We welcome Judy and Don Bryant, Kathryn Opyc and our many other new neighbours!
Connecting Albert County and the CCRC Welcome Committee have invited newcomers to share their stories about why they have moved to rural Albert County.
We welcome Judy and Don Bryant, Kathryn Opyc and our many other new neighbours!
By Jane Chrysostom
Laughter, challenges, purpose…that sums up the volunteer efforts that surrounded the creation of the Harvey Hall Sea Shanty. Starting from a mere suggestion in casual conversation to a final professional digital video production, its evolution was a thoroughly fulfilling and successful effort.
By Janet Clouston
The Albert County Historical Society invites you and your family to take part in a special program that begins with Canada Day on Thursday, July 1st and ends with RB Bennett Day on Saturday, July 3rd. We will welcome visitors from New Brunswick and the Atlantic Bubble in recognition of Canada’s 11th Prime Minister and the 90th Anniversary of the Statute of Westminster, which forever changed Canada’s role in the British Commonwealth.
When Prime Minister Bennett signed the Statute of West- minster in 1931, Canada gained its independence from Britain. Canada acquired formal control over its external affairs and the British laws no longer applied to Canada (with the notable exception of the British North America Act of 1867). After signing the Statute of Westminster, RB Bennett said, "I realize that this is the culmination of a long, long effort that has been made since we were a colony, to become the self-governing Dominion."
by Janet Wallace
“Buy Local.” It’s a common yet valuable message. It’s easy to see the advantage of supporting local businesses, particularly in rural Albert County. When we buy goods or services from small businesses in our area, we help provide income not just for those entrepreneurs, but also employment for their staff (possibly our neighbours) and help keep local services available in our community.
Shared community spaces are integral to Albert County’s charm
By Madeline Taylor
During a year where most have spent the majority of their time at home, one begins to consider what makes home really special. A favourite chair. A window with a view. A cozy wood stove.
What about when the definition of “home” goes beyond four walls? A place might come to mind. The place where you grew up or chose to build a life. A city. A small town. A collection of hamlets and villages. Maybe somewhere like Albert County.
What makes Albert County a special place to call home? For some, it could be the natural, rugged beauty. The rolling hills left over from days past when mountains towered over the eastern coast of our continent, or the tides that lend a constant rhythm to our days. Others might say it’s the people that make Albert County so special. Friendly waves exchanged between drivers passing by. A shared meal between neighbours. True and genuine interest in the well-being of those who share your small corner of the world. A sense of com- munity that is unrivaled and truly missed when finding yourself far from home.
By Idella (Steeves) Lazar
“Without the past, there is no present, nor can we build a future.” Anon.
I was born a Steeves from the line of Lewis, the 7th son of Heinrich and Rachel. Lewis died in 1827. Some time ago, our family discovered where Lewis was buried and we were pleasantly surprised that the headstone is still standing and legible.
"So what?" some would say.
By Steve Arsenault, Sara Liptay & Ian Duncan
Music is a curious thing; a few notes can capture your imagination, telling you a story and stirring up emotions without a single word. From simple folk tunes to vast symphonic suites, music points back to the culture from which it grew, but also builds bridges between the players and the listeners. Celtic music is a prime example of this as it draws from a history stretching back to before music was written down and has been carried forward, influenced by countless cultures, to keep it very much alive today.
The 43rd Annual Quilt and Fibre Arts Show and Sale is being held from Tuesday, July 9th until Saturday, July 13th from 9:30am until 5:30pm daily in the Community Hall at the Albert County Museum, Hopewell Cape NB. There will be more than 100 quilts from Baby and Lap size to Queen Size featuring various quilting patterns, styles and techniques in either machine or hand quilting. In addition to the quilts and quilts tops, there will be a variety of smaller finished items – sewn, knitted, crocheted, cross-stitched -- if it is made from fibre, you may find it at the show. The Show and Sale gives local fibre artists and craft persons the opportunity to showcase their creativity.
Article and pictures by Dawne McLean
The Albert County Exhibition is proud to be the second oldest agricultural fair in New Brunswick. In commemoration of the 105th anniversary of the Albert County Exhibition, it is only fitting that a tribute be given in recognition of all the directors and volunteers, whose community involvement and commitment over the past century have enabled the exhibition to reach this milestone of 105 years, when so many other rural exhibitions have disappeared from our Canadian society.
Greetings from the Albert County Museum. The 2018 summer season is in full swing and we are so pleased to be welcoming the flocks of tourists visiting the many world class attractions in our wonderful county.
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of giving a tour of the museum to a group of visitors from Texas. Very nice folk and quite insistent that they had never seen such an amazing and well-preserved array of artifacts and buildings. They told me it was just by luck that they noticed the Victory Cannons from the highway and decided to stop for a photo. One of the ladies exclaimed, "Can you imagine my surprise when I turned away from the cannons and there, right in front of me, was a beautiful display of heritage buildings in all their glory!" She grabbed me by the elbow and stared at me with her wide blue eyes and said, "You do realize what a jewel you have here!"
"I was six, and the beginning of my school days arrived. In September I started first grade at the Hopewell Hill School, the same elementary school my father attended as a child. It was a "little red schoolhouse" situated on the top of a hill. Grades one through six all met in the same room and was taught by one teacher, Mrs. McGorman. There were no school buses and most provided their own transportation through walking. During the cold, snowy winter months, I sometimes got a ride to school with my Aunt Verna Stone. Not in a car or bus―she drove the local school van bringing the children from Woodworth Settlement in the back roads of Albert County to the main road. Her mode of transportation in winter was a covered wagon sleigh pulled along by her horse. When I relate this to my grandchildren, they think I lived during the Little House on the Prairie days."
This is an excerpt from Barbara Newcomb White`s recently published book, Our Love Journey. Barbara was born in Riverside, Albert Co., lived in Hopewell Hill in her childhood, and went to high school at Riverside Consolidated School. Her new book, Our Love Journey, is a memoir of her beginnings in Albert County before going to nations in six continents preaching the Gospel.
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.
Culture & Heritage
Connecting Albert County would like to thank the following supporters & advertisers:
- Bennett and Albert County Health Care (BACH) Foundation
- Albert County Pharmacy
- CR Yardworks & Equipment
- Hon. Rob Moore, MP for Fundy Royal
- CBDC Westmorland Albert
- Albert County Funeral Home
- Grass Roots Community Economic Development Cooperative
- Albert County Chamber of Commerce
- Crooked Creek Convenience
- East Coast Kids Child Care & Learning Centre
- Fireside Home Heating
- Foods of the Fundy Valley
- The Garden Guy (Micheal McBurnie)
- Hon. Mike Holland, Minister, MLA-Albert
- The Old Church Farmers' Market
- Village of Hillsborough
- Village of Riverside-Albert
- Broadleaf Ranch
- Chipoudy Communities Revitalization Committee (CCRC)
- Cape Enrage Fundy Log Cabin
- Falcon Ridge Inn B&B
- Friends of Fundy
- Fundy Highlands Motel and Chalets
- Fundy Mud Pottery
- Jeff MacDougall, SouthEastern Mutual Insurance
- Village of Alma
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