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October 2009

Queens County Fair 2009

17-month-old Jesse Dalling checking out Dickey the Miniature Horse with Mom looking on. “It was supposed to be a heavyweight class but the Minister of Agriculture stepped in and he displayed a good left hook and he held his own,” says MC and former Liberal Cabinet Minister, Vaughn Blaney. “Ouellette was edged out by points but he held his own. It wasn’t a knockout.” Three-year-old Aidan Phillips of Saint John enjoying the giant pumpkins at the fair.

The 64th Edition of the Queens County Fair in Gagetown kicked off with something new this year, a Political Milking Contest. Premier Shawn Graham was supposed to go head to head, or is it, teat to teat with Progressive Conservative leader David Alward. The leader with the most milk in the bucket after five minutes wins. But things didn’t work out quite as planned. Graham couldn’t make it because of a scheduling conflict so Liberal Agriculture Minister, Ronald Ouellette stood in for the premier. But Ouellette arrived late, giving Tory leader David Alward plenty of time to focus on the competition at hand. It must have worked because despite having a cantankerous cow named Old Blue, who wouldn’t stay still, Alward still managed to double his milk production, two cups to Ouelette’s one.

The PC’s take home the trophy this year and Alward hopes it may be an indication of what might happen in the next provincial election. Blaney says the Queens County Fair is famous for having a little politics mixed in with it. “Either in the horse barns or cow barns, it’s always being discussed,” he says. “Politicians are a big part of this fair, it’s always been that way.”

PC leader David Alward

At its heart this fair is a celebration of rural life. It’s a good old fashioned country fair complete with horse and cattle competitions, hauling matches and prizes for the best poultry, field crops, vegetables, fruit, flowers, home cooking and much more. Vaughn Blaney has been involved in the fair for close to 40 years and he’s been coming here since he was a kid in the 1940’s. “It’s always remained an old fashioned country fair,” he says. “And it’s always been a great rallying point for the people who were displaced on the army grounds. They went to all corners of the province but every year they make their way back here. I think that’s the magic.”

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Check Us Out Online

Launch of ‘In Motion’

More and more of you are going to our website at to read the paper and check out articles. You can always find the entire print edition there, usually posted before the printed copy arrives in the mail or is picked up at a store. There are two ways to view the whole paper online. You can click where it says to download the PDF to your computer or you can click below that where it says ‘Powered by Issuu’. This software opens the paper right in your browser without the need to download anything. You can change the page size and even turn the pages like a regular newspaper. This is becoming a popular way to get the River Valley News. If you have family or friends from the area who live away be sure to tell them they can get all the latest from home by going to In addition to the full print edition we have most of our stories posted as well under the headings of Features, News & Opinion or River Valley Radio. Here you’ll find the same story as in the paper plus lot’s more. More information, more photos and in some cases, audio and video. Come to the webpage to get much more than is available on just the printed page. In this issue you can go to our story on the launch of ‘In Motion’ in Grand Bay-Westfield and view more photos and listen to audio of the launch at Brundage Point including all the speeches and explanations of what the program is about. Be sure to listen to Holly Johnson’s emotional talk about how loosing weight and getting fit, changed her entire life. Also check out our Rage in the Gage - rocket launch story online and hear an exclusive audio interview with the Gollan family from Nova Scotia who launched one of the largest rockets that day. You can even see video taken from a camera mounted to the rocket as it blasted off into the sky high above Base Gagetown. You’ll also find an interview recorded with Marc MacLeod, General Manager of the Crane Mountain Landfill, talking about the major changes occurring at the site. Go to the website regularly for more rich content accompanying our stories, more photographs, audio and now video. River Valley news is now much more than the printed page.

Over 60 people came to Brundage Point on September 15th for the launch of ‘In Motion’ in Grand Bay-Westfield. Some wore running shoes and sweat shirts. Good thing too because before long they were waving their arms and bending their knees, participating in some fun activities to get everyone ‘in motion’. is a community newspaper published monthly by Midwood Media Inc. PO Box 3069, Grand Bay-Westfield, New Brunswick E5K 4V3 Publisher and Editor - Gary Mittelholtz Graphic Designer - Cindy Price Advertising - Ian Lambert Printed by Transcontinental Prince Edward Island To Advertise call Ian at 506-645-1501 For Editorial Content & Classified advertising call Gary at 506-217-0224 Fax 506-217-0225 Email: Webpage:

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This is a community based health initiative to encourage people in Grand Bay-Westfield to be active and to eat healthy. The program started in Saskatoon in 2002 and has spread across the country. It’s new to this province and Grand Bay-Westfield is just one of 7 communities piloting ‘In Motion’ this year. The Province, through the Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport’s Wellness Strategy, has supported the Healthy Eating Physical Activity Coalition (HEPAC) of NB in leading the implementation of ‘In Motion’. The Partners in Prevention (PIP) Committee, a Grand Bay-Westfield community-based wellness network was the group successful in having ‘In Motion’ brought to the town. This committee had already identified through a health survey that physical activity is one main area of focus, so having ‘In Motion’ to pilot will certainly assist in educating the community on the role that it plays in improving health.

The evening began with words of support from MLA Jack Keir and Mayor Grace Losier, who both emphasized the importance of physical activity and exercise. Betty Hoyt, the co-chair of HEPAC, who lives in Ketepec talked about the program and how it came to the province. She outlined the health challenges we face in New Brunswick where one in every three children are overweight or obese, higher than the Canadian average. We have more smokers than most provinces and the rates of diseases linked to poor lifestyles like heart disease, some cancers, diabetes and high blood pressure are also higher in New Brunswick. Next came Kathy Orser, a wellness coordinator for HEPAC, who got the group up and exercising and then gave more details about ‘In Motion’. She said to gain health benefits from exercising requires one hour of regular physical activity every day. Health Canada says inactivity is as bad for your health as smoking. Orser said the health profile for Grand Bay-Westfield showed that we have the highest rate of asthma in the province and a higher rate of people with high blood pressure. After that, Grand Bay-Westfield resident and mother of five, Holly Johnson talked about her life-long battle with weight, especially during the birth of her twins. Two years ago she was 150 pounds heavier than she is now. Holly became emotional as she explained how she turned her life around by joining weight-watchers and training for a half marathon. Finally Joanne Barry, chair of the Partners in Prevention Committee came to the microphone to explain how the program will be rolled out. She asked all the participants to visit various tables in the room to provide ideas and suggestions on how ‘In Motion’ could work in Grand Bay-Westfield. Over the next few minutes people threw out all kinds of ideas and many signed up to be an ‘in motion’ partner. Another meeting is planned for October 6th. (Listen to audio of all the speeches at the ‘In Motion’ launch by going to our website at

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A New Look for Lancaster Mall The Retail Heart of the West Side

by Gary Mittelholtz

“Not every mall has a monkey tree,” says Bruce Creber, Vice President of Real Estate Investments with Counsel Corporation. The man overseeing the makeover of Lancaster Mall was referring to the colourful tree found in a mural painted on the wall of the new story room at the West Branch Library. This extra library space for children’s programs is just one of the many changes happening at the old shopping institution on the west side. “Renovation of this mall is 20 years overdue and the community is loyal to it, to the property and stores and tenants,” says Creber. “You can’t help but win if you provide a really nice, attractive, comfortable and modern place to come and shop” And that’s what Creber and Mall Property Manager, Pati Teed have been working on for over a year now. After a lot of construction and many disruptions, they’re finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as the newly renovated mall, complete with some new tenants, is revealing its new self a little more each day.

accessible entrance for library patrons.

One of the changes Bruce Creber is most proud of is the new Transit Lounge at the front of the mall. When he first visited Lancaster he wondered why the bus stop was 400 feet from the mall entrance, requiring passengers to trudge through the snow and rain to get in. The Saint John Transit buses now pull right up to the front door and they’ve created a space where people can sit in comfort and wait for the bus. It’s connected to the newly expanded Zellers on one side and to the mall on the other. Once completed, the lounge will have a counter with stools running along the front window and comfortable airport-like seating elsewhere. An artist is painting three, large murals on the back wall, reflecting scenes from the history of the west side. A reader board on the other wall will tell you when the next bus will arrive and there will be free WiFi throughout the lounge so you can check your email. There’ll even be a free phone for people to use. “Developers generally don’t like giving up space that doesn’t generate revenue,” says Creber. “But this to me is what makes a community mall, a community mall.”

The mall is also getting new flooring throughout as well as new ceiling treatment with more skylights and seating areas with plasma screen TV’s. If the inside is going to look different so will the outside. The main entrance is all new with a crisp, clean look and brick work on the outside walls of some of the stores. It’s the shopping that brings customers into the mall and that has already changed. The Zellers Pedway, Urban Planet and Java Moose are already open and Reitmans is back at its former location. International Clothiers, Fairweather, Great Canadian Dollar Store and Hairacy’s at a new location are opening soon. And this is just the beginning according to Creber. His company is making a 14 million dollar investment in Lancaster Mall and has big plans for the former ‘Action Square’ property it now owns across the street. He wouldn’t give out any details but says they now have a commercial hub on three sides of the road and some big stuff is planned for next year.

“It’s an under serviced market on the west side,” says Creber. “All the retail of any consequence is on the east side, yet half the population or more is on this side so why not build something so people don’t have to drive across the bridge.” Work on the outside of Lancaster mall should be completed in a few weeks. The inside will be finished in two phases and should be completed over the winter.

Crime Stoppers

On August 27th, 2009 at approximately 9:30 PM, a German Shepherd dog in the Oak Point area was struck and injured by a 2x4 piece of wood. Due to the injuries sustained, the dog had to be put down. The RCMP is looking for any information leading to the arrest of the culprits who killed the German Shepherd. A reward will be given to any person providing information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for this crime.

If you have any information on these, or any other crimes, contact Grand Bay-Westfield RCMP Detachment at 506-757-1020 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800Creber and Teed took me on a tour of the mall recently and the first thing I noticed 222-8477. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you was the expanded back parking lot. What used to be a narrow and rutted lane is now provide information that leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen property or a large, paved parking lot with access to the back door. This is now a much more the seizure of illicit drugs, you could be eligible for a cash award. Bruce Creber & Pati Teed of Counsel Corporation s October 2009

Landfill on the Move - Major Changes Happening

Council Briefs - Sept 14th Cpl. Rob Landry of the Grand Bay-Westfield RCMP presented council with the crime statistics for July and August. (see below) He also introduced two new members of the detachment to council. They are Constables Francois Beddard and Mike Alward.

The town manager presented the General Revenue Fund Financial Report. Sandra Gautreau said the town was on budget overall and there is a possibility they may end the year with a small surplus. The mayor congratulated town staff for the hard work they have done to achieve this. Council approved the payment of $125,423.59 to Keel Construction for storm sewer improvements on Inglewood Drive and Highland Road. Council approved payment of $3,847.20 to Maguire Excavating for a sidewalk panel replacement on Nerepis Road. Council also approved the awarding of a contract worth $315,300.00 to Castle Rock Construction for the building of a new salt shed on Shannon Road. In total, council approved the payment of bills totaling $169,099.64.

RCMP Report for July and August

CRIMINAL CODE Theft Harassing Phone Calls Fraud Assault Impaired Break & Enter Mischief Refusal Breach of Peace

Criminal Harrassment Drugs Other Criminal Code Offenses PROVINCIAL STATUTES Traffic Tickets Traffic Warnings Collisions Other Moving Traffic Other Provincial Statutes MUNICIPAL - Noise Criminal Record Checks False 911/False Alarms Suspicious Person/Vehicle Assist to General Public Fingerprints Assistance to other Agencies Lost/Found Items Animal Calls STEP Program

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by Gary Mittelholtz Marc MacLeod calls it his perfect job. The General Manager of the Fundy Region Solid Waste Commission is excited as he takes me on a tour of the landfill. He’s showing off his baby and you can tell he’s a proud dad. We check it all over, from the top of one cell that is soon closing to the entrance where the new scales are being readied for use. This is a landfill on the move, adapting to environmental challenges as they occur. It’s an exciting time for MacLeod and all his staff.

The biggest change is the recent switch to just three bins for recycling. Instead of sorting everything into five groups now we have just three; cardboard, paper and boxboard, and the rest of the recyclables including plastic, metal and for the first time, milk cartons. Macleod says the changes are necessary because the recycling market has been seriously affected by the recession. He says they’d like to recycle glass but there’s still no market for it in the region. The exciting news is a major investment to build a sorting conveyor to simplify the process of separating recyclables. In addition, baling equipment will be installed so materials can be packaged on-site for shipment. The project will significantly reduce the operational costs of the Commission and will allow it to manage its recyclables more efficiently.

Early this fall visitors to the landfill should notice a big improvement in wait times at the front gate. Another set of scales has been installed and will soon be operational. Macleod says this should end some of the long line ups they’ve seen in the past, especially on Saturdays.

By next year the landfill will begin generating its own electricity from the landfill gas it produces. This is mainly methane produced as the garbage in the cells decomposes. MacLeod says they’ve been capturing the gas for the last year and a half and just burning it off but soon they’ll be burning it to produce electricity. A turbine has been ordered and should arrive in March. Once the system Landfill General Manager Marc MacLeod checking out the pumpkins growing is installed the in soil made right at the landfill. landfill will be able to produce about a thousand kilowatts of electricity a year, enough to power about 800 homes. Macleod says the landfill uses 180 to 250 kilowatts and it will take another couple hundred to run the system, leaving about five or six hundred kilowatts to go into the grid. That’s enough to meet the electrical needs of around 300 homes in a year, all generated by gas that would normally just be burned off. Composting is continuing at the landfill and they’re experimenting with making their own soil. It must be pretty good judging by the crop of vegetables they’ve been able to grow on site. MacLeod says all this makes the Crane Mountain Landfill one of the largest greenhouse gas reducers per capita, in North America. And that’s something we should all be proud of. (Listen to the full audio interview with General Manager, Marc Macleod by going to our webpage at

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Rage in the Gage Rocket Launch by Gary Mittelholtz

They came. They camped. They blasted off. They are members of a small but passionate group of rocketry enthusiasts. About 50 members of the NB Rocketry Club and other groups from the region, along with a handful of spectators, spent two days recently under 25,000 feet of open sky on a hill top in the middle of Base Gagetown. This was the Rage in the Gage Rocket Launch held annually on the Labour Day Weekend. Tom Raithby of Willow Grove is one of the organizers of the event. He says this is the biggest launch of high power rockets they have every year. To fire off these bigger rockets they need permission to use the airspace and the operators must be certified. These rockets are not toys even though these enthusiasts are all amateurs and hobbyists. For them building and launching rockets is what the hobby is all about.

