Minister sells free trade

Edited from the Saint Croix Courier Week of Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1987

ST. STEPHEN – “Positive” for Ganong’s, “positive” for customs jobs, “positive” for border area consumers and “positive” for fishing and lumber industries. Public Works Minister Stewart McInnes came to town to sell the free trade agreement on Thursday, and the full text of the Canada-United States agreement was released in Ottawa the following day. McInnes held a press conference in the late afternoon and then addressed the St. Stephen-Milltown Chamber of Commerce at a dinner later. McInnes said his government decided to seek the free trade agreement with the U.S. following the recommendation of the MacDonald Royal Commission. The commission warned that the protectionist movement and countervailing actions to stop Canadian imports was threatening as many as 300,000 jobs in Canada. McInnes said one third of all Canada makes is exported, and 80 per cent of that is to the U.S., making the Canadian economy very reliant on the U.S. market. In the western world Canada is the most dependent on trade. Free trade will give Canada special status and exempt our products from much of the American protectionist legislation. He noted that there are 350+ bills in Congress that are protectionist in nature, and if they were all enacted, 350,000 Canadian jobs could be affected.

The Bakers Dozen: new shop cuts ribbon Thursday

St. Stephen’s shiny new bake shop will be officially opened at 4 p.m. Thursday. Located at 174 Milltown Blvd. in the former IGA building, The Bakers Dozen is the result of a year and a half of work and planning by owners Don and Karen Olmstead. Karen says that they had talked about starting a bakery for a few years and about a year ago got serious about it. “We began going into various bakeries wherever we were and collecting ideas about products, décor and what people seem to buy most in small town bakeries. After completing a market study in the spring of 1987, we decided to proceed with the project,” she said. The bakery already employs six full-time staff and three part-time workers.

Bayside expansion is progressing well

BAYSIDE – The rock quarry and dredging operations for the Sand Point Wharf expansion are progressing well, according to a spokesman for Public Works Canada. The contract for the $8.4 million 150-metre expansion was awarded in October to Cartier Construction of Whitby, Ont., and construction got underway soon afterwards. Ed Coy of Public Works said the quarry work on the existing hill next to the new wharf will provide additional storage area for the new facility and the rock will be used as fill behind the new section of wharf. Dredging of the harbor began two weeks ago and Coy said materials are beginning to arrive on site for the remainder of the construction work.

Grade 6 poster winners

Grade 6 poster winners in the annual Legion-sponsored Remembrance Day Contest at the St. Stephen Middle School received their winnings at the school on Monday. They were: Janice Matheson, $30; Julie Brooker, $25; Roxanne Grant, $25.


Rolling Dam – Congratulations are extended to Mr. John Noddin of Lincourt Manor who will celebrate his 103rd birthday on Dec. 23.

Lambertville, Lamberts Cove – Bryce Stuart of Chamcook visited his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Stuart on Thursday, Dec. 3.

60 YEARS AGO – 1957

Storm loss heavy – one boat wrecked as high winds hit

High winds in a Thursday night storm sent two boats ashore at White Head and resulted in heavy loss to fishermen. The Cavalier II, a 40-foot boat owned by Kenton Tate, is said to be a total loss valued at over $4,000, smashed against the rocks when she struck the beach at Gull Cove. The Facsimilie, a 28-foot craft owned by the Shrimp Weir Company, though beached, escaped with comparatively light damage – mainly loss of the stern and injury to planking. Both boats, however, had herring shut-off twine and seines aboard and an estimated loss is reported in this valuable equipment. It was reported that some of the twine and seine could be repaired and salvaged. Fishermen were roused in the early hours of the morning and every possible assistance was given. Both hulls were hauled up off the shoreline, away from the tide, as quickly as sufficient help was available. But aid for the Cavalier II had come too late. The boats broke from the mooring in White Head Harbour in the gale force southeast winds. Just a day before, two boats had burned to water’s edge and two others were damaged in a fire which struck the fleet at Ingalls Head.

Wins “Tom Thumb” bicycle

On behalf of Glendale Foods Ltd., of Canning, Nova Scotia, Mr. Howard Manuel, proprietor of Manuel’s Market, presented a C.C.M. bicycle to Elaine Carr, ten-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Carr, Gleason Road. Elaine was the lucky purchaser of a bag of Tom Thumb potato chips which contained a certificate entitling her to a free bicycle when mailed to Glendale Foods, manufacturers of Tom Thumb potato chips, Tom Pops, Corn Tails and Popcorn. Fifty such bicycles are being given away by this firm to lucky purchasers of their products. Tom Thumb products are distributed locally by the G.E. Barbour Company, Ltd., and Elaine bought her bag of chips at Manuel’s Market.

90 YEARS AGO – 1927

Milltown – H.R. Haley is installing a new and up-to-date soda fountain in his drug store this week, the work being in the hands of Daniel O’Brien of St. Stephen. Here will be an opportunity to shake your thirst in all the soft drinks, flavoured with your choice of all that is agreeable to the taste. Our so-called “American cousins”, whatever that means, who are employed here in the mill, were crossing the ice at the Salmon Falls at this date last year. The trail today is the long way ‘round as the St. Croix near the mill is clear of what little ice formed a week ago.

120 YEARS AGO – 1897

Fresh eggs are extremely scarce here. They retail at twenty-eight cents per dozen when they can be had. The cruiser Curlew was in port on Friday and Saturday and Captain Pratt received a cordial welcome from his many friends. Salutes were fired as the trim little craft entered and left the port. Some of the fishermen on Deer Island are doing a good business trawling. Fish are selling for $1.25 a hundred pounds.