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March 2013 Archives

Teaching Leadership Skills To Young Women In Saint John

Posted by Amy Grant

Rachael Grant is heading up a project to give young women the tools to become leaders in their communities but is having a hard time reaching its target demographic.

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Our Movie Review: Admission

Posted by Amy Grant

Movie maven Tara Thorne gives us her two cents on the new comedy starring Paul Rudd and Tina Fey.

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Still Crazy After All These Years - Paul Simon for Betty Walsh Brown for her 10th anniversary

Posted by Amy Grant

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A Simple Idea Is Connecting Saint John Students To Orphans In Africa

Posted by Amy Grant

Freelance journalist Lorne Daltrop tells us about "Chat To The Future", the brainchild of Saint John High School teacher, Adam McKim that now sees hundreds of area students working to support 18 children living in a Ugandan orphanage.

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New Brunswick Gets Ready To Pull Its Belt Even Tighter

Posted by Amy Grant

New Brunswick's Finance minister, Blaine Higgs explains yesterday's budget announcement.

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Our Health Columnist Talks Infections

Posted by Amy Grant

The organization that runs Francophone hospitals in New Brunswick hasn't been very forthcoming about how many people have contracted serious infections in hospital.  But Dr. Simon tells us that here in Saint John at the regional, you can find out pretty much anytime.

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Ontario Swing - Ned Landry for Scott Nightingale

Posted by Amy Grant

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The Gas Guru Speaks

Posted by Amy Grant

Bob predicts that everything is going down this week, gas by 2 cents and diesel and home heating oil by 1 cent.

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'Full Steam Ahead' For P3 Water Plan, Mayor

Posted by Elke Semerad

Council voted to pursue P3 funding for a new water treatment system. The mayor says if the application is accepted, a private company will design, finance, build and then operate Saint John's water treatment plant for the next 30 years.

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KV High Improv Troupe Off To Nationals In Ottawa

Posted by Elke Semerad

The 8-person team won the regional games in Moncton in February, their first time at the regional competition. Luke Wiggins and Sarah Purcell are two of the improv team members.
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Taking Liberty: Spotlight On Ryan Cook

Posted by Elke Semerad

ryancook.jpgJeff Liberty looks at the rising country star from Nova Scotia, Ryan Cook.

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Ain't No Sunshine - Matt Andersen for Bob McGee, Heather McLean, Jayne Ingalls, Nancy Greenlaw

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Autism Registry Numbers To Help Police Are Low

Posted by Elke Semerad

The registry is a voluntary program through the Saint John Police Force, launched back in October. Rose McCloskey, a nursing professor, and her husband Glen, an inspector with SJ Regional Police, have an autistic daughter. They developed the registry.

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Saint John Musician Opening For Merle Haggard

Posted by Elke Semerad

A chance meeting at one of her gigs turned into an unexpected opportunity for country singer Mary Beth Marks, to open for Haggard at the Canadian dates of his tour.

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Off The Shelf: 'Sick' Lit and Tom's River

Posted by Elke Semerad

Book worm Mary Barlow talks about Tom's River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

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Unspectacular Saint John Subject Of Beautiful Art

Posted by Elke Semerad

Victoria Stanton, an artist from Montreal, is artist in residence at Third Space Gallery for the month of March. She wants to see your favourite place in the city, for her project 'This City, My Love: An Unspectacular View on Saint John.'

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When It Comes My Turn - David Myles for Stephen Flynn

Posted by Elke Semerad

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New Anti-TB Drugs Being Developed At UNB SJ

Posted by Elke Semerad

Researchers at UNB SJ are on the trail of new drugs to treat tuberculosis, which kills more than 1 million people each year around the world. CBC Reporter Neville Crabbe has the story.

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Foodbanks Don't Solve The Problem Of Hunger

Posted by Elke Semerad

Nick Saul, president and CEO of Community Food Centres Canada, says the current foodbank system worsens the problem for the poor.

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Panel: Federal Budget Addresses Training, Infrastructure And Homeless

Posted by Elke Semerad

Highlights included a 2 per cent increase in the gas tax fund for cities, a new training grant, and money to transition homeless Canadians off the streets. Shelley Rinehart is deputy mayor. Randy Hatfield is with the Saint John Human Development Council.

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I Just Want To Make Music - Ken Tobias for Carolyn Atcheson

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Kingston Peninsula Store Holdup A First

Posted by Elke Semerad

Kingston General Merchants store was about to close on Tuesday night when two armed men came through the door. Owner Steve Gatien says the business hasn't been crime-proof over its 225 year history, but this kind of armed robbery is a first.

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Cancer Fundraising Begins With Cutting Off Locks

Posted by Elke Semerad

Kylie Fox, co-president of the student council at Harbourview High School, and her mom, Rossanne Fox, a cancer survivor, will take part in the launch of the school's Relay for Life fundraising by cutting Kylie's hair.

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Saint John Firefighters' Pay Scale Thousands More Than Other Municipalities

Posted by Elke Semerad

A first-class firefighter in Saint John earns about $7 to $8,000 more each year than someone in the same job in Moncton and Fredericton. Last November an arbitrator awarded Saint John fire 12 per cent raise over four years. Chief Kevin Clifford responds.

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Our Movie Review: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Posted by Elke Semerad

Movie Maven Tara Thorne says put the bunny back in the hat, and wait for this movie about ageing Las Vegas act magicians on DVD.

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My St. John Valley Home - Stevedore Steve for Mary Sheehan

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Federal Retraining Puts The Blame On Unemployed, Professor

Posted by Elke Semerad

The Harper government wants more Canadians to learn a trade, and the federal budget will promote the idea. Economics professor Lars Osberg thinks this may just be a diversion tactic to draw attention away from the current economic policy.

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NB-Tagged Monarchs Found At Migration's End, Numbers Down

Posted by Elke Semerad

The two butterflies tagged by Jim Wilson are among the lucky ones. The number of monarchs making the 4500 km migration to Mexico is down 59 per cent since last year. Chip Taylor is the founder and director of Monarch Watch.

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Our Health Columnist: Shake Off The Salt

Posted by Elke Semerad

Doctor Mike Simon says Canadians intake more than double the daily recommended amount of salt each day.

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The Gas Guru Speaks : Steady For Gas, Down For Heating Oil and Diesel

Posted by Elke Semerad

Reporter Bob Jones predicts the lowest prices on heating oil and diesel this winter will come tonight. Gas will hold steady.

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Fat Bottomed Girls - Julian Austin cover of Queen for Keith Wiggins

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Belfast Kids' Summer Program Outlived "The Troubles"

Posted by Elke Semerad

For 26 years, the project brought Irish Catholic and Irish Protestant boys and girls to our region for a month, to get away from the violence and poverty at home. Fran McHugh and his wife Carey Ryan founded the Belfast Children in 1988.

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For The Birds: Lepreau Observatory

Posted by Elke Semerad

Naturalist Jim Wilson talks about one of this region's best venues for birdwatching.

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The Ketchup Song - Stompin' Tom for Bob McGee

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Vets Will Have Hand Made Quilts From Guild

Posted by Elke Semerad

The Marco Polo Quilters Guild have decided to make a quilt for every single bed at Saint John's Ridgewood Veterans Hospital. It will keep the quilters busy for the next three years. Connell Smith dropped in on the group at their regular Thursday meeting.

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Saint John Roller Derby Team Competes In Nationals

Posted by Elke Semerad

Sherri Currie, a.k.a. Auburn Rubber, is a member of the Shipyard Sirens Roller Derby team. They were competing at the Canadian Roller Derby Nationals in Edmonton.

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Health Authorities Should Post Infection Rates, Epidemiologists

Posted by Elke Semerad

CBC has been trying to get the Department of Health to open up about the exact number of people in hospital in this province who are suffering from highly infectious super bugs. Professor Tim Sly says hospitals should be sharing that information.

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Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham for Jill Folkins

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Parks Canada Says Interpretors Can Be Arranged

Posted by Elke Semerad

The number of staff at Parks Canada sites will change this summer and in shoulder seasons. Eddie Kennedy is National Vice President of PSAC. James Turk is with the Canadian Association of University Teachers. Parks Canada provides a statement.

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Food Bank Shelves Spare At Winter's End

Posted by Elke Semerad

The Community Food Basket on Charlotte Street is low on food after giving out a little extra over the colder months. Carolyn Danells is the chair of the board.

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Vehicle - Ides Of March for Dana

Posted by Elke Semerad

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More Search Warrants In Donnie Snook Case Released

Posted by Elke Semerad

CBC Reporter Bobbi-Jean Mackinnon goes through the details of search warrants executed on January 29th, after Snook's initial arrest and after a statement he gave to police while in custody.

