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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Stolen Truck Found Disassembled

A truck stolen from a local business in Rothesay has been found in pieces.

Rothesay Regional Police finding the stolen 2011 Ford F250 pickup truck disassembled into parts.

Charges of Theft Over $5000 and Removal of a Vehicle Identification Number are pending against a 32 year-old Rothesay man and a 39 year-old Quispamsis man. They'll appear in Saint John Court on June 25th.

Trudeau To Compensate Grace Foundation

Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau saying he'll make it right with charities that paid him a speaking fee to take part in fundraising events, including Saint John's Grace Foundation. 

Trudeau was paid $20,000 to speak at a fundraising event to raise money to buy furniture for local seniors. Only 120 tickets were sold, and the foundation was left with a $21,000 deficit. 

Trudeau tells CTV's Question Period he'll either give back the money to each organization, or find another way to make it up to them.

Fundy Royal MP Rob Moore has called on Trudeau to give the speaking fee back to the Grace Foundation, and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has said Trudeau should return the $20,000 he was paid for speaking at a literacy conference last year in Saskatoon.

Traffic Signals At Irving Oil Refinery Gets Green Light

The city giving the nod to a request that traffic lights be installed at the entrance to the Irving Oil Refinery. 

Before they gave the go-ahead, city staff asked the refinery to do a traffic study to find out if 340 Loch Lomond Road would be a good location for the lights. They did the study, which convinced staff that it was a good idea. 

In a recent CHSJ News poll question, we asked our listeners what they thought, and 55% of you said traffic lights should not be installed at the entrance of the Irving Oil Refinery.

Tennis Club Celebrating Improvements To Facility

Time to practice your serve. The Quispamsis Community Tennis Club is celebrating improvements made to the facility, including the installation of a fourth court, over the last year and half.

Additionally, the courts have been refurbished, the clubhouse has been completed, new lights are in, and the new washrooms are up and running.

President Dana Brown tells CHSJ News, tennis is supposedly is the fastest-growing of the traditional sports throughout Canada, and in Quispamsis they've seen it become popular among kids. But it wasn't always that way. He says it has gone through peaks and troughs alongside national trends in tennis, but in the last six years it's seen phenomenal growth.

The grand opening is 12:30 today at the court, located in the Q-Plex. Mayor Murray Driscoll and MLA Blaine Higgs will be attending.

Man Rescued At Log Falls Dam

Photo courtesy of Musquash Fire Dept.
A man who lost his footing while fishing with friends and fell into water behind a dam, has been rescued safely. 

When the Musquash Fire Department arrived at Log Falls Dam, they spotted the man standing, almost completely submerged in water. The currents were too strong for him to get himself out of the water. 

Firefighters threw him a rope to wrap around himself, then a firefighter went to the man and brought him to shore. Though he was conscious and alert, he was brought to hospital by paramedics to be checked out. Witnesses say he went under the water multiple times.

Video Trilogy On Saint John's History Nearing Completion

It's a sweeping story ranging from the Potato Famine, to Patridge Island and the Great Fire of 1877.

Young local historian Joshua Thomson is aiming to bring the past to life with a video trilogy called A Maritime Tale.  Thomson tells CHSJ News his project aims to put a human face on the stories of Saint John's past by chronicling the fictional story of young boy named Liam, his dog Murphy, and his parents through the end of the nineteenth century in Saint John.

Local historian Harold Wright has contributed to the project, as has artist Carol Vatour. The final installment of A Maritime Tale will be launched at the Saint John Free Public Library on June 20th, which is also the 136th anniversary of the Great Fire. Check out part one of the video trilogy here: