As The Packet marks its 50th anniversary this year, we offer readers a look back at the local stories that made the news.
40 years ago
From the Oct. 12, 1978 edition
Firettes present equipment to department
The Clarenville Firettes presented the Clarenville volunteer fire department with three valuable pieces of equipment in the form of a portable 120 V generator, a 16-mm projector and a screen.
Linda Wiseman, President of the Firettes explained to The Packet that the generator is to be used at the scene of a fire so that power can be supplied for life saving and firefighting purposes. This is a very valuable piece of equipment in view of the fact that most fires take place in the night and the electrical power is the first thing to go. The projector and screen are to be used for fireman training films and in presentations to schools and other community groups.
30 years ago
Editorial from the Oct. 12, 1988, edition
We take great pleasure in congratulating the Royal Canadian sea cadet Corps of Bonavista for their tremendous achievement. RCSCC Matthew has been awarded the honour of Best Sea Cadet Corps in Canada.
This is no minor achievement, and it obviously says a great deal about the young men and women who make up the corps and the leadership they have received. Becoming the best corps in the nation has not been achieved without a lot of hard work and dedication.
It is fitting that the very best Sea Cadet Corps in the nation should be from Bonavista. The nation looks to Bonavista as a port where Europeans first came in their conquest of British North America. The town has a proud seafaring tradition - what better place to be the home of the Nation’s best Sea Cadets.
We salute the officers and Cadets of RCSCC Matthew for their great achievement and wish them continued honor as the best Sea Cadet Corps in Canada.
20 years ago
From the Oct. 12, 1998 edition
News still grim for most fish stocks
The news is still grim for most ground fish stocks, information that should not come as a surprise to local fishermen.
A report presented at a consultation meeting of the Fisheries Resources Conservation Council (RFCC) in Clarenville last week demonstrated this. DF0 scientist Bill Brodie said stocks are not on their way to recovery anytime soon.
Brodie’s presentation showed haddock, redfish and flounder are still well below historic levels and are not recovering. In fact, because of the slow maturation of several of the species, it could be years before the stock show any improvement.
10 years ago
From the Oct. 16, 2008, edition
It’s a matter, now, of finding the money.
And that’s something that may be a little more challenging, giving the current turmoil in stock markets around the world.
And it’s no small change that the Harvest Energy Trust is seeking.
The company aims to find a partner, or partners, willing to invest $2 billion in a major upgrade to the refinery at Come By Chance. The upgrade would see the installation of a coaker, a unit that is able to process heavier crude oil.
Harvest energy bought the refinery at Come By Chance from Vitol in the fall of 2006, with financing provided by CIBC World Markets and TD Securities.
In the 12 years it owned the refinery, Vitol spent about $600 million on the facility, including a $35 million diesel unit expansion.