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Robert Harris give out gifts and lumps of coal to a variety of Yuletide tunes.To download a file, right click and save.Download Podcast: The best and worst Christmas music
Hear Dave's misadventures of making the holiday meal.To download a file, right click and save.Download Podcast: Dave cooks a turkey
Roger Hodgson dusts off the seminal 1974 record for a new century.To download a file, right click and save.Download Podcast: Crime of the Century revived
The Current revisits the classic children's story as it celebrates 30 years in print.To download a file, right click and save.Download Podcast: Roch Carrier's The Hockey Sweater keeps us warm
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Random Acts of Christmas
New Brunswick cookbook author and telelvision personality Laura Calder worked with fellow New Brunswicker Ian Varty on a trio of videos called Random Acts of Christmas!
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Sibling singing duo!
Aidan London, who's nearly 12, and his sister Natalie, who's turning 9 this week, sang the national anthem at a Saint John Sea Dogs game last week. We were so impressed we invited them for a chat and to sing a Christmas song.
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Music teacher gets kids moving
Holly McKay was so impressed with enthusiastic music teacher Isaac Jones' performance at her children's Christmas concert at Grand Bay Primary that she turned her video camera on him!
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Money for youth mental health facility
The province has allocated $1.3 million for a new provincial mental health facility for youth. It's something Maureen Bilerman has been pushing for the past four years since she founded Dots NB.
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Christmas bird counts and snowy owls
Alain Clavette checks in on the bird counts that have already happened and he talks about the number of snowy owls spotted in the province so far this year.
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Chocolate trees to support planting real ones!
Ginette Ahier has joined forces with two fellow chocolate makers, becoming part of Adorable Chocolat in Shediac. Now they're selling chocolate Christmas trees, and each one sold means a tree will be planted by Community Forests International!
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Basketball phenom released by Mill Rats
East Baltimore's Aquille Carr was considered a 'big get' when he was signed by the Saint John Mill Rats in September. But troubles from home followed and the team released him. Rachel Cave has the story.
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Meet the founders of The Manatee
The satirical news website The Manatee has been getting a ton of attention lately, in part vbecause some believe the stories are true! Co-founders Shauna Chase and Alex Vietinghoff are excited about the future.
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Rare Appalachian hardwood forest preserved
More than 30 acres of rare forest land has been aquired by the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Meduxnekeag River Association. Simon Mitchell says the area known as Bell Flats will be preserved for future generations.
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No severance for Tory patronage appointees
Shift's political panel - Michael Camp, Jean Saint-Cyr and Lisa Keenan - talks about the Liberal move to cut off severance payments to high profile Tory Patronage appointees. Plus, Rino Volpe's lawsuit and a new Rothesay bylaw.
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Barn Owls and bird counts
It took a few days, but our birder Alain Clavette finally managed to see the Barn Owl visiting the province. He talks about that, a Golden Eagle that's been spotted in the Tantramar Marsh and Christmas bird counts.
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Stephen Lewis and friends to raise money for kids' instruments
Stephen Lewis shared his story of overcoming drinking and his weight ...and now he plans to pay it forward. He joined with friends like Ben Coleman to record a song that will raise money to buy children musical instruments.
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No-spray Christmas trees and a big fundraiser
Gerry Redmond grows no-spray trees at Red Robin Farm in Keswick Ridge. You can cut your own tree then have a hot drink. This Saturday he has a fundraiser featuring Newfoundland dogs who'll take your tree to your car!
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Driver rescued after falling into crater
Flooding washed out part of Pellerin Road near Ste-Marie-de-Kent Wednesday night. Terry Girourd happened by after a car plunged into the 15 foot deep hole and helped rescue the driver.
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Program helps Sussex kids try hockey
A national program called First Shift helps first time hockey players to afford to try the game on for size. It's running in three New Brunswick communities. John Dunfield is Sussex Minor Hockey explains how it works.
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The Humanity Project
A Moncton man who was inspired by an encounter he had with a homeless man has started his own charity, Vanessa speaks with Charlie Burell about The Humanity Project.
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Throne Speech, jobs and Julian Fantino
Shift's political panel - Lisa Keenan, Michael Camp and Jean Saint-Cyr - talks about the Speech from the Throne, the controversy surrounding Gallant's jobs promise and embattled Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino.
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Long-billed Curlew, Barn Owl and winter bird list
Our birder, Alain Clavette, is having quite the week! Just as he prepared to get an early start on the winter bird list, a mega-rare long-billed curlew shows up, followed by a rare barn owl!
