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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Overhaul Of Lorneville Cemeteries Now Finished

It's a restoration project that's been 12 years in the making, but the Lorneville and Seaview Cemeteries' facelift is finally finished. 

When it started in 2001, the cemeteries were overgrown, stones were tipping and the overall condition was deteriorating rapidly. 

President Philip McCavour says they started the project in 2001 by clearing all the brush and brambles from around the perimeter and built some roads throughout the cemetery to make it more accessible. He tells CHSJ News some seniors hadn't been able to visit their family plots for several years. 

They fixed approximately 150 of the gravestones, filled in the sunken graves, planted new grass and sod, planted 120 trees around the perimeter, installed a water system and built a visitors centre, among other things.

The cemeteries date back almost 200 years. With the improvements, McCavour says they're now a much more fitting tribute to those who have passed away.

Today is Cemetery Day, which marks the official opening of the cemeteries. The grounds will be open until 5pm today for touring.

32 Positions Eliminated At Hospitals Across NB

32 nurses across the province losing their jobs.

On Friday, Horizon Health Network gave layoff notices to the full-time and part-time registered nurses working in the Charlotte County Hospital, Sussex Hospital, Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital, Oromocto Public Hospital, Upper River Valley Hospital, and the Moncton City Hospital.

The health authority says the layoffs are because of changes to their standardized models of care and staff skill mix on their 22 family medicine units.

President of the New Brunswick Nurses Union, Marilyn Quinn says, their goal is to ensure Horizon finds work for all those affected.

Biker Group Donating Toys, Cash To Sick Children

They're bikers with big hearts...the Saint John Harley Owner's Group is donating toys and cash to sick kids as part of the Annual Lana Sherwood Memorial Toy Run. 

The donations go to support the medical needs of children facing illness and hospitalization at the Saint John Regional Hospital. This year marks a 20-year partnership between the biker group and the hospital's pediatric program.

The presentation is happening at the hospital cafeteria at 2 o'clock this afternoon.

Two Hurt In North End Collisions

Two people taken to hospital after two separate car crashes in the North end.

Acting Platoon Chief Brian Wilson of the city fire department says one person was brought to hospital after a motorcycle and a car collided on the corner of Adelaide and Metcalfe, while the other was taken to hospital after a collision on McLaren Boulevard. 

Both people have minor injuries.

Woman Arrested In Seven Year Old Robbery Case

Police making an arrest in a seven year old robbery case. 

They say they've arrested a woman in connection with the 2006 robbery of the Garden Street Irving. They've also nabbed a man for a robbery that took place in East Saint John last Tuesday. 

Both are scheduled to appear in court today.

Man Arrested In Convenience Store Robbery

Police making an arrest in the armed robbery of a convenience store in the South end. 

On Friday morning, a man came into Shawn's Variety on Broad Street with a weapon and made off with some cash. 

He's scheduled to appear in court today.