Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Chester Basin House Fire Deemed Accidental

The provincial fire marshal's office has confirmed that the cause of Monday morning's house fire in Chester Basin was accidental. The deputy fire marshal wrapped-up his investigation today after spending most of Monday at the scene of the blaze at 20 Kitchener Daw Lane. A man and a woman along with two pets escaped the blaze around 4 a.m. The woman was taken to hospital with smoke inhalation and was later released. Chester Basin fire officials along with four other volunteer fire departments responded to the blaze.

Commanding Officer Leaving Bridgewater Squadron

The commanding officer at the 14 Construction Engineering Squadron in Bridgewater is leaving the position after her three-year mandate. Major Sarah House took over the position in July 2010 and will move to Trenton, Ontario for a job at the Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre. House, who is originally from Shelburne, says she enjoyed her time but knew this day would come.

House will be replaced by Major Rick Leighton, who was previously at the Engineering School in Gagetown. The change of command ceremony will be held Thursday afternoon at the Best Western in Cookville.

Pool, Arena Under Town's Microscope

An evaluation is expected to be done to discuss the future of the Memorial Arena and outdoor swimming pool in Bridgewater. The two recreational facilities are under the microscope with the opening of the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre just a few months away. Mayor David Walker says they will take a closer look at the facilities in the fall. He says they want to make sure both facilities are still being used.

Walker hopes a committee will be created with council members, staff and residents to discuss options and come up with recommendations. The rink will remain open for at least a year after the LCLC opens.

Local Women's Group Set For Summer Camps

The Second Story Women's Centre is preparing to to host their annual summer camp for girls aged nine to 12. It's the tenth year the non-profit organization will offer the camps throughout Lunenburg and Queens Counties. The four day retreat is designed to bring issues like bullying, self-esteem and body imagine to the forefront for girls getting set to enter junior high school. Facilitator Julie Venoit says its been extremely successful in the past.

Camps will be held in Bridgewater, New Germany, Liverpool, Lunenburg and Chester throughout July and August. Venoit says there are only 12 spots available for each camp and encourages those interested to pre-register.

The camps will be held:

 July 8-11 in Bridgewater
(St. Paul's  Lutheran Church Hall)

July 15-18 in New Germany
(Elementary School Gym)

July 22-25 in Lunenburg
(Central United Church Hall)

July 29-August 1 in Chester
(Forest Heights Community School)
August 6-9 in Liverpool (Queen's Family Resource Centre)
If there is enough interest we will hold a second camp in Bridgewater August 12-15,
location to be determined.

For more information, call 543-1315 ext. 15 or 640-3044 ext. 15. E-mail girltalk@eastlink.ca.