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A tractor-trailer full of lobster tipped its load on Saint John's Harbour Bridge. Cecil McCavour just happened by. His parents own Whitetail Fisheries and the Lorneville Lobster Shop and they leapt in to help.
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Sackville business expands to include Beard Oil!
April MacKinnon makes amazing soaps and skin products for new mothers and their babies. But she's expanding Anointment Natural Skin Products to include products for men, including beard oil and soon moustache wax!
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Very Canadian adaptation of The Snow Queen
Students from the InterAction School of performing arts have taken the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale and they've woven elements of Canadian history and culture though it. Kate Elman-Wilcott explains.
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Historic Loomcrofters studio on the move
One of the oldest buildings in the province has been moved! Susan Shalala of Queens County Heritage talks about the moving Loomcrofters studio and the plans for the building.
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Family loses barn and horses in fire
Early last Thursday morning Sylvia Balsor woke to find her barn at LB Ranch and Tack on fire. It spread to her garage, tack shop and arena. The loss is devestating - especially the loss of 11 horses, chickens and a dog.
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Rare bird in NB!
Birders are flocking to Cape Tormentine to see a long-billed curlew! It's a bird that hasn't been seen in the province in more than a century! We speak with Alain Clavette at the scene.
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Pointe-Verte singing family turning heads on TV!
Famille Fournier has made it to the semi-finals on the Radio-Canada TV show Un Air de Famille. The show featuring singing families competing for the top prize. We speak with Nicole Fournier about their success.
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Students research climate change in Fundy National Park
Environmental science students from Mount Allison University have been conducting research to find out about the affect climate change is having on the park. We speak with insturctor Ben Phillips and student Aneri Garg.
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Chipman couple grows sea buckthorn
Sea buckthorn is all the rage in health food circles. The little berry is incredibly dense in nutrients like omega 3 and vitamin C. Beth Fowler of Big Sky Sea Buckthorn talks about bringing in the first local harvest!
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Car sing-a-long video goes viral
We've all rocked out to a favourite song while driving. Ann Paul was doing just that with her mother Maggie Paul when she decided to make a video. Now their Mary's Boy Child sing-a-long has gone viral!
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Abortion restrictions lifted
Premier Brian Gallant announced that as of January 1st many of the restrictions around abortion will be lifted, including the so-called two doctor rule. The CBC's Jacques Poitras has details.
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Made in NB: Ganong
For many it's just not Christmas without Chicken Bones from Ganong! Janice MacPherson looks at the history of the famous candy company and how it's staying true to its roots.
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Christmas bird counts
It's all in the family for our birder Alain Clavette! He speaks with his uncle who is the compiler for the Christmas Bird Count in the Moncton area about what's involved and about the importance of this annual event.
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Byelection, Hill Harrassment and NB Power
Shift's political panel - Michael Camp, Lisa Keenan and Jean Saint-Cyr - looks at the political stories this week.
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Corn Hill Nursery prepares for winter
Corn Hill Nursery near Sussex is a year round operation. They grow what they sell, and with the earth beginning to freeze, it's a race to get everything done before winter settles in. Bob Osborne explains.
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NB company to make next generation guitar case
Peter McMath has launched a Kickstarter campaign to get his new business off the ground. Timbre Cases makes a guitar case that's molded in a special plastic and is made to take whatever comes at it.
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Am I Next?
Elsibogtog's Oscar Baker III remembers his aunt, Gladys Marie Simon, who was missing for eight years before her body was discovered.
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Young women say they're sexualized by school dress code
A group of young women is taking on the dress code at Fredericton High School saying that they are unfairly targetted and sexualized. They want the code out and a sexual harrassment policy in. Rachel Cave has the story.
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Panel on roadwork email, credit union vote and byelection
Shift's political panel - Lisa Keenan, Jean Saint-Cyr and Michael Camp - talks about the email that suggests the politics of paving is alive and well, plus the vote on Caisses Populaires and the byelection in Saint John East.
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Painted Bunting and more!
Alain Clavette talks about a very colourful bird that's visiting the Acadian Peninsula right now, a Painted Bunting. Plus he talks about attracting Red Cardinals to your feeders.
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Wrightman Alpines moves to St. Andrews
Harvey Wrightman has been growing alpine plants for rock gardens for 30 years. He recently moved his nursery from Ontario to St Andrews, New Brunswick!
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Email looking for Liberal road contractors raises eyebrows
In New Brunswick, roads have always been political. An e-mail has surfaced that suggests that won't change under the Brian Gallant Liberals. Gallant says the e-mail has it wrong. The CBC's Jacques Poitras has the story.
