Local Briefs

Tractor roll-over in Chester Basin injures senior

A man in his 70s sustained serious injuries and had to be taken to hospital via air ambulance after the tractor he was operating flipped over at least a couple of times in the area of his Chester Basin property.

It's believed the incident, which occurred August 22 at around 11 a.m., happened after the vehicle equipped with a front-end loader exited a garage in reverse.

Paramedics in a ground ambulance, along with volunteer firefighters out of Chester Basin, were summoned to an address off Black Duck Crescent, a route off Borgels Point Road.

The injured man was thrown from the tractor, having sustained a possible broken hip and wrist. He was in obvious pain but talking to first responders.

Volunteer firefighters set up a landing zone in a nearby field for the air ambulance, called in due the severity of the man's injuries. Responders also helped stabilize the patient, place him on a stretcher, and transferred him to the awaiting LifeFlight helicopter, Doug Rines, Chester Basin's fire chief, explained to LighthouseNOW.

No information was immediately available about the injured senior's condition.

Firefighters and paramedics worked well together during the incident, Rines said.

Nine volunteer responders and two fire trucks from Chester Basin worked the scene.

Ex-LighthouseNOW journalist seeks Bridgewater council seat

A former LighthouseNOW scribe wants to enter the political arena.

Stacey Colwell, 51, believes his experience chronicling public affairs in Bridgewater gives him insight into civic government and local issues. He's seeking a seat on Bridgewater Town Council in this fall's municipal election.

"I'm asking voters for an opportunity to serve as a councillor who will be responsive and listen to the concerns of constituents, make informed and thoughtful decisions, be fiscally responsible with taxpayer money, and always put the interests of the town my top priority," he said in a statement provided to LighthouseNOW.

Colwell, a married father of two teenage children, is currently a freelance journalist and stay-at-home dad.

He's coached youth sports teams, been a member of a school advisory council and town committees. Colwell has also volunteered with other community groups.

"I plan to spend the campaign listening to voters about their priorities for the town going forward," he said.

Municipal elections in Nova Scotia takes place October 17.

North Kentville-based firm developing Bridgewater property

An Annapolis Valley company responsible for establishing the Victoria Grove housing development in Bridgewater is in the process of building three more apartment complexes off King Street, the town confirms.

The eight-unit buildings are being constructed on a private lane located off King Street, in between the Victoria Road and Starr Street intersections. Kent Fields Estates, of North Kentville, owns the two-hectare property.

"It's very similar to the Victoria Grove development, just slightly smaller," Patrick Hirtle, a spokesman for the Town of Bridgewater, told LighthouseNOW of the new project estimated to have a $2.6 million construction value.

Victoria Grove, also developed about six-years-ago by Kent Fields Estates, is comprised of five, eight-unit apartment buildings off Victoria Road, between the Queen Street and Pleasant Street intersections.

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