Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Yarmouth Teen Facing Assault Charges After Stabbing

A 20-year-old man from Lunenburg County suffered serious injuries after a stabbing in Yarmouth. The incident happened sometime Tuesday afternoon after the man showed up in the town's hospital around 6pm. RCMP say the man suffered stab wounds, but didn't indicate where. The man told officers he had been stabbed in a home on Southeast Street. Police arrested a 16-year-old boy at the home without incident. RCMP say the victim and suspect were known to each other. The 16-year-old from Yarmouth is facing charges of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon. He is in police custody and will appear in Provincial Court on Wednesday.

Town Agrees To Downtown Plan, In Principle

Town council in Bridgewater has agreed in principle to the final plan for the future look of it's downtown and waterfront. Ekistics Planning and Design presented their vision to councillors and residents. Mayor David Walker says the plan recommends the first five years focus on reconstructing King Street from Old Bridge Street to Dufferin as well as removing the south parkade. He says they are two big issues.

Walker says long-term the plan continues to reconstruct King Street from Victoria Road to Old Bridge Street, and build a North Street roundabout. More than 10 years down the road, the plan focuses on building a new bridge across the LaHave River while converting the old bridge to a pedestrian walkway and constructing roundabouts at King and Victoria streets. For now though, council will work on establishing a committee to work on the project's components.

Shelburne: Roseway Hospital ER Closure

The emergency department at Roseway Hospital in Shelburne will be temporarily closed Wednesday. Officials with the South West Health Authority indicate the closure is due to the sudden and temporary unavailability of a physician. The closure will span for a twelve hour period between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Shelburne area residents requiring emergency services during the hours of closure should visit the nearest open emergency department or collaborative emergency centre. The public is reminded to dial 911 in the case of a health emergency.

MODL: No Decision On Town Of Lunenburg Funding Request

The town of Lunenburg is looking to its municipal neighbour to help cover costs of its recreational facilities. Mayor Rachel Bailey along with the town's recreation director have approached the Municipality of Lunenburg for $30,000. Bailey says $20,000 would help the town with an anticipated reduction of $200,000 in arena revenue in the coming year because of the opening of the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre. She says the financial request isn't based on a formula, but a number that might work.

Bailey says roughly 65 per cent of facility users are from the municipality and they're hoping to receive money as a contribution to help residents who benefit from them. The other $10,000 will go towards improving the condition of the town's skateboard park. Council didn't make a decision on the matter and is expected to send the matter to budget deliberations.

Queens: Council Supports New Caledonia Fire Hall

The Region of Queens has come through with some long awaited financial support for a new fire hall in Caledonia. Councillors approved $375,000 in funding for the association to help achieve their goal of raising $1.5 million for the new hall. The fire association has been working to secure money for the project for nearly and decade and was seeking a $700,000 contribution from the municipality. However, Clarke says they did the best they could under their current financial circumstances. The group has been working for nearly a decade to secure funding for a new fire hall in North Queens. Clarke is hopeful the municipalities contribution will spark other levels of government to chip in on the project.

New Lease On Life For South Shore Transplant Recipient!

Jessica Carver considers herself one of the luckiest people on the planet! The South Shore native, originally from New Germany and now living in HRM, underwent a double lung transplant just before Christmas. She had been living with, and was slowly dying from cystic fibrosis. Carver tells us it all seems now like she'd been living a bad dream for years but it had a very happy ending.

Carver says she's grateful she's been given a second chance at life. She tells us she would like to become more active in promoting organ donation, such as her proposal for on-line registration.

Carver says she will be on medication for the rest of her life to prevent her body from rejecting her new lungs. Her condition has even improved to the extent where she's considering returning to her career in a few months as a staff consultant for a metro-Halifax company.