Dip­pers rang in New Year with icy plunge

Sackville Tribune - - 2018 YEAR IN REVIEW -

Jan­uary 2018

■ Dip­pers rang in New Year – Twenty-nine brave souls kicked off New Year’s Day in style by tak­ing part in the Vil­lage of Dorch­ester’s 24th an­nual po­lar bear dip. Held at Palmer’s Pond at 1 p.m. on Jan. 1, the event is a joint project of the Dorch­ester Lions Club and the Dorch­ester Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment.

Funds raised go to the Dorch­ester Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment, the 681 Tantra­mar Squadron Royal Air Cadet Squadron, mi­nor base­ball, the Dorch­ester Food Bank and other lo­cal projects through the year.

■ Tantra­mar Se­niors Col­lege earned Lieu­tenant Gover­nor Award – The Tantra­mar Se­niors Col­lege was rec­og­nized for its work when New Bruns­wick Lieu­tenant Gover­nor Jocelyn Roy Vi­en­neau pre­sented the or­ga­ni­za­tion with the Lieu­tenant Gover­nor’s Award for Healthy Ag­ing and Care.

In ac­cept­ing the award as vi­cepres­i­dent of the TSC, Heather Pat­ter­son pointed out this is the first time it has been pre­sented to an or­ga­ni­za­tion of this kind.

Mark­ing its 10th an­niver­sary this year, the col­lege, which runs pro­grams and cour­ses in Amherst, Moncton, She­diac and Sackville, has ex­panded markedly and of­fers cour­ses vary­ing in length and has a mem­ber­ship in ex­cess of 400.

New fire sta­tion opened in Port El­gin – Af­ter 17 years in the works, the Port El­gin fire depart­ment fi­nally moved into its new build­ing on East Main Street in the vil­lage.

A large crowd of lo­cal res­i­dents, fire­fight­ers from sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties and in­vited guests joined mem­bers of Port El­gin vil­lage coun­cil and Port El­gin vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers on New Year’s Day for a hose-cut­ting cer­e­mony to cel­e­brate the open­ing of the new fa­cil­ity.

Fire Chief Steve Al­ward thanked the com­mu­nity for its sup­port dur­ing the build­ing project, which be­gan in the spring of 2017

The new fire hall came with a $1.2 mil­lion price tag, a cost which was shared among the Vil­lage of Port El­gin and the Lo­cal Ser­vice Dis­tricts ser­viced by the Port El­gin fire depart­ment.

■ Ti­tans head coach, two sons headed to U.S. as mem­bers of Team Canada – There is an old say­ing “the fam­ily that plays to­gether stays to­gether.”

That say­ing ac­cu­rately demon­strated the Scott O’neal fam­ily as he and his two sons, Ai­dan and Owen, both mem­bers of the Tantra­mar Ti­tans foot­ball team, headed to Ar­ling­ton, Texas to rep­re­sent the coun­try as mem­bers of Team Canada in early Jan­uary to com­pete in in­ter­na­tional games.

Scott was with the U16 team in 2017 on a men­tor­ship pro­gram and would serve in 2018 as the run­ning back coach with the same team. He said an ex­pe­ri­ence like ac­com­pa­ny­ing the na­tional team is a true learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence as he not only ob­serves the other mem­bers of the staff but also how coaches on op­pos­ing teams run their pro­grams. Owen would be a player on the U16 team.

Ai­dan, be­ing a U18 team mem­ber last sea­son, was drafted to re­turn to that team.

■ EOS, Ped­vac earn en­vi­ron­men­tal awards – EOS EcoEn­ergy was named the win­ner of the top prize dur­ing the first an­nual Eco360 En­vi­ron­men­tal Awards cer­e­mony. The Eco360 En­vi­ron­men­tal Awards rec­og­nize out­stand­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal con­tri­bu­tions by in­di­vid­u­als, groups, or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­sti­tu­tions, busi­nesses and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in South­east­ern New Bruns­wick. The award came with a $10,000 prize.

“This award means EOS can also start to dream a lit­tle big­ger and do even more to help our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in Tantra­mar re­duce and adapt to cli­mate change and be more sus­tain­able,” said Amanda Mar­lin, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for EOS.

Also hon­oured dur­ing the awards cer­e­mony was Port El­gin’s Ped­vac Foun­da­tion, which was named a run­ner-up, earn­ing them a $1,000 prize.

Mount Al­li­son prof ap­pointed to Or­der of Canada – A Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity pro­fes­sor and au­thor was among the lat­est in­ductees named to the Or­der of Canada.

Christl Ver­duyn was set to be in­ducted “for her con­tri­bu­tions to Cana­dian stud­ies, no­tably as a pro­fes­sor and au­thor, and for her com­mit­ment to mak­ing Cana­dian lit­er­a­ture ac­ces­si­ble to a broader au­di­ence,” Gov. Gen. Julie Payette an­nounced in early Jan­uary.

Ver­duyn, who taught English and Cana­dian stud­ies at Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity for more than a decade, said she was hon­oured to re­ceive this ap­point­ment.

“It feels very hum­bling to be named along­side all of these peo­ple. It doesn’t ac­tu­ally feel real.”

■ Town ap­proved $1.5 mil­lion in cap­i­tal spend­ing for 2018 – Ex­ten­sive road­work on a sec­tion of Main Street and a project that would see the Sackville quarry con­verted into a park were two of the big­ger-ticket items ap­proved in Jan­uary as part of the town’s 2018 cap­i­tal bud­get, which would see ap­prox­i­mately $1.5 mil­lion in fund­ing spread out among var­i­ous sec­tors in the com­mu­nity.

Town trea­surer Michael Beal said this year’s spend­ing was “in line” with what the mu­nic­i­pal­ity has spent on its cap­i­tal projects over the past five years,

The Main Street road re­con­struc­tion project would come with an es­ti­mated $850,000 price tag but the project was con­tin­gent on nearly half of that amount com­ing through from the provin­cial gov­ern­ment.

About $200,000 was also set aside for the Quarry project. This project was also con­tin­gent on part­ner fund­ing com­ing through, but through the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

■ For­mer Moloney plant was set to come un­der new own­er­ship – Ex­cite­ment was in the air in Sackville as elec­tri­cal trans­former maker Cam Tran Co., an­nounced it would soon be buy­ing the for­mer Moloney Elec­tric plant, bring­ing with it the prospect of new jobs and re­newed eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity.

Mayor John Higham, who worked closely with a cou­ple of com­pa­nies to try to get the plant re-opened, said ahead of the deal clos­ing he was on pins and nee­dles.

“It’s been a long, hard process with a lot of sharp turns,” he said.

When Moloney Elec­tric shut down, it threw 60 out of work. Mayor Higham’s team stepped in, worked with for­mer Moloney Elec­tric em­ploy­ees and other stake­hold­ers in the com­mu­nity to iden­tify the mar­ket for the now-de­funct plant’s trans­form­ers. Then, they sought out com­pa­nies to step in to man­u­fac­ture them in Sackville.

Cam Tran’s pur­chase of the plant’s as­sets was given the nod in On­tario’s bank­ruptcy court in early Jan­uary, paving the way for the com­pany to take pos­ses­sion of the prop­erty Jan. 25.

“We en­vis­age start­ing with eight to 10 peo­ple and then just knock­ing on doors (to get more busi­ness),” said Cam Tran pres­i­dent Kyle Camp­bell.

■ New me­mo­rial rink opened in Port El­gin – Blis­ter­ing cold weather didn’t de­ter the many lo­cal res­i­dents who joined stu­dents and staff out­side of the Port El­gin Re­gional School in Jan­uary for the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Chad and Colby Me­mo­rial Rink.

The new fa­cil­ity re­placed the old rink, which had been lo­cated on East Main Street in the vil­lage, dis­man­tled in 2016 to make room for con­struc­tion of the new fire hall.

The new rink was ded­i­cated in hon­our of two area teens, Colby Cal­len­der and Chad Alder, who were killed in a tragic au­to­mo­bile ac­ci­dent just out­side of Port El­gin in Nov. 2015 that also left then17-year-old Ja­son Bourque crit­i­cally in­jured. At the open­ing, PERS prin­ci­pal Christoph Becker talked about the youths and their love of skat­ing on the com­mu­nity rink with their fam­i­lies and friends.

At­lantic Win­dows do­nated $30,000 to the rink-build­ing project, while fund­ing also came through from a Farm Credit Canada ru­ral as­sis­tance pro­gram and the Canada 150 in­fra­struc­ture grant ini­tia­tive.

Feb­ru­ary 2018

■ $2.2 mil­lion an­nounced for West­ford Nurs­ing Home ren­o­va­tions – New Bruns­wick Pre­mier Brian Gal­lant was in Port El­gin in early Feb­ru­ary to an­nounce fund­ing for the West­ford Nurs­ing Home – $2.2 mil­lion over five years to com­plete ren­o­va­tions to the 31-year-old, 30-bed care fa­cil­ity.

“If we want to tackle one of the chal­lenges we have as a prov­ince with an ag­ing pop­u­la­tion, we need to in­no­vate and in­vest to en­sure that we have the best se­nior care pos­si­ble in our prov­ince ... In­vest­ing in se­nior care now will help en­sure that we’re able to have strong com- mu­ni­ties, and we’ll be able to ac­tu­ally re­duce costs when it comes to health care,” said Gal­lant.

The up­grades were ex­pected to in­clude the up­dat­ing of sprin­kler and ven­ti­la­tion sys­tems, in­creases in some room sizes and im­prove­ments in out­door space for res­i­dent and staff use.

■ Sackville’s Cham­ber of Com­merce closed doors – The Greater Sackville Cham­ber of Com­merce folded af­ter be­ing a voice for the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity for more than two-and-ahalf decades.

The de­ci­sion to dis­solve the cham­ber’s op­er­a­tions came in early Feb­ru­ary, with the rea­sons out­lined in an email sent out to GSCC mem­bers – although the news likely came as no sur­prise to any­one.

GSCC’S ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Gwen Zwicker said de­spite on­go­ing ef­forts to re­vive the cham­ber, which had been in­ac­tive for sev­eral years, the sup­port just wasn’t there to get it go­ing again.

Faced with fi­nan­cial strug­gles since 2014, the cham­ber had trou­ble main­tain­ing an ac­tive board, said Zwicker, and mem­ber­ship con­tin­ued to de­cline over that time.

Or­ga­niz­ers of the 27th an­nual Sackville Curl for Can­cer fundraiser on Feb. 3 came in just shy of their $15,000 goal.

“The bon­spiel raised $14,240 as of Satur­day night,” said Wayne Harper, a mem­ber of the 2018 Curl for Can­cer com­mit­tee, who added “some small amounts might still trickle in.”

The 2018 event saw 30 teams reg­is­tered, with many rep­re­sent­ing lo­cal busi­nesses, while oth­ers were com­prised of fam­ily mem­bers and friends.

■ O’neil earned Crown of Win­ter­fest – A com­mit­ted vol­un­teer in the com­mu­nity, Sackville Coun. Joyce O’neil, was hon­oured with the ‘ Crown of Win­ter­fest’ dur­ing Sackville’s win­ter fes­ti­val cel­e­bra­tions.

From serv­ing on the hos­pi­tal aux­il­iary to vol­un­teer­ing with the Saint John Am­bu­lance, to or­ga­niz­ing the an­nual car shows in town, all while be­ing a ded­i­cated mom and grand­mother through­out the years, O’neil’s long list of con­tri­bu­tions and achieve­ments over the years have not gone un­no­ticed.

“Joyce has a very pas­sion­ate heart and will do any­thing for any­one, no mat­ter the time or day,” said O’neil’s grand­daugh­ter Jes­sica No­vak in her nom­i­na­tion.

■ Fa­ther dis­ap­pointed with for­got­ten me­mo­rial play­ground – Fam­ily and friends be­gan ex­press­ing their dis­ap­point­ment over a for­got­ten me­mo­rial play­ground, named in hon­our of a 12-year-old boy who was mur­dered in the area in Novem­ber 1995.

Larry Mills, the boy’s fa­ther, spoke out about the fact that the play­ground at Marshview Mid­dle School, which was ded­i­cated to Larry Mills Jr. dur­ing a cer­e­mony in June 1996, now shows no signs of the me­mo­rial tribute. He said a plaque, which had orig­i­nally been af­fixed to a piece of play­ground equip­ment, was re­moved sev­eral years ago and was never re­placed.

“That was sup­posed to be there for­ever … or at least that’s what I thought,” said Mills. “It was a me­mo­rial; it’s sup­posed to be there for life.”

A cou­ple of weeks af­ter speak­ing out, Mills be­gan see­ing en­cour­ag­ing signs af­ter get­ting as­sur­ances from school dis­trict of­fi­cials that some type of ac­tion would be taken to cor­rect the mis­take.

Mills said he would like to see a new plaque erected (the old one is in rough shape) in a more vis­i­ble lo­ca­tion, ei­ther at its cur­rent lo­ca­tion or at the new site if con­struc­tion of a new mid­dle school is ap­proved.

