Look out moose!

Har­bour Grace woman hits three in less than a year; es­capes se­ri­ous in­jury

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY ANDREW ROBIN­SON

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.

New sta­dium

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.”

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