December 28, 2017 | by: johnoshea

99.3 THE RIVER NEWS – DEC 28/17



There will be a tribute to a former Miramichi teacher, this evening at the
James M. Hill Theatre.

Lloyd Cameron was a well known teacher and volunteer in the community.
He passed away in October.

The tribute gets underway at 7 PM this evening. Admission is a freewill
offering at the door with proceeds going to create a scholarship in Cameron’s name.



Miramichi residents provided a last minute Christamas resent to the Salvation
Army. The annual kettle campaign was in dire straights less than a week
before Chritsmas, more than 20-thousand-dollars short of the its
70-thousand-dollar goal. It needed to reach that number to ensure it could
continue to offer all the services it currently provides. A last minute push
and the overwhelming generousity of local residents pushed the campaigh above
70-thousand by Chritsmas Eve. The Salvation army has been serving a huge
increase in the number of clients in recent years, providing everything from
food vouchers to financial assistance to keep the power on in their homes.


The old Fire Station on Jane Street in Newcastle is now just a pile of
debris. The former Miramichi Fire Department Station Number One was
demolished last week. The Fire Station was closed back in 2014 when the city
opened the new fire hall in the Newcastle Industrial Park. The property
turned into a thorn in the side of Miramichi’s pocketbook after it was
discovered to be contaiminated. Provincial Envrionment regulatiions forced
Miramichi city council to dish out over 200-thousand-dollars to have the
property cleaned up.


A fire destroyed a private woodworking shop on Williston Drive in Nordin on
Wednesday morning. A passerby noticed the flames around 730am yesterday and
alerted the homeowners. The large shed was completely destroyed but
firefighters were able to keep it from spreading to the house which only
suffered a few melted pieces of siding. Gervase Duffy ran a private
woodworking business out of the shed and lost tools and other materials.


A record number of volunteers will be honoured at Miramichi’s New Year’s
Levee. 14 Volunteers in all will be recognized during the annual levee on
January 1st at the Nelson Rural School. Everyone is welcome to attend the
free event and mingle with your elected officials. The levee gets underway at


The number of young people in New Brunswick being sent to youth jail has
dropped dramatically. Norman Bosse, the provinces offical youth advocate,
tells the Times and Transcript that numbers at the Miramichi provincial youth
jail are just a fraction of what they were in past years. Bosse says the
facility averaged 25-30 inmates in 2013. He says only seven inmates were
staying at the jail as of last week. Bosse says it shows the justice system
has shifted its focus to find alternatives to jailing youth.



Canada improved to 2-and-0 at the World Junior Hockey Championship with a
6-nothing win over Slovakia.

In the NHL; Winnipeg downed the Oilers 4-3; Ottawa lost 5-1 to Boston; and
Carolina downed Montreal 3-1.

and in the NBA the Raptors lost big, by 17 points, to the Thunder