Mak­ing Ice:

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion Richard (''Sam'') Poaps

To keep us en­ter­tained, Harold would bring his new por­ta­ble ra­dio and when the out­side an­tenna was po­si­tioned, would only be di­alled into WWVA, Wheel­ing West Vir­ginia. WWVA was of course the Bi­ble of Coun­try and West­ern in those days, be­fore Dolly Par­ton, but did have the up and com­ing “olde” re­li­ables like Ten­nessee Ernie Ford, Hank Snow, Hank Wil­liams and many oth­ers. The night would pass quite agree­ably, even those re­main­ing in­side the warm dress­ing room could quite con­ceiv­ably, us­ing a red-hot fire poker, burn into the vir­gin un­painted wood benches, the ini­tials of the per­son flood­ing at that time and em­bel­lish with a heart and the ini­tials of a lo­cal young lady, true or not. By 6:30 AM, go home time, a quite solid sur­face would have been ob­tained, such that now a more se­nior fam­ily mem­ber or the hired care­taker would take over the day­light task of now build­ing to a smooth, flat and even sur­face. The ap­pli­ca­tion of the red and blue lines would be done by a more ex­pe­ri­enced par­ent, but with­out the large roundels, although some­times the goal crease could be added with time and ex­per­tise.

Pe­ri­od­i­cally the rink would re­ceive a chal­lenge from Mother Na­ture in the form of a pro­longed snow storm, which cut down on shinny and ev­ery­thing else for sev­eral days. On those days, ev­ery one was en­cour­aged to come and en­joy a few hours of pretty ac­tive ex­er­cise, and if we were re­ally lucky a lo­cal farmer, or garage owner might have his front end loader avail­able (free some­times, and some­times, not) to help, and when there was snow up to the boards, then, some kind of mech­a­nized help was in­deed wel­comed and nec­es­sary. On one oc­ca­sion, a big green Oliver front end loader was avail­able for duty on a sunny Sun­day af­ter­noon, af­ter it had al­ready cleared a num­ber of snow filled drive­ways in the im­me­di­ate area. Ju­bi­la­tion was ram­pant as the big snow ma­chine lum­bered up to the boards and dumped load af­ter load of day’s old, not feath­ery light snow over the boards. What we did not no­tice at the time, was that the scoop on the big green Oliver trac­tor, and did not quite lower to ice level, so that ev­ery time the big green Oliver lum­bered to the boards, it com­pacted the re­main­ing 2” of snow which tightly bonded to the ice sur­face. Well, at least the snow was cleared and now we had the joy of scrap­ing off the last 2” of com­pacted snow from the sur­face. By din­ner time we were back in busi­ness, and we sin­cerely thanked the big green Oliver driver (and owner) for his very valu­able help. On other oc­ca­sions, scrap­ers and shov­els were avail­able to any and all that would help to clear a small dust­ing or a modestly large snow fall. It was def­i­nitely a uni­fy­ing vil­lage ac­tiv­ity and well worth it.

All the Stanstead teams were called the Stanstead Black­hawks and the sweaters all were black with white stripes. Pants were black and stock­ings black with white stripes, so that the whole as­sem­blage, was quite pre­sentable and pro­fes­sional look­ing. One good year for the Stanstead Black­hawks was the 1949-50 sea­son where the Black­hawks out du­elled, Rock Is­land, Beebe and Ay­ers Cliff to win the Stanstead County Mid­get Cham­pi­onship. It was one of the rare oc­ca­sions where a fully bilin­gual, 14 man team, of age12 and un­der, (some as young as10) was as­sem­bled un­der the tute­lage of “Peanut” Win­ters, Hank Dewey and C. Goupille. Some­times some of the young French boys/play­ers did not join their English coun­ter­parts, and some­times some of the English play­ers, joined the more for­mal, Stanstead Col­lege teams, so that pe­ri­od­i­cally in the 1950’s and af­ter, there was not al­ways a Stanstead Black Hawk team.

Pe­ri­od­i­cally too, there would be Sun­day af­ter­noon pick up teams where Al­cide Hartly would in­vite a team from Ge­orgeville to come and play a pickup game. Ge­orgeville had a navy in­tern that al­ways wore his uni­form and al­ways played in goal, wear­ing his lit­tle white navy beret. Th­ese were al­ways lots of fun, even if a bit in­for­mal, but they al­ways had a fairly ca­pa­ble young ref­eree from the area, who tried and did main­tain a fair spirit, for the $2.00 he earned.

The lights on the out­door rink at Stanstead were not very good, but they were cer­tainly good enough to have a great game of “shinny” al­most ev­ery nite, that homework did not keep a player at home with his face buried in an

du Que­bec of­fi­cers got in­volved in a car chase, last week, in Val-Joli. When the of­fi­cers put on their flash­ers to fol­low a car that was speed­ing on route 249, the speeder ac­cel­er­ated to more than 140 km/hr in a 80 km/ hr zone. The car chase took place on the 249 go­ing north, and the male driver con­tin­ued driv­ing at high speed even when he reached a 50 km zone. The 19 year-old fi­nally stopped af­ter he re­al­ized he couldn’t lose the po­lice.

The driver’s fines will to­tal more than $2,700 and he will re­ceive 18 in­ap­ti­tude points for speed­ing, danger­ous driv­ing and not stop­ping when the po­lice were in pur­suit. His li­cense was im­me­di­ately suspended for seven days.

A 23 year-old man from Ayer’s Cliff was ar­rested in Ma­gog, last week, for driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs. A small amount of cannabis and cannabis resin was found in his ve­hi­cle. Once at the po­lice post, he failed the tests of the eval­u­at­ing agent and had to pro­vide a urine sam­ple.

SQ of­fi­cers con­ducted a search at a prop­erty on Prin­ci­pale Street, in Cook­shire, for il­le­gal tobacco. A 59 year-old man was found on the premises and is sus­pected of be­ing in­volved in a con­tra­band tobacco net­work that op­er­ates in the re­gion. More than 13,000 con­tra­band cig­a­rettes were found on site as well as about sixty wrap­pings with tobacco residue.

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