■ Pro­posed re­zon­ing shot down – A re­zon­ing re­quest that would have al­lowed for an­other multi-unit de­vel­op­ment in an area of town neigh­bours say is al­ready con­gested with stu­dent hous­ing was shot down by coun­cil.

In a 5-3 de­ci­sion, coun­cil voted against the re­zon­ing ap­pli­ca­tion to al­low for a six-unit, three­storey build­ing at 40 King St., a prop­erty that is al­ready home to about 30 univer­sity stu­dents.

The de­ci­sion came af­ter a group of res­i­dents voiced their ob­jec­tions to the pro­posed re-zon­ing, say­ing they were con­cerned about ex­ces­sive noise and par­ty­ing as well as the in­creased traf­fic con­ges­tion.

Op­pos­ing coun­cil mem­bers said they felt the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment didn’t fit with the town’s mu­nic­i­pal plan ob­jec­tives.

■ New plan pro­posed for Exit 506 – Two new parks. Walk­ing trails. Bi­cy­cle lanes. New side­walks. More street trees. And the po­ten­tial for new com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment.

These were some of the key fea­tures in­cluded in the new de­sign pro­posed for Sackville’s Exit 506 area, a plan that would see a pedes­trian-friendly “vil­lage cen­tre” de­vel­oped in that part of town.

“Es­sen­tially we’re talk­ing about a small down­town clus­ter that would hap­pen in this area,” said Rob Leblanc of Ek­istics Plan­ning and De­sign dur­ing a meet­ing to out­line the plan.

Leblanc said most of the ideas pre­sented in the plan were gen­er­ated from feed­back pro­vided by the com­mu­nity – through an open house work­shop and an on­line sur­vey.

“That just goes to show the level of in­ter­est in this area,” he said.

The cost to the town was es­ti­mated at about $600,000, but Leblanc said the work could be done in phases.

March 2018

■ Blue Roof Vodka earned na­tional recog­ni­tion – Just one year into pro­duc­tion, Blue Roof Vodka 1855 was al­ready prov­ing to be a win­ner. The spirit prod­uct, pro­duced by Blue Roof Dis­tillery in Malden, copped two sil­ver medals at the Cana­dian Ar­ti­san Spirit Com­pe­ti­tion. The event, the largest ar­ti­san spir­its event in Canada, fo­cuses on lo­cal dis­til­leries across the coun­try.

Com­pany CEO Devon Strang said he was pleased and sur­prised to hear their prod­uct had won a sil­ver medal award in two judg­ing cat­e­gories in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We were re­ally happy with the re­sults … orig­i­nally we didn’t plan to sub­mit our prod­uct due to the tim­ing. We hadn’t been open that long and things were re­ally busy here. But we ended up send­ing sam­ples from our first or sec­ond batch to the com­pe­ti­tion.”

■ Mount A hosted women’s bas­ket­ball na­tion­als – Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity hosted its first na­tional cham­pi­onship, bring­ing eight teams from across the na­tion to town from March 14-17 to de­ter­mine the best of the best in women’s bas­ket­ball played at the Cana­dian Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion level.

The event brought more than 150 play­ers, coaches and man­agers to Sackville for the four days of com­pe­ti­tion in Mccormack Gym­na­sium. This was ex­pected to be a mini bo­nanza for the lo­cal econ­omy.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion of the tour­na­ment was be­ing led un­der the di­rec­tion of Nor­val Mc­connell, an ed­u­ca­tor, ath­lete and com­mu­nity leader.

The Moun­ties headed into the CCAA cham­pi­onship as At­lantic con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons fol­low­ing a hair-rais­ing 77-71 over­time vic­tory over the highly-favoured Mount Saint Vin­cent Mys­tics in the con­fer­ence fi­nal.

■ New pres­i­dent an­nounced at Mount Al­li­son – Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity’s board of re­gents agreed to ap­point Jean-paul Boudreau as the univer­sity’s 15th pres­i­dent at a meet­ing on March 12. Boudreau was ex­pected to be­gin his five-year term as presi- dent on July 1, 2018.

“Jean-paul brings ex­cep­tion­ally strong aca­demic and ad­min­is­tra­tive ex­pe­ri­ence to this role, proven skills in in­no­va­tion through col­lab­o­ra­tion, and a com­mit­ment to ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents,” said Ron Outer­bridge, chair of Mount Al­li­son’s board of re­gents and of the pres­i­den­tial search com­mit­tee. The pres­i­den­tial search com­mit­tee was com­prised of stu­dent, fac­ulty, staff, and alumni rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

A proud Aca­dian who grew up in Moncton, Boudreau joins Mount Al­li­son from Ry­er­son Univer­sity in Toronto where he was a pro­fes­sor of psy­chol­ogy and served as spe­cial ad­vi­sor and ex­ec­u­tive lead for so­cial in­no­va­tion.

■ First an­nual Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity Pow­wow cel­e­brated Indige­nous cul­ture – Tra­di­tional Indige­nous drum­ming, singing, danc­ing, and arts and crafts were just a few of the sights and sounds that were on dis­play when Mount Al­li­son hosted its first Pow­wow on March 22.

First-year stu­dent Talon Si­mon from El­si­pog­tog First Na­tion served as project man­ager and MTA Pow­wow so­cial chair. He said the event, which was open to ev­ery­one in the Mount Al­li­son and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties, would be an im­por­tant turn­ing point for the univer­sity.

One of the high­lights of the Pow­wow saw the Mi’kmaq flag per­ma­nently in­stalled on cam­pus.

■ Ma­jor up­grade an­nounced for She­p­ody Heal­ing Cen­tre – The fu­ture of the She­p­ody Heal­ing Cen­tre was look­ing a bit brighter.

Lo­cal MP and fed­eral cab­i­net Min­is­ter Do­minic Leblanc vis­ited Dorch­ester in mid-march to an­nounce plans were in the works to cre­ate a na­tional ‘Health Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence’ that would mod­ern­ize and trans­form the out­dated and cramped fa­cil­i­ties at the ex­ist­ing She­p­ody Cen­tre, lo­cated within the Dorch­ester Pen­i­ten­tiary.

Leblanc said Cor­rec­tional Ser­vice Canada (CSC) would un­der­take a study as the first step in the process, which would be led by a work­ing group of She­p­ody Heal­ing Cen­tre staff, CSC se­nior man­age­ment, and other health ex­perts.

The work­ing group would then bring for­ward an in­terim re­port by Oc­to­ber, of­fer­ing rec­om­men­da­tions on the var­i­ous mod­els that could be adopted, the costs, and an im­ple­men­ta­tion plan.

He said the work­ing group will es­sen­tially de­ter­mine whether the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity can be ren­o­vated or if an en­tirely new state-of- theart build­ing will be re­quired.

■ Wine­gar­den Es­tate won gold, sil­ver in spirit com­pe­ti­tion – 2018 was a very good year for Wine­gar­den Es­tate. The win­ery/dis­tillery lo­cated in Baie Verte gar­nered one gold and two sil­ver medals in a coun­try-wide spirit com­pe­ti­tion.

Wine­gar­den Es­tate picked up a gold medal for its Anis, Eau de Vie, as well as sil­ver medals for Brother Herble liqueur and the very pop­u­lar Johnny Ziegler brandy in the Cana­dian Ar­ti­san Spirit Com­pe­ti­tion.

“It’s al­ways good to know where you stand within the in­dus­try,” said com­pany pres­i­dent Elke Muessle. “We, of course, think our prod­ucts are the best but, re­al­is­ti­cally, when you go into a com­pe­ti­tion, you get a true read­ing of the qual­ity.

■ Sears fam­ily made sig­nif­i­cant land do­na­tion to AWI – It has sat va­cant for more than seven decades but a 156-acre piece of prop­erty in Cen­tre Vil­lage would soon be put to good use again.

The large par­cel of forested land was gifted in March to the At­lantic Wildlife In­sti­tute (AWI), a do­na­tion that came from life­long Sackville res­i­dents Wal­lie and Norma Sears and their daugh­ters Paula and Janet.

Wal­lie said he is con­fi­dent the prop­erty, which has been in his fam­ily since the late 1800s, would now be in good hands un­der the car­ing own­er­ship of AWI founders Barry Roth­fuss and Pam No­vak.

The land, lo­cated about three kilo­me­tres away from AWI’S ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity in Cookville, would be­come part of the in­sti­tute’s in­ven­tory of pro­tected spa­ces for wildlife species.

■ SMHF launched new fundrais­ing cam­paign – The Sackville Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal (SMH) Foun­da­tion launched its Ac­cu­racy is the Best Re­sult Good Chem­istry Cam­paign 2018, with an am­bi­tious $100,000 fundrais­ing goal.

With the funds, the foun­da­tion aimed to pur­chase a so­phis­ti­cated chem­istry an­a­lyzer for the lab at the SMH. The new unit, which pro­vides anal­y­sis of blood sam­ples, would re­place an ag­ing unit that is reach­ing the end of its life­span.

The lab, which per­forms more than 61,000 tests per year, is ar­guably the hos­pi­tal’s most vi­tal ser­vice. Di­ag­nos­tic tests are of­ten the least ex­pen­sive com­po­nent of the health care-path­way, yet they in­flu­ence more than 70 per cent of all health-care de­ci­sions.

■ Ti­tans hockey team won provin­cials – March 25 proved to be the cul­mi­na­tion of a fiveyear dream held by Ernie Austin as his Tantra­mar Ti­tans put the ic­ing on the cake in gritty fash­ion by carv­ing out a well-played 5-1 vic­tory over the Car­leton North Stars to add an­other ban­ner to the school gym­na­sium.

Austin’s dream be­gan his first sea­son at the helm of the Ti­tans as they failed to regis­ter a vic­tory in 20 tries. But they have grad­u­ally im­proved each sea­son, and 2018 was the one in which they ran roughshod over op­po­nents in league play.

The provin­cial ti­tle was the first the hockey team has won since 1997 when Ted Don­caster was coach.

The Ti­tans hosted the provin­cial tour­na­ment at the civic cen­tre.

April 2018

■ Town cel­e­brated Moun­tie Day – Gar­net and gold was out in full splen­dor in Sackville as the town cel­e­brated its an­nual Moun­tie Day. The event, which puts Mount Al­li­son’s stu­dent-ath­letes in the spot­light, is held to rec­og­nize the im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion univer­sity ath­let­ics makes to the com­mu­nity.

Sackville’s Deputy Mayor Ron Aiken ap­plauded univer­sity stu­dents and staff for an­other suc­cess­ful year, one which in­cluded an out­stand­ing sea­son for the men’ and women’s bas­ket­ball teams, as well as the swim­ming and curl­ing teams, and one which was capped off with Mount A host­ing the CCAA women’s bas­ket­ball cham­pi­onship for the first time in its his­tory.

An­other suc­cess­ful Moun­tie sea­son was high­lighted dur­ing the an­nual Night of the Moun­ties at Jen­nings Hall with hun­dreds in at­ten­dance to hear of the suc­cesses ac­com­plished by team and in­di­vid­u­als.

A fea­ture of the Night of the Moun­ties award pre­sen­ta­tion was the role played by a trio of for­mer Tantra­mar Ti­tans. Hockey star Abby Beale was named not only rookie of the year with the team but was also the win­ner of the women’s rookie of the year for all sports. Jaryd Mor­risey re­ceived the MVP award for badminton and was also rec­og­nized as player of the year in the ACAA. And var­sity soc­cer and bas­ket­ball player Kate Oller­head re­ceived a $1,000 ath­letic bur­sary.

Male and fe­male ath­letes of the year were: Kier­sten Man­gold, who led her Moun­ties to the At­lantic bas­ket­ball cham­pi­onship and earned the league’s out­stand­ing player award; and Geraint Berger of Hal­i­fax, who rewrote the univer­sity swim­ming record books, out­dis­tanc­ing sev­eral other can­di­dates.

■ Se­niors com­plex pro­posed for down­town – A lo­cal de­vel­oper was hop­ing to get the ball rolling on a new se­niors’ de­vel­op­ment in down­town Sackville, pend­ing town coun­cil ap­proval of a re­zon­ing for a small piece of prop­erty that’s part of the for­mer United Church site.

De­vel­oper John Laf­ford was hop­ing to build a new apart­ment build­ing for the 55- and- over crowd on the prop­erty lo­cated on the cor­ner of Main and York Streets.

The pro­posed new apart­ment build­ing was ex­pected to fea­ture be­tween 28 and 34 units, depend­ing on how much un­der­ground park­ing could be in­cluded in the site plan, said Laf­ford.

Although Laf­ford didn’t specif­i­cally term his de­vel­op­ment as a “lux­ury” apart­ment build­ing, he did say the units would be “re­ally nice and re­ally spa­cious,” with the units sized at about 1,200 to 1,350 square feet.

