Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Bridgewater Receives Additional Money For Downtown Plan

Bridgewater has thousands of reasons to smile. The town has received an additional $40,000 from the province's NS Moves program to help with preliminary and detailed design work for projects listed in phase one of the Downtown Master Plan. The money adds to the $60,000 already designated to the town in August from the program. Mayor David Walker says the funding is a big help.

The detailed designs for phase one include wider sidewalks and resting places on King Street, re-development of the south parkade, the Old Bridge and parking options on King Street. The additional funding means Bridgewater has reached their target budget of $250,000 to do the work. A request for proposal closed earlier this month and a recommendation is expected to be made to council at their next meeting on October 28.

World Junior 'A': Barrington's Messenger Invited To Canada East Camp

A South Shore hockey player will try and represent his country at the World Junior 'A' Hockey Challenge in Yarmouth next month. Hockey Canada released the Canada East roster today for the upcoming tryouts in Oakville, Ontario from October 27-30. Barrington's Morgan Messenger has earned a tryout. The 18-year-old plays with the Yarmouth Mariners Junior 'A' team, and has 10 points in 10 games so far this season. Messenger played in the CJHL prospects game during last year's event in Yarmouth. Overall, 66 players have been invited to the camp including seven from the Maritime Hockey League. The World Junior 'A' Hockey Challenge is scheduled from November 4-10 in Yarmouth. The full roster can be seen here .

Pharmacies Offer Flu Shot Across The South Shore

The flu shot is now available at a pharmacy near you. The province changed its regulations in May, allowing pharmacists to provide the flu vaccine. Elderly people, healthy pregnant women and anyone with chronic medical conditions are encouraged to get vaccinated. There are over 20 locations along the South Shore where people can get the flu shot. A full list can be found here .

Latest South Shore Housing Figures Hold Steady

The housing market on the South Shore remained steady between July and September. The Nova Scotia Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service reveals housing sales are identical between those months this year and in 2012. Overall, 253 homes were sold during the three month period. President Gary Mailman says he's curious to see how it will affect the overall year.

Statistics indicate more people listed their homes for sale from July to September this year, compared to last year. There were 817 listed, an increase from 699 in 2012. The average price of a home on the South Shore also rose slightly by 0.6 percent to almost $186,632.

Lockeport Fighting To Keep Schools Open

A rally is planned in Lockeport in an effort to save two schools in the town. The Tri-County Regional School Board is looking at potentially closing Lockeport Regional High School and Lockeport Elementary because of declining enrolment. The elementary school currently has 99 students while the high school has 124 in its classrooms. Mayor Darian Huskilson says it's not the first time the schools have been up for review.

Huskilson says the community has become frustrated with the uncertainty surrounding its two schools over the last few years. Tonight's rally gets underway at 6:00pm at the Lockeport High School. A meeting with school board members will begin at 6:30pm.

Bridgewater: 78 Charges Laid In Relation To Thefts

Seventy-eight charges have been formally laid against five people including two adults and three youths in Bridgewater court. Its the result of a two month criminal investigation involving multiple thefts from vehicles and vehicle thefts in the town. An adult, Tyler Briffit of Bridgewater, and two youths who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act were remanded in custody pending a later show cause hearing. Twenty-year-old Sonia Allen of Bridgewater is the second adult accused. She will appear in court December 4 to face numerous charges related to the thefts. She and a third youth have been released by Bridgewater Police on a promise to appear and an undertaking with conditions.