Mitton’s victory in Memramcook-tantramar riding has been confirmed
It’s official. Megan Mitton is the new MLA for
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.
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.