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Public Intervenor's Private Deal With Irving Exposed

Posted by Elke Semerad

The EUB rejected the privately crafted deal and then set margins smaller than those negotiated. That was good news for consumers, but it left many people wondering how the public intervenor could have negotiated a deal in private at all. CBC reporter Bob Jones has details of the deal.

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Parks Canada Cuts Hurting School Trips And Tourism

Posted by Elke Semerad

A Saint John tour company operator, Ellen Tucker, is discovering that cuts to Parks Canada mean children on end-of-the-school-year class trips can't visit national historic sites.

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Our Movie Review: Dead Man Down

Posted by Elke Semerad

Movie maven Tara Thorne liked the latest Colin Farrel film, Dead Man Down.

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The Vatican Rag - Tom Lehrer for Andrew Graham

Posted by Elke Semerad

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WorkSafe NB Chair Responds To Concerns About Claims Record

Posted by Elke Semerad

Officials with Worksafe NB were in front of the Crown Corporations committee in the legislature yesterday, criticized by injured workers and their doctors for turning down too many claims. Even the head of the tribunal says he was concerned. Chair of Worksafe NB, Sharon Tucker, spoke to the CBC's Rachel Cave.

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Employees' Union Hopes For Budget Reform At SPCA

Posted by Elke Semerad

The SPCA has laid off four people to deal with its ongoing financial problems. An employees' union thinks something should be done to save jobs and more animals at the shelter. Marcos Salib is a Saint John representative for CUPE.

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The Gas Guru Speaks: Prices Holding Steady

Posted by Elke Semerad

Reporter Bob Jones predicts a stall in the price of gas and heating oils, as he waits for his morning bus.

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Shuffle - Bombay Bicycle Club for Trent Seely

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Hockey NB Introduces Mandatory Course In Respect For Hockey Parents

Posted by Elke Semerad

Brian Whitehead is the executive director of Hockey New Brunswick. By next season, his association plans to make a course on behaviour mandatory for parents of registered hockey players, or the kids won't play.

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Council Should Reconsider P3 Plan For Water

Posted by Elke Semerad

Last night council heard a presentation from the local chapter of the Council of Canadians about the risks involved with a P3 management plan to deliver municipal water. Wayne Dryer is a member of the Council of Canadians.

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Take Liberty: Spotlight Thom Swift

Posted by Elke Semerad

Jeff Liberty loves Thom Swift's latest album, 'The Fortunate Few.'

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Sunday Sun - Neil Diamond for Dan Gilchrest

Posted by Elke Semerad

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WorkSafe NB Case Workers and Appeals Tribunal Have Differing Interpretations Of The Rules

Posted by Elke Semerad

The head of WorkSafe NB suggests there's one reason his commission's decisions are often overturned by the appeals tribunal, the tribunal panel has a different interpretation of the rules. The CBC's Rachel Cave spoke to tribunal chair Ronald Gaffney about the growing number of cases that are going to appeal.

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168 Main Street Might Be 'Tagged' By Firestarters

Posted by Elke Semerad

168 Main Street is vacant and boarded up, but has been the scene of set fires four times in the last six months, including twice last week. Police are asking for help in finding the people responsible. Kevin Clifford is Saint John's Fire Chief.

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Off The Shelf: Books From Sri Lanka, Africa And New Orleans

Posted by Elke Semerad

Book lover Mary Barlow suggests the new books 'Wave' and 'The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow,' as well as 'The Ladies #1 Detective Agency.'

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Country Roads, Take Me Home - Yoko Honna from the film Whisper Of The Heart for Matt Humphrey

Posted by Elke Semerad

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CNG Trucking Coming To Highway Near You

Posted by Elke Semerad

Irving Oil announced this week it has signed up two large customers for its future compressed natural gas service. The CNG will be trucked in special trailers produced in Saint John. Reporter Connell Smith has more.

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More New Brunswickers Filing For Consumer Insolvency

Posted by Elke Semerad

The number of people filing for bankruptcy in New Brunswick is growing. In one year, there was about a 10 per cent increase in bankruptcy and offers to creditors to settle debts. Allan Marshall is president of Allan Marshall & Associates, a bankruptcy and insolvency firm in Saint John.

