Unobskey presents his vision of the new Calais

Edited from the Saint Croix Courier Week of Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1987


At a special council meeting here Monday, Sidney Unobskey again presented his vision of a waterfront boatel and marina complex for the Calais waterfront, raising many concerns and questions from the crowd of over 50 councillors and residents. Unobskey’s plans, first presented to the city three years ago, calls for a completely developed area on the river side of Main Street, which would include a boatel, marina, retail outlets, amphitheater and tennis courts. The plan is to construct a $25 million locking system in conjunction with a mid-tide barrage on the St. Croix which would keep the high water level and provide for entrance of sailing and motorcraft. Unobskey compared the International Bridge to Saudi Arabia and the millions of cars travelling through Calais to the untapped oil resources in the Far East. “Our downtown is kept alive by that bridge. All the elements are here. Let’s stop that traffic. It’s our waterfront and we need strong political support tonight,” Unobskey said. After presenting his plans to Maine Governor John McKernan, Unobskey said the governor was open to the idea but asked, “How do the people of Calais like it?” Unobskey said the governor’s priorities are education and the economic development of “the other Maine.”

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The Journey showed us our Catholic roots

An anniversary is a time of celebration and that is exactly what happened at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in St. Stephen on Sunday, Nov. 22, when the congregation commemorated the establishing of their parish by Irish Catholic immigrants and their descendents in 1887. They did this by putting on a pageant entitled The Journey, depicting the history of their parish, written by Ann Breault and based on her book by the same name. Those who walked into the church that evening were greeted with an excitement that was infectious, an anticipation that was almost overwhelming and a camaraderie that was heartwarming.

Carries torch

Elizabeth Ann Smythe ran the Olympic torch for a kilometer at Westfield over the weekend. Smythe is from St. Stephen and attending the University of New Brunswick. While preparing for her run at Grand Bay, she met another torch bearer, Jerry MacDonald, of the St. Stephen detachment of the RCMP.

Grand Manan

Lobster season

The overall lobster catch appears to be down slightly from last fall season, up in some areas and down in others. Landings varied from a few hundred pounds for some boats to over a ton for others. The first two days of the season, fishermen at the upper end of the island were hindered from hauling due to strong easterly winds but since the opening weather has settled down somewhat. Present price to the fishermen is $4,000 per pound.

60 YEARS AGO – 1957

Local car dealer locks garage door

Hugh S. Balkam of Milltown, president of Balkam Motors Ltd., said Monday that higher prices on 1958 cars plus lower-than-usual incomes in Charlotte County had been key factors in his decision to suspend operations at the plant site on No. 1 Highway. Operations at the garage and Dodge-DeSoto dealership on St. Stephen’s outskirts ended Saturday night. But not necessarily on a permanent basis. Mr. Balkam said negotiations were in progress with a number of prospective buyers of the business. Until a few years ago the business was carried on at a Water Street site now occupied by customs buildings.

Prominent merchant dies

George F. Crawford, St. Stephen druggist who conducted a flourishing business here for nearly half a century, died unexpectedly in the basement of his Water Street store Tuesday. He was 79 and one of the oldest merchants in town.

Opens medical practice

Dr. John E. Rigby announced Wednesday that he will open a general medicine practice in St. Andrews Dec. 2. His office will be in his residence at the corner of Carleton and Edward streets.

90 YEARS AGO – 1927

The new Ford goes on display tomorrow, Dec. 2. Known as the model “A”, it replaces the model “T”, which for 19 years made automotive history, and comprises a line of six passenger models supplemented by light delivery and truck models. Bernard Hiltz has succeeded Samuel Lewis as night watch at the mill.

120 YEARS AGO – 1897

The candy factories of Ganong Bros. and Finkill and Moran are running all night to fill Christmas orders. Walter Stevens has abandoned the project of an open air rink. It is possible that others will start one at the Hartford brick yard. Charles and Albert Vanstone are preparing to open the Klondike restaurant in the store adjoining D. Regan’s tin shop on Water Street. In response to a numerously signed petition, the post office department has placed a letter box at the Hitchings corner in Milltown. It is opened in the morning and afternoon by the driver of the mails between St. Stephen and Milltown.