Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Meeting To Discuss Bylaw Changes For Group Home

Residents of Bridgewater are invited to a second public meeting on by-law changes for a group home on Evergreen Road. LaHave Manor wants to increase the number of residents permitted to live in the facility from three to five. The town has changed wording in its bylaw to allow for the increase and are holding a meeting to gather public feedback. The meeting goes tonight at 6pm at Bridgewater town hall.

New Germany Native Released From Toronto Hospital

A New Germany native has been released from Toronto hospital following double-lung transplant surgery. Thirty-three year old Jessica Carver has Cystic Fibrosis and returned to her apartment after going under the knife December 13. She spent the last three weeks recovering at the hospital with family and friends before she was given the green light by her doctor Monday to go home. Carver says she's relieved to be out of the hospital.

Carver has to take medication and visit the hospital 3-4 times a week for physiotherapy, but says she's happy she can go home at the end of each day. She says there's a lot she is still unable to do like lift anything over 10 pounds or walk her dog. She hopes to make a return to the South Shore by March. You can follow Jessica's blog on how her recovery is going here .

MODL: Council Against Crouses Settlement Tower

The Municipality of Lunenburg has decided against building a telecommunications tower in Crouses Settlement. Council voted 8-2 on the motion, with councillors Lee Nauss and Cathy Moore in favour of a development agreement with Rogers Communications Inc. . Councillors Errol Knickle and Don Zwicker weren't present at the time of voting. A recent public hearing revealed a majority of community members are against the idea of building a tower because of possible environmental and health concerns and the impact on their property value. Mayor Don Downe says it was a surprise decision by council.

Meanwhile, Councillor Moore says people want better service.

The tower could still be constructed, despite council's objection. Rogers has 14 days to appeal the decision with the province's Utility and Review Board.

Yarmouth: Health Concerns Remain At New School

The MLA for Yarmouth says construction delays and project mismanagement are to blame for air quality issues at the town's new high school. Zach Churchill says ventilation problems at Yarmouth High School are making staff and students sick and he believes delays with the project didn't allow enough time for proper ventilation. The Nova Scotia government called for further air quality tests last month when students and staff were still reporting symptoms linked to poor air quality. The tests found the air quality levels posed no health risks. However, Churchill says the province hasn't gone far enough because people are still getting sick.

Churchill says at least 50 staff members have reported illnesses linked to ventilation issues at the school. Yarmouth High School is home to 950 students and opened in mid-September after some delays and controversy involving subcontractors not getting paid.

Lumberjacks' Losing Streak Ends With Big Win

The long losing streak is over. The CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks doubled the Metro Shipbuilders 6-3 last night and in doing so, ended their 14-game losing streak. Co-captain Jacob Conrad had a huge game with three goals and two assists. Luc Ramey also posted five points including a goal and four assists while Shawn Boudreau had four points. The win gives the Lumberjacks a seven point lead over Metro in the battle for the final Eastlink Division playoff spot. The win came on the same day that Terry Rhindress stepped aside as coach and GM of the club.