Edited from The Saint Croix Courier Week of Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1988
ST. ANDREWS – Dr. Brian Glebe, a marine biologist at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre, has been named an Atlantic Innovator of the Year. Glebe was among six finalists – both groups and individuals – in the running for the award, which was co-sponsored by Atlantic Insight magazine, Atlantic Plus Canada and the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council. Although the top award was shared by two other individuals, Glebe and the three other finalists were also named innovators. He will be going to Halifax to be presented with his award on Jan. 28, along with the other winners, at the Dartmouth Inn. Glebe was cited for his work with arctic char at HMSC, where he has made progress in adapting the fish to salt water by crossing it with Atlantic salmon.
Ten citizens honoured
Because of the number of nominations, the St. Stephen town council had to pick 10 names from a hat in choosing the 10 volunteers to be honoured at the New Year’s Day Mayor’s Levee. Those honoured were: Virginia Brewer of the Salvation Army; Donald McMorran of the Meet Your Neighbour Men’s Club; Dorilla Foster of the St. Stephen-Milltown Lionettes; Ferne Gayton of the Salmon Falls Senior Citizens and Milltown Parish CWL; Helen Irving of the Junior Ladies Auxiliary of the St. Croix Branch #9 Royal Canadian Legion; Marjorie Linton of the Queen Mary Chapter Order of the Eastern Star; Cora Clark of the St. Croix Chapter of the IODE; Helena Vail of the Heritage Chapter of the IODE; May (Dolly) Hunter of the Senior Ladies Auxiliary of the Milltown Branch Royal Canadian Legion, and Jack Muir of the Kiwanis Club.
First Baby of ‘88
Megan Lynn Wilcox arrived at 12:22 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, all eight pounds of her. Megan was the first baby born at the Charlotte County Hospital in 1988. She is the daughter of Heather Hatt of St. Andrews.
Grand Manan – Celia Fleet of Castalia was the winner of the Connors Bros. drawing for a trip to Florida, and Mrs. Neil Cossaboom of White Head won the microwave oven from the Barn Workshop appliances.
Pomeroy Ridge – Mr. and Mrs. Ross Henderson, North Reading, Mass., spent the Christmas holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Smith.
St. George – On Dec. 26, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gowan and Mrs. Willard Gowan joined nearly 100 family members and friends at Oak Bay Hall for a family reunion and Christmas party.
Oak Hill – Mr. Nelson Haley of Toronto spent the holidays at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Haley.
60 YEARS AGO – 1958
Black panther on prowl?
Panthers – a black one this time – popped back into the news Monday with the report of a Milltown man that had sighted one in the Burnt Hill area not far from Milltown’s outskirts. Edward Camick told The Courier he was cutting wood about a quarter mile from a highway when he spotted the animal. “I heard a noise,” he said, “and when I looked up I saw two foxes running. Close behind was a big cat. I’d say it was about four feet long and it looked like it weighed about 200 pounds. It had a long tail that swept the ground, with a shepherd’s crook in it. “I’ve seen cougars, or panthers, before and I’m sure that’s what it was.” Mr. Camick, who was unarmed, said he shouted at the cat and it stopped momentarily to gaze at him without any indication of alarm. Then it bounded off in pursuit of the foxes. The Milltown man said the animal was predominantly black in colour. Previous reports of panther sightings in Charlotte County have described them as being tan, with a black shading along the back.
Gale slams border area
St. Stephen and the surrounding district were pummeled by a savage wind storm early last Friday that knocked out power in various areas and disrupted the town’s fire alarm system. No injuries were reported and no fires broke out while sections of the automatic signal network were out of kilter. A spokesman for the New Brunswick Electric Power Commission said winds with a velocity of up to 60 miles an hour caused extensive damage to lines in St. Stephen and the region of Rolling Dam, Oak Hill, Tower Hill, Elmsville and Pleasant Ridge. Trees were toppled by the gale and scores of branches ripped loose to fall across power lines, snapping them and severing circuits. In St. Andrews, a falling tree broke a power pole on King Street, blacking out a small area of the Shiretown for a brief period. The power commission spokesman said the border district felt the heaviest blows of the storm which roared to a peak between midnight Thursday and dawn Friday.
90 YEARS AGO – 1928
Skating rink opens
After making three or four beds of ice and then losing them due to the soft weather, the St. Croix Rink was able last evening to open its doors to the public and a good crowd was in attendance. A seven piece band will provide the latest music four nights each week and arrangements are already made to bring a number of hockey teams here during the next few weeks. These will include Saint John, Fredericton, Rothesay, and possibly one or two from Maine.
120 YEARS AGO – 1898
George W. Mills was employed as private night watch by the St. Croix Jewelry Company during Christmas week. Their window and general display was very dazzling. Snow came with the New Year and though slight showers of rain fell during the forenoon, there was an abundance of the beautiful snow for sleighing in the afternoon. Every available team seemed to be out. In the brushes with the speedy ones, Dr. Franklin Eaton’s Trombone was able to stay at the head of the party.
Calais – The question of an all-night telephone service is again being agitated. It is claimed by those who are making the effort for this additional service that the promise was made by the company to the early subscribers that, as soon as 75 customers were obtained, continuous service would be given.