Transition to RCMP in St. George goes smoothly

Thirty years ago – from Courier of April 6, 1988

ST. GEORGE – “The end of an era…” Thursday was the last day that residents of St. George saw the familiar light blue and white police cars of the town force out patrolling the streets. The last three officers on the force were Sgt. Graham Kee, Cst. Francois Theriault and Chief Eugen Cole.

“It was just like an execution,” is the way police Chief Eugene Cole described the transition from the 84-year-old town force to the RCMP on April 1st.

He compared it to throwing a switch, saying at midnight on March 31 the phones stopped working, the radio went dead and “I didn’t hear anything else.”

Cole came to the town in 1976 to take over the local RCMP detachment, but left there in 1981 to fill the job of police chief for the town force. “I have no plans to leave St. George, but new employment might take me away eventually,” he said.

Town warned: keep identity

ST. ANDREWS – The town council was warned that it should proceed cautiously with development of its valuable waterfront properties and not opt for a plan which could change the character of the town.

A public hearing on the development scheme for the town-owned Patrick and Water streets properties was held at the Sir James Dunn Arena last Wednesday night. The scheme calls for rezoning of the site on the former CPR terminal lands to multiple-residential zoning from service-storage, to accommodate an apartment building and townhouse complex. The town also wants to rezone another site just south of Water Street to multiple residential from single and two-family residential for a proposed senior citizens housing complex.

Salmon farming explosion leads to first aquaculture fair

ST. ANDREWS – If you had told a local fisherman here 10 years ago that by 1988, salmon farming in southwestern New Brunswick would be a $26-million industry with its own trade show, he probably would have scoffed at you.

Well, the future is now, and with a harvest of about 1,000 tonnes and a value of $13-million last year, the salmon-farming industry is threatening to overtake the landed value of the commercial fishery in this area.

Projections are for those figures to double this year, and accordingly, the first St. Andrews Aquaculture Fair – and the first of its kind in eastern North America – has been set for July 1-3 at various venues in town.

New ambulance for Fundy Hospital

BLACKS HARBOUR – Fundy Hospital has a new $32,000 half-ton van ambulance. Charlotte-Fundy MLA Eric Allaby recently presented a cheque for $15,000 from the province to hospital board chairman Robert Lee, while ambulance co-ordinator Blaine Barry looked on. The rest of the ambulance’s cost was paid by the Department of Municipal Affairs, hospital auxiliary, and local municipalities and businesses. The van, which will serve a population of 8,500 from the Bocabec River to Lepreau, is larger than the old ambulance, and can hold more equipment.

No injuries in hit and run accident

ST. STEPHEN – There were no injuries to a motorcyclist involved in a hit-and-run accident on Young Street, St. Stephen, April 2. Keith Chisholm of Oak Hill was driving a motorcycle along Young Street when a car came up behind him and collided with the bike’s rear wheel, according to police. As a result of the collision Chisholm lost control of his bike.

Chisholm escaped injury while the motorcycle sustained extensive damage. The car, described to police as a Chevrolet or Monte Carlo with Maine license plates, failed to remain at the scene, police said.

Fundy High students excel, win NB science fair honors

ST. GEORGE – Fourteen students from Fundy High returned from the province wide science fair held at the University of New Brunswick last month with four awards.

This marked about the seventh, and most successful, year the school has sent students to the provincial fair, says Richard Ford, head of the school’s science department.

Ford says he started the Fundy High fair eight years ago, and the enthusiasm of the students and the quality of their projects has been increasing steadily.

The big winners from Fundy High this year were Dorianne Mullin and Stephanie Hooper with their project entitled “Enzymes versus Catalysts”.

There were four grand prizes awarded at the Fredericton event, and Mullin and Hooper walked off with one of them. Their prize consisted of a plaque, presented by Education Minister Shirley Dysart, $100 cash, and an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the Canada Wide Science Fair in Winnipeg in May.

60 Years Ago – 1958

Keeper Retires

Arthur Wilson, keeper at Long Point (White Head) fog alarm, has retired after long service at that station and Gannet Rock Light. He moved to Long Point as the first keeper after serving on the district’s key signal post on half-acre Gannet. 

Meanwhile, his position has been filled by Kitchener Randall of Seal Cove. Donald Hatt of North Head has been named second keeper under the changeover.

European travel

Mr. and Mrs. R. Whidden Ganong left St. Stephen Tuesday morning for Saint John where they embarked on the CPS Empress of Britain on a seven week tour of Europe. The couple will dock in London, England, where they will start a tour of Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and other countries. During their tour they will view the Brussels World Fair.

90 Years Ago – 1928

The St. Croix Ravens hockey team organized in the beginning of last winter but owing to the lack of ice did not play their first game until January 17. This was the youngest team in the St. Croix League, no player being over 20 years of age. Members of this fine team are: D. Corbett, P. Campbell, A. Prilutsky, A. Andrews, G. Purcell, P.E. McLaughlin, president of the St. Croix rink and organizer of the team, B. Charters, A. Mills, J. MacIntee, J. Ralston and G.F. Nicholson, manager.