Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Group Looks To Library Building For Future Cafe

A not-for-profit organization is looking to access a long-standing building in Bridgewater. Local residents have approached town council to open up a cafe in the current location of the public library on King Street. Cafe 12 would replace the library, which is expected to move to the Lifestyle Centre once its complete. The idea came from Marc Langlois, the co-founder of the Heartwood Centre for Community Youth Development. Cafe 12 is expected to be the first in a growing network of cafes with an avenue for live music, art and community events. Mayor Carroll Publicover is behind the project.

The cafe 12 timeline indicates they hope to start renovations in the summer and fall of 2013 and open in 2014. Council has directed staff to proceed with negotiating a lease between the group and the town of Bridgewater.

Bridgewater's McIntosh Awarded $5,000 Scholarship

One of the South Shore's Summer Olympic hopefuls for 2016 is getting some financial help. Bridgewater's Rachael McIntosh is a student at the University of Calgary and is training for the heptathlon event in Rio De Janeiro. The 21-year-old visual arts student has received a $5,000 scholarship. McIntosh says the money will help alleviate some the pressure.

McIntosh is one of three Olympic hopefuls to receive the award. Recipients for the scholarship are chosen based on academic and athletic achievements.

Shelburne: Fears Over Cuts At Roseway Hospital

The emergency measures coordinator in Shelburne County has deep concerns over cuts within the local health authority. Beginning October 1st, Roseway Hospital will no longer have overnight staff working the front desk and switchboard. Don Bower says patients requiring medical attention after hours will need to ring a buzzer to get inside the hospital - which he says is unacceptable. Bower says it's a huge loss for the community and an issue of public safety.

The hospital is also responsible for providing dispatch for emergency services such as EMO and local fire departments. That service will also be discontinued due to budget restrictions. Bower says at least five or six local fire departments will need to find an alternate solution to their dispatching issues. He's hoping the community will rally and fight to keep the service alive in Shelburne.

Former Fire Chiefs Get Street Names In Bridgewater

A pair of long-time Bridgewater fire chiefs are getting streets named after them.Walter Gow and Harold Langille each have prominent family names in the area. The names "Gow Drive" and "Langille Drive" will become streets in the residential neighbourhood off Roundhouse Drive at the end of Hollingsworth Drive. The town's heritage advisory made the recommendation. Mayor Carroll Publicover says it's not unusual for streets to be named after significant figures.

Gow was the fire chief in Bridgewater for just over 30 years from 1914-1945. Langille served with the town's fire department for over 40 years, 19 as chief from 1955-1975. The street signs are expected to be up in the next few weeks.

Nowe Finishes 2nd At Atlantic Junior Championship

A Bridgewater golfer finished tied for second at the Canadian Junior Golf Association's Atlantic Junior Championship. 16-year-old Ryan Nowe shot even par in Tuesday's final round at Oakfield Golf & Country Club, finishing two strokes back of winner Bradley Curren of Hammonds Plains. Nowe says it was a missed opportunity after tying the lead with two holes to play.

Nowe says he's happy with how he played but would of been happier with the win. The tournament marks the end of the competitive season for Nowe, who will turn his concentration to representing Park View once school begins. With the second place finish, he believes he has accumulated enough points to represent Nova Scotia at next summer's Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Boundaries Commission May Seek Deadline Extension

A member of the provincial electoral boundaries commission says it will likely seek an extension to the month-end deadline to file its report.  Commission vice-chair Colin Dodds told more than 30 residents gathered at the commission's public meeting in Bridgewater last night ... "it looks increasingly remote that they'll meet the Aug. 31 deadline.''  Dodds says he can't guarantee the commission will seek an extension when it meets in Halifax today, but he says one was sought and granted during commission work 10 years ago.  The commission is holding public meetings because the provincial government rejected its interim report, filed in June.  That report went against the government's terms of reference in retaining three protected Acadian ridings of Clare, Argyle and Richmond and the African-Nova Scotian riding of Preston, where voter populations are well below those of other ridings in the province.