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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Irving Oil Refinery Celebrates a Mile-Stone

The place most people refer to as a city with-in a city is celebrating a mile-stone this week.

Tomorrow, the Irving Oil Refinery is marking 50 years of operation.

Construction of the facility took two years and cost $50 million dollars. 20,000 tons of steel were used to put the original frame-work in place which includes 15,000 cubic yards of concrete and more than 65 miles of piping.

The original storage tanks were designed to hold 80,000,000 million gallons of crude which is equivalent to the capacity of a string of tank trailer-trucks stretching from Saint John to Amherst, NS.

Three Killed In House Fire

Two women and one man are dead after a house fire in Bellisle early this morning.

Fire crews arrived at the Rogers Road at one o'clock to find the home engulfed in flames.

Investigators continue to comb through the rubble of the home to try and figure out what started the fire.

The names of the three people killed are not being released until family have been notified.

Mayor Thinks Of Millrats Name

Even the Mayor is getting in on the naming competition for the Saint John Millrats.

The pro basketball team announced a name competition late last week to find a name that fits the city and put forward five options for the public to choose from.

But Mayor Ivan Court has come up with his own original name of "The Port City Saints."

He even has some ideas for the team's mascot, suggesting something with a halo or a knight in shining armour.

The five official voting options are The Saint John Millrats, The Saint John Fog, The Saint John Riptide, the Saint John Fire, and the Saint John Shamrocks.

Bay Of Fundy Big In China

The Bay of Fundy is getting some international exposure today at the World Exposition in China. This is Bay of Fundy Day at the Canada Pavilion in Shanghai.

Terri McCulloch of Bay of Fundy Tourism tells CHSJ News this is part and parcel of the effort to be voted one of the world's 7 new natural wonders.

She says the site in Shanghai is getting an estimated 40 thousand visitors a day.

Right now in the voting, which ends in November of next year, the Bay of Fundy stands in the top 28.