Mit­ton’s vic­tory in Mem­ram­cook-tantra­mar rid­ing has been con­firmed

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It’s of­fi­cial. Me­gan Mit­ton is the new MLA for

Mem­ram­cook

Tantra­mar.

Mit­ton’s vic­tory was con­firmed by a ju­di­cial re­count that fin­ished Fri­day, with the re­sults show­ing the num­bers con­sis­tent with those re­ported by Elec­tions NB on elec­tion night.

Mit­ton, the rid­ing’s first Green Party MLA, won her seat by a mere 11 votes over in­cum­bent Lib­eral MLA Bernard Leblanc. Mit­ton had re­ceived 3,148 votes while Leblanc brought in 3,137.

The re­count, which was re­quested by Leblanc and his brother, be­gan Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon in a Monc­ton court­room and was com­pleted Fri­day af­ter­noon. A re­count is au­to­mat­i­cally granted when re­quested in a rid­ing where the mar­gin of vic­tory is within 25 votes. The cost of the re­count is paid for by Elec­tions NB.

The Wood Point Bap­tist Church is mark­ing a ma­jor mile­stone this year and area res­i­dents are in­vited to take part in the cel­e­bra­tions.

Pas­tor Dan Basham en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to come out to the fes­tiv­i­ties this Satur­day and Sun­day, Oct. 13-14 as the church cel­e­brates 140 years.

With land pur­chased in 1877 from Obe­diah and Su­san Snow­down, the church was built the fol­low­ing year, com­ing with a price tag of about $1,000.

The build­ing has been sit­u­ated on the same prop­erty ever since, although it has un­der­gone changes over the years.

Basham noted 140 years is quite a mark for a church.

“To hit that bench­mark is pretty sig­nif­i­cant,” he said. “And I think that’s a tes­ta­ment to the peo­ple of this com­mu­nity. It shows their con­sis­tency in their faith­ful­ness of God.”

He said it’s the con­gre­ga­tion mem­bers who have kept the church go­ing for more than a cen­tury in this small com­mu­nity and at­ten­dance, although once as high as 75 to 80, re­mains con­sis­tent at weekly Sun­day ser­vices with about 40 mem­bers.

Weekly ser­vices were once con­ducted by min­is­ters shared from other area churches but in 1982 the mem­ber­ship de­cided to be­come a fully self-sup­port­ing Fel­low­ship Bap­tist Church and to call up their own cler­gy­man. David Do­herty be­came the church’s first full-time pas­tor that year and

To cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary, the church will be host­ing sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties over the week­end, which will take a look back at the church’s his­tory in the com­mu­nity.

Start­ing off the cel­e­bra­tions will be a potluck sup­per on Satur­day evening at 5:30 p.m. Guests are in­vited to check out the his­tor­i­cal mem­o­ra­bilia that will be on dis­play in the fel­low­ship room. At 7 p.m., a his­tor­i­cal pre­sen­ta­tion by Bill

served un­til 1987 when he left to teach at New Bruns­wick Bible In­sti­tute. A par­son­age was built that same year next to the church to house in­com­ing pas­tors. Snow­don will fea­ture pho­tos and a talk about the church through­out the past 140 years.

On Sun­day, a spe­cial morn­ing ser­vice will be led by guest speaker David Do­herty, the church’s first full-time pas­tor.

At 10 a.m., the ser­vice will fea­ture let­ters and videos from other for­mer min­is­ters as well as mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment. This will be fol­lowed by a light lunch.

Since that time, Gary Count­way ( 1987- 1996); John Keihn (1997-2006); Ryan Skaling (20062013); Danny Jack (2013-2016); and Basham (2016-present) have all served as pas­tors of the Wood Point Bap­tist Church.

Struc­tural changes over the years have in­cluded up­grades, ad­di­tions and even be­ing “lifted and turned to face the high­way.” This re­po­si­tion­ing was in 1949 and, at the same time, a base­ment was added. In 1987, with the par­son­age be­ing built, most of the work was car­ried out by church mem­bers and mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity. In 1990, an ad­di­tion was built on the back of the church, cre­at­ing space for a meet­ing room and nurs­ery.

“For the build­ing to have with­stood all those changes, that’s a tes­ta­ment to the work­man­ship that went into that build­ing,” said Basham.

FILE PHOTO

The Wood Point Bap­tist Church has been at the same lo­ca­tion along Route 935 for 140 years. The con­gre­ga­tion is cel­e­brat­ing the mile­stone with sev­eral events this week­end.

Me­gan Mit­ton

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