Phyllis Sutherland’s first gardening column is a tribute to Tina & Cam Fenton in recognition of their role in helping Albert County’s gardeners. Following columns will focus on gardening and landscaping techniques, approaches, questions and answers, and more.
Story & photos by Janet Wallace
Keeping elementary students focused on one activity for an hour is a challenge, particularly when they’ve been in classes all morning, yet Sara Liptay succeeds.
At Hillsborough Elementary School, 21 students from grades one to three spend every lunch hour learning to play the violin.
Sistema-NB, a program of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, was inspired by the highly successful El Sistema initiative in Venezuela. The concept is to create social change through music. Sistema-inspired programs are in sixty countries; Sistema-NB is the largest such program in Canada and one of the largest in North America.
Story and photography by Deborah Carr
There can be no greater harbinger of a New Brunswick spring than the sight of silver buckets affixed to the majestic sugar maple (Acer saccharum). They bring visions of sticky sweet maple taffy, creamy butter, blocks of sugar, or buttermilk pancakes swimming in pure fragrant syrup.
And there can be nothing to enliven the winter-weary heart more than an excursion to the sugar woods on a sunny, warm spring day. Search out one of these traditional wooden sugar shacks and you’ll find a social springtime gathering place where wood smoke competes with the maple steam, and the ‘one-upping’ stories compete with the sugaring chores.
Story and tree photographs by Deborah Carr
It stands alone in the field, just beyond a pasture gate…a solitary question mark on the landscape. All manner of shoes, boots, sneakers hang from its grey limbs. A crooked signboard, nailed to its lifeless trunk bears the only clue to its purpose: Walk for Hope.
Admit it. We’ve all stopped to look, to peer, to wonder at this strange tree alongside Route 915 where it passes the Shepody marsh. It gains particular ethereal beauty in the low light of morning and early evening and has been photographed countless times by locals and tourists alike. Sometimes bus tours pause so visitors can pour out of the doors and snap memories to take home. And everyone wonders...
What is its story?
Haven't been to the Museum in years? Then it is a perfect time to go explore our local history as effective immediately, the Albert County Museum is now offering scheduled guided tours and special activities.
The schedule is located here. Please note that admission is now valid for two consecutive days to allow visitors the opportunity to experience each of the different tours at their convenience.
The Hiram Creek Trestle on Dawson Settlement Road was originally built in 1875 as part of the Albert County Railway. It was part of the line from Alma to Salisbury. This eventually became part of Canadian National. It has been repaired and rebuilt several times. In 1982 the line between Hillsborough and Baltimore was sold to a preservation group and became the Salem & Hillsborough Railroad.
(Picture by Steve Boyko,www.traingeek.ca.)
Watch an amazing video that shows trains crossing the trestle, images of the trestle from the 1800s and the demolition of the wooden structure in 2012. Posted on youtube by: David Othen
The Albert County Historical Society held its first meeting of the year on January 7th to discuss the operations of the Albert County Museum for the 2016 season.
What are the Top Ten Historical Events in New Brunswick's Albert County?
Click on Read More to discover the top ten historical events according to Stuart Liptay of the Albert County Museum.
When Johann Heinrich Stieff (Steeves) was born in 1718 in a German village, there was nothing that hinted he would father a family whose legacy includes hundreds of thousands of descendants, located around the World.
This global group of relatives are known today as the “Steeves (Steves) Cousins.” It is time to welcome the Cousins home from far and wide. The 250th Anniversary of the Steeves Family arrival in New Brunswick is going be a historic event. This week long celebration in July of 2016 will stretch from the landing point in Moncton to Hillsborough, NB. Events will be posted on our calendar.
The origin of the Steeves family is a fascinating story on how each generation can build on the success of the previous generation and spread success worldwide.
A review of the great book by local author, Jennifer Shelby, published in Rural Delivery (www.rurallife.ca). Note, copies will be available at the craft show in Riverside Consolidated School on Dec 5, 2015, or online.
By Jane Chrysostom
Kicking off the activities for the Fall lobster fishing season, the Molly Kool Kitchen Party hosted a full house in Molly Kool's childhood home on October 14th. Guests were entertained with song, dance, music, and storytelling, set in the era when Molly earned her Captain's certificate in 1939. It set the spirit and mood for the 2015 Fleet Launch, as Alma visitors and residents spent the day participating, observing, and taking photos as the crews prepared their lobster boats, and loaded their traps and equipment. It was a colourful flurry of activity up and down Main Street all day long.
