Monday, October 31, 2011

New book proves border dispute dates back to 19th century

The writer of a new novel about a touchy subject for many people included Woodstock in his tour to promote the book. Jacques Poitras, author of the book Imaginary Line, came to Connell House on Thursday, October 27th, to discuss his book. Poitras is a journalist who has worked for The Daily Gleaner, and now serves as a provincial affairs reporter with the CBC.

Jacques Poitras read a few passages about
border issues out of his book, Imaginary Line,during a
presentation for Connell House in Woodstock last Thusday.
Poitras' new book discusses a vast array of issues with the New Brunswick/Maine border, which is the oldest section of the dividing line between Canada and the United States. During his lecture, Poitras mentioned the affects of the international boundary on Woodstock and other border communities, along with New Brunswick as a whole. "Near the Esso station at the exit to Canterbury, there are power lines that cross the Trans-Canada. Last year, when I was on (David Alward's) campaign bus during the election, I said to some of the reporters and Mr. Alward as we went under that power line, 'That is what Quebec was after in the (NB Power and) Hydro-Quebec deal--those lines that carry power to Maine,'" Poitras explained. "When NB Power sells electricity into New England at a good price, that is the route it takes. What Quebec wanted was more connections to New England so they could sell their power through New Brunswick and into New England."

Poitras also recalled a trip to Monument One, the international boundary marker at Monument Brook. When surveyors from both nations were surveying the international border in the late 1700s and into the 1800s, Monument Brook was where they began. Monument Brook is also the source of the Saint Croix River. Poitras mentioned that other bodies of water would later be confused for the Saint Croix, which could have significantly changed the border's location.

There were many different border issues discussed during Poitras' presentation, including the drastic increase in security measures along the border following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Poitras discussed the Pedersen family, who lives on the Russell Road near Aroostook, NB. A mile and a half section of the Russell Road runs along the border, and the Pedersen family would enter the US illegally until they reached their driveway, when they would re-enter Canada illegally. It was never an issue until 2003 when border patrol officers set up roadblocks on Russell Road.

Attendees had the opportunity to share their own border stories following the presentation, and books were sold and signed by the author. 

Mobile home development project given green light


The Bugle-Observer newspaper recently reported in its Friday edition that Woodstock town council approved a project which will see the development of a mobile home park on a vacant lot in Woodstock's industrial park. The vote was 4-3 in favour of the project at the Monday, October 24, 2011 council meeting.

Council's approval will allow for the property to be rezoned from industrial to manufactured home residental, to make way for the construction of several mini-homes and a green area. This will bring an end to the lengthy rezoning process endured by developers Michael Martin, Jared Keenan and John Keenan. 

Fusion Cafe to showcase model weaponry display

Aaron Bouma
A local artist and military expert will be displaying some of his work at Fusion Cafe in Woodstock's downtown just in time for Remembrance Day. Aaron Bouma, 22, of Jacksontown, plans to show some of the wooden model guns he has carved from scratch at Fusion from November 1st to November 12th. The display will feature approximately twelve model guns, only a handful of nearly 240 models carved by Woodstock's military expert.

Aaron suffers from Aspergers syndrome, which is a form of autism. A part of living with Aspergers is that a person's interests are centred around a few main things. Aaron does not let this disability keep him down. In fact, he attempts to see it as more of an ability than a disability. Not only is he passionate about the armed forces, but he is a part of a group called Inclusion Ambassadors, which seeks to promote inclusion opportunities for people living with disabilities.

Aaron's inventory of model weapons includes guns used by the Canadian and British armed forces, as well as American, German, Russian, and Chinese weapons. He has models from a total of over thirty countries. Aaron is not only a wealth of knowledge with regards to weapons. He has been researching the armed forces in great depth for a number of years.

Aaron Bouma (left) is seen here explaining a display of some of his model guns at the RCMP Musical Ride in Woodstock in August. 
A meet and greet upon the opening of the exhibit at Fusion will be held at Fusion from 6 pm to 8 pm. This will allow visitors to meet and get to know Aaron and learn more about his work. The exhibit will remain at Fusion for eleven more days after. 

