Sheldon Lee says road aid is on the way

Thirty Years Ago

From The Saint Croix Courier of July 6, 1988

ST. GEORGE – Transportation Minister Sheldon Lee says long suffering motorists in at least four parts of southwestern New Brunswick will soon see major highway repairs started in their areas.

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Lee says tenders will be called soon for roadwork on Rt. 4 between McAdam and Thomaston Corner;  Rt. 127 from Digdeguash to the St. Andrews turnoff; Cricket Creek on Rt. 776 in Black’s Harbour; and Rt. 127 between Dumbarton and Tryon.

Aquaculture fair success good omen for 1989

ST. ANDREWS – The first ever St. Andrews Aquaculture Fair held here over the weekend will certainly not be the last, judging by the response from both exhibitors and the general public who attended the show.

The show was opened at the Sir James Dunn Arena at noon on Friday by New Brunswick Premier Frank McKenna before a crowd of more than 500 people. McKenna called the fair and the salmon-growing industry “an absolutely explosive industry,” and said it was a pleasure for him to preside over its opening.

Family begins amazing voyage

L’ETETE – Harry Bryan and his family sailed with clear skies and fair winds on Sunday, beginning a three-year journey that will take them around the world.

The path to their homestead in L’Etete was busy with people coming to say their last goodbyes.

Martha Bryan, 41, heartily assured grieving friends that “three years is not such a long time – we’ll be back before you know it.”

The Bryans have been preparing for this trip for 10 years, Harry building the boat, Martha taking CPR courses, and the whole family taking a hand in stocking the extensive library on board.

Island patients can go to doctor or Lubec

CAMPOBELLO – Dr. Philip Kay started his general practice at the Campobello Health Centre on Monday, ending a search that began last year to find a new doctor for the island.

The search began when the Island’s former itinerant doctor, Dr. David Green, serving the island from Calais, took a year’s leave of absence in July of 1986.

Sandy Morgan joins Courier staff

The latest addition to the newsroom staff at the Courier comes to us via Ontario and Saint John.

Sandy Morgan, 36, is a resident of Saint John, and lived there most of her life before leaving for Ottawa and Carleton University where she enrolled in the journalism program two years ago.

The mother of three children, two boys aged 13 and 11 and a one year old daughter, Sandy has taken up residence at Hobbit Hill in Bayside along with her husband John.

Lifeline to be enacted in the fall

ST. STEPHEN – The Charlotte County Lifeline Program is aiming for an October implementation of the service to the St. Stephen-St. Andrews area.

Lifeline is a personal emergency response system enabling medically at risk individuals to live independently in their own homes. The home communication device sends a signal to an Emergency Response Centre to be located at the Charlotte County Hospital. Upon receiving the signal staff at the hospital will contact responders who are friends or relatives living close to the subscriber. The responders will then go to the subscriber’s house to determine the subscriber’s issue and take appropriate action.

Beaver Harbour fisherman angry over net stealing acts 

BEAVER HARBOUR – Fisherman Jimmy Hawkins has the twine on his herring weirs out around the Wolves for another season, but not before a few costly repairs due to vandals cutting up those nets.

Hawkins explains that the nets usually get a few holes in them from normal wear and tear in the run of a fishing season, and have to be taken off in the fall and repaired.

To do this, Hawkins and other weirmen have found it convenient to spread the nets at the old Pennfield airstrip, where there are a number of flat areas free of plant growth.

However, for at least the third year in a row, a person or persons unknown has decided the nets are free for the taking and have cut big chunks out of them, costing Hawkins about $600.00 to replace it.

60 Years Ago – July, 1958

Progress marches on – some left by the wayside

Technical progress has many merits but sometimes it poses many problems for those left in its wake.

This is the case with a local trucker who recently watched with sorrow the conversion by the Ganong Bros., from coal fuel to the more efficient oil heating. This change to “black gold” from black coal brought to a close a chapter of tradition in the town’s life.

Sandy O’Brien travelled for 30 years with his wagon and two horses from the freight yards to the candy factory with his load of 50 tons of coal every week, before modern science stepped in to end the long relationship.

O’Brien said 30 years ago it was 55 cents a ton, while today coal goes for about $1.25 a ton.

Ganong employee, retiring, feted

Miss Teresa (Tessie) Dunn, retiring from Ganong Bros. factory this Friday after 42 years as an employee, was feted by members of the hand dipping room in the cafeteria of the factory Monday evening. Present were 50 guests. Dr. A.D. Ganong, chairman of the board of directors of Ganong Bros., presented Miss Dunn with a watch and a picture of the hand dipping room, accompanied by many good wishes.

Roll and Rock

Diversified tastes in music exist in St. Stephen much the same as in other centres throughout Canada.

One St. Stephen resident, undoubtedly quite outspoken, gave the sum total of his impression of the rage in listening to this Rock and Roll music. “I’m beginning to understand its significance. It rocks you to the ground and makes you roll around in pain.”

90 Years Ago – 1928

There were 15 rainy days in June, with a total rainfall of 3.752 inches. The highest temperature was 86.1 on the 26th; the lowest, 34.3 when there was a frost that did considerable damage to crops in lowlands. Average temperature was  59.5 degrees.