Monday, September 24, 2012

Fougere Vying For Bridgewater School Board Seat

There will be new blood representing the town of Bridgewater at the school board level. Cheryl Fougere and Jerome Tanner are both vying for the seat that's been held by Marg Forbes for the last 21 years. Fougere says she's up for the challenge.

She says it was a tough decision but knows it was the right one to make. Fougere expects a smaller board will have more time commitments but feels decision-making will be easier. School board elections will be held October 20.

Tender For Skilled Trades Centre Coming Soon

The Director of Operations with the South Shore Regional School Board says a tender will be released soon for work on the Skilled Trades Centre at Forest Heights. The work will involve remodelling two classrooms at the school for skilled trades and construction courses. Steve Prest expects the program to be a hit with students.

Prest says the tender should be ready to go in the next few weeks. The program is expected to start after February 2013.

South Shore Municipal Election Coverage

Municipal and school board election's are under a month away. Information from the South Shore, including candidates lists and advance polling dates can be found on our website by clicking the link 

You can also find information by clicking on the "News" section of our web page at or after clicking on "News" simply look to the right of your screen and click on the Nova Scotia flag.

Advance Polling Dates:

Town of Bridgewater: October 11th through to October 20th (E-Voting 10 days). Voting permitted from 8AM until 8PM on each day of advanced polls.

Municipality of the District of Lunenburg: October 13th and October 16th (Two days only). Voting permitted from 12PM until 8PM on both days.

Town of Lunenburg and Region of Queens: October 11th and October 16th (Two days only). Voting permitted from 12PM until 8PM on both days.

Municipality of the District of Chester: October 11th through to October 18th (Evoting 8 days). Voting permitted from 8AM until 8PM on each day of advance polls.

Town of Mahone Bay: October 13th and October 16th (Two days only). Voting permitted from 12PM until 8PM.

Town of Shelburne and Municipality of Shelburne: October 11th and 16th (Two days only). Voting permitted from 12PM until 8PM.

Town of Clark's Harbour: Advance polls will be available on October 11th and 16th between 12PM and 8PM (Two days only).

Town of Lockeport: Advance polls will open on October 13th and 16th. Voting will take place between 12PM - 8PM at the Lockeport Legion (Twi days only).

Region Of Queens Hosts Mayoral Debate

The four mayoral candidates in the Region of Queens will debate the issues during an all candidates forum on Tuesday in Liverpool. Chris Clarke, David Dagley, Own Hamlin and Mervin Hartlen are all vying for the mayor's seat. The debate will begin at 5:30 and will be held at the Astor Theatre. The forum is being organized by the South Queens Chamber of Commerce and the North Queens Board of Trade.

RCMP: Traffic Flow Biggest Challenge For Bluenose II Launch

Emergency responders will focus on safety as they iron out logistics leading up to this weekend's Bluenose II relaunch celebration in Lunenburg. Thousands of people are expected to attend the historic relaunch of Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador on Saturday. RCMP are working to manage traffic and create emergency routes for paramedics and local fire crews should a situation arise during the day-long celebration. Sergeant Derek Smith says the large influx of traffic will be their biggest challenge.

Smith says additional police officers from Halifax and the South Shore are being called in to work the event. Parking and shuttle service will be available at designated parking areas around Lunenburg.

Lunenburg-Queens Transition Team To Hold Public Sessions

Ron Smith, the business leader heading up the tranition team, said it is unlikely anything will replace the prosperity generated by the mill.
Transition Team Leader Ron Smith
 The transition team set up by the Dexter Government following the closure of the Bowater Mersey paper mill in June will hold the first of a pair of public meetings this evening. Team members are looking for public ideas and input into the process of finding replacement industries and jobs. They're looking to hear from people and businesses who have been impacted by the Bowater closure. Transition leader Ron Smith tells us smaller industries, reliant on forestry, will likely be the key to the industrial future of the area. Tonight's session begins at 7 o'clock at the Best Western Plus in Liverpool. Another meeting will be held Thursday night at the Days Inn in Bridgewater, also beginning at 7pm.

South Shore News,Sports,Weather - AM - Sep 24

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VIDEO: Group Targets Academy For Music School

The Lunenburg Academy could soon be transformed into a post-graduate school for music. The town has agreed to a proposal with the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance. Violist Burt Wathen says they are in need of $4.6-million over the next six months for start-up fees and the program's three-year initiation period. He says the plan is necessary to follow.

Wathen says the only hurdle is the money which includes $800,000 for items like six grand pianos, audio/visual studios and a library. He remains optimistic with a pair of national sponsors showing interest in the project. Mayor Laurence Mawhinney says LAMP will cover operating costs, but the town and Lunenburg Academy Foundation will be responsible for the upkeep of the exterior. The program plans to offer 36 students full-scholarships. There will be three eight-week sessions a year. Wathen hopes to start the program in October 2013.