The Shiretown Blogger's Halloween Message

The time has come yet again for the younger generation to dress up in scary costumes and wander the streets, going door-to-door in search of candy and treats. Halloween is always a fun time of year, however, there are always a handful of scary critters who go too far to have a good time. Just do not vandalize others' belongings, property, or Halloween displays, as some go to great lengths to set up decorations for you to enjoy. Also, ask yourself if you would want someone to do the same to you.

The Shiretown Blogger wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween. Be careful not to eat too much candy, or you will require a good dentist. 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Early snowfall

I took these pictures of the Grafton Heights subdivision during the unusually early first snowfall of the 2011-2012 winter season. 

The first snowfall of the 2011-2012 winter season came a month early, which surprised many. Carleton County residents woke up this morning in shock upon looking out their windows and seeing the ground covered in the dreaded white stuff. 

This means that the winter season will be here before you know it. In about a month, it will be time to take the snow shovels out of storage. Be prepared and stop by your nearest hardware store and buy a new shovel if necessary. 

The early snowfall should also be a wake up call for area motorists to install winter tires on their vehicles. Your local mechanics are happy to do so. Everyone is happy to lend a hand in the fight against Jack Frost. 

Woodstock Slammers win another game on Saturday

The Woodstock Slammers beat the Miramichi Timberwolves 6-2 on Saturday, October 29th.

Keep up the good work boys!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Woodstock Slammers unbeaten for 14 games

It was an action-packed contest Friday night at the Carleton Civic Centre, as the Woodstock Slammers beat the Weeks Crushers by five points with a final score of 6-1. The Slammers' winning streak grew to fourteen games and they remain the top junior hockey team in Canada.

The Slammers will head to the north shore to visit the Miramichi Timberwolves on Saturday, October 29th. Their next home game is scheduled for Friday, November 4th at 7:30 pm at the Carleton Civic Centre.

Mackenzie Brown
Connor Tresham
Matt Murphy
A pile-up

Friday, October 28, 2011

Results of Shiretown Blogger Poll about Gaddafi

The following are the results of The Shiretown Blogger's poll. The poll was open for voting for the past week, and closed at midnight last night.

What will Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's death mean for the Middle East?
  • Justice has been served for the Libyan people. (2 votes-40%) 
  • It will lead to other revolutions in African countries. (1 vote-20%) 
  • The people of Libya are in danger of more injustice and corruption (or worse). (0 votes-0%) 
  • Neutral (for if you do not have an opinion on the issue). (2 votes-40%
Total votes: 5 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Jacques Poitras will visit Connell House in Woodstock on Thursday, October 27th to unveil his new book "Imaginary Line"

Jacques Poitras, journalist and author of the new book Imaginary Line, will be coming to Connell House in Woodstock on Thursday night to unveil and discuss his book.

Admission to the event is free and the event is open to the public. Books will be available for purchase following the presentation. 

A plan for local governance-Coming soon to a community near you

Bruce Fitch

New Brunswick's Minister of Local Government, Bruce Fitch, recently announced that the provincial government will be sharing their plans for local governance in the coming months. Little action has taken place since the Department of Local Government carried out a public consultation tour in the spring. Twenty different consultation meetings were held province-wide, and a total of over 1,600 people came out and took part in the process. Four different surveys were available on the department's website, and the amount of completed surveys exceeded 600. Ten consultation sessions took place.

An article on CJ 104 radio's news updates stated that Minister Fitch "believes communities are waiting for the government to set out a direction [,] and interest will grow once they decide how to tackle the issue." Seventeen local service districts are planning to amalgamate with the town of Tracadie-Sheila. The Parish of Grimmer and the village of Kedgwick have planned to create a rural community, and have voted in favour of it. The village of Millville is beginning to explore amalgamation, while nothing is in the works at present time for Woodstock, Hartland and Florenceville-Bristol. 

Saint John River looked like glass on Sunday morning

This picture was taken from my grandfather's porch in Upper Woodstock. The river looked just like a mirror, and gave a clear, beautiful reflection of the Grafton Heights subdivision, along with the trees on the hill. 

