Monday, December 3, 2012

Irving Secures New Work At Shelburne Shipyard

Irving Shipbuilding has secured two new work contracts for its repair yard in Shelburne. The company says it will rehire many of the workers who were temporarily laid-off in November. A National Defence firefighting tug and a Canadian Coast Guard vessel will arrive in the ship yard for repairs next week.  The two projects will provide enough work for roughly 15 weeks. Irving says 16 employees have already been recalled while dozens more will return to work in the coming weeks. The company was forced to temporarily lay off 48 workers last month due to a lack of work.

BES Crosswalk Guard Voted Canada's Favourite

A local crosswalk guard is being recognized as one of the best in the country. Arnold Knickle from Bridgewater Elementary has been chosen as Canada's favourite crossing guard. He is one of only three crossing guards across Canada to win the award. Students across the nation wrote essays to explain who their favourite crosswalk guard is and why. Knickle says the award means a lot to him.

Knickle and BES both receive $500 awards. A trophy presentation will also be held for Knickle during a December 20 assembly at Bridgewater Elementary School.

Maritime Bus Approved For Bridgewater-Halifax Route

The owner of Maritime Bus says his company will offer a new route between Bridgewater and Halifax on a trial basis. Mike Cassidy says the bus will make the trip into the city four times a week for the month of December and then he'll seek feedback from customers to see how its working. The bus will pick up riders at the Wileville Irving and make trips on Sunday's, Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's. Cassidy is hopeful the service will be popular to offer year-round.The company is offering more convenient arrival and departure times - leaving Bridgewater in the morning at 6:30AM and leaving Halifax in the evening at 5:30PM. The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board gave Maritime Bus temporary approval to operate the run late last week.

South Shore Health Welcomes New Board Chair

South Shore Health is bidding farewell to their long time board chair. Roxie Smith retired after spending the last 12 years in the position. The health athority welcomed Wayne Foster into the new role late last month. The Bridgewater resident has served on four South Shore health boards and will hold the title for the next three years.

Curling Club Requests Support For Major Repairs

Two pressing issues have forced the Bridgewater Curling Club to scramble for funds. The club's sprinkler system is nearing its 50-year inspection and must be replaced before next May. The system was installed in 1962 and has to be changed or the club will no longer be certified to operate. President Lloyd Tancock says its a major facility problem.

The compressor, used to make and maintain the ice, has also malfunctioned and a new one is needed. Officials estimate it will cost around $225,000 to fix the problems. The club has requested support from the town, Municipality of Lunenburg and applied for provincial funding.

Windsor RCMP Find Grow Op In Apartment Complex

RCMP are investigating a marihuana grow operation at an apartment building in Windsor. Police and fire crews were responding to a fire alarm yesterday morning, when they made the find. A search warrant has been conducted, and Mounties seized a kilogram of pot and some growing equipment. The matter is still under investigation.

Group Calls For Support Amid $3 Lobster Prices

A fishermen's advocacy group will hold meetings this week to discuss the low price of lobster. The 1688 Professional Lobster Fishermen's Association is calling on licence holders, crew members and the business community to show support for the industry by attending meetings on Wednesday in Yarmouth and Barrington. Fishermen have been hauling in a record harvest since the winter season began last Tuesday. However, the large catches are flooding the market and driving down prices at the wharf. obster has been selling in most areas of south western Nova Scotia for three dollars per pound. The organization is calling on fishermen to either stay home or hold back their catch until the prices go up. The organization formed last year in an effort to boost lobster prices. The PLFA claim fishermen need at least five dollar per pound in order to make a profit.