Thursday, April 25, 2013

Lunenburg Supports Dog Park, But Changes Needed

The town of Lunenburg is in support of a request for a dog park in the community, but it's going to take some time to get it established. The town's dog park society has considerable interest in land on Starr Street, but that current space is zoned industrial and isn't permitted. Councillor Peter Zwicker says council has moved to make the necessary changes.

Zwicker says it's part of the process after a site has been identified. He expects it to take roughly four months to go through public information sessions and hearings before it comes back to council for approval.

Queens County B&E's Investigated By RCMP

Two break and enter incidents in Queens County have the RCMP searching for suspects. They occurred between April 10th and 22nd. In the first case, a thief, or thieves, broke into storage facilities on the Airport Road in Middlefield and caused significant damage to a storage trailer. In the second incident, a green and orange Shriner's gas-powered parade car was stolen from another storage unit at the same location. Queen County RCMP are asking anyone who might have information on these two incidents to contact them at  902-354-5721 or anonymously at Crime Stoppers, 1-800-222-TIPS.

Former Mustang Named Finalist For CJHL Rookie Of The Year

A former South Shore Mustang forward has been named a finalist for the Canadian Junior Hockey League's rookie of the year award. Seventeen-year-old Morgan Messenger, now with the Yarmouth Mariners, is one of 10 players from across the country to be nominated. The Barrington native was the MHL's rookie of the year. He was was an offensive threat for the Mariners and although he missed several games due to injuries, he finished with 34 points in 36 games. Messenger was also chosen to play in the CJHL Prospects Games last November in Yarmouth. The first-ever recipient of the award will be announced during the week of May 6-10.

Town To Seek MODL Interest In Major Events Committee

The mayor of Bridgewater says a meeting to look at setting up a major events committee for the area was informative and helpful. David Walker says over a dozen people were at the meeting to learn more about the potential committee and its role. He says the manager of Events Nova Scotia provided a good overview of the group and how they can help local communities. Walker says the next steps will be to contact the Municipality of Lunenburg to determine their interest.

He says they still have work to do to determine accommodations and venues, and develop a term of reference for the committee. Walker expects another meeting will be held in the next few weeks.

White Point To Host Atlantic Premiers

A gathering of the four Atlantic premiers will take place this coming Monday on the South Shore. White Point Resort near Liverpool will host the 22nd session of the Council of Atlantic Premiers. Premiers Dexter, Alward, Ghiz and Dunderdale will gather at White Point for the sessions. They will discuss key areas for collaboration, such as growing the regional economy, training and job creation. The day gets underway at 8:30 Monday morning.

Chester: Council Looks To Clear Way For Health Centre

Chester council will hold a public hearing tonight to discuss a zoning issue for the "Our Health Centre" project. Councillors will look at changing some wording in their policies to allow for the construction of the $6 million dollar facility in Shoreham Village. The move will help clear the way for the area's proposed medical centre. They will also need to amend their zoning bylaw. The community group behind the project is in the midst of a major fundraising initiative to help pay for the facility. The medical centre would feature enough space for six doctors offices, examining rooms and blood collection. It's hopes the doors to the facility will be open sometime next year. Tonight's meeting is at 6 o'clock at the municipal office in Chester.

Town, Cafe Group To Try And Negotiate Library Space Lease

A member of Cafe 12 says the group is excited to move ahead with the town to discuss the future space of the current library building in Bridgewater. Council voted 4-3 in favour of opening negotiations for the property at 547 King Street. Two councillors along with the town's CAO will now meet with the group members to see if the two sides can reach common ground on a lease agreement. Cafe 12 team member Rachel Edmonds says they want to remain open with the town.

The two sides are expected to meet a few times over the next few weeks. More information is expected to come to council by the end of May. Meanwhile, the president of the other group hoping to access the future library space says he's okay with the decision made by council. However, John Swain of Swain and Associates says he hopes the town doesn't give special amenities to the non-profit group.

Swain says they hope to find another available space in the near future. The building could still be sold on the market if the town and Cafe 12 can't reach common ground on a lease agreement.