Russell returned as fire chief
Bay Roberts pursuing Goose Pond trail
Longtime Bay Roberts fire chief Clarence Russell received a standing ovation from members of the town council last week after receiving the council’s endorsement for another two-year term.
It was council’s way of showing appreciation for Russell’s dedication during his 12 years at the helm.
“We congratulate you and wish you well over the next two years,” said Mayor Philip Wood during the Feb. 7 meeting.
In his remarks, Russell made note of the great working relationship between the department and council.
The relationship has been beneficial for both parties, and Russell said he has no problems coming to council should he need a new piece of equipment.
Russell received a majority of votes during a secret ballot held Jan. 31 at the brigade’s annual meeting, in which 33 of the 34 members were in attendance.
For the second time, Russell defeated challenger Doug Mercer for the top post in the volunteer brigade.
Two years ago, the race for chief made headlines after Russell and Mercer received the same number of votes on two separate ballots, forcing the town council to break the deadlock, with the nod going to Russell. This time, Russell won outright. Meanwhile, the following is a list of officers and executive members installed following the Jan. 31 annual meeting: • Doug Mercer — assistant chief; • Adam Norman — fire captain; • Geoff Roach — rescue captain; • Rick Edmunds and Philip Norman — lieutenants;
• Richard Sheppard — chief operator; • Paul Norman — president; • Rodney Reid — vice-president; • Dean Franey — secretary; • Robert Seymour — treasurer; • Rick Edmunds, Philip Norman and Adam Norman — directors. Business park named Council has approved the name Birch Hills Business Park for a new commercial development in the town. It also approved the names of two cul-de-sacs in the development — Excel Place and Huntsman Place
Each name was that of a local vessel tragically lost at sea.
The Excel was on its way back from Labrador carrying families from Coley’s Point after the summer months when it encountered a storm near Black Island on Oct. 11, 1885.
The ship lost 22 men, women and children in the wreck.
The Huntsman met its end in 1872, when its was lost off the coast of Labrador losing over 40 people from Bay Roberts.
Big poppy haul
The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 32 in Bay Roberts experienced the most successful poppy campaigns in their history last year by collecting $13,303.
The poppy campaign is meant to both promote peace and remembrance, especially the sacrifices made by our veterans, and to collect funds so that any needs of veterans and exservice personnel can be assisted.
“I believe one of the reasons for the poppy campaigns have been up, in my opinion, is Afghan war,” said Mayor Philip Wood. “It has drawn a lot of publicity to the Canadian military and injured veterans.”
The money stays in the branch, which extends to South River, Port de Grave and along the Spaniard’s Bay beach.
The Town of Bay Roberts donated $100 to the cause.
Goose Pond walking trail
After weeks of trying to get Spaniard’s Bay on board for the construction of a boardwalk around Goose Pond, Bay Roberts has found out that they will be going it alone.
Wood said he had been contact by Spaniard’s Bay Mayor John Drover about the town not being interested in any joint project for the pond.
“They did say that they would have no problem with Bay Roberts wanted to do anything with Goose Pond,” he said. “They don’t want any responsibility or commitment to it.”
Wood suggested the town arrange a meeting with Port de Grave MHA Glenn Littlejohn to see about possible funding for the project.
Coun. Clarence Mercer recommended the town ask for a letter from Spaniard’s Bay regarding their non- committal to the project and allowance of Bay Roberts to follow through on its plans.
Town of Bay Roberts Deputy Mayor Bill Seymour.