Monday, April 21, 2014

Chester: Exploring Funding Options For 'Our Health Centre'

Chester appears ready to financially support 'Our Health Centre.' The municipality has created a pair of options that would see them provide $300,000 to the collaborative health facility over two years. It would see a $200,000 investment this year and $100,000 next year or $100,000 this year and $200,000 in 2015. Warden Allen Webber says the money is a good starting point.

Officials representing 'Our Health Centre' originally asked the municipality for $1-million last year, but that request was denied. The health facility has raised over $2.25-million and hope to have the project complete late in 2015. Chester council will look at their budget figures this week to see if either option will work.

Canada-Wide Warrant Issued For Halifax Man

A Canada-wide warrant is out for a Halifax man connected to a pair of recent robberies. Thirty-eight year old Richard Lee Hartlin did not return to his halfway house as expected last week. He's considered armed and dangerous. Police say Hartlin is a potential suspect in a robbery at a Sobeys on Windsor Street on Wednesday. The other robbery occurred at a gas station on Herring Cove Road on Saturday. Hartlin is white, about six feet tall and a 190 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call Halifax police right away. (Halifax police photo)

Shelburne: Seniors Program Boosted By Federal Money

A number of programs targeting seniors in Shelburne County will benefit after some new money invested by the federal government. MP Gerald Keddy made a series of funding announcements last week across the South Shore. The Wood's Harbour Community Centre will get $25,000 to help buy a new stove, cooler, freezer and dishwasher. Meanwhile, the Sable River Community Hall also received $25,000 to replace its roof and repair the exterior walls. The Wesley Heritage Community Seniors Association has received $25,000 to replace its building windows and upgrade the plumbing. The Sou’West Nova Transit Association is getting $16,000 to help with transportation needs in the Shelburne area.

Bridgewater: Budget Survey Response Disappoints Mayor

Bridgewater's mayor says he's disappointed by the number of completed budget surveys. The documents were handed out last month to gauge the public's opinion on where they felt money should be doled out. However, only 118 surveys were received in a town with a population of over 8,000. The town communicates to the public through their website, social media, and monthly newsletter. David Walker says it doesn't seem to be enough.

Residents indicated in the survey they would like more money spent on road repairs and less money on town police. Walker says he would like to see the survey done earlier, so they can analyze responses before dealing with the budget. Council will continue its 2014-15 budget deliberations Tuesday evening at 6pm at town hall.

School Board Wants To Hear From Parents

The South Shore Regional School Board is reaching out to its communities through a series of meetings. Superintendent Geoff Cainen says it's an open floor for parents to share ideas and concerns about their school. He says they want to hear about important education issues.

The first meeting will be held at New Germany Rural High this evening starting at 7 o'clock. Meetings will be held throughout Lunenburg and Queens Counties over the next few weeks.

Meeting Schedule:

New Germany High School: Tuesday, April 22 7PM

Liverpool Regional High School: Tuesday, May 6 7PM

Bridgewater Junior Senior High School: Wednesday, May 7 7PM

Park View Education Centre: Monday, May 12 7PM

North Queens Consolidated School: Tuesday, May 13 7PM

Forest Heights Community School: Tuesday, May 27 7PM