“I’m pretty con­fi­dent there’s a need in the mar­ket for this type of hous­ing,” he said.

A pub­lic hear­ing was set for May to hear about the pro­posed re­zon­ing and to al­low res­i­dents to raise any ob­jec­tions to the project.

■ Sup­port was strong for Hum­boldt – Lo­cal schools, busi­nesses, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and in­di­vid­u­als through­out the Tantra­mar area joined Cana­di­ans across the coun­try in April to show their sup­port for the fam­i­lies and friends of the vic­tims of the Hum­boldt Bron­cos bus crash.

Res­i­dents of all ages donned their sports jer­seys or green rib­bons last Thurs­day as part of ‘Jersey Day,’ an ini­tia­tive to hon­our the young play­ers, coaches, trainer and broad­caster who trag­i­cally lost their lives in a bus crash along a Saskatchewan high­way on Fri­day, April 6.

Many in the com­mu­nity also left hockey sticks out­side their front doors as part of the #Stick­sout­forhum­boldt tribute, a way for Cana­di­ans to show their hearts were with the Hum­boldt com­mu­nity.

■ Baie Verte woman cel­e­brates 100 years – Fam­ily and friends came to­gether in April to help Baie Verte res­i­dent Net- tie Wells cel­e­brate her 100th birth­day. Net­tie, born in Up­per Tid­nish, was the youngest of 11 chil­dren born to Min­nie and Eli­jah Kirby.

Net­tie still lived in the fam­ily home and re­mained the ac­tive per­son she’s al­ways been.

“Well, it takes me longer to do things now, but I still en­joy get­ting out.”

Af­ter com­plet­ing Grade 10 at Tid­nish Bridge School, Net­tie worked for some years keep­ing house for lo­cal peo­ple. “What else could you do? It was the De­pres­sion and ev­ery­one was out of work. My sis­ters and I were trained to do house­work, we could make a cake, make bread, we knew how to clean the house, look af­ter kids, all that,” she re­called, adding that years later she moved to Moncton and worked at the old T. Ea­ton Com­pany.

Net­tie got mar­ried when she was 27 to Robert Wells, the brother of her sis­ter Jenny’s hus­band Hazen.

As for the se­cret to her longevity, Net­tie said she didn’t have one, other than re­main­ing ac­tive and try­ing to live her life the best she could.

■ Pro­posed de­vel­op­ment raised con­cerns – A pro­posed de­vel­op­ment for the for­mer United Church site in down­town Sackville drew con­cerns from both mem­bers of town coun­cil and the com­mu­nity.

The re­zon­ing re­quest from JN Laf­ford Re­alty Inc., was set to go to a pub­lic hear­ing in May but ques­tions over traf­fic con­ges­tion and over­crowd­ing on the site were al­ready be­ing raised.

Coun. Bruce Phin­ney stated he op­posed the de­vel­op­ment be­cause of its po­ten­tial to add to the traf­fic con­ges­tion in the park­ing lots that exit onto both Main and York Streets.

“I look at the fact that, even my­self go­ing in and out of there, it’s dan­ger­ous,” he said.

Sackville res­i­dent Erna Ric­ci­uto raised ques­tions over what size of build­ing the Laf­fords would de­velop on the site if the re­zon­ing is de­nied.

“It would be nice to have more de­tailed draw­ings show­ing ex­actly, if it isn’t put through the re­zon­ing, what it would look like,” she said.

■ Lorne Street project de­layed by EIA process - The next step in the Lorne Street project was be­ing held up as the town awaited the fi­nal ap­proval on an En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact As­sess­ment by the prov­ince.

Work was ini­tially an­tic­i­pated to get un­der way months be­fore on phase two of the project, which fo­cuses on stormwa­ter mit­i­ga­tion ef­forts to help ease the flood­ing is­sues in that area of town. But town en­gi­neer Dwayne Ac­ton said the EIA process was tak­ing longer than ex­pected as there were sev­eral un­fore­seen hold-ups, in­clud­ing a changeover a few months ago of Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment staff work­ing on the file as well as wait­ing on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to re­view the EIA.

Ac­ton said his depart­ment had re­cently re­ceived the draft con­di­tions from the EIA and ad­vised the DELG that the town agreed to the terms.

Most of the con­di­tions, he said, re­late to the bird nest­ing sea­son for the area be­tween Lorne Street and the Tantra­mar River.

Drew re­ceived $2.3 mil­lion for ren­o­va­tions – The Drew Nurs­ing Home was about to get an up­grade.

Mem­ram­cook-tantra­mar MLA Bernard Leblanc an­nounced in April that the nurs­ing home fa­cil­ity in Sackville was be­ing granted $2.3 mil­lion for ren­o­va­tions over the next five years.

He said the Drew is “a fab­u­lous fa­cil­ity that does amaz­ing work” and this fund­ing will pro­vide the boost the fa­cil­ity needs to con­tinue of­fer­ing that top-level se­nior care.

Linda Shan­non, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Drew, said she wasn’t sure of ex­actly what ren­o­va­tions would be done on the home, which was built in 1968, but was ex­cited for the up­grades to get un­der way. She ex­pected the floors and win­dows would be first on the list.

Shan­non said an as­sess­ment was done last year on 34 of the old­est nurs­ing homes through­out the prov­ince, and the re­sult­ing re­port pro­vided a long list of needed ren­o­va­tions to those fa­cil­i­ties.

May 2018 ■ Tantra­mar area awarded $330,000 for en­vi­ron­men­tal projects – The Tantra­mar re­gion was once again set to re­ceive a sig­nif­i­cant chunk of provin­cial fund­ing to in­vest in en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly projects.

More than $330,000 was ex­pected be in­jected into the lo­cal re­gion for a va­ri­ety of en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives in 2018, rang­ing from wet­lands ed­u­ca­tion to cli­mate change adap­ta­tion to wa­ter qual­ity mon­i­tor­ing.

The money comes from En­vi­ron­men­tal Trust Fund (ETF), which will see in­vest­ments of more than $6.5 mil­lion put into 227 com­mu­nity-based projects through­out the prov­ince.

EOS Eco-en­ergy Inc., the Tantra­mar Re­gional Cen­tre of Ex­per­tise on Ed­u­ca­tion, the town of Sackville, the Tantra­mar Wet­lands Cen­tre, Com­mu­nity Forests In­ter­na­tional, the At­lantic Cana­dian Or­ganic Re­gional Net­work, Mount Al­li­son re­searchers, Cape Jouri­main Na­ture Cen­tre, and Na­ture NB were all awarded grants for their up­com­ing projects.

■ New Moun­ties head coach pleased with depth of tal­ent – Peter Fraser left the five-day Mount Al­li­son Moun­tie spring camp in a happy mood, pleased with what he had ob­served dur­ing the four days of solid work­outs and hint­ing qui­etly that he was hope­ful of re­turn­ing the team to the Loney Bowl come Oc­to­ber.

Head­ing up his first camp in Sackville af­ter hav­ing spent eight years with Aca­dia and one with Wind­sor, Fraser said he is con­fi­dent there are tal­ented and ca­pa­ble play­ers in all the key po­si­tions on of­fence and, while it may take some re­jig­ging, be­lieves that there will be suf­fi­cient able bod­ies on de­fence to hold their own against the best in the At­lantic Uni­ver­si­ties Foot­ball Con­fer­ence (AUFC).

Of­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor Gae­tan Richard noted that all three prospects for the quar­ter­back po­si­tion — re­turnees Troy Down­ton, Gra­ham Kelly and Bran­don Smyk — con­ducted them­selves well dur­ing the camp and looked com­fort­able in the pivot role, each show­ing a strong arm.

The Owens Art Gallery at Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity re­ceived a grant of $540,000, to be doled out over a three-year pe­riod, from the Canada Coun­cil for the Arts in sup­port of its pro­gram of con­tem­po­rary Cana­dian Art.

The grant was awarded in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in which the Owens was as­sessed along with other ma­jor galleries in Canada.

Gallery di­rec­tor Ge­mey Kelly noted this grant is im­por­tant not only for the ma­jor in­fu­sion of funds to the gallery, but as a gauge of the Owens’ per­for­mance in a na­tional con­text.

“The Owens is rec­og­nized across Canada as a sig­nif­i­cant venue for re­search and pre­sen­ta­tion of con­tem­po­rary vis­ual art, and for the qual­ity of its pro­grams and its col­lec­tion” she said.

■ RCMP in­ves­ti­gat­ing hu­man re­mains found near Port El­gin – South­east RCMP were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the dis­cov­ery of hu­man re­mains near Port El­gin.

On May 5 at around 1 p.m., the RCMP re­ceived a call from a per­son who was fish­ing in the area and dis­cov­ered the re­mains. The re­mains were found on the bank of the Tim­ber River.

Po­lice say an au­topsy was be­ing con­ducted and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was on­go­ing to de­ter­mine the iden­tity of the per­son and the cause of death.

■ Mount Al­li­son cel­e­brated Class of 2018 – The Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity cam­pus was a busy place on May 14 as hun­dreds of fam­ily mem­bers and friends gath­ered in Sackville to cel­e­brate the grad­u­ates of the Class of 2018.

Mount A be­stowed nearly 400 stu­dents with science, com­merce, arts, fine arts or mu­sic de­grees dur­ing the spring con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­monies, each of them ready to be­gin a new chap­ter of their life.

“Here we sit, ner­vous and ex­cited, ea­ger and un­sure, ready­ing our­selves to leave the Sackville bub­ble and come face to face with a rapidly-chang­ing world,” said class vale­dic­to­rian Han­nah Mackel­lar.

Wa­neek Horn- Miller, guest speaker for the morn­ing cer­e­mony and hon­orary de­gree re­cip­i­ent, urged the stu­dents to be coura­geous as they head out into a world with so much op­por­tu­nity in front of them.

■ Can Tram wel­comed to Sackville – It was an ex­cit­ing day for Sackville as Cam Tran was of­fi­cially wel­comed to town on May 11, bring­ing back much-needed and long-awaited man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs to the com­mu­nity with the prom­ise of many more to come.

“I couldn’t be more ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity and what we’re about to build here,” said Kyle Camp­bell, Cam-tran’s pres­i­dent and CEO, dur­ing the grand open­ing of the com­pany’s trans­former plant on Bridge Street, at the site where Moloney Elec­tric once op­er­ated.

Cam Tran pur­chased the as­sets of the for­mer Moloney plant ear­lier in 2018 and hired about 15 of its for­mer em­ploy­ees to run the new fa­cil­ity. The plant had been up and run­ning for a cou­ple of months and jobs that had been filled in­clude a plant man­ager, welders, coil winders, wire as­sem­bly tech­ni­cians, ma­chine op­er­a­tors and ad­min­is­tra­tive staff. Camp­bell said the hope was to have 35 em­ployed at the 36,000-square foot fa­cil­ity by 2020 and up to 60 within the next five years.

■ Tantra­mar Ti­tans make cut to Team NB – Seven mem­bers of the Tantra­mar Ti­tan na­tion were named to New Bruns­wick’s U18 foot­ball team.

Ti­tan mas­ter­mind Scott O’neal is a coach of the U18 group and he said this year’s team seems to be some­what im­proved over pre­vi­ous sea­sons.

In 2017, the Ti­tans had a low num­ber of four on the provin­cial U18 team but this year would dot the lineup from top to bot­tom. Call­ing the shots from the key quar­ter­back po­si­tion would be Justin Vo­gels. Oliver Long­pre, Lu­cas Cormier, Owen O’neal, Ri­ley Estabrooks, Si­mon Dean and Tris­tan Mccluskey are the other Ti­tans se­lected to the squad.

The fi­nal cuts for the U16 team were also an­nounced and four Ti­tans were se­lected for the sum­mer squad. Ter­ence Carter, Ethan Cormier, Evan Phin­ney and Justin Smith were all cho­sen to rep­re­sent New Bruns­wick team.

■ Hu­man re­mains iden­ti­fied as those of miss­ing Up­per Cape man – South­east Dis­trict RCMP pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied hu­man re­mains dis­cov­ered on the bank of the Tim­ber River near Port El­gin on May 5 as those of Tyler Fillmore.

Po­lice said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was still on­go­ing; how­ever foul play was not sus­pected in Fillmore’s death.

The Up­per Cape man, a fa­ther of four, had been re­ported miss­ing to po­lice on Nov. 26, 2017. The same day, his ve­hi­cle was lo­cated off John A Tren­holm Road in Port El­gin, and some of his per­sonal be­long­ings were found on a nearby wooded trail.

In the days that fol­lowed, Ground Search and Res­cue crews, po­lice dog ser­vices, RCMP dive teams, he­li­copters and lo­cal fire de­part­ments were de­ployed and searched the area. Fillmore’s fam­ily and friends, as well as a num­ber of com­mu­nity mem­bers, also as­sisted in the search.

