Bedford Days: Events on Thursday, June 25

Opening Reception-Youth Art Exhibition
Contact: Marie Corkum, 832-2336
Location: Scott Manor House
6-8pm

Opening reception for the Youth Art Exhibition at the Scott Manor House.

Lions Club Seniors Dinner and Bingo
Contact: 835-9874
Location: Bedford Lions Den
6-9pm

Limited seating - be sure to reserve your seat early!

alFresco Film in the Park
Location: DeWolf Park
9:30-11pm

Bring your lawn chair and blanket to DeWolf Park to eat some popcorn and enjoy “Madagascar Escape 2 Africa” (Rated PG) film on the big screen under the stars. Presented in partnership with alFresco Film Festival.

Waiting to be swallowed

Kids wait to enter a bouncy shark during a charity event in support of Dyrick McDermott's family at the LeBrun Centre on Saturday. The Bedford resident died unexpectedly on April 17, 2009, leaving behind a wife and two young children.

Kids wait to enter a bouncy shark during a charity event in support of Dyrick McDermott's family at the LeBrun Centre on Saturday. The Bedford resident died unexpectedly on April 17, 2009, leaving behind a wife and two young children.

Imagine Our Schools presents to HRSB

imagine-our-schoolsThis column has been written by David Finlayson, Halifax Regional School Board Representative for District 7.

Last night, the Imagine Our Schools consultant report was presented to the school board for consideration.

Overall, the consultants have planned for significant growth in the Bedford West and Bedford South areas.

CS&P Archtects recommended a new high school for CP Allen, which has since then been approved. The school is scheduled to be open by 2012.

A new junior high school would replace, in a similar location, the present Bedford Junior High.

A new school at the Eaglewood location has been recommended, with a boundary review to send some of the students to Basinview Drive Community School.

Basinview was favoured to stay as is, with more students from Sunnyside (Waverley, Fort Sackville and Eaglewood).

Bedford South School was recommended to move to a junior high school, when the funding for a new elementary school becomes available.

Further to this, after showing the significant growth in the area, the consultants recommended that six new elementary schools will be needed over the next 15 years as well as a new junior high on the Bedford West site. Also needed will be  a new high school between Bedford West and Larry Uteck Blvd.

The capital list has been committed for the next few years, so HRSB will be approaching the Department of Education and the province  with the recommendations sometime next spring or summer.The process to ratify the report now goes to staff at HRSB who will spend the next few months reviewing the data and recommendations that were brought forward.

The board hopes to receive a report in October or November from staff and will then take public submissions on the recommendations over the next quarter.

At this point we will have public submissions in certain families of schools and hear from the community on why certain suggestions are valid or not.

It will be an interesting time with a new provincial government and a new 10 year facility plan to present to them by the summer of 2010 to get funding for these projects.

I hope to hear from the community on their thoughts on the recommendations.

The results can all be found at www.hrsb.ns.ca.

To get in touch with David Finlayson visit his website at www.davidfinalyson.ca or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Condoplex causing traffic snarls; No Starbucks, yet

Construction of a new multi-unit condominium complex on the Bedford Highway is expected to be completed in about a year and a half.

Construction of a new multi-unit condominium complex on the Bedford Highway is expected to be completed in about a year and a half.

So close, but yet so far.

That’s likely the thought going through the heads of many Bedford commuters while stuck traffic caused by construction on the Bedford Highway near the Ultramar gas station

The Highway is periodically being narrowed to one lane in the area as workers use heavy machinery to build a new multi-unit condominium complex on the side of the hill between Nelsons Landing Blvd. and Wyatt Rd.

According to Mark Jamieson, a staffer in HRM’s Community Development department, most of the construction that has been tying up the Bedford Highway will be done within a couple of months.

However, Jamieson says tie-ups can still be expected periodically in the future as construction proceeds. Construction of the condo complex is expected to be completed in about a year and half.

No Starbucks, yet

Recently, rumours have been brewing about a Starbucks coffee shop coming to Bedford.

The rumours suggest the shop would soon open in the Village Centre plaza and would be located in the unit formerly occupied by Dairy Queen, which shut down in April.

The Bedford Beacon contacted Starbucks’ Canadian head office in Toronto to follow up on the rumour.