You may be familiar with the model rockets that kids build and launch, sometimes in school or Scout programs. These things are impressive and can go as high as a thousand feet. There were plenty of model rockets at Rage in the Gage but this was really a vehicle for the big boys to show off their work. High power rockets come in various sizes and with different engines but they’re capable of reaching altitudes of 10,000 ft. or more and velocities in the supersonic range. Many of these rockets have complicated electronics in them that transmit the altitude, speed and location of the rocket. This is essential to find them because the rockets employ a parachute to gently bring them back to earth and sometimes the rockets can land far from the launch site. “I really like that I can send something that high and I can build it myself and I can get it back without breaking it,” says Raithby. “It’s really satisfying to send something up against the elements and bring it back unbroken.”

Of course some times accidents happen and rockets crash but that’s all part of the hobby. With all rocketry you’re dealing with explosives and sharing air space with planes so safety during the launch and decent is the most important thing. All rockets must be inspected before launch and the range is tightly controlled by the launch director during any flight.

Greg Gollan from Windsor, Nova Scotia has one of the largest rockets this year at Gagetown. His rocket called Dragon Farts is 9 feet long and weights 37 pounds. It has five motors on it with a combined burn time of 9.5 seconds that can produce 1,125 pounds of thrust. It can reach an altitude of 7,000 feet and best of all, the rocket has an onboard video camera to record the whole flight. Gollan says he built the rocket for 3 or 4 hundred dollars and he has about $300 of electronics on it. He says the propellants to launch the rocket cost about $400 every flight and it takes about five hours to prepare the rocket for launch. “It’s awesome.... what a rush,” says Gollan after the successful first launch of Dragon Farts at Rage in the Gage.

(For incredible video of the flight from the camera onboard the rocket, more photos and an exclusive audio interview with the entire Gollan family go to our website at The Gollan family from Nova Scotia and their rocket s October 2009


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The Virtuous Gardener

Preparing for Winter - Part One

Donation from the River Valley Garden Club

by the Greenish Thumb

As I write this September is half over - days are significantly shorter and cooler and nights longer. Frost warnings have already been given but thankfully haven’t yet hit my garden.

Even though the season is winding down there is still a great deal of work to do in the garden to prepare for winter and the future gardening season of 2010. The secret, for all us busy people, is to decide what are the most important jobs - those that must be done before winter arrives.

For myself, the No 1 job is to pot up plants that I want to overwinter inside if they will not survive our harsh cold weather conditions. If these plants are already in pots I move them closer to the house - inspect them for insect damage - give them a good wash down with the hose - spray them with insecticidal soap - remove dead or damaged leaves and shoots and give them a dose of fertilizer. If I feel that the soil may contain pests I soak the soil with insecticidal soap or a bleach solution (15 ml/1 L water) until the solution runs out of the bottom of the pot. Wait 30 mins to 1 hour then soak the pot with clear water until it runs out of the bottom of the pot. If I am using bleach I wait another hour and rinse again with water as bleach may damage the roots. When temperatures fall below their comfort level, I move these pots into my unheated, sunny porch where they are further observed for any unwelcome guests until they need to be brought into warmer conditions. It is a little different for plants in our flower and vegetable gardens. I prepare containers not already clean and sterilized by washing in soapy water followed by a soaking in a solution of bleach (30 ml/4L water) followed by rinsing with water. I dig up the plant - shaking off as much soil as possible. I follow this by washing the roots and the top growth to remove as many “guests” as possible. Any damaged roots should be pruned and the plant repotted using a sterile potting mix. I then water it well using a soluble fertilizer at half strength. It is a good idea to prune away about 1/3 of the top growth as the root system may not be able to support it. Afterwards treat the plants in the same manner as the plants already potted before moving them into the house. I do this for Parsley, Tarragon, Basil and Rosemary as I find they add a touch of Summer to our Winter food. Basil will not last long and Rosemary always looks sick towards the end of February but makes a surprising recovery when planted outside in the Spring. Keeping up the humidity with a spray of water twice daily and turning the heat down to around 15 degrees C at night helps. Our houses, in winter, are as dry as a desert! Flowers I bring in are Geraniums, Fuchsia, Begonias and Heliotrope - all for taking cuttings for the following year.

(L to R) David Campbell (President – SPCA Local Chapter), Roy Morris (Vice President - RVGC), Tracy Parker (President - RVGC) The River Valley Garden Club, in conjunction with the Animal Rescue League and the SPCA, would like to thank the following companies who donated items for a silent auction held at our annual Plant Sale in May. With their donations, we were able to donate $500 to ARL and $500 to the SPCA. Please support these local businesses: Bev Morrison, Fundy Region Solid Waste Commission, Great Canadian Dollar Store, Guardian Drugs, Halifax Seed, Home Hardware, Janet Jackson, Joanna Hare, Pizza Delight, River Road Co-op, River Valley Performance Center, River Valley Vet Clinic, Sandra’s Fashions, Shades of Green, Shirley Scott (SJ Artist), Scholtens, Sobey’s, The Chicken Man, Tim Hortons, Totally You Skin Care, Trane Atlantic, Westfield Golf and Country Club.

New Batting Cages Better Tennis Courts Residents of Grand Bay-Westfield will soon be enjoying a brand new practice batting cage and improved tennis courts, thanks to the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) Program, a key economic stimulus initiative under Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), and Mayor of Grand Bay-Westfield Grace Losier announced investments of more than $90,000 to assist

with the costs to repair the town’s tennis courts and to build a batting cage. “Our government is taking comprehensive action to reduce the effect of the economic slowdown in Canada,” said Minister Thompson. “Our federal investment of more than $30,000 in the Town of Grand Bay-Westfield, through the RInC Program, will help stimulate the economy, enhance local services, and contribute to the health and quality of life of the families in the region.” This project will allow the town to construct a batting cage next to one of its existing baseball fields and undertake a complete overhaul of its damaged tennis courts. The tennis courts and baseball fields are popular spots for residents and visitors alike. The addition of a batting cage and improvements to the courts will greatly benefit the recreational needs of the local community.

“The Town of Grand Bay-Westfield is very pleased to have partnered with the federal government through ACOA on these two worthwhile projects,” said Mayor Losier. “Any investment in recreation is an investment in the health of our residents.” The Government of Canada, through ACOA, is contributing $31,166 toward the project under the RInC Program; while the Town of Grand Bay-Westfield is contributing the remaining $62,334.

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Ottawa Report

Hon. Greg Thompson MP New Brunswick Southwest Minister of Veteran’s Affairs

by Rowena Gillett

It Sure Rained On Our Parade


Just a few lines about the Hoyt Fall Fair, ; 26 to 30. After really nice warm weather a week or so before, Friday night at the house haul and chicken barbeque, it was shivering cold. Some people, not warmly dressed, had to go home early. Saturday dawned beautifully but only a few minutes later it was all gray outside. Rain started lightly around seven and by ten, getting near parade time, was falling heavily. The floats were even more colourful with all the umbrellas held up. It was our 25th Anniversary and the worse weather ever.

These are clearly very difficult times for our great neighbours to the south. With the on-going global recession, their banking challenges, and divisive debates over health-care reform and military deployments, the United States is struggling to find its footing. Prime Minister Stephen Harper saw these preoccupations firsthand when he travelled to Washington to meet President Barack Obama. Among other things, the prime minister made a compelling case to Congress that protectionism – as defined by the “Buy American” clause – is not the answer to their troubles. As Prime Minister Harper pointed out, protectionism will only do more harm to both our nations as the world’s two largest trading partners. These are some of the inescapable realities we faced as Parliament returned for its fall session. Nations around the world are facing tough times. It may not be much comfort, but we should remember that Canada has weathered the global recession better than almost any other country.

For example, for the first time in a generation, Canada’s unemployment rate is a full percentage point lower than the United States’. Our economy produced 27,100 new jobs in August, compared to the 216,000 jobs lost during the same month south of the border.

There are other positive signs for our economy: Consumer confidence in Canada also increased by 6.7% in August, the 7th increase in the past eight months; National resale activity in the housing market continued to climb this summer, with July sales posting the largest year-over-year gain in two years; New housing starts in Canada also increased -- to 150,400 units in August, from 134,200 in July; And the World Economic Forum ranked Canada’s banking system as the soundest in the world.

This is all encouraging news. In fact, the International Monetary Fund fully expects Canada to have the smallest economic contraction in the G7 this year, and one of the fastest-growing economies next year. But, as economists rightly caution, we can expect job losses to continue even after the recession is officially declared over. That’s why our government introduced new Employment Insurance reforms. Until our economy is running again on all eight cylinders, we need to keep going to extraordinary lengths to create and maintain jobs, and to help those Canadians most vulnerable during the global recession. Our measures for what we call longtenured workers will help do that by providing them with an extra five to 20 weeks of EI benefits if they lose their jobs. At the same time, we will continue to provide the steady economic leadership Canadians have come to expect from our government. We will keep pushing ahead with our economic action plan, and we’ve also pledged to return to balanced budgets when these hard times are behind our country. Our unprecedented stimulus spending will end when the need for it has passed, and we will not raise taxes or cut transfers to our provinces and territories to eliminate our temporary deficit. With future budgets, we will also limit growth in federal operating expenditures.

These are things you have been telling us you want. And we are proud to be delivering. While the opposition parties worry about their own jobs and the timing of a federal election, we remain focused on the economy and the jobs of hardworking Canadians.

Makayla Charters - Miss Junior Hoyt 2009 & Lerissa McLaughlin - Miss Hoyt 2009

Kathy Garrett - Mrs. Hoyt Blueberry Muffin 40+ 2009

However, most of the events went ahead and we were especially glad that the Turkey Supper put on by our new Tri County Complex, was well attended. Miss Hoyt 2009 is Lerissa McLaughlin, Miss Junior Hoyt 2009 is Makayla Charters and Mrs. Hoyt Blueberry Muffin 40+ 2009 is Kathy Garrett. In the Penny Queen/King Royalty there were eight contestants and the winners were Madison Harnish, 8, Penny Princess, Maddison Worden, 6, Penny Queen, Jesse Melanson, 5, Penny King and Zack Cogswell, 8, Penny Prince. The eight children collected $1780 to be used for children’s activities during the fair. We are already looking forward to a bigger and better Fall Fair next year, weather permitting — or not! (Editors Note: Apparently on Sunday afternoon during the horse haul the grandstand collapsed. About 20 people were on it at the time but fortunately no one was seriously injured. One person was taken to the hospital by ambulance and released after being checked out.)

Madison Harnish, 8, Penny Princess - Maddison Worden, 6, Penny Queen - Jesse Melanson, 5, Penny King and Zack Cogswell, 8, Penny Prince

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by Murray Gault

The Grand Bay of 1956 was very different from today. In fact a young person of today wouldn’t recognize it. The Thompson Manufacturing Company (for which the road is named, was long gone) and on the south corner of the road stood a Petrofina Service Station which was operated by Melvin Copp. On the north side, Miss McLeod had a cute little gift shop where everyone bought their presents when an occasion arose. However, Mel Copp saw an opportunity to have his own building where he wouldn’t have to tend gas pumps and could concentrate on doing body work on cars. The Fina station being without a lessee gave a newcomer a chance to go into business for himself. The station was taken over by Daniel McNeill from Saint John, who with his wife Barbara, moved to the village. The building that Mel took over was the one that the dances had been held in and he rented the second floor to Murray Wasson who used it as a gun repair and sales shop. There was also a small apartment on that floor and Colin Martin rented it. This was also the year that I got married and was persuaded to run in the provincial election for the Liberals as my father had been an MLA and the powers that be thought that might help to elect a Liberal in Kings County even though none had been elected since 1935 (and wouldn’t be until 1987). Danny McNeill, Mel Copp and I conducted most of the business in the area that year and for a few years thereafter. We all became the best of friends and helped one another when we could.

I believe that this was the same year that Dan Usher’s house burnt down which was just across from where the Workers Compensation building is now. Dan was the iceman who delivered ice to the residents with his horse and wagon (mostly summer residents in cottages). His brother Wellington (Whelly) owned the house next door and he had a son Bill who hadn’t yet married so he lived there also. While Dan’s house was burning, he escaped out the back door but turned around and ran back in (some said to get his money) and didn’t make it back out. Dan’s children were grown and gone and his wife had previously passed away so he lived alone. His wife was my Grandmother’s sister but I didn’t know them well. After that it was his nephew Bill who started a campaign to create a volunteer fire brigade so many of us got together to plan this out. That first meeting we decided that each of us would put $100 in a fund to buy a truck. An employee of Imperial Oil who lived in Martinon (I can’t remember his name) scrounged an old oil tank from his employer to carry the water and was put on the truck which was purchased with the money that we had collected. The actual work was done mostly by Dan McNeill and Mel Copp as it was all greek to me. Eventually a pump, hoses and other necessities were bought and installed but not that year. This was the beginning of the present fire department. Of the many volunteers that made this possible, Bill Kirk was out in front. He owned a store similar to ours in Martinon and was stiff competition. The days of Art Bell & I using sacks and salt to fight fires was almost over. This also was the year that Colin MacDonald started his bake shop between Gaults Food Market and the house next door that we would convert to a hardware store later. Colin used oil for his ovens and stove and erected a stove pipe made from two joints of

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sewer pipe. The oily smoke from this drifted next door to the clothes line of the apartment over the store making it near impossible for Melda Campbell to dry her clothes and have them smelling fresh. I spoke to Colin about this and he assured me that this was only a temporary setup and would be corrected shortly. However as long as he operated the bakery it never changed.

Marshall Francis and I had bought the house which became the hardware store and decided to install a new septic system in the back yard. The ground in that area is all brick clay and no drainage, so we asked Colin if we could run a pipeline across his piece of land (25 ft.) to get better drainage on my own land back of the store. Colin refused just to be miserable as he had been with the pulpwood dispute with Dad and Marshall. The solution of course was to dig the trench at night, bury the pipe and cover it over and disguise the dig. Two of the local boys did this and Colin was never the wiser. I believe it was Pete Bernier and Eric Chapman who did the dastardly deed.

D. J. Purdy River Boat on the St. John River in the 1940’s

Living by the St. John River

by David Smith

Editors note: With this issue we begin a new column by David Smith. He grew up in West Saint John and spent most of his summers until 1942, on the River at Morrisdale, Glenwood, Mather’s Island and Brown’s Flat. Smith is a retired educator and former director of the Kiwanis Steel Band. He lives in Glenwood. Before the War, even before I reached my teens, I used to travel all over this part of the River St. John. Firstly I used a slow rowboat to travel along the shore, down past Brody’s Point and across the river to White’s Bluff, along the high tide line to collect drift wood which I formed into a huge raft, which I could tow to the cottage we rented and then I cut it up with a Swede saw and split it so that mother could burn it in the wood stove, for hot water, for cooking and for heat. In those days, there used to be a large pile of bleached white drift wood amassed in a huge tangled mess above the high water line, having come in on the Spring freshet. We had two large river boats visiting Brown’s Flat, one traveling down the river from Fredericton, the other, a coal-burning

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steamer, coming up from Saint John with Captain McMurtry as the river boat’s master. The following day the diesel river boat, D. J. Purdy would sail in from Saint John on the way back to Fredericton, while the Majestic would call in on the return trip from the Belleisle, Gagetown and Grand Lake, and leave a black cloud of coal smoke which came from her funnel. When the river boats approached the wharf they blew their horns and “everyone” rushed to the wharf to greet the vessel, and to see who was arriving and what freight they left, and what freight was on the wharf to go. In those days we even had a local taxi, Mr. Appleby, who lived in the small house just outside the Camp Ground fence on the road up to Brown’s Flats. At that time there was a freight shed built on the concrete wharf to hold shipments “safe” and dry. I think Stanley Gorham bought the shed when it went up for sale.

These river boats served full course meals, with wonderful fresh-baked pies and tea or coffee. I remember one Sunday, when the Majestic “hove to” opposite the Prince of Wales Elm in Westfield, and put off a tender which carried a huge beef stew into our Scout Camp at Harding’s Point. The meat and vegetables were supplied by the Men’s Brotherhood which sponsored the Scout troop, while the Majestic cook made the stew on the river boat in Saint John, especially for us. For us Scouts a “red letter“ day. As Scouts we travelled all over the Peninsula, up strange streams, discovered huge clouds of mosquitoes, and thought we saw “ghosts” in the cemetery beside the road. We pitched our tents between the road and the River above the single Westfield Ferry, which plied its regular path across the River, leaving heaving waters forming a trail behind it. At that time, little did we dream that there was a War ahead and that many of us would travel all over the world and be part of it.

Trail Magic (Sept. 19, 2003)

by Lorne Blagdon

Before I write my article, I consult my journal. It never ceases to amaze me, that it is not what is written in my journal but what is left out. As you can imagine, when I got off the trail I told everyone who would listen about my adventures. All my friends and relations each have their favorite tale. This is one of my closest friend’s best loved and it is not even mentioned in my log.

My wife had come to visit us as we hiked part of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. On September 19th we left Three Mile Road after having breakfast and decided to hike to highway NH25A, a distance of 25 miles (40 kms.) This would have been a very ambitious trek at the best of times but not only was this the mean old White Mountains but we would be walking with Isabel. Isabel was a hurricane and she was nasty. Well any thru-hiker is use to hiking in the rain but Isabel was making it a little more interesting. I was in the lead with Curly Dan and Naomi some distance behind. I came to what I could tell was a cliff but we were in the storm, so I could not see the bottom. I joyously yelled at the top of my lungs as I stared into the abyss, “Yheeehaaa!” Then I stood on the root of a tree. Isabel’s wind was blowing so hard that it was lifting me up and down 3 feet (one meter). Curly Dan arrived and he too sOctober 2009

triumphantly yelled into the wind at the cliff’s edge. It was just so exhilarating!


When Naomi arrived she was not so enthused. In fact she was extremely angry with me. She said that she was disappointed in me that I would risk her life just to reach Mt. Katahdin, Maine before October 15th when it closed. She was in tears. I told her that our lives were not in danger and besides I was having fun. She was not convinced. Anyway we did not have much of a choice. We continued hiking the rest of the day, Naomi begrudgingly and Curly Dan and I whopping it up while Isabel released her fury on us. That night we met Kim (my wife) at Hiker’s Welcome Hostel in Glencliff. The hostel was nothing more than a barn but it was dry. There were several hikers there. We met Flying Bear, Laughing Bird, Shrek, (who actually kind of looked like him), Detour and Fat Chap. Kim found it hard to relate to thru-hikers because it was as if we spoke a different language. When we shared our trail magic stories we used words that only hikers understood like Sobos and Nobos and cameling up. A Sobo is a Southbound t h r u - h i k e r, a Nobo is a northbound thru-hiker and cameling up is when you come across a water supply you drink as much water as you can hold. We went to sleep with the sound of Laughing Bird laughing herself to sleep.

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Area Scouts Attend Scotia Jamb’09

1st. Ketepec Scouts brought an engraved limestone which was embedded in the Cairn Monument, representing 100 years of Scouting in Nova Scotia. It was erected at ScotiaJamb’09 at Camp Carter in Cape Breton, NS. Back Row: Brenda Graham, Nathan Dickens, Laurie Boakes, Julia Kelly, Makyle McLellan, Bill Dowling, Kayla Boakes, Paul Crilley Front Row: Dylan Hebert, Elizabeth Matheson, Madelaine Bedard, Shelby Goddard, and Emily Lockhart (see story by Madelaine Bedard on page 15)

A huge thank you to all individuals, groups and companies from Grand Bay-Westfield and area for their generous donation to help our Scouts and Leader attend the Scotia Jam 09 in Cape Breton this summer. A good time was had and many benefits received by all who attended. Thank you from each member and leader of First WestfieldGrand Bay Scouting and Group Committee. Watch for the celebration of 50 years of Scout Sponsorship by Westfield United Church. This church has held the charter from Scouts Canada, all sections - Beavers - Cubs - Scouts - Ventures - Rovers since 1960. Celebrations will take place in early 2010. s October 2009

I was flying through the air… …and I couldn’t believe it, I was finally doing it, zip-wiring for more than 100 meters into the water and loving every minute of it!

