Look out moose!
Harbour Grace woman hits three in less than a year; escapes serious injury
It has been just over a week since Patricia Regular last drove herself home from work in the dark, she says, sitting at her kitchen table in Harbour Grace. She has avoided driving at night with good reason.
A licensed practical nurse in Clarke’s Beach who often works 12-hour shifts, Regular was passing through Bay Roberts on Feb. 28 when her car struck a moose.
“ When I saw it this time, I thought, ‘ This is it.’ I never thought I’d survive another collision.”
Remarkably, Regular has been involved in three separate collisions with moose in Conception Bay North since May 2010. Even more shocking, she suffered no injuries, aside from some soreness she felt in her neck following the most recent accident.
Regular, who never before hit a moose in over 30 years of driving until the first accident in May, says she has always been aware of the threat presented by moose.
“ It’s just not something you’d want to do; running into a moose. You’ve always got to be cautious.”
The first incident took place last May along the Tilton barrens. Regular says the moose walked in front of the truck she was driving and gave her no time to swerve or stop. The damage to the vehicle was minor, causing a mirror to break. As was the case for each accident, Regular was driving alone in the dark.
Kennedy said a new stadium would be among his top priorities if he is re-elected for a second term in office.
He said new stadiums can range from $10 million to $15 million. “But you have to keep them under control and build a stadium based on what you need.”
Harbour Grace is home to the CeeBee Stars senior hockey team, which draws some of the biggest crowds in the Avalon East league, and Kennedy said any new facility would need to accommodate senior hockey.
“ I would think any new stadium would have to look at an 800 to 1,000 seat arena.”
The MHA said a site for the proposed stadium has already been identified and discussions are ongoing with the town on the exact nature of the complex.
Mayor Don Coombs told The Compass last fall the town’s proposal calls for a new facility designed to house a 1,200-seat arena, multi-purpose room and town council office. It would also be designed to allow future expansion to accommodate other sports such as curling and bowling.
While he still thinks the S. W. Moores Memorial Stadium is an “amazing facility,” Kennedy acknowledges the 53-year old arena is showing its age, despite the money that has been put into upgrades, such as the roof and boards over the years.
He agrees, “a new stadium is required for the area. The difficulty becomes when it’s put into the mix with schools and hospitals and everything else, it’s difficult sometimes to get the priority needed for a stadium.”
Aside from the popularity of senior hockey, Kennedy said, considering “ the number of minor hockey players and recreational hockey players we have in this area, a (new) stadium is still a very top priority for me. So I’m confident over the next period of time we will get a new stadium, and obviously Harbour Grace is the primary location.” he said.
Above and below ground
While the proposed addictions centre and stadium are both what Kennedy described as “ above ground” projects, more visible to the public eye, like the new school and long-term care facilities in neighbouring Carbonear, Kennedy noted most of the work that has taken place in Harbour Grace during his first term has been “ below ground or on the ground,” like the paving of the southside road and installation of water and sewer in the Riverhead area.
But the single biggest underground project he was referring to is the $ 8-million multi-year capital works project to replace the ancient water and sewer system under Harvey Street. Phase 1 of that project (Cathedral to Bannerman Street) has already been completed and Phases 2 and 3, which will take it to Lee’s Lane, are scheduled for this year.
“ The people of Harbour Grace were complaining about Harvey Street and the road,” Kennedy recalled. “ But when we actually looked at it, it was no good to pave the road, when you had 100-year-old wooden pipes under the surface. So that became a massive project and one that I think will change the complexion of how Harbour Grace will develop.
Mentioning Victoria also has “some really good infrastructure projects,” Kennedy said, “all of the councils in the area are working hard to have their infrastructure in place because without water and sewer, it becomes very difficult to pave roads or provide the services citizens need.”