A small section of Park Street in Woodstock closed

This short, one-way section of Park Street in Woodstock has been closed for nearly a month now. The Shiretown Blogger has made two attempts to contact Town of Woodstock CAO Ken Harding to inquire about the purpose of closing the street, but the attempts were unsuccessful. Therefore, it is unclear exactly why the street was closed. 

Julie's Kitchen on Queen Street in Woodstock under new ownership

The downtown restaurant was started a couple of years ago by Julie Calhoun-Williams. It was recently sold to Kristyn Briggs and Julie moved to Hawaii with her husband.

I have yet to try the food at Julie's Kitchen, but will make an effort to stop by in the near future! 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Woodstock Slammers are truly victorious

The Woodstock Slammers of the Maritime Junior Hockey League (MHL) have many reasons to celebrate. The Slammers topped the Weeks Crushers 6-3 on Thursday, October 20th. They then returned home on Friday, October 21st and defeated the Amherst Ramblers 6-4 in a close, action-packed competition. This was the first defeat of the season for Amherst.

After the Friday night match, the Slammers have been ranked top in the country. They are currently the only undefeated Junior A hockey squad in Canada to remain undefeated. In their first eleven games, for which the Slammers went without a defeat, they scored 60 goals and allowed only 21 goals, placing them first in the MHL. They also have scored on 29 percent of their power plays, placing first in their league in that category as well. The Slammers rank third in their league on the penalty kill, killing 88 percent of their penalties. They now rest undefeated thirteen games to zero.

Such significant achievements so early in the MHL season could not be reached without hard work, and not just on the part of the players. The efforts behind the bench go unnoticed far too often. Slammers Head Coach Jason Tatarnic and Associate Coach Kyle Adams are both friendly, well-respected figures. The Shiretown Blogger wishes to thank the Slammers' dedicated coaching staff, and the endless other individuals who work so hard behind the scenes to make the Woodstock Slammers the great team that they are.

The Woodstock Slammers' next home game is scheduled for Friday, October 28th, 2011 at 7:30 pm. They will be facing the Weeks Crushers.

The Slammers during warm-up.

The Woodstock Slammers have become known for making quite an entrance to their home games, as shown in this YouTube video.
Slammers goaltender Sam Renault, #1, is seen here between the pipes.
Goalie Sam Renault's head can be seen close-up in the foreground, while the bench and head coach Jason Tatarnic are in the foreground. Tatarnic looks to be getting right into the action.
Tim Rose, #17, looks for someone to pass the rubber to.
Town of Woodstock Public Works employee Gary Wright flooding the ice during the first intermission.

 This looked like it could have escalated into a fight at any moment at the end of the second period. Good thing there was a referee and his linesmen standing close by.

 #17 Tim Rose taking a break during the second intermission.

 Applying wax to a stick is just a small part of regular maintenance required with hockey gear.

Coming out for the third period

 Woodstock Slammers goaltender Matt Murphy, #35, is seen here keeping a close eye on his teammates and the game. Chris Rygus, #27, is lending a helping hand at defending his team's net.

Celebrating after a hard-fought goal.

The Woodstock Slammers celebrating after another hard-fought goal in the third period. 

October 21st, 2011 - Mid-Autumn

It is hard to believe that it is the middle of October already. Where does the time go? The signs of the fall season are well upon us--some you can see, while others are invisible to the naked eye.

The mercury is at a lower point than what we became accustomed to over the summer. Many of the trees have shed their leaves, while some have yet to do so. Crops have been harvested, marking the end of another Carleton County growing season.

Before long, it will be time to dig out the extra layers and thicker boots for yet another cold winter. Be prepared and proactive. Your local mechanics are glad to put proper winter tires on your vehicle before the white stuff arrives.

Most area trees have shed the majority of their leaves ...

 ... while others remain pretty and colorful.

 This field of fodder corn near the Southern Carleton Elementary School will remain full for the time being. Machines will cut it down, break it into smaller pieces, and use it as feed.

 A lonely corn stalk.

This close-up shot shows a cob of corn that an animal has snacked on.

Calvin Tillman at Connell House on October 22nd

The Shiretown Blogger would like to thank Sam Arnold for emailing this.

