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October 2009 Queens County Fair 2009 17-month-old Jesse Dalling checking out Dickey the Miniature Horse with Mom looking on. “It was supposed to be a heavyweight class but the Minister of Agriculture stepped in and he displayed a good left hook and he held his own,” says MC and former Liberal Cabinet Minister, Vaughn Blaney. “Ouellette was edged out by points but he held his own. It wasn’t a knockout.” The PC’s take home the trophy this year and Alward hopes it may be an indication of what might happen in the next provincial election. Blaney says the Queens County Fair is famous for having a Three-year-old Aidan Phillips of Saint John enjoying the giant little politics mixed in with it. “Either in the horse barns or cow barns, it’s always being discussed,” pumpkins at the fair. he says. “Politicians are a big part of this fair, it’s always been The 64th Edition of the Queens County Fair in Gagetown kicked that way.” off with something new this year, a Political Milking Contest. At its heart this fair is a celebration of rural life. It’s a good Premier Shawn Graham was supposed to go head to head, or is old fashioned country fair complete with horse and cattle it, teat to teat with Progressive Conservative leader David Alward. competitions, hauling matches and prizes for the best poultry, The leader with the most milk in the bucket after five minutes wins. field crops, vegetables, fruit, flowers, home cooking and much But things didn’t work out quite as planned. Graham couldn’t make more. Vaughn Blaney has been involved in the fair for close to it because of a scheduling conflict so Liberal Agriculture Minister, 40 years and he’s been coming here since he was a kid in the Ronald Ouellette stood in for the premier. But Ouellette arrived 1940’s. “It’s always remained an old fashioned country fair,” late, giving Tory leader David Alward plenty of time to focus on the he says. “And it’s always been a great rallying point for the competition at hand. It must have worked because despite having a people who were displaced on the army grounds. They went to cantankerous cow named Old Blue, who wouldn’t stay still, Alward all corners of the province but every year they make their way still managed to double his milk production, two cups to Ouelette’s back here. I think that’s the magic.” one. PC leader David Alward 2 RiverValleyNews.ca s October 2009 RiverValleyNews.ca s October 2009 3 Check Us Out Online Launch of ‘In Motion’ More and more of you are going to our website at riverval- Over 60 people came to Brundage Point on September 15th for the launch of ‘In Motion’ in Grand leynews.ca to read the paper and check out articles. You can Bay-Westfield. Some wore running shoes and sweat shirts. Good thing too because before long they always find the entire print edition there, usually posted were waving their arms and bending their knees, participating in some fun activities to get everyone before the printed copy arrives in the mail or is picked up at ‘in motion’. a store. There are two ways to view the whole paper online. This is a community based You can click where it says to download the PDF to your health initiative to encourage computer or you can click below that where it says ‘Powered people in Grand Bay-Westfield to by Issuu’. This software opens the paper right in your browser be active and to eat healthy. The without the need to download anything. You can change the program started in Saskatoon in page size and even turn the pages like a regular newspaper. 2002 and has spread across the This is becoming a popular way to get the River Valley News. country. It’s new to this province If you have family or friends from the area who live away and Grand Bay-Westfield is just be sure to tell them they can get all the latest from home by one of 7 communities piloting ‘In going to rivervalleynews.ca. Motion’ this year. The Province, In addition to the full print edition we have most of our through the Department of stories posted as well under the headings of Features, News Wellness, Culture and Sport’s & Opinion or River Valley Radio. Here you’ll find the same Wellness Strategy, has supported story as in the paper plus lot’s more. More information, more the Healthy Eating Physical photos and in some cases, audio and video. Come to the Activity Coalition (HEPAC) of webpage to get much more than is available on just the printed NB in leading the implementa- page. In this issue you can go to our story on the launch of ‘In tion of ‘In Motion’. The Partners Motion’ in Grand Bay-Westfield and view more photos and in Prevention (PIP) Committee, listen to audio of the launch at Brundage Point including all a Grand Bay-Westfield commu- the speeches and explanations of what the program is about. nity-based wellness network Be sure to listen to Holly Johnson’s emotional talk about how was the group successful in loosing weight and getting fit, changed her entire life. Also having ‘In Motion’ brought check out our Rage in the Gage - rocket launch story online to the town. This committee and hear an exclusive audio interview with the Gollan family had already identified through from Nova Scotia who launched one of the largest rockets that a health survey that physical day. You can even see video taken from a camera mounted activity is one main area of focus, so having ‘In Motion’ to pilot will certainly assist in educating the to the rocket as it blasted off into the sky high above Base community on the role that it plays in improving health. Gagetown. You’ll also find an interview recorded with Marc The evening began with words of support from MLA Jack Keir and Mayor Grace Losier, who both MacLeod, General Manager of the Crane Mountain Landfill, emphasized the importance of physical activity and exercise. Betty Hoyt, the co-chair of HEPAC, talking about the major changes occurring at the site. Go to who lives in Ketepec talked about the program and how it came to the province. She outlined the the website regularly for more rich content accompanying health challenges we face in New Brunswick where one in every three children are overweight or our stories, more photographs, audio and now video. River obese, higher than the Canadian average. We have more smokers than most provinces and the rates Valley news is now much more than the printed page. of diseases linked to poor lifestyles like heart disease, some cancers, diabetes and high blood pressure rivervalleynews.ca are also higher in New Brunswick. Next came Kathy Orser, a wellness coordinator for HEPAC, who got the group up and exercising and then gave more details about ‘In Motion’. She said to gain health RiverValleyNews.ca is a community newspaper benefits from exercising requires one hour of regular physical activity every day. Health Canada says published monthly by Midwood Media Inc. inactivity is as bad for your health as smoking. Orser said the health profile for Grand Bay-Westfield showed that we have the highest rate of asthma in the province and a higher rate of people with high PO Box 3069, Grand Bay-Westfield, blood pressure. After that, Grand Bay-Westfield resident and mother of five, Holly Johnson talked New Brunswick E5K 4V3 about her life-long battle with weight, especially during the birth of her twins. Two years ago she was 150 pounds heavier than she is now. Holly became emotional as she explained how she turned her life Publisher and Editor - Gary Mittelholtz around by joining weight-watchers and training for a half marathon. Finally Joanne Barry, chair of the Graphic Designer - Cindy Price Partners in Prevention Committee came to the microphone to explain how the program will be rolled Advertising - Ian Lambert out. She asked all the participants to visit various tables in the room to provide ideas and suggestions on how ‘In Motion’ could work in Grand Bay-Westfield. Printed by Transcontinental Prince Edward Island Over the next few minutes people To Advertise call Ian at 506-645-1501 threw out all kinds For Editorial Content & Classified advertising call of ideas and many Gary at 506-217-0224 signed up to be an ‘in motion’ partner. Another meeting is Fax 506-217-0225 planned for October Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 6th. Webpage: rivervalleynews.ca (Listen to audio Issue #496 published in October of 2009 of all the speeches at the ‘In Motion’ Next issue: November, 2009 launch by going to Deadline for content & advertising: our website at river- Friday, October 16, 2009 valleynews.ca) 4 RiverValleyNews.ca s October 2009 A New Look for Lancaster Mall accessible entrance for library patrons. One of the changes Bruce Creber is most proud of is the new Transit Lounge at the The Retail Heart of the West Side front of the mall. When he first