Courier columns – 30 Years Ago with Joanne Mires

The old arena passes on

Edited from The Saint Croix Courier, Dec. 24, 1991

Grand Manan

Periwinkle pickers are active these tides harvesting the shellfish from the crannies on the ebb tide. They are harder to find in the winter cold, bunching up in crevasses, while in the warm summer weather they are out on the rocks. One buyer is in the market at Grand Manan paying 50 cents per pound.

Blues blank Chiefs 3-0

St. Stephen – Jody Smith scored a pair of goals to help the Apple Auto Glass Blues shut out the Milltown Chiefs 3-0 in the Western Charlotte Hockey League, Sunday.

Smith scored in the first and second periods while Colin MacDougall added the third goal in the final frame.

The winners had one minor penalty and the losers picked up two minors.

Bateman, Huntsman honored

Jane Barry, Chairperson of the Gulf of Maine Council of the Marine Environment, presented the Gulf of Maine Visionary Awards to two New Brunswick environmentalists Dec. 5.

Jamie Steele, environmental educator, accepted the award on behalf of the Huntsman Marine Science Centre, for its internationally recognized marine education program and its community coastal zone management project entitled “The Bay of Fundy, A Case for Action”.

Elaine Bateman, former editor of The Saint Croix Courier, received the Visionary award for her series of investigative articles in the Telegraph-Journal entitled “Endangered Bay”, which alerted New Brunswickers to the wide variety of land and water management issues that are imperiling the ecosystem of the Bay of Fundy, and the larger Gulf of Maine. She also focused attention to the many agencies working to protect this unique resource and the key role the public can play in making a difference.

60 YEARS AGO – 1961

The old arena passes on

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 1961, saw the close of an era and the beginning of a new one, in the sporting and entertainment field in St. Andrews. Town employees moved into the old St. Andrews Arena to begin a program of rearrangements of the spacious building, soon to be used as a combination garage and storage warehouse for Town equipment and supplies.

By unique coincidence, the first cement in the foundation of the magnificent, new Sir James Dunn Arena was being poured at precisely the same hour, by Modern Construction Company, on the new site.

Calais Briefs

No explanation for explosion

No positive explanation was offered by city officials for the three sewer explosions that startled the city Monday and brought the fire company on the double to the Unobskey block on Main Street where gaseous odors permeated the building in the block after the explosions. One underground belch shot a manhole cover high into the air and dropped it in front of a parked car at the curbing, missing the vehicle a few feet.

A blast also opened a crack in the recently resurfaced section of Union Street at its junction with Main and blew a plank covering off a second manhole. Luckily there was no extensive property damage from the upheavals which were thought to have been caused by gas leaks into the sewer.

90 YEARS AGO – 1931

Huge new Junkers plane has been put into service by Canadian Airways, it is the first of its type in America and will be used to carry mining machinery and supplies to the North. Because of its unusually large cargo space, the plane has been dubbed a “flying box car”. The new machine, a Junkers’ Ju52, has been purchased by Canadian Airways, Ltd. and has a normal flying range of some 925 miles, a cruising speed of 99 to 105 miles per hour and guaranteed pay load of 5,800 pounds for a distance of 500 miles with a crew of two.

One Calais bank closed, run starts on the other. Heavy withdrawals by depositors of International Trust and Banking Company, hoping to clean up on exchange situation, brings on crisis, says directors.

Business in Calais, already hit by adverse exchange rates on Canadian currency and rigid immigrations regulations, received a severe jolt when International Trust failed to open its doors for business. Customers were greeted with the following brief announcement, typewritten on a letterhead bearing the imprimatur of the State of Maine Banking Department, and pasted to the door of the bank by seals of the same department, “Closed For Adjustment, By Order of the Bank Commissioner.”

120 YEARS AGO – 1901

The King’s Coronation will take place on June 26 next. (This would be Edward VII of England).

The long distance telephone wire between St. Stephen and Saint John is all up and will be ready for business in a very short time. Manager Hoyt talked with central office in this town from Digdeguash and last night his melodious voice was wafted clear in her from Saint John appearing no further away than if he had been at an instrument in another part of St. Stephen.