Rus­sell re­turned as fire chief

Bay Roberts pur­su­ing Goose Pond trail

The Compass - - PORTHTE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

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.

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