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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Quite a Haul for RCMP

A victory for RCMP as they continue it's crackdown on illegal activity in the Province. Officers raided a home in Balmoral yesterday and came away with a significant quantity of pills, cocaine, smokes, money, guns and a stolen truck.

Marc Lepage has been arrested and made a court appearance answering to 17 charges related to the seizure.

Bell Aliant Hires a New Body

Management has a new face at Bell Aliant. The company has announced Dan McKeen is the new Senior Vice President of Customer Solutions. McKeen joins Bell Aliant after holding a number of leadership positions at Bragg Communications, a competitor of Bell Aliant under the Eastlink brand.

He takes over the role from Heather Tulk who has been appointed Senior Vice President of Residential Products. Mckeen takes over his new job on the 28th.

Man Arrested in Connection with Bridge Fire

A 19-year old man has been arrested and is facing a charge of arson after one of the Province's covered bridges was destroyed last fall. It was October.14th when the Adair Bridge on Furlong Road was torched beyond repair.

RCMP made the arrest yesterday and the man is due in court to enter a plea on the ninth of March. Officers continue to investigate the arson.

Prime Minister Coming to St. Stephen

The new border crosing in St. Stephen is going to be busier than usual tomorrow. CHSJ News has learned Prime Minister Stephen Harper is due in the border town to officialy cut the ribbon on the new bridge. Premier Graham and several of his cabinet ministers will join the PM along with officials from the State of Maine.

The Province has invested $60.5 million dollars in the project which includes 23 km's of new highway which stretches from Waweig to the new border crossing. The ceremony is expected to get started at 1:30pm. The new crossing and highway opened back on November.16th.

New Businesses in Rothesay Poised to Open

(Cookie Crumb Bakery in Rothesay Under Construction)
                    (Photo by Jim Hennessy)

A bakery, a hair salon and daycare is close. Just three of the businesses poised to open in the expansion of the Fairville Mall. Construction got started just over a year ago and Tony Bamford with B-A Realty tells CHSJ News, he continues to take calls from people looking for space.

Bamford adds the daycare is just working through the paper-work and permits but when it does open, it will be four thousand square feet and have room for 80 children. The Cookie Crumb Bakery is hoping to open in two weeks.

Last Chance to Mulch Your Tree

(Christmas Trees Waiting to be Mulched in Rothesay)
                 (Photo by Jim Hennessy)

A sure sign the holiday is over is this reminder.....tomorrow is the last day to throw your Christmas tree on the pile to be mulched. In Quispamsis, you can take your tree to the parking lot of the Recreation Center off Meehan's Cove Road and the Walter Jewett Ballfield parking lot. Trees must be dropped of by tomorrow. In Rothesay, there are four drop-off area's. The Bill McGuire Center, Wells Recreation Field, East Riverside Kingshurst Park and the front lot of the Rothesay Arena.

In Saint can take your tree to the Gorman Arena in Millidgeville, The Peter Murray and Hilton Belyea is taking tree's for the West Side and in East Saint John it is the Forest Hills Ballfield.

Gas Prices Increase

You're paying for more for gas this morning in the Saint John area after the weekly setting. The maximum price for self serve regular is $102.9 a litre and $110.1 for diesel. Self Serve is being sold around town for $100.3 which is just under two cents more than it was going for last night. Diesel is selling for $107.5. The maximum price for furnace oil is 92.6 cents a litre and $114.7 for propane.

Campbell Seeks Tory Nod In Saint John Harbour

West side community activist John Campbell is seeking the Conservative Party nomination in Saint John Harbour.    
Campbell tells CHSJ News one of the key issues facing the riding and the city is poverty and he's concerned about the state of the education system.
Campbell also says he realizes there have to be some changes made to the business structure of N-B Power -- but -- he's opposed to any sale of the provincial electrical grid to Hydro Quebec or anyone else.    
No date has been set for the nomination meeting -- the riding is currently held by Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty who says he will re-offer in the fall election.