Community Rallies to Rebuild Shelter Destroyed by Fire

In mid-January, a warming hut on the Dungarvon River, Trail 58 between Blackville and Doaktown, was completely destroyed by fire. The Mitchell Brook warming shelter had been used by many snowmobilers and other outdoor enthusiasts. Chris Hennessy, president of Miramichi Snowgoers Club 22, and a Blackville village councillor, said that the structure burned down sometime…

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Josie Foundation Receives $5,000 Donation

For the past four years, the Rotary Club of Chatham have hosted their annual Dragon Boat Festival, with all proceeds going to area groups and organizations. This year, one of the recipients was The Josie Foundation, founded by Blackville resident and current Southwest Miramichi-Bay du Vin MLA Jake Stewart. The Josie Foundation is a non-profit incorporated foundation…

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Greater Blackville Resource Centre Receives Funding

The Greater Blackville Resource Center has received supplement funding from the Healthy & Inclusive Communities Department of the provincial government. The grant was recently presented to the Greater Blackville Resource Center (GBRC) food bank by Southwest Miramichi MLA Jake Stewart. The food bank, located at 12073 Route 8, assists 56 registered clients. This $8,500 grant…

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Free For All Community Meal

On Tuesday, July 8, Jerry Stafford along with volunteers from local communities, hosted a free-for-all roast beef supper for residents affected by Tropical Storm Arthur. An estimated five-hundred people attended the meal that was held at the Father AA McKinnon Memorial Hall from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Stafford, from Main Street Valu Foods, also donated all…

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Community Rallies Together After Crippling Arthur

Tropical Storm Arthur

Days after Tropical Storm Arthur swept through the region, the village of Blackville and its surrounding communities are pulling together to clean up after the storm that crippled much of the area. Heavy rain and damaging winds knocked out power early Saturday morning. Although power was restