Author Archives: Les McLaughlin

Blackville Teen Wins Big at Sportsman Feature

Blackville Teen Wins Big at Sportsman Feature

On Saturday night at Speedway 660 in Geary, Braxton Stafford ruled the roost in the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman feature. The sixteen year old rookie won the 40 lap feature followed by 15 year old Ryan Messer and 17 year old Drew Greenlaw. Stafford and George Jamieson won the Sportsman heat races. Braxton who will…Continue Reading

Blackville School Receives $6,000 Donation

Blackville School Receives $6,000 Donation

Blackville School has received a $6,000 donation from Ford Canada’s Drive 4Ur School program. Hal Somers’ Towne Ford Sales & Service partnered up with BHS student council to host the test-drive fundraising event on Saturday, May 16. For every valid test-drive completed, Ford Motor Company of Canada donated $20 to the school. Blackville received the…Continue Reading

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Celebrates Annual Pilgrimage

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Celebrates Annual Pilgrimage

Over hundred parishioners and visitors were in attendance today at Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s Annual Pilgrimage in Howard.  The outdoor shrine Mass was celebrated by Bishop Robert Harris along with St. Raphael and Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s parish priest Father Joseph Okoko and Monsignor Joseph Woods of St. Bridget’s Parish in Renous. Following…Continue Reading

Blackville’s Centennial Field Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

Blackville’s Centennial Field Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

The official grand re-opening of Blackville’s Centennial Field was celebrated on Thursday, July 9.  The celebration began with the two Blackville mosquito teams, the Junior 49ers and the Blue Jays, going head-to-head in an exhibition game, followed by the singing of the national anthem and ribbon cutting.  Jake Stewart led the crowd in a rendition…Continue Reading

Locals Featured in Fishing Series Shorelines

Locals Featured in Fishing Series Shorelines

In June, 2014, fly fishing personality and author April Vokey visited the Miramichi to film Shorelines, a series that documented her journey about a book she was writing centered on steelhead and Atlantic salmon fishing. The series later began airing on the World Fishing Network in January, 2015. Episode two of the series, entitled Where…Continue Reading

Local Cadet in Leadership Role at Maritime Camp

Local Cadet in Leadership Role at Maritime Camp

Congratulations to 679 Blackville Squadron Air Cadet Mitchel Moody on achieving the rank of Sergeant at the Greenwood Air Cadet Summer Training Centre. He will be working at the Cloud Lake Survival Training Site for the summer. Mitchel is the son of Steven and Tracey Moody of Blackville. Joining Mitchel at Greenwood is Flight Sergeant…Continue Reading

St. Raphael’s Honour Catherine Frenette at Retirement Celebration

St. Raphael’s Honour Catherine Frenette at Retirement Celebration

Saint Raphael’s Roman Catholic Church in Blackville bid farewell to Catherine Frenette at a retirement celebration today, Sunday, June 28 after morning Mass.  Miss Frenette has been the parish organist and choir director for both the youth and adult choirs for the past 25 years. Parishioners filled the Father AA McKinnon Memorial Hall to give…Continue Reading

Blackville’s Centennial Field Grand Re-opening

Blackville’s Centennial Field Grand Re-opening

The Blackville 49ers and Mosquito teams will mark the grand re-opening of the recently upgraded Centennial Field in Blackville on Thursday, July 9. Admission is free. At 6:00pm, the Blackville Junior 49ers and the Blackville Blue Jays mosquito teams go head to head, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and cake with MLA Jake Stewart and…Continue Reading

Tilly O’Neill Gordon Hosts Blackville Fundraising BBQ

Tilly O’Neill Gordon Hosts Blackville Fundraising BBQ

On Saturday June 13, Tilly O’Neill Gordon, Member of Parliament for Miramichi, hosted a fundraising BBQ at the Blackville Municipal Park with donations going to the Greater Blackville Resource Centre’s food bank.  Blackville mayor Andrew Hawkes and GBRC’s Founder & President Rev. Albertine Le Blanc were also in attendance. The event was held from 11:00am to…Continue Reading

Blackville School Graduates Celebrate Senior Prom

Blackville School Graduates Celebrate Senior Prom

The Blackville High School senior prom was held last night, Saturday, June 13. The Hollywood-themed prom saw the school gymnasium transformed, complete with red carpet, walk of fame and VIP area. The evening kicked off at St. Bridget’s Roman Catholic Church in Renous where the twenty-eight couples posed for photos with their families, friends and…Continue Reading

Blackville Students Raise $700 for Josie Foundation

Blackville Students Raise $700 for Josie Foundation

Blackville School students have raised $700.00 through various fundraising initiatives for local non-profit organization The Josie Foundation. The fundraising campaign was organized by the High School Student Council. Southwest Miramichi-Bay du Vin MLA, and Josie Foundation founder, Jake Stewart recently accepted the donation on behalf of the organization. The foundation’s aim is to establish, receive…Continue Reading