Thursday, October 31, 2013

Town Hires Ekistics For Preliminary Work

The town of Bridgewater has awarded more work to Ekistics Planning and Design from Halifax. The group, which also created the master plan for Generations Active Park, has been selected to complete phase one of the preliminary and detailed design for the Downtown and Waterfront Master Plan. The consulting firm received the top score by the committee. They are also slightly under budget at a cost of $249,426. The budget was $250,000. Mayor David Walker says the group has a proven track record.

Walker says they're not putting shovels in the ground, but getting cost analysis for the four projects on the table right now including wider sidewalks and resting places on King Street, re-development of the south parkade, and parking options on King Street.

Bridgewater Recognized As Senior Friendly

A member of the Alberta Council on Aging has recognized Bridgewater as senior friendly. Donna Durand presented the town with a plaque earlier this week honouring them for their work in improving access and safety for seniors. The Alberta Council on Aging owns the Senior Friendly program, which has been used in the town since 2009. Durand says it's a milestone achievement.

She says the program helps recognize contributions from seniors, addresses myths around aging and teaches people about healthy aging and quality of life.

Bridgewater: New Patient Intakes Announced

Health officials are asking for patience when Bridgewater's newest doctor and nurse practitioner accept more new patients next week. Dr. Shelia Dwyer and Cheryl Soroka will each hold telephone intakes on November 6th. Those looking for a family doctor or nurse practitioner should expect to wait a few hours to navigate through the caller cue. When the intake has reached capacity, callers will hear a busy signal. If you get through you will get a message asking you to hold on the line. However, Vice President of Health Services Janet Simm says some changes will help callers this time around. The number to phone is 527-4814 on Wednesday evening. You should have your health card ready.

People who do not currently have a Family Physician or Nurse Practitioner or who are travelling outside the District for care are eligible. People who wish to be considered as a patient are asked to:

-   Call 527-4814 beginning at 5:30 pm November 6.  
-   Please have your health care number, date-of-birth, address and a valid current telephone number ready
-   Callers may only register immediate family members from the same household (ie spouses, children).

Callers who are successful in getting through the line, will hear a message telling them to stay on the line. These callers will then be entered into a queue and processed in order. This takes time. Please be prepared to wait on the line for several hours.

Bridgewater RCMP Probe Cow Incidents

What's the beef? Bridgewater RCMP are asking the same thing after a cow was shot in Voglers Cove. Police say two young cows were removed from a barn near Dolliver Lake sometime between the hours of 6:30pm Monday evening and 9:30am Tuesday morning. Constable David Cullen says both animals were found on a road not far from where they were taken.

In another incident, a cow was shot and killed in Italy Cross between Sunday evening and Monday morning. The suspects tried to remove the animal from the property but were unsuccessful. Cullen says they don't have any motives at this point, but it appears people are looking for winter meat. RCMP say its unclear if the two incidents are related.

Soccer: New Germany Junior Boys Moving On

The New Germany Rural High School junior boys soccer team captured the regional banner yesterday by defeating Digby in their semi-final game then went on to take down West Hants in over-time to win the championship.

Gas Prices Drop In NB

Gas prices in New Brunswick have dropped just a touch. The price for self serve regular has decreased by 1.3 cents a litre and diesel is down by 1.4 cents. That could mean a small drop in pump prices in Nova Scotia when it's set later tonight.

Messenger Named To Team Canada East

The town of Yarmouth will have something extra to cheer about during next week's World Junior 'A' Hockey Challenge. Barrington's Morgan Messenger has been named to team Canada East following a three-day tryout in Oakville, Ontario. Messenger plays for the Yarmouth Mariners in the Maritime Hockey League. The 17-year-old has five goals and seven assists in 13 games this season. He'll dawn the red and white Canadian colours Saturday night when Canada East plays an exhibition game against the Czech Republic in Barrington at 7pm.