Star-Kist president vows to regain market share

From The Saint Croix Courier of June 22, 1988

ST. ANDREWS – Star-Kist Canada has every intention of regaining the almost 50 per cent market share of the Canadian tuna market held in 1985, and plans to start canning tuna again in early August.

In a brief presented to the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries here Monday afternoon, President Gerald Clay said the company fully intends to once again be the country’s leading supplier of canned tuna.

Plant manager Gunnar Rollefsen and DFO inspectors are currently in Costa Rica looking over a large tuna catch for possible purchase.

It looks like Thompson, Jackson will vie for federal PC nomination

MCADAM – More than 500 Progressive Conservative delegates from the federal riding of Carleton-Charlotte are expected to gather here Saturday to select a candidate for the next federal election.

So far, the only announced candidates for the position being vacated by veteran MP Fred McCain are St. Stephen natives Robert Jackson and Greg Thompson.

Special guest speaker will be Bill Jarvis, president of the PC Party of Canada. MP and Forestry Minister, Gerry Merrithew, will also be present.

Postal workers protest Save-Easy retail outlet

ST. STEPHEN – The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is denouncing the location of a retail postal outlet at the Charlotte Mall Save-Easy as a tactic to eliminate postal workers’ jobs.

In a letter to the Courier, Al Arsenault from the CUPW union in Saint John says, “In St. Stephen, Canada Post has a sub post office operating called ‘Save Easy’ on King Street – it has been the reason for your cutoff of Saturday services at the post office and will lead to the closing of the post office entirely.”

Hazen Johnson, shop steward at St. Stephen, says establishment of retail outlets like this one just don’t make sense. He says the new outlet means delays in service and eventual job cutbacks.

Airport gets $1.5M boost

GRAND MANAN – $1.5 million in federal funds has been released for paving and lighting the new Grand Manan airstrip, Carleton-Charlotte MP Fred McCain announced Monday.

McCain made the announcement Monday on behalf of Transportation Minister Benoit Bouchard.

The funding will allow paving of the runway over the current gravel strip as well as airfield lighting, enhancing the safety and visibility of the airport.

“Since Grand Manan Island is only accessible by ferry service from the mainland, improving airport standards will encourage the economic and social development of the island,” McCain said.

Donahue retires after 12 years, turns to coaching

ST. STEPHEN – Wheelchair athlete Jake Donahue has retired after 12 years of international competition in track and field events.

Donahue announced his retirement late last week after returning home from the National Games for the Disabled in Edmonton, Alta.

He placed second in the shot put for his class, throwing five metres, 65 centimetres, well under his former Canadian Record of 6.14. The winner of the event from Saskatchewan was fourth last year but threw 6.17 this time around for the victory.

“I got the silver medal but I said before I went, if I was beaten I would be done,” Donahue said.

60 Years Ago – 1958

Warship arrives today

ST. ANDREWS – A Canadian warship will make its first visit to these waters Thursday morning. HMCS Saguenay, a 2800 ton destroyer escort used in antisubmarine warfare, is scheduled to anchor just outside the St. Andrews harbor shortly after 10:00 for an informal four day social call.

Mayor Leigh Williamson, on behalf of the town, will officially greet the ship’s 12 officers and 198 men on their arrival.

The public will be allowed aboard the speedy 25 knot sub killer, the first naval ship to visit here in two years, to inspect the latest in electronic and radar direction-finding equipment.

Announce library plans – wide variety of books

St. Stephen’s ever-growing St. Croix Community Library located in St. Stephen High School announced its summer plans this week. The library will continue to be open every afternoon, except Thursday and Sunday, and on Tuesday and Friday evenings, but will close its doors for the entire month of August. Miss Elva Robinson said that a large number of books may be taken out prior to the vacation period, if so desired.

The St. Stephen Community Library was started in 1938 and has been growing rapidly ever since. Today it boasts a patronage of 2,684 adults and children and some 9,000 odd books. Books of fiction and non-fiction, magazines and periodicals fill the many crowded shelves.

90 Years Ago – 1928

New fill station and car dealership

The new service station and showroom being erected for the Imperial Oil Co. on the front street is rapidly taking form, and is being rushed to completion by Contractor Hastay, and it is expected that the building will be open for business within a few weeks. The frame of the building is wood, and the finish will be of stucco. The new structure will greatly improve the appearance of this section of town.

Stewart & McKay, proprietors of the Royal Garage, who have leased the building will display here the various lines of McLaughlin-Buick cars for which they are the local agents, and in addition, will conduct a filling station and service garage here, with Wesley McKay in charge.