The way it was in the Twin Towns
February of 1949 was accompanied by a snowstorm that drastically changed the scene from what it was in January. Quite a lot of snow fell, but not enough to hold up traffic, and cars and trucks still managed to get around.
The firm, George Battiste and Company, had chosen a new site on the highroad near Grand Bay for their ice house. Although far away from the usual site at Long Pond in Channel, the new building was underway. The firm intends to use a small pond near the school to secure ice since Long Pond had been closed. In order to secure the amount of ice required it will be necessary to make an initial cut and wait for a second freezing due to the fact that the pond is so small.
During recent ice cutting on that pond a truck was used to pick up the ice blocks. While the truck was on the pond, the ice gave away, and the truck, loaded at the time, went through the ice. The pond is not very deep and the truck was not totally submerged. Truck and driver were safely rescued.
The one room school in Lakes Brook, Port aux Basques, was making progress under the supervision of the teachers, Miss Tapper and Miss Warren. Both teachers were working hard to ensure their pupils had a successful school year at Lakes Brook. (In more recent years the old school building was used as a meeting place by the “Odd Fellows Lodge”, IOOF, the Independent Order Of Odd Fellows.)
In the past, vessels using the harbour known as Lake’s Brook [or Mother Lake’s Bay] had used certain marks by day and certain lights by night as a guide when entering the harbour. With the town growing and many more buildings being erected, those marks and lights formerly used were now hidden from view. George Battiste and Company had a large fish plant located in this harbour, and many boats entered there to unload fish. The Commission of Government was made aware of the situation. It was suggested that with electricity now available there was no reason why proper lights could not be erected as a guide. Duck Island in the Bay was also under consideration as a place for a fog alarm. Both a fog alarm and lights were requested by all concerned.