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P.age34 THE QUODDY TIDES --. 9.February 2018 WORK IS CONTINUING to prepare for the Leonardville breakwater project. The Bar Road is being built up to enable trucks and equipment to access Bar Island by the old arterial across the island and to access the breakwater on the southern side of Leonard- ville harbour. Significant activity, including wood-cutting and cleanup, has occurred during the past two weeks. (Germaine McKay photo) by Germaine McKay Tel. 747-1802 College students to learn about Campobello by J.D. Rule two-week residency within the communi- "My final theory," said Campobelloty - with students possibly housed as Mayor Stephen Smart, "is that it came guests of local residents - during the last here for the healthcare." Smart was speak- week in April. 'q'hey aren't coming to ing about the McCurdy brining shed, parts study Campobello," Smart said, "they are of which remained at Fox Farms, during coming to learn about Campobello. This the meeting of the Campobello council year's focus is to just learn." The island held January 28. community was selected, he said, "be- His remark was in response to com-cause of the challenges we face," adding merits by RCMP Corporal Scott MacKen- that this is "a program that I have a lot of zie, who pointed out that most of their hope in." Smart, who visited Ontario as work during January was related to the part of the planning for the event, de- shed, which had drifted over from Lubec scribed the enthusiasm he encountered earlier the same month. "The shed had a among the students, saying "they have a life of its own," quipped Mackenzie, who lot of ideas." reported that otherwise it was "a pretty The upcoming annual budget was dis- good month." cussed, including the possibility that "a Smart updated the council on plans by correction by the province" might result Ontario's University of Guelph to con- in an uptick in the mill rate, from 0.1221 duct courses for students interested in to0.1241. CounciUorKevin Sawtellepro- health issues, policy-making processes posed keeping the rate unchanged by re- and transportation matters in a number of ducing support to The Clothesline from smaller communities around Canada, in- $6,000 to $4,000. The motion passed 4-0; cluding Campobello. The program, he ex- Councillor Katherine Breton was not plained, is initially expected to continue present. Following the adjustment the pro- for 10 years and involve a one-week or posed budget passed. SCALLOP FISHERY The 2018 scallop season opened after a six-day delay. The fishermen had a lucra- tive first week of the season with very good landings, especially in the Saint John region. Scallop sizes were variable, from 20-30 midway, 30-60s upper bay and 20- 30s and 30-40s in the Grand Manan re- gion. The fishery was suspended, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans re- viewed the landings against the allowed quota It was decided one more day of fishing would be allowed, on February 9. AROUND AND ABOUT On January 27 Conrad and Anna Cline of Leonardville, along with Willard and Elaine Greenlaw, celebrated the birthday of their 2-year-old granddaughter Char- lotte at her home in Grand Bay, Westfield. Tammy Bostwick Wells, formerly of Le- onardville, who now resides in Alfred, just marked 20 years of dedicated work at the Journal Tribune, as well as 30 years in the business. Vincent and Pat Pine of Lambertville went to Rockland to celebrate Vera Pine's 102nd birthday. Gilbert and Noranne Smart spent a weekend in Prince Edward Island with son Stephen and Krista and girls. Abbie and Dalen Betts and children and Abbie's mother Lois Mitchell just re- turned from a vacation in Mexico. Memory care beds to be added in county Eighteen memory care beds for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia will be created in Charlotte County in the next year. "The addition of memory care beds will ensure Charlotte County seniors are re- ceiving the care they deserve," says Pre- mier Brian Gallant. "We are committed to improving the aging experience for se- niors, their families and their caregivers." The 2018-2023 Nursing Home Plan, which will be carried out in three phases, involves buitding 10, 60-bed nursing homes around the province. An additional 407 beds for people living with Alzhe- imer's disease and other forms of demen- tia will be provided in special care homes province-wide. The budget contains a number of investments and strategies to benefit seniors and their caregivers, such as: $12 million to increase wages for spe- cial care workers and home support work- ers; $1.25 million for a pilot project to help free up acute-care beds; $2.1 million for a wage supplement program focused on seniors, to encourage companies to hire seniors; $800,000 to begin implementing the New Brunswick Aging Strategy; $11.3 million for a program to support informal caregivers; $2.1 million in additional funding for specialized beds for people with advanced dementia. Fostering healthy aging and support for seniors is one of the seven priority areas outlined in the New Brunswick Family Plan framework, which also focuses gov- ernment action on: improving access to primary and acute care, promoting well- ness, supporting people with addictions and mental health challenges, advancing women's equality, reducing poverty and providing support for people living with a disability. Campobello history by Lora Whelan Campobello Island resident Bernard J. Bourque is settling in to start on the third of a series of novels that take place on modem-day Campobello Island. The se- ries started with Mr. Louis and has carded forward with a number of the primary characters in the second, The Shock Read- er. "They've had good reception on the island," he says of the novels and adds that he does tease some of the islanders that they may show up in the next one. Bonrque is a professor and adjunct lec- turer at the University of New England (Australia). He has published in a number of academic journals as well as non-fic- tion books focusing on his areas of inter- est, includingAll the Abbes Won~en: Power and Misogyny in Seventeenth .Century France, through the Writings of Abbe d'Aubignac. Theatre, fiction and history have been his focus for years, but all in the academic sense. He wanted to change that and work on being a writer rather than a critic. "I was inspired by the history of Campobello as a resort location for wealthy families from New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Montreal." Back at the height of the Gilded Age families would spend the entire summer "rusticating" at what could only be described as luxurious accommodations. The Roosevelt family did just that with their own island cottage, and Bourque found inspiration in their connection to the island as well. Without giving away the stories and their plot lines, suffice it to say that an interesting lineup includes a young man needing to overcome some serious issues from his past, an elderly gentleman with good intentions and pots of money, a per- fectly dreadful woman who is great fun to comes alive in novels encounter as she weaves her ambitious way from beginning to end, and a lovely young woman from India who may or may not walk to center stage. There are more, of course, and some make it to the second in the series, while others don't, as new characters appear. 'q3ae sto- ry is primarily about resilience and renewal," Bonrque explains. Bernard Bourque The island's history comes to life with a resurrected hotel, Tyn-y-Coed, that seeks to bring back to life those Gilded Age vacation stay clientele. Bourque vis- ited many homes on the island that had pieces of the old hotels, long since gone, incorporated into the homes' interiors. Doors with their door numbers still intact, for example, made an impression and fea- ture a starring role in the first novel. Louis Howe, an important political adviser to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was used by Bourque in an interesting way with one of his primary characters. Be- yond, the novelist says that he relied on books, the Roosevelt Campobello Interna- tional Park, and even videos of India, which plays a part in the story. "The more I learned about the juxtaposition of great wealth and extreme poverty, the more I became interested in using it. It's tied to the theme of renewal," he says of India. 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