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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Heavy Rain Causes Drivers To Lose Control

A couple of Saint Johnners were injured after single vehicle crashes in the Sussex area. A 19 year old woman from Saint John lost control of her vehicle on Rte. 1 at Four Corners striking the guardrail and rolling over onto it's roof. She was wearing her seatbelt and suffered just minor injuries. Heavy rain and wet road conditions contributed to the accident.

A 51 year old man from Saint John went off the road on Rte. 710 at Codys landing in a ditch. The driver and a 22 year old passenger, also from Saint John, were taken to hospital, treated for facial injuries and then released. Neither person was wearing a seatbelt.

Earlier today during the heavy rain, at least two cars left Highway one near the Fox Farm Road and at Foster Thurston after hydroplaneing.

New Theory On Why Boats Have Sunk Off St. Martin's

A Saint John man has a theory on why two boats, one from Grand Manan and the other from Digby, disappeared in the Bay of Fundy off St. Martin's in the last year.

"The Whole Family", a scallop dragger went down in February and the boat and the fisherman on it, Harold and Corey Cossaboom, were never found.

Gary Austin tells CHSJ News he believes it's possible that both boats got caught on a plane that went down in the area in the mid-90's.

Mirjam Cossaboom, Corey's mother, spoke with Gary Austin and tells CHSJ News she thinks it's possible that is where the "Whole Family" is.

Cossaboom tells she is going to request the federal government do another search looking for this plane and the two missing scallop draggers.

Our newsroom sent an email to Transport Canada asking them if they know of any planes that went down in that area.

They have yet to respond.

Change Of Command Ceremonies This Weekend

The 8th Canadian Hussars Regiment is holding a Change of Command Ceremony this afternoon at the Sussex Armouries. Lieutenant Colonel Paul Nielsen, who has been in charge of the regiment since 2007, will handover command to Lieutenant Colonel Donald Bourque.

 The ceremony gets started at 2:00 p.m and anyone showing is asked to be in their seat by 1:45pm.

There will also be a change of command ceremony at the Brunswicker on Chesley Drive. Commander Elizabeth Syvertsen-Bitten will accept command from departing Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Commander Shane Robinson.

That ceremony gets started at 11am.

Saint John Harbour The Scene Of Coast Guard Training Exercise

You can expect to see a lot of activity near Saint John Harbour all day today.

The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary is holding a training exercise today featuring a group of 70 fishermen and fellow mariners.

The event features eight stations where auxiliary members will work on things like first aid, boat handling and radio use. Members will also take tours on a Comorant helicopter.

The exercise runs from 8:30 this morning until 4 this afternoon.

New Playground To Be Installed At Hampton School Today

By the end of the day, Hampton will be sporting a new state of the art playground.

In conjunction with the ""Let The Be Kids"" organization, the Dr. A.T. Leatherbarrow school will be home to the new set up.

Principal Lisa Jardine tells CHSJ News, this is for the entire community. Planning for the project began back in May and her school is the first in the Province to be awarded the project.

To this point, there has been over 1500 hours in community planning. With community in kind and actual contributions, over $145,000 dollars has been raised which wll be matched by the Let Them Be Kids organization.

The old play-ground was demolished back in the summer after long passing it's expired date:

Simonds High Offering Big Incentive Not To Miss Any Time At School

Stay in a brand new vehicle. It's that simple for students at Simonds High School who are taking part in campaign to bump up attendance numbers.

Vice-Principal Erika Brown tells CHSJ News, the spirit committee and Saint John Mitsubishi came up with the idea and the students love it.

Up for grabs is a 2010 Mitsubishi Eclipse Convertible for the person who misses the least amount of class time.

Students with less than five absences will qualify for the draw which will take place at the end of the first semester.
The student whose name is drawn then has to shoot a basket from half court in the gymnasium.