Friday, February 22, 2013

Bridgewater: Long Awaited Health Clinic Announced

It's a long awaited announcement for those in need of a family doctor in the Bridgewater area. Details surrounding a new 9,000 square foot collaborative health clinic were unveiled during an afternoon press conference just down the street from the South Shore's regional hospital. The new clinic will be an addition to the Medical Arts Building on Glen Allen Drive. Mayor David Walker called it's a huge step forward for residents of Lunenburg County. The clinic will be home to eight family doctors, two nurse practitioners in addition to various other health services. Meanwhile, South Shore Health's Janet Simm says the authority has already begun recruitment efforts. She says they've already spoke to at least a dozen doctors about the possibility of working in Bridgewater. LaHave Investments Limited was chosen among seven other bidders to construct the clinic. Lunenbueg West MLA Gary Ramey says it's hoped the clinic will be open in November or December.

Anchor Bracelets To Help Remember "The Lost Five"

It's an idea that started in the small community of Sambro and has taken off across the South Shore. Anchor bracelets will soon be available for the public to purchase to help honour the five missing fishermen of the 'Miss Ally'. The bracelets are being shipped from China and proceeds will go to the fishermen's families. Janine Dixon is from Woods Harbour. She says the bracelets are a way to remember.

Dixon expects the first 1,000 bracelets to reach the community within the next few weeks. She says the bracelets are expected to be available in Woods Harbour, Barrington and Liverpool. Dixon says families will decide what to do with the proceeds. She says, starting Monday, people can also donate money to the 'Five Boys Bracelets' account at CIBC in Barrington.

Search Continues For Capsized Fishing Boat & Her Crew

A military aircraft is heading out today to resume searching for any signs of a fishing boat that capsized last Sunday night about 120 kilometers southeast of Liverpool. Its five crewmen were lost. The coast guard vessel Sir William Alexander is also steaming towards the area where debris was spotted yesterday. Fishing vessels are also making their way towards the area. Families of the fishermen have asked federal authorities to attempt to recover the hull of the vessel and bring the bodies of the fishermen home after the search was called off Tuesday night.

Two Men Found After Search In Queens County Woods

A search for two men yesterday afternoon near Liverpool was successful in finding them. The two went for a walk in the woods and somehow lost their way. Queens County Ground Search and Rescue launched an operation and the two were found last evening off the Purdy Road, north of Liverpool. The men are said to be OK but shaken by their experience. They didn't need any medical help.

Gasoline Prices Top The $1.40 Mark!

As expected, South Shore gasoline prices increased overnight. The province's utility and review board has set the price at the pumps for regular self-serve at $1.40.9 a litre. Thats an increase of almost 3 cents from yesterday. Diesel is also up a bit at $1.44.1 per litre. These fluctuations in price are a reflection of whats happening with the world price of oil. For instance today, oil is up this in price after two days of steep losses. Oil gained 40-cents this morning, and is trading at $93.24 U-S a barrel. Traders say gains are being kept in check by ample supplies and worries about the global economic outlook.

Group Asks Town For Parking Spots On Pleasant Street

A local agency is looking to find a solution for parking spaces for its members at their apartment building in Bridgewater. The Support Services Group is asking the town for suggestions on how it can help people living on their own with a disability at 66 Pleasant Street. The group is hoping for restricted parking or permits that gives easy access to the front of the building. Mayor David Walker says one idea could be to remove some parking meters.

The town's traffic authority will study the matter and issue a report and recommendation.

Concerns Expressed Over Large Wind Project

Municipal council in Chester has deferred a decision on approving the South Canoe Wind Project following last night's public hearing in Chester Basin. Another public hearing on the matter will be held March 4th. Last night's meeting was packed with more than 150 people attending. A large percentage of those in attendance expressed concerns over the unknown long-term health effects of wind turbines and their overall look. Others worried about the turbines hurting the value of their property. The $200 million project would feature 34 wind turbines stretching over 3,000 hectares between the communities of Vaughan and New Russell. It would generate enough power to heat 32,000 homes and create $660,000 in annual tax revenue for the municipality.

Drennan Grabs Silver At OUA Track Championships

A Lunenburg native has claimed a silver medal at the Ontario University Athletics Indoor Track and Field Championships in Windsor. Jesse Drennan finished second in the men's pentathlon. The 19-year-old had strong showings in all five events he competed in, including the high jump and shotput. The University of Windsor student will now prepare for the CIS championships, being held next month.