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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Naturalist & Nature Artist Visit Musquash Estuary

A husband and wife team from Ontario are in the Musquash Estuary capturing nature. But they're each doing it differently and for different reasons.

Naturalist Fred Schueler, a retired biologist, is conducting biological inventories at the site and will catalogue what he sees. Aleta Karstad, an artist, will be painting the lower Bay of Fundy. Karstad tells CHSJ News it's a marriage of art and science.

She says there are challenges to painting outside, everything you'd expect when you're immersed in the environment; the changing of the light and weather, insects and the cold and wetness have to be taken into consideration when you're painting.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is inviting the public to meet Schueler and Karstad at an open house today at 1pm in the Musquash Community Centre, 31 Malcolm Meehan Road. At 3:30pm, Karstad will lead a talk on what it's like to paint in the field. The NCC is hosting a free painting workshop tomorrow from 10am to 3pm. To register, call 1-877-231-4400 or e-mail

Click here to view and bid on Karstad's paintings.

Man Killed In Train Collision

A man is dead after being struck by a train. 

Saint John Police tell us it happened at 5:45am near Haymarket Square. An autopsy is being performed this morning. The incident is under investigation by police, though no foul play is suspected.

Hot, Humid Weather Continues

The hum of fans and air conditioners blasting will be a sound heard in homes province-wide today as the scorching weather continues.

Doug Mercer, lead meteorologist with Environment Canada, tells CHSJ News we can expect more of the same for all of the Maritimes. We'll see temperatures near what we had yesterday for today and tomorrow, with a humidex of between 35°C and 39°C degrees forecasted. A humidex advisory has been issued for Southeastern portion of the province.

Mercer cautions you to stay out of the sun today, and says make sure to do any strenuous activity early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures have dropped. He says to use common sense when it's hot outside; stay out of the sun, drink lots of water and wear something to cover your head.

Three heat records were broken in the province yesterday. One in Saint John, the second in Saint Leonard and the third in Moncton.

Motorcyclist Hurt In Crash

A highway crash sending a motorcyclist to hospital. 

The 39 year-old man driving the motorcycle collided with a car that was coming onto the highway from a driveway. He was brought to hospital with multiple fractures, while the 53 year-old woman driving the car was not hurt. 

The collision happening on Highway 3, near St. Stephen. The Mounties are investigating and say speed was not a factor in the crash.

Two Injured In Boat Collision

A boating accident in St. George sending one person to the Saint John Regional Hospital.

RCMP say around 9:30 Thursday night on the Canal Waterway, a boat collided with old cement railway foundation near the Route 770 Bridge and Old St. Andrews Junction.

Sgt. Bob MacKnight tells us one person had a lacerated forehead, while the other passenger in the boat suffered serious head trauma and was transported to hospital.

MacKnight says there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol.