Monday, March 18, 2013

Western Hurricanes Captain Sets Sights On Mustangs

The captain of the BMO Western Hurricanes is hoping to take his talent to the next level. Keith Getson says he wants to crack the South Shore Mustangs line-up because he believes he can help the squad get back on the winning track. The 14-year-old is coming off an 81-point season with the Hurricanes, including 50 goals in 29 games. Getson says practicing hard helped him earn his results.

The Bridgewater native has decided not to play baseball this summer and will travel to PEI to train for the upcoming hockey season. Getson says he plans to work on getting faster and stronger to make the transition to major midget. Getson received awards as the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League's top scorer and top forward. He was also selected as a first team all-star.

Queens: Council Prepares For Tough Budget

Region of Queens Council will soon begin discussions on the 2013-14 budget. Mayor Christopher Clarke says staff is crunching and re-crunching numbers as the municipality deals with a huge shortfall in tax revenue. That's a result of the closure of the Bowater mill in mid 2012. Clarke says it is going to be a challenging year for finances.

Council will likely receive the budget within the next couple of weeks. The mayor says the deliberations will likely be long and arduous.

Bridgewater Council Holds Budget Meeting

The public are invited to a budget meeting Monday evening in Bridgewater council chambers. Council members will discuss the capital and operating portions of the 2013-14 budget. The meeting will begin at 6pm.

Council Mulls ATV Trail Request

Bridgewater council is mulling over a request to allow off-road vehicles along a portion of the Centennial Trail. Council received a letter from the co-owner of the Best Western Plus in Cookville asking members for an informal meeting to explore the option. The hotel property is connected to the trail and the co-owner feels ATV traffic could be a key resource and bring people to the area. Mayor David Walker says he has mixed emotions.

Council has sent the matter to committee for review.