Pennfield sawmill closes, employees look to future

From The Saint Croix Courier June 8, 1988

PENNFIELD  – J.D. Irving Ltd. is going ahead with the closure of its mill here as the sawmill division of the operations shut down on Friday.

The company regrets it has to close the mill after a 14 year presence in Pennfield. Irving blames a shortage of sawlogs and the budworm epidemic, and reduced sawmill activity in southern New Brunswick for the shutdown.

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The entire mill complex employed about 82 a month ago, and at its peak, employed 150.

No date yet for plant’s opening

BAYSIDE – Department of Fisheries and Oceans inspectors are in Oxnard, Calif., testing a supply of tuna for Star-Kist Canada Ltd. this week. But a letter going out to employees this week from the plant manager holds a cautionary note to those who might think this means a quick resumption of production at the plant.

Gunnar Rollefsen said while there is a chance the tuna, if it proves acceptable, could be trucked from California to the plant here by next week, the supply is not large enough to reopen the plant for production.

Wilson inducted into hall of fame

ST. STEPHEN – Rod Wilson was “delighted” with his induction into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Fredericton Saturday night.

The Fredericton native learned and played several sports as he grew up in the capital area. After a short teaching stint in Oromocto and his marriage to Judy Lowe of St. Stephen, Wilson moved to the border area in 1960 where he continued teaching. In his 28 years in St. Stephen Wilson has coached teams to 27 titles at the provincial, regional and national levels.

SWAT favors regional development commission

ST. ANDREWS – Mayor Bev Lawrence says the seven mayors of SWAT (Southwest Action Team) are keen on the idea of a separate regional economic development commission for Charlotte County and McAdam.

The suggestion is one of the recommendations of a study done by consultants Price Waterhouse for the Department of Commerce and Technology on the effectiveness of the province’s regional economic development commissions.

New Grand Manan ferry going to tender soon, design complete

GRAND MANAN – Design work and specifications have been completed for the new 60-vehicle Grand Manan ferry, and tenders for construction are expected to be let “hopefully within the next two to three weeks.”

Transportation Minister Sheldon Lee said tenders will be distributed to shipyards throughout the world.

60 Years Ago – 1958

Old business under new ownership

The J.E. Gaskill Estate general store in North Head has been purchased by D.K. Morse, a merchant in that village, the transfer effective June 2. A business place which has been a landmark for years, the Gaskill firm was established by Joseph E. Gaskill and was part of his processing plant, shipyards and other ventures.

Good fishing

Three years ago, two cans of fingerling trout were placed in Ohio Pond in the North Head area as part of a restocking plan. Within the past few weeks, 100 good sized fish have been caught from these waters – the leading average weighing approximately one pound.

Skilled craftsman

A model sized lobster boat, made by Myhron Morse, 24, of White Head and now on display in a window of Manchester Robertson Allison, Ltd., Saint John, has aroused a great deal of interest among the hundreds of people passing by.

Accurate in every detail, with full rigging and equipment represented in miniature, the model is for sale.

Build looms for weaving

Helon Eagan and Wallace McGaw are constructing a wooden loom for hobby weaving from a sample on loan from the department of handicraft.  Other men working on the project are Charles Marsters and William Scott, who are constructing a reel; Edward Marsters and Ted Marsters are busy with wood turning, Ray Jeans and Donald Eagan are working on the band saw and jig saw. The men are in high hopes of securing orders to export the loom.

60 Years ago – 1928

EASTPORT – Erection of a modern fireproof sardine cannery to replace No. 3 plant of the Seacoast Canning Co. here, which was destroyed by fire May 16, has been announced by officials of the company. Plans call for the factory to be in operation about August 1.

90 Years ago – 1898

Charles Vanstone has entered the duties of clerk of the Windsor Hotel.

St. Stephen does the largest local freight business of any town on the Atlantic division of the CPR. Receipts here last year were over $40,000.