Please join us on October 22nd at 7:30 PM to hear Calvin Tillman, former mayor of Dish, Texas, give us his first-hand experience with unconventional shale gas exploration and extraction, and have your questions answered.

Find out what the impact of the shale gas industry will likely be on peoples' health, on water, air, soil, property values, rural industrialization, tourism, fishing, hunting, and municipal tax base erosion once shale gas extraction begins in New Brunswick.
 Connell House, 128 Connell Street, Woodstock 
Admission by donation to cover local expenses.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Life and Times of the Libyan Dictatorship: Muammar Gaddafi 1942-2011

Libya's longtime dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, was shot to death on October 20, 2011 near his hometown of Sirte, Libya, following a civil war and painstaking search for the former ruler in the African nation.

Born in June 1942, Gaddafi used his military to overthrew King Idris of Libya on September 1, 1969 while the king was undergoing medical treatment in Turkey. The coup d'etat (overthrow) of the monarch was out of frustration and shame that Libyan officers felt with Israel's defeat of Arab armies on three different fronts in 1967. Gaddafi was planning the overthrow while he was still only a cadet. Upon the overthrow, Gaddafi began promising to restructure Libyan society.

In 1969, surveillance began taking place within the government, and in factories and the education system. Anyone who formed a political party would be executed, and discussing politics with any outsiders could result in a three-year jail sentence.

Libya is a nation rich with oil, and Gaddafi used the revenue the nation generated from oil to his own personal advantage. He used the revenue to fund other political endeavors and his own lifestyle.

Protests against the Libyan government began in February 2011. Within a week, these protests had increased significantly in momentum and size, though they were frowned upon by Libya's government. By the end of February, the country had deteriorated into a state of chaos, and the government had lost their control of the eastern part of the nation. Gaddafi believed that the protestors were "drugged" and/or connected to al-Qaeda.

On October 20, 2011, National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters confirmed that Libyan officials had captured Muammar Gaddafi in a tunnel near his hometown of Sirte, Libya. He was part of a convoy that had been targeted by a French air strike on a road 3 kilometres west of Sirte. Gaddafi survived but was wounded, and hid with several bodyguards in a drain underneath a road west of the city. NTC fighters discovered them, captured Gaddafi, and shot him dead.

Cast your vote on The Shiretown Blogger's poll about the significance of Gaddafi's death to the Middle East countries. 

New poll on The Shiretown Blogger - What will Gaddafi's death mean for the Middle East?

In the wake of the death of longtime dictator of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, The Shiretown Blogger has posted a poll asking readers what they think Gaddafi's death will mean to the Middle East.

What will the death of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi mean to the Middle East? 

-Justice has been served for the Libyan people. 
-It will lead to other revolutions in African countries. 
-The people of Libya are in danger of more injustice and corruption. 
-Neutral (for if you have no opinion on this issue) 

The poll will be open for the next seven days, and will close at 11:59 pm on October 27th. 

Libyan dictator dies

The death of Libyan dictator Muammar Gadaffi was announced today to the world.

What will this mean for that region of Africa, or the rest of the globe?

Has justice been served for the people of Libya?

Will it lead to more revolutions in African countries? This is already a ripple effect--it started with a revolution in Egypt, and has continued to spread to other nations.

Are the people of Libya in danger of more injustice and corruption on the part of their leaders? (Rebels are controlling the country at present time).

The Shiretown Blogger will be doing a poll about the death of Muammar Ghadafi over the next week. Share your thoughts on Ghadafi's death. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Jacksonville business among fifteen NB companies to receive innovation awards

A business just outside of Woodstock is one of several recipients of an innovation award.

Jacksonville-based Hayward Creations is one of fifteen New Brunswick companies to receive Innovation Recognition Awards. They were nominated by Enterprise Carleton. 

