Monday, June 17, 2013

Bridgewater Still Mulling LED Lighting

The switch to LED lighting in the town of Bridgewater remains a question mark. Council decided to continue consulting staff over the two options on the table. The town must choose to replace existing Nova Scotia Power street lights by purchasing and installing new LED lights or keep renting lights from NSP and let the company install the new lights in the next seven years. The difference between owning and maintaining the lights and renting from NSP, based on assumptions, would result in a savings of approximately $650,000 over 20 years. Mayor David Walker says they're weighing their options.

Walker expects council to choose one of the options at their June 24 meeting to meet the month-end deadline from the province.

Bridgewater's Relay For Life Tops $100,000

The total for Bridgewater's Relay for Life event has topped $100,000. The new six-figure amount was announced late last week by the group. The new total now sits at $100,078.72. Co-chair, Sarah Sweeny, expected more donations to roll in following the June 7th event. Money goes towards prevention, advocacy, research, information and screening for cancer. The total was at $89,000 immediately following the event. Another Relay for Life is scheduled for Friday night at Chester Area Middle School.

BREAKING: Chester Clippers Relocating To Bedford

The president and general manager of the Chester Clippers Junior 'C' Hockey club confirms they won't be back in Chester next season. Jehad Assaff says their intention is to play in Bedford after the NS Junior 'C' Hockey League approved relocation during a meeting earlier this month. Assaff cites a declining fan base and low volunteer turnout as reasons for the move. He says it's unfortunate news for the community, but the team decided to look at other options. Assaff says the club is working to secure a rink in Bedford at the moment and expects more details to be announced by the end of the month.

Bridgewater: Man Faces Child Luring/Porn Charges

Bridgewater police say they have charged a 19 year-old man with child luring and accessing child pornography. The alleged incidents occurred over a seven week span in 2011. Police say the investigation involves a 14 year old girl who doesn't live in Nova Scotia. The accused was 17 years old at the time of the alleged incidents and his identity is protected under the Young Offender Act. The man is scheduled to appear in Bridgewater court on September 4th.

Province Will Announce Rec Grants On Tuesday

A total of nine recreational grants will be announced for South Shore communities and facilities Tuesday morning. MLA Pam Birdsall will deliver the details at the Lunenburg Swimming Pool. The Bridgewater Curling Club is also expected to see funding to help replace the rink's refrigeration system. The event begins at 10:30am.

Open House At Gold River Western Shore Elementary School

Community members, along with alumni and former staff of Gold River-Western Shore Elementary School are invited to celebrate 55 years of learning. An open house will be held this evening to acknowledge the quality of education and community involvement at the school. The school is scheduled to close next week and revert back to the Municipality of Chester. School Board Communications Manager, Trish Smith, says she expects the night will be filled with mixed emotions.

The open house goes from 6-8pm Monday night at Gold River-Western Shore Elementary.