Year in Review: Top 5 stories for January

Nick Moase
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Looking back at 2013, we will be posting the Top 5 stories for each month as read by you, our audience. At the end of it all we will have a list of the Top 10 stories of the year.

1. Police investigating the death of man in Liverpool

 On Friday, Jan. 4 Queens RCMP responded to a call from the local fire department to assist with traffic control on Main Street.

Emergency officials attempted to resuscitate a male who fell from a bicycle. The 52-year-old man did not survive.  Further police investigation revealed the deceased man was involved in a dispute shortly before his death.  An autopsy was performed by the Medical Examiner’s office.

No charges came out of the investigation.

2. The Picture House captures the spirit of Queens

This profile of a local business garnered a lot of interest from the community.

Stephen Cooper and Katy Hopkins moved to Queens from London, England in March 2010 seeking a quieter way of life.  In London, both had led busy lives and often vacationed in Canada in the winter.

Cooper has since left the business, but Hopkins can still be seen shooting video in Queens and beyond.

3. Brothers Insulfoam begins business

Another business profile, and actually one of the last stories written in 2012.

Kirk Mitton and his brother Reid Mitton were among the more than 300 employees working at the Bowater Mersey Mill when it shut down last June.

They had each worked there for nearly 30 years but neither was concerned when the closure happened.

‘I’m going to work for myself.’ That’s what the two were thinking.

They got help from South Shore Opportunities, learned the trade, and by the end of the year they were up and running. The business is still going strong as well, with a recent letter to the editor praising the brothers' work. 

4. Concern over Highway sparks petition

 Residents in the Western end of Queens County were less than please with how the new highway by-pass would proceed through the area. It was effectively cutting off Port Mouton and Port Joli from one another, except through the new by-pass.

Dirk van Loon presented a petition with 100 signatures on behalf of the residents from the area, calling for the provincial government to change the plan.

What they wanted to see is an exit on either end of the bypass, one close to Port Mouton/Broad River and the other on the Western side of Port Joli. That would leave route three intact as a full bypass.

Though the province did meet with the group, little if anything changed from how the province would construct the highway. 

5. Family celebrates a year since kidney transplant

 It was a Christmas miracle, said Jill Bowers from her parents’ house in Eagle Head last year.

Just before Christmas last year, on Dec. 18, 2011, the phone rang. That’s when Bowers learned there was a possible kidney match for her son, Carson Cole.

Born Feb. 6, 2010, Carson has posterior urethral valve (PUV) disorder. The disorder varies from mild to sever, and not all newborns that have it need transplants, says Bowers.

The transplant was successful. 

Organizations: Medical Examiner, Picture House

Geographic location: Queens, London, Liverpool England Canada Port Mouton Port Joli Broad River

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