Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Martin Finishes Fourth At NTL Toronto Event

It was a fourth place finish for Bridgewater's Jenna Martin at the second National Track League stop in Toronto. Martin ran the women's 400 metre event in 53.65 seconds. The 25-year-old finished almost two seconds behind winner Mary Wineberg of the United States. Martin was coming off a second place finish at the first NTL stop in Halifax earlier this week.

School Board: Chair Attends Review Meeting In Berwick

School Board members from across the province met in Berwick recently to continue the discussion of trying to improve the school review process. The province's education minister is looking for suggestions to move forward, what worked within the process and ideas for surplus schools. Board chair Jennifer Naugler attended the meeting and says shorter timelines for review, more collaboration and long-range planning were some of themes being presented. Naugler believes minor tweaks are needed.

Naugler says it was a valuable experience to exchange ideas with other board officials. She has sent correspondence to other board members on what was discussed at the meeting. Meanwhile, the education department will gather the suggestions and put them into a discussion paper by September. Parents, school boards and communities will then be asked for feedback before a new policy is put in place by next spring. Another review process meeting is planned for June 19 in Halifax.

Updated: Dog Owner Turns Himself In, Faces Charges

The owner of a dog that caused a serious bite to a female jogger last night in Bridgewater has turned himself into police. Constable Will Creamer says a 49-year-old man went to the station after hearing media reports about the incident. He adds, charges have been laid under the town's Dog By-laws. The incident happened around 8:15 last night on the Centennial Trail off LaHave Street. The jogger was sent to South Shore Regional Hospital for treatment of the bite. At the time, the dog's owner gave a false name and contact information.

Information Session Being Held On Former Blockhouse School

The former Blockhouse school will be the topic for discussion tonight during a public information session. Staff with the Municipality of Lunenburg will present details to residents on the proposed sale of the property. The former school has been leased by the South Shore Ventures Co-op since last year. The group is now trying to buy the property for less than market value. The co-op is working to transform the property into a sustainability and permaculture training centre. A meeting will be held tonight at the former Blockhouse school at 7pm.

MODL: Council Rejects Proposed Blockhouse Facility

The Municipality of Lunenburg has refused an application for a proposed construction and demolition debris facility in Blockhouse. Council rejected the matter by a 10-3 vote during Tuesday morning's council meeting. Halifax C and D was applying for a development agreement for the proposed facility along the Cornwall Road. The company now has the right to appeal the decision to the province's Utility and Review Board. Residents' spokesman Paul Young expects an appeal in the near future.

Halifax C & D hasn't indicated yet if it will appeal the decision.

Jogger Recovering From Bridgewater Dog Bite Incident

A female jogger is going to be OK despite an incident last evening (Monday) on the Centennial Trail in Bridgewater. She suffered a serious dog bite while running along the trail off LaHave Street. Constable Will Creamer of Bridgewater Police says the jogger needed emergency treatment at the hospital.

Rather puzzling is the fact the owner of the dog which was not on a leash provided fake contact information and now police want to talk to the person. The dog is described as about the size of a border collie, white with some black markings. Anyone who may have information about the dog, its owner or Monday night's incident is asked to contact Bridgewater Police right away. They should contact Sgt. Richard of the Bridgewater Police Service at 543-2464 or by e-mail at policeinfo@bridgewaterpolice.ca

Bridgewater Mayor Reflects On Chelli's Passing

A long-serving member with the town of Bridgewater was remembered at council Monday night. Christopher Chelli passed away earlier this month while vacationing in his home city of Guelph, Ontario. He was 62. Mayor David Walker says Chelli was a pleasure to be around.

Chelli worked for the town for 22 years as chief operator of the Waste Water Treatment Plant. He was also an active volunteer fire fighter in Bridgewater. A celebration of Chelli's life will be held at 3pm Tuesday afternoon at the town's fire department.