■ $700,000 study to ex­plore op­tions for Chignecto Isth­mus – The ef­fort to pro­tect a vi­tal trans­porta­tion cor­ri­dor along the Tantra­mar Marsh from ris­ing sea lev­els re­ceived a sig­nif­i­cant boost in May.

Cum­ber­land- Colch­ester MP Bill Casey was in Amherst May 14 to an­nounce a $700,000 study that would ex­plore vi­able op­tions to cli­mate change im­pacts on the Chignecto Isth­mus trade cor­ri­dor that links Nova Sco­tia and New Bruns­wick.

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment is pro­vid­ing $350,000 for the study through its $2-bil­lion, 11-year Trade and Trans­porta­tion Ini­tia­tive while the gov­ern­ments of New Bruns­wick and Nova Sco­tia are each pro­vid­ing $175,000.

Casey, who has been work­ing on the is­sue since 2009 along with his New Bruns­wick coun­ter­parts, said cli­mate change, specif­i­cally ris­ing sea lev­els and storm surges, pose a sig­nif­i­cant risk to crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture along the Isth­mus of Chignecto and the Tantra­mar marshes that run be­tween Amherst and Sackville.

■ Pub­lic hear­ing drew large crowd – It was a full house in coun­cil cham­bers on May 15 as res­i­dents on both sides of the de­bate came to speak out on a pro­posed 36- unit lux­ury se­niors’ de­vel­op­ment for the for­mer United Church prop­erty in down­town Sackville.

Many voiced their op­po­si­tion to the project dur­ing the pub­lic hear­ing while oth­ers ex­pressed sup­port for the pro­posal, giv­ing coun­cil­lors lots to con­sider as they pre­pared to make a fi­nal de­ci­sion on the re­quested re­zon­ing.

The loss of a val­ued green space as well as the po­ten­tial for in­creased traf­fic con­ges­tion in the York/main Street area were among the top con­cerns raised, while those in favour of the project spoke of their ex­cite­ment over a se­niors’ de­vel­op­ment of this kind as well as the added tax rev­enue it will bring to the town.

■ Fund­ing de­nied for Quarry project – Sackville’s his­toric Pickard Quarry wouldn’t be con­verted into a com­mu­nity park in 2018 af­ter all.

Town of­fi­cials voiced their frus­tra­tion in May over the news that their fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion for the project had been de­nied.

“We are ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed in the re­sult, given the amount of time staff put into this ap­pli­ca­tion,” said coun­cil­l­lor Me­gan Mit­ton.

The town had ap­plied for a $1-mil­lion grant through the Fed­er­a­tion of Cana­dian Muni- cipal­i­ties’ (FCM) mu­nic­i­pal Cli­mate In­no­va­tion Pro­gram for the project. If suc­cess­ful, the town had an­tic­i­pated pitch­ing in $200,000 to­wards the $1.2-mil­lion project and had set money aside in the 2018 bud­get.

■ Re­zon­ing ap­proved for am­bu­lance sta­tion – Town coun­cil gave the green light to a re­zon­ing that would al­low an am­bu­lance sta­tion to be built on a piece of prop­erty on Rob­son Av­enue.

Coun­cil ap­proved sec­ond and third read­ing in May of a zon­ing by­law amend­ment that calls for the prop­erty to be changed from High­way Com­mer­cial to In­sti­tu­tional, a des­ig­na­tion that will per­mit the op­er­a­tion of an am­bu­lance ser­vice on the site.

The ap­pli­ca­tion comes from Par­sons In­vest­ment Ltd., which was plan­ning to build a two-bay am­bu­lance sta­tion on an ap­prox­i­mately half-acre sec­tion of a 6.6-acre prop­erty on Rob­son.

■ Stu­dent with Down Syn­drome scored first try at high school rugby game – It was a mo­ment Sierra Holmes and her team­mates won’t soon for­get. A lot of tries had been scored so far dur­ing Tantra­mar Re­gional High School’s women’s rugby sea­son; but none as touch­ing as the one Sierra scored in May.

Sierra, a Grade 9 stu­dent at Tantra­mar who has Down Syn­drome, came into the game dur­ing the sec­ond half of the Ti­tans’ fi­nal home game and, in co­op­er­a­tion with both teams, had the chance to run down the field and cross the goal line to score her first-ever try.

■ Town rec­om­mended scrap­ping her­itage by­law – Cit­ing it as weak and in­ef­fec­tive, town of­fi­cials rec­om­mended scrap­ping the com­mu­nity’s her­itage by­law.

Sackville Coun. Me­gan Mit­ton an­nounced in May the town was propos­ing to re­peal its her­itage by­law, say­ing the leg­is­la­tion wasn’t work­ing and “achiev­ing very lit­tle in terms of her­itage con­ser­va­tion and preser­va­tion.”

The rec­om­men­da­tion comes af­ter a com­pre­hen­sive five-month re­view of the her­itage pro­gram. Jamie Burke, se­nior man­ager of cor­po­rate projects, noted that the by­law has been dif­fi­cult to ad­min­is­ter be­cause of the leg­isla­tive frame­work from which it op­er­ates; and it has also been chal­leng­ing to re­cruit vol­un­teers to serve on the her­itage board.

The pro­posal was set to come for­ward to a pub­lic hear­ing for res­i­dents’ views on June 11.

June 2018

■ Sus­pect ar­rested in N.S. af­ter steal­ing truck – A man who al­legedly stole a pick-up truck and at­tempted to elude po­lice along the high­way be­tween Sackville and Au­lac was later lo­cated and ar­rested.

Sgt. Paul Gagne of the Sackville RCMP de­tach­ment said Nova Sco­tia RCMP took the sus­pect into cus­tody in the East Hants area about four hours af­ter he fled from po­lice near the Au­lac exit on May 31.

Gagne said the in­ci­dent be­gan around 11:45 a.m., when a mem­ber of the lo­cal high­way pa­trol pulled a male driver over for speed­ing at the Walker Road exit. The po­lice of­fi­cer was talk­ing to the driver, who was driv­ing a white volk­swa­gen Jetta, but when he turned his back, the driver took off.

Shortly af­ter, how­ever, the driver was in­volved in an ac­ci­dent near the Au­lac exit. When a pickup truck pulled over and the driver was get­ting out of the ve­hi­cle, the man got out of his Volk­swa­gen, which was badly da­m­aged, and ran over to the truck and took off.

Nova Sco­tia RCMP were quickly put on alert about the sus­pect head­ing their way and he was ar­rested a few hours later.

With seven boats and more than 170 stu­dents com­pet­ing, Tantra­mar Re­gional High School once again showed true Ti­tan spirit at the an­nual Greater Moncton Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val.

Out of the to­tal $90,000 raised for lo­cal char­i­ties at the June 1 event, TRHS con­trib­uted more than $31,000 to the fi­nal amount and also brought home the first an­nual Phillip Bar­ton School Spirit Award.

The Ti­tans also cap­tured gold for the sec­ond year in a row – with the Vi­ta­min Sea boat bring­ing home the hon­ours.

■ Trip to Wash­ing­ton in­spired Sackville min­is­ter – A Sackville min­is­ter re­turned home feel­ing in­spired and moved fol­low­ing a week-long con­fer­ence in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. that brought to­gether hun­dreds of pas­tors from across North Amer­ica look­ing to re­new their spir­its through dis­cus­sions about preach­ing in con­tem­po­rary times.

“To have an op­por­tu­nity to hear that many preach­ers all at once, it fires you up, it in­spires you,” said Rev. Lloyd Bruce, min­is­ter of the Sackville United Church.

The con­fer­ence, en­ti­tled the Fes­ti­val of Homilet­ics, is an an­nual event that got its start back in 1992 and now draws hun­dreds of preach­ers and sem­i­nary stu­dents with the goal of en­gag­ing in con­ver­sa­tions about preach­ing and wor­ship, as well as is­sues re­lated to con­gre­ga­tions in the 21st cen­tury.

This year’s event fo­cused on the theme ‘ Pol­i­tics and Preach­ing,’ which Bruce felt was apt as it was a good time to put the spot­light on how to nav­i­gate pol­i­tics in the pul­pit amidst the cur­rent cul­ture and cli­mate in the U.S.

Town was seek­ing ideas to bring new life to empty train sta­tion – The town was seek­ing ideas on po­ten­tial uses for Sackville’s his­toric train sta­tion.

Jamie Burke, se­nior man­ager of cor­po­rate projects for the town, said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity was en­cour­ag­ing in­ter­ested in­di­vid­u­als to bring for­ward a vi­sion or busi­ness plan for the build­ing, which has sat va­cant since the fall of 2012 when VIA Rail closed it as part of cost-cut­ting mea­sures to rail ser­vice in the Mar­itimes.

Burke said town staff have had a num­ber of dis­cus­sions with VIA rep­re­sen­ta­tives about the sta­tion over the past cou­ple of years and the com­pany, which still owns the build­ing and the prop­erty around it, is in­ter­ested in work­ing with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to re­open and re­pur­pose the build­ing.

Be­cause of its des­ig­na­tion un­der the Her­itage Rail­way Pro­tec­tion Act, the build­ing can’t ac­tu­ally be turned over to a pri­vate en­ter­prise. But it can be trans­ferred over to a provin­cial or mu­nic­i­pal en­tity.

Burke said the town is not in­ter­ested in pur­chas­ing the build­ing it­self be­cause of the op­er­a­tional and main­te­nance costs in­volved. But he said there is po­ten­tial for an agree­ment to be worked out where the town could ac­quire the build­ing if there is an in­ter­ested party com­ing for­ward with a vi­able pro­posal.

■ Re­zon­ing ap­proved – A re­zon­ing re­quest that had been met with some op­po­si­tion ear­lier in 2018 was given the green light by town coun­cil, clear­ing the way for a new 36-unit se­niors’ de­vel­op­ment in down­town Sackville.

De­vel­oper John Laf­ford of JN Laf­ford Re­alty Inc., said he was pleased the re­zon­ing was ap­proved by coun­cil, de­spite all the ob­jec­tions raised against the project, and was look­ing for­ward to mov­ing for­ward.

The new three-storey se­niors’ com­plex is ex­pected to fea­ture both one and two-bed­room units rang­ing in size from 960 to 1,300 square feet. The pro­posed de­sign calls for bal­conies in­cluded on each unit, a shared fit­ness cen­tre and re­cre­ation room, and un­der­ground park­ing.

De­spite con­cerns raised over the project, some coun­cil­lors pointed to the fact that the re­quest was sim­ply for a re­zon­ing of a piece of land within a larger par­cel, not for whether the de­vel­oper could cut down the stand of birch trees on his prop­erty or what type of build­ing he could con­struct.

■ Hos­pi­tal fundrais­ing cam­paign ex­ceeded goal – The Sackville Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion (SMHF) sur­passed its $100,000 fundrais­ing goal for the Ac­cu­racy is the Best Re­sult Good Chem­istry Cam­paign 2018.

Donor dol­lars were set to be used to pur­chase a so­phis­ti­cated chem­istry an­a­lyzer to en­sure Sackville Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal lab­o­ra­tory pro­fes­sion­als have the best tech­nol­ogy to pro­vide the most ac­cu­rate re­sults for pa­tients.

■ Dorch­ester roads get $850,000 up­grade – Mem­ram­cook-tantra­mar MLA Bernard Leblanc was in Dorch­ester on June 13 to an­nounce a sig­nif­i­cant in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment in the vil­lage by the prov­ince of New Bruns­wick.

Un­der the Mu­nic­i­pal Des­ig­nated High­way Pro­gram, the prov­ince and vil­lage have part­nered to fund storm sewer, curb and gut­ter work, as well as paving, on a 500-me­tre sec­tion of Main Street be­tween Har­rop Av­enue and Wa­ter Street, a con­tin­u­a­tion of work com­pleted in the vil­lage last year dur­ing phase one.

The prov­ince will cover $850,000 of the $914,000 in­fra­struc­ture up­grade, while the vil­lage of Dorch­ester will in­vest the re­main­ing $64,000.

■ Pro­posal to scrap her­itage by­law drew mixed re­views – Sackville res­i­dents ex­pressed mixed re­ac­tions to the town’s pro­posal to get rid of its her­itage by­law dur­ing a pub­lic hear­ing on the is­sue in June.

While some cit­i­zens en­cour­aged coun­cil to keep the by­law and in­stead find ways to im­prove it, oth­ers sug­gested the mu­nic­i­pal­ity is bet­ter off with­out it and the town is on the right path in scrap­ping it.

Brian Lane ques­tioned why coun­cil was in such a rush to scrap this leg­is­la­tion, say­ing there are other mea­sures the town could take that could strengthen the by­law and make it more ef­fec­tive.

“I get it, her­itage is hard. Maybe you should try harder,” said Lane. “I just think it would be a shame­ful event on this town, giv­ing up on her­itage.”

Oth­ers were less sup­port­ive, say­ing the by­law has caused more headaches than it is worth.

“The her­itage by­law thing has been a prob­lem and a pain in the butt in this town for a long time,” said for­mer Sackville Mayor Bob Berry.

