10 Years Ago with Joanne Mires


Edited from the Courier Weekend

Week of Friday, Dec. 4, 2009

Budget shows money for Grand Manan ferry

Grand Manan

A new ferry for Grand Manan is included in the 2010-2011 provincial budget tabled by Finance Minister Greg Byrne, Tuesday afternoon.

He announced $424.4 million for transportation-related infrastructure, which includes $49.1 million related to the Fundy Isles ferries.

Some of that money will go toward a replacement vessel for the Grand Manan ferry.

The minister also announced $3 million for pre-construction activities related to the Route 1 Gateway project, which will result in the complete twinning of Route 1 from the U.S. border to River Glade.

Like father, like daughter

Dipper Harbour

It took 22 years, but now Lynda MacDougall is following in the Olympic torch-bearing footsteps of her father.

Twenty-two years ago Duane MacDougall carried the Olympic torch on its way to the Calgary Olympics. Last Saturday his daughter Lynda was a torch bearer in New Brunswick for the upcoming Vancouver Olympics.

Bonny River dumps Whalers 6-2

Blacks Harbour

The Bonny River Ratz built up a 4-0 lead and coasted to a 6-2 victory over the NBCC St. Andrews Whalers Tuesday night.

Backed by solid goaltending from Warren Giesbrecht, the Ratz got offence from Carl Chambers, who netted a pair, including one with two Ratz sitting in the penalty box.

Mark Taylor, Greg Justason, Keith Hoyt and Jim Buchanan rounded out the rodents’ scoring for the night.

Jerome LeBlanc and Scott Giberson replied for the Whalers in the losing effort.

Ceremony Saturday honours soldiers

St. Stephen

Operation International Memories, a unique ceremony organizers hope will be the forerunner of many more, will take place on the Ferry Point Bridge between this community and Calais on Saturday, beginning at 12:45 p.m. Atlantic (Canadian) time.

The ceremony to honour the mothers and families of Canadian soldiers in the American Armed Forces will culminate in a wreath-laying at the cenotaph on Milltown Boulevard.

Captain Blaine Harris, a Canadian Forces reservist assigned to the 527 Simonds Air Cadet Squadron in Saint John, said the ceremony has been organized by Wreaths Across America, a non-profit organization to honour and celebrate the connection between Silver Cross Mothers in Canada and Gold Star Mothers in the United States.

20 YEARS AGO – 1999

Flames burn bright in St. Stephen: AHL practice a big hit in border community

St. Stephen

The AHL’s Saint John Flames practiced in St. Stephen Tuesday and the evening was a big success on all fronts.

NBTel is sponsoring the Flames Community Practices and the St. Stephen stop was the second in what is expected to be about five such sessions over the season.

More than 250 people made their way through the doors of the Border Arena to take in the practice which consisted of on-ice drills followed by a skills competition and then an autograph session upstairs.

Players from the NHL’s Calgary Flames farm club signed hundreds of shirts, posters, sticks, and whatever else kids and adults wanted signatures on.

Purring at St. Stephen Curling Club

Sometimes curlers go above and beyond their on-ice duties to help when needed and such was the case Wednesday at the St. Stephen Curling Club. A large cat was spotted trapped out in the rafters of the club for most of this week and Wednesday night three men decided it was time to help the furry feline out. Don Lyons crawled out and got the cat with the assistance of Robert Mann and then Daryl Spires took the feline outside to safety. While the rescue was said to be dangerous, the group was seen trying to talk the cat into taking up the sport of curling.

30 YEARS AGO – 1989

Hospital continues to press for much needed expansion plans

St. Stephen

The Charlotte County Hospital will continue pressing the provincial government for approval of the $7.7 million expansion, says Seymour Kaufman, facility administrator.

The CCH expansion was one of 13 hospital projects put on hold following the announcement of the Department of Health capital budget last month.

“We will be writing a letter to the minister seeking a meeting with the minister and local MLA’s to discuss the implications of the government’s decision to put the project on the back-burner,” he said. “We hope to get a better understanding of what the government’s intentions are.”

40 YEARS AGO – 1979

Tourist centre plans unveiled

Tourism minister Leland McGaw unveiled plans in St. Stephen Wednesday for a new tourism visitor’s centre here, and the minister made it plain that he will lend no support to the project unless the centre is built on King Street.

McGaw provided details of the proposal at a meeting of the St. Stephen Chamber of Commerce, and the chamber voted unanimously to support McGaw’s idea of building the centre on the site of the present King Street tourist bureau.

The design would include a lighthouse similar to those seen in the Fundy Isles.