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Monday, August 9, 2010

Moosehead Gets Loan For Upgrades

(Energy Minister Jack Keir with Moosehead President Andrew Oland in front of the brewing kettle)
(Photo by Sherry Aske)

Moosehead Breweries is working to make beer more efficiently.

The company is getting a 3.5 million dollar forgivable loan from the province as they work to make 35 million dollars worth of upgrades.

Company president Andrew Oland says the want to reduce energy, water, and fossil fuel consumption.

He says the upgrades will take four to five years to complete.

New Garden Feeds Salvation Army Residents

With the help of the Fundy Region Solid Waste Commission, the Salvation Army in the South End now has a garden and is growing much of its own food. 
Karen Powell is overseeing the program and she tells CHSJ News the garden has really taken off. 
They're already eating the lettuce and waiting for the beet greens, carrots and peas.
Powell says the residents have taken ownership and are also learning better eating habits.
She's hoping the garden will become a permanent fixture.

Crimestoppers Focuses On An Unsolved 2006 City Hit And Run

Police are trying to get someone to come forward so they can find who was responsible for a hit and run death in East Saint John back on December 9th of 2006. Crimestoppers is focusing on the tragic death of 70 year old Gilbert Savoie of 3291 Loch Lomand Road who was struck and killed by a car outside his home after being dropped off by a friend shortly before 10:30 at night. Marlene Savoie tells CHSJ News the shock of losing her husband like that is just unbelievable.

She says unless you have been through it no one can believe the shock when your soulmate is gone.
Savoie says you have nothing to get up for in the morning except to find out who did this and wrecked your life.

The car in question was a beige 1992 to 1995 Mazda which likely had damage to its front fender, hood and windshield. Police suspect a local autobody or windshield repair shop may have worked on it. If you can help with the investigation by providing any information to find the driver, call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-tips.

Seniors Advocacy Group Offers 10-Points List To Politicians

The Coalition for Seniors and Nursing Home Residents Rights has a list of 10 points it wants front and centre during the coming election.
Executive Director Cecile Cassista tells CHSJ News they include 3.5 hours of hands-on care for nursing home residents and home support provided by well trained workers.

Cassista says they need an independent body investigating complaints in nursing homes because it's not good for the government to be investigating themselves.
Cassista says she has upcoming meetings planned with some politicians to explain directly what they want for provincial seniors.

Two Serious Accidents Along Highway One At Musquash

(Overturned Vehicle On Highway One at Musquash)
   (Photo Courtesy Of Captain Andrew Sanojca)

The volunteer firefighters in Musquash were kept busy beginning yesterday morning and finishing up late last night.

 Shortly after 4 in the morning, a car overturned on Highway One near the Gilmore Subdivision. The driver managed to get out of the car on her own and appeared to be unhurt.

They were called last night to help a boater who became stranded in the East Branch Musquash River after running into mechanical problems.

Around 10:30 last night, a car collided with a moose on Highway One near Mink Brook Road, leaving the highway and being discovered upright in the bushes. The driver was taken to hospital.

Parking Problem At Regional Hospital Highlighted In Letter To Health Minister

(Saint John Harbour Independent Candidate John Campbell)
                             (File Photo)

The independent candidate running provincially in Saint John Harbour has sent a letter to Provincial Health Minister Mary Schryer about parking and traffic at the Regional Hospital.

John Campbell tells CHSJ News security guards now have an increased presence outside the Emergency Department to make sure the vehicles that want to stop there should be doing so. Campbell questions whether security guards are capable of doing that since they have no medical expertise.

He goes on to say there was one man who had major pain from an earlier operation, was bleeding from his head and then was, according to what Campbell was told, held up needlessly outside the E-R.

The driver ignored security and the man, in question, was taken into the E-R and treated.

Provincial Energy Minister Says Ottawa Is Listening To Idea Of Mediation On Lepreau

     (Provincial Energy Minister Jack Keir)
                     (File Photo)

With the Point Lepreau refurbishment delayed by at least another year, the Province is looking at mediation to determine who is going pay for the cost overruns.

Energy Minister Jack Keir tells CHSJ News they want Ottawa to appoint a mediator to look at the contract to find a way to lessen the burden on provincal taxpayers.

Keir says the Federal Government are listening to them on this idea of mediation.

The refurbishment of the Point Lepreau nuclear power plant is delayed by at least another year, putting the project 2 1/2 years behind schedule.

Traffic Delay On East Side

It will be slow going on Loch Lomond Road near the Little River Resevoir this week as construction continues.

The work is on the East side water transmission line.

Access on Loch Lomond Road will be alternating single lane traffic through the construction.

The through traffic normally using Loch Lomond are encouraged to find an alternate route as traffic will be reduced to one lane.

City To Examine Dangerous Traffic Hazards

(Common Councillor Patty Higgins)
              (File Photo)

The city is going to see whether right turns on a red light should be banned at the lights on the bottom of King Street outside City Hall and across from Market Square as they are at the top of King Street across from King's Square.

 Common Councillor Patty Higgins says there have been some close calls with pedestrians almost getting hit while they were crossing the street.

Councillor Carl Killen says another safety hazard are dumpsters sticking out from the street into traffic that are not all that visible at night.

Annual Campaign To Clear Vegetation Starts At C-F-B Gagetown

The annual vegetation management program starts today in the Range and Training area of CFB Gagetown.

The military use controlled burns along with aerial and ground herbicide in the program which runs until early September.

Vegetation management personnel are experienced and qualified and ensure that all precautionary measures are taken to mitigate the effects of the program on local communities.

Daily morning updates are available throughout the spray period by calling the Base's toll free line at 1-877-893-5500.