There are a number of Remembrance Day events taking place in and around Bridgewater this year, like every year. Here's a small sampling of what you can expect to see here in Bridgewater over the next few days:
- On Saturday, November 9, beginning at 10 a.m., you can join local historian Peter Oickle at Brookside Cemetery for a walking tour focused on those who served and their stories. This walk is offered for free.
- Also on Saturday, November 9, the DesBrisay Museum will host an afternoon celebration of our Veterans, beginning at 2 p.m. The event is free and will include a performance by the Bridgewater Fire Department Band Quartet.
- At 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on the corner of Phoenix and Pleasant, a special screening of "A Time to Remember" will take place, featuring historic interviews with local veterans.
- The 9th annual Vigil of Remembrance by the 62 Niobe Royal Canadian Sea Cadets will take place at the Cenotaph from 7 p.m. Sunday, November 10, until 7 a.m. on Monday, November 11. The public is invited to attend a small ceremony Sunday at 7 p.m. This vigil is how the cadets say thank you to past and present Veterans each year.
- On Monday, November 11, the traditional Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph at Brookside Cemetery (corner of York Street and Victoria Road) will take place. The public is invited to arrive for 10:30 a.m., with the processional to the Cenotaph scheduled for approximately 10:40.
For those unable to attend in person, weather permitting, we will be live-streaming the service at the Cenotaph on the Town's Facebook page.
Beginning on October 27, the Town of Bridgewater will be coordinating some additional pavement improvement projects over the next week, including planing and paving on:
- King Street (Starr St. to Fancy Rd.)
- Dufferin Street (Town Line to High St.)
- King Street (Jubilee Rd. to Pine St.)
- St. Phillips Street (Hanley Dr. to Franks Ln.)
- Glen Allan Drive (Etna Dr. to HB Studios Sports Centre)
- King Street (Brown St. to Park View School)
Work is weather dependent. Each street will take anywhere from a few hours to a few days to complete. Traffic delays, dust, noise and heavy equipment are common elements of planing and paving. We are committed to providing a work site that is safe and orderly.
Working hours are generally 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. It should be anticipated that the contractor might choose to work longer hours and weekends to complete the work, on schedule.
Individuals with special needs who may be uniquely impacted by this project should contact the Project Manager as soon as possible to make them aware of your situation. We will work with you in an attempt to minimize your inconvenience as much as possible. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please contact Project Manager Sandi Larkin at 902-541-4370.
To see planned paving locations on a map of Bridegwater, as well as other ongoing construction projects, please visit www.bridgewater.ca/roads.
- Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC) to welcome Canadian Women’s National Para Hockey Team this October
- Event will include three national team practices and two exhibition games that will be free for the public to attend
The Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre is going to play host in October to a major Canadian National Women’s Para Hockey initiative with support from the Hockey Canada Foundation, the event is designed to grow the game of sledge hockey and encourage women of all ages to embrace the sport and empower themselves.
The TrailblazeHER Project will see Canada’s Women’s National Para Hockey Team spend Thanksgiving weekend in the Bridgewater area, promoting inclusion and coaching education, supporting female mentorship, engaging fans, and offering anyone interested in the sledge game the chance to give it a try.
As part of the TrailblazeHER Project, the Canadian Women’s National Para Hockey Team will be hosting three practices and compete in two exhibition games against an Atlantic Canadian sledge hockey team – events that will be open to the public and free to attend.
“I’m thrilled that Women’s National Para Hockey team is bringing this exciting event to the LCLC and to Lunenburg County,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, mayor of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg. “This event is a wonderful opportunity for all sledge hockey fans, but especially for young women, to meet the players from the 2019-2020 Women's National team and hear their inspiring stories.”
“This is just another example of the wonderful relationship that Bridgewater and Lunenburg County have with Hockey Canada and supporting events,” added Bridgewater’s mayor David Mitchell. “We’re proud to be able to partner with them on national and international-level events, and it’s an added bonus when those events help to empower women to further develop leadership and athletic skills.”
The Female Mentorship Session will focus on Atlantic Canadian female players who are invited to participate in an on-ice session led by members of the national team.
The Sledge Hockey Coaching Clinic will require registration with Hockey Nova Scotia – for more information on the Coaching Clinic, phone 902-521-5945.
