Tuesday, July 3, 2012

VIDEO: Martin Hungry For Olympic Final

Jenna Martin speaks to reporters following a press conference Tuesday for the 2012 Aileen Meagher Track Classic in Halifax. The Bridgewater native recently qualified for the Olympic Games in London, England beginning July 27. The 24-year-old is scheduled to run in Halifax Sunday evening at the Aileen Meagher at 7:40pm at Saint Mary's University.

Martin Busy Ahead Of Olympic Games

Bridgewater's newly-crowned Olympian is back in Nova Scotia. Jenna Martin was in Halifax Tuesday to help promote this year's Aileen Meagher Track Classic, which goes this Sunday at Saint Mary's University. Martin, who will compete in the 400 metre event this weekend, says she has to remain consistent before the London Games.

Fellow Olympian Geoff Harris and 2008 Olympian Adrienne Power were also on-hand to promote this weekend's meet. Martin says it will help prepare her for the Olympics.

The two-time Canadian champion says she's still on cloud nine after clinching her Olympic berth last Friday night in Calgary. Martin will also run in Moncton this Thursday and in Toronto next week before flying to Germany for pre-Olympic camp.

Municipal Election: Lunenburg Has Mayor's Race

A labour lawyer in Lunenburg will seek the mayor's seat when municipal elections roll around this fall. Ron Stockton will challenge long time incumbent Laurence Mawhinney for the position in October. It marks the first mayoral race in Lunenburg since 1994. Stockton says he wants to focus on working with various organization's to create jobs and attract young families to Lunenburg.

Stockton says it's time for a new approach in Lunenburg and called a mayoral race "healthy" for the town. Mawhinney, meanwhile, announced earlier this year he's set to seek another term.

Call For Inquiry Into Bowater

Bowater Mersey mill in Brooklyn — Transcontinental photo
Brooklyn, NS
 A consumer watchdog agency has some strong words for the Dexter government and the parent company of the now-closed Bowater Mersey paper mill in Brooklyn. 

The Canadian Taxpayers' Federation is calling for a public inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the provincial bailout package and what Resolute Forest Products did with the money. 

Kevin Lacey is the CTF's Atlantic President.

Lacey suggests the money did nothing to help the Brooklyn mill but was used to buy a more profitable pulp mill in the state of Maine.

The government said at the time of the announcement of the mill's closure, resolute had paid back the 25 million dollars.

Celebration Tour Skips South Shore

The South Shore will have to wait until next year for the Kraft Celebration Tour. Judges with the contest chose Port Hawkesbury, Canning and Pugwash as the Nova Scotia participants. Five local spots were nominated including Lunenburg, Western Shore, Liverpool, Hubbards and Bridgewater. The three provincial selections are among 20 destinations chosen as finalists. They will now go head-to-head in voting, with the final 10 winning $25,000 and a chance to host TSN's Sportscentre in their community. 

South Shore Health: Vaughan Takes Over As CEO

There's a new person at the helm of South Shore Health. Dr. Peter Vaughan has replaced Alice Leverman as Chief Executive Officer, after she decided to step down after holding the position since August 2009. Vaughan has worked with Leverman over the last few weeks to prepare for the role. Vaughan, who has lived along the South Shore for the last five years, says its been a smooth transition into the position. He believes they are well on their way to improving their service.

Vaughan says despite the role change, the message remains strong from the health authority.

He says the collaborative practice in Bridgewater and the hospital redevelopment in Liverpool are great opportunities for the region.

Injuries Result From Chester Basin Accident

Lunenburg County RCMP are investigating a single vehicle crash in Chester Basin.  Just after midnight yesterday, the RCMP responded to the accident on Highway 12.  The 17-year-old driver had lost control of her vehicle, causing it to roll. 

Two other occupants were injured.  A 19-year-old man from Halifax was thrown from the vehicle and transported to South Shore Regional Hospital with serious injuries.  A female passenger was also hurt. 

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Lumberjacks Prep For New Season

Local hockey fans will want to circle September 14th on their calendars.  That's when the CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks host the Yarmouth Mariners, opening their 2012-13 MHL season. 

The local Junior A hockey club's home schedule includes 18 Friday night contests and 5 Tuesday evening tilts in Bridgewater along with 3 Thursday night dates at Queens Place-Emera Centre in Liverpool.  There will also be at least two pre-season games in Bridgewater in early September. 

Season tickets are expected to be on sale within the next couple of weeks.

Liverpool Fire Dept. Wins Penny Competition

The Liverpool Fire Department has been crowned "King Penny 2012" in the Pennies For Protection competition.  The department came up with 627 pounds of collected pennies worth $1254.00 during the weekend weigh-in.  They bested 12 other fire departments.  A total of $8400.00 was raised province-wide.  The money will help support volunteer departments.