Tuesday, February 11, 2014

South Shore: Another Storm Expected Thursday

Another large winter storm is expected to pound the region this week. However, instead of the "regular" Wednesday storm, this system will arrive on Thursday. Environment Canada is advising residents to pay attention to the weather as the storm approaches the region.  The last two mid-week storms to hit the South Shore carried about 20 centimetres of snow. Three weeks ago an intense blizzard arrived mid-week and brought about 25 centimetres of snow.

Bridgewater: Mayor Concerned About Security At Town Hall

Bridgewater's mayor wants to tighten down security at town hall. David Walker says he's concerned about staff safety because people are able to walk into the building freely without checking in. He says the town has discussed the issue for years but hasn't done anything about it. Walker would like to see identification tags used to access parts of the building.

Walker says he hopes to have a meeting this week to talk about the issue. He also hopes to add the item to the upcoming budget talks for 2014-15.

Bridgewater: Snow Removal Projected "In The Red"

Snow removal costs are expected to be in the red for the town of Bridgewater. Director of Finance, Dawn Kaizer, says they're currently projecting snow removal to be $91,000 over budget. However, there is still lots of winter remaining and more snow in the forecast for this week. Kaizer remains optimistic things will be alright.

The snow removal budget is $356,000 and is projected to be at $447,000 at last look. Kaizer says a decision will be made to tap into the snow reserve fund once final budget numbers are known.

How To Make Life Easier For The South Shore's Learning Disabled

South Shore parents of students with learning disabilities will meet tomorrow night (Wednesday) with officials who are knowledgeable on the subject. The school board will hold an information night to explain what LD is all about and how better to support students afflicted by it. There are currently 460 students diagnosed as learning disabled within the local school system. Cindy Kowalyk is an LD Services facilitator. She says Ipads and similar high-tech devices are helping make things easier for students.

Some parents are providing the tablets themselves for their children. Others are being donated. Its all in the name of making life easier for these kids who face their disability every day. Wednesday evening's information meeting begins at 6:30 at South Queens Middle School in Liverpool.

Duckworth Set To Compete At Olympics

The dream of competing at the Olympics will soon be realized for Alex Duckworth. The 26-year-old from Kingsburg will take on the best in the world in the women's snowboarding half-pipe event. The qualification round begins at 6 o'clock local time Wednesday morning. She will compete in the first heat. It's scheduled to be shown on Rogers Sportsnet. Duckworth is ranked as the top Canadian and is competing at the Olympics for the first time. She was an alternate for the 2010 games in Vancouver. If she qualifies for the semi-finals, she will compete again at 11am local time Wednesday morning. CKBW and HANK-FM will be providing updates on twitter and facebook before, during and after the race.