Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Bridgewater: Outdoor Rinks May Be Cancelled

The plan to have two outdoor rinks at Kinsmen Field in Bridgewater may be falling through the cracks. Councillor Andrew Tanner says volunteers have had a difficult time trying to build the rinks while dealing with adverse weather and warm temperatures. Tanner says the winter weather hasn't co-operated.

The Bridgewater Fire Department tried on three separate occasions to fill the rinks, but have been unsuccessful. He says it's upsetting because the rinks have been well-utilized by the public in the past. Tanner says they will continue to bank on cold weather for the rinks to be built, but adds, right now the outlook doesn't look good.

'One Billion Rising' Events Planned For Lunenburg County

A campaign to end violence against women and girls will be held on two fronts Thursday in Lunenburg County. Second Story Women's Centre is promoting 'One Billion Rising', a global day of awareness for people to demand change, dance and rise in defiance of the injustices women suffer. The movement serves as a call to action based on the statistic that one in three women will be beaten or raped in their life. Board of Directors member, Helen Lanthier, says they hope the day will make a difference.

The towns of Bridgewater and Lunenburg have both proclaimed Thursday as a day of awareness and action regarding violence against women. The public is invited to attend events in those areas beginning at 10am at the Lunenburg Community Centre or 12:30pm at the Bridgewater Public Library.

Third Annual Radiothon Hits Airwaves Feb.14

Final preparations are underway before the start of the third annual "Gift For The Heart" radiothon for the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore. Staff from CKBW/HANK-FM will be broadcasting live from the regional hospital in Bridgewater to help the foundation reach their fundraising goal of $80,000. This year, money is being raised to buy two new ventilators. Bernadette Jordan says they're critical pieces of equipment.

The broadcast begins at 8am Thursday and goes until 6pm.

Clippers Host Fundy For Game Two

The Chester Clippers and Fundy Phantoms will finally play game two of their playoff series in a late night affair in Chester. Game two has been rescheduled a number of times due to weather conditions over the weekend. The league did decide to award Chester a forfeit win, but rescinded the move. Game two gets underway at 10pm tonight at the Eleanor Pew-Morris Arena.

Passion Runs Deep During Pentz School Review Hearing

Roughly 50 people filled the Pentz Elementary School gym last night for the first public hearing in this year's school review process. About 20 of them, many who were parents of students or attended the school at some point, highlighted their concerns if the school were to close. Residents pointed out how important Pentz Elementary is to the community, the school's high academic standing and its family-like atmosphere. Paul Kelley has a son in grade two. He says the school is exceptional.

Meanwhile, Study Committee Chair Sherry Doucet says it will be tough to adjust if the school is closed.

Doucet says she thought it was a good discussion and realizes the tough decision ahead for the South Shore Regional School Board. Members were in attendance to gather feedback. They will make a decision on each of the six schools under review at a public board meeting March 27. The next public hearing is planned for February 18 at 6:30pm at Hebbville Academy.

No Events Scheduled To Mark Town's 114th Birthday

Happy 114th Birthday today to the town of Bridgewater. Mayor David Walker reminded the public of the milestone during Monday night's council meeting. No celebrations are planned for this year. But, Walker says something could be in the works for 2014.

In January 1899, an event known as the "Big Fire" completely destroyed the downtown core of Bridgewater. One month later, the community came together as an incorporated town.

Mustangs Eliminated From Playoffs

The South Shore Mustangs have been swept out of the playoffs. The first-place Valley Wildcats proved to be too much for the young club as the Cats defeated the Mustangs 6-1 last night to wrap up their best-of-seven series in four straight. Alex Nauss had the lone South Shore goal while Cole Skinner stopped 40 shots in the loss. Valley will play the lowest seed remaining in the next round of the playoffs.

Bantam Hurricanes Shutout By Halifax

The BMO Western Hurricanes suffered a rare road loss last night as they dropped a 3-0 decision to the Halifax Hawks. Colby Muise stopped 23 shots in goal. The Hurricanes remain second in the major bantam standings, one point behind the Breton Sport Cougars. The club is back on the ice beginning Friday night when they travel to Pictou County for the Scotsburn Memorial tournament.

Mooseheads Blast Rocket 7-0 In Bailey's Debut

The Halifax Mooseheads certainly didn't look out of place without star forward Nathan MacKinnon. The Herd blasted the PEI Rocket 7-0 last night at the Metro Centre. Jonathan Drouin notched a hat-trick including goals each on the powerplay, even-strength and shorthanded. Zachary Fucale stopped 30 shots for the shutout. MacKinnon is expected to miss up to two weeks with a leg injury. Meanwhile, Lunenburg native Brennan Bailey also dressed for the Mooseheads last night. It was his first game with the big club since he was acquired at the trade deadline.