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Page 40 THE QUODDY TIDES 27 July, 2018 LACK OF FERRY SERVICE HITS ECONOMY ON CAMPOBELLO A wedding that was to be held on the ing, she says, "It's just a lot of trouble." island was moved to St. Andrews, a bike Also, some Canadians who plan to come race was cancelled, and a group of 11 to the island don't have passports. The bicyclists who were on Grand Manan and seasonal ferry allows for travel back and planned to also tour Campobello and Deer forth from Campobello to Deer Island and Island dropped the Campobello portion of then, via a second ferry, to the Canadian their tour when they found out that the mainland at Letete, avoiding the border ferry wasn't in service, according to crossings. Langerfeld. A French film crew with 15 "People are frightened of the border," people that was planning to come to Cam- she says, noting that with the new tariffs pobello for 11 days decided not to, as this year "people are scared off." Customs Langerfeld notes that all of the serial num- officers are now searching through bags bers on their cameras and other details of groceries and asking more questions, would have to be listed at the border, and anyone going through the border has Langerfeld says that people coming to to closely check the origins of any prod- Campobello from Canada "hate to have to ucts they're bringing through and then fill drive" around through St. Stephen, pass- out forms in the customs office. The bring- ing through the border four times. Along ing of commercial products through the with the current road construction in Whit- border "is worse," she says, as those ship- THE WINDJAMMER AMERICAN EAGLE heads out past Head Harbour Lightstation on Campobello after staying at Welshpool Wharf recently. Captain John Foss of Rock- land was making a Quoddy circuit - overnighting in Cutler and Lubec, clearing for Campobello through U.S. Customs in Eastport, stopping at Welshpool for island hikes and tours, and heading on to Grand Manan and St. Andrews. (Joyce Morrell photo) Campobello Lodge wins renovation funds Campobello Lodge Inc a 30-bed nurs- ing home on Campobello Island, will re- ceive $2.3 million for renovations. "Our seniors deserve the best aging experience possible," says Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames. "Our finan- cial commitment will ensure this facility on beautiful Campobello Island will con- tinue to serve the needs of our seniors and the community." Ames spoke on behalf of Seniors and Long-term Care Minister Lisa Harris. Under the 2018-2023 Nursing Home by Dorinda Davis Tel. 752-1009 QUILT SHOW AND SUMMER TEA A quilt show will be held at St. Anne's Anglican Church in Welshpool during Fogfest on Thursday, August 2, and Fri- day, August 3. St. Anne's Church will be holding its summer sale and tea on Thursday, August 9, at 2 p.m. at St. Anne's hall. HERRING COVE OFFERS MEALS DURING FOGFEST During the Campobello Fogfest, on Au- gust 3, 4 and 5 meals will be served at Herring Cove Campground gazebo area. The proceeds to these meals will go to- wards the upcoming trip for the Denbow family to the Alstrom Syndrome Interna- tional Conference. Items being served in- clude chili, hot dogs, salads, pulled pork sandwiches and nachos. On Saturday, August 4, breakfast will be served at the Herring Cove Camp- ground gazebo area. Proceeds from this breakfast will go to the Class of 2019 of CICS. Plan, which will be carried out in three phases, the provincial government will in- vest $108 million over the next five years at nursing homes around the province. The provincial budget contained a num- ber of investments and strategies to bene- fit seniors and their caregivers, such as: $12 million to increase wages for human services workers; $1.25 million for a pilot project to help free up acute-care beds; $2.1 million for a wage supplement pro- gram focused on seniors; $800,000 to be- gin implementing the New Brunswick Aging Strategy; $11.3 million for a pro- gram to support informal caregivers; and $2.1 million in additional funding for spe- cialized 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. Legacy to receive memorial scholarship Justin Legacy, son of Fred Legacy and Suzanne Watson, is the recipient of the Alan Seeley Memorial Scholarship at Campobello Island Consolidated School for 2018. Justin is enrolled in the bachelor of sci- ence in kinesiology, pre-medical program at the University of New Brunswick, Fre- dericton. This scholarship is made available each year by Dennis and Margaret Haire - who have been seasonal residents on Campo- bello since 1989 - with the heartfelt thanks of Alan Seeley's family. The scholarship was established as a memorial to the Haires' longtime caretaker on Campobel- lo, Alan Seeley. ping the goods must post a customs bond. "It all is much more complicated than it was." She adds that the vessel was "quaint and cute, and people just loved the ferry." The whole experience of the excitement of getting on for the boat ride is one that people enjoyed and do not find anywhere else. (from page 1) says Smart. While garden plants can be brought through the U.S. if one has a phytosani- tary certificate, Smart says there is some impact on residents who garden. Two or three private boats have been making runs to the Canadian mainland on as-needed basis, with at least one doing so because the bringing of plants to the island has Construction delays been an issue. The lack of a ferry also may impact the Leanne Silvaggio of East Coast Ferries, island's Fogfest celebration, which Smart which has operated the seasonal run from says has been "incredibly successful" and mid-June to the end of September for which is scheduled for August 1 through many years, says the ferry should be on 5 this year. Fishing boats are being lined the run by mid-August or sooner. The new up to bring over some performers from barge is mostly finished and will need to Canada who are "willing to risk their gui- be inspected once it's launched. "We're tar or drum