Look­ing back at Digby County his­tory

Tri-County Vanguard - - Op-ed - Eric Bourque

From 1962

“Winds cause se­vere dam­age.” That was the head­line over a story in an edi­tion of the Digby Courier from Jan­uary 1962. Among other things, the wind re­port­edly brought down a fish plant that was un­der con­struc­tion in Mink Cove and lev­elled a barn in Sandy Cove. Wright’s – a Digby busi­ness – lost a large plate glass win­dow at the height of the storm. Ef­forts to con­tact Norman Wright, the store’s owner, were com­pli­cated be­cause of downed tele­phone wires.

A cou­ple of weeks or so ear­lier, there had been an “un­usual ac­ci­dent” in­volv­ing an oil truck at the Nu-Way Mar­ket in Con­way. Con­di­tions were said to have been slip­pery with new-fallen snow at the time of the in­ci­dent in which the driver of an oil truck turn­ing into a yard “ap­par­ently mis­judged his dis­tance and backed into the Nu-Way build­ing.” Three large plate glass win­dows were bro­ken and some oil spilled into the store, the pa­per said. There was no dam­age to the truck and there were no re­ports of in­juries.

Camille Gaudet, a con­trac­tor in Lit­tle Brook, had been re-elected pres­i­dent of that vil­lage’s vol­un­teer fire depart­ment. Robert Doucet would con­tinue as Lit­tle Brook’s fire chief. The depart­ment’s fundrais­ing com­mit­tee was look­ing at var­i­ous ways to raise money to help the depart­ment with equip­ment pur­chases and the like. The Lit­tle Brook depart­ment was one of three fire depart­ments in Clare at the time, the oth­ers be­ing in Meteghan and Bel­liveau’s Cove.

Peo­ple in the news in Jan­uary 1962 in­cluded:

--He­len An­thony, deputy mayor of Digby, who was reap­pointed chair of the town’s board of school com­mis­sion­ers;

--George Humphrey, who was re-elected Digby fire chief;

--J.R. Ni­chols, who was re­elected pres­i­dent of the Digby East Fish and Game As­so­ci­a­tion.

In sports, a pee­wee goal­tender in the Digby mi­nor hockey sys­tem had strung to­gether eight straight shutouts, but his streak was over. Greg Holdsworth, net­min­der with the Cana­di­ans – a Digby house league team – and with the Digby pee­wee all-stars, had posted six of his shutouts with his reg­u­lar league club and two oth­ers with the all-stars. Those who had seen Holdsworth play were “im­pressed by his cool­ness and skill,” ac­cord­ing to an item in the Courier.

What re­port­edly was one of the big­gest ves­sels to call on the port of Digby was the Bella Dan, a Den­mark-reg­is­tered ship that was in Digby to take on a load of pulp­wood des­tined for Italy. It docked just as an­other ship – the Mar­guerita (reg­is­tered in Fin­land) – was leav­ing with a cargo of pulp­wood that also was bound for Italy.

From 1973

Ef­forts to have a com­mu­nity swim­ming pool es­tab­lished in Digby had been un­der­way for three years or so and the project – which had been led by a local com­mit­tee of the town – was be­ing handed over to the Digby Ki­wa­nis Club. (The goal had been for a club or spon­sor­ing body to take over the chal­lenge.) The idea was to have an open pool first. Then, once fi­nances per­mit­ted, the plan was to have an in­door fa­cil­ity. The pool com­mit­tee’s as­sets would be turned over to the Ki­wa­nis Club. The com­mit­tee had not cho­sen a site for the pro­posed pool. The Ki­wa­nis Club was said to be con­sid­er­ing a num­ber of ways to pro­ceed in find­ing a lo­ca­tion.

An­other local ser­vice club was in the news. The Digby Kins­men Club had de­cided to name their new park at the cor­ner of Queen and Church streets in mem­ory of Charles McBride, a Digby town coun­cil­lor who had done much to as­sist them in get­ting the project started. A for­mal open­ing of the park was ex­pected to take place in late spring or early sum­mer.

The Town of Digby was plan­ning to hold a plebiscite to see if ratepay­ers sup­ported the town bor­row­ing up to $50,000 to be used for the con­struc­tion of a new fire hall. The plebiscite was sched­uled for Feb. 1.

Work on a build­ing ex­ten­sion at Wey­mouth Con­sol­i­dated School was said to be com­ing along well, de­spite hav­ing been ham­pered a bit by snow.

Movies play­ing at Digby’s Lit­tle Cinema in Jan­uary 1973 in­cluded The Can­di­date, starring Robert Red­ford, Peter Boyle and Melvyn Dou­glas.

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