Berry, who said he re­ceived a num­ber of threats dur­ing the con­tro­versy over the de­mo­li­tion of the Sackville United Church in 2015, said there has been too much ex­pense and emo­tion in­volved in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the by­law to out­weigh the ben­e­fits.

■ Lo­cal ath­lete, builders in­ducted into Sackville Sports Wall of Fame – A trio of out­stand­ing in­di­vid­u­als – two ath­letes and one builder – were in­ducted into the Sackville Sports Wall of Fame (SSWF) on June 14.

In­ducted in the ath­lete cat­e­gory was a lady who lays claim to no fewer than 17 provin­cial and na­tional curl­ing cham­pi­onships – Heather Smith.

In­ducted in the builder cat­e­gory was: Earl Thomp­son, a vet­eran ath­lete, coach, trainer and tu­tor who has de­voted his en­tire life to sport; and Steve Ridling­ton, an­other lo­cal man who has de­voted more than 45 years to or­ga­niz­ing, sup­port­ing, en­cour­ag­ing and com­mu­ni­cat­ing the ex­ploits of Mount Al­li­son and Sackville sports­peo­ple.

■ TRHS Class of 2018 en­cour­aged to show re­silience – As Tantra­mar Re­gional High School’s Class of 2018 crossed the stage of Con­vo­ca­tion Hall on June 23, they were en­cour­aged to show re­silience in fac­ing life’s chal­lenges.

Guest speaker Peter Hess re­flected on a con­ver­sa­tion he had in the fall with a mem­ber of the Tantra­mar Ti­tans foot­ball team af­ter they suf­fered their first de­feat in two sea­sons, not­ing he told the stu­dents “los­ing this game will win you the cham­pi­onship.”

Hess said the team showed re­silience fol­low­ing the loss, learned to work harder in or­der to suc­ceed and did go on to win the provin­cial cham­pi­onship.

“The life les­son is that noth­ing can be taken for granted.”

He told the grad­u­ates re­silience was im­por­tant not only in sports but in all as­pects of their lives.

“You will be fac­ing sit­u­a­tions you are not pre­pared for. Have faith. You will sur­vive. You are a Ti­tan.”

More than $240,000 in schol­ar­ships and bur­saries were handed out dur­ing the cer­e­mony, as well as a num­ber of other pres­ti­gious awards.

July 2018

■ Loss of down­town park­ing spa­ces con­tin­ued to cause con­cern – As an­other lo­cal busi­ness pre­pared to set up a side­walk café for the sum­mer sea­son, a cou­ple of Sackville coun­cil­lors con­tin­ued to voice con­cerns over the loss of more park­ing spa­ces down­town.

“How many more park­ing spa­ces are we go­ing to lose?” asked Coun. Bruce Phin­ney dur­ing July’s dis­cus­sion meet­ing. “We have lost so many now there’s nowhere to park.”

Phin­ney said he was not op­posed to side­walk cafés in gen­eral; in fact, he said they’re a great idea. But he was against the idea of block­ing any more park­ing spa­ces with the tem­po­rary walk­ways that need to go up around the out­door café area.

He said he had been hear­ing from a num­ber of se­niors and res­i­dents with lim­ited mo­bil­ity about the lack of on-street park­ing in the down­town and didn’t want to con­tinue the trend.

Coun. Joyce O’neil shared Phin­ney’s con­cern and also voted to turn down the ap­pli­ca­tion.

In par­tic­u­lar, the two lat­est park­ing spa­ces set be lost were prime spots, pro­vid­ing easy ac­cess to ei­ther drug­store or the bank, said O’neil.

■ Sackville vol­un­teers hon­oured at an­nual recog­ni­tion event – Six ded­i­cated and long­time com­mu­nity vol­un­teers were hon­oured on the evening of June 28 for their de­voted ef­forts in mak­ing Sackville a bet­ter place.

Au­drey Hicks and the late Kathy Poo­ley were re­cip­i­ents of the Golden Long-term Ser­vice Vol­un­teer Award, while Cy Bernard and hus­band-and-wife team Glo­ria and Nel­son Estabrooks were hon­oured with Long-term Ser­vice Awards, and Kim­berly Cad­man was the win­ner of the Ti­tan Com­mu­nity Achieve­ment Award.

The awards were pre­sented at the third an­nual Vol­un­teer Recog­ni­tion Night, hosted by the Town of Sackville.

■ Friends head­ing to Rock­port for Canada Day bon­fire found miss­ing cou­ple from Que­bec – A group of friends who were head­ing out to Rock­port for a bon­fire ended up hav­ing a Canada Day they likely won’t soon for­get.

Six Sackville res­i­dents, who loaded into a pickup truck and a CR-V and were on their way to meet other friends for a bon­fire around 10:30 p.m., be­came un­wit­ting res­cuers of an el­derly cou­ple from Que­bec who had been re­ported miss­ing that morn­ing.

Kait­lyn Barkley, Chad Steeves and Chris Wil­son were in the truck and were the first to spot the el­derly man on the side of the road, wav­ing his hands, just as they were near­ing Slack’s Cove.

“We stopped and he col­lapsed in re­lief that some­one had stopped,” said 18-year-old Barkley.

Barkley said they had a dif­fi­cult time un­der­stand­ing much of what the man was say­ing be­cause he was ex­hausted and spoke mostly French. Steeves sat him on the tail­gate of the truck while Barkley called 911. RCMP ar­rived about 25 min­utes later and Barkley said the of­fi­cer started to pick out bits and pieces of what he was say­ing.

The three friends headed out and found the van five or six kilo­me­tres up the road, stuck in a mud hole, with the el­derly woman in­side, safe but scared.

Wil­son and Steeves got the van out of the mud hole, and Steeves then drove the ve­hi­cle out to the po­lice and paramedics, while Wil­son and Barkley fol­lowed in the truck with the woman.

Ac­cord­ing to the Mon­treal Gazette, 81-year-old Lau­rier Dupuis and 83-year-old Irene Bolduc, had been re­ported miss­ing Sun­day morn­ing when they failed to re­turn home the night be­fore af­ter at­tend­ing a fam­ily re­cep­tion in Shan­non, near Que­bec City. When found in Rock­port, the cou­ple was al­most 850 kilo­me­tres from their St-gédéon-de-beauce home. Que­bec provin­cial po­lice could not ex­plain why the cou­ple had wan­dered so far off course while driv­ing home, other than to say they must have got­ten lost.

Sackville town coun­cil­lors were floored dur­ing July’s dis­cus­sion meet­ing when they heard the news that bids for the sec­ond phase of the Lorne Street project came in at more than dou­ble the pro­jected cost.

“This is huge,” said coun­cilor Bill Evans. “Find­ing out some­thing that we thought would be $3 mil­lion is ac­tu­ally $6 mil­lion. Gob­s­macked would be an ac­cu­rate de­scrip­tion of my re­sponse.”

Evans said of­ten times ten­ders come in over bud­get “and we need to re­group,” but it’s a dif­fer­ent story when it’s a project that’s in the mil­lions of dol­lars.

He ques­tioned what staff plans to do about the sig­nif­i­cant dis­crep­ancy.

Town en­gi­neer Dwayne Ac­ton re­ported dur­ing the meet­ing that the low­est bid on Phase 2 of the Lorne Street project, which is part of storm wa­ter mit­i­ga­tion ef­forts and in­cludes the in­stal­la­tion of a new re­ten­tion pond and a new aboiteau struc­ture, came in at just over $5.9 mil­lion. Ap­prox­i­mately $2.9 mil­lion in mu­nic­i­pal, provin­cial and fed­eral funds had been set aside for the work.

Ac­ton said since the bids were “sub­stan­tially over bud­get,” the con­sul­tant – Cran­dall En­gi­neer­ing of Moncton – is re­assess­ing the project to de­ter­mine if there is a way to re­jig the project while still be­ing able to get the de­sired end re­sult – drain­ing flood wa­ters from the Lorne Street area to the Tantra­mar River.

■ Trio of goats caused stir in Dorch­ester – Bill Steele said he had no in­ten­tion of find­ing a new home for his goats.

“I’m keep­ing my goats, it’s as sim­ple as that,” said the Dorch­ester res­i­dent and busi­ness owner.

Steele, who ac­quired his three new pets a cou­ple of months ago via a Ki­jiji ad from a woman in Sus­sex, was or­dered by the vil­lage and the lo­cal plan­ning com­mis­sion to re­move his goats from his prop­erty. The let­ter from the South­east Re­gional Ser­vice Com­mis­sion stated that keep­ing farm an­i­mals is an agri­cul­tural ac­tiv­ity, not per­mit­ted in the vil­lage cen­tre zone.

Steele, the owner of Dorch­ester’s his­toric jail, which he turned into a bed and break­fast within the heart of the com­mu­nity, said he was dis­heart­ened by the let­ter, which stated he had un­til July 20 to find al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tions for his goats or le­gal ac­tion might be taken.

Ac­cord­ing to the zon­ing by­law, the goats were not con­sid­ered pets.

Vil­lage of­fi­cials stated they were sim­ply fol­low­ing the by­laws in place, which in­clude zon­ing re­quire­ments, although res­i­dents are free to re­quest amend­ments to those by­laws.

Mayor Jerome Bear said the vil­lage had worked with oth­ers in the past to amend a by­law and this had been done through the proper channels.

■ Town of Sackville scrapped her­itage by­law – The sta­tus quo was not an op­tion.

That was the clear mes­sage that came from mem­bers of town coun­cil last Mon­day night as they

voted unan­i­mously to scrap Sackville’s her­itage by­law.

Call­ing out the leg­is­la­tion as weak and in­ef­fec­tive, coun­cil­lors agreed with town staff’s rec­om­men­da­tion to re­peal the by­law, say­ing it has achieved very lit­tle in terms of her­itage preser­va­tion in the eight years it had been in place.

“I’ve had a num­ber of peo­ple telling me it’s not work­ing, so ei­ther fix it or get rid of it. And I sup­port the idea of get­ting rid of it,” said Coun. Mike Tower.

Tower said he has seen too many cases where the by­law has cre­ated hard­ship for prop­erty own­ers in the Her­itage Con­ser­va­tion Ar­eas, where they are faced with mak­ing ex­pen­sive re­pairs and up­grades that don’t seem to make sense.

Coun. Bill Evans said un­for­tu­nately the by­law had never been as ef­fec­tive as orig­i­nally hoped and, in fact, had cre­ated more di­vi­sive­ness and prob­lems than an- tic­i­pated. In par­tic­u­lar, he noted how the ex­pe­ri­ences sur­round­ing the de­mo­li­tion of the for­mer United Church sev­eral years ago ex­posed some of the weak­nesses that ex­isted with the by­law.

With the by­law re­pealed, the her­itage board was dis­solved ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately and the two des­ig­nated her­itage con­ser­va­tion ar­eas in down­town Sackville were elim­i­nated.

■ Re­zon­ing ap­proved for York Street box­ing club – The fi­nal step in get­ting a prop­erty re­zoned for a much-an­tic­i­pated new box­ing club on York Street was ap­proved.

Town coun­cil passed fi­nal read­ing for a re­zon­ing re­quest dur­ing its July meet­ing, which called for the prop­erty at 203 York St., to be re­zoned from Ur­ban Res­i­den­tial 1 (R1) to In­sti­tu­tional. This des­ig­na­tion would al­low for a new club­house to be built on the site.

The new 30’ x 60’ club­house is an­tic­i­pated to be slightly larger than the ex­ist­ing build­ing, which lacks bath­rooms, run­ning wa­ter and stor­age ar­eas.

■ Ed­gett hon­oured posthu­mously with Com­mu­nity Ad­vo­cate Award – The late Bob Ed­gett, who men­tored thou­sands of youth through­out the Tantra­mar re­gion and be­yond for nearly six decades, was hon­oured with a Com­mu­nity Ad­vo­cate Award posthu­mously from the Mul­ti­Eth­nic Sports Hall of Fame at an awards cer­e­mony in Amherst on July 18.

In ac­cept­ing the award for his fa­ther, Ben Ed­gett said his dad taught young peo­ple to re­spect oth­ers in the com­mu­nity and praised him for mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the lives of so many.

“Bob would have been 88 this year and still to this day he would be pleased that so many young men and women have con­tin­ued to par­tic­i­pate in the box­ing club,” Ben said. “Bob be­lieved that by teach­ing re­spect, dis­ci­pline and a sense of com­mu­nity, the young peo­ple who went through the club could change the world for the bet­ter.”

Au­gust 2018 ■ Sackville’s Live Bait The­atre cel­e­brated 30 years – The laughs, the tears, the joy and the live mu­sic. For 30 years, Sackville’s Live Bait The­atre had cap­ti­vated au­di­ences with so many mag­i­cal mo­ments – mak­ing us cry, mak­ing us feel, mak­ing fans chuckle, tap their feet, and some­times, even sing along as they were drawn in by the rich tal­ent and colour­ful char­ac­ters the com­pany has brought to the stage.