set aboard a lobster boat." really sorry it's not up and running. We "People are frustrated," Smart says, but know it's hurting businesses around and they do understand that the seasonal ferry it's hurting us, too. We hope to be running was provided by a private company that is as soon as we can." She adds, "It's not by doing all it can to get a ferry on the run. choice we're not running." The company "The lack of knowing is stressing some had to build a new barge after one of its people out," says Smart. barges sunk last December at the Lord's "Hopefully there will be unity in the Cove wharf where it was tied up for the community to apply pressure on the gov- winter. East Coast Ferries had hoped to ernment" not only to get the ferry on the have the new barge ready by July 1, but run but afterwards so that it will continue. the weather has delayed construction, with Silvaggio noting that they were unable to Limited impact on Deer Island weld during the rain and snow during The impact of the loss of ferry services March and April. appears to be much more limited on Deer The company's other ferry had been Island, as that island is mostly used by used for the Deer Island to Eastport run, Canadians who want to travel to Campo- but that run has not operated since 2014, bello without having to drive through the when East Coast Ferries accepted a con- U.S. and thus avoid the hassle of the two tract with the provincial government to border crossings. Joyce Stuart, chair of provide service on the Kennebecasis Is- the West Isles Local Service District, says land run on the Saint John River. That that travellers just "rush from one ferry to contract was to have ended this past year, the other," going from where the Letete as the government is having a new ferry ferry lands on Deer Island to the other end built that will eliminate the annual rental of the island to get aboard the Campobello cost of $750,000 to East Coast Ferries. ferry. "There's no impact here, but I'm Construction of that fei'ry, though, also is sure it has an impact on Campobello," she behind schedule, with Silvaggio under- says, adding, "I feel sorry for the people standing that it may be launched in Sep- on Campobello. It's a heck of a way for a tember. The government ended up leasing Canadian to have to live." East Coast Ferries' vessel for this year, Even though there is a sign at the Letete too, but Silvaggio notes, "This will be our ferry landing that the Deer Island-to-Cam- final year" on that run. pobello ferry is not currently running, Stu- As for the Deer Island-to-Eastport run, art says some drivers still come over the Silvaggio says they are still hoping to start island and drive down to Deer Island again. "We have to see how CBSA [Cana- Point, finding out then there isn't a ferry da Border Services Agency] feels about to Campobello. us coming back," she says, as the federal Year-round service eyed government had indicated, when it closed As for a year-round ferry for Campo- the port of entry at Deer Island Point in bello, which is being looked into by an 2017, that the ferry operator might have to ad-hoc committee on the island, Smart cover the cost of manning the seasonal says some islanders want one and others CBSA office on Deer Island. don't. Supporters point to the need to Other businesses affected bring maintenance and repair people to The Langerfelds' motel is not alone in the island and also to transport some ma- feeling the effects of the loss of ferry ser- terials, such as asbestos, that can't be vice. Campobello Mayor Stephen Smart brought through the U.S. says that every business that he knows of Smart says the lack of ferry service "has - restaurants, motels, Herring Cove Pro- focused people to realize we do have chal- vincial Park and Roosevelt Campobello lenges, a transportation issue," and that International Park - are all experiencing a while having a bridge to the U.S. is good, drop in the number of visitors. The pro- any travel requires going through another vincial park usually has about 40% of its country. Smart has spoken about the ferry visitors coming from Canada; this year it issue with MLA John Ames, who says he may be around 10%. Smart says the can- is awaiting the feasibility study being con- ceiling of reservations by Canadians is ducted by Vaughn Mclntyre Consulting causing "a serious downturn" in the num- of St. Andrews on establishing a year- ber of campers. He says the Roosevelt round ferry. park's numbers were down 5% in May Langerfeld supposes that the temporary and 8% in June, compared to last year. loss of the seasonal ferry service may pro- The loss of the ferry service also is af- vide more impetus for the push for a year- fecting American businesses in Lubec, as round ferry, although she doubts that one some visitors would also go through that would run all winter. She does believe town but have now cancelled their plans, that a run once a week during the winter Smart notes that some Canadians also would be good, and she would like to see have cancelled their plans because of con- the province either subsidize the private cerns about crossing the border, with Bor- ferry service or provide its own ferry for der Patrol agents arresting people in Calais the island. and the atmosphere created by the current The mayor notes that some islanders U.S. president, are feeling some resentment that one of As for the impact on Campobello resi- East Coast Ferries' vessels is being used dents, Smart says at least three islanders on the run to Kennebecasis Island, where are waiting to have wells drilled, as Cana- people can also use a bridge. Smart says dian companies, including ones that repair the run between Campobello and Deer Is- equipment, are not coming to the island, land may be more a "matter of necessity" Also some construction projects have been than "a matter of convenience." He adds, slowed down because of the lack of ferry "I believe the province is paying attention service. "It's definitely having an impact," to the issue now."