“At the present time, there’s nothing nothing in the books for Bedford,” a spokesperson told The Beacon. “But that’s not to that it’s not a possibility. We’re always looking for new cities for store growth.”

Missing Halifax woman calls home

Photo of Halifax woman Koral ClarkA missing Halifax woman who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia has made contact with her family, according to The Chronicle-Herald newspaper.

Twenty-four-year-old Koral Clark went missing two weeks ago shortly after she stopped taking her prescribed medication. On Thursday, police issued a press release asking for the public’s help locating Ms. Clark.

Ms. Clark saw some of the media reports related to the press release and called home. However, she reportedly would not tell her family where she was located.

This was not the first time Ms. Clark has gone missing since she was diagnosed with schizophrenia when she was 20 years old.

Northwood West Continuing Care Centre

northwood-continuing-careLearning is a two-way street.

As Northwood continues construction on a new Continuing Care building in the Parks of West Bedford, located on Bluewater Road, we realize that we have a lot to learn about the surrounding community. We also have a lot to offer. That is why we are inviting you to come talk with us.

We want you to share with us what your community has to offer. We’d also like to talk about what Northwood has to offer to your community.

Where: Diman Lebanese Centre, 345 Kearney Lake Road
When: June 29, 6:30-9pm
Additional Information: Parking is available, snacks and light refreshment will be served.

Bedford gets ready for Bedford Days 2009!

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Bedford Days 2009-June 24-28 & July 1.

June 19-21, 26-28
Bedford Days Minor Baseball Tournaments

Contact: Ken Lenihan, 835-9531
Location: Joan and Robert Lenihan Fields (Range Park)
Friday, 6-10pm
Saturday, 9am-9pm

The annual Bedford Days tournament will once again be held for the Mosquito, Pee-Wee, Bantam AAA divisions, as well as the Midget AA. All games will be played at Joan and Robert Lenihan (Range Park) in Bedford. The will mark the 28th year for the tournament, and is one of the older minor baseball tournaments being held in Bedford. Come watch some exciting baseball being played by possibly some future stars.

Wednesday, June 24
Halloween in June

Contact: 490-5757
Location: Bedford Public Library
10:30-11:30am

Dress up and join us at the Bedford Public Library for a Halloween Party featuring puppets, stories and more. It’s sure to be a ghostly good time! Free tickets will be given out 15 minutes before the program (All ages.)

Bedford Days Kick Off Celebration!
Location: DeWolf Park
6pm: Glow Parties Bouncy Castle only
Arrive before 7pm and beat the line-ups for the Glow Parties Playground Extravaganza.
7-10:30pm: Entertainment
10pm: Pyrotechnic Fireworks show

Bedford Days festivities kick off with a bang. Join us for live music by Shanneyganock as well as children’s entertainment. Don’t miss the amazing pyrotechnic fireworks show behind the stage at 10pm. The best view of these fireworks will be in centre of DeWolf Park. Feed Nova Scotia will be onsite accepting donations.

Thursday, June 25
Opening Reception-Youth Art Exhibition

Contact: Marie Corkum, 832-2336
Location: Scott Manor House
6-8pm

Join us for the opening reception for the Youth Art Exhibition at the Scott Manor House.

Lions Club Seniors Dinner and Bingo
Contact: 835-9874
Location: Bedford Lions Den
6-9pm

Limited seating-be sure to reserve your seat early!

alFresco Film in the Park
Location: DeWolf Park
9:30-11pm

Bring your lawn chair and blanket to DeWolf Park to eat some popcorn and enjoy “Madagascar Escape 2 Africa” (Rated PG) film on the big screen under the stars. Presented in partnership with alFresco Film Festival.

Friday, June 26
Summer Reading Program Kick-off Party

Contact: 490-5757
Location: Bedford Public Library
10-11:30am

Calling all kids! Kick-off this year’s Summer Reading Program by dropping in to the Bedford Public Library anytime between 10 and 11:30am. Register for this fabulous program while enjoying games, crafts, prizes, cake and juice. (Ages 5+)

Kids Extravaganza
Location: DeWolf Park
5pm: Glow Parties Bouncy Castle only
Arrive before 7pm and beat the line-ups for the Glow Parties Playground Extravaganza.
7-9pm: Children’s entertainment

Children’s entertainment and a great show by Razzmatazz will provide loads of fun. Theodore Too will be making an appearance, thanks to WDCL (shine only). Don’t forget to stick around for Fireworks at the end of the night!

Saturday, June 27
Annual Dog Wash and BBQ for Charity

Contact: Shannon O’Shea, 832-4818
Location: Vetcetera Animal Hospital
10am-4pm

We have a Big Splash again.

Bedford Art Society Show and Sale
Contact: Margaret Brown, 835-3291
Location: Bedford United Church
10am-3pm

Come view and purchase the beautiful artwork created by the talented Bedford Basin Artists Society.

Bedford Days Community Georgian Tea
Contact: Marie Corkum, 832-2336
Location: Scott Manor House
2-4pm

A Georgian Tea will be held at the historic Scott Manor House. Town crier Stewart MacMillan will make the proclamation with performances by Cheryl Reid-O’Hagan, student harpists, and the Farquharson Pipe and Drum Band.

Bedford Days Kids of Steel Triathlon
Contact: Phillip or Darlene Caulier, 832-0362 (h); 428-6335 (o); This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Location: Bedford Lions Pool (Shore Drive)

The Bedford Days Kids of Steel Triathlon is a multi-sport event made up of a swim, bike, and run event. The event is geared to children ages 4 to 15 with wide ranging capabilities. To take part, the youth must register, have a bike in good working order, and a bicycle helmet in good condition. There is a competitive race section for youth 12 to 15 and a non-competitive set of races for all age groups. Registration information can be found on The Triathlon Nova Scotia website: www.trins.ca

Cool Canines
Canine Agility Team
Location: DeWolf Park
2-4pm

These dogs have talent! Come out and see one or even both of the Cool Canine’s shows. Watch them as they show off their agility running through the agility course. Fun for the whole family, these dogs of different breeds and sizes are not to be missed.

Councillor’s Community Clean Up
Contact: Tim Outhit, 490-5679
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Location: Fish Hatchery Park
9:30-11:30am; BBQ to follow

Here is an opportunity to help our beautiful community! Councillor Tim Outhit is looking for volunteers to pitch in and clean up Bedford. Supplies will be provided by HRM and Clean Nova Scotia.

Duck Dash
Contact: 835-1568
Location: Fish Hatchery Park
Drop at 1pm

Which duck swims the fastest? Come down to Fish Hatchery Park and see if it could be yours. Tickets will be on sale in DeWolf Park during Bedford Days events. First prize is $200., second prize is $100 and third prize is $50.

Minor Hockey Beerfest
Location: DeWolf Park
7:30pm-midnight

Live entertainment by Da’Rock!

Sunday, June 28
Bedford 5k Run

Contact: Jean St-Amand, 431-9629
Location: DeWolf Park, Bedford Waterfront
Registration 7:30am; Start 8:30am

The Bedford 5k Run is a family-friendly walk/run event along Bedford’s beautiful waterfront. There is even a “sprint route” for kids. Registration for individuals, families and teams. For more information or to register, visit our website at www.bedford5k.com

alFresco Film in the Park
Location: DeWolf Park
9:30-11pm

Bring your lawn chair and blanket to DeWolf Park to eat some popcorn and enjoy “Horton Hears a Who!” (Rated G) on the big screen under the stars. Presented in partnership with alFresco Film Festival.

Wednesday, July 1
Pancake Breakfast

Location: DeWolf Park
8:30-10:30am

What better way to start Canada Day off than coming down to DeWolf Park for a wonderful pancake breakfast provided by the staff of the Sunnyside Too Restaurant. Pancakes for everyone! (While quantities last)

Teddy Bear Picnic
Location: DeWolf Park
11am-1:30pm

Teddy Bears deserve their own fun too. Bring your favourtie stuffed buddy to a picnic in their honour. There will be children’s entertainment, face painting, and more for you and your teddy bear to enjoy!

Bedford Days
Canada Day Celebrations!

Location: DeWolf Park
6pm: Glow Parties Bouncy Castle only
Arrive before 7pm and beat the line-ups for the Glow Parties Playground Extravaganza.
7-10pm: Entertainment
10pm: Fireworks

Take part in our Canada Day festivities and enjoy the entertainment by Crossfire. Be sure to take in the fireworks show, co-sponsored by Clayton, Cresco and The Parks of West Bedford.

For more information on Bedford Days 2009 visit www.bedforddays.ca.

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