Thursday, August 16, 2012

Hundreds Gather To Greet Olympian Jenna Martin

A dozen roses, signed cards, well wishes and an offer to take a ride on Bluenose II next summer. Those were just some of the gifts presented to Olympian Jenna Martin last night as residents of the South Shore welcomed her home from London. Hundreds of supporters were on hand at HB Studio's Sport Centre to greet Martin back to the area where she grew up. Town Crier Ozzie Styles kicked off the celebration with a rousing address.

On numerous occasions, Martin thanked residents for their continued support during a speech to the crowd. Her mom, Lynn, told the youth in the crowd to follow their dreams at all times.

Familiar Group Chosen For Downtown And Waterfront Master Plan

Bridgewater council has chosen a familiar group to develop a Comprehensive Downtown and Waterfront Master Plan. Ekistics Planning and Design was awarded the contract over eight other proponents. The group received top marks by the committee and also submitted the lowest project cost at $78,850. Ekistics also designed the final plan for Generations Active Park. The group will also complete a branding and signage program for $15,000. The total cost of $93,850 is well-under the town's budget. The project is expected to be completed by March 1, 2013.

South Shore Health Awards Tender For QGH Project

South Shore Health has selected a Halifax construction company to carry out work on the Queens General Health project. The health authority has announced the work contract has been awarded to Avondale Construction after the group submitted the lowest bid. The Queens General Health project will upgrade and modernize the hospital's existing 22-bed medical unit and build a new collaborative health care facility. Construction is expected to begin before the end of the month.

Western Shore: Eastlink Nixes Cell Phone Tower

Eastlink has scrapped the idea of constructing a cell phone tower in Western Shore. The company was proposing to build a new tower near Frank Swinimar Road. However, many residents were against the location because it was too close to where they live. Councillor Bob Myra says the company told him in a letter they would no longer pursue the Western Shore location. He says residents are very pleased with the news and praised the company for listening to their concerns. Eastlink says they will continue to explore a potential location for another cell phone tower.

South Shore Prepares For Martin's Home Coming

It's a home coming for South Shore Olympian Jenna Martin. A large crowd will welcome Martin back to Bridgewater after her solid performance at the London Olympics. Municipality of Lunenburg mayor Don Downe says he's looking forward to seeing the rest of the community celebrate her efforts.

The celebration will take place at HB Studio's Sports Centre on Glen Allen Drive beginning at 7:30PM.

Will Gas Prices Rise Tonight?

The best guestimate is: South Shore gasoline prices will likely remain about the same when the Utilities and Review Board sets the prices tonight. Here's what New Brunswick did last night: the provincial price regulator increased gas prices a bit. The biggest increase is for diesel which is up 2.9 cents to one dollar and 35.4 cents per litre. Regular self-serve gas prices, which jumped nearly five cents a litre last week, are up by one cent, to one dollar and 31 cents a litre.

South Shore: Local Priest Dies Suddenly In Alberta

Clergy members are mourning the death of a well-known pastor who served the Roman Catholic community on the South Shore. Father Joseph Christensen passed away suddenly Tuesday night while attending a convention in Edmonton, Alberta. A spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth says Christensen had been battling serious heart problems. He was the priest at Saint Joseph's Church in Bridgewater, Saint Norbert's Mission in Lunenburg and St. Matthew's Mission in Elmwood. He had been stationed in the area since 2008. Christensen was 68 years old.