Board defers support of stop sign petition

From St. Croix Courier of Wednesday, March 30, 1988

ST. STEPHEN – The District 23 school board has decided to let its Health and Safety Committee handle a request from the St. Stephen Elementary Home and School Association, to help them in their fight to have the stop signs at the Queen-Lisgar-Porter intersection removed. During its regular monthly meeting trustee Joanne Hansen, also president of the Home and School Association asked that District 23 officially throw its support behind the move. Hansen said she had the support of the majority of parents whose children go to St. Stephen Elementary, having gotten back 352 of 517 petitions that were sent home with the students.

Conservatives gather in Harvey, pay tribute to MP Fred McCain

HARVEY – About 200 people turned out at the community centre here, to listen to two federal ministers, elect a new Carleton-Charlotte executive, and honor the MP who has served them for 16 years. It was an emotional meeting, as everyone who spoke paid tribute to Fred McCain, who recently announced that he would not seek another term. “…it is with some great regret, and, no. I can’t say, relief, regret, that the time has come when I think someone else should do the job,” said McCain, who was close to tears through much of the meeting. “This party is still my party… thanks for everything.” Later, after McCain had been presented with a portrait of the provincial Legislature by former MLA Leland McGaw, he wept as he told his friends that “after many years of partnership this is the only meeting of its kind when Marjorie has not been with me.” McCain’s wife died last year.

McAdam veneer mill work force depends on supply of wood

McADAM – The Eastern Veneer Ltd. mill here has been operating since last fall with a payroll of about 40 workers, and as many as 150 could be hired if adequate supplies of wood can be found. Company president William Depow, Sr. says full production is “a ways away yet,” but would not commit himself to when that might be. He says the biggest stumbling block in getting the operation up to its full potential are a steady supply of hardwood, and skilled workers to run the mill’s machinery. Presently, veneer is being made at the mill from oak wood brought in from Pennsylvania and mahogany from Belize in Central America. Depow said he would like to get his oak from the Maritimes, but there simply is not enough here in sufficient sizes.

Development commissioner meets with county reps

BAYSIDE – The McKenna government’s commissioner of the newly created Office of Economic Development visited Charlotte County Monday. John Bryden toured a number of parts of the county, including the port at Bayside, the Champlain Industrial Park, an aquaculture operation, and some local manufacturing firms. In the evening he met with the local MLAs, mayors of the four municipalities, and presidents of the St. Stephen, St. Andrews, Grand Manan and Campobello chambers of commerce. Bryden’s visit was arranged by Charlotte County Community Futures. “We wanted to get him down here to look around… to help us promote job creation and business development in the county,” said Less Sochasky, Community Futures research and training coordinator.

Manuel top ranked student

ST. STEPHEN – Ron Manuel of St. Stephen has achieved a number one academic ranking for the first term at St. Stephen High School, principal Ken Estabrooks announced Monday. Manuel, an honors student, is the son of Jerry and Joan Manuel of St. Stephen. Here are the names of the top 14 academicians for the first term, and their rank in class from highest, beginning with Manuel in first place, Debra Anderson, James Garcelon, Carlone Kristoff, Robert Sampson, Brent Eagan, Michelle Casey, Lennie Colbourne, Cathy Dougherty, Lucy Johnson, Jody McDougall, Eric Bochmann, Tina Christie and Duane Cummings. All are honor students.

60 Years Ago – 1958

Mitchell winner in ice thriller

For the third time since the trophy was put up for competition, a rink skipped by J. Orville Mitchell swept to victory and emerged as winners of the popular Bois trophy competition at St. Stephen Curling Club. Other members of the winning rink were Kenneth Dinsmore, mate, Alan Garcelon, second stone, and Les Flemming, lead.

Questionable quiver

Whether the St. Stephen district actually quivered in an earth tremor late Sunday afternoon was a debatable question Monday. Some said yes, others said no, with the qualification that if the earth did churn a bit the jar wasn’t severe enough to alert everybody. There were unconfirmed reports of dishes jumping about, but none indicating the tremor amounted to much, if tremor it was.

90 Years Ago – 1928

Friends will be glad to hear that Bernard Halstead, a graduate of St. Stephen High School 1927 class, who had been taking a course at the Canadian School of Electricity, Montreal, where he graduated with honors and received his diploma, has accepted a position in the maintenance department of the Aluminum Co. of Canada, in Shawinigan Falls, Quebec. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Halstead of The Ledge.

120 Years ago – 1898

Several boys have been added as members to the choir at Christ Church and their young voices are quite an addition to the singing. The whistle of the Rose Standish was a welcome sound on the river on Monday. She has received her usual overhauling and is in excellent condition for the summer business. Captain Simpson is again her popular commander.