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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Red Head Residents Extremely Upset Over Quarry Proposal

People who live in Red Head are furious and hurt over a proposal to expand a quarry from Bayside drive up to the Crown Reserve road.

Deborah Kneeland is chair of the Red Head Community Association, and she tells CHSJ news only a few people were told last Monday they had until this Tuesday to write an objection... which she says is not enough time.

Kneeland says they've all been caught off guard with the proposal and the lack of information shared with them. She says the plans would put the quarry within 50 meters of peoples homes, tear down trees and could effect water wells. 

The application comes before the Planning Advisory Committee Tuesday night at 7:00 pm and Kneeland says the residents will be out in full force.

History Brought To Life By Treasure Hunting

A piece of history is being brought to life in a pretty unique way.

New Brunswickers are geocaching to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the March of New Brunswick’s 104th Regiment.

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting activity that uses GPS coordinates to find hidden containers or iteams of any shape or size. Geocacher and retired military Major Randall Haslett tells CHSJ news they'll use replicated soldiers backpacks as the caches. They'll be hidden along the route and at outpost locations used by the 104th Regiment.

These geocaches will be installed over the next several months and will be activated during the 200th Anniversary activities in March.

In February and March 1813, New Brunswick’s 104th Regiment of Foot marched up the St. John River to Upper Canada in support of the military efforts underway as part of the War of 1812.

Numerous Injuried In Hockey Team Bus Accident

Cuts, bruises and some broken bones were among the injuries of about a dozen people involved in a bus crash on a highway yesterday.

RCMP say the crash happened on Highway 11 near Sainte-Anne-de-Kent.

They say a bus carrying about 20 people from a senior men's hockey team from Cap-Pele was driving home from a game in northern New Brunswick when the driver lost control of the bus.

Police say road conditions were icy at the time of the crash.

(Courtesy of the Canadian Press).

Key Industries Looking For Support From Quispamsis

 Key Industries is hoping Quispamsis Council can spare $5,000 in their 2013 budget for the social development group.

For almost 40 years Key Industries has been providing services to adults with intellectual disabilities. President and CEO Christine Evans tells CHSJ news the money would expand their existing programs and help with outreach projects like employ-ability. She says their employ-ability work skills program gives extra support to people who want to work in the community.

Evans says they do receive some government funding, but it's not enough for their needs. She says to date the town of Quispmasis has been excellent, giving $15,000 to the group over the years.

Quispamsis Council has refereed the request to their finance committee.

Giving Animals A "Home 4 The Holidays"

Giving the gift of a forever home during the holiday season.

The Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue League is teaming up with Iams and over 4,000 animal rescue groups across North America to give animals a "Home 4 The Holidays".

To encourage adoptions, the SPCA will give a hand painted SPCA Christmas ornament to whoever adopts a pet with mistletoe on their cage or if you donate to the shelter. If you donate food or a new toy for the animals, your name will be entered in a draw for a gift basket.

Californian Mike Arms is the creator of Iams Home 4 the Holidays adoption campaign, and he encourages people to give an orphan a chance rather than supporting a puppy mill. He tells CHSJ news there's a myth that there's something wrong with animals that are up for adoption, but it's usually just that the previous owner couldn't keep them.

Arms says you need to think seriously before getting a pet, knowing they're a 15 to 16 year commitment. He says people often buy the puppy in the window on impulse, but a shelter will match the right pet for your family lifestyle.

Since the Iam Home 4 the Holidays adoption campaign started 13 years ago, over 7 million orphaned pets have been adopted.