Thursday, October 10
10 to 11:20 a.m. – National Team Practice (public and FREE to attend)
Friday, October 11
3 to 4:20 p.m. – National Team Practice (public and FREE to attend)
6:30 to 7:50 p.m. – Female Mentorship Session, led by members of Team Canada
Saturday, October 12
10:30 to 11:20 a.m. – National Team Practice (public and FREE to attend)
12 noon to 4 p.m. – Sledge Hockey Coaching Clinic (Classroom)
4 to 4:50 p.m. – Sledge Hockey Coaching Clinic (Ice)
5 to 5:40 p.m. – Try It – drop in Session – Open to the public, hosted by SS Para Lumberjacks
5:50 to 7:20 p.m. – GAME 1: Team Canada vs Team Atlantic Canada (public and FREE to attend)
Sunday, October 13
1 to 2:20 p.m. – GAME 2: Team Canada vs Team Atlantic Canada (public and FREE to attend)
TRAFFIC AND PUBLIC NOTICE -- VETERANS MEMORIAL BRIDGE WATERMAIN CROSSING
- Work will begin in approximately two weeks on a major underground infrastructure project at the intersection of Victoria Road, King Street, and Veterans Memorial Bridge.
- The primary focus of the project is to upgrade watermains, which provide drinking water to our residents and businesses, and fire flow protection for our community.
- The work will cause traffic delays in the downtown and motorists should plan their commute accordingly.
- The work is expected to take three months to complete.
The Public Service Commission of Bridgewater (PSCB) is starting construction of a new watermain in the intersection of King Street and Victoria Road that will include the suspension of a new watermain on the south side of the Veterans Memorial Bridge. The work is expected to begin during the week of September 23 to 27.
The purpose of the work is to upgrade undersized infrastructure as well as to satisfy recommended upgrades to the transmission main connectivity of the existing water reservoirs on both sides of the LaHave River.
The work will include traffic control measures in both intersections (LaHave St. & King St.) as well as on the bridge structure itself. Every effort will be made to minimize the disruption to residents and businesses for the duration of the project.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Dust, noise, and heavy equipment are common elements of construction. We are committed to providing a work site that is safe and orderly. Temporary disruptions to services should be minimal and we will work with adjacent property owners to minimize any inconvenience. That being said, traffic delays in the vicinity of Veterans Memorial Bridge are anticipated.
Working hours are generally 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. It should be anticipated that the contractor might choose to work longer hours and weekends to complete the work.
Individuals with special needs who may be uniquely impacted by this project should contact the Project Manager as soon as possible to make them aware of your situation. We will work with you in attempt to minimize your inconvenience as much as possible.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact one of the persons listed below.
Regularly scheduled Solid Waste Collection will continue. Residents are reminded to have items to the curb prior to 8:00 a.m. Collection calendars are available from the Engineering Department and on the Town's website: www.bridgewater.ca
The Town of Bridgewater and the Public Service Commission of Bridgewater regret any inconvenience caused to residents and businesses during this important and necessary work.
PAVEMENT RENEWAL IS COMING
Planing and paving starts throughout Bridgewater on August 25
The Town of Bridgewater will be coordinating pavement management improvement projects over the next several weeks including planing and paving on:
- Aberdeen Road (Miller Dr. to Chapel Hill Rd.)
- Aberdeen Road (Hirtle Dr. to Davison Dr.)
- Alexandra Avenue (Cornwallis St. to Park St.)
- Christie Street (Walnut St. to Parkdale Ave.),
- Dufferin Street (Exhibition Dr. to Plaza Entrance)
- Exhibition Drive (Jubilee Rd. Intersection)
- Jubilee Road (Duke St. to Marlboro Ave.)
- King Street (Eisenhauer Lane to Starr St.)
- King Street between (Oickles Ln. and Fresh Cuts)
- LaHave Street (Near Most Wanted Pawn Shop)
- LaHave Street (Elm St. to Silvers Hill)
- Starr Street (Civic #91 to above King St.)
- High Street (Civic #170 to #209)
- Glen Allan Drive (Sweeny Ln. to Hollingsworth and across from LaHave Ball Field)
- Nafthal Drive (Civic #4 to #22)
- Pine Street (Medway St. to Marie Ave.)
- York Street (near Lighthouse Publishing).
Dexter Construction Ltd. is tentatively scheduled to begin the work on Sunday, August 25, with a three-week completion date, weather dependent. Each street will take anywhere from a few hours to a few days to complete.
The purpose of our annual pavement renewal work is to upgrade the condition of the road and provide a better drive for our community's motorists.
The work will include traffic being controlled with Traffic Control Personnel. Every effort will be made to
minimize the disruption to residents in order to complete the work, however you should expect some traffic delays.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Traffic delays, dust, noise, and heavy equipment are common elements of planing and paving. We are committed to providing a work site that is safe and orderly.
Working hours are generally 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. It should be anticipated that the contractor might choose to work longer hours and weekends to complete the work on schedule.
Individuals with special needs who may be uniquely impacted by this project should contact the Project Manager as soon as possible to make them aware of your situation. We will work with you in an attempt to minimize your inconvenience as much as possible.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact the following:
Sandi Larkin, Project Manager, Town of Bridgewater – Engineering Department
Regularly scheduled Solid Waste Collection will continue. Residents are reminded to have items to the
curb prior to 8:00 a.m.
Collection calendars are available from the Engineering Department and at www.bridgewater.ca
The Town of Bridgewater regrets any inconvenience caused to residents and businesses, during this work. Please be patient and allow for extra travel time getting around Bridgewater during work.
Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee
Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity to make a difference in your community? Why not consider serving as a member of the newly formed Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee for Lunenburg County.
The Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee provides advice to the municipal councils in Lunenburg County on identifying, preventing and eliminating barriers to people with disabilities in municipal programs, services, initiatives and facilities. The committee plays a pivotal role in helping the municipalities to become barrier-free communities that complies with Nova Scotia’s Accessibility Act (2017).
At least one half of the members of the advisory committee must have a disability or represent an organization that represents people with disabilities.
Disability includes a physical, mental, intellectual, learning, or sensory impairment—including an episodic disability—that, in interaction with a barrier, hinders an individual’s full and effective participation in society.
Applications are available each of the Municipalities websites or can be picked up at the District of Chester, District of Lunenburg, Town of Bridgewater, Town of Mahone Bay and the Town of Lunenburg’s offices. The deadline for applications is June 28, 2019. Your completed application may be submitted by mail, in person, or by email to:
Address: Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, ATTN: Trudy Payne, 210 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater NS B4V 4G8
Subject line: Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee Volunteer
Customers are advised that the Bridgewater Public Service Commission (PSC) will be flushing watermains during the period of April 28–May 16, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. (midnight), and in accordance with the schedule below. Some loss of pressure and discolouration of the water may be experienced during the ﬂushing; we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Customers are reminded that domestic hot water tanks should be ﬂushed annually and main water valves in basements should be turned oﬀ when ﬂushing is being undertaken in their area. If you have any questions, please contact the Engineering Department at (902) 541-4370.
The schedule is as follows:
NOTE: Due to weather and water conditions, there may be some deviation from the above schedule.
Bridgewater approves 2019-20 budget; no tax rate increase, more money for paving renewal, and funding for permanent Transit among key items
BRIDGEWATER – The Town of Bridgewater concluded the 2019-20 budget process on Monday night by officially approving the budget document and setting the tax rate for the coming fiscal year, which will remain the same.
The residential rate is set at $1.65 per $100 of assessment for an eighth-straight year, while the commercial tax rate will remain at $3.97 per $100 of assessment. The only changes in both the residential and commercial tax rates since 2010-11 have been decreases.
The Town will spend approximately $20.3 million next year on operations and $4.3 million on capital projects, making many key investments to further enable growth and improved quality of life in the community.
“Despite the pressures of a growing town, increased downloading of costs, and infrastructure challenges, the only changes to the Town of Bridgewater’s residential and commercial tax rates during the last nine years have been decreases,” said Mayor David Mitchell.
“This year, Town Council also added public transit as a core, permanent service to Bridgewater and increased our pavement renewal budget by approximately 50%, and yet, despite all this, we were once again able to produce and pass a budget with no tax rate increase to our residents and businesses,” he explained. “This is a testament to the hard work of our staff and the direction Council is taking our community.”
Town Council, he added, will continue to advocate for changes to the funding models that see Bridgewater’s taxpayers saddled with an artificially high tax rate resulting from subsidization of roads and policing services outside the community.
“We strive to seek a fair balance across Nova Scotia that will benefit the province as a whole,” he said. “We will continue to push for changes in how funds from other levels of government are allocated to ensure fair and equitable funding, and a realization that our taxpayers are artificially subsidizing lower tax rates outside towns and cities in Nova Scotia.”
BUDGET 2019-20 HIGHLIGHTS
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Mayor, Town of Bridgewater
Tammy (Crowder) Wilson
CAO, Town of Bridgewater
During the months of March and April, the Town of Bridgewater will be upgrading the elevator that serves visitors and staff at Town Hall. This work will prohibit access to certain floors of the building for those with mobility challenges.
In order to ensure Town Council meetings remain accessible to all members of the public during this time, discussion sessions and regular meetings of Town Council scheduled for March and April will be relocated to the DesBrisay Museum, beginning on March 11.
If you serve on a Town committee, you may wish to check in with the committee chairperson to see if the location of your meeting during this time period has changed to ensure accessibility.
Visitors requiring assistance on site when at Town Hall are encouraged to check in with staff at the front counter entrance at 60 Pleasant Street, or phone ahead with questions by calling 902-543-4651.
After 17 months serving the Town of Bridgewater’s residents and business community as a pilot and demonstration project, on Monday night Bridgewater Town Council moved to declare Bridgewater Transit a core and permanent service in the community.
