Donahue brings back gold medal for his effort in shotput

Edited from the Saint Croix Courier Week of Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1987

ST. STEPHEN – Wheelchair athlete Jake Donahue of Milltown has just returned from the 1987 Canadian Foresters Games for the Physically Disabled with a gold medal in the shotput competition. Donahue is a veteran participant of such events, having attended two previous Pan American and three World Games for the disabled throughout the globe. This year’s Canadian games were held from Aug. 20-29 in Brantford, Ont. Donahue attended them along with seven other disabled athletes from New Brunswick. His distance of 5.79 metres was good enough for the gold medal in the shotput.

CHS class of ’77 enjoys eventful reunion

The Class of 1977 of Calais High School celebrated their 10th reunion on Aug. 7, 8 and 9. The weekend’s festivities began on Friday evening with a float decorating party at DiCenzo’s garage in the Calais Industrial Park. Classmates put their creative talents to work and quickly disguised a flatbed truck with the school colours, blue and white, and a large ‘77” stood proudly in the center of the float. On Saturday morning, the float was loaded with a group of spirited class members who braved the soggy weather to participate in the International Festival Parade.

Around Grand Manan Old church sold

The former United Church in Castalia was sold recently to Rev. Ricky Thomas, who plans to convert it into a summer home. Dedicated in 1879, it was originally a Union Church, used by the Methodist persuasion and later in the early twenties taken over by the United Church, who in turn turned it over to the Grand Manan Cemetery Association. Finding the cost of upkeep more than their funds would allow, they decided to sell.


St. George – Eldon Hatt of Cornwall, Ont., visited with his family in L’Etang. While home he attended the reunion of the Hatt family.
Bocabec – The Little family celebrated recently their family reunion at Mr. and Mrs. Norman Mundie’s (Mary Little) cottage at Loon Bay. Around 38 attended and all enjoyed a nice get-together and a delicious lunch.
Leonardville – Jeffrey Calder of Saint John spent a few days recently with relatives in Leonardville and Fairhaven.
Pomeroy Ridge – Mrs. Kaye Wilson, Mrs. Ernest Thornton, Tower Hill, called on Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Dickinson Friday afternoon.
Little Ridge – Richmond Pomeroy of Calais, Me., called on Bob Pomeroy.

60 YEARS AGO – 1957

Band concert

A band concert was held Saturday evening at Fairhaven when bandmaster Eddie Lord and his bandsmen provided pleasure for many local residents and summer visitors. Many cars from all the island villages lined the roadsides near the H.W. Welch, Ltd., store premises where the outdoor concert was held. Harold W. Farris took up a collection for the band, which played selections from 6 o’clock until dark.

No-hit contest

The Little League All-Stars of St. Stephen defeated Machias All-Stars last Thursday in St. Stephen in a day-night doubleheader. The first game was played on the Little League diamond on Queen Street and featured the no-hit pitching of Carl Speedy. Speedy allowed only five men to reach base as his team played brilliantly in the field as well as at bat. The score was 14-0. In a game played at the fairgrounds diamond, St. Stephen again defeated Machias, this time 6-5. The game was won in the last of the sixth when, with one out, Derald Prosser drew a base on balls and then scored the tie-breaking run when Mike Johnson belted a double to right centrefield. Billy McCarroll was the winning pitcher.

90 YEARS AGO – 1927

The music lovers of the St. Croix have a treat in store for them when the Algonquin Hotel symphony orchestra will give a concert in the Opera House Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Matters are all set for the re-opening of the town schools on Tuesday morning with the teachers who were out of town on vacation back to fill their positions. There are a few changes and enrollment is expected to be about the same. Miss Boyd returns after a terms’ absence. Miss McMurray of Fredericton has resigned and is replaced by Miss Dorothy Norwood of Milltown. Miss Hayes, a spare teacher in the high school, has resigned and her place is not to be filled. Miss Norwood has acquired a reputation for efficiency in athletics and is expected to inspire interest in that branch among girls.

120 YEARS AGO – 1897

Lansdowne, Almont Charter Good field of starters and fast time made Nominee Prince lowers race record for the province

If any persons who attended the races in connection with the annual meeting of the St. Stephen driving park association on Tuesday expected to see less interesting events than those of last week, they were agreeably surprised. The three minute class and 2.27 class were started. Four heats were needed to decide the first and nothing less than seven hotly contested heats could decide the other events. In both races only one heat was trotted slower than thirty. There was no procession and every horse had to fight for the position he won. The track was in good condition, but the attendance not so large as it should have been. The judges were V.M. Boothby of New York, W.B. Belyea of Woodstock and E.W. Thompson of St. Stephen; timers, M.A. McDermott and H.S. Murchie. W.C.H. Grimmer was clerk of the course.