Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mustangs Drop Opener In Moncton

The South Shore Mustangs got off on the wrong foot to start their tournament in Moncton. The Ottawa 67s scored first and never looked back, beating the Mustangs 4-0 Thursday at the Monctonian 'AAA' Hockey Challenge. The Mustangs will try and bounce back with a win when they take on the St. John's Maple Leafs at 10:30 Friday morning.

Parent: Crosswalk Guard Needed On Queen Street

A local mother is urging the town of Bridgewater to put a crosswalk guard on Queen Street near the Elementary School. Stephany Aulenback has two children; one attending BES, the other attending the Small World Nursery School, both located on Queen Street. She says the town has made changes to the traffic patterns around the school, removing a drop-off area or parking spots in front of the York Street entrance. Aulenback says the move has increased the traffic presence on Queen Street.

Aulenback believes its become busy enough to warrant a crosswalk guard, to make sure kids get to the school safely. Mayor David Walker says they will direct staff to look into the matter and issue a report. Walker says Aulenback made many points including crediting senior students with community service to act as crosswalk guards. The report is expected to be heard at the town's December meeting.

MODL: Public Hearing To Discuss Cell Tower

The Municipality of Lunenburg and Rogers Communications Inc. are on the verge of setting up a telecommunications tower in Crouses Settlement. The two sides will hold a public hearing next month after announcing their intention to enter into a contract with each other. The tower would be located on the Crouses Settlement Road, east of Becks Lake and would require almost 4.7 acres of land. Mayor Don Downe says the tower will help improve the coverage area.

The deal is subject to a few requirements including Health Canada, Industry Canada and Nav Canada regulations. Downe says certain steps are a must for this type of project. He says it will cost roughly $500,000 for Rogers to construct the tower, and the municipality could see around $5,000 in tax revenue annually. The public hearing is scheduled for December 12 at a location to be determined.

Queens: Funds For Museum, Fairgrounds & Curling Rink

It's a good news day in Queens County and a banner week for the region. South Shore-St Margaret's MP Gerald Keddy has made a trio of announcements in Liverpool and Caledonia. The largest is a $150,000 investment to support the Queens County Museum. The money will help overhaul a portion of the museum to create a new exhibit to commemorate the War of 1812 and display the role of the East Coast Privateers in the war. Meanwhile, the Liverpool Curling Club will get nearly $38,000 to help buy a new refrigeration system for the club.  The local rink is also in the midst of renovations in advance of the 2014 Junior Men's and Women's Curling Championships. The third announcement gives almost $13,000 to Queens County Fairgrounds to assist with roof repairs on pavilion facilities and electrical upgrades. In the last week, Keddy has announced more than $600 thousand dollars in funding for Shelburne, Queens and Lunenburg counties.

New "One Door" Approach To South Shore Addiction & Mental Health Services

South Shore Health is making it easier for people with addiction or mental health issues get access to the help they need. One call to one phone number is all it takes. The Director of Addiction and Mental Health Services Todd Leader says its all about making life simpler.
Leader says many times, patients have numerous problems that take a lot of time to detect. The new system should cut down on the loss of valuable time. South Shore Health still has 18 locations for delivery of addiction and mental health issues. Now though, there is just one number to call 543-5400 and you will be routed through the system.

Prepare For Possible Gas Price Hikes

This may be an indication that gasoline prices on the South Shore will rise tonight. The price of gas has increased overnight in New Brunswick. The province's Energy and Utilities Board has increased the price ceiling on regular self-serve gasoline to $1.28 per litre. That's a 2.6 cent increase from last week. Meanwhile, the maximum price for furnace oil in New Brunswick has been boosted by just under one cent per litre. Diesel prices are holding steady.

VIDEO: Naugler Elected As New School Board Chair

A fresh face will lead the South Shore Regional School Board into a new chapter. Jennifer Naugler was voted as the new chair of the local school board, after receiving more votes than Elliott Payzant and Elmer Garber. Naugler, a newly-elected board member representing District 4, says she's humbled by the recognition.

Meanwhile, Payzant will serve as vice-chair of the board. She says having him in that position will help her adapt to the new role.

Naugler says she expects a sharp learning curve but adds, she is prepared to commit the time.