People tell housing task force horror stories – No running water, plumbing, the list goes on…

From The Saint Croix Courier June 1, 1988

ST. STEPHEN – Some don’t have running water, some don’t have indoor plumbing, some have inadequate insulation in their homes, and others were so embarrassed to talk about their problems, they broke down in tears.

This was just a sampling of some of the stories the provincial task force on housing heard during its stopover in St. Stephen last Thursday night.

The four-man, one-woman force came to hear of problems people face in getting adequate housing, and they got an earful.

One man said that NB Housing was holding over his head the fact that he had marital problems 15 years ago, like a “criminal record.”

He said he knew of another man who was on his third house from NB Housing and five months behind on his payments, yet had no trouble getting housing.

The house he is living in how has no windows, no running water, the family uses a bucket for a toilet and heat escapes through cracks in the walls and through the ceiling where there is no insulation.

SJDA won’t close, rumor got out of hand

ST. STEPHEN – The District 23 school board moved swiftly Monday night to put an end to rumors that had been circulating about the impending closure of the Sir James Dunn Academy in St. Andrews.

More than 160 concerned parents and teachers from St. Andrews filed into the auditorium at the St. Stephen Middle School to hear board chairman Frank Quinn tell them that the board “has, should and will continue to honor its commitment to small community schools in the district.”

Many of those parents had journeyed from St. Andrews after hearing unsettling rumors that the Sir James Dunn Academy would be closed and its students bused to other schools.

Shirley Dysart promises action in Back Bay

BACK BAY – Education Minister Shirley Dysart promised parents here her department would take immediate action on the deteriorated condition of their elementary school.

Dysart met with about 50 people from the area and members of the District 21 school board and administration at the school on Monday night.

Principal Jim Tubbs and members of a concerned parents group first took Dysart on a tour of the building, showing her the poor condition of the school’s interior and the many deficiencies the teachers and students have to work with.

“This facility is not what any minister would like to see,” Dysart said.

Siddon opens Chamcook salmon centre

CHAMCOOK – Federal Fisheries Minister Tom Siddon held centre stage Saturday morning as he cut the ribbon to open the new $200,000 Salmon Information and Visitor Centre here.

It was a bright, sunny day, and as Siddon addressed the crowd of about 150 people assembled for the opening, he waxed poetic on the intertwined history of the Maritime people and the salmon.

“As the salmon goes, so go the people,” he observed.

He also gave an indication that his department is not willing to see the role of local institutions such as the Atlantic Salmon Federation decline any further in their roles as research and education centres.

“I will not allow them to diminish in importance in any way,” he said, referring to the nearby Huntsman Marine Science Centre, the St. Andrews Biological Station and the DFO Inspection Branch in Blacks Harbour.

Deer Island company will be searching for ideal fish feed

DEER ISLAND – Deer Island Processing Ltd. will spend $106,000 over the next six months seeking the perfect blend of feed suitable for the New Brunswick salmon aquaculture industry. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency will provide $53,000 of the research and development costs. The research will be undertaken at company owned facilities at Woodward’s Cove, Grand Manan.

Announcement of the project, and the funding, was made by Fred McCain, MP for Carleton-Charlotte, on behalf of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

“If the project is successful, the end result will be another significant contribution to the growing aquaculture industry which is increasing New Brunswick’s export trade,” said McCain. “And if the main ingredient is as the company hopes, the carcasses of herring, a byproduct of the “roe” fisheries, it will be a positive step in alleviating what has become a focused environmental issue.”

St. Stephen man appointed QC in Nfld.

Justice Minister Lynn Verge of Newfoundland recently announced that a former native of St. Stephen, Robert B. Hyslop, was one of the 12 senior Newfoundland lawyers to receive the title of Queen’s Council.

The appointments were approved by the Provincial Cabinet and are based on the recommendation of the Justice Minister in consultation with Newfoundland’s Appointments Board.

Hyslop, a former native of St. Stephen, received the honor at a ceremony at Colonial House, St. John’s, Nfld., on May 5. The Hon. James McGrath, Lt. Governor of Newfoundland, presented the scroll, followed by a reception.

60 Years Ago – 1958

SSHS girls lift Courier trophy

After a five-year stay in Lawrence Station, The Courier trophy for high school girls’ softball returned to St. Stephen Friday. In a game at St. Andrews described as a “real thriller,” SSHS girls came from behind to edge Lawrence Station 2-1 and cop the southwestern division girls’ softball championship.

Lawrence teams had held the crown and The Courier trophy for five years in a row.

Pat Brockway and Sandra Pomeroy, both of SSHS, bunted to get on base. Mary Flagg then hit a long high centerfield fly to bring both St. Stephen players home. The Lawrence Station single was scored by Ann Anderson.

90 Years Ago – 1928

St. Andrews, NB – A summer residence with outbuildings of barn, garage, with chauffeur’s quarters and a farmer’s cottage, is to be erected for Sir Thomas Tait on the site which he purchased some years ago overlooking the golf links here.  The contract has been awarded A.K. Hutchison, of Montreal at $125,000 and Mr. Hutchison is now in St. Andrews arranging for work to commence at once.

3-Ring Circus

John Robinson’s 3-Ring Circus, reported to be the third largest in the world, arrived in St. Stephen at 8:30 a.m. yesterday from Fredericton. School children were dismissed by schools after roll call. Needless to say, this action of the board was greatly appreciated by the children few of whom missed seeing the big show.