By Eric Bourque
The writer of the popular late-19th-century song about a bicycle built for two likely never imagined a bicycle built for 29, but that’s the number of seats available to each team taking part in the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s annual Big Bike ride, which will be held in Yarmouth again this year.
The Big Bike is a fundraiser for the foundation and the Yarmouth event is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 5.
Six teams have signed up to do the Yarmouth ride this year, which equals the most Yarmouth has ever had, says organizer David Olie.
Slated to participate are teams representing Scotiabank, the Yarmouth Regional Hospital, Kent Building Supplies, Walmart, The Meadows Home for Special Care and Sobeys.
Teams can have as many as 29 members, but the number can be smaller. Fortunately, where the Yarmouth event is concerned, there are several different route options, Olie said. The start/finish area is the Shoppers Drug Mart parking lot.
To do the longest of the Yarmouth routes, teams really need about 22 to 24 riders, Olie said, given the climb that’s involved coming back up Starrs Road from Main Street.
Still, he said, most teams tend to want to be able to do the longer route, he said, “so it’s motivation for them to get as many riders as they can.”
When interviewed for this story, Olie said a couple of teams taking part in this year’s ride could use a little help. He…
Regular gasoline prices/litre
Saint John 130.7
St. John’s 134.5
Canadian average: 133.0
Furnace oil prices/litre
Saint John 120.3
St. John’s 111.6
Canadian average: 124.3
Source: MJ Ervin and Associates
45 YEARS AGO
There was less than a year to go before the launch of a new ferry service between Yarmouth and Maine and the Town of Yarmouth had yet to get the official word from Ottawa regarding the federal government’s help in upgrading the docking facilities here in preparation for the new service. The vessel that would provide the service – between Yarmouth and Portland – was under construction overseas. Scheduled to be up and running in about mid-1970, the new service was the subject of the lead story in the Vanguard’s July 23,1969 edition.
Jack Davis, the federal fisheries minister at the time, had visited southwestern Nova Scotia and had talked to fishermen and industry representatives. Among the matters the minister looked into was a controversy involving herring seiners and weir fishermen in the St. Mary’s Bay area, the paper said. The minister heard the views of fishermen on both sides, as well as those of fish processors.
Tuna-related items continued to make the news as the area was preparing for the annual sport tuna-fishing activities of late summer. “The place is alive with tuna,” said a spokesman for the Wedgeport Tuna Guides Association, referring to the presence of bluefin in local waters.
Construction projects underway in Yarmouth in the summer of 1969 included a new regional vocational school. It was scheduled to be ready in time for the 1970-71 school year.
40 YEARS AGO
Concern was being expressed about garbage in the town of Yarmouth and town…
Repair work on a water leak on Vancouver Street that necessitated a detour through Lakeside Road and Dayton is finished and traffic flow is back to normal.
The work caused confusion and great irritation for drivers trying to make their way to the Yarmouth Regional Hospital this morning, but by early afternoon one lane in the affected area was reportedly open.
As of 10:30 a.m. drivers were being permitted to drive alongside the repair work heading west; however, a supervisor cautioned that the road may be blocked as work proceeds and traffic will be diverted through Dayton during that time.
Contacted at his office, town engineer Dave Ernst said the work would be finished today, that it likely wouldn't go much "beyond mid-afternoon or so ... It shouldn't take that long for a service leak, but you never know what you're going to run into."
Another leak on Forbes Street was fixed Monday, he said.
Such cases are not unusual, he said.
He acknowledged that work like this can create a nuissance. He said he was not familiar with the detour that was in place for this particular work.
Signs at the junction of Vancouver and Main Street that state "local traffic only" did not specify the perimeters. Drivers who were trying to make their way up the hospital this morning were being turned back one block from the complex and instructed to drive through Dayton, up Session Hill and through the Lakeside Road.
Tina Comeau of the Yarmouth Vanguard writes a weekly column called It's My Life.
In the grand scheme of things it was just a little apple tree.
It wasn’t a huge tree lying across the roof of my parent’s house.
It hadn’t come crashing to the ground, taking down power lines with it.
It didn’t have a trunk so big you wondered what chainsaw could possibly chew and spit its way through.
It wasn’t even ripped out of the ground, its roots exposed. It just sort of rested there on top of the lawn. So low, in fact, that this was the easiest anyone could have climbed it in decades.
I wasn’t in Yarmouth the day Arthur blew through. I was in New Hampshire on vacation.
I couldn’t believe the amount of downed trees I was seeing in photographs posted on Facebook and in photos and video uploaded on our Vanguard website.
And so it was with a sense of relief when I got a report from my parents about the amount of damage around their home and mine.
With one exception.
“We lost the apple tree,” Dad said. “The one the kids always climbed.”
When I got back to Yarmouth after my vacation, given the photos I had seen, one of the first places I wanted to visit was Frost Park.
Secondly, I wanted to see the apple tree in my parents’ backyard.
To most people looking at this tree, they wouldn’t see it as a…