It all started back a year ago, when my scout leader Paul Crilley of Ketepec Scouts said we were going to raise money so we can go for a week long trip to Scotia-Jam at Camp Carter, N.S. The jamboree was to help celebrate 100 years of scouting in Nova Scotia, 100 years of flight in Canada and 100 years of Canadian naval operations. We were really excited because there were supposed to be more than 1,100 youth, plus adult staff, attending the jamboree from across Canada. My troop worked really hard fund raising as the trip was very expensive and we wanted to pay for it ourselves. Our leaders Laurie Boakes and Brenda Graham helped us to raise money in many different ways; packing groceries, popcorn sales, apple day donations, sweeping parking lots and lots of other community service activities.

On July 9th we stuffed our bus full of gear and left for our scouting adventure! This was my first time going to Cape Breton and on the drive up I realized how quiet and peaceful the province was. It was so pretty with all the trees, water and blue skies. On the first day we got our gear down to our campsite and got set up. We were one of the first troops to arrive and we had plenty of time to relax before it was time to make supper. We didn’t bring any food because the camp provided us with the supplies we needed to cook our breakfast, lunch and supper. Finally, after supper everyone was ready for the Grand Opening! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the crowd of Scouts and volunteers. It was quite a sight to see!

Over the week, the jamboree was packed with many activities and events. We were busy every minute of the day! I got to go on 2 hour boat ride to Bird Island. We saw plenty of birds, such as the Atlantic Puffin (what a cool bird!) the Razorbill, the Black Guillemant, the Great Black-Legged Kittiwake, the Great Cormorant, the Double Crest Cormorant, some Great Seals and bald Eagles! It was an awesome experience! I loved it! One of our quests was to go by canoe that was attached to a platform to another canoe. It was the times of the Roman Empire. Our objective was to find a brick of salt and give it to the tax collector so we could be freed. We had to fight off pirates that were trying to steal our salt. It was very fun and cool! I got really wet. We also played cool games such as going through mazes, shooting plates with sling shots, archery, sword fighting, contests against other teams and badges trading. We learned how to steer a plane and one night we had even comedians entertaining us. We also had a massive water balloon fight with the entire camp. My troop teamed up with Westfield scouts and a troop from Burlington, Ontario. We won 2nd place! Again, I got really wet!

The best activity was the zip-wire. It was not for those afraid of heights! I climbed a path that lead to a drop off on the side of a mountain. I conquered my fear of heights and sat in a special chair attached to a wire. I was zipped over trees eventually landing in very cold water. The ride was 100 meters long and we were up over 50 meters high. It was truly amazing and I loved it so much I went back a second time. The trip was fantastic! I met so many new friends and learned so many new things and I will never forget the experience.

I hope my troop is now well rested. In two years I want to go to CJ 2012 and we will need to start planning soon for the trip! Scouting is my life! By Madelaine Bedard, 1st. Ketepec Scouts

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Riding Report

Hon. Jack Keir MLA Fundy River Valley Minister of Energy

I am very pleased to be writing this month about our New Brunswick Merit Awards recipients. This year the Riding of Fundy River Valley honoured 6 deserving volunteers from throughout our riding.

The New Brunswick Merit Award is an opportunity for our citizens to nominate our unsung heroes for recognition of their achievements in our communities. These are people who are committed to making their town or village a better place to live.

By Gary Davis


One day last spring, passing where the caboose used to be on River Valley Drive, I saw a small group of busy people. Most were women dressed in typical gardening garb. They were fully absorbed in the task at hand: preparing a flower bed on the edge of the road. It was part of Grand Bay-Westfield’s beautification programme. I stopped the car at a safe distance and snapped a picture. Early in September, three months later, I went back. There were no gardeners, and the place they were working was overflowing with plants in full bloom put there by those community-minded people for us all to enjoy.

What kind of people take on a project like this? When I thought about this question I realized that a lot of lessons in citizenship can be learned. Beyond that, the same ideas, principles and rules that can create a roadside garden in Grand Bay can also make successful restaurants, theatres, churches, large corporations and even governments. Here are some of the main ingredients:


Seeing the need


Planning the garden with knowledge of what the plants will look like at maturity


Coordinating the inputs (for a garden this starts the previous year) Devoting time

Maintaining the garden (in this case it is mostly done by Town employees).

Unless all of these things happen, there is no garden. Many people wait until someone else gets things started, and some of us join in. But most of us have the ability to start something constructive. Maybe not a garden, but something. It is quite easy if you start small, and the results, like this garden, can be rewarding. There is no shortage of needs in the world. Think about something you can do, somewhere, and give it a try.

Joe Williams, Mike Bonga, Cathy McCollum, Lorraine Wills, Carol Ann Boudreau, Elva Waycott & MLA Jack Keir. Mrs. Elva Waycott has been selected for her outstanding work throughout the communities of Lepreau and Maces Bay and most recently her work with the renovation of the Maces Bay Seniors Centre. Joe Williams, president of the Lorneville Recreation Association, has volunteered tirelessly for many years with the Lorneville community centre. Lorraine Wills of Browns Flat is best known for her work with the Greenwich Community Centre and the Browns Flat Food Bank. Lori is also a past “Good Will Ambassador” for the Province of New Brunswick. Carol Ann Boudreau has spent many years volunteering with her Church and “Water for Life”. Most recently she was successful in spearheading the raising of funds required for a new playground in Westfield.

Lorraine (Cathy) McCollum started a campaign several years ago to petition the Government for wild-life fencing on Route 7 between Welsford and Geary. Through her tireless efforts she has succeeded in seeing her vision of safer highways completed with the instillation of this fencing. Mike Bonga, President of the River Road Alliance, many years volunteering in the Morna and the River and presently is working to insure safer pedestrian travel on the River Road with Phase 1 of this project begin this summer.

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I would like to extend my heart-felt gratitude to these 6 recipients and to all of the volunteers who make our communities a better place to live. If you would like to discuss this topic or any other please contact me at my Constituency Office, 738-8696.

RCMP Boat Named in Memory of Cst. Jason Porter District 3 Kennebecasis RCMP has a new boat which has been named after local constable Jason Porter, who along with his two young children, died in a car crash this past February. District 3 employees were asked to submit a name for the new boat and the name “Porter’s Salute” was the unanimous choice.

“I believe the name embodies the work ethic, dedication and love for the RCMP that Cst. Jason Porter portrayed each and every day he came to work,” says District 3 Commander Inspector Kier MacQuarrie. “He was a valued member of the Grand Bay-Westfield Post and his untimely tragic death, along with his two children, Hannah and Jack, in February, is still very fresh in our minds. We continue to keep Jason’s family in our thoughts and prayers. I believe Jason would be pleased to know we are keeping his memory alive by naming our vessel after him.”

