and large vehicles to pass each other," Mawhinney says something needs to be done to improve the intersection. He admits the town may have to foot the entire cost to widen the road.

LaHave Manor & Town of Bridgewater Find Common Ground

The LaHave Manor Corporation and Town of Bridgewater found common ground for a new group home for disabled people on Evergreen Road. The two sides met today to discuss the future of the property. Following the meeting, the corporation announced they will proceed with plans to buy the home after the town agreed to tweak some of their bylaws to allow for the development. The town states it will consider amending its Land-Use Bylaw to allow for five occupants of the home in that neighbourhood. Currently, their bylaw allows for three disabled people to occupy a residence. Both sides aren't saying much and declined interview requests. The property on Evergreen Road is owned by a World War II Veteran and already features a wheel chair ramp and can accommodate people with disabilities.  The LaHave Manor would not disclose the cost of purchasing the home.

On Tap: Judge in Eisnor Case to Issue Decision on Tuesday

A decision is expected to come tomorrow on whether a New Germany man is fit to stand trial on a charge of first degree murder. Forty-nine year-old Wayne Paul Eisnor is accused of shooting and killing his wife before turning the gun on himself in June of 2010. He was originally deemed unfit to stand trial because of a mental impairment caused by the self-inflicted gunshot wound. However, during a two-day fitness hearing last month, Crown lawyer Alonzo Wright argued Eisnor's condition had improved significantly since the shooting. Judge Gregory Lenehan will issue the decision in Bridgewater Provincial Court Tuesday morning. Eisnor is being held in the East Coast Forensic Hospital, pending a determination by the court.

"Yarmouth Has Won, No Matter How You Look At It!" : Mayor

The community of Stirling-Rawdon, Ontario is the winner of this year's Kraft Hockeyville competition.  Yarmouth was in the running for it too.  Even though it lost in the final voting, mayor Phil Mooney says the town won as far as community spirit is concerned.  The town's "Mariner Centre" also picked up a prize.  Mayor Mooney says:  "We have picked up a cheque for 25 thousand dollars. Hopefully, we will have some community input on what they want to do with it. They're looking at a variety of things pertaining to the management board. It will be well used and well needed!"  Three other Canadian communities were also in the competition ... Kelowna, BC; Amos, Quebec and Ducklake, Alberta.  By the way, Yarmouth garnered more than 1-million-600 votes in the competition, about 2.5 million less than the winner.

Two Lunenburg County Residents Charged In Recent B & E Spree

There have been arrests and charges laid in connection with numerous break and enters in a Lunenburg County community.  A 27 year old man from the Pleasantville area faces 12 charges and appears in court this week.  A 20 year old woman from Chester has also been charged, released on conditions and will be in Bridgewater court in May.  Over the past several weeks .... homes, seasonal residences, cottages and garages in Pleasantville have been broken into.  Tools, electronics, jewellery, gaming systems and exercise equipment have been stolen.  Police say they have recovered few of the items.

MHL Final: Mariners set to face Slammers

The Yarmouth Mariners are headed to the finals of the Maritime Hockey League. Before a home town crowd, the team shutout the Amherst Ramblers 2-nothing over the weekend to win the 7th and deciding game of their Bent division series. Matt Tomah and Colin Campbell were the goal scorers. Charles Grant stopped all 23 shots he faced. Yarmouth will now face the Woodstock Slammers in the MHL final series.

Municipality of Lunenburg: No More Dog Tax

It's good news for dog owners. The Municipality of Lunenburg voted in favour of eliminating a yearly dog tax and are allowing a one time tag purchase for the life of a dog. However, councillor Lee Nauss says the move doesn't make sense. "I think we are going way back and there's no way I could support this because it's a backwards step,"  Council agreed the dog tag purchase would be implemented as a voluntary system. The existing by-law will now be amended and a communication strategy will be developed to inform the public of the change.

Bridgewater: Town & LaHave Manor set to Meet

Bridgewater's mayor is chiming in on LaHave Manor's potential move to Evergreen Road. Carroll Publicover says council hasn't been called on to make a decision on the issue. He believes the town has demonstrated it is an inclusive community. 'We've gone out of way to find ways to include the poor, marginalized and the people who need help. We've lifted up people whenever we can, you know, this is another case, we have group home and small options apartments throughout the town and lots of very nice neighborhoods they could be accommodated,"   The two sides are in disagreement over the Evergreen property. The town says it can't be turned into a group home because of its location in Bridgewater. A meeting between the town and Manor is scheduled to take place later today.