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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Student says Saint John should be on Monopoly board

Get ready Uncle Pennybags, District 8 student Alex Magee wants Saint John to be the next property on the new Monopoly board.

Magee was invited by Common Councillor Gary Sullivan at the District 8 speech competition to deliver his speech on Saint John's unique cultural and historical background to Council.

MaGee's speech praised Saint John as the home of many firsts, including Canada's first public high school, Saint John High, and Canada's first YMCA, which opened on Germain Street.

Mayor Ivan Court congradulated Magee and added Saint John should also be on the board for winning $5000 for Hospice last year.

He encourages people to vote in this year's competition at, where the city is currently in 2nd place.

High School teams compete in Envirothon

Student teams from Saint Malachy's and Harbourview High are competing in Envirothon this weekend.

It's an environmental competition at Mount Allison University and Grade 12 Harbourview student Melissa Chase tells CHSJ news she and the other 7 students on the team have been preparing for weeks leading up to today.
The teams have been studying in class every week and doing fieldwork.
Chase says her teacher, Miss Blennan, approached her about joining the Envirothon because she knew she has interest in the environment.

Chase's team and the team from St. Malachy's are making presentations to the judges today.

The winning team from the Province moves on the international championship in California in August.

Hampton gets a farmer's market of their own

After consulting the community, the Tourism Committee from the Town of Hampton decided they needed a farmer's market of their own.

They formed a board of directors for the new Hampton Market and Chair Brian Fowler tells CHSJ News, it took about five months to put together.

He says they hope to see 25-30 vendors this weekend and have everything from sweet treats to swedish weaving.

The Hampton Market is located at 48 Cemetery Road inside the Hampton Curling Club.

Fowler says once you pass the Green bridge-just follow the signs.

It's open from 8 until 2 today.

Advanced Polls open today!

Eligible voters in nine municipalities can take advantage of advance polls today.

There are vacancies for councilors at large in St. Andrews, St. George, McAdam,

Nackawic, Petitcodiac, Port Elgin, Saint-Hilaire and Tracadie Sheila.

Voters in Riverside-Albert will cast ballots to elect a new mayor.

The advance poll will also be held on Campobello Island as part of a plebiscite to determine if voters wish to replace the existing local service district with a rural community that would have an elected council.
Everyone wishing to cast their ballot is reminded to bring their voter information cards.
The polls are open today between ten and eight with the regular polling day on Monday the 10th.

Saint John Energy raises rates by three per cent

The news is not good for residential, commerical and industrial users of Saint John Energy.

The utility has announced that on June.1st, it is raising it's rates by three per cent.

This is in conjunction with the three per cent increase that NB Power has applied for.

President and CEO Eric Marr tells CHSJ News, those rates represent 85% of the utilities cost and three per cent is large amount of cash and the only way to recover it is through the rate-payers.

Kingston General Merchants store owner thrilled

After 11 years of lobbying for a liquor outlet, the owner of Kingston General Merchants is thrilled with the news from NB Liquor that an outlet will be opening.

Steve Gatien tells CHSJ News, he realizes there are some concerns with a school right across from his store but is ready to prove that liquor will not be sold to minors.

Gatien adds this is a win for him and the community because it provides a product people want.

As for when the outlet might open, Gatien says he is now shooting for the Canada Day Long Weekend.

Kingston Peninsula to get new liquor store

The Kingston Peninsula is getting a liquor outlet store.

NB Liquor spokes-person Nora Lacey tells CHSJ News, the board of directors have given thumbs up to the store which will set up shop in Kingston General Merchants.

She says the next step in the process is to send out written notification, meet with the store owner, set up training dates and then lock up an official opening.

Lacey adds there are still renovations that need to be finished at the store, getting a supply of stock and the training as well.

Irving Pulp and Paper has its day in court

Irving Pulp & Paper will pay $71,250 to the Atlantic Coastal Action Program and pay a fine of $3,750 under a court order handed down yesterday in provincial court.

This after the mill released green liquor (a by-product of the chemical recovery process) into the Saint John River on October 31 of 2007 during the start-up of a new lime kiln.

The company says human error is the reason for the incident.