Monday, May 26, 2014

Lunenburg: Assault Charges After Weekend Incident

A 19 year old is facing charges after a weekend assault in Lunenburg. RCMP say they responded to an incident early Sunday morning on Dufferin Street. A 28 year-old Halifax man was taken to hospital with injuries to his head. The teenager has been released and will appear in court in the near future. He's facing charges of assault.

MP Keddy Will Not Seek Re-Election In 2015

The MP for South Shore - St. Margaret's is calling it a career. Gerald Keddy has decided not to run for re-election in 2015. He was first elected in 1997 and has held several portfolios including parliamentary secretary for the minister of international trade and the Atlantic Gateway. Keddy says he's pleased to have helped provide funding over the years for Queens Place in Liverpool, the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre, Ross Farm's Learning Centre in New Ross and the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre in Birchtown. Keddy says it wasn't an easy decision but the time is right for him to move on. He says he will continue to serve constituents until his term runs out in October 2015.

Bridgewater: Operating Rooms Temporarily Closed

Dozens of surgeries scheduled to take place at the South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater have been put on hold until later in the week. South Shore Health says their three operating rooms are temporarily closed so workers can make emergency repairs to the hospital's air exchange system. Up to 50 patients scheduled for elective procedures could be impacted. VP of Health Services Lynn Farrell says proper air exchange is critical to prevent infection. Emergency surgeries will take place at the hospital's obstetrics unit and if needed nearby health authorities in the province have offered support. Farrell says affected patients will be contacted and surgeries will be rebooked. Officials estimate surgeries will resume by Thursday.

Mill Cove Golf Course Expected To Be Ready Next Spring

A new golf course in Lunenburg County is expected to be ready next spring. The Municipality of Chester recently held a public hearing and have agreed to make zoning changes to allow for the construction of the Aspotogan Ridge Golf Course in Mill Cove. There was concern from the public about waterways being polluted during construction. However, Warden Allen Webber says they're taking precautions to make sure that doesn't happen including creating a monitoring committee and completing water quality tests over the next few years. He says it's good to see the project moving ahead.

The project's website says the four-and-a-half star golf course will be 18 holes and designed by Atlantic Canadian architect Robert LeBlanc. There are three phases to the project which includes a number of housing units. For more details, head here .

New South Queens School "Officially" Opens Tomorrow

Official opening ceremonies will be held tomorrow (Tuesday) in Liverpool for a new school in the area. The South Queens Middle School has actually been in operation since January. Tomorrow though, the new ultra-modern facility, featuring high-tech, state of the art learning tools, will be dedicated during opening ceremonies at noon. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey will cut the ceremonial ribbon. South Queens Middle School is home to 240 students in grades 6 to 8. The ceremony begins at noon at the school at 157 Old Bridge Street in Liverpool.

South Shore Soccer Team Has Strong Showing In Cape Breton

South Shore United's Tier-1 Under-14 girls soccer team was in Sydney over the weekend for a pair of games against Cape Breton's Under-14 girls. South Shore won both games, 5-1 in the first with MacKenzie Kelly scoring a hat trick. South Shore also won the second, 3-1 and MacKenzie Kelly again scoring two goals.

Baillie Latest Leader To Talk Economic Recovery On The South Shore

Another high-profile speaker will be addressing a business luncheon this week on the South Shore. The province's Opposition Leader Jamie Baillie will speak to the Bridgewater and Area Chamber of Commerce over the noon hour Thursday about reviving the area's economy. He is the second political leader to visit the area in recent weeks and address business and industry officials. Chamber of Commerce Manager Dan Hennessey says it indicates the growing importance of the South Shore in Nova Scotia political decision-making.

Premier Stephen McNeil was here April 11th to address the Chamber and open the new collaborative health centre in Bridgewater. Baillie's address to the group begins at 11:30 Thursday morning at the Osprey Ridge Golf Club.

Awards Celebrate Outstanding Work In Health Care

It will be an evening to honour outstanding service in health care. South Shore Health will recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions in patient care and service over the past year during it's annual awards night. Four major awards will be presented - they include - Community Health Leadership, Exemplary Service, Outstanding Quality Initiative and the Spirit Award. Hospital Board Chair Wayne Foster says it's important to recognize outstanding effort.

The awards will be handed out Tuesday evening at the Best Western in Cookville. This will be the 10th year for the excellence awards. 

Charges Formally Laid In Berwick Homeless Man's death

Two Annapolis Valley men are facing murder charges in the death of a homeless man. Daniel Surrette and Kyle Fredericks, both from the Berwick area, made a brief court appearance this morning in Kentville.
They were formally charged with first degree murder in last October's death of 62 year old Harley Lawrence. He was killed when fire engulfed the Berwick bus shelter where he had been staying in the overnight hours to escape the cold. His death sparked outrage in the community and concern over the plight of the homeless. Surrette and Fredericks are expected back in court in a few weeks.

Province Provides Funding For Transition Homes, Women's Centres

A pair of Lunenburg County facilities are getting financial help from the province. Harbour House in Bridgewater will receive $16,454. The emergency shelter provides a variety of services to women and children involved in abusive situations. The money is expected to help enhance outreach. Also, Second Story Women's Centre in Lunenburg will get over $15,238 to address operating costs. The centre provide services and programs that improve the well-being of women and adolescent girls. Overall, the province committed $500,000 in this year's budget for transition houses and women's centres across Nova Scotia.

Liverpool: Work Beginning To Replace Water And Sewer Lines

Expect some traffic delays in Liverpool for the next few months. Work on this year's Main Street Infrastructure Renewal Project will begin Monday. The Region of Queens is replacing aging water and sewer lines that have been largely untouched for about 100 years. The work will involve a section of Main Street between Union and Summer Streets. Preliminary work will begin putting in temporary water lines for homes and businesses in that area. The start of construction will follow near the junction of Union and Main, and progressing toward Summer Street. Traffic detours will be in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until the project is complete in the early fall.