Pennfield sawmill closing, planer mill may follow

From The Saint Croix Courier

Week of May 11, 1988

PENNFIELD – This small, rural community is threatened with the loss of its only industry, the J.D. Irving Ltd. mill.

Ron Cleghorn predicted in March the mill here would close within two years. It was no consolation for him to learn last week that his predictions were off by more than a year and a half.

Cleghorn, the president of the Canadian Paperworkers Union local at the mill, said he was called to a meeting last Thursday with Darrel Madill of Irving and told the sawmill division would shut down June 3. The planer mill will continue to operate but its future is also uncertain. The June shutdown of the mill is expected to bring layoffs for 25 to 28 men who work there now. The entire mill has about 80 employees.

Nurses don’t just change bed pans, give shots

New Brunswick, like most parts of Canada and the United States, has a nursing shortage problem. It seems fewer women are choosing a nursing career.

Local nurses say part of the problem is the public perception of nursing as all bed pans and poking people with needles. Potential candidates for the profession are generally unaware of the many options an RN diploma offers.

They are celebrating Nurses Week this week with their colleagues throughout the province. In Charlotte County alone nurses work not only in the several different areas of a hospital setting, but also in nursing homes, doctors’ offices, as public health nurses or in the new extramural hospital.

District 23 cuts spell death for bands – public meeting tonight

ST. STEPHEN – When District 23 music teacher Arlene Burges tendered her resignation in order to pursue a career move, she had no idea she might be the last such teacher any of her students would see.

The board does not intend to replace Burgess, and will lay off fellow music specialist Derek Cochrane at the end of the current school year.

As far as Burgess can tell, the termination of the two positions means District 23 will be the only district in the province without a music program. That has a lot of people upset.

Trainor, Comeau unbeaten

ST. STEPHEN – Mike Trainor and Wimp Comeau topped 18 other teams to win the Wednesday night dart shoot for steaks at the Milltown Legion May 4.

Play format consisted of five games of 501 double-out only, followed by sudden death playoffs divided into three divisions.

Mike Trainor and Wimp Comeau were the only unbeaten team at 5-0 to take first place automatically receiving three steaks each.

This is Comeau’s second first place finish in a row, along with Trainor’s first steaks of the season. Keep up the practice in the shop “Sparky”

Big Brothers holds open house

Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Charlotte County held an open house in its King Street office on Saturday, and Little Brother Jeff McKinnon and his Big Brother John McFarlane were out greeting the public. Jeff and John were paired up on April 19 and are only the second set of “brothers” to be matched up in Charlotte County.

Marks 101 years

BEAVER HARBOUR – Saturday was a big day for Spencer Eldridge of Beaver Harbour, as friends and relatives gathered to wish him all the best on his 101st birthday, and wish him many more. 95-year-old George Spinney of St. George dropped by to say hello to one of the few people in the community he can look up to.

60 Years Ago – 1958

Courier announces editorial changes

Forthcoming changes in the editorial staff of The Saint Croix Courier were announced today by publisher S.D. Granville.

At the end of this month the present editor, Alden W. (Dick) Ryder leaves the paper to join Canadian National Railways in Moncton.

He will be succeeded on The Courier by J.E. (Ted) Guidry of Campbellton and Saint John, who came to St. Stephen several months ago from the Saint John Telegraph-Journal. Since then Mr. Guidry has been assistant editor and reporter.

Renovate ball park for league play

The baseball park on the St. Stephen exhibition grounds is undergoing a face lifting job and will have a new look with the completion of the project tentatively set for May 24. Work began Monday when a number of volunteers tore down the back stop, fences and bleachers, all of which had outlived their usefulness.

Fish plant fire perils White Head

GRAND MANAN – A Friday morning fire destroyed the large fish plant at White Head owned by McLaughlin Bros. Ltd., an Island firm with head office at Seal Cove. The loss includes, in addition to the building, a great deal of valuable equipment used in processing ground fish.

A bucket brigade, while unable to save the plant, managed to hold the flames from catching nearby buildings.

90 Years Ago – 1928

The boxing match promoted by William Corbett of Milltown in the curling rink last week was attended by the largest audience that has yet patronized these matches, as 1,000 fans were drawn from many different points on both sides of the river.