From Elvis to Patsy, Hank to Anne, Rita to Granma Krazy, Live Bait has done it all, or so it would seem. And yet, as it pre­pared to cel­e­brate its third decade of bring­ing in­de­pen­dent, Cana­dian and pro­fes­sional pro­duc­tions to Mar­itime au­di­ences, the com­pany showed no signs of slow­ing down any­time soon.

■ Sackville swim­mers braved Northum­ber­land Strait – Be­fore most had poured their first cup of cof­fee Sun­day, Aug. 12, Sackville’s Peter Smith had dipped his toes in the wa­ters of Northum­ber­land Strait, ready to take on one of the big­gest chal­lenges of his life.

Smith was one of about 50 swim­mers who par­tic­i­pated in the week­end’s Big Swim, a 14-kilo­me­tre trek across the strait from New Bruns­wick to P.E.I.

It’s an event that raises funds for Bri­gadoon Vil­lage in Nova Sco­tia, a camp for chil­dren with a chronic ill­ness or a chronic con­di­tion, and Smith said he was ex­cited to be part of it all.

“I love to swim,” he said from the start­ing point at Cape Jouri­main at about 7 a.m. “But know­ing that I’m help­ing out with such a good cause makes it that much bet­ter.”

Smith was joined by fel­low Sackville swim­mers Scott Har­ris and Sean Le­moine. Har­ris was ac­com­pa­nied by kayaker Em­i­lie Mcbride, also of Sackville.

The 2018 Big Swim raised


Dorch­ester goat dis­pute was el­e­vated to the le­gal realm – A dis­pute over back­yard goats

in the Vil­lage of Dorch­ester was now in the hands of lawyers.

“The dead­line has passed and the res­i­dent is still in vi­o­la­tion of the by­law and it is now a le­gal mat­ter in which we can­not com­ment on,” said Dorch­ester Mayor Jerome Bear.

Bear said he was not sure what spe­cific le­gal ac­tion might be taken at that point. He did point

out the vil­lage was sim­ply fol­low­ing the process set out when some­one re­fuses to fol­low a mu­nic­i­pal by­law or has not made a re­quest to amend the by­law.

The is­sue be­gan ear­lier in the sum­mer when Dorch­ester res­i­dent Bill Steele ac­quired three goats to house on his prop­erty.

Steele, owner of Dorch­ester’s his­toric jail, which he turned into a bed and break­fast, said he pur­chased the goats and five chick­ens in the hopes of at­tract­ing more vis­i­tors to his Airbnb.

Nearly three weeks af­ter the dead­line, how­ever, Steele said he had yet to re­ceive any fur­ther no­tices or or­ders from the vil­lage or the plan­ning com­mis­sion.

Bear said the vil­lage re­mained open for dis­cus­sion with Steele on the is­sue but noted there were pro­ce­dures to fol­low, out­lined in the Com­mu­nity Plan­ning Act and the zon­ing by­law.

■ Oul­ton hon­oured as Farmer of the Year – It came as a sur­prise to no one but the re­cip­i­ent him­self when Terry Oul­ton was hon­oured as Farmer of the Year at the Port El­gin Ex­hi­bi­tion, held over the Aug. 18-19 week­end in the vil­lage.

Oul­ton, who has been the driv­ing force be­hind the res­ur­rec­tion of the Bots­ford and West­mor­land Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety and the ex­hi­bi­tion ground fa­cil­i­ties in Port El­gin (on­go­ing since 1993), has been a part-time farmer for most of his life.

Now re­tired from his day job, Oul­ton is still work­ing hard at his 60-acre farm, but he’s not alone.

In ad­di­tion to the sup­port of his wife Gail, the cou­ple’s grand­sons – Con­nor Wal­ton and An­thony Field – are now in­volved in the op­er­a­tion of the fam­ily farm.

■ Con­sul­tant re­ceives ad­di­tional $ 105,000 to re­design Sackville flood con­trol project – It was learned new plan for Sackville’s flood con­trol project on Lorne Street would come with a hefty price tag.

Cran­dall En­gi­neer­ing had gone back to the draw­ing board for a re­design that would end up cost­ing the town $105,000.

Town coun­cil ap­proved the ex­pen­di­ture to Cran­dall dur­ing its Au­gust reg­u­lar meet­ing, but not all coun­cil­lors were pleased with the de­ci­sion.

Coun­cil­lors were sur­prised to learn in July that the bids for the flood con­trol project – which is the sec­ond phase of the larger Lorne Street re­con­struc­tion project and was ex­pected to in­clude the in­stal­la­tion of a new re­ten­tion pond and a new aboiteau struc­ture – came in at more than dou­ble the pro­jected cost. The low­est bid for the project came in at just over $5.9 mil­lion, although only about $2.9 mil­lion in mu­nic­i­pal, provin­cial and fed­eral funds was set aside for the work.

Septem­ber 2018

■ Land gift to en­hance Sackville Wa­ter­fowl Park – The Sackville Wa­ter­fowl Park was about to get a whole lot big­ger.

The town was pre­par­ing to open up a 20-acre ad­di­tion to the park in the fall of 2018, land that was be­queathed to the town by the late Daniel Lund.

Jamie Burke, se­nior man­ager of cor­po­rate projects, said staff had been work­ing with the Lund fam­ily on get­ting the se­ries of prop­er­ties trans­ferred over to the town through the Eco­log­i­cal Gifts Pro­gram. The fed­eral pro­gram of­fers a tax break to landown­ers who donate eco­log­i­cally sen­si­tive land, while the re­cip­i­ents must en­sure the land’s bio­di­ver­sity and en­vi­ron­men­tal her­itage are con­served.

Burke said although the process had taken sev­eral years, it was in its fi­nal stages and “we’re

re­ally pleased to say we’re in the home stretch now.”

Once the town ac­quires full own­er­ship, work will be­gin on a num­ber of im­prove­ments to the prop­erty, in­clud­ing the in­stal­la­tion of a cairn to com­mem­o­rate the gift from Lund, a long-time

res­i­dent who died in 2013 at the age of 92.

The 20 acres of marshy and wooded land is ad­ja­cent to the park, lo­cated near the Trans-canada Trail and around the Squire Street area.

■ Ti­tans trounced Grey­hounds in sea­son opener – Scott O’neal may have breathed a sigh of re­lief fol­low­ing the Ti­tan’s 35-7 vic­tory over the vis­it­ing Saint John High Grey­hounds on the af­ter­noon of Satur­day, Sept. 8, but he was scratch­ing his head in won­der over some of his team’s play.

“We will def­i­nitely have to im­prove, es­pe­cially in our ae­rial game,” he said, re­fer­ring to the num­ber of times quar­ter­back Justin Vo­gels had de­liv­ered the ball into re­ceivers’ hands only to watch them bob­ble and drop the pigskin.

The win was the 29th vic­tory in 30 tries since the be­gin­ning of the 2015 sea­son – the only loss

com­ing by a sin­gle point to Riverview in 2017.

Sackville was putting its orig­i­nal plan for flood con­trol in the Lorne Street area back on the shelf, at least in the short term.

But the con­sul­tant who was re­work­ing the pro­posal to bring it within bud­get said some of the el­e­ments be­ing elim­i­nated from the project still needed to be con­sid­ered by the town as part of a long-term strat­egy.

“We re­ally need the full con­cept to be able to man­age the stormwa­ter ef­fec­tively,” said Cran­dall En­gi­neer­ing con­sul­tant Pierre Plourde.

Dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion at town coun­cil’s Septem­ber monthly meet­ing, Plourde brought a new op­tion to the ta­ble that he termed as a “short-term ap­proach” that would still man­age the flood­wa­ters ef­fec­tively – but maybe not to the ex­tent the town had hoped.

The new, re­worked plan came af­ter coun­cil learned in early Au­gust the bids for the project

came in at more than dou­ble the pro­jected cost. The bids ranged from $5.9 mil­lion to $8.02 mil­lion, although only about $2.9 mil­lion in mu­nic­i­pal, provin­cial and fed­eral funds had been set aside for the work.

Plourde spec­u­lated con­trac­tors were likely con­cerned over the risks in­volved in the project and they bid higher to deal with the un­known costs they were fac­ing in try­ing to build a ditch­ing sys­tem on marsh­land that would al­low wa­ter to flow from a re­ten­tion pond to a new aboiteau.

Cran­dall was asked to go back to the draw­ing board and re­turn to coun­cil with a new plan that would bet­ter fit the bud­get.

Among the ma­jor com­po­nents scrapped from the orig­i­nal plan were one of the two re­ten­tion ponds, the new ditch­ing sys­tem, and the new dou­ble-gated aboiteau.

In­stead, the wa­ter would be routed from a new stormwa­ter re­ten­tion pond in be­hind St. James Street through ex­ist­ing ditches to cul­verts un­der the CN tracks at Cres­cent Street where it will con­nect to ditch­ing sys­tems in the marshy fields and sent to the river us­ing provin­cially-owned aboiteau.

The short-term plan would also see the Sackville Quarry pond be­ing con­verted for use as a re­ten­tion pond.

Plourde said hav­ing the ca­pa­bil­ity of stor­ing wa­ter is an im­por­tant part of the over­all plan as it helps to min­i­mize the flood­ing im­pacts in the com­mu­nity.

Mayor John Higham said the town was at­tempt­ing to se­cure more fund­ing from the provin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ments in or­der to be able to carry out the orig­i­nal plan.

■ New Mount Al­li­son pres­i­dent wanted to be more ac­ces­si­ble – As he took on the top post at Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity, JeanPaul Boudreau said his first pri­or­ity was to make con­nec­tions.

Whether it be with stu­dents and staff on cam­pus, or the mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials and res­i­dents in the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties, the new pres­i­dent said he wanted to en­gage with peo­ple and ini­ti­ate con­ver­sa­tions as he took on the new role.

“I want to spend time learn­ing more about the cam­pus and about the com­mu­nity . . . to talk

to peo­ple di­rectly and hear their sto­ries; find out what their goals are,” said Boudreau.

He said rather than wait­ing for peo­ple to come to him, he was mak­ing it his mis­sion to go to them.

■ Mit­ton elected in Mem­ram­cook-tantra­mar rid­ing – Mem­ram­cook-tantra­mar vot­ers made his­tory in the Sept. 24 provin­cial elec­tion, when they opted to send the rid­ing’s first Green Party can­di­date to the provin­cial leg­is­la­ture, although by the slight­est of mar­gins.

When the fi­nal re­sults were tal­lied, Me­gan Mit­ton took the lo­cal seat by a mere 11 votes.

The in­side of the Sackville Com­mons went from hushed si­lence to elated cheer­ing when Elec­tions New Bruns­wick re­leased the fi­nal vote tally, as sup­port­ers helped Mit­ton cel­e­brate her win.

Mit­ton earned a to­tal of 3,148 votes, trailed closely by Lib­eral can­di­date Bernard Leblanc with 3,137 votes. Rep­re­sent­ing the PC party, Eti­enne Gaudet earned 1,518 votes, while NDP can­di­date Hélène Boudreau fin­ished with 410 votes.

At the provin­cial level, the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives took 22 seats and the Lib­er­als took 21. The Green Party and the Peo­ple’s Al­liance each claimed three seats.

In or­der to form a ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment, a party must se­cure 25 of the 49 avail­able seats. Although the PCS took more seats in the Sept. 24 elec­tion, the Lib­er­als won the most votes over­all. Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing elec­tion night, both Lib­eral leader Brian Gal­lant and PC leader Blaine Higgs in­di­cated they would at­tempt to form a mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment. Higgs would later go on to form gov­ern­ment af­ter Gal­lant failed to gain the con­fi­dence of the house.

■ Ci­ti­zen of the Year Awards pre­sented – An en­thu­si­as­tic and ded­i­cated high school teacher and vol­un­teer from Sackville earned Ci­ti­zen-of-the-year hon­ours for 2018.

Jan­ice Hicks was named Sack- ville’s Ci­ti­zen of the Year dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­monies of the com­mu­nity’s an­nual Fall Fair cel­e­bra­tion on Fri­day, Sept. 21, an award pre­sented and spon­sored by Re­nais­sance Sackville.

Also hon­oured were more than a dozen young stu­dents from Marshview Mid­dle School, who were rec­og­nized for their con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity with the Youth Cit­i­zens of the

Year Award dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

The stu­dents were mem­bers of the En­vi­ron­ment Club at Marshview, with one of the club’s top pri­or­i­ties be­ing to re­duce waste that leaves the school, and stu­dents had worked hard to im­ple­ment the three-stream sort­ing sys­tem.

■ Mel­rose church closed its doors – It’s long and vi­brant his­tory first took root around 1820 with the mi­gra­tion of some 60 fam­i­lies to the Mel­rose area – in those early days called the ‘Emi­grant Road.’

