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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Hundreds Attend Greenslade Park Dedication

The memory of 6 soldiers will live on in a beautiful new green space overlooking the Kennebecasis River.

Hundreds coming out to witness the dedication of the Private David Greenslade Peace Park in honour of the 20 year old Saint John soldier and his comrades of Bravo 22.

Plaques featuring their faces honour each of the soldiers lost on April 8th 2007 with a red maple tree in front of each one.

Kate Stannix is Chris Stannix's mom and says it's an uplifting day and here she is in tears but at the same time it's heartwarming to know everyone has supported this project to create such a beautiful tribute to them all.

Laurie Greenslade, David's mom, says she is very grateful to the City, Saint John high and the Peace Park committee for making it possible.

The black wrought iron gate that marks the entrance was built by students at Saint John, David Greenslade's high school. 

Driscoll In Vancouver for Federation of Canadian Municipalities Convention

Mayors from all across Canada congregating on the west coast for a weekend convention for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Quispamsis mayor Murray Driscoll is among them, and he tells CHSJ News that safety is paramount in any community and he attended a talk on the importance of street lights and sidewalks that echoed his thoughts. He says our country is only as strong as our communities.

Driscoll says he's spotted several familiar faces during his time in Vancouver, including Saint John's deputy mayor, Shelley Rinehart.

Inside Greenslade Peace Park

Families, dignitaries and the public have been allowed into the Private David Greenslade Peace Park.

ATV Destroyed By Fire On West Side

An ATV parked in a driveway on the west side being engulfed in flames after the owner was working on it. 

The Saint John Fire Department tells CHSJ News that when the call came in around 6:30 pm, there was worry that the fire was dangerously close to a home, so a full response team went to 483 Russell Hill Road but they then realized there was no danger to the house so the call was downgraded.

The three-wheeled ATV was destroyed in the fire, but nobody was hurt. There's currently no word on how it started.

Most Used Needles Properly Disposed Of In Saint John

Fear of needles is a very real phobia, but it's not likely you'll face your fear one as you stroll around the Port City.

Julie Dingwell of Aids Saint John tells CHSJ News they've been operating a needle distribution program for more than twenty years and have approximately five-hundred people using the service at this time, but Dingwell says most needles are properly disposed of, and they very rarely get a call from someone who has found one in the community.

In the event that you do come across a used needle, Dingwell says pick it up by the other end, put it into some type of used container and dispose of it. She says it's easy to dispose of needles nowadays; even many gas stations have sharps containers in their washrooms.

Dingwell tells us she's never heard of anyone getting HIV from a used needle, though she says if it's a fresh needle, Hepatitis C could be a worry. But she says the amount of needles given out has decreased by 50% since the methadone programs were introduced in the city.

Queen Square Market Kicks Off With More Vendors Than Ever

The South End will be filled with the smells of delicious food and the sound of live music tomorrow.

The Queen Square Farmer's Market is back for another season with the first edition kicking off June 2.

Organizer Jody Kliffer tells CHSJ News the bi-weekly Market was a big hit last year--and this year will be even better. New this year will be local cheese, organic meat, fresh fish and buckwheat products. In the coming weeks, a brand-new electrical hook-up will allow a wider range of vendors than ever before.

The Market runs on Sunday from 8:30-2pm. For more information check out their Facebook page here

Three Hospitalized After Car Crash Near Perth-Andover

Alcohol and speeding are two factors that contributed to a car crash that's left three young men in hospital. 

Police officers were called to Four Falls exit off Route 130 in the early morning hours after a car going south didn't negotiate the curve, veered off of the road, down a bank, and stopped in the woods. 

One man was brought to hospital in Saint John with serious injuries, two were brought to Edmundston hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the fourth person in the car was not seriously hurt. 

The four men are between 20 and 25, three from Drummond and one from Saint-André.