visited Lancaster he wondered why the bus stop was 400 feet from the mall entrance, requiring passengers to trudge through the snow by Gary Mittelholtz and rain to get in. The Saint John Transit buses now pull right up to the front door “Not every mall has a monkey tree,” says Bruce Creber, Vice President of Real and they’ve created a space where people can sit in comfort and wait for the bus. It’s Estate Investments with Counsel Corporation. The man overseeing the makeover of connected to the newly expanded Zellers on one side and to the mall on the other. Lancaster Mall was referring to the colourful tree found in a mural painted on the Once completed, the lounge will have a counter with stools running along the front wall of the new story room at the West Branch Library. This extra library space for window and comfortable airport-like seating elsewhere. An artist is painting three, children’s programs is just one of the many changes happening at the old shopping large murals on the back wall, reflecting scenes from the history of the west side. institution on the west side. A reader board on the other wall will tell you when the next bus will arrive and there will be free WiFi throughout the lounge so you can check your email. There’ll “Renovation of this mall is 20 years overdue and the community is loyal to it, to the even be a free phone for people to use. “Developers generally don’t like giving up property and stores and tenants,” says Creber. “You can’t help but win if you provide space that doesn’t generate revenue,” says Creber. “But this to me is what makes a a really nice, attractive, comfortable and modern place to come and shop” And that’s community mall, a community mall.” what Creber and Mall Property Manager, Pati Teed have been working on for over a year now. After a lot of construction and many disruptions, they’re finally seeing the The mall is also getting new flooring throughout as well as new ceiling treatment light at the end of the tunnel as the newly renovated mall, complete with some new with more skylights and seating areas with plasma screen TV’s. If the inside is going tenants, is revealing its new self a little more each day. to look different so will the outside. The main entrance is all new with a crisp, clean look and brick work on the outside walls of some of the stores. It’s the shopping that brings customers into the mall and that has already changed. The Zellers Pedway, Urban Planet and Java Moose are already open and Reitmans is back at its former location. International Clothiers, Fairweather, Great Canadian Dollar Store and Hairacy’s at a new location are opening soon. And this is just the beginning according to Creber. His company is making a 14 million dollar invest- ment in Lancaster Mall and has big plans for the former ‘Action Square’ property it now owns across the street. He wouldn’t give out any details but says they now have a commercial hub on three sides of the road and some big stuff is planned for next year. “It’s an under serviced market on the west side,” says Creber. “All the retail of any consequence is on the east side, yet half the population or more is on this side so why not build something so people don’t have to drive across the bridge.” Work on the outside of Lancaster mall should be completed in a few weeks. The inside will be finished in two phases and should be completed over the winter. Crime Stoppers On August 27th, 2009 at approximately 9:30 PM, a German Shepherd dog in the Oak Point area was struck and injured by a 2x4 piece of wood. Due to the injuries sustained, the dog had to be put down. The RCMP is looking for any information leading to the arrest of the culprits who killed the German Shepherd. A reward will be given to any person providing information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for this crime. Bruce Creber & Pati Teed of Counsel Corporation If you have any information on these, or any other crimes, contact Grand Bay-Westfield RCMP Detachment at 506-757-1020 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800- Creber and Teed took me on a tour of the mall recently and the first thing I noticed 222-8477. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you was the expanded back parking lot. What used to be a narrow and rutted lane is now provide information that leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen property or a large, paved parking lot with access to the back door. This is now a much more the seizure of illicit drugs, you could be eligible for a cash award. RiverValleyNews.ca s October 2009 5 Council Briefs - Sept 14th Landfill on the Move - Major Changes Happening Cpl. Rob Landry of the Grand Bay-Westfield RCMP presented by Gary Mittelholtz council with the crime statistics for July and August. (see below) He also introduced two new members of the detachment to council. Marc MacLeod calls it his perfect job. The General Manager of the Fundy Region Solid Waste Commission They are Constables Francois Beddard and Mike Alward. is excited as he takes me on a tour of the landfill. He’s showing off his baby and you can tell he’s a proud dad. We check it all over, from the top of one cell that is soon closing to the entrance where The town manager presented the General Revenue Fund Financial the new scales are being readied for use. This is a landfill on the move, adapting to environmental Report. Sandra Gautreau said the town was on budget overall and challenges as they occur. It’s an exciting time for MacLeod and all his staff. there is a possibility they may end the year with a small surplus. The mayor congratulated town staff for the hard work they have The biggest change is the recent switch to just three bins for recycling. Instead of sorting everything done to achieve this. into five groups now we have just three; cardboard, paper and boxboard, and the rest of the recyclables including plastic, metal and for the first time, milk cartons. Macleod says the changes are necessary Council approved the payment of $125,423.59 to Keel Construction because the recycling market has been seriously affected by the recession. He says they’d like to recycle for storm sewer improvements on Inglewood Drive and Highland glass but there’s still no market for it in the region. The exciting news is a major investment to build a Road. Council approved payment of $3,847.20 to Maguire Excavating sorting conveyor to simplify the process of separating recyclables. In addition, baling equipment will for a sidewalk panel replacement on Nerepis Road. Council also be installed so materials can be packaged on-site for shipment. The project will significantly reduce the approved the awarding of a contract worth $315,300.00 to Castle operational costs of the Commission and will allow it to manage its recyclables more efficiently. Rock Construction for the building of a new salt shed on Shannon Road. In total, council approved the payment of bills totaling Early this fall visitors to the landfill should notice a big improvement in wait times at the front gate. $169,099.64. Another set of scales has been installed and will soon be operational. Macleod says this should end RCMP Report for July and August some of the long line ups they’ve seen in the past, especially on Saturdays. JULY AUGUST By next year the landfill will begin CRIMINAL CODE GBW RUR GBW RUR generating its own Theft 13 7 7 5 electricity from Harassing Phone Calls 3 1 1 0 the landfill gas it Fraud 2 0 0 0 produces. This is mainly methane Assault 2 0 0 0 produced as the Impaired 1 3 0 4 garbage in the Break & Enter 3 2 1 1 cells decomposes. Mischief 4 8 7 0 MacLeod says Refusal 1 0 0 0 they’ve been capturing the gas Breach of Peace 0 0 0 1 for the last year Criminal Harrassment 1 0 0 and a half and Drugs 0 0 0 3 just burning it off Other Criminal Code Offenses 1 2 3 1 but soon they’ll PROVINCIAL STATUTES be burning it to produce electricity. Traffic Tickets 18 19 37 29 A turbine has been Traffic Warnings 53 41 92 42 ordered and should Collisions 5 11 1 14 arrive in March. Other Moving Traffic 4 21 13 20 Once the system Landfill General Manager Marc MacLeod checking out the pumpkins growing is installed the Other Provincial Statutes 5 12 9 17 in soil made right at the landfill. landfill will be able MUNICIPAL - Noise 1 0 2 0 to produce about a Criminal Record Checks 19 21 32 13 thousand kilowatts of electricity a year, enough to power about 800 homes. Macleod says the landfill False 911/False Alarms 13 21 10 13 uses 180 to 250 kilowatts and it will take another couple hundred to run the system, leaving about five Suspicious Person/Vehicle 6 4 4 0 or six hundred kilowatts to go into the grid. That’s enough to meet the electrical needs of around 300 Assist to General Public 7 12 9 11 homes in a year, all generated by gas that would normally just be burned off. Fingerprints 5 0 1 0 Composting is continuing at the landfill and they’re experimenting with making their own soil. It Assistance to other Agencies 3 7 3 6 must be pretty good judging by the crop of vegetables they’ve been able to grow on site. MacLeod says all this makes the Crane Mountain Landfill one of the largest greenhouse gas reducers per capita, in Lost/Found Items 1 1 2 2 North America. And that’s something we should all be proud of. Animal Calls 0 3 1 0 (Listen to the full audio interview with General Manager, Marc Macleod by going to our webpage at STEP Program 4 3 2 3 rivervalleynews.ca) Donald G.J. 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This was the Rage in the Gage Rocket Launch held annually on the Labour Day Weekend. Tom Raithby of Willow Grove is one of the organizers of the event. He says this is the biggest launch of high power rockets they have every year. To fire off these bigger rockets they need permission to use the airspace and the operators must be certified. These rockets are not toys even though these enthusiasts are all amateurs and hobbyists. For them building and launching rockets is what the hobby is all about. You may be familiar with the model rockets that kids build and launch, sometimes in school or Scout programs. These things are impressive and can go as high as a thousand feet. There were plenty of model rockets at Rage in the Gage but this was really a vehicle for the big boys to show off their work. High power rockets come in various sizes and with different engines but they’re capable of reaching altitudes of 10,000 ft. or more and velocities in the supersonic range. Many of these rockets have complicated electronics in them that transmit the altitude, speed and location of the rocket. This is essential to find them because the rockets employ a parachute to gently bring them back to earth and sometimes the rockets can land far from the launch site. “I really like that I can send something that high and I can build it myself and I can get it back without breaking it,” says Raithby. “It’s really satisfying to send something up against the elements and bring it back unbroken.” Of course some times accidents happen and rockets crash but that’s all part of the hobby. With all rocketry you’re dealing with explosives and sharing air space with planes so safety during the launch and decent is the most important thing. All rockets must be inspected before launch and the range is tightly controlled by the launch director during any flight. Greg Gollan from Windsor, Nova Scotia has one of the largest rockets this year at Gagetown. His rocket called Dragon Farts is 9 feet long and weights 37 pounds. It has five motors on it with a combined burn time of 9.5 seconds that can produce 1,125 pounds of thrust. It can reach an altitude of 7,000 feet and best of all, the rocket has an onboard video camera to record the whole flight. Gollan says he built the rocket for 3 or 4 hundred dollars and he has about $300 of electronics on it. He says the propel- lants to launch the rocket cost about $400 every flight and it takes about five hours to prepare the rocket for launch. “It’s awesome.... what a rush,” says Gollan after the successful first launch of Dragon Farts at Rage in the Gage. (For incredible video of the flight from the camera onboard the rocket, more photos and an exclusive audio interview with the entire Gollan family go to our website at rivervalleynews.ca) The Gollan family from Nova Scotia and their rocket 8 RiverValleyNews.ca s October 2009 The Virtuous Gardener Donation from the River Valley with the costs to repair the town’s tennis courts and to build Preparing for Winter - Part One Garden Club a batting cage. “Our government is taking comprehensive action to reduce by the Greenish Thumb the effect of the economic As I write this September is half over - days are significantly slowdown in Canada,” said shorter and cooler and nights longer. Frost warnings have already Minister Thompson. “Our been given but thankfully haven’t yet hit my garden. federal investment of more than Even though the season is winding down there is still a great deal $30,000 in the Town of Grand of work to do in the garden to prepare for winter and the future Bay-Westfield, through the RInC gardening season of 2010. The secret, for all us busy people, is to Program, will help stimulate the decide what are the most important jobs - those that must be done economy, enhance local services, before winter arrives. and contribute to the health and quality of life of the families in For myself, the No 1 job is to pot up plants that I want to overwinter the region.” inside if they will not survive our harsh cold weather conditions. If these plants are already in pots I move them closer to the house This project will allow the town - inspect them for insect damage - give them a good wash down to construct a batting cage next with the hose - spray them with insecticidal soap - remove dead or to one of its existing baseball damaged leaves and shoots and give them a dose of fertilizer. If I fields and undertake a complete feel that the soil may contain pests I soak the soil with insecticidal (L to R) David Campbell (President – SPCA Local Chapter), Roy overhaul of its damaged tennis soap or a bleach solution (15 ml/1 L water) until the solution runs Morris (Vice President - RVGC), Tracy Parker (President - RVGC) courts. The tennis courts and out of the bottom of the pot. Wait 30 mins to 1 hour then soak the baseball fields are popular pot with clear water until it runs out of the bottom of the pot. If I The River Valley Garden Club, in conjunction with the Animal spots for residents and visitors am using bleach I wait another hour and rinse again with water as Rescue League and the SPCA, would like to thank the following alike. The addition of a batting bleach may damage the roots. When temperatures fall below their companies who donated items for a silent auction held at our cage and improvements to the comfort level, I move these pots into my unheated, sunny porch annual Plant Sale in May. With their donations, we were able to courts will greatly benefit the where they are further observed for any unwelcome guests until donate $500 to ARL and $500 to the SPCA. Please support these recreational needs of the local they need to be brought into warmer conditions. local businesses: community. It is a little different for plants in our flower and vegetable gardens. Bev Morrison, Fundy Region Solid Waste Commission, Great “The Town of Grand I prepare containers not already clean and sterilized by washing Canadian Dollar Store, Guardian Drugs, Halifax Seed, Home Bay-Westfield is very pleased to in soapy water followed by a soaking in a solution of bleach (30 Hardware, Janet Jackson, Joanna Hare, Pizza Delight, River Road have partnered with the federal ml/4L water) followed by rinsing with water. I dig up the plant Co-op, River Valley Performance Center, River Valley Vet Clinic, government through ACOA - shaking off as much soil as possible. I follow this by washing the Sandra’s Fashions, Shades of Green, Shirley Scott (SJ Artist), on these two worthwhile proj- roots and the top growth to remove as many “guests” as possible. Scholtens, Sobey’s, The Chicken Man, Tim Hortons, Totally You ects,” said Mayor Losier. “Any Any damaged roots should be pruned and the plant repotted using Skin Care, Trane Atlantic, Westfield Golf and Country Club. investment in recreation is an a sterile potting mix. I then water it well using a soluble fertilizer at investment in the health of our half strength. It is a good idea to prune away about 1/3 of the top growth as the root system may not be able to support it. Afterwards New Batting Cages residents.” Better Tennis Courts treat the plants in the same manner as the plants already potted The Government of Canada, before moving them into the house. I do this for Parsley, Tarragon, through ACOA, is contributing Basil and Rosemary as I find they add a touch of Summer to our $31,166 toward the project under Winter food. Basil will not last long and Rosemary always looks Residents of Grand Bay-Westfield will soon be enjoying a brand the RInC Program; while the sick towards the end of February but makes a surprising recovery new practice batting cage and improved tennis courts, thanks to the Town of Grand Bay-Westfield when planted outside in the Spring. Keeping up the humidity with Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) Program, a key economic is contributing the remaining a spray of water twice daily and turning the heat down to around stimulus initiative under Canada’s Economic Action Plan. $62,334. 15 degrees C at night helps. Our houses, in winter, are as dry as a Find More Stories, Photos, desert! The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of State (Atlantic Audio & Video Online Flowers I bring in are Geraniums, Fuchsia, Begonias and Heliotrope Canada Opportunities Agency), and Mayor of Grand Bay-Westfield - all for taking cuttings for the following year. Grace Losier announced investments of more than $90,000 to assist rivervalleynews.ca RiverValleyNews.ca sOctober 2009 9 Ottawa Report It Sure Rained On Our Parade by Rowena Gillett Hon. Greg Thompson Just a few lines about the Hoyt Fall Fair, ; 26 to 30. After really nice warm weather a week or so before, MP New Brunswick Friday night at the house haul and chicken barbeque, it was shivering cold. Some people, not warmly dressed, had to go home early. Saturday dawned beautifully but only a few minutes later it was all gray Southwest outside. Rain started lightly around seven and by ten, getting near parade time, was falling heavily. The floats were even more colourful with all the umbrellas held up. It was our 25th Anniversary and Minister of the worse weather ever. Veteran’s Affairs These are clearly very difficult times for our great neighbours to the south. With the on-going global recession, their banking chal- lenges, and divisive debates over health-care reform and military deployments, the United States is struggling to find its footing. Prime Minister Stephen Harper saw these preoccupations firsthand when he travelled to Washington to meet President Barack Obama. Among other things, the prime minister made a compelling case to Congress that protectionism – as defined by the “Buy American” clause – is not the answer to their troubles. As Prime Minister Harper pointed out, protectionism will only do more harm to both our nations as the world’s two largest trading partners. These are some of the inescapable realities we faced as Parliament returned for its fall session. Nations around the world are facing tough times. It may not be much comfort, but we should remember that Canada has weathered the global recession better than almost any other country. For example, for the first time in a generation, Canada’s unemploy- ment rate is a full percentage point lower than the United States’. Our economy produced 27,100 new jobs in August, compared to the 216,000 jobs lost during the same month south of the border. There are other positive signs for our economy: Consumer confi- dence in Canada also increased by 6.7% in August, the 7th increase in the past eight months; National resale activity in the housing market continued to climb this summer, with July sales posting the largest year-over-year gain in two years; New housing starts in Makayla Charters - Miss Junior Hoyt 2009 & Kathy Garrett - Mrs. Hoyt Blueberry Canada also increased -- to 150,400 units in August, from 134,200 in Lerissa McLaughlin - Miss Hoyt 2009 Muffin 40+ 2009 July; And the World Economic Forum ranked Canada’s banking system as the soundest in the world. However, most of the events went ahead and we were especially glad that the Turkey Supper put on by our new Tri County Complex, was well attended. Miss Hoyt 2009 is Lerissa McLaughlin, Miss This is all encouraging news. In fact, the International Monetary Junior Hoyt 2009 is Makayla Charters and Mrs. Hoyt Blueberry Muffin 40+ 2009 is Kathy Garrett. In Fund fully expects Canada to have the smallest economic contrac- the Penny Queen/King Royalty there were eight contestants and the winners were Madison Harnish, tion in the G7 this year, and one of the fastest-growing economies 8, Penny Princess, Maddison next year. But, as economists rightly caution, we can expect job Worden, 6, Penny Queen, losses to continue even after the recession is officially declared Jesse Melanson, 5, Penny King over. That’s why our government introduced new Employment and Zack Cogswell, 8, Penny Insurance reforms. Until our economy is running again on all eight Prince. The eight children cylinders, we need to keep going to extraordinary lengths to create collected $1780 to be used for and maintain jobs, and to help those Canadians most vulnerable children’s activities during the during the global recession. Our measures for what we call long- fair. We are already looking tenured workers will help do that by providing them with an extra forward to a bigger and better five to 20 weeks of EI benefits if they lose their jobs. Fall Fair next year, weather At the same time, we will continue to provide the steady economic permitting — or not! leadership Canadians have come to expect from our government. We will keep pushing ahead with our economic action plan, and we’ve also pledged to return to balanced budgets when these (Editors Note: Apparently hard times are behind our country. Our unprecedented stimulus on Sunday afternoon during spending will end when the need for it has passed, and we will the horse haul the grandstand not raise taxes or cut transfers to our provinces and territories to collapsed. About 20 people eliminate our temporary deficit. With future budgets, we will also were on it at the time but limit growth in federal operating expenditures. fortunately no one was seri- ously injured. One person These are things you have been telling us you want. And we are was taken to the hospital by proud to be delivering. While the opposition parties worry about ambulance and released after Madison Harnish, 8, Penny Princess - Maddison Worden, 6, their own jobs and the timing of a federal election, we remain being checked out.) focused on the economy and the jobs of hardworking Canadians. Penny Queen - Jesse Melanson, 5, Penny King and Zack Cogswell, 8, Penny Prince 10 RiverValleyNews.ca s October 2009 THE GOOD OLD DAYS OF sewer pipe. The oily smoke from this drifted next door to the clothes line of the apartment over the store making it near impossible for steamer, coming up from Saint John with Captain McMurtry GRAND BAY-WESTFIELD - 1956 Melda Campbell to dry her clothes and have them smelling fresh. as the river boat’s master. The following day the diesel river I spoke to Colin about this and he assured me that this was only a boat, D. J. Purdy would sail in by Murray Gault temporary setup and would be corrected shortly. However as long from Saint John on the way back as he operated the bakery it never changed. The Grand Bay of 1956 was very different from today. In fact a to Fredericton, while the Majestic young person of today wouldn’t recognize it. The Thompson Marshall Francis and I had bought the house which became the would call in on the return trip Manufacturing Company (for which the road is named, was long hardware store and decided to install a new septic system in the from the Belleisle, Gagetown gone) and on the south corner of the road stood a Petrofina Service back yard. The ground in that area is all brick clay and no drainage, and Grand Lake, and leave a Station which was operated by Melvin Copp. On the north side, so we asked Colin if we could run a pipeline across his piece of black cloud of coal smoke which Miss McLeod had a cute little gift shop where everyone bought land (25 ft.) to get better drainage on my own land back of the came from her funnel. When store. Colin refused just to be miserable as he had been with the the river boats approached their presents when an occasion arose. However, Mel Copp saw pulpwood dispute with Dad and Marshall. The solution of course the wharf they blew their horns an opportunity to have his own building where he wouldn’t have was to dig the trench at night, bury the pipe and cover it over and and “everyone” rushed to the to tend gas pumps and could concentrate on doing body work on wharf to greet the vessel, and cars. The Fina station being without a lessee gave a newcomer a disguise the dig. Two of the local boys did this and Colin was never to see who was arriving and chance to go into business for himself. The station was taken over the wiser. I believe it was Pete Bernier and Eric Chapman who did what freight they left, and what by Daniel McNeill from Saint John, who with his wife Barbara, the dastardly deed. freight was on the wharf to go. In moved to the village. The building that Mel took over was the one those days we even had a local that the dances had been held in and he rented the second floor to taxi, Mr. Appleby, who lived in Murray Wasson who used it as a gun repair and sales shop. There the small house just outside the was also a small apartment on that floor and Colin Martin rented Camp Ground fence on the road it. This was also the year that I got married and was persuaded to up to Brown’s Flats. At that time run in the provincial election for the Liberals as my father had been there was a freight shed built on an MLA and the powers that be thought that might help to elect a the concrete wharf to hold ship- Liberal in Kings County even though none had been elected since ments “safe” and dry. I think Stanley Gorham bought the shed 1935 (and wouldn’t be until 1987). Danny McNeill, Mel Copp and I when it went up for sale. conducted most of the business in the area that year and for a few years thereafter. We all became the best of friends and helped one These river boats served full another when we could. course meals, with wonderful fresh-baked pies and tea or I believe that this was the same year that Dan Usher’s house burnt coffee. I remember one Sunday, down which was just across from where the Workers Compensation when the Majestic “hove to” building is now. Dan was the iceman who delivered ice to the opposite the Prince of Wales residents with his horse and wagon (mostly summer residents in Elm in Westfield, and put off cottages). His brother Wellington (Whelly) owned the house next a tender which carried a huge door and he had a son Bill who hadn’t yet married so he lived there beef stew into our Scout Camp also. While Dan’s house was burning, he escaped out the back door at Harding’s Point. The meat but turned around and ran back in (some said to get his money) and and vegetables were supplied D. J. Purdy River Boat on the St. John River in the 1940’s by the Men’s Brotherhood which didn’t make it back out. Dan’s children were grown and gone and sponsored the Scout troop, while Living by the St. John River his wife had previously passed away so he lived alone. His wife was the Majestic cook made the stew my Grandmother’s sister but I didn’t know them well. After that it on the river boat in Saint John, was his nephew Bill who started a campaign to create a volunteer fire brigade so many of us got together to plan this out. That first by David Smith especially for us. For us Scouts a “red letter“ day. meeting we decided that each of us would put $100 in a fund to buy Editors note: With this issue we begin a new column by David Smith. He a truck. An employee of Imperial Oil who lived in Martinon (I can’t grew up in West Saint John and spent most of his summers until 1942, As Scouts we travelled all remember his name) scrounged an old oil tank from his employer on the River at Morrisdale, Glenwood, Mather’s Island and Brown’s Flat. over the Peninsula, up strange Smith is a retired educator and former director of the Kiwanis Steel Band. streams, discovered huge clouds to carry the water and was put on the truck which was purchased He lives in Glenwood. of mosquitoes, and thought we with the money that we had collected. The actual work was done saw “ghosts” in the cemetery mostly by Dan McNeill and Mel Copp as it was all greek to me. Before the War, even before I reached my teens, I used to travel all beside the road. We pitched our Eventually a pump, hoses and other necessities were bought and over this part of the River St. John. Firstly I used a slow rowboat to tents between the road and the installed but not that year. This was the beginning of the present fire travel along the shore, down past Brody’s Point and across the river River above the single Westfield department. Of the many volunteers that made this possible, Bill to White’s Bluff, along the high tide line to collect drift wood which Ferry, which plied its regular Kirk was out in front. He owned a store similar to ours in Martinon I formed into a huge raft, which I could tow to the cottage we rented path across the River, leaving and then I cut it up with a Swede saw and split it so that mother and was stiff competition. The days of Art Bell & I using sacks and heaving waters forming a trail could burn it in the wood stove, for hot water, for cooking and for salt to fight fires was almost over. behind it. At that time, little heat. In those days, there used to be a large pile of bleached white did we dream that there was a This also was the year that Colin MacDonald started his bake drift wood amassed in a huge tangled mess above the high water War ahead and that many of us shop between Gaults Food Market and the house next door that line, having come in on the Spring freshet. would travel all over the world we would convert to a hardware store later. Colin used oil for his We had two large river boats visiting Brown’s Flat, one traveling and be part of it. ovens and stove and erected a stove pipe made from two joints of down the river from Fredericton, the other, a coal-burning River Valley Preschool For Hire: Westfield After School Program Mobile Medical 30 H.P. 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Katahdin, Maine before October 15th when it closed. She was in tears. I is not what is written in my journal but what is left out. As you can imagine, when told her that our lives were not in danger and besides I was having fun. She was not I got off the trail I told everyone who would listen about my adventures. All my convinced. friends and relations each have their favorite tale. This is one of my closest friend’s Anyway we did not have much of a choice. We continued hiking the rest of the day, best loved and it is not even mentioned in my log. Naomi begrudgingly and Curly Dan and I whopping it up while Isabel released her My wife had come fury on us. to visit us as we That night we met Kim (my wife) at Hiker’s Welcome Hostel in Glencliff. The hostel hiked part of the was nothing more than a barn but it was dry. There were several hikers there. We met White Mountains Flying Bear, Laughing Bird, Shrek, (who actually kind of looked like him), Detour in New Hampshire. and Fat Chap. Kim found it hard to relate to thru-hikers because it was as if we spoke On September 19th a different language. When we shared our trail magic stories we used words that only we left Three Mile hikers understood like Sobos and Nobos and cameling up. A Sobo is a Southbound Road after having t h r u - h i k e r, breakfast and a Nobo is a decided to hike to northbound highway NH25A, thru-hiker and a distance of 25 cameling up miles (40 kms.) This is when you would have been a come across a very ambitious trek water supply at the best of times you drink as but not only was much water as this the mean old you can hold. White Mountains but we would be walking with Isabel. Isabel was a hurricane and We went to she was nasty. Well any thru-hiker is use to hiking in the rain but Isabel was making sleep with it a little more interesting. I was in the lead with Curly Dan and Naomi some distance the sound behind. I came to what I could tell was a cliff but we were in the storm, so I could of Laughing not see the bottom. I joyously yelled at the top of my lungs as I stared into the abyss, Bird laughing “Yheeehaaa!” Then I stood on the root of a tree. Isabel’s wind was blowing so hard herself to sleep. that it was lifting me up and down 3 feet (one meter). Curly Dan arrived and he too 12 RiverValleyNews.ca s October 2009 RiverValleyNews.ca s October 2009 13 14 RiverValleyNews.ca s October 2009 Area Scouts Attend Scotia Jamb’09 1st. Ketepec Scouts brought an engraved limestone which was embedded in the A huge thank you to all individuals, groups and companies from Grand Bay-Westfield Cairn Monument, representing 100 years of Scouting in Nova Scotia. It was erected and area for their generous donation to help our Scouts and Leader attend the Scotia at ScotiaJamb’09 at Camp Carter in Cape Breton, NS. Jam 09 in Cape Breton this summer. A good time was had and many benefits received Back Row: Brenda Graham, Nathan Dickens, Laurie Boakes, Julia Kelly, Makyle by all who attended. Thank you from each member and leader of First Westfield- McLellan, Bill Dowling, Kayla Boakes, Paul Crilley Grand Bay Scouting and Group Committee. Watch for the celebration of 50 years Front Row: Dylan Hebert, Elizabeth Matheson, Madelaine Bedard, Shelby Goddard, of Scout Sponsorship by Westfield United Church. This church has held the charter and Emily Lockhart (see story by Madelaine Bedard on page 15) from Scouts Canada, all sections - Beavers - Cubs - Scouts - Ventures - Rovers since 1960. Celebrations will take place in early 2010. RiverValleyNews.ca s October 2009 15 I was flying through the air… Do you have back or neck pain? If so you may benefit from the …and I couldn’t believe it, I was finally doing it, zip-wiring for more than 100 meters into the water and loving every minute of it! McKenzie approach to treatment. It all started back a year ago, when my scout leader Paul Crilley of Ketepec Scouts said The ; system of management of spinal and musculoskeletal we were going to raise money so we can go for a week long trip to Scotia-Jam at Camp disorders was developed by New Zealand physiotherapist Carter, N.S. The jamboree was to help celebrate 100 years of scouting in Nova Scotia, Robin McKenzie. The essence of the system is to teach the patients to treat their own 100 years of flight in Canada and 100 years of Canadian naval operations. We were mechanical musculoskeletal problems through education and a symptom specific really excited because there were supposed to be more than 1,100 youth, plus adult exercise program. Treatment is based on a partnership in rehabilitation between staff, attending the jamboree from across Canada. patient and therapist. My troop worked really hard fund raising as the trip was very expensive and we Benefits of the McKenzie system: *Prompt outcome assessment: It is usually possible wanted to pay for it ourselves. Our leaders Laurie Boakes and Brenda Graham helped to predict treatment benefits within 1-2 visits. us to raise money in many different ways; packing groceries, popcorn sales, apple day donations, sweeping parking lots and lots of other community service activities. *Good accuracy of assessment data: Published peer review studies have demon- strated that assessment conclusions compare favorably with the findings from CT On July 9th we stuffed our bus full of gear and left for our scouting adventure! This scans and discograms. was my first time going to Cape Breton and on the drive up I realized how quiet and peaceful the province was. It was so pretty with all the trees, water and blue skies. *The promotion of patient self reliance. Patients are informed about the cause of On the first day we got our gear down to our campsite and got set up. We were one of their pain and given specific information to manage their symptoms. This reduces the first troops to arrive and we had plenty of time to relax before it was time to make their dependence upon care-providers over the long term and gives them the tools to supper. We didn’t bring any food because the camp provided us with the supplies we take responsibility for their own health. needed to cook our breakfast, lunch and supper. Finally, after supper everyone was *Efficient use of medical services: Encouraging active patient participation reduces ready for the Grand Opening! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the crowd of the number of treatment visits required. Typically, 3 to 5 therapy sessions are required Scouts and volunteers. It was quite a sight to see! over a period of 3-4 weeks. Over the week, the jamboree was packed with many activities and events. We were busy every minute of the day! I got to go on 2 hour boat ride to Bird Island. We saw *Recommendations are provided as to ongoing management. The initial assess- plenty of birds, such as the Atlantic Puffin (what a cool bird!) the Razorbill, the Black ment determines the patient’s appropriateness for this kind of intervention. Should Guillemant, the Great Black-Legged Kittiwake, the Great Cormorant, the Double Crest mechanical therapy not be indicated, the assessment provides information on what Cormorant, some Great Seals and bald Eagles! It was an awesome experience! I loved further kinds of intervention or investigation may be appropriate. it! Appropriate Patients: One of our quests was to go by canoe that was attached to a platform to another canoe. * Those with acute or chronic musculo-skeletal pain It was the times of the Roman Empire. Our objective was to find a brick of salt and give it to the tax collector so we could be freed. We had to fight off pirates that were trying to * Those with sciatica (radiating leg pain) or brachialgia (radiating arm pain) for steal our salt. It was very fun and cool! I got really wet. whom you are considering CT or MRI We also played cool games such as going through mazes, shooting plates with sling * Patients who have failed to improve with previous treatment shots, archery, sword fighting, contests against other teams and badges trading. We learned how to steer a plane and one night we had even comedians entertaining us. We * Patients who are motivated to participate in their own recovery. also had a massive water balloon fight with the entire camp. My troop teamed up with The McKenzie system of assessment and treatment has been extensively researched. Westfield scouts and a troop from Burlington, Ontario. We won 2nd place! Again, I got In 1997, the Danish Health Department published a position paper on spinal pain really wet! following an extensive review of appropriately designed medical studies. They The best activity was the zip-wire. It was not for those afraid of heights! I climbed a concluded that the McKenzie assessment was recommended for all spinal disor- path that lead to a drop off on the side of a mountain. I conquered my fear of heights ders and that the treatment principles were recommended for particular spinal and sat in a special chair attached to a wire. I was zipped over trees eventually landing conditions. in very cold water. The ride was 100 meters long and we were up over 50 meters high. It was truly amazing and I loved it so much I went back a second time. For more information on the McKenzie approach including research literature click on www.mckenzi- The trip was fantastic! I met so many new friends and learned so many new things and emdt.org. I will never forget the experience. I hope my troop is now well rested. In two years I want to go to CJ 2012 and we will Earle Burrows is a physiotherapist Certified in the need to start planning soon for the trip! Scouting is my life! McKenzie approach, an ergonomics consultant, an avid triathlete and CEO of Human Performance PC. Contact By Madelaine Bedard, 1st. Ketepec Scouts him at email@example.com or 738-8299. 16 RiverValleyNews.ca sOctober 2009 Riding Report Generosity By Gary Davis Hon. Jack Keir One day last spring, passing where the caboose used to be on River Valley Drive, I saw a small group MLA Fundy River Valley of busy people. Most were women dressed in typical gardening garb. They were fully absorbed in the task at hand: preparing a flower bed on the edge of the road. It was part of Grand Bay-Westfield’s Minister of Energy beautification programme. I stopped the car at a safe distance and snapped a picture. I am very pleased to be writing this month about our New Early in September, three months later, I went back. There were no gardeners, and the place they were Brunswick Merit Awards recipients. This year the Riding of Fundy working was overflowing with plants in full bloom put there by those community-minded people for River Valley honoured 6 deserving volunteers from throughout our us all to enjoy. riding. What kind of people take on a project like this? When I thought about this question I realized that a The New Brunswick Merit Award is an opportunity for our citizens lot of lessons in citizenship can be learned. Beyond that, the same ideas, principles and rules that can to nominate our unsung heroes for recognition of their achieve- create a roadside garden in Grand Bay can also make successful restaurants, theatres, churches, large ments in our communities. These are people who are committed to corporations and even governments. making their town or village a better place to live. Here are some of the main ingredients: - Seeing the need - Coordinating the inputs (for a garden this starts the previous year) - Planning the garden with knowledge of what the plants will look like at maturity - Devoting time - Maintaining the garden (in this case it is mostly done by Town employees). Unless all of these things happen, there is no garden. Many people wait until someone else gets things started, and some of us join in. But most of us have the ability to start something constructive. Maybe not a garden, but something. It is quite easy if you start small, and the results, like this garden, can be rewarding. There is no shortage of needs in the world. Think about something you can do, somewhere, and give it a try. Joe Williams, Mike Bonga, Cathy McCollum, Lorraine Wills, Carol Ann Boudreau, Elva Waycott & MLA Jack Keir. Mrs. Elva Waycott has been selected for her outstanding work throughout the communities of Lepreau and Maces Bay and most recently her work with the renovation of the Maces Bay Seniors Centre. Joe Williams, president of the Lorneville Recreation Association, has volunteered tirelessly for many years with the Lorneville community centre. RCMP Boat Named in Memory of Cst. Jason Porter Lorraine Wills of Browns Flat is best known for her work with District 3 Kennebecasis RCMP has a new boat which has been named after local constable Jason Porter, the Greenwich Community Centre and the Browns Flat Food Bank. who along with his two young children, died in a car crash this past February. District 3 employees Lori is also a past “Good Will Ambassador” for the Province of were asked to submit a name for the new boat and the name “Porter’s Salute” was the unanimous New Brunswick. choice. Carol Ann