Monday, November 12, 2012

White Point's Main Lodge Officially Opens

The doors to White Point's new main lodge are officially open. A grand opening was held Monday after festivities died down from Nova Scotia Music Week. It was a year ago Monday when fire engulfed the previous main lodge, destroying the building. Owner Robert Risley says a new era has begun at White Point.

The new lodge is made up of many materials including White Point beachstone, rough timber, and iron in the interior and exterior of the building. Roughly 90% of staff have also returned to their jobs, which manager Danny Morton says is very special. He says there is still two-or-three weeks of work left to go on the main lodge before its complete. The lodge will only be open to the public during weekends this month before fully re-opening in December.

UPDATED: Bridgewater Man Killed In Highway Collision

A 70-year-old Bridgewater man was killed after a head-on collision between a car and five-tonne truck on highway 103. RCMP say the crash happened around 4pm Monday afternoon between exits 19 and 20A near Liverpool. Police say an eastbound car crossed the centre line and collided with the truck. Cpl. Scott MacRae says they closed that section of highway for roughly five-and-a-half hours so a traffic analyst could investigate the cause of the crash. He says it could be a lengthy investigation.

A LifeFlight helicopter was called-in but was cancelled after the man died in his vehicle. MacRae says the truck driver was shaken up but didn't suffer any injuries. Highway 103 re-opened between the Liverpool and White Point Road exits around 9:30pm Monday night.

Hwy 103 Re-Opens After Fatal Collision

Emergency officials have re-opened a section of Highway following a fatal two-vehicle crash near Liverpool. The crash occurred around 4 o'clock between Exits 19 and 20A. RCMP say an eastbound car crossed the centre line and slammed into a large truck. The male driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the big rig was not injured. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Tuesday: MP Keddy Visits Shelburne/Bridgewater

The MP for South Shore-St. Margaret's will make a trio of funding announcements for the region on Tuesday. Gerald Keddy will begin the day in Shelburne where he's expected to spread around some money to support heritage preservation and economic opportunity in Shelburne. He will also announce funds to upgrade recreational infrastructure in the area as well. Later in the day, Keddy will join Lunenburg West MLA Gary Ramey for an afternoon announcement in Bridgewater. It will be a joint announcement between Ottawa and the provincial government to support the Acadia Centre for Social and Business Entrepreneurship. The funding will be invested into a program aimed at helping those aged 55 to 64 re-enter the workforce or find new work. The details will be unveiled at HB Studio's Sports Complex.

New Traffic System Begins at PVEC In Bridgewater

A new traffic system at Park View Education Centre in Bridgewater will be implemented on Tuesday. The biggest change will see the entrance and exit lanes flipped so the buses can travel around the back of the school. The goal is to free up heavy traffic from the front area of the building. Meanwhile, vehicles parked around the side of the school will now be able to exit through a new road connecting to Panther Way. The school board's communications manager, Trish Smith says it's hoped the changes will improve safety and reduce traffic congestion.