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Stanley Bridge Centre available for weddings, anniversaries, other family gatherings in July


 
Looking for a magical place, steeped in history and culture, to hold your wedding or other special event? Why not consider the historic Stanley Bridge Centre building, recently renovated to accommodate many different uses?

Can you imagine a better place for a wedding, a reception, a family reunion, anniversaries or other special events than a century-old former United Church, nestled in the middle of gorgeous central PEI? The Stanley Bridge Centre is just a few minutes walk or drive from the picturesque Stanley Bridge wharf, an oyster bar and restaurant, the Stanley Bridge Country Resort, several gift and craft stores and, of course, Cavendish and North Rustico.

The Stanley Bridge Memorial Society is offering space in the former United Church for a modest price. Call Helen McEwen at 1-902-836-3222 or Don Reid at 902-432-2485. Viewing times are flexible. Just call us and we’ll meet you there!

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Battle of the Atlantic ceremony held in North Rustico

Story and photos by Jim Brown

Under sunny, blue skies a ceremony honouring Canada’s participation in the longest military campaign in World War 2 was held in North Rustico, on May 5. Members of HMCS Queen Charlotte led the 2019 Battle of the Atlantic Parade.

The Battle of the Atlantic started 80 years ago in 1939 and didn’t end until the war was over six years later.

“It was a no-fail mission upon which any victory in Europe depended upon,” said Captain Alan J. Offer, Deputy Commander Naval Reserve.

Canada embarked on an astonishing ship building campaign during the war, which saw more than 400 vessels built. At war’s end the Canadian navy was the fourth largest navy in the world.

“This victory came at a high price. Our bell tolls again today for 24 Canadian warships, 62 Canadian merchant ships, as well as the human cost of almost 2,000 sailors, 1,700 merchant navy lives and over 900 Royal Canadian Airforce aircrew,” said Captain Offer.

Several Canadian ships were sunk by German submarines in the Gulf of St Lawrence, well within Canada’s inland waters.

Every effort should be made to remember those “remarkable stories” and “remarkable achievements,” said Captain Offer. There are only a few veterans left who served during those terrible years when the world’s future was balanced on a knife’s edge.

Canada’s navy personnel have always been there when they were needed, whether overseas or close to home, helping flood victims and the victims of other natural disasters. Many paid the “ultimate sacrifice” during the navy’s more than century old history, said Captain Offer.

Among the Battle of the Atlantic’s fallen sailors were many who were born and raised on PEI, including North Rustico.

Every year members of HMCS Queen Charlotte hold the annual event at different communities across PEI. They also held ceremonies in Charlottetown on the May 5 weekend.

Among the dignitaries attending the North Rustico ceremony were PEI Lt Governor Antoinette Perry, HMCS Queen Charlotte Commanding Officer Rob Alain, HMCS Queen Charlotte Lieutenant Commander Greg Davis (the ship’s padre), Malpeque Liberal MP Wayne Easter and Rustico-Emerald MLA Brad Trivers.

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Lobster vessels take to the sea in North Rustico

Photos by Jim Brown
After a four day delay, on May 3, shortly before 6 am, 35 lobster vessels left the North Rustico wharf. The water was calm and the winds were light as hundreds of vessels sailed out from ports throughout PEI on setting day, the official opening of the spring lobster fishery.

 

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80-year-old twins pull six trout from the Stanley River

Photos and story by Jim Brown

Not everyone was complaining about a bad start to the trout season. One day after the April 15 opening twin brothers from Ontario who grew up on PEI, Ron and Don Rayner, landed six large brook trout in Stanley Bridge. The 80-year-old anglers caught them at the bridge on the Rattenbury Road.

The two had been fishing since 6:30 am, using gudgeon as bait, and were still fishing at 3 pm when these photos were taken.

The brothers were joined by several other anglers who fished through a mix of rain, snow and heavy winds.

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Hundreds of jobs up for grabs at North Shore Job Fair

Story and photos by Jim Brown
Jobs, jobs, jobs and more jobs. That was the theme of the 2019 TIAPEI North Shore Job Fair, held April 13 at the Stanley Bridge Country Resort.
A total of 495 jobs were available at 27 businesses, with Cavendish-based Maritime Fun Group alone hoping to fill 300 positions for the busy summer season. Needless to say anyone armed with a resume and a ready smile had a good shot at landing one.

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Stanley Bridge Centre renovations underway

Say goodbye to the porta-potty!

More than $80,000 worth of renovations are underway at the Stanley Bridge Centre, including two new washrooms, work on the front entrance, sewer and water connections and a new kitchen. Repairs to the roof are also planned. Adam Perry (in photo), owner of Big Dogs Construction in Freetown, along with his crew, began work on the site April 3. The renos should be done by the start of the farmer’s market season. The Stanley Bridge Memorial Society, the building’s operator, is in the midst of a major fundraising effort to help pay for the renos. Anyone who wants to contribute can contact Jim Brown at peijim@hotmail.com.


Photos by Jim Brown

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