In 2018, how­ever, de­clin­ing num­bers made it im­pos­si­ble to keep the doors open and the dio­cese an­nounced ear­lier in the year that the church would close. Mem­bers will con­tinue

to share wor­ship at St. Cle­ment’s church in Port El­gin.

The fi­nal church ser­vice and mass was held at St. Bartholomew’s church on Sun­day af­ter- noon, Sept. 16. A large num­ber of past and present mem­bers joined other lo­cal res­i­dents and friends of the church to say a for­mal ‘good­bye’ to St. Bartholomew’s.

■ Sackville came to­gether to cel­e­brate Pride Week – It was a cel­e­bra­tion of di­ver­sity and ac­cep­tance in Sackville on Fri­day, Sept. 28 as the town and univer­sity com­mu­ni­ties came to­gether once again to host a Pride Pa­rade and raise the rain­bow flag to help mark Pride Week.

The event at­tracted over 200 peo­ple who came out dressed in their rain­bow colours to cel­e­brate, raise aware­ness and show sup­port for the 2SLGBTQA+ com­mu­nity.

It also shone a light on how far so­ci­ety has come in the fight against ho­mo­pho­bia; but also

served as a re­minder that there is still a lot of work to be done on that front.

Oc­to­ber 2018

■ Sink or swim? Sackville Com­mons was on a precipice – The Sackville Com­mons was on the cusp of be­com­ing a real suc­cess story.

En­vi­sioned to be a dy­namic and thriv­ing co-work­ing space where lo­cal en­trepreneurs, artists, non­prof­its and com­mu­nity groups can come to­gether to net­work, share ideas and re­sources, and build a sense of com­mu­nity, that dream was within reach.

It was just go­ing to need a lit­tle more com­mu­nity sup­port to make it hap­pen.

“In some ways we’ve made the mis­take of treat­ing this like a pri­vate en­ter­prise. But it’s not, it’s a co-op … and we have to start ask­ing our com­mu­nity to help us out,” said Ju­lia Feltham, a founder and di­rec­tor of the Com­mons.

The Sackville Com­mons had been a busy place since it opened its doors in the fall of 2016 out of the for­mer fire hall and po­lice sta­tion on Main Street, bloom­ing with so much po­ten­tial and pos­si­bil­i­ties, said Feltham.

The space had ob­vi­ously been meet­ing a need, said Feltham, but it had yet to thrive the way she imag­ined it could.

There was a need for more spon­sor­ships, more mem­bers and more meet­ing space rentals – in other words, a more re­li­able cash flow com­ing in each month. And she be­lieved it was time to turn over some of these re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to the com­mu­nity, in­stead of the same core group of vol­un­teers who had spent the last two years do­nat­ing count­less hours to try and grow the non-profit co­op­er­a­tive.

■ Mount Al­li­son top un­der­grad­u­ate school – Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity had once again been named the top un­der­grad­u­ate school in the coun­try.

The 2019 Maclean’s Univer­sity Rank­ings were re­leased in Oc­to­ber week, putting Mount Al­li­son in the top spot for the 20th time since 1991.

Mount Al­li­son ranked first in its cat­e­gory for fac­ulty awards, cal­cu­lat­ing the num­ber of pro­fes­sors who have won ma­jor awards over the past five years. The univer­sity also ranked first in the rep­u­ta­tional sur­vey for pri­mar­ily un­der­grad­u­ate schools.

■ Gas line break forced evac­u­a­tion – Homes, busi­nesses and a lo­cal school within a 200me­tre ra­dius of a gas line break at the cor­ner of Main and Union streets in Sackville were evac­u­ated on the morn­ing of Mon­day, Oct. 22, shortly be­fore 10:30 a.m.

Late that af­ter­noon, Jamie Burke, se­nior man­ager of cor­po­rate projects for the Town of Sackville, ex­plained em­ploy­ees with Bowser’s Con­struc­tion Ltd. Rup­tured the gas line as part of their on­go­ing work on the Main Street re­con­struc­tion project.

Area res­i­dents were ini­tially no­ti­fied through an alert is­sued by the town’s Sen­tinel emer­gency alert sys­tem just be­fore 10:30 a.m., Burke ex­plained, adding emer­gency ser­vices per­son­nel and pub­lic works em­ploy­ees can­vassed the area to en­sure af­fected res­i­dents were aware of the sit­u­a­tion.

In ad­di­tion to area res­i­dences, town hall, Moneris, Marshview Mid­dle School and Ben’s Ser­vice Sta­tion were evac­u­ated, Burke said.

Shortly af­ter 11: 30 a. m., a sec­ond Sen­tinel alert ad­vised the evac­u­a­tion area had been re­duced to a 30-me­tre ra­dius around the gas line break, as util­ity per­son­nel were on site work­ing to re­pair the leak, leav­ing only the con­struc­tion site, Ben’s Ser­vice Sta­tion and a handful of res­i­dences af­fected.

The gas line was re­paired at ap­prox­i­mately 9 p.m. that evening.

■ Ti­tans headed into semi­fi­nal with un­beaten record in­tact – It was Ti­tan play­off time af­ter the Sackville squad de­feated Leo Hayes 52-0.

Coach Scott O’neal said in spite of what his team had ac­com­plished over the pre­vi­ous seven weeks the boys would sim­ply have to keep their heads in the game if they were to com­plete a per­fect un­beaten run to their fourth provin­cial high school foot­ball cham­pi­onship.

Up to that point in the 2018 sea­son, the Ti­tans had scored 275 points, while al­low­ing just eight in their six con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries.

It was a re­sound­ing vic­tory but that didn’t mean Tantra­mar Ti­tans coach Scott O’neal was tak­ing any­thing for granted.

“We played well enough to win,” Scott O’neal said, fol­low­ing the Ti­tans’ 47-7 de­feat of the Fredericton Black Kats in high school foot­ball semi­fi­nal play­off ac­tion in Sackville on Satur­day, Oct. 27.

The New Bruns­wick High School foot­ball cham­pi­onship be­tween the Ti­tans and Riverview Roy­als was set for Satur­day, Nov. 3, at David Jar­dine Field.

■ Moun­ties’ sea­son ended with loss to X-men – It may have taken the Satur­day, Oct. 27 re­sults to con­vince the pow­ers that be the Mount Al­li­son Moun­ties had reached a point where they must be to­tally re­con­fig­ured if they are to re­turn to the glory days they’ve en­joyed in the At­lantic Uni­ver­si­ties Foot­ball Con­fer­ence (AUFC) over the years.

They were eas­ily de­feated in Antigo­nish by a vastly im­proved St. Fran­cis Xavier X-men ma­chine to the tune of 38-15.

The lat­est de­feat left them en­trenched in fourth place in the five-team cir­cuit with just two wins in eight out­ings. Their two vic­to­ries over the win­less Bishop’s Gaiters were the lone bright spots for rookie head coach Peter Fraser.

Novem­ber 2018 ■ Volatile storm brought heavy rain, high winds to Tantra­mar Re­gion – In early Novem­ber many res­i­dents through­out the Tantra­mar re­gion con­tin­ued to feel the im­pact of a wild week­end storm, which left thou­sands in the cold and dark fol­low­ing wide­spread power out­ages and count­less flooded base­ments.

By Mon­day af­ter­noon, more than 1,600 homes in the area were still with­out power fol­low­ing the blast that downed trees, broke power poles, flooded roads and closed the high­way.

The storm, which was at its peak on Satur­day night with­wind gusts in ex­cess of 100 km/h, also brought heavy rains that caused ex­ten­sive flood­ing in many parts of the re­gion, par­tic­u­larly West Sackville.

“Our pub­lic works crew was busy through the night tend­ing to a va­ri­ety of is­sues, in­clud­ing sev­eral large trees down and sev­eral road clo­sures,” said Jamie Burke, se­nior man­ager of cor­po­rate projects for the town of Sackville.

Burke said town crews spent the night mon­i­tor­ing wa­ter lev­els and en­sur­ing pub­lic streets were pass­able and safe.

Burke said the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture (DTI) was forced to close Route 935, at the in­ter­sec­tion head­ing to­ward Wood­point/ West­cock. DTI has been work­ing at the site for sev­eral months to in­stall new con­crete cul­verts to al­le­vi­ate the flood sit­u­a­tion there; the de­tour road, which had been built to move traf­fic around the project, flooded fol­low­ing the heavy rains and in­com­ing tide.

Route 106 at Queens Road was also closed due to flood­ing.

■ Flood­ing once again closed Route 935 – Frus­tra­tion con­tin­ued to mount for res­i­dents in West Sackville as they dealt with a road clo­sure once again that cut them off from ser­vices and left many fac­ing long de­tours to work and school ev­ery day.

A storm on the Nov. 3-4 week­end that brought high winds and heavy rains flooded the tem­po­rary ac­cess road that was built this sum­mer to move traf­fic around a con­struc­tion project that, iron­i­cally, is ex­pected to al­le­vi­ate flood­ing prob­lems at the in­ter­sec­tion of Route 935, in the Carters Brook area of West Sackville.

“The cur­rent con­di­tions in West­cock, Bri­tish Set­tle­ment, Wood­point and be­yond are pretty bad and (Satur­day) night it was just plain dan­ger­ous,” said West- cock res­i­dent Ann Mit­ton. “These com­mu­ni­ties were com­pletely cut off.”

At the height of the storm Satur­day night and into Sun­day morn­ing, all routes in and out of West Sackville were ei­ther flooded or blocked by downed trees. And while all but Route 935 has since been re-opened, Mit­ton said many res­i­dents were left ner­vous of what would hap­pen in case of an emer­gency.

Flood­ing prob­lems have plagued the area for decades and the New Bruns­wick Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture had be­gun a con­struc­tion project in July to fix the is­sues.

Ti­tans took fourth straight provin­cial ti­tle – The Ti­tans kept it sim­ple and in work­man­like fash­ion, waltzed to a one-sided 42-0 vic­tory over the Riverview Roy­als to clinch their fourth con­sec­u­tive New Bruns­wick high school foot­ball cham­pi­onship.

There had been con­sid­er­able hype lead­ing up to the Satur­day, Nov. 3, game but it didn’t take long for the un­de­feated Sackville school to ex­ert its su­pe­ri­or­ity. By the end of the open­ing quar­ter the Ti­tans were up by 14 and took a 28-0 lead into the break.

An early third-quar­ter touch­down sent the game into straight time and they notched an­other ma­jor in the fi­nal quar­ter.

■ Ti­tans named 2018 all­stars – Eight Tantra­mar Re­gional High School foot­ball play­ers were named to the New Bruns­wick High School Foot­ball League al­ls­tar team.

The Ti­tans placed three on the of­fen­sive squad: quar­ter­back Justin Vo­gels, tail­back Oliver Long­pre and line­man Tris­tan Mccluskey. For a de­fence that rarely bent and never came close to break­ing, there were five: line­man Thomas Allen, line­backer Ja­cob Estabrooks, cor­ner Owen O’neal, line­backer Ri­ley Estabrooks and safety Lu­cas Cormier.

A prob­lem arose in se­lect­ing the out­stand­ing play­ers of the year since the Ti­tans dom­i­nated through­out. Ul­ti­mately, Cormier was named Player of the Year for his out­stand­ing work, both in keep­ing the op­po­si­tion out of his own end zone and for his bril­liance as a slot­back on of­fence, as he made life much eas­ier for Long­pre in mov­ing the ball.

■ Mount Al­li­son pro­fes­sor in­ducted into the Royal So­ci­ety of Canada – Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity re­search pro­fes­sor and renowned artist Thad­deus Holow­nia was of­fi­cially in­ducted as a Fel­low of The Royal So­ci­ety of Canada at the So­ci­ety’s Cel­e­bra­tion of Ex­cel­lence and En­gage­ment re­cently in Hal­i­fax.

“It is an over­whelm­ing hon­our to be named a Fel­low with the RSC,” says Holow­nia. “The in­duc­tion cer­e­mony is very for­mal, al­most like Con­vo­ca­tion. When I looked around the room at the new Fel­lows, all rep­re­sent­ing so many dif­fer­ent fields and ar­eas of ex­per­tise from across the coun­try, it was a very hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence

to be part of.”

■ Atom foot­ball Ti­tans en­joyed per­fect sea­son – The Atom Ti­tans com­pleted their 2018 sea­son with a per­fect 6-0 record, com­pet­ing in the Greater Moncton Con­fer­ence. And like their big broth­ers from the lo­cal high school, they also dom­i­nated their op­po­nents to the tune of a to­tal score of 268-7.

Ac­tu­ally, the atoms out­did the work of the high school team, which also went 6-0 but gave up more points – eight – while scor­ing 275 dur­ing reg­u­lar- sea­son play.

De­cem­ber 2018 ■ Tantra­mar Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre earned lit­er­acy Award – It was learned the Tantra­mar Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre (TFRC) had re­cently been rec­og­nized by the Lit­er­acy Coali­tion of New Bruns­wick, earn­ing the 2018 Dr. Mar­i­lyn Tren­holme Coun­sell Lit­er­acy Award in the com­mu­nity lit­er­acy pro­gram cat­e­gory.

