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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sea Dogs Organization Saddened By The Dissolution Of Maineiacs

There will be one less Q League franchise this fall as Lewiston has been bought out by the league.  Sea Dogs President Wayne Long tells CHSJ News he wasn't too surprised to hear of Lewiston's fate.

He says you never want to see a team go through what Lewiston went through. After the Maineiacs won the President's Cup in 2008, the team attendance dropped after that. He says the league has decided to contract the team.
Long adds it's sad because Lewiston was a real friend to Saint John when they joined the Q League.   The move will allow Sherbrooke to add a team in the 2012 season.

Bail Denied In Attempted Murder Case

22-year old Trent Byers will remain in police custody as he awaits his trial.

Byers is charged with the attempted murder of Bruce Higgins, who was found lying on the corner of Main and Albert in the early morning hours of April 15 with a gunshot wound to the stomach.

Higgins told police he was suppose to meet Byers at the corner of Albert and Main to purchase drugs from him but claims a car pulled up and Byers allegedly shot him.

Provincial court Judge Anne Jeffries denying bail on the grounds of protecting Higgins.

Byers trial has been set for July 14th.

Memorial Cup Win Is Special for Team Co-Owner

Majority co-owner of the Saint John Sea Dogs Scott McCain says the Memorial Cup victory means something extra special to him.

His father, Wallace McCain, co-founder of the McCain frozen food empire, passed away weeks ago from pancreatic cancer. 

He tells CHSJ News he's positive his father is looking down with a smile on his face as he was a big fan of the Sea Dogs.

He says shortly before his father passed, he told him that the Sea Dogs were going to win a championship.

Sea Dogs Victory Parade Film

This film documenting the 2011 Victory Parade for the Saint John Sea Dogs was created by Sean Crowley.

Friends of Rockwood Park Concerned

The city and supporters of Rockwood Park could be headed on a collision course over 1671 Sandy Point Road which is located right next door to the park.

Trees have been removed from the property and there has been blasting of a rock outcrop but now it is going to be rezoned, along with others along that stretch of road, as parkland.

But Pearse warns that will turn out to be a very expensive proposition for the city because it has been developed and looks nothing like part of the park.

German Trip Panned By Taxpayers Federation

An insult and slap in the face of taxpayers in the province.........That's the reaction of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation to word three M-L-A's, with more than 40 years of collective experience in the Legislature, could be going to Germany to study legislative democracy.

Kevin Lacey is the Federation's Executive-Director and he tells CHSJ News the timing couldn't be worse. Lacey warns of a public backlash when people are told they will have to make sacrifices for the financial good of the province.

 He's also surprised Premier David Alward would try to defend the trip.

Body Found At Gravel Pit

RCMP finding a body near a gravel pit on the outskirts of the Village of Gagetown yesterday.

The body is that of a 53-year old man from the Gagetown area.  Officials have not released his name but do say the death is not suscipious. 

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

West Side Fire Forces Evacuation

Fire crews called out after 9 last night to a fire in a lower west side apartment building.

District Fire Chief Joe Armstrong says when they got there heavy smoke was coming from a basement apartment.

The building was evacuated and the person who lives in the apartment where the fire started had to find another place to stay.

The tenants in the five other apartments were allowed to return.

The cause is under investigation but Armstrong says it is not thought to be suspicious.

Zoo Considers New Location

The Cherry Brook Zoo is weighing the benefits of moving to a more accessible location.

Lynda Collrin is director of development at the zoo and tells CHSJ News they miss out on traffic now because they're off the beaten path.

She says if the zoo moved further into Rockwood Park it might be more convenient for people to visit.

Collrin says the possibility of moving has been moved closer to the front burner recently because the zoo would like to tap into traffic from the cruise ships.
She adds they looked at relocating the zoo to Loop Road in the park in the late 80s, but the idea didn't go forward.

Martello Tower Opens For New Tourism Season

If you're looking to take in some history, you'll will be happy to know Martello Tower opens today for another tourism season.

Activities being offered at the circular fort, which was built during the War of 1812, include history lessons and tours.

Families can even sign up for a privateering workshop.

For more information, contact Parks Canada at 506 639 4011 or email