The other award recipients for the year 2011 are: 
  • Services de Doula Naturella Doula Services (Saint-Ignace)
  • Laforge Bioenvironmental Inc. (Saint-André)
  • Gaddess Industrial Inc. (Minto)
  • Inc. (Bathurst)
  • Breviro Caviar (Pennfield)
  • ClinicServer (Saint John)
  •  Dizolve Group Corp. (Moncton)
  • Atwood Technology (Miramichi)
  • Diversis Inc. (Edmundston)
  • Fenêtre Nordist (Shippagan)
  • Artisan Café and Brewpub (Dalhousie)
  • Air Tech Equipment Ltd. (Boudreau West)
  • Streamer Effects International (Salisbury)
  • Inversa Systems (Islandview)

"The high calibre of small- and medium-sized businesses is impressive," Economic Development Minister Paul Robichaud told Communications New Brunswick. "Our entrepreneurs' leadership will help bring increased prosperity and a brighter economic future for all New Brunswickers."

"I congratulate the award winners, and all of the successful companies that continue to be innovative in our province," said Robichaud. "Innovation is the cornerstone of a successful business. These companies recognize that, and our government understands it, too. We will continue to support innovation and productivity to create the best competitive advantage we can for our businesses and for New Brunswick." 

With files from Communications New Brunswick

The Purple Violet Press: The Shiretown Blogger joins our blog list

The following story about The Shiretown Blogger was posted on The Purple Violet Press today. Thank you to The Purple Violet Press for granting permission to share the story.

(The Purple Violet Press' URL address has been added to the Community Links page on The Shiretown Blogger)

The Shiretown Blogger joins our blog list

My name is Nathan DeLong, and I hail from Woodstock, New Brunswick, a beautiful, wealthy community I am fortunate to call home. I am a sixteen-year-old, grade eleven student at Woodstock High School. I have been a freelance writer off and on since I was fourteen, and I hope to be a journalist someday. On July 19, 2011, I took my passion for writing and media to a new level—I went online and created The Shiretown Blogger.
The Shiretown Blogger's slogan is Sharing community news in effort to celebrate our wealthy community and its progress. The objective is to provide coverage to issues and community happenings that are often overlooked or not given enough attention by traditional news mediums, while celebrating the Woodstock community. The blog includes more than just a wide variety of community news. Among The Shiretown Blogger's features is a Community Links page, containing website links to various Woodstock-area businesses and organizations. It also is preserving local history with the History at a Glance page, which includes information about the history of the Woodstock area.
You can access The Shiretown Blogger by visiting Contact me via email for more information about the blog, or to provide story ideas, feedback, or even submit written material. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Story about The Shiretown Blogger on "markzblog"

The following is a story posted about The Shiretown Blogger on "markzblog" ( The story appears on The Shiretown Blogger with permission from the writer.

Note: The story was dated October 10, 2011. 

The Shiretown Blogger tells the Carleton County story

There’s a young fellow by the name of Nathan who has started a blog in Woodstock called “The Shiretown Blogger”. His masthead reads, “Sharing community news in effort to celebrate our wealthy community and its progress.” What better goal could you have getting into the reporting business? So far Nathan has had nearly 1500 page views which isn’t bad considering that he only started up in July. He does an interesting blend of pictures and text including his most recent post from Sunday showing him attending a book launch by fellow blogger and author Riel Nason at Connell House in Woodstock. He’s also reported on the remarkable start to the season for the Woodstock Slammers (9 wins), meetings being held by Woodstock MLA & Premier Dave Alward and some development news from the town.  He even includes a pitch for Jacques Poitras' new book.  Nice mix and well written.  It’s great to see someone so young taking not only an interest in his community, but also an interest in reporting it out in a very professional looking product. Good job Nathan! I look forward to seeing your byline in national, non-Irving owned media one of these days!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

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The Shiretown Blogger is mentioned on "markzblog"

This individual has kindly been commenting on posts on The Shiretown Blogger and providing positive advice and feedback. I am currently unaware who this individual may be, but their username on Google is "Your humble blogger."

They recently provided a link to their blog in a comment on The Shiretown Blogger's post about the provincial government's shale gas information website. Click below for story:

I checked out the blog, and found a post about The Shiretown Blogger containing a positive review. Click below to view the review:

To the "humble blogger" out there who wrote this review, thank you very much. Your kind words are truly appreciated. Your blog looks great also! 

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