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Algonquin Hotel Renovations Nearing Completion

Posted by Elke Semerad

First built in 1889, the Algonquin has seen its share of owners and changes. Thanks partly to a repayable loan from the New Brunswick government, a massive renovation is under way. Neville Crabbe gives us a tour.

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Loud - R5 for Cara McDevitt

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Stevedore Steve Remembers Musical Friend Stompin' Tom

Posted by Elke Semerad

New Brunswick Country Music Hall of Famer Stevedore Steve, Stephen Foote, met Stompin' Tom Connors in a hospital ward when they were kids. A few years later, they hopped on the freight trains together and headed out across the country, writing songs and performing along the way. He tells Hance Colburne about their long friendship.

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CEO Of WorkSafe NB Speaks To Complaints About Claims

Posted by Elke Semerad

The president and CEO of WorkSafe NB says injured workers in New Brunswick get some of the best treatment in Canada. For the past couple of weeks, the CBC's Rachel Cave has been speaking to a growing number of injured workers and doctors who say that's not so. She spoke with Gerard Adams.

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Our Movie Review: Jack The Giant Slayer

Posted by Elke Semerad

Movie maven Tara Thorne has been to the top of the stalk and back. She tells us whether there's any magic left in those beans.

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A Place In The Sun - Pablo Cruise for Peter Harroun for his days at the Aquarius

Posted by Elke Semerad

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First Conviction In NB For Violating The Politic Process Financing Act

Posted by Elke Semerad

David Bishop says he just wanted to draw attention to the province's debt during the 2010 election campaign. But his sign on the side of the road broke the rules of political process financing.

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Age Of Aquarius Is Over

Posted by Elke Semerad

The west side bar and restaurant has been open his the early '70s. It closed its doors this week. Pete Ferguson owns Pete's Pub in the Shops at City Hall in Saint John. Debbie Nadeau was a waitress at the Aquarius since 1996.

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The Gas Guru Speaks: Finally, A Cut

Posted by Elke Semerad

Reporter Bob Jones predicts a 2 to 3 cent cut in prices of gas, diesel and heating oils. And he tries to remember his best nights at the Aquarius.

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Our Health Columnist: Doctors Still Doctors After Office Hours

Posted by Elke Semerad

You can turn off the pager, but that doesn't necessarily mean you stop being a doctor. Mike Simon talks about the times he's been called upon to help in a medical emergency.

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Traffic Boom - Piero Piccioni for Conrad Brock to mark The Day Of The Dude

Posted by Elke Semerad

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Case Study, 4-plex A Success In Moncton

Posted by Elke Semerad

Saint John mayor Mel Norton has big dreams for a world-class four-ice rink on the waterfront within the next five years. The project isn't far off what the City of Moncton built back in 2003. Rod Higgins is the general manager of parks and leisure for the City of Moncton.

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For The Birds: Gulls, Not Just The Sea Type

Posted by Elke Semerad

Gulls are found around most of our province, and this time of year you'll see even more. Jim Wilson is a birder and naturalist who lives near Hammond River.

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Angel Of The Morning - Juice Newton for Rexanna Keats

Posted by Elke Semerad

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No-Storm-Days Policy Works In Ontario

Posted by Elke Semerad

Rainbow School District serves Sudbury, Espanola, and Manitoulin Island in north-eastern Ontario. Norm Blaseg, the director of education, explains how all schools stay open during the worst of winter weather.

Saint John's Only Gay Club Shutting Its Doors

Posted by Elke Semerad

The 3-year-old Pump Nightclub on Main Street is closing its doors this March. It's been a labour of love for its owners, Troy Morehouse and Jenny Gillingham. They spoke to the CBC's Megan MacAlpine.

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Off The Shelf: Books That Will Move You

Posted by Elke Semerad

Mary Barlow talks about 'A Light Between Oceans,' 'Let's Pretend This Never Happened,' and 'Behind The Beautiful Forevers.'



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Bring It On Home - Roger Ridley for Bill Duncan

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The Sunshine State Is Calling!

Posted by Amy Grant

There's been a significant increase in the number of Martimers heading to Florida. We check in with Disney fan, Jessica Walker, a spokesperson for CAA, Gary Howard and Holly Johnson, who is a mom of five who's driving her family south.

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Bringing Family History To Life

Posted by Amy Grant

91-year-old Jean Holder and her niece Barb Fullerton are organizing an event this weekend that will bring life to her ancestors.

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Knee Deep - The Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffet for Arnold Taylor

Posted by Amy Grant

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