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Bringing a little joy to area children
AMHERST - A local car dealer, media and the Cumberland YMCA are joining forces to bring a little joy to children this Christmas season.
Amherst Toyota is once again holding its Christmas toy drive in hopes of collecting donations for needy children.
People can bring their toy donations to Amherst Toyota, the Amherst Daily News, CKDH and the Cumberland YMCA, where bins have been set up. The Toyota Tundra truck will also be taking part in the Santa Claus parade on Saturday and employees from Amherst Toyota will be joined by members of the Cumberland County Amherst Toyota Atom A Cool Blues in collecting toys from the parade route.
Christmas for Kids readying for season
AMHERST - With the economy in distress and jobs at a premium, Jean Miller knows this could be a busy year for Christmas for Kids.
The annual campaign has kicked off its 16th edition and the program co-ordinator said she would not be surprised if this year's total exceeds the 512 referrals in 2008.
Christmas for Kids has been operating since 1994, when Community Services contacted the Amherst Ministerial Association asking it to take over the program, the purpose of which is to make sure no child wakes up Christmas morning without a present under the tree.
Armstrong making first trip to Ottawa
TRURO - Scott Armstrong is heading to Ottawa this week but will have to wait a little bit longer before taking his seat in the House of Commons.
The Conservative candidate won the Nov. 9 byelection but has not been sworn in yet. He expects to know by Friday when that ceremony will occur. Until that time, he is the member of Parliament-elect and thus will not be in the House.
Armstrong spoke recently in Port Hawkesbury on behalf of the government as the Olympic torch passed through the Strait area, and also was scheduled to speak in Antigonish and Truro as the torch visited those communities.
Making the case for added protection
JOGGINS - Cumberland Wilderness has come up with a proposal for the Chignecto Game Sanctuary it feels will offer added protection over a larger area while maintaining access to the trail system for off-highway vehicle users.
"The draft proposal calls for the protection of what we call the 4Cs: core, corridor, coastal and community," society spokesperson, naturalist and author Harry Thurston said Monday during a presentation at the Joggins Fossil Centre. "The game sanctuary provides the core for the proposed new wilderness area. We are also calling for an important wildlife corridor to the north, toward the Chignecto Isthmus and a coastal area to the west, which includes the Bay of Fundy salt marsh at Sand River."
Cumberland Wilderness has been advocating for better protection for the Chignecto Game Sanctuary and surrounding Crown lands since the former Conservative government tried to de-list sanctuaries throughout the province in 2004. It contends the sanctuary includes unique landscape types and harbours several endangered and vulnerable species including the mainland moose, wood turtle and inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic salmon.

Organizations: Amherst Daily News, Toyota Tundra, Community Services Amherst Ministerial Association House of Commons Joggins Fossil Centre

Geographic location: Cumberland County, AMHERST, Ottawa Bay of Fundy Port Hawkesbury Antigonish Sand River

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