Thompson announces candidacy for PCs

From The Saint Croix Courier

Week of April 13, 1988

ST. STEPHEN – Greg Thompson, well-known in Progressive Conservative party circles and for his involvement in a number of local community organizations, is the first to announce he will seek nomination as the Carleton-Charlotte PC candidate for the next federal election.

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Thompson, 41, a financial planner, is a lifetime resident of the area and has been active in the internal workings of the PC party since his college days.

“I’ve sort of been laying the groundwork for this for a long time,” says Thompson, who feels he’s earned his stripes working in the party trenches. He has worked in every federal and provincial election campaign since the early 1970s and has served on party executives at both the federal and provincial levels.

Calico Ridge products go Canada-wide

ST. STEPHEN – It was only two years ago a few of their calico-print items were displayed in a Halifax show. Now Calico Ridge Ltd. products can be found in gift shops, boutiques and country stores all across Canada.

“It still hasn’t hit us. We still think it’s just luck,” says Calico Ridge co-owner Judy Snook.

The unique calico-print quilted pillows and hooped wall hangings are familiar to many people here, as are the owners, Snook and partner Bonnie Cumberland, former operators of Bits ‘n Pieces.  With the low key operations of the company so far, few realize those handcrafted items and at least another 32 products are being marketed from this quiet town to big chains like PanHandler, Towers, Bass River and Holders and a few are being sold to buyers in the United States and West Germany.

Major expansion, refurbishing planned for St. George Mall

ST. GEORGE – Citing a promising economic outlook, local businessman Robert Hanselpacker has announced his intention to expand the existing St. George Mall by 20,000 square feet.

Hanselpacker says all that remains to be done is to select one of three contractors who have bid for the job. He expects construction will begin sometime in May.

He said he almost decided to build the addition two years ago, but an economic downturn – highlighted by closure of the Mount Pleasant mine – in the area convinced him otherwise.

This time around, Hanselpacker is pinning the better part of his optimism on the burgeoning salmon-farming industry in southwestern New Brunswick.

“I think the local economy is on an upswing,” he says, “and aquaculture is the biggest reason.”

However, he also feels it is imperative that local people don’t have to go outside St. George for first-class shopping opportunities.

“We have to provide a few more services to keep people in the area. We have to keep up with the times,” says Hanselpacker.

Local areas to be sprayed for gypsy moth

After a five-year respite, the province once again plans to launch a spray program aimed at eradicating or controlling the spread of the gypsy moth in Charlotte County.

Lester Hartling, an entomologist at the Timber Management Branch in Fredericton, says two small areas in Mohannes and Moores Mills will receive three applications of the bacterial agent BT sometime in May. 

Gypsy moths were first found at Mohannes in 1981, and in 1983, 450 hectares along the St. Croix River across from Baileyville were sprayed with BT.

Charlotte-Fundy Liberals elected

PENNFIELD – The Charlotte-Fundy Liberal Association held its annual meeting and election at the Lions Hall in Pennfield.  Speakers for the meeting were Charlotte-Fundy MLA Eric Allaby, St. Stephen-Campobello MLA Ann Breault and Transportation Minister Sheldon Lee. The association’s executive for the upcoming year is Allan Eldridge, first vice-president; Stuart Hawkins, president; Donna Pitre, secretary; and Keele Gregory, treasurer.

Huntsman educators get $45,000 grant

ST. ANDREWS – The Huntsman Marine Science Centre has announced that its public education department has been awarded a grant of $45,000 from the Government of Canada Science Culture Canada Program. The grant was awarded to support a new initiative of the department which will help to introduce Marine Science and Technology into the classroom.

The project, entitled, “Seatrek/Pleine Mer” identifies Canadian Marine Scientific and Technological activities and achievements, emphasizing the interrelationships of Marine Science, Technology and Society. It will also provide students and teachers with hands on experiences in the classroom.

60 Years Ago – 1958

Bridge project progresses

Proponents of the Campobello-Lubec bridge could be encouraged this week by two developments in Washington. In the senate, Maine’s Senator Margaret Chase Smith revived a bill which would authorize the Maine State Highway Commission to build, maintain and operate its share of a “free highway bridge” across Lubec Narrows.

Almost two years ago, on July 11, 1956, President Eisenhower gave  state highway commission the necessary authorization. But it died automatically a year later when no action was taken to implement its contents.

Another cover

On local newsstands this week is another book with a cover painted by Norman Eastman, St. Stephen commercial artist now living in Toronto. The paperback fiction novel has an outer space theme and the cover portrays the imaginative talent of the artist.

On Clark’s staff

James Coffey has accepted a position in the furniture department of the J. Clark and Son Ltd. store in St. Stephen.

90 Years Ago – 1928

W.A. Mills is contemplating the purchase of the hardware business conducted in St. Stephen for many years by Chase Barker & Co.

Edward Price and Aaron Cross of St. Stephen and Ira Stinson of St. Andrews are perfecting arrangements to leave for the Klondike early in May. They intend to cross by the White Pass and to locate on the Stewart River or some of its branches and expect to remain in that country two years.