Tuesday, January 15, 2013

MODL Mayor: Disappointed With Water Bill Decision

The Municipality of Lunenburg is left to foot the bill for water at Osprey Ridge Golf Course. The town of Bridgewater denied a request Monday night to offer a grant to the municipality that would help them pay roughly $26,000 to the Public Service Commission. Mayor Don Downe says he's disappointed because he was hoping for a little help.

The municipality took control of the golf course from the Bridgewater Golf and Country Club last November after deciding not to renew an operating agreement with the group. Downe says their relationship with the town remains strong despite this decision.

Scotland Leads 2013 Strathcona Cup

Scotland is surging ahead in the 2013 Strathcona Cup but Bridgewater curlers gave them something to think about. The Scots are enjoying a comfortable 684-587 lead across the country as of Tuesday including a 221-151 margin on the east coast. But, Bridgewater remains one of the few locations where Scotland ran into a bit of trouble. The local curling club took three of four games late last week including wins by Bob Barnes, Bob Forbes, and Baxter Noel. Elsewhere, all four rinks in Chester were defeated by Scotland. The competition goes until January 31 when all games wrap up in Burlington, Ontario. You can find all the results by clicking here .

Chester: Funding Supports Trail Systems

The Municipality of Chester will receive a total of $67,000 in federal and provincial money to make improvements to two popular trails in the area. The funding will help with upgrades to the 35 kilometre Chester Connection Trail and the 11 kilometre Aspotogan Trail. South Shore St. Margaret's MP Gerald Keddy and Community Services Minister Denise Peterson Rafuse made the joint announcement this morning in Chester. The money was announced through ACOA and the Off-Highway Infrastructure Fund.

South Shore: New Heart Monitoring System Arrives

Residents of the South Shore are benefiting from a new piece of heart monitoring equipment acquired solely through community donations. Medical officials and members of the Health Services Foundation unveiled the Echo Ultrasound system on Tuesday at the South Shore Regional Hospital. The $244,000 investment was raised through various fundraising initiatives including $74,000 through CKBW's and HANK FM's annual radiothon. Dr. Ron Hatheway says community support was critical in securing the new equipment.

The new echo system arrived a few weeks ago and assists health care workers diagnose many different heart problems with sharp imaging and 3D technology.  This year's Radiothon will be held on February 14 and will focus on raising money for new ventilators.

Karissa's Memorial Pet Food Drive Enters Final Year

It never gets any easier for the community, but this will be the last time residents are asked to donate money, pet food and supplies to the 5th Annual Karissa Boudreau Memorial Pet Food Drive. This year's recipients will be the Trap Neuter Release program and Shaid Tree Animal Shelter in Bridgewater. One of the organizers, Tracy Daniels, says the two groups are ideal choices.

Daniels says organizers feel five years is long enough and hope people will continue to support local animal shelters once this year's event wraps up. The food drive was created to honour Boudreau, who loved animals and wanted to be a veterinarian. The event will be held Saturday from 10-5pm in centre court at the Bridgewater Mall.

Town Declines MODL Request To Pay Water Bill

The town of Bridgewater has decided against giving money to the Municipality of Lunenburg for unpaid water bills at Osprey Ridge Golf Course. The Municipality was hoping the town would issue a grant for over $25,000 to help offset the funds owed to the Bridgewater Public Service Commission. But, a four member-council just met their quorum last night and chose not to support it. Councillor Wayne Thorburne, Deputy Mayor Bill McInnis and Mayor David Walker all declared conflict of interest because of their involvement at the golf course. Walker wouldn't give comment on his personal opinion.

The Municipality was hoping the town would support them because many of the golf course's members live in Bridgewater.