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April 1, 2015, Liverpool, NS: One of Canada's best known musical groups is coming to Liverpool, NS this summer. An evening with legendary Canadian rockers, Blue Rodeo will take place on Friday, July 10, 2015 at Queens Place Emera Centre, Liverpool, Nova Scotia. Showtime is 9:00 p.m.

"We are excited that Blue Rodeo will be performing at Queens Place Emera Centre, and hope to see fans from across the province enjoying the music that has made them international recording stars," said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. "Queens Place Emera Centre has been described as one of the best entertainment venues outside Metro and we look forward to having Blue Rodeo appear on our stage."

The list of hits over the decades has been long. Songs such as "Try", "Lost Together", "Rose Coloured Glasses" and "Til I am Myself Again" have influenced and touched Canadians over the years. The July 10th concert is Blue Rodeo's only Nova Scotia stop on their Atlantic Canadian swing.

"We always love coming to Nova Scotia. Lots of friends and wonderful musical audiences," said Jim Cuddy, Blue Rodeo's lead vocalist. "This will be our first time in Liverpool, and we are excited to come and play. And hopefully the snow will be gone by then!"

Blue Rodeo has been one of Canada's most successful bands, and is known for creating one of the most unique and influencing sounds in Canadian music. Since their first live gig 30 years ago and 13 studio albums later, this iconic band led by original members Jim Cuddy, Greg Keelor and Bazil Donovan, has sold more than 4 million records. Blue Rodeo has won 11 Juno Awards – five of which were for Best Band, played world tours, been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, boasts a star on Canada's Walk of Fame and Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor have received the Order of Canada. In May, 2014, the band accepted a Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada's highest honour in performing arts.

"Blue Rodeo music has been the soundtrack to many Canadian's lives over the years," said Steve Burns, General Manager of Queens Place Emera Centre. "Having them take centre stage at Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool will be a dream come true for many fans around the province."

Pre-sale tickets will be available starting April 1st at 1 p.m. until April 4th, 2015. Sale to the general public opens on Sunday April 5th, at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at Queens Place Emera Centre in person [contact: 902-354-4422] or through Ticketpro by contacting or calling 1-888-311-9090.

The Council of the Region of Queens Municipality, along with Management and Staff of Queens Place Emera Centre, invite you to attend a special press conference to announce a concert coming to the facility this summer.

What: An exciting announcement about a summer entertainment event at Queens Place Emera Centre

Where: Queens Place Emera Centre, 50 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool, NS

When: Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served. This event is open to the public, and all are welcomed to join us. We sincerely hope you are able to attend!

February 26, 2015, Liverpool, NS: After more than 31 years working in municipal government, Region of Queens Municipality Chief Administrative Officer Kathleen Rafuse has announced her upcoming retirement. She will retire in August, 2015.

"I have had the great pleasure of working with Kathleen in both of my terms as Mayor, and can honestly say that she is a very competent person, and she will be missed by Council, staff and those who have worked with her in other areas," said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. "Kathleen has been instrumental in moving many projects and initiatives forward for our community. The opening of Queens Place Emera Centre, and the focus on business development have brought new challenges to our municipality. Kathleen has played a very large role in moving these types of initiatives ahead. She played a huge part as we re-invent ourselves as a Region, both with new undertakings and modifying the standing ones to fit into the new Queens."

Starting her career in 1984 with the Municipality of Queens, Rafuse has been CAO of the Region of Queens Municipality since 2011, and before that she was Director of Finance from the time the Region was formed in 1996.

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Jan. 28, 2015, Liverpool, NS:  CelluFuel, an innovator in alternate fuel technology development, is taking applications for the lead position in its start-up operation, located at Port Mersey Commercial Park in Brooklyn, Queens County.  The Lead Operator/Technician position will be the first job created at the plant, and this person will work with the Project Manager to oversee the construction and start-up of the plant.  It is expected that four to five additional positions will be hired in spring of 2015.

"It is exciting to hear this news.  There has been much anticipation in the time since CelluFuel announced that they would locate the demonstration stage of their operations here in Brooklyn," said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.  "It took time to get equipment manufactured, and their investors and financing lined up, but now that those things are in place, the community will notice things starting to move quickly.  It is exciting to see the first of the jobs posted."

