Tuesday, December 10, 2013

MODL: Councillor Upset Over Lack Of Public Access

A councillor with the Municipality of Lunenburg is fighting to improve access to Sherbrooke Lake. Terry Dorey represents District 6 including Walden and Parkdale. He is one of a handful of councillors who are upset with the municipality's stance on improving public access. However, Mayor Don Downe says they're moving forward with it as planned.

Dorey unleashed strong language at Tuesday's council meeting, saying there was bias among council and he felt betrayed. Staff will report back on the issue next October. However, Dorey and a few other councillors want it dealt with sooner.

Minor Hockey Woes; Lunenburg Arena Facing Deficit

Trouble brewing with the Lunenburg Arena? The town's director of recreation, Robin Scott, says they're facing a financial shortfall after a drop-off in use from minor hockey. He says over the years the rink has averaged about 26 hours a week for minor hockey, but it's been substantially cut back to about 12 hours this year. Scott says it's been tough.

He believes the deficit would have to be offset by the tax-base in the town. Scott believes some of the causes are declining numbers in minor hockey, the addition of the Clearwater Seafoods Arena in Bridgewater and the amalgamation of the Lunenburg and Bridgewater hockey associations.

Mounties Conduct 20 Checkstops On Busy Weekend

Mounties say they nabbed four drunk drivers on the South Shore during a nation-wide initiative targeting impaired drivers. RCMP conducted checkpoints across the province on Saturday.  It was part of National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day. Sergeant Al Leblanc says 20 road blocks were set up throughout Lunenburg, Queens and Shelburne. He says police screened roughly 2,000 vehicles.

Throughout Nova Scotia, 75 checkpoints were conducted on Saturday with police charging 14 people with impaired driving. LeBlanc says officer were able to stop roughly 10,000 vehicles.

Bridgewater Denies ATV Club Request To Access Centennial Trail

There will be no ATVs on the Centennial Trail unless the town of Bridgewater gives the go ahead. Council unanimously voted to deny the Central Nova ATV club from accessing the trail from Cookville to Hebbville or from Dayspring to the former Apple Berry property. Mayor David Walker says they had lots of feedback against the matter from residents and people outside their community. He feels council made the best choice.

The town also directed staff to install signage at access points indicating what is allowed or not allowed on the trail. It will also seek options for trail enforcement from the police commission. A group of ATV drivers can still access the trail if they acquire a special permit from the town.

Updated: Police Car Involved In Two-Vehicle Crash

No serious injuries after a two-vehicle collision today involving an unmarked police car. The incident occurred mid-morning on North King Street in Bridgewater. A section of the road near Eisenhauer Lane was closed for a few hours while investigators took a look at the scene. The province's Serious Incident Response Team was notified about the crash. That's an independent group tasked with investigating incidents involving police. The person driving the other vehicle involved in the crash was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Halifax: New Contracts Awarded For Shipyard Upgrades

Nova Scotia suppliers are beginning to see more benefits in relation to the $25-billion shipbuilding contract awarded to Irving Shipbuilding. The company is announcing just over $28 million in fresh work contracts to modernize the yard in preparation to build Canada's new fleet of combat ships. President of Irving Shipbuilding, Kevin McCoy, says the company has awarded $175 million in contracts connected to the upgrades needed at the Halifax dockyard. The project will take two-years to complete and cost $300 million. Several Halifax-area companies were awarded new work in relation to the modernization efforts at the shipyard. In Nova Scotia, work contracts to date have generated roughly 870 full time jobs.

Slick Roads & Some Closed Schools

Its cleanup day as a result of yesterday afternoon and evening's snow, ice pellets and rain. Many of the South Shore's roads are slick this morning so, drive carefully. As a result, there are some school closures too in the Chester area. Forest Heights and its feeder schools, New Ross, Chester Area Middle School, Chester District and Aspotagan Consolidated are all closed for the day. All other schools along the South Shore are open today as usual.

Foundation Urges People To Start Collecting For Radiothon

It's the time of year for giving and the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore is hoping they will be in your thoughts. The local foundation is gearing up for its annual radiothon and are hoping for local groups or businesses to start raising money as early as they can. The Health Services Foundation is trying to raise $100,000 this year to put towards a new mobile x-ray unit. Development Officer Bernadette Jordan says local residents are the reason behind their success.

This is the fourth year for the radiothon. It will be broadcast on CKBW and HANK-FM in February.