The TFRC is a not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion lo­cated in Sackville that works in part­ner­ship with other area or­ga­ni­za­tions to present free work­shops and events to pro­mote lit­er­acy, food se­cu­rity and fam­ily well-be­ing.

■ Lo­cal MLA voted against Throne Speech – An­other New Bruns­wick elec­tion has been averted – at least for the time be­ing – as the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives man­aged to hang on to power when they won a key con­fi­dence vote on the Throne Speech in the Leg­is­la­ture on Fri­day, Nov. 30.

In a 25-23 de­ci­sion, the PCS were propped up by votes from the three Peo­ple’s Al­liance MLAS, who agreed last month to sup­port a Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment on con­fi­dence votes for the next 18 months.

But for Mem­ram­cook-tantra­mar MLA Me­gan Mit­ton, it wasn’t a vote she could get be­hind. Mit­ton and the other two Green Party mem­bers voted against the speech along with the Lib­eral MLAS.

The rea­son? A “sub-amend­ment” that the PCS put for­ward last week, which earned enough sup­port to pass, was added into the Throne Speech to ex­empt com­mu­ni­ties in and around the town of Sus­sex from the provincewide frack­ing mora­to­rium.

■ Foot­ball Ti­tans landed in 26th spot in na­tional rank­ings – Be­cause of their im­pec­ca­ble record over the pre­vi­ous four months, the Tantra­mar foot­ball Ti­tans learned they had climbed the top50 high school foot­ball teams in Canada rank­ings to hold down the 26th spot, as com­piled by canadafoot­ballchat.com.

The rank­ings are is­sued each week dur­ing the sea­son and the Ti­tans rose from No. 32 to 26 to be­come the first At­lantic squad to be ac­corded such an hon­our.

■ DEC voted to close Marshview Mid­dle School – Mem­bers of the Dis­trict Ed­u­ca­tion Coun­cil (DEC) voted 9-1 in favour of a rec­om­men­da­tion to close Marshview dur­ing a Dec. 4 meet­ing at Lou Mac­narin School in Dieppe. The mo­tion also called for a build­ing as­sess­ment at Salem Ele­men­tary School to con­sider the fea­si­bil­ity of a mid-life up­grade and ex­pan­sion to con­vert it to a K-8 school. If that isn’t vi­able and the 270-plus ex­tra stu­dents from Marshview can’t fit into an up­graded Salem, the DEC has rec­om­mended build­ing a new K-8 school.

Tantra­mar Re­gional High School will re­main as is.

The de­ci­sion wasn’t easy for DEC mem­bers, who said they had plenty of de­bate and dis­cus­sion be­fore bring­ing for­ward a rec­om­men­da­tion.

The DEC’S de­ci­sion es­sen­tially ig­nored Sackville Schools 2020’s pro­posal to cre­ate a “com­mu­nity learn­ing cam­pus” to re­place the three lo­cal schools.

The cam­pus model the com­mit­tee en­vi­sioned would have seen stu­dents from kinder­garten to Grade 12 shar­ing fa­cil­i­ties and re­sources with one an­other as well as the wider com­mu­nity. The fa­cil­i­ties could in­cor­po­rate fea­tures such as com­mu­nity kitchens, health ser­vices, a com­mu­nity li­brary, per­for­mance space, and shared ath­letic space. It also pro­posed bring­ing in part­ners such as Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity, the Town of Sackville, the Tantra­mar Se­niors’ Col­lege, Tantra­mar Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre and lo­cal busi­nesses.

Shawn Mesheau learned he would be re­turn­ing to coun­cil once again.

Mesheau, who served three pre­vi­ous terms on Sackville town coun­cil, was vic­to­ri­ous in a Mon­day, Dec. 10 by­elec­tion with 470 bal­lots cast in his di­rec­tion – mak­ing him the top vote-get­ter of the five can­di­dates who were vy­ing for the va­cant seat.

Sabine Di­etz was his next clos­est com­peti­tor, earn­ing 296 votes, while Dy­lan Woo­ley-berry earned 216, Brian Neil­son 113, and Ju­lia Feltham 104.

Mesheau said he was over­whelmed by his num­bers and thanked his sup­port­ers as well as his fam­ily and friends, in­clud­ing his wife Angie, for help­ing him achieve such a high mar­gin of vic­tory.

■ Sackville coun­cil ap­proved ‘sta­tus quo’ bud­get for 2019 – Sackville res­i­dents learned they can ex­pect the same ser­vices and pro­grams in 2019 as they en­joyed this year – and with­out any ad­di­tional hikes to their mu­nic­i­pal tax rate.

Town coun­cil ap­proved its 2019 gen­eral op­er­at­ing bud­get at their De­cem­ber meet­ing, bring­ing with it news that the tax rate will re­main un­changed at $1.56 per $100 of as­sess­ment.

“That means for a $100,000 home, the prop­erty owner would be pay­ing $1,560 in taxes,” said trea­surer Michael Beal.

The $10.99-mil­lion bud­get is up slightly from the pre­vi­ous year, with about $153,000 more in oper- at­ing costs ex­pected. Although those in­creased costs will be off­set by a 2.36 per cent in­crease in prop­erty as­sess­ment val­ues, re­sult­ing in an ad­di­tional $228,000 to Sackville’s tax base, Beal pointed out last year’s num­bers weren’t so good and the town took a sig­nif­i­cant hit with a $144,000 re­duc­tion to its tax base. So if you fac­tor in the two years, he said the town has only seen a less than one per cent in­crease. But this will still al­low the town to main­tain its usual ser­vices at rel­a­tively the same level for the com­ing year.

Mean­while, in pre­sent­ing the 2019 util­ity bud­get, Beal said wa­ter and sewer rates will go up again in 2019, part of a rate in­crease that was ap­proved by coun­cil back in 2017.

“2019 will be the third year of the five-year rate in­crease to cover the nec­es­sary ex­pense of the wa­ter/sewer util­ity as well as al­lo­cate money into the re­serve fund to build and plan for the fu­ture (sewer) la­goon up­grades.”

Start­ing in 2017, the wa­ter and sewer rates have been in­creas­ing in­cre­men­tally and will con­tinue to do so un­til 2021 to pay for what could po­ten­tially be a $10-mil­lion project. Un­der the 2019 rate hike, the largest sin­gle group of res­i­den­tial wa­ter users, those who pay the min­i­mum charge, will see their quar­terly bills in­crease by $9.10 ($36.40 an­nu­ally) – go­ing up to $99.30 per quar­ter.

■ Flood­ing is­sues led West Sackville res­i­dents to plan Lo­cal Ser­vice Dis­trict ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee, EMO – West Sackville res­i­dents were tired of their voices not be­ing heard.

Af­ter years of per­sis­tent flood­ing is­sues and road clo­sures in their com­mu­nity, they said they were frus­trated by the lack of sup­port they’d got­ten from the provin­cial gov­ern­ment over the years. And some of them were ready to step up and take mat­ters into their own hands in the hopes it will pro­vide them with a stronger voice.

A small group of com­mu­nity mem­bers banded to­gether to work to­wards es­tab­lish­ing a Lo­cal Ser­vice Dis­trict ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee in the area as well as an Emer­gency Mea­sures Or­ga­ni­za­tion unit.

The move came fol­low­ing a com­mu­nity meet­ing with Mem­ram­cook-tantra­mar MLA Me­gan Mit­ton, at which res­i­dents had an op­por­tu­nity to ex­press their con­cerns and ask ques­tions about why their com­mu­nity has been left out in the cold dur­ing floods that have left res­i­dents feel­ing trapped and scared.

Flood­ing prob­lems have plagued the area for decades and the New Bruns­wick Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture be­gan a con­struc­tion project at the Route 935 in­ter­sec­tion in July to fix the is­sues.


Twenty-nine brave souls rang in the New Year by tak­ing part in the Vil­lage of Dorch­ester’s an­nual po­lar dip, which was held at Palmer’s Pond on Mon­day, Jan. 1, 2018. The an­nual fundraiser is spon­sored by the Dorch­ester Lions Club. Here, Dorch­ester Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment mem­ber Jacques Poirier re­acts to the frigid wa­ter tem­per­a­ture af­ter tak­ing the plunge.


It was learned in mid-jan­uary the doors to the for­mer Moloney Elec­tric plant would soon be open once again as elec­tri­cal trans­former maker Cam Tran Co., was buy­ing the prop­erty. Mark Still­man, project man­ager and lo­cal op­er­a­tions leader, said the first area that would start up would be the wind­ing area.


Sackville and area res­i­dents got into the spirit of the sea­son Satur­day, Feb. 24, as they took part in the 109th Sackville Fire­men’s Car­ni­val. As part of the an­nual event, this year’s win­ners of the 2018 Cre­ative Skate Award were Mar­i­lyn and John Stokes from Midgic, with their en­try, “Cousin Min­nie Pearl and Grampa Jones.” Spon­sored by the Fog For­est Gallery, the award rec­og­nizes in­di­vid­u­als or groups who make the ef­fort to all ap­pear in cos­tume and, if pos­si­ble, on skates. Mar­i­lyn, left, and John are pre­sented with the award by Janet Craw­ford.


Sackville coun­cil­lor and long-time vol­un­teer Joyce O’neil was hon­oured with the 2018 Crown of Win­ter­fest in Feb­ru­ary.


Mem­ram­cook-tantra­mar MLA Bernard Leblanc pro­vides de­tails on the Drew Nurs­ing Home in Sackville be­ing granted $2.3-mil­lion for ren­o­va­tions over the next five years dur­ing an an­nounce­ment in April.


With her team­mates proudly cheer­ing her on, Sierra Holmes, a Grade 9 stu­dent at Tantra­mar Re­gional High School with Down Syn­drome, runs down the field to score her first try dur­ing last Thurs­day’s fi­nal home game of the sea­son for the TRHS women’s rugby Ti­tans.


Tantra­mar res­i­dents had plenty of op­tions when it came to cel­e­brat­ing Canada Day in 2018, with cel­e­bra­tions held from Dorch­ester right through to Cape Tor­men­tine. As part of Sackville’s ac­tiv­i­ties on Sun­day af­ter­noon, a cel­e­bra­tion of the new Ge­orge Stan­ley sculp­ture was held, which in­cluded a play cel­e­brat­ing Stan­ley’s maple leaf flag de­sign called Flag Flap! Res­i­dents were then in­vited to visit the sculp­ture on Main Street and get a free po­laroid photo taken with him. Above, Town Crier David Fuller­ton and Hélène Boudreau pose for a photo.


Lind­say Ac­ton, cap­tain of the Leviathan dragon boat Team from Tantra­mar Re­gional High School, presents Sackville Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion chair Elaine Smith a do­na­tion in the amount of $2,366.22. This do­na­tion put the cam­paign over the top of the Foun­da­tion’s $100,000 goal.


Sackville’s Peter Smith ap­plauds as the first wave of swim­mers heads out across the Northum­ber­land Strait Sun­day morn­ing for the Big Swim. Smith, who was among the sec­ond group of swim­mers, was ex­cited yet ner­vous as he pre­pared to head out across the wa­ter, ac­com­pa­nied by his dad and kayaker Bren­ton Smith.


Ben Ed­gett, right, ac­cepts the Multi-eth­nic Sports Hall of Fame Com­mu­nity Ad­vo­cate Award on be­half of his late fa­ther, Bob. Also tak­ing part in the pre­sen­ta­tion are, from left, Ge­off de­gannes and El­iz­a­beth Cooke-sumbu from CANSA and Nova Sco­tia Works, and Arif Khatib from the Multi-sport Hall of Fame.


Mem­ram­cook-tantra­mar Green Party can­di­date Me­gan Mit­ton hugs her cam­paign man­ager Sabine Di­etz af­ter learn­ing she was elected as the rid­ing’s new MLA. Mit­ton won by a mere 11 votes.


The an­nual fire­works show is al­ways a crowd pleaser, de­light­ing young and old alike as part of the an­nual Sackville Fall Fair.


Rus­sell Cole, a mem­ber of the Sackville Le­gion, leads a pro­ces­sion of fel­low Le­gion mem­bers, lo­cal vet­er­ans, mil­i­tary mem­bers, RCMP, air cadets, fire­fight­ers and other dig­ni­taries down Bridge Street to­ward Me­mo­rial Park for Sun­day morn­ing’s Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony.


Sev­eral Tantra­mar Ti­tan foot­ball se­niors hoist their fourth con­sec­u­tive provin­cial cham­pi­onship tro­phy in Novem­ber. The Ti­tans took the cham­pi­onship over the Riverview Roy­als 42-0.


Shawn Mesheau was vic­to­ri­ous in the Dec. 10 by­elec­tion, tak­ing over the va­cant seat on Sackville town coun­cil.

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