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Journey to health
Fredericton musician Stephen Lewis talks about his nine month journey to health, losing 160 pounds and quitting alcohol.
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Make Fredericton First
There's a campaign under way to ensure that a panel of veterans chooses the Capital Region as the first location for a Light Armoured Vehicle, or LAV, memorial. MLA Brian Macdonald is organizing the bid and he explains why.
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Liberal nomination fight in Tobique-Mactaquac
Businessman T.J. Harvey has just been nominated as the official Liberal candidate in Tobique-Mactaquac. But the man he defeated is alleging Harvey's supporters broke the rules. The CBC's Jacques Poitras has details.
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Honouring a father's memory
Jonathan Franklin was invited to visit Poland to mark 70 years since his father's plane was shot down delivering supplies.
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Escuminac Disaster documentary
During a visit to the community Andrew King became so interested in the Escuminac Disaster that killed 35 fishermen in 1959 that he switched focus. The result is Still Fishing: Beyond the Escuminac Disaster.
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Attracting Snow Buntings and more
Birder Alain Clavette has lots of great information about which birds are visiting the province this week. Plus he talks about how to attract birds like Snow Buntings to your yard.
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Jan Wong shares sexual assault experience
Over the past two weeks much has been said about sexual assault and sexual harassment. Jan Wong has her own stories to tell. Wong is an award-winning journalist and professor of journalism at St. Thomas University in Fredericton.
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Sunset Heights Meadery
Craft beer is super popular these days, and cider is as well. Now there's mead! The ancient elixer is making a comeback thanks to John Way of McLeod Hill..and he's already winning some very big awards!
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Nebraska rancher Ben Gotschall shares his experience fighting the Keystone XL Pipeline with people concerned about Energy East.
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Fracking with propane
The CBC's Robert Jones look at the process of fracking with propane and whether it's any safer than fracking with water. He also looks at whether propane might be permitted when a hydraulic fracturing moratorium goes ahead.
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Alain Clavette talks about some of the spookier birds you may see around, including owls and a Grackle with leucism that looks a bit like it's wearing a mask.
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Successful first season at Les Jardins Anicha
David Fishman and Pauline Richard left their academic pursuits to become farmers! We check in to find out how they made out during their first season at their vegetable farm in the Melrose area!
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Horizon Health promises cleaner hospitals
An audit done by Niagara Health Services reveals that the province's three largest hospitals aren't clean enough. As Connell Smith reports, Horizon Health promises to act immediately.
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Fracking moratorium and MLA severence
Shift's political panel - Lisa Keenan, Jean Saint-Cyr and Michael Camp - talks about the Liberals' less than clear moratorium on fracking and MLA severence payments.
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The CBC's Robert Jones looks at MLA severence and other financial issues that have come up as a result of last month's election. For example, Gary Keating is owed 3 weeks pay though he resigned before being sworn in.
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Part 2: Creating deep change in New Brunswick
We continue our conversation with John McLaughlin and Lisa Hrabluk about their new e-book, and their desire to start a conversation about making New Brunswick a better, more prosperous province.
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Part 1: Creating deep change in New Brunswick
UNB president emeritus John McLaughlin and journalist and Wicked Ideas creator Lisa Hrabluk want people to get involved in making a better, more prosperous province. We talk about their new e-book.
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Panel reflects on Ottawa shooting
Shift's political panel - Lisa Keenan, Jean Saint-Cyr and Michael Camp - reflecting on the tragic shooting in Ottawa. They also discus the upcoming byelection in Saint John East.
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Fall seaducks and shorebirds
Alain Clavette says he's seeing plenty of seaducks this Fall...plus there are a few interesting shorebirds causing some excitement among bird watchers. Plus, to feed or not to feed this winter?
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Return to Parliament Hill
Acadie Bathurst MP Yvon Godin talks about going back to work the day after the Ottawa shooting.
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NB wildlife photographer among best in the world
Nick Hawkins was named a finalist for Wildlife Photographer of the Year, a contest sponsored by BBC and London's Natural History Museum. We caught up with him in London where he received the award.
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Grape harvest at Magnetic Hill Winery!
Zach Everett is busy these days harvesting grapes for his family's winery. The Magnetic Hill Winery in Moncton makes a great grape-based wine and many award-winning fruit wines ... plus they've become a real attraction in the area!
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Kevin Vickers' family and hometown proud
Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers is being hailed as a hero for stopping the gunman on Parliament Hill before any more lives were lost. His cousin, Keith Vickers, says all of Miramichi is proud.