Porter’s Salute will be used for law enforcement on waterways throughout the District. The District encompasses Belleisle Bay, as well as the Kennebecasis and St. John Rivers, a combined distance of more than 320 kilometers. s October 2009


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Tribute to Diane J. Bormke

The New Brunswick Provincial Capital Commission honoured the memory of one of its board members, the late Diane J. Bormke of Grand Bay-Westfield, by making a presentation to her family on August 27, 2009. The commitment and energy Ms Bormke brought to the Capital Commission, and to all her ventures, was remarkable. Attending the ceremony, from left to right, are Edouard Allain, vice-chair of the Capital Commission; Rebekka McGovern and Marta McGovern, Ms Bormke’s granddaughter and daughter, respectively; Walter Brown, chair of the Capital Commission; Sally Tyson and Margaret Lawson, sister and best friend of Ms Bormke, respectively.

Scholten’s 2009 Saint John Ladies Softball Playoff Champs.

Front Row L To R - Melissa Sellers, Robyn Cyr, Carol Webb, Katie Langmaid, Shannon Weatherhead. Back Row L To R - Dennis McLean, Jasmine Wong, Colleen Moore, Laura Limkilde, Jolene Maguire, Lori Hossack, Sam Perrin, Kevin McLean. Missing from picture are Jackie Foster, Keira Magee and Colleen McQuaid. s October 2009


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Chamber News

There is evidence all around us of the impending fall and imminent winter approaching and with that there is always a sense of ‘getting going’ again after a summer of rest and relaxation. Your River Valley Chamber of Commerce is making the most of a resurgence of interest amongst its members which is clear not only by the increased number of new businesses joining the Chamber, but also with the plans for a Meet & Greet for the members at the Brundage Point River Center at the end of September and the Annual General Meeting in October where the Nominating Committee will present the new Chamber Executive. Invitations and communications will be sent out with further information. Chamber Surveys were distributed amongst the members over the summer to gather feedback on the Chamber with their thoughts and ideas to provide some insight for the new Chamber Executive to develop their plans for committee input. That information will be summarized and presented to the members at the Annual General Meeting. Copies of the Survey results will also be made available electronically. In the 2008-2009 year, we have seen the following new businesses join the RVCC: Bayview Redemption, Bill Fairbairn/Remax Professionals, DressedToSell Inc, Exit Realty Specialists, Horsler Family Support Inc., Midwood Media Inc., Millidgeville Orthopedic & Sports Physiotherapy, O’Keeffe Investments, Ossekeag Publishing Co. Ltd., Aretha Chevarie - Remax Professionals Saint John Inc., Ripple Effect, Stevens Septic Services Ltd. and Three Cats & A Designer. News from both the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Atlantic Chamber of Commerce is constantly updated and made available to all the Chamber members here and across Canada simply by tapping into and Of notable interest for highlighting is the Prime Minister’s announcement together with the Leader of the Opposition agreeing to form a working group to develop the proposal for Employment Insurance eligibility reform that would allow self-employed Canadians to participate voluntarily in the Employment Insurance system and improve eligibility requirements in order to ensure regional fairness. The working group will deliver recommendations to the Prime Minister, the leader of the Opposition and Canadians by September 28, 2009.

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We’ve all been made aware of the impending flu season and the outbreak of the H1N1 and the River Valley Chamber of Commerce would like to take a page of the Saint John Board of Trade’s efforts to communicate amongst it’s members that there is a kit available by the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) which was prepared for pandemic readiness. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce was involved in the start-up of the project to bring together national organizations in health and home care, labour, business, local government, emergency response and planning, and faith communities. This kit is available on-line at or www.


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CONGRATULATIONS to our daughter April DeLong for becoming the 2009 Alpine Country Star. April we could not be any more PROUD of You!

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Spellman In sad and loving memory of my dear husband Robert (Sunny) who passed away October 15, 2007. One very special person who can never be replaced. Your memory in my daily life can never be erased. My days are very different now without you in my life. And though you are no longer here, I’ll always be your wife. Our chain of love will never be broken. Love you, forever. Forget you, never. Till we meet again Murlene

In Loving Memory of a Dear Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather, Edward “Ed” Gaunce October 9, 2007 Deep in our hearts Your memory is kept To love, cherish and never forget Life goes on and years pass by but precious memories never die. Loved and missed, Daughter Joan (Carl), Grandchildren Jennifer (Matt), Rachelle & Michael Great Grandchildren, Ella, Mikey & Lucas

We would also like to extend a sincere THANK YOU to all those who supported April during this recent singing competition. Special thanks to all of our Family and Friends (including April’s friends) who supported her. Many thanks to Vicky Gaunce & the gang at the Cutting Edge, Angela Thom & the gang at Grand Bay Sobeys where April works, our Brown’s Flat Community for all of their support and a huge thanks to EACH and every one of you out there who supported April. She could not have done it without ALL of your support.Thank you so much for helping make her dream come true! Garf, Jackie & Joey

In Loving Memory Calvin (Gib) Willis Sept. 27/07 Two years it’s been since you have passed away. Two years I have missed you dear brother, each and every day. Sister - Linda Charlton

In Loving Memory of Calvin (Cal) Willis Passed Away Sept. 27, 2007 Two years have passed since you lost your battle with cancer. Cal, you were my husband, my best friend, the greatest Dad, you were the best, you taught us well. Best Papa and Grampie in the whole wide world. There isn’t a day goes by that we don’t think of you. You are in our hearts forever. You are our special Angel. Love and miss you so much. Wife Eleanor Son - Kevin and Laura Daughter - Kelly Ann and Stephen Granddaughters - Shelby, Jessica and Jennifer

Allie Wilkes In loving memory of our dear Mother and Grandmother, Allie M. Wilkes, whom God called home September 29, 1998. God called you home, it was His will But in our hearts you are with us still. Lovingly remembered, Daughters: Evelyn, Joyce & Margie, Granddaughter Nona Robson In Loving memory of Barry S. Robson who died one year ago on September 13, 2008. Forever in my heart, always on my mind. Love Faye Heart and Stroke Walking Club Meets every Mon-Wed-Fri at 6:30 PM at the Brundage Point River Centre

Roy Neil You are invited to join us as we celebrate Roy’s 80th Birthday, Saturday, October 3rd from 2 - 4 P.M. at the home of Randy and Josie Pike, 9 Scenic View Lane, Grand Bay-Westfield. Best wishes only or a donation to the food bank would be appreciated. Wesley & Mona Vail are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Sept. 26, 2009

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Woodward - Paisley Derek and Jill Woodward of Calgary, Alberta are pleased to announce the marriage of their only daughter, Samantha Kate Woodward to Adam Craig Paisley, youngest son of Ronald and RaeMarie Paisley of Brown’s Flat, New Brunswick. The ceremony took place in the Wesley United Church, Brown’s Flat on July 18, 2009 followed by a reception dinner and dance at the Westfield Golf and Country Club. They enjoyed their honeymoon in the Dominican Republic. Adam and Sam have recently moved from Calgary to begin their married life.

