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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Maple Sugar Producers Hope Mother Nature Cooperates

How sweet it is.....with warmer temperatures over the past few days, maple sugar producers are testing their equipment and gearing up for another sugary season. Yvon Poitras, the General Manager of the NB Maple Sugar Association, tells CHSJ News a fine balance of factors is needed to keep the sap flow

He says the freak heat wave last March, coupled with flooding in the Florenceville area played real havoc with the season last year so they're hoping mother nature will cooperate this time.

Our Listeners React To The AQ Closing

The days of the AQ are officially over...and our listeners are giving us their opinions of the West Side institution.

Wendy has many great memories and says as with anything places age and they don't look as fantastic as they did in the beginning but it wasn't a dump.
It served the best Tips anywhere.  But Patrick says it's about time the dump closed down.

Joe says the closure is the result of low paying jobs. Now there is no disposable income therefore no money to spend at pubs.

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Spring Looks A Bit Warmer Than Usual

After a more typical Canadian winter with a lots of snow and cold temperatures, what does Spring hold for us?

The Weather Network is out with its Spring forecast.
Meterologist Gina Wressler tells CHSJ News we are looking at more seasonal temperatures.

She tells us when you average out March, April and May they expect much of New Brunswick to edge out a bit above normal in terms of temperature.

Wressler adds typical daytime highs average 2 or 3 degrees during March.

Rinehart Speaks At SJWBA Annual Meeting

There were will be a changing of the guard at the Saint John West Side Business Association tonight.

The group's annual general meeting is being held tonight and Deputy Mayor Shelly Rinehart is the guest speaker.

They will also be choosing a new executive director and board.

The meeting is being held at the Branch 69 Legion at 7pm.

Wounded Police Officer Returning Home To The Valley

A police officer killed while responding to a domestic dispute in northern Quebec Saturday night has been remembered in the House of Commons.

M-P`s observed a moment of silence or 27-year-old Constable Steve Dery, an Ottawa native.

His partner, Joshua Boreland is from Quispamsis. He has gotten in touch with us with an email saying he wants everyone to know he's recovering from being wounded, is okay and will be returning home this week.   

The suspect in the fatal shooting was found dead the next day from an apparent suicide.

Tempers Flare Over Gravel Pit In Rural Neighborhood

Tempers flared at last night's meeting of common council over a decision to rezone part of Latimore Lake Road as a gravel quarry. The application from Fundy Bay Sand & Gravel being slated by some residents as dangerous to property values, air, water and road quality. 

Odette McGrath tells CHSJ News the decision to let the quarry be built--albeit, provided some recommendations are followed--is a travesty. She described PlanSJ as a cover for treating taxpayers in rural communities as second-class citizens, saying it's unfair to categorize places like Latimore Lake as merely "resource areas."

Businessman Paul Kasdan spoke on behalf of Fundy Bay Sand and Gravel owner Steven Langille. He argued that noise is simply a fact of life in a city, especially one that needs jobs as desperately as Saint John.

The rezoning would create 10-20 jobs, plus an investment to rehabilitate the depleted pit that already exists. In order for the rezoning to be finalized Fundy Bay Sand and Gravel needs to work with the city on a concrete plan to accomplish that end, keep the trees as a noise and dust buffer, and move the crusher farther from houses.

Saint John Woman Gets Her Dogs Back

Fraud and theft related charges have been laid after a lengthy police investigation in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia involving the alleged sale of a pair of boxer dogs involving a woman from Saint John.

Gail Benoit has been charged with fraud, theft of under $5,000 and identity fraud.

The investigation began last month when a woman from Saint John placed an online ad looking for a dog sitter.

A Nova Scotia woman responded to the ad and the dogs were sent to Halifax to be temporarily cared for - however  - the owner lost contact with the person who accepted the dogs and grew concerned they had been sold.

After a three week investigation, Bridgewater police recovered the dogs and they were returned to their rightful owner.