Monday, January 13, 2014

New Home, New Name For Bridgewater Library

Bridgewater's new library is a best-seller. The chief librarian of South Shore Public Libraries is pleased with the amount of public feedback who are happy with the new space. The Margaret Hennigar Public Library features plenty of windows for great scenery and natural light. It also includes an open space concept and new technology. Troy Myers says there's also improvements for people with disabilities.

The library moved over the Christmas holiday from King Street and opened to the public at the beginning of the month. Myers says they still have a few kinks to work out of their system, but encourages everyone to check out their new facility inside the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre.

Tri-County: More Than A Year Later, African Seat Settled

It took 15 months, but residents of the Tri-Counties now have a representative serving as the African Nova Scotian member on the area school board. Michael Fells took the seat in a special election on Saturday. He captured 155 votes in the victory. The other contender - Darlene Lawrence - garnered 146 votes. Lawrence won the seat during the October 2012 election, however those results were thrown out in court after irregularities were found through the electronic voting process. Voting in the by-election was done exclusively by paper ballots.

Flood Risk Remains In Lunenburg County

The situation is improving, but the Regional Emergency Measures Organization says Lunenburg County residents aren't out of the woods yet when it comes to flooding. The province's Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is reporting Lapland Road between Albert Wyle Road and Veinot Road in Hebbville was closed due to flooding. However, it re-opened early this afternoon. Bridgewater Police Chief John Collyer says peak water levels should have been reached within 24 hours of this weekend's rain. However, the concern now is with melting ice or ice-jams. He says people should report local flooding.

Collyer says REMO has contingency plans in place if the situation gets worse.

Liverpool Prepares To Welcome Thousands Of Junior Curlers, Families, Coaches & Followers

The countdown is on to the start of the M & M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Liverpool. Mayor Christopher Clarke says is an event that will be remembered for years ahead, not just for the championships themselves but the community as well.

The Mayor also says the championships will generate close to 3 million dollars for the local economy and not just to the local hospitality industry, motels and the like.

The championships begin on Saturday at Queens Place-Emera Centre and the Liverpool Curling Club.

Brothers, Joyce Qualify For Women's Curling Nationals

Heather Smith's curling rink out of Mayflower has won the 2014 Nova Scotia Scotties Tournament of Hearts championship. Smith scored three in the final end to top Dartmouth's Kelly MacIntosh 6-3 in Sunday's final. Smith finished the Sydney event with a perfect 8-0 record to claim her 5th Nova Scotia title. The rink, which includes Liverpool native Jillian Brothers and Luneburg native Blisse Joyce, will head to Montreal for the Canadian Scotties Championship starting February 1st.

School Review Public Meeting Tonight In Bridgewater

Public meetings studying the school review process across Nova Scotia are being held and there will be a session tonight in Bridgewater. The consultations committee, headed by Bob Fowler, will hold a total of nine meetings across the province. They're designed to look at ways of improving the process and examine how schools dealing with issues such as declining enrolment are closed. Fowler says the meetings have been engaging.

The session in Bridgewater will be held at Park View Education Centre at 7 o'clock this evening. Another one is set for Tuesday night in Yarmouth.

LCLC Aquatic Facility Pegged To Open This Spring

Things are coming together for the new aquatic facility at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre. General Manager Kevin Benjamin says a crew of more than a dozen workers have been putting in a lot of hours to move things along. He says there is lots of tiling happening along the floors and pools. Benjamin remains optimistic things will continue to move forward smoothly.

The aquatic centre hasn't opened because at least one of the three pools was losing water. However, Benjamin doesn't anticipate any further delays or problems with that issue.

Barrington Takes Lohnes Lumbermen Tourney

The Barrington Bay Lightning have repeated as the Lohnes Lumbermen hockey tournament champions. The Lightning defeated AuCoin Locksmith from Halifax 6-5 to win the Labatt's C+ division. The Spry Harbour Whalers won the Buck's Home Building Centre 'C' division with a 4-3 win over the local Eclipse Physio Rusty Blades. This was the 30th year for tournament. Games were played all weekend in Bridgewater.

Bridgewater: Fire Destroys King Street Home

Dozens of firefighters got an early wake-up call following a house fire on North King Street. The blaze broke out near Mainline Market just before 4 a.m. According to the Red Cross, two people were able to get out of the home safely. They were taken to hospital as a precaution. Fire Chief Michael Nauss says flames were roaring out of the home when they got on scene.

Nauss says the home is completely destroyed. He says they will begin an investigation later today to determine its cause.