December 27, 2019 | by: johnoshea

99.3 The River News – Dec. 27, 2019

(FROM MBS NEWSROOM)

SPENDING

Repairs at several aging recreational facilities in Miramichi in 2020 will be
pricey!

The 2020 general capital budget includes $317,000 under the community
wellness and recreation department for upgrades and to install security card
readers at five facilities.

Mayor Adam Lordon tells the Leader … these costs will continue to rise on
the aging facilities.

Miramichi has some of the province’s oldest rec facilities which is another
reason Lordon says the municipality will keep emphasizing the importance of
the proposed multiplex project.

A lack of provincial and federal financial committments so far is the main
obstacle to moving ahead on it.

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SEARCH & RESCUES

It has been a busy and successful year for the Miramichi Ground Search and
Rescue Organization with more than 7 searches and two large mock exercises..

In a release, the group says it covers one of the largest search areas in the
province, stretching from Boiestown to Neguac and from Mount Carleton
Provincial Park to Richibucto.

In 2018 …. MGSAR members volunteered more than 7,800 hours, and are
expected to exceed 8,000 volunteer hours by the end of 2019.

This summer, after five years of fundraising, the search group purchased two
used trucks to tow the various trailers that it uses.

Fundraising will continue to purchase additional equipment and modifications
for the new trucks.

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FRED SHOOTING

Fredericton Police are investigating after a man was assaulted in an apparent
shooting yesterday morning.

Police say they were called to Southside apartment just after 2:15am on
Boxing Day to find a male victim with minor injuries.

A male suspect was arrested without incident and is expected to be charged
with assault with a weapon. The victim was treated and later released.

Police offered few details but are asking anyone with information concerning
the incident to contact them.

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FIRE UPDATE

New Brunswick’s Emergency Measures Organization says progress is being made
on the large fire at the TRACC recycling facility in Minto.

Spokesperson Geoffrey Downey says about 23-hundred loads of sand have been
dumped on the fire that has been burning since last Friday.

Downey says the quantity and density of the smoke continues to drop, but air
and water advisories in the area remain in effect.

No timeline on when the sand dumping operation will be complete, but Downey
says it should be just a matter of a few more days.

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TRUMP HOME ALONE

The C-B-C is defending itself after U-S President Donald Trump’s eldest son
shared criticism of the public broadcaster for airing a version of Home Alone
2 without his father’s cameo.

A spokesman for the C-B-C says the now-president’s “short scene” was cut
for time when the broadcaster acquired rights to the film in 2014 — before
Trump was elected.

The C-B-C released its statement after Donald Trump Junior tweeted an article
accusing the broadcaster of bias.

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TSUNAMI ANNIVERSARY

It’s the grim anniversary of one of modern history’s worst natural disasters.

Yesterday marked 15 years since the massive Indian Ocean tsunami.

The wave was triggered by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake off Sumatra island.

It left an estimated 230-thousand people in a dozen countries dead.

Thousands knelt in prayer at memorial ceremonies in Indonesia.

One local official says no words can describe the feeling of witness that
much death 15 years ago.

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WILLIS DIES

Award-winning songwriter Allee Willis has died from a heart attack.

While her name may not ring a bell right off … many of her songs will for
sure.

Willis’ work included the Broadway musical “The Color Purple,” Earth, Wind
and Fire’s hit “September,” and the theme song for the T-V show
“Friends.”

The 72 year old was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018.

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SPORTS-AM

At the World Junior Hockey Championships …
Canada downed the US 6 to 4 and the Russians lost to the Czech Republic 4 to 3
=============
Tennis sensation Bianca Andreescu is the winner of the
Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as The Canadian Press female athlete of the year.for
her wins at the Rogers Cup and the US Open.