“This is big news for our residents and for the riders who have come to rely on transit to get around Bridgewater,” said Mayor David Mitchell. “Our residents and businesses have told Council emphatically that, yes, we need a permanent bus service in our growing community and I’m very pleased to say tonight that’s now become a reality.”
Since Bridgewater began its transit program in September of 2017, more than 37,000 riders have used the service to travel the on-the-hour 16-kilometre loop within the community.
The original consultant’s report on the feasibility of transit in Bridgewater concluded that the service would have to reach a target of 16,000 riders during its first year of operation to be considered successful – Bridgewater Transit achieved that in just eight months.
“We have heard time and time again how transit has had a profoundly positive impact on the quality of life of our residents,” Mayor Mitchell said. “And the numbers back that up – ridership has wildly exceeded the expectations detailed in the original consultant’s report.”
Residents have been been using the bus to shop, attend medical appointments, visit with loved ones, explore the range of services and parks that Bridgewater has to offer, and much more.
During the 2018-19 demonstration phase, Bridgewater Transit was budgeted to operate at a cost of about $13 per rider. The actual cost, however, was closer to $6 per rider thanks to strong ridership, advertising revenue, and program efficiencies.
“Now that Bridgewater Transit has been made a core service, staff projections show that the cost per rider may rise slightly because of the end of subsidies and future capital costs – that means that Council will have to choose wisely when it comes to making capital improvements to the bus service and search out other sources of funding to minimize the impact on our taxpayers where we can,” Mayor Mitchell said.
“It’s a task that both Council and staff are prepared to tackle,” he added, “because we know it’s for the good of our community.
The DesBrisay Museum, the Bridgewater Museum Commission, and the Town of Bridgewater are excited to announce that beginning on December 1 the DesBrisay Museum will be eliminating regular admission charges for all age categories – meaning that the museum will be free to the public to access year-round.
“The Museum Commission worked with staff and did the research and found that this is a model that has worked to boost the profile of museums elsewhere in Atlantic Canada and across the country,” explained Lynette de Montreuil, the Culture, Heritage, and Events Coordinator for the Town of Bridgewater.
“We’ll still be encouraging visitors to make donations to the museum, to shop in our gift shop, and to support paid programming, private rentals, and special events,” she added, “but we wanted to make general access to the museum and the story of Bridgewater and Lunenburg County free to all to enjoy.”
The adoption of free admission is part of the vision stemming from the recently approved Museum 2.0 concept that was endorsed by Bridgewater Town Council and the Bridgewater Museum Commission.
The Museum 2.0 concept calls for the museum to expand its role in the community and seek out new and dynamic ways to engage the local and travelling public, while continuing to share the stories of heritage, art, and culture that define the community.
“We’re really excited with the way the Museum 2.0 vision has been articulated and the way the museum has already taken steps to revamp its programming and its approach to telling Lunenburg County’s story,” said Museum Commission chairman Peter Oickle.
“By going to free admission, we’re opening up the museum to all people in the community all year long,” he added. “We’re giving everyone the chance to come through our doors and learn about what makes Bridgewater and Lunenburg County special – from the millennia old Mi’kmaq presence in the LaHave River Valley, to the period of European colonization, to the industrial revolution through today.”
The DesBrisay Museum is open year-round, including Tuesday to Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., during the fall and winter months. For more information, visit www.desbrisaymuseum.ca.
The Town of Bridgewater has chosen its next Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).
Tammy Wilson will officially begin her employment as CAO with the Town on Monday, November 26.
“Tammy’s wealth of experience in municipal government, her enthusiasm, leadership skills, and vision make her an ideal choice to be our next CAO,” said Mayor David Mitchell.
“Bridgewater is a growing, thriving community – we’re proud of what’s happening in our Town and, on behalf of Town Council and staff, I can say that we’re all excited about the skill and expertise that Ms Wilson adds to our organization,” he added.
Over the next few weeks, Wilson will be wrapping up a four-year stay as CAO with the Municipality of the District of Chester. During that time, she will be assisting with that municipality’s CAO transition planning process.
A long-time public servant, Wilson’s career highlights include having served as CAO for both the Municipality of the District of Chester and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, and a stint with the Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs as Provincial Planning Director. She holds a master’s degree in Regional and Urban Planning from Dalhousie University.
Wilson is originally from Amherst and has called the South Shore home for more than 20 years. She has been an active volunteer in Bridgewater, is a past Chair of the Bridgewater Interchurch Food Bank and currently serves as a board member with the YMCA of Lunenburg County.
“I am excited to become part of the Bridgewater team and to be part of such a great, growing community,” she said. “There are several initiatives underway that I’m looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and working on with Council and staff – the Smart Cities Challenge, Energize Bridgewater, transit, strategic planning, and various economic development and regional initiatives. There are a lot of really great things happening in Bridgewater.”