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Friday, November 9, 2012

Merle Haggard Plays The Port City

If you love old-time country, a legend is making his way to Harbour for Merle Haggard go on sale on Tuesday. The Country Hall of Famer has more than 40 #1 hits to his name.

According to organizers he's going to bust out all the old hits like  "Okie from Muskogee", "Mama Tried", "Silver Wings" and "Workin Man Blues". Tickets range from $71 to $82 dollars and go on sale Tuesday at 10am.
Prices Include Tax and Service Charge. Online purchases are subject to a convenience fee.

The show is May 18th at 8pm with doors at 7pm. Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling 657-1234 or 1-800-267-2800, or at the Harbour Station box office.

Legion Groups Can Apply For Grants To Upgrade

The Premier taking a trip to the west side to announce funding to help vets make improvements to their buildings.

David Alward announcing an existing program will now allow veteran's groups to apply for grants up to 50 per cent of the project's cost not exceeding $50,000.

Paul Poirier of the New Brunswick Legion tells CHSJ News the work might include repairs to the roofs of a Legion or installing wheelchair ramps.

He tells us many of the branches were built in the 1950's and 1960's adding some branches are being sold and new smaller replacements are being built.

He says Branch 69 is about 8000 square feet but vets today don't need that much space.

Crescent Valley Resource Center Needs Help

The Crescent Valley Resource Center is responsible for hosting one heck of a Christmas party: of the over 300 families that live in the neighbourhood, over 200 people showed up last year. 

That means they need donations of cash, door prizes and more to make Christmas merry for kids living in the North End community. Executive Director Anne Driscoll tells CHSJ News this year they want to give every family a game they can enjoy together, like Trouble, Cranium, and Chutes and Ladders.

Door prizes like: grocery store gift cards, passes or tickets to sporting / cultural events, city transit bus passes, coffee shop gift cards, movie passes, and other family-friendly items are welcome. They also we welcome cash donations to provide children attending the party with small seasonal treats such as clementines, candy canes, and gingerbread cookies.

 To make a donation, or if you wish to help in another way, call  693-8513. The donations need to be in by November 15th, which is next week.

Doctor Says Methadone Fees Are Too Expensive

Methadone has been proven to reduce crime and help addicts quit. On top of that, the methadone clinic in uptown Saint John has the best retention rate in the country at 95%. 

Despite the much-touted success of the program, some are raising questions about pharmacies marking up the price of the anti-addiction drug. Dr Tim Christie tells CHSJ News the actual drug only costs 35 cents per daily dosage, but the pharmacies that dispense it charge $10.50 which has resulted in long waiting lists for the program.

In addition to making it harder for patients, Christie points out the dispensing fees from private companies are taxing our healthcare system. He says we can't line the pockets of the pharmacies when we have such limited resources to begin with. Another option would be to dispense methadone via not-for-profit organizations that already exist.

A call to the New Brunswick Pharmacist's Association was not immediately returned.

Rural Clinic Stopping Emergency Service

The rural communities in and around Black's Harbour could soon lose emergency service at their only medical clinic.

Doctors at the Fundy Health Center in Black's are objecting to Horizon Health charging them $1.50 for every patient they see--and the clinic will end emergency service by December 1rst.

MLA Rick Doucet tells CHSJ News closing the clinic would spell disaster for those who don't have a family doctor, because many of the fish plant workers in those communities are immigrants and don't have family connections to physicians.

30,000 people use the clinic each year, and the Mayors of Black's and Saint George are meeting with doctors and others to fight the change. If service at the Fundy Health Center ends, closest clinics will be in Saint John and Saint Stephen.

Photo Of Deceased Woman Released

The RCMP has released this photo of Alicia Dawn Boone to assist people who may have seen her, and whose information could help with the investigation.

The body of 26-year-old Boone, originally of Nackawic but recently living in Fredericton, was found on Tuesday on the side of Killarney Road.

She was approximately 7 months pregnant.

As the cause of the death has not yet been determined, it is considered suspicious and the New Brunswick RCMP's Major Crime Unit is investigating. An autopsy is being conducted.

No Water In Parts Of Millidgeville

Saint John Water is letting people who live on University Avenue from Woodhaven Drive to Millidge Avenue along with a local business on Millidge Avenue and several homes on Woodward Avenue they will be without water for most of the day.

Crews have been able to isolate where the watermain broke.

Other people in the area will experience low water pressure and are being asked to reduce water use as much as possible. 

The Regional Hospital, U-N-B Saint John and Canadian Blood Services have been advised of the situation.

It's expected the repairs will take most of the day.

Harbour Bridge Crash

Only one lane is moving eastbound on the Harbour Bridge after a three car collision at the Chesley Drive exit.

Emergency responders are on scene.

Two People Treated In Hospital After Separate Accidents

A workplace mishap at the Colonial Inn on City Road. The fire department is reporting a man was taken to hospital after falling through a hole in the floor.

A short time after that, a woman was injured and sent to hospital after her vehicle left Highway 1 at exit 114 and rolled over as you connect onto Highway 7 and make your way towards Grand Bay-Westfield.