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It took an access to information request to find out just how disruptive an unplanned outage was at a computer-data nerve centre. Communications expert Duncan Matheson looks at the way the issue was handled.
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CN Bunk Car for sale!
You may have seen this CN bunk car turned cottage in Murray Corner near Cape Tormentine. Well, it's for sale. We speak with Nancy Laforest about what how her family came to own this car and two others.
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Munching on sheep sorrel
Wild edibles educator Greg Osowski talks about identifying sheep sorrel, and the many ways you can enjoy this sour and lemon-flavoured green.
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Saint John-based charity to build home in Uganda
CHAT to the Future founder Adam McKim is thrilled that Martell Homes has stepped up to match $50,000 in contributions to build a home in Uganda. It means the charity can double the number of orphans helped.
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Walrus Talks: Measha Brueggergosman
Mount Allison University hosted and event called Walrus Talks: The Art of Conversation featuring eight leading speakers and thinkers. Measha Brueggergosman spoke about the conversations she's had with herself.
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Panel talks Keating and Energy East
Shift's political panel - Jean Saint-Cyr, Lisa Keenan and Michael Camp - looks at the resignation of Gary Keating in Saint John East and Premier Brian Gallant's trip to Alberta to talk pipeline.
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Fall migration continues
Alain Clavette managed to find a couple of lifers for his mother! She's been visting during the fall migration. He shares what he's been seeing, and why Goldfinches may not be seen at your feeder these days.
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The Lobster Kings
Alexi Zentner talks about his latest novel set on a fictional island off New Brunswick. The Lobster Kings is about a family of lobster fishers.
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Rebekah Nason and her family run an organic cranberry farm over more than 13 acres in Tracy. They also have their own brand of cranberry juice, ambrosia and dried berries!
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NBCC looks to #TransformNB
NBCC is making community leadership training and volunteer service a mandatory part of the curriculum. President and CEO Marilyn Luscombe describe the program and the big launch day.
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Old Thom spotted off St. Andrews
Not long after a whale watching company spotted the orca known as Old Thom off Grand Manan, a second company spotted the killer whale off of St. Andrews! Danielle Dion of Quoddy Link Marine describes the sighting.
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Spoiled ballots and Gallant's first days
Shift's political panel - Michael Camp, Jean Saint-Cyr and Lisa Keenan - looks at how tabulators may have contributed to fewer spoiled ballots this election and the new Gallant cabinet.
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Grand Manan and Finch forecast
Birder Alain Clavette checks in from Grand Manan where he's seen some good birds, plus he takes a look at this year's winter finch forecast.
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Turkeys at the expanded Kredl's Corner Market
Dave Wolpin says his customers wanted pasture-raised turkeys that hadn't been fed genetically modified grain...but there didn't seem to be any available. So he had a farmer raise the turkeys and mixed his own feed!
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Northrups are Pumpkin champs again!
Dawn and Bill Northrup from the Sussex area grew the biggest pumpkin in Canada for the second year in a row! Even with poor weather, their pumpkin weighed in at 1389 pounds! Plus, their pumpkin was judged the prettiest!
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Don't fight Lamb's Quarters, Eat them!
Our wild edibles educator, Greg Osowski of the Atlantic Wildlife Institute, says there's no reason to waste time trying to pick Lamb's Quarters out of your garden. They actually taste better than some of the things you're growing!
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Family of birders
Alain Clavette speaks with his mother, Andrea Leblanc, about getting in to birding and how it helped her deal with her cancer diagnosis.
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Panel on recounts and Gallant's first days
Shift's political panel - Lisa Keenan, Jean Saint-Cyr and Michael Camps - looks at the riding recounts and ahead to the first days of Brian Gallant's leadership.
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The Pumpkin Lady!
When Martha Bowman's children were teased for living on a farm, she decided to invite their classes out to see what farm life is all about. Now she's known as The Pumpkin Lady and she has classes out to her Jardineville farm each year!
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Made in NB: Covered Bridge potato chips
The Albright family has been farming potatoes in the province for four generations. They decided to get into potato chips just a few years ago and now they're selling across Atlantic Canada and New England!
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Rare Warbler sighting
Alain Clavette talks about a Golden Winged Warbler sighting on Grand Manan, and he explains why you may find moulting Common Eiders swimming in a group these days.
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Radio legends back on the air
Bathurst's new community station, Phantom 103.3 FM, has only been broadcasting from the old post office for three weeks and already they've landed local radio legends Al Hebert and Garnett Cripps.
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