A call-out for carriers
The Compass is again actively recruiting carriers to deliver the weekly newspaper to homes in the Trinity-Conception region.
Carriers are needed in the following areas: Clarke’s Beach, Country Road in Bay Roberts, Cupids, Dildo, Heart’s Content, Heart’s Desire, Job’s Cove, and the south side of Harbour Grace.
This is a great opportunity on many levels, for people of any age. First, there’s the financial reward. Carriers earn money for every paper they sell, plus tips. Also, a points program rewards carriers for attracting new customers, and there’s the benefit of getting out and about in your community, meeting your neighbours and getting some exercise.
And for the next several weeks, The Compass will pay an extra bonus to carriers for every new customer they sign up.
To learn more about becoming a carrier, call Shelleen at 596-6458 or 786-7077, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To see us online, visit cbncompass.ca.
A well-known and well-established business on Harvey Street in Harbour Grace that was dislodged by fire on Valentine’s Day is expected to be back operation early this week.
The nearly 40-year-old building that was home to Sinyard’s Pharmacy and Harbour Grace Medical Clinic sustained serious damage on Thursday, Feb. 14 after a stubborn fire believed to be electrical in nature broke out in the bowels of the structure, causing difficulty for the Habour Grace and Carbonear firefighters who responded to the incident.
The building is owned by Madonna Rose, who is also the owner/pharmacist at Sinyard’s. She purchased the prominent business from Rex Sinyard four years ago following his retirement. Sinyard established the business in the mid1960s.
The medical clinic is operated by two well-known doctors, Lonz Button and Gerald Power. Both have been tending to patients in the region for about four decades each.
After several days of scrambling, the business has temporarily relocated just a few doors down the street to a building known locally as the old liquor store, at 29-31 Harvey Street.
The fire is believed to have originated in the basement of the threelevel building, and travelled inside the walls to the main floor, where firefighters were forced to rip open walls in order to extinguish the hot spots, said Harbour Grace Fire Chief Ray Verge.
Rose detected an unusual odour at about 8:30 a.m. and quickly evacuated the building. Some eight patients were in the medical clinic when the evacuation was ordered. There were no injuries. In short order, the building was filling with heat and smoke, and the eight people who work at the two businesses could only watch in shock as their workplace became a fire scene.
The structure was saved, but the interior was “ruined,” police say.
Rose watched with tears in her eyes as smoke poured from the building, but stated defiantly, “We’ll be up and running again in no time.”
The busy street was closed and the nearby Royal Garage vehicle dealership was advised to curtail business for the remainder of the day.
The situation had created a great deal of uncertainty, since the building accommodated the only pharmacy and medical clinic in the town. Luckily, sensitive medical records and a fully stocked pharmacy were saved.
Madonna Rose (centre), pharmacist/owner at Sinyard’s Pharmacy in Harbour Grace, is overcome with emotion Thursday morning as firefighters attempt to get the upper hand on a fire at her business. At left is Pauline Hunt, while Lisa Randall is on the right. Both are pharmacy technicians at Sinyard’s.
Harbour Grace firefighter Steven Verge uses an axe to remove a window in order to “vent” the building.
Harbour Grace firefighter Paul Ash (right) is seen emerging from the smoke-filled basement of Sinyard’s Pharmacy.