CelluFuel was the first company to announce they would set up operations in the former Bowater Mersey site, when the province of Nova Scotia began developing a portion of the 80+ acre site as the Innovacorp Demonstration Centre in 2012.  The company has an exclusive license to develop the production of synthetic renewable diesel fuels from wood fibre.  On Sept. 3, 2014,  the company CEO Chris Hooper, along with investors and representatives, announced that they had secured the nearly $5 million required get the company operational, and projected that the equipment would be arriving in Nova Scotia in the first half of 2015 with start-up of the project beginning shortly thereafter.

"We are excited to make this first of what we expect to be several job postings for this project," said Chris Hooper, CEO of CelluFuel Inc. "We have worked tirelessly to make this project a reality and it is now fully underway. We believe that the wealth of experience within the community will be a critical component of our future success."

The job posting for the Lead Operator/Technician can be seen on the South Shore Opportunities website.  The successful candidate will be involved in the establishment of this project in the early stages, and will be trained at the technology provider's facility in Europe.

The CelluFuel plant in Brooklyn will be a first of its kind in Canada, and is targeted to produce 1.25 million liters per year of high-quality diesel fuel.  The project brings an innovative opportunity for the development of the forestry industry and rural economic development in Nova Scotia in a clean, renewable and sustainable manner.

January 8, 2015, Liverpool, NS:   Mersey Point Fish Products of Port Mouton is back in operation after a five month shut down necessary because of the unavailability of suitable fish this past summer.  For nearly 34 years, Mersey Point Fish Products has been making smoked, salted and marinated seafood that has brought the flavours of Nova Scotia to the world, and has a new product planned for 2015.

"We are so pleased they're back in business. They're a great company that makes very good products, and provide much needed jobs in West Queens," said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.  "To operate a globally known business that has been successful for over 30 years, speaks volumes about the quality of their seafood, and the service they provide their customers."

"We use the freshest product, buying all our fish from well-managed, registered companies.   Our Solomon Gundy is made from locally caught herring," said Robert Mutsaers, owner/director of Mersey Point Fish Products. "In July of last year, we were unable to obtain suitable fish for our production, causing a shut down.  We started production again in December, and are pleased to be back operating at full capacity."   Herring, mackerel and haddock are caught in the North Atlantic; the salmon used is raised in the Bay of Fundy and the other fish used are sourced from registered suppliers from all over the world; Mutsaers advises that the origin of Mersey Point Fish Products' fish can be traced from the moment it was caught to the time it reaches the plant.  Mersey Point Fish Products is a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HAACP)-approved processing operation.

Mutsaers' parents, Cornelis and Anne, immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands with their three sons in 1981.  Soon after arriving in Mersey Point adjacent to Liverpool, they opened a home-based cottage industry, using their traditional Dutch recipes for preparing fish, and named the company Mersey Point Fish Products.  It has been 34 years and the company is now under the direction of their son Robert and his wife Pamela, who have expanded the operations to its current base, a modern 6,000 square foot processing plant located in Port Mouton, with a team of 14 employees preparing such well known treats and favorites such as Solomon Gundy; smoked salmon, herring, trout and haddock; and Matjes Herring.

"In the New Year, we are really hoping to have at least one new product launched, not only in the States, but locally as well," said Mutsaers.  He hinted that it would be based on Solomon Gundy, their flagship product in Canada.

Mersey Point Fish Products is a family owned company, producing products that are 100% natural and are prepared without using preservatives or additives. The brand is well known across Canada, as it is carried by the Sobeys and Atlantic Superstore chains, as well as the Metro Stores in Ontario, and throughout the United States; their products are also available in independent stores and restaurants throughout Nova Scotia, and other locations in the Maritimes. Mersey Point Fish Products ship their fish worldwide, to Europe, Asia, and North America.   There is a factory outlet on site with products available to purchase, or call ahead to place an order.  The plant and factory outlet are located at 36 Breakwater Road, Port Mouton, phone 902-683-2150.