Thursday, March 6, 2014

Chester: 'Our Health Centre' Striving Towards Financial Goal

Proponents with 'Our Health Centre' in Chester have raised just over $2.2-million towards the facility. The community group is proposing a $6-million health facility near Shoreham Village. The group presented to the municipality on Thursday, giving an update on their progress. They have roughly 60 letters of support towards their initiative and are requesting $1-million from council. Warden Allen Webber feels they should support the project. However, council will wait until budget discussions to decide.

The centre would feature enough space for six doctors offices, examining rooms and blood collection. If the municipality does decide to commit $1-million and can raise enough money, the group hopes to have the project complete late in 2015.

Back Center Woman Faces Charges Relating To Elder Abuse

A 59-year-old woman is facing several charges in connection with elder abuse. Lunenburg County RCMP say an 81-year-old woman was the victim of abuse by one of the caregivers in her home. She was taken to hospital with minor injuries. The victim has since been removed from her home and placed into a long-term care facility. Dolores Blanche Labinowicz of Back Center is charged with assault and forcible confinement. She appeared in Bridgewater court Wednesday and was released with conditions. She will be back in court on April 9th.

Crash Causes Power Outage In Chester Area

Nova Scotia Power says there are roughly 1,000 homes and businesses without power  in Chester-area including East River, Simms Settlement, Hubbards, Queensland, and Black Point. The utility says the cause is a vehicle crash that happened around 12:25pm this afternoon. Power should be restored by 4:30pm.

Region Of Queens Fire Departments Look For Help With New Equipment Purchases

Volunteer fire departments in the Region of Queens are becoming increasingly concerned about finances. More money is needed to upgrade fire fighting equipment and budgets are tight. Mayor Christopher Clarke says auditors were recently hired to study the issue and have filed their report.

The Mayor says the Region of Queens is different than other municipalities where fire fighting purchases can be factored into the tax rate or reserve funds. he says council will get to study the report and talk about it in the months ahead. He says it will be a lengthy process determining how best to meet the challenge of upgrading equipment for fire fighters.

Blockhouse: Waldorf School Finalist In National Contest

An independent school for young children in Blockhouse is in the running for a national contest. The Waldorf school is listed as a finalist in the Majesta Trees of Knowledge contest. The school has been selected - along with nine others - across Canada for the chance to win $20,000 to help build an outdoor learning space. Parent Anastasia Malay says it's a wonderful opportunity.

Malay says they are hoping all of Canada gets behind the small school in Blockhouse.Voting begins online April 7.

For more information and to vote for the Waldorf school click here

McIntosh, Drennan Compete For National Titles

A pair of Lunenburg County athletes are going for gold at the CIS Track and Field Championships in Edmonton. Bridgewater's Rachael McIntosh and Lunenburg's Jesse Drennan are competing in the women's and men's pentathlons, respectively. McIntosh recently won the Canada West title while Drennan took top spot in Ontario. She is ranked number one overall on the women's side, while he comes in ranked fifth for men. McIntosh says she's trying not to focus on results.

Both McIntosh and Drennan are in competition today at the University of Alberta.

Bridgewater: Fire Dept. Band To Play Memorial Service In Ottawa

The Bridgewater Fire Department Band will help remember firefighters who lost their lives on the job. The band has been asked to play at this year's Canadian Fall Firefighters Foundation Memorial Service in Ottawa. The event pays tribute to more than 1,100 firefighters who died serving their communities. Band Director Wendell Eisener says men and women risk their lives everyday.

Eisener says the band will have ceremonial roles at the Ottawa parade and memorial service, but they will also give a public performance. Firefighters from across the country will attend the ceremony to show support for fallen comrades and their families. The band is currently fundraising to be able to make the trip. The service will be held September 12-14.

Mustangs Pushed To Brink Of Elimination

The Charlie's Pizza South Shore Mustangs are one loss away from playoff elimination. Jordan Messenger scored the lone goal as the Halifax McDonalds skated to a 4-1 win Wednesday night. The win gives Halifax a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven playoff series. Mustangs goaltender Colby Muise stopped 40 shots in the loss. Game six will be Saturday night in Bridgewater.

Gas Prices Expected To Drop Some Tonight

We may be in for a little relief tomorrow at South Shore gas pumps. In New Brunswick this morning, self serve regular is down by about 1.5 cents. The maximum price for diesel is down 2.4. Heating oil prices in New Brunswick also lower this morning. And, a big drop in propane prices ... down 9 cents. The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board will set the coming weeks prices at midnight tonight. Regular self serve is selling today at South Shore pumps for $1.41.8 a litre.