We wish to extend a sincere thank you to our family and friends for the wonderful gifts for our wedding showers. Special thanks to Allison Donald, our moms Margie MacDonald and Ann Arsenault and to the Tops group NB#4016 Browns Flat. Thank You, Amanda & Troy Carhart Flea Market & Bake Sale St Giles United Church 3540 Westfield Road, Martinon Saturday, October 3, 9am - 12

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Community Events AUCTION WIRRAL COMMUNITY HALL SAT. OCT. 3 - RAIN OR SHINE VIEWING 9:00, AUCTION 10:00 CANTEEN Sponsored by the Wirral Community Organization Family Brunch Patterson United Church 6705 Route 101, Wirral Sat. October 10 - 7 am to 11 am Full Breakfast Served Adults $5.00, Children 12 and under $3.00 Wheel Chair Accessible Sponsored by the Mens Club Variety Show And Cake Auction Sat., Oct. 17, 2009 - 7:00 p.m. PATTERSON ORANGE HALL Boyne Rd., Hoyt, NB Admission - $5.00, Door Prizes Lunches for sale - $2.00 Sponsored by Patterson Settlement Historical Society

Creepy Crawl 5 km Run/Walk and 1 km Kids Run on October 31 to help local food banks. There will be prizes for best costume, draw prizes and finisher medals. The cost is only $5.00 plus a food item. Sign up at the Human Performance Center or call 738-2195. The run is at the West Side St. Marks United Church. Registration at 8:00 am. Kids Run begins at 9:30 am followed by the adults at10am. Register Now for Girls’ Hockey SPACE IS LIMITED. The River Valley Female Hockey Association invites girls of all ages to learn and play hockey on all-female teams. Recreational and developmental divisions available. Novice (Ages 7-8); Atom (9-10); PeeWee (11-12); Bantam (13-14); Midget (15-17); Senior (18 & over - New for 2009-2010!) For more information contact Sue Arbeau at 738-8452 or Angie McKinley at 738-8110.

FALL HARVEST JAMBOREE Royal Canadian Legion Branch 87 Jones Creek Friday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. Featuring Ivan and Vivian Hicks, 3 Point Hitch, Bob Johnson and Carol Henderson, Charlie Williams, Albert Hebert, Our own ‘Soggy Bottom Boys’, Herb Isbill, Allison Inch, Gerry Cormier & Phil Kennedy. Canteen will be available. Adults - $8.00 Children - $3.00 Sponsored by Wesley United Church Brown’s Flat UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE WELSFORD FIRE HALL Oct. 24 - Children’s Halloween Party November 7 - Turkey Supper Nov 21 - Christmas Craft & Bake Sale Dec 5 - Children’s Christmas Party Please watch upcoming issues for more information. If you have any questions please call Barb at 486-9187

Saint John Kennebecasis Valley Newcomers – If you are a woman new to this area and would like to join this national organization, call Linda at 216-0530 or e-mail us at Every Saturday the VOLUNTEERS of Fundy Minor Football host Atom Football Games (ages 10 and 11 co-ed, all equipment supplied) Jamborees (lots of games at 10:30 am) as many parents and grand parents come out as players AND Flag Football Jamborees at 12 noon. Everyone is welcome. No experience necessary. No cuts. Everyone plays. GET PHYSICALLY and MENTALLY Healthy - GET ACTIVE = WELLNESS The Saint John Volunteer Centre sponsored by the New Brunswick Securities Commission Offers the ABCs OF Fraud Awareness Program. An Educational Program for all groups

Church Directory TWO RIVERS PASTORAL CHARGE Bayswater-Summerville Long Reach & Westfield United Churches

Minister: Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Stevenson Office: 757-2201 Westfield United Church Sunday School 10:45 am Westfield United Church Worship Service 11:00 am Kingston Peninsula Worship Service 9:30 am Long Reach United Church - Oct 4, Oct 18 Summerville United Church – Oct 11, Oct 25

Grand Bay Baptist Church 77 Woolastook Drive Grand Bay-Westfield 738-8423

Sunday Worship - 8:30 am and 11:00 am Sunday School - 9:45 am Mom & Tot Group (0-4yrs) – Tuesdays at 10:00 am - noon Super Friends (K – Grade 5) – Wednesday at 6:30 pm Youth Groups Friday evenings 7:00-8:30 pm – Grades 6 & 7 8:00-9:30 pm – Grades 8 & 9 7:00-9:00 pm – Grades 10 – 12 Senior Pastor: Edward Powell, Associate Pastor of Youth: Adrian Gardner

River Valley Wesleyan Church

and all ages. Call now to schedule your presentation. There is no charge for this program.Let’s make ourselves “tough targets”.RECOGNIZE IT. REPORT IT. STOP IT. Now booking for Fall 2009 & Winter 2010.To Book a Presentation call Sharon Stout (506) 658-1555 or 1-877-332-1555 ( Noon Nuggets - October 14th Targeted Recruitment – How to find the ideal volunteers Volunteerism and volunteer management are undergoing rapid and far-reaching changes. It is clear that yesterday’s volunteer management methods are inappropriate for successfully meeting tomorrow’s challenges. Location - Saint John Volunteer Centre, 66 Waterloo Street Fee - $15.00 - To register Phone 506-658-1555 email

St. Matthew Catholic Church

Pastor: Rev. Dave McElhinney Office Phone: 738-3669

Grand Bay-Westfield, NB 506-757-2274

Sunday Services

Pastor: Rev. Brian Hansen

45 Ridge Way - Valley View Estates

Morning worship - 10:30 am Preschool Kid’s Park 10:45-12:15 Sunday School Kid’s Time 11:00-12:15 Youth Gathering - Friday Night at 7pm

MASS TIMES Saturday - 5:30 pm Sunday - 11:00 am Reconciliation (Confession) Following the 5:30 Saturday Mass s October 2009


Track Incentives Program at RVMS Barb MacNeil of Lower Greenwich took this photograph one morning in early spring. It’s of the Nerepis river and was taken near the bridge. Barb thought it was a cool image and we agree. Barb wins our Photo of the Month Contest and the FootLong Meal Deal courtesy Subway. We’re looking for your photo for our next issue in November. Send it in by email to rivervalleynews@ or put it in one of the convenient drop boxes located in Guardian Drugs and the B-Hive Bowling & Entertainment Centre.

Congratulations to all the students who participated in and completed the 10 km and Marathon Distance of the Track Incentives Program at River Valley Middle School this past year. The program is sponsored by Guardian Drugs and the Human Performance Centre.

Early morning on the Nerepis River.

Marathon Distance - Front row L-R: Kelsey Spencer, Ryan Brown, Keeley Shea Back row L- R: Mr. Shiels, Rachel Lunn, Morgan Easton, Abby Keilty, Katie Gowlett, Ben Peterson, Gregory Lyon.

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October 2009  

Monthly community newspaper for river Valley area of New Brunswick

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