Boudreau has spent many years volunteering with her “I believe the name embodies the work Church and “Water for Life”. Most recently she was successful in ethic, dedication and love for the RCMP spearheading the raising of funds required for a new playground that Cst. Jason Porter portrayed each in Westfield. and every day he came to work,” says Lorraine (Cathy) McCollum started a campaign several years District 3 Commander Inspector Kier ago to petition the Government for wild-life fencing on Route 7 MacQuarrie. “He was a valued member between Welsford and Geary. Through her tireless efforts she has of the Grand Bay-Westfield Post and succeeded in seeing her vision of safer highways completed with his untimely tragic death, along with the instillation of this fencing. his two children, Hannah and Jack, in Mike Bonga, President of the River Road Alliance, has spend February, is still very fresh in our minds. many years volunteering in the Morna and the River Road area, We continue to keep Jason’s family in and presently is working to insure safer pedestrian and traffic our thoughts and prayers. I believe travel on the River Road with Phase 1 of this project which will Jason would be pleased to know we are begin this summer. keeping his memory alive by naming our vessel after him.” I would like to extend my heart-felt gratitude to these 6 recipients and to all of the volunteers who make our communities a better Porter’s Salute will be used for law place to live. If you would like to discuss this topic or any other enforcement on waterways throughout the District. The District encompasses Belleisle Bay, as well as please contact me at my Constituency Office, 738-8696. the Kennebecasis and St. John Rivers, a combined distance of more than 320 kilometers. RiverValleyNews.ca s October 2009 17 18 RiverValleyNews.ca s October 2009 Tribute to Diane J. Bormke The New Brunswick Provincial Capital Commission honoured the memory of one of its board members, the late Diane J. Bormke of Grand Bay-Westfield, by making a presentation to her family on August 27, 2009. The commitment and energy Ms Bormke brought to the Capital Commission, and to all her ventures, was remark- able. Attending the ceremony, from left to right, are Edouard Allain, vice-chair of the Capital Commission; Rebekka McGovern and Marta McGovern, Ms Bormke’s granddaughter and daughter, respectively; Walter Brown, chair of the Capital Commission; Sally Tyson and Margaret Lawson, sister and best friend of Ms Bormke, respectively. RiverValleyNews.ca s October 2009 19 Scholten’s 2009 Saint John Ladies Softball Playoff Champs. Front Row L To R - Melissa Sellers, Robyn Cyr, Carol Webb, Katie Langmaid, Shannon Weatherhead. Back Row L To R - Dennis McLean, Jasmine Wong, Colleen Moore, Laura Limkilde, Jolene Maguire, Lori Hossack, Sam Perrin, Kevin McLean. Missing from picture are Jackie Foster, Keira Magee and Colleen McQuaid. 20 RiverValleyNews.ca s October 2009 Chamber News There is evidence all around us of the impending fall and imminent winter approaching and with that there is always a sense of ‘getting going’ again after a summer of rest and relaxation. Your River Valley Chamber of Commerce is making the most of a resurgence of interest amongst its members which is clear not only by the increased number of new businesses joining the Chamber, but also with the plans for a Meet & Greet for the members at the Brundage Point River Center at the end of September and the Annual General Meeting in October where the Nominating Committee will present the new Chamber Executive. Invitations and communications will be sent out with further information. Chamber Surveys were distributed amongst the members over the summer to gather feedback on the Chamber with their thoughts and ideas to provide some insight for the new Chamber Executive to develop their plans for committee input. That information will be summarized and presented to the members at the Annual General Meeting. Copies of the Survey results will also be made available electronically. In the 2008-2009 year, we have seen the following new businesses join the RVCC: Bayview Redemption, Bill Fairbairn/Remax Professionals, DressedToSell Inc, Exit Realty Specialists, Horsler Family Support Inc., Midwood Media Inc., Millidgeville Orthopedic & Sports Physiotherapy, O’Keeffe Investments, Ossekeag Publishing Co. Ltd., Aretha Chevarie - Remax Professionals Saint John Inc., Ripple Effect, Stevens Septic Services Ltd. and Three Cats & A Designer. News from both the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Atlantic Chamber of Commerce is constantly updated and made available to all the Chamber members here and across Canada simply by tapping into www.apcc.ca and www.chamber.ca. Of notable interest for highlighting is the Prime Minister’s announcement together with the Leader of the Opposition agreeing to form a working group to develop the proposal for Employment Insurance eligibility reform that would allow self-employed Canadians to participate voluntarily in the Employment Insurance system and improve eligibility requirements in order to ensure regional fairness. The working group will deliver recom- mendations to the Prime Minister, the leader of the Opposition and Canadians by September 28, 2009. We’ve all been made aware of the impending flu season and the outbreak of the H1N1 and the River Valley River Valley News is more than this Chamber of Commerce would like to take a page of the Saint John Board of Trade’s efforts to communicate newspaper. For more news, photos, amongst it’s members that there is a kit available by the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) which was prepared for pandemic readiness. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce was involved in the start-up of the project audio and video from the River Valley to bring together national organizations in health and home care, labour, business, local government, emergency response and planning, and faith communities. This kit is available on-line at www.pandemic.cpha.ca or www. visit our website at rivervalleynews.ca sjboardoftrade.com. RiverValleyNews.ca s October 2009 21 Memoriams Congratulations Classifieds CONGRATULATIONS to our Art Instruction By Diane Davis daughter April DeLong Fine Art Painting Techniques for becoming the 2009 Alpine Country Basic Drawing, Oils, Acrylics Star. April we could not be any more 2.5 hrs wkly classes PROUD of You! Starts Tues this fall - Beginners and up - Limited number per class Register tel 468-2138 Seasoned Firewood for Sale River Valley Area Call 757-8625 For Sale Washer and Dryer $100 both in good condition. Electric stove in good Spellman We would also like to extend a condition $50 - Call 333-4750 In sad and loving memory of my dear sincere THANK YOU to all those who husband Robert (Sunny) who passed supported April during this recent WANT TO PURCHASE In Loving Memory of a Dear Father, away October 15, 2007. singing competition. Special thanks to 1982 SNOWMOBILE OR EARLIER Grandfather and Great Grandfather, Woodward - Paisley One very special person who can all of our Family and Friends (including CALL ALAN TITUS 738-8436 Edward “Ed” Gaunce Derek and Jill Woodward of Calgary, never be replaced. Your memory in my October 9, 2007 April’s friends) who supported her. daily life can never be erased. Alberta are pleased to announce Thank-you St. Jude for favours Deep in our hearts Many thanks to Vicky Gaunce & the My days are very different now without the marriage of their only daughter, received. - A.L. Your memory is kept gang at the Cutting Edge, Angela you in my life. And though you are no Samantha Kate Woodward to Adam To love, cherish and never forget Thom & the gang at Grand Bay longer here, I’ll always be your wife. Craig Paisley, youngest son of Ronald Life goes on and years pass by but Sobeys where April works, our Brown’s Our chain of love will never be broken. and RaeMarie Paisley of Brown’s Flat, precious memories never die. Flat Community for all of their support Love you, forever. Forget you, never. New Brunswick. The ceremony took Loved and missed, and a huge thanks to EACH and every Till we meet again place in the Wesley United Church, Daughter Joan (Carl), one of you out there who supported Murlene Brown’s Flat on July 18, 2009 followed Grandchildren Jennifer (Matt), April. She could not have done it by a reception dinner and dance at Rachelle & Michael without ALL of your support.Thank you the Westfield Golf and Country Club. Great Grandchildren, Ella, Mikey & so much for helping make her dream They enjoyed their honeymoon in the Lucas come true! Dominican Republic. Adam and Sam Garf, Jackie & Joey have recently moved from Calgary to ATTENTION NATURE LOVERS In Loving Memory begin their married life. WATERFRONT PROPERTY