Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Bridgewater: New Doctor Prepares For Intake

A new family doctor is preparing to open her new practice to 150 patients. Dr. Sheila Dwyer will start accepting patients over the phone Wednesday evening. She graduated from Dalhousie University's Medical program in 2011 and completed her family medicine residency training in June. People who do not currently have a family physician or nurse practitioner or who are travelling outside the district for care are eligible. After the first 150 patients are accepted, the telephone line will close. It's expected the new doctor will accept up to 1,000 patients over time. People who wish to be considered as a patient are asked to call 527-4814 beginning at 6:30 Wednesday night.

Yarmouth: Councillor Wants Bluenose II In Town For Ferry Launch

A town councillor in Yarmouth is hoping to have the Bluenose II in town to help celebrate the return of the ferry service. Phil Mooney has requested staff to look into the matter of having the retrofitted vessel in the area when the Nova Star ferry begins its run from Portland to Yarmouth on May 1, 2014. Mooney says it would be a special moment.

Mooney says the town's mayor will talk to the province to see if having the Bluenose II in Yarmouth would be feasible. He doesn't know when further details will be provided, but says it won't be a back-burner issue.

Local Curlers Help Halifax Team Win Title

A pair of South Shore curlers helped lead their team to a win at the Curl Atlantic Championships in Charlottetown over the weekend. Liverpool's Jill (Mouzar) Brothers and Lunenburg's Blisse Comstock helped Heather Smith-Dacey's Mayflower rink beat P.E.I.'s Suzanne Birt 7-4 in the final. The Smith-Dacey team went undefeated, winning all seven of their games. The team will compete again next weekend in Sackville.

Hurricanes Drop Opening Games To Bedford

It was a tough start for the Western Hurricanes regular season. The major bantam hockey club lost both of their weekend games to the Bedford Barons at Queens Place Emera Centre. Michael Anthony scored the lone goal as the Hurricanes fell 2-1 Saturday. Ian MacPhee had the only goal in Sunday's 3-1 loss. The team travels to Cape Breton this weekend to take on the Cougars.

Town Supports Band's 'Royal' Request

Bridgewater is supporting a notion to include the word 'Royal' in the town's fire department band name. The town received a request from the fire department's public relations officer, asking for a letter of support to have the title of 'Royal' bestowed on the band. The band is in the process of submitting an application to the governor general's office in Ottawa. Mayor David Walker says it was an easy decision to make.

The request from the band says the 'royal' distinction will help raise more awareness about the band and its work as musical ambassadors in Lunenburg County and internationally for Canada. The band has to meet certain criteria to qualify including providing service over 25 years and on a regional basis. The fire department's public relations officer says a name change hasn't been determined, if the request is approved.

UPDATED: Jury Members Set To Deliberate In Eisnor Trial

The fate of a Barss Corner man will be in the hands of a 12 member jury beginning Wednesday. Fifty year-old Wayne Eisnor is facing a first degree murder charge in the shooting death of his estranged wife more than three years ago in New Germany. Closing arguments were presented today in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Bridgewater. Crown Prosecutor Lloyd Tancock told court evidence against the accused - which include hand written notes laced with profanity  - indicate planning and deliberation in Tina Mae Eisnor's death. Defense lawyer Roger Burill argued Eisnor was not capable of planning a sophisticated murder plot. In total, 28 witnesses were called over the course of the two week trial. A first degree murder charge carries a penalty of a life sentence in prison.

Closing Arguments Expected In Eisnor Trial

Closing arguments are expected today in the first degree murder trial involving a Barss Corner man. Fifty-year-old Wayne Paul Eisnor is accused of shooting and killing his wife, Tina Mae, in a New Germany grocery store parking lot on June 30, 2010. He then turned the gun on himself resulting in serious brain damage. Dozens of witnesses have been called over the course of the trial which began earlier this month. Eisnor took the stand yesterday and testified he had no recollection of the alleged shooting. He also claimed he did not shoot his wife. The jury is expected to begin deliberations tomorrow.