Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Brown Ready For Next Shot At Bridgewater Council

A former town councillor in Bridgewater is vying for a seat in this fall's municipal elections after a four-year absence. Sixty-nine-year-old Beverlee Brown says she has renewed energy and wants to get back on council to help make decisions on environmental and developmental changes. Brown spent 11 years on council from 1997 until 2008 when she was defeated. She says the last four years has been eye-opening.

Brown looks to shared services with other municipalities as a future direction for council. Councillors Patrick Hirtle, Jim Bell, Bill McInnis and Greg Ritcey are all seeking re-election. Deputy Mayor David Walker is going after the mayor's position while current mayor Carroll Publicover is not re-offering. Meanwhile, Councillor David Mitchell plans on running in the next provincial election and isn’t running for town council. Jennifer MacDonald is the only other resident to confirm with CKBW/HANK-FM News that she is running. Elections will be held October 20.

Bluenose II Shifting To Position For Re-Launch

Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador is about to be moved for the first time since its rebuild began two years ago in Lunenburg. According to the Bluenose II official website, workers are preparing to shift the vessel into a position for re-launch. The vessel is expected to be placed into its cradle beginning Thursday morning. It's another final step in the process before the vessel returns to the water. The schooner has undergone an extensive $16-million rebuild along the Lunenburg Waterfront. The province is expected to announce a re-launch date in the near future.

Sod Turning for Queens General Health Project

It's a celebration to kick off a long awaited project designed to improve health services along the South Shore. A sod turning ceremony for the $16 million dollars Queens General Health project will take place on Friday. Local dignitaries and members of South Shore Health will join Premier Darrell Dexter for the event in Liverpool. The project will see the construction of a new primary care clinic and redevelopment of the 22-bed in-patient unit at the hospital in Liverpool. Avondale construction has been awarded the work tender for the project. The sod turning ceremony will take place at 11 o'clock.

Meet And Greet: Jenna Martin In Westfield

South Shore residents are getting another chance to meet their local Olympian. Organizers have set up a meet and greet event with Jenna Martin at the Westfield Community Centre Thursday night. One of the organizers, Linda Frail, says its a chance for people to show their support.

There will be chance to get pictures taken with Jenna, as well as autographs. The event will be held Thursday night from 7-9pm.

Martin Meets Supporters At Bridgewater Superstore

The South Shore's lone Olympian exchanged hugs, smiled for pictures and signed autographs for people who took time to see her during a meet and greet Wednesday afternoon at Bridgewater Superstore. Jenna Martin spent two hours meeting residents and listened to their conversations about how proud they are of her accomplishments. Over 30 people stopped by to meet the local athlete. The 24-year-old made it to the semis of the women's 400 metre event at the London Games.

Update: Bed Shortage Situation Improving

The critical bed shortage at South Shore Health's three hospitals is easing. The situation has been aided by less visits to the emergency department at hospital in Bridgewater, Lunenburg and Liverpool over the past few days. Vice President of Health Services Janet Simm says fewer people arriving for non-emergency care has helped ease pressure on hospital staff and wait times for patients. South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater and Fishermen's Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg are both still over capacity. Queens General Hospital in Liverpool is near capacity with admitted patients. However, Simm says all three sites are able to manage the patient flow.

Yarmouth Intl. Airport At 75: More Important Than Ever!

Airport Terminal Photo
Yarmouth International Airport
There's a celebration planned today at the Yarmouth International Airport. The facility is marking its 75th anniversary with a variety of aeronautical museum displays and aircraft. The public is invited to head to the airport between 10 this morning and 4pm to take it all in. Yarmouth Mayor Phil Mooney says the airport, after 75 years, is more important than ever to the area.

One of the key attractions today will be the Snowbirds and a display at 4:30pm over Yarmouth harbour. Its the only performance this year in the province by the famous Canadian aero-fleet