Mayor Lawrence says province will set Sunday opening limits

Edited from the Saint Croix Courier Week of Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1988

ST. ANDREWS – Mayor Bev Lawrence says the provincial government will be setting some limitations on Sunday store openings but special provisions will be made for tourism areas. At Monday night’s council meeting, Lawrence said he has been communicating with Municipal Affairs and Environment Minister Vaughn Blaney and “they are going to put limitations on Sunday openings,” Lawrence said. The six-member Cities of New Brunswick Association requested the province impose a uniform Day of Rest Act to apply everywhere in the province. Under the existing Day of Rest legislation each municipality is free to adopt its own Day of Rest bylaw. St. Andrews and St. Stephen both passed bylaws in the past year which allows many retail and commercial businesses to operate on Sundays and most holidays.

Georgia-Pacific railway traffic may be key to local tracks’ future

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WOODLAND – Remember that old song The Railroad Runs Through the Middle of the House? Well, at Georgia-Pacific Corporation here the railroad runs through the middle of the pulp and paper mill. G-P uses the railway system almost daily and the operations of this American company and the revenue that CP Rail derives from it could guarantee future railway services for their Canadian cousins on the other side of the border. The Atlantic Provinces Transportation Commission produced a report in May of 1987 saying Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railways are considering abandoning 653 miles, or 45 per cent of their rail lines in New Brunswick, and 49 per cent for the three Maritime provinces over the next five years. Included in their prediction is the 33.9 miles of track between McAdam and St. Stephen, called the St. Stephen Subdivision, the Milltown spur of 4.6 miles, the St. Andrews Subdivision, another 27.5 miles of track, and the Champlain Spur of 3.6 miles that connects the Champlain Industrial Park to the main rail line. The APTC says the deregulation bill, Bill C-18, passed by Parliament in August, will make it easier for the railway companies to have abandonment applications approved by the Canadian Transportation Commission.

Mayfield Greenhouses

Mayfield Greenhouses will be opening a garden centre and greenhouse at the former Gore farm on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. Over the next two years, owners Peter and Nora Heelis plan to move their entire operation from Mayfield to the farm site.

Landowners turn thumbs down to asphalt plant

OAK BAY – “Not in my backyard” was the loud and clear message that officials from Warren Maritimes Ltd. got here Monday night from area landowners opposed to the company’s plans for an asphalt plant in the area. Warren Maritimes Ltd. has purchased a 15-acre site on the Strang Road near Hwy. 1 for the proposed plant, and the land has already been cleared. About 120 local taxpayers crowded into the Oak Bay Memorial Hall to voice their concerns about the plant, and listen to answers to their questions provided by two company officials.

60 YEARS AGO – 1958

County is coated Lines toppled under ice

An ice storm described as the worst in years knocked out power service and telephone communications in widespread sections of the St. Stephen district this week. Beginning early Monday repair crews went to work on a virtually around-the-clock basis in a battle to restore normal services fought in rain and sleet.

10 escape harm – tree splits, rips porch

A Milltown family of 10, including eight children, escaped injury Tuesday morning, when an ice-weighted elm tree split and a heavy section of it crashed against a Queen St. home, shearing off the veranda. Mr. and Mrs. Carl McShane and their family were in the house at the time, Mr. McShane in an upstairs room only about four feet away from the path of the falling timber. “It was a wonder the children were not playing near the veranda,” he said later. “They probably would have been, if it hadn’t been for the rain.” Mr. McShane said the veranda was wrecked by the impact of the blow. He estimated the tree was about 14 inches thick at the point where it split under a load of ice which formed during the night as rain and sleet solidified.

In Milltown – three fill council gap

Milltown’s municipal government is back in business. Short three aldermen after the first nomination day Jan. 18, the administrative gap was closed Saturday when three men came forward and were elected by acclamation. The three were Julian Andrews and Bernard Douglas, who will represent ward one, and Philip Trecartin, who will team in ward three with Alfred Nickson, acclaimed Jan. 18. Spokesmen for ward two will be Alexander Baxter and Kenneth Williams, both of whom went into office without opposition on the first nomination day. Only new member of the 1958 council is Mr. Douglas, who replaces Charles Burgess, no longer a Milltown resident. Mayor Ralph (Buffy) Eagan was returned without opposition for his third consecutive two-year term.

90 YEARS AGO – 1928

St. Stephen High School girls, under Miss Dorothy Norwood of Milltown, who was a star on the Trojan Rover team of Saint John, are making good progress in their basketball practices. Since Christmas they have been having two and three practices a week in the new King St. gymnasium and are now looking forward to many interesting games this winter. This will acknowledge the opening of Wilfred L. Todd’s ladies’ store. The appointments in his new store are in keeping with the high class of merchandise which Mr. Todd is going to carry, and everything in the line of ladies’ ready-to-wear will be kept in stock, new goods arriving by express each week from the larger centres.

120 YEARS AGO – 1898

DEWOLFE – Although the thermometer registered 20 below zero last Saturday morning, it didn’t prevent a merry party of young people from Baillie and DeWolfe from making a trip to Canous. The party left George Stewart’s at 7:30 a.m., and landed at the scene of his logging operations at 12:30. The genial and obliging cook, Henry Stewart, wasn’t long in setting before them a sumptuous dinner. Games and other amusements were indulged in until supper time. After supper the party started for home, arriving about 11:30. All speak in high praise of the trip. The horses were owned by P. Whirty and driven by his son Henry.

LEPREAU – Brown Bros. and Co.’s cannery at Little Lepreau is now running full blast. They are canning rabbits as well as clams and have a good demand for both. The clams put up by this firm have a high reputation in the market and certainly deserve it. Their demand for rabbits has put every youngster on his mettle and rabbit wire and string are in evidence everywhere.