Wednesday, August 29, 2012

MODL Councillor Bell Receiving Queen's Medal

A 12-year veteran on municipal council is receiving an award for his work away from the table. Municipality of Lunenburg councillor Martin Bell will be awarded a Queens Diamond Jubilee medal for his work with volunteer fire services. He has spent the last 38 years involved with the Conquerall Bank Fire Department. Bell says he is honoured to receive the medal.

One-hundred and eighty firefighters across Canada will receive the award. Bell will travel to Ottawa next week for the medal presentation along with 29 other fire officials from across the country.

Board Holds Second Candidate Information Session

The local school board is offering potential candidates for this fall's election another chance to learn about being a member. Judith Sullivan-Corney is expected to talk about the board's role, remuneration and time commitment. There will then be a chance for potential candidates to ask questions. Roughly 50 people turned out for the first meeting in late May. Tonight's meeting gets underway at 6pm at the board office in Bridgewater. People interested in running for School Board elections must file their candidate papers by September 11.

Western Hurricanes Announce 2012-13 Roster

The BMO Western Hurricanes have finalized their roster for the upcoming season. Six players from Bridgewater, five from Yarmouth, two from Chester, and one from Lunenburg are among this year's squad. The Hurricanes have enjoyed a successful exhibition schedule so far, racking up four straight wins including an 8-1 Tuesday night against Halifax at Queens Place in Liverpool. The team will travel to Halifax Thursday night for another exhibition game. The regular season starts in September. The full roster is as follows:

POSNameHome Area
GColby MuiseYarmouth
GLuke EminYarmouth
DBen DeveauClare
DWalter FlowerLunenburg
DChristopher GorehamBarrington
DHunter HurlburtYarmouth
DQuinten JohnsonYarmouth
DNoah NauglerBridgewater
FMatt BarronYarmouth
FJarron BollivarBridgewater
FBrogan FitzgeraldShelburne
FMatt GraceBridgewater
FKeith GetsonBridgewater
FCameron JacquardWedgeport
FRiley MerryBridgewater
FJacob MyraChester
FTravis ParksChester
FJered ScottBarrington
FLogan WaltersBridgewater

NSP Paints Electric Co-op Into $30 Million Corner

Members of the municipal electric co-op were caught off guard by a move from Nova Scotia Power aimed at keeping them locked into the company's power grid. NSP is looking for roughly $30 million in total from the five members of the co-op should the independent utilities decide to purchase power from another supplier. Lunenburg mayor Laurence Mawhinney says it's hard to swallow because the co-op has been working hard to find cheaper power for its customers for the past seven years.

Mawhinney says it's frustrating given the province agreed to open the wholesale power market in 2005 so the utilities could explore buying power from other suppliers. Members of the co-op appeared before the utility and review board earlier this month during a hearing attached to NSP's new rate application. The co-op is made up five independent utilities in the province which include the town's of Lunenburg, Riverport, Mahone Bay, Berwick and Antigonish. No word on when a decision is expected from the URB.

UPDATED: Assault Case Put Over Until September

The court case involving a member of the Bridgewater Police Service has been put over until next month. Forty-six year old Christine Bonnell is facing two counts of assault connected to an alleged incident in July.
She was charged last month following an investigation by the province's Serious Incident Response Team. Bonnell is expected to enter a plea during her next court appearance on September 26th.

Penny Drive For Shelburne County Lighthouse

The lowest member of the Canadian coinage system is certainly attracting a lot of attention these days. Numerous community groups are keen on organizing penny drives as a way to raise money before the coin is removed from circulation later in the fall. The latest fundraising campaign is for the Sandy Point Lighthouse Group in Shelburne County. Spokesperson Jerry Fraser says the lighthouse is operated by the community and fundraising is a key part of it's regular upkeep. Fraser is hoping resident's will donate their old pennies to help preserve the iconic lighthouse. Penny drop boxes can be found at Lawton's, Goulden's Shell and at many other stores around Shelburne