Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Police Charge Woman After Vehicle Collision

A motor vehicle collision late Saturday night has left a woman facing several charges. Bridgewater Police say an argument between a man and woman escalated in a parking lot on LaHave Street. The man left the scene on his motorcycle. Police say he was hurt after he collided with a car driven by the woman. He was taken to South Shore Regional hospital and released later that night. The woman was taken into police custody. She was released with charges of assault, assault with a weapon and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. She will be in Bridgewater court next week.

Local Firefighters Crack Personal Bests At FireFit Nationals

Two Bridgewater firefighters finished in the top 60 at the National FireFit competition in Edmonton. Ryan Buck finished 38th after posting a time of one minute, 28 seconds, while Steve Freeman finished 58th after running the obstacle course in one minute, 33 seconds against over 200 other firefighters. Both Bridgewater men posted new personal bests with their times. Buck says he's happy to reach his goal for the competition.

Buck also posted the second best time individually as a volunteer firefighter. The Bridgewater team weren't pleased with their two-man race results of one minute, 45 seconds after a fall cost them some time. He says the team will take a break for a few weeks before training starts back up in October.

NS Elexn: Lunenburg West PC Mitchell Campaigns For Job Growth & Health Care Improvements

He was a two term town councilor in Bridgewater. Now, he's the Progressive Conservative candidate in the riding of Lunenburg-West. David Mitchell says he took the challenge in hopes of making a difference. He says he'd like to help the provincial party, if elected to power, jump-start the area's economy, creating jobs so South Shore residents don't have to seek employment elsewhere.

Mitchell says while campaigning door to door, he's been taken aback by stories he's heard from voters about long waits for hospital ER's and surgeries. He says that situation is disgraceful and must be changed.

Mitchell's fellow candidates in Lunenburg-West are Mark Furey of the Liberals and incumbent NDP MLA Gary Ramey.

Election: Doctors Bring Health Care To Forefront

Doctors Nova Scotia wants to bring health care to the forefront during the election campaign. The association is focusing on four key areas in the lead-up to the October 8th vote. President Dr. Mike Flemming says they include ensuring everyone has a family doctor, reducing wait times along with investing in programs and health services. The group has launched a website to support health-care advocacy during the campaign. The website shares the responses of the three main political parties on key health-care questions and can be found by clicking here. The group is also encouraging people to speak with their local candidates about health care.

Seahawks Deliver $25,000 Cheque To Bridgewater

The town of Bridgewater has received the $25,000 cheque presented to the South Shore Seahawks as part of the Kraft Celebration Tour. Executives with the Seahawks Minor Football Club turned the cheque over to the town during last night's council session. Mayor David Walker expects staff will get analysis from turf professionals, and will then present options on what work would need to be done to Kinsmen Field to improve drainage. He says he would like to see something prepared by next spring.

Walker says he's unsure how much money would be needed to complete the work at Kinsmen Field.

Premier Campaigns At Drumlin Hills

Premier Darrell Dexter says the NDP aren't taking things for granted on the South Shore. The party has an orange wave across the region except in Yarmouth and Argyle-Barrington and won the Lunenburg and Lunenburg West ridings for the first time during the last election. Dexter says the MLAs for those areas earned the seats, and will continue to work hard to retain them. He says the NDP's focus continues to be on important issues.

Dexter was making the rounds across two counties Monday afternoon including stops in Liverpool, Bridgewater, Lunenburg and Chester. Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil was also in Lunenburg County yesterday while PC Leader Jamie Baillie hasn't announced his South Shore stops yet.

Ramey Ready For Second Mandate

NDP member Gary Ramey says he feels encouraged by the amount of support he's received early in his election campaign. Ramey is the incumbent in Lunenburg West running against the Liberals Mark Furey and the PC's David Mitchell. He says the condition of roads is a big concern in his constituency. Ramey says the party's five year road plan took care of major roads and a new plan will focus on back roads.

Ramey also points to the Better Care Sooner Plan that he feels is working to provide health care quickly to those who need it. The election is slated for October 8th.