Barbara A. Gebuhr of Riverside-Albert and Elizabeth “Beth” McLaughlin of Moncton (posthumously) have been named recipients of the 2015 Molly Kool Award. An award ceremony will take place on October 13, at 7 pm at the Molly Kool Centre, located at 8618 Main Street in Alma, NB as part of the 2015 Fleet Launch Festival. Everyone is welcome.
Barbara A. Gebuhr is well known as the former principal of Riverside-Albert and has been a key player in saving the school. Her work extends far beyond the expectations of a school principal. Even after her retirement, Gebuhr remains extensively involved with community work. From working on the Community Market to researching and lobbying for Early Childhood Education Project for the school, her initiatives make a significant contribution to the community.
On the midnight high tide on late on October 13th, a fleet of lobster fishing boats will sail from the wharf in Alma, New Brunswick, to the cheers of a loyal and appreciative community. The autumn lobster season in this small fishing and tourism village kicks off with a festive celebration that draws international attendance, more than doubling the usual population of 252.
Riverside Consolidated School is the site of innovative programs to teach children how to grow vegetables and cook healthy food. The following article describes these programs and also a brief history of the school, part of the Macdonald Movement of rural education in the early 1900s.
Born in 1916, Molly Kool became the first licensed female Master Mariner (sea captain) on May 25, 1939. When asked of the significance of this event, she responded that it was the Great Depression, her father had a small vessel and she "needed a job".
On Friday July 10th we dropped by the Albert County Museum to see the 39th annual Quilt Show and Sale.
We were amazed at all the beautiful and colourful quilts that were on display from the 37 different participants all from the Moncton and surrounding areas. The show was a great success as people from as far as Saudi Arabia were purchasing the quilts, which the participants had spent hours on and making.
There was also a quilt raffle for the quilt on display with tickets being sold for $2 each or 3 tickets for $5. The quilt can be shipped anywhere in North America and the tickets will remain on sale until the draw date, which is October 15th, 2015.
It was great to see people stopping by to see the gorgeous homemade creations from local quilters, and to support the Albert County Museum!
Written by Jillian Shea, Albert County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador.
There are many reasons why the citizens of Albert County, NB, fought to keep Riverside Consolidated School open. A school closure would result in fewer young people in the region, a smaller pool of workers, a drop in property values. The most significant impact, however, would be felt by the elementary students in our region. Read more below.
When people visit the Fundy shore for the first time, they’re often overwhelmed by the tide. The water comes in stronger and faster than they expect.
I suspect the District Education Council had a similar feeling last night as a wave of people swept into the Riverside-Albert Recreation Centre. Nearly 400 adults (along with many babies and young children) attended the public meeting about the future of Riverside Consolidated School. With an enrollment of fewer than fifty students, the K-5 school is on the list of schools that might be closed as early as June 2015...but not if the people of Albert County can help it.
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Last week, members of the Anglophone East School District (AESD) and the District Education Council (DEC), passed a motion to commence with a sustainability study on two rural schools – Riverside Consolidated School and Dorchester Consolidated School.
Tasked with finding greater efficiencies within the education system, they chose to examine infrastructure cuts instead of programming.
Riverside Consolidated School, located in Riverside-Albert, serves the communities of Riverside-Albert, Alma and surrounding areas. The results of the study could lead to the permanent closure of the school as early as June 2015.
**Note: the public meetings are posted on the Connecting Albert County Calendar.**
The detailed time line of meetings and decisions can be found here.
Within hours of receiving news that Riverside Consolidated School was one of two rural schools being considered for closure as early as this September, a Save Riverside School Facebook page had over 1250 members. Social media provided a gathering place for comments and information-sharing. Parents and former students posted photos and chimed in on their concerns, their memories, their special teachers and their worries about what this would mean to the community.
But they also chimed in with their ideas.
As story telling is a great way to convey information and history in an interesting way, the Curryville Community Center has been holding evenings with a variety of subjects that make great stories.
Directions and mileages are given from the Old Bank Museum and Information Centre, located at the intersection of Hwys 114 and 915.
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