Deer Islanders show support for home

Edited from the Saint Croix Courier Week of Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1987

DEER ISLAND – Organizers of a meeting last Friday night to discuss a proposal for a nursing home for the island feel encouraged by the show of support of residents and now are seeking a meeting with Premier Frank McKenna. Wayne Martin, chairman of the Deer Island Senior Citizens Nursing Home Committee, said the turnout of 200 people shows “there is a lot of interest” in the project. The island doesn’t have any nursing home care and any resident requiring such care is forced to leave the island and go to a facility elsewhere. The nursing home committee, representing two Baptist churches on the island, wants a 30-bed nursing home and has been trying for over a year to get a license from the provincial government.

Block Parent program initiated in Blacks Harbour

BLACKS HARBOUR – You don’t have to be a parent to be a block parent! All you have to do is be home and willing to help kids in your neighbourhood who may knock, needing assistance. Blacks Harbour is the latest Charlotte County community to initiate a Block Parent program. According to Const. Dan Pugh of the Blacks Harbour Police Department, the organizer of the program in the area, there are 30 block parent applications on file with more expected. A mighty swath A mighty swath has been carved from the forests of Grand Manan to make way for the new gravel airstrip near the centre of the island. Including the access road, taxiway, and approaches, the cleared area is about a mile long by a quarter mile wide. Armstrong Construction should have the strip ready for use by the end of the month, with the finishing touches on the $1.8 million project expected next spring.


Grand Manan – Best wishes go out to Fay Monroe of Woodward’s Cove who celebrated her 90th birthday on Oct. 31.

Waweig – Sarah Wentworth of Oak Bay spent the weekend with her great-grandmother Mrs. John Ruddock Sr.

60 YEARS AGO – 1957

Was it a panther on the road

A St. Croix woman told Saturday how she encountered what she believes was a panther on an isolated stretch of woods road. Mrs. Henry Lounder, wife of an assistant forest ranger and not unfamiliar with wild animals, was driving Saturday morning on the lonely road to Canterbury about six miles in from the McAdam-Vanceboro highway. She was alone in a school bus which she drives between St. Croix and McAdam on the Woodstock Road. “I came around a corner and this big cat of some kind was standing in the middle of the road,” she said in an interview at Linton Sales and Service on the No. 3 Highway. “It looked like a panther to me. It was about the size of a real big German Shepherd police dog, but heavier through the chest and shoulders. It was tan in colour, with what seemed to be a black shading on its shoulders and along its back. It had a long tail, but not so long that it was dragging on the ground.”

Makes debut at three

Many television fans here heard with keen interest young Rodney MacDonald singing on the “Time for Juniors” program last Thursday evening. The three-year-old boy is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren R. MacDonald. This was his first public appearance and his selection was “Bicycle Built for Two.”

Name flower for her

A newly-evolved species of gladiola has been named after a former local resident and expert horticulturist by a seed firm in Boise, Idaho, the Winston Roberts Co. The flower is known as the Carmen Corliss gladiola and is salmon pink in colour, with bright yellow lip petals. Before her marriage, the late Mrs. Corliss was Carmen Ganong of St. Stephen.

90 YEARS AGO – 1927

Connors Bros., owners and operators of the sardine canning plant at Black’s Harbour, have undertaken the expansion of their electrical plant for the purpose of supplying power for the lighting of the village, which is practically owned and controlled by the company. The project involves the wiring of some 50 houses owned by the company and occupied by their employees, together with the stringing of the necessary power lines for distribution to the enlargement of the existing power plant. The work is being done by the company’s own electrical staff, and when complete will add much to the general convenience of their employees. Miss Ellison Webber has returned from spending Thanksgiving with friends in Cherryfield, Me. Mrs. S.D. Granville entertained very pleasantly at a fireside tea. Dr. P.M. Clarke returned from Montreal, where he had been attending a dental clinic.

120 YEARS AGO – 1897

Hugh Love and Joseph R. McClure are arranging to open a laundry in town. George E. Eye’s electric steam laundry is in operation and adds considerably to the business appearance of Water Street. Miss Carolyn Washburn has decided to remain in Boston during the winter months and has secured a pleasant and desirable position in one of the leading millinery establishments in the city. Lady Tilley has been spending a few days in town with her mother, Mrs. Z. Chipman.