FOR Calvin (Gib) Willis SALE Sept. 27/07 Country living close to all amenities, Two years it’s been since you have 1.5 Acres, Heat pump, Garage, passed away. Fireplace with air tight wood insert, Two years I have missed you dear Three bedrooms. brother, each and every day. Visit: www.propertyguys.com Sister - Linda Charlton ID#118280 Open House Saturday October 17, Allie Wilkes 2009 - time from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm In loving memory of our dear Mother Phone (506)757-8057 and Grandmother, Allie M. Wilkes, Price is $152.500 whom God called home September In Loving Memory of 29, 1998. Glenn Whittaker Calvin (Cal) Willis God called you home, it was His will wants to thank all those who came to Passed Away Sept. 27, 2007 But in our hearts you are with us still. see me, called, sent cards etc. while Two years have passed since you Lovingly remembered, I was in hospital and laid up at home. lost your battle with cancer. Cal, you Daughters: Evelyn, Joyce & Margie, Thank you all from our church, Pastor were my husband, my best friend, Roy Neil Granddaughter Nona We wish to extend a sincere thank Dave, John, Vince and all the others. the greatest Dad, you were the best, You are invited to join us as we you taught us well. Best Papa and you to our family and friends for Thank you for your prayers, phone Robson celebrate Roy’s 80th Birthday, the wonderful gifts for our wedding Grampie in the whole wide world. calls & visits. My daughter Susan and In Loving memory of Barry S. Robson Saturday, October 3rd from 2 - 4 showers. Special thanks to Allison There isn’t a day goes by that we don’t husband Ron, my grandson Phillip, my who died one year ago on September P.M. at the home of Randy and Josie Donald, our moms Margie MacDonald think of you. You are in our hearts brothers and family, 13, 2008. Pike, 9 Scenic View Lane, Grand and Ann Arsenault and to the Tops forever. You are our special Angel. God bless you and keep you all. Forever in my heart, Bay-Westfield. Best wishes only or a group NB#4016 Browns Flat. Love and miss you so much. Glenn always on my mind. donation to the food bank would be Thank You, Wife Eleanor appreciated. Love Faye Amanda & Troy Carhart For Sale Son - Kevin and Laura Daughter - Kelly Ann and Stephen 1995 Ford Taurus GL Heart and Stroke Walking Club Wesley & Mona Vail Granddaughters - Shelby, Jessica and Flea Market & Bake Sale 200,000 km Meets every Mon-Wed-Fri are celebrating their 50th Wedding Jennifer St Giles United Church Asking $600 at 6:30 PM at the Brundage Point Anniversary on Sept. 26, 2009 3540 Westfield Road, Martinon or best offer for quick sale River Centre Saturday, October 3, 9am - 12 Call 757-2755 anytime 22 RiverValleyNews.ca s October 2009 Community Events AUCTION Creepy Crawl 5 km Run/Walk and FALL HARVEST JAMBOREE Saint John Kennebecasis Valley and all ages. Call now to schedule WIRRAL COMMUNITY HALL 1 km Kids Run on October 31 to Royal Canadian Legion Branch 87 Newcomers – If you are a woman your presentation. There is no charge SAT. OCT. 3 - RAIN OR SHINE help local food banks. There will be Jones Creek new to this area and would like to for this program.Let’s make ourselves VIEWING 9:00, AUCTION 10:00 prizes for best costume, draw prizes Friday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. join this national organization, call “tough targets”.RECOGNIZE IT. CANTEEN and finisher medals. The cost is only Featuring Ivan and Vivian Hicks, 3 Linda at 216-0530 or e-mail us at REPORT IT. STOP IT. Now booking Sponsored by the Wirral Community $5.00 plus a food item. Sign up at the Point Hitch, Bob Johnson and Carol firstname.lastname@example.org. for Fall 2009 & Winter 2010.To Book a Organization Human Performance Center or call Henderson, Charlie Williams, Albert Presentation call Sharon Stout (506) 738-2195. The run is at the West Side Hebert, Our own ‘Soggy Bottom Boys’, Every Saturday the VOLUNTEERS 658-1555 or 1-877-332-1555 Family Brunch St. Marks United Church. Registration Herb Isbill, Allison Inch, Gerry Cormier of Fundy Minor Football host (email@example.com) Patterson United Church at 8:00 am. Kids Run begins at 9:30 & Phil Kennedy. Canteen will be Atom Football Games (ages 10 and 6705 Route 101, Wirral am followed by the adults at10am. available. Adults - $8.00 11 co-ed, all equipment supplied) Sat. October 10 - 7 am to 11 am Children - $3.00 Sponsored by Wesley Jamborees (lots of games at 10:30 Noon Nuggets - October 14th Full Breakfast Served Register Now for Girls’ Hockey - United Church Brown’s Flat am) as many parents and grand Targeted Recruitment – How to find Adults $5.00, Children 12 and under SPACE IS LIMITED. parents come out as players AND the ideal volunteers $3.00 Wheel Chair Accessible The River Valley Female Hockey Flag Football Jamborees at 12 noon. Volunteerism and volunteer Sponsored by the Mens Club Association invites girls of all ages to UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE Everyone is welcome. No experience management are undergoing rapid learn and play hockey on all-female WELSFORD FIRE HALL necessary. No cuts. Everyone plays. and far-reaching changes. It is Variety Show And Cake Auction teams. Recreational and develop- GET PHYSICALLY and MENTALLY clear that yesterday’s volunteer Oct. 24 - Children’s Halloween Party Sat., Oct. 17, 2009 - 7:00 p.m. mental divisions available. Novice Healthy - GET ACTIVE = WELLNESS management methods are inap- November 7 - Turkey Supper PATTERSON ORANGE HALL (Ages 7-8); Atom (9-10); PeeWee propriate for successfully meeting Nov 21 - Christmas Craft & Bake Sale Boyne Rd., Hoyt, NB (11-12); Bantam (13-14); Midget tomorrow’s challenges. Dec 5 - Children’s Christmas Party Admission - $5.00, Door Prizes (15-17); Senior (18 & over - New for The Saint John Volunteer Centre Location - Saint John Volunteer Please watch upcoming issues Lunches for sale - $2.00 2009-2010!) For more information sponsored by the New Brunswick Centre, 66 Waterloo Street for more information. If you have Sponsored by Patterson Settlement contact Sue Arbeau at 738-8452 or Securities Commission Offers the Fee - $15.00 - To register Phone any questions please call Barb at Historical Society Angie McKinley at 738-8110. ABCs OF Fraud Awareness Program. 506-658-1555 486-9187 An Educational Program for all groups email firstname.lastname@example.org Church Directory TWO RIVERS PASTORAL Grand Bay Baptist River Valley St. Matthew Catholic CHARGE Church Wesleyan Church Church Bayswater-Summerville 77 Woolastook Drive Long Reach & Westfield Grand Bay-Westfield Grand Bay-Westfield, NB 45 Ridge Way - Valley View Estates United Churches 738-8423 506-757-2274 Minister: Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Stevenson Pastor: Rev. Dave McElhinney Office: 757-2201 www.2riversunited.com Sunday Worship - 8:30 am and 11:00 am Office Phone: 738-3669 email@example.com Sunday School - 9:45 am Westfield United Church Sunday School Mom & Tot Group (0-4yrs) – Tuesdays at Sunday Services Pastor: Rev. Brian Hansen 10:45 am 10:00 am - noon Westfield United Church Worship Service Super Friends (K – Grade 5) – Wednesday at Morning worship - 10:30 am 6:30 pm Preschool Kid’s Park - MASS TIMES 11:00 am Youth Groups Friday evenings 10:45-12:15 Saturday - 5:30 pm Kingston Peninsula Worship Service 7:00-8:30 pm – Grades 6 & 7 Sunday School Kid’s Time - 8:00-9:30 pm – Grades 8 & 9 11:00-12:15 Sunday - 11:00 am 9:30 am 7:00-9:00 pm – Grades 10 – 12 Youth Gathering - Friday Reconciliation (Confession) Long Reach United Church - Oct 4, Oct 18 Summerville United Church – Oct 11, Oct 25 Night at 7pm Following the 5:30 Senior Pastor: Edward Powell, Associate Pastor of Youth: Adrian Gardner Saturday Mass RiverValleyNews.ca s October 2009 23 Track Incentives Program at RVMS Barb MacNeil of Lower Greenwich took this photo- graph one morning in early spring. It’s of the Nerepis river and was taken near the bridge. Barb thought it was a cool image and we agree. Barb wins our Photo of the Congratulations to all the students who participated in and completed the 10 km Month Contest and the Foot- and Marathon Distance of the Track Incentives Program at River Valley Middle Long Meal Deal courtesy School this past year. The program is sponsored by Guardian Drugs and the Human Subway. We’re looking for Performance Centre. your photo for our next issue in November. Send it in by email to rivervalleynews@ gmail.com or put it in one of the convenient drop boxes located in Guardian Drugs and the B-Hive Bowling & Early morning on the Nerepis River. Entertainment Centre. Marathon Distance - Front row L-R: Kelsey Spencer, Ryan Brown, Keeley Shea Back row L- R: Mr. Shiels, Rachel Lunn, Morgan Easton, Abby Keilty, Katie Gowlett, Ben Peterson, Gregory Lyon. 24 RiverValleyNews.ca s October 2009