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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Ashburn Lake Road Closed For Weekend

A portion of Ashburn Lake Road is closed to traffic from now until Monday at the railway crossing near Rothesay Avenue.

The closure is for NB Southern Railway to complete rail crossing maintenance. Access between Highway 1 Exit 128 and Rothesay will not be open and drivers are advised to use alternate routes.

If you live in the area access on either side of the closed section of the road will remain available.

SPCA En Route To Recovery

There's hope for the SPCA, thanks to the help of people in Greater Saint John.

Between personal donations, fundraisers and business support, the Saint John SPCA has raised $42,000 in a week.

As well it was confirmed yesterday by Joshua Group founder Bobby Hayes the kid's charity has bought the former SPCA building on Taylor Avenue.   SPCA President Melody McElman says they need to raise $200,000 to stay open.

72 Hour Gaming Convention In Town

It doesn't matter if you're a level 12 elf or you've never rolled a D20 before... all levels of gamers in Saint John are together for the 11th annual Impossible Realities gaming convention.

For 24 hours a day, all weekend long, gamers are playing everything from role playing games like Circus Imperium, Dungeons & Dragons and Call of Cthulhu to classic family board games. Organizer Dana Betts says players come from all walks of life, some even from the US, Nova Scotia & PEI. He says it's now "chic to be geek", with popular shows like Big Bang Theory & Community. He says most people who are big into role playing games are usually pretty low key, so this convention gives them a chance to come out and enjoy the company of other people who love gaming. Betts says if you're new to gaming, there's staff there to help you learn.

There will also be a number of artists and vendors from the Maritimes, including Sandy Carruthers (illustrator, "Men in Black"), AndrĂ© Myette (creator of "Humbug!"), and local artist Chas Goguen (creator of "Dotman").

The convention runs until 6:00pm on Sunday at the Chinese Cultural Centre at 24 Coburg Street in uptown Saint John. It's $10 for a day, $20 for the weekend and all ages are welcome.

(Photo courtesy of Impossible Realities)

Two Arrests In B&E Overnight

Two men are in police custody after two separate break and enters that happened in Saint John overnight.

City Police say one B&E attempt by a 26-year-old man was in the west end on Lloyd Street while the other was by a 29-year-old man in the north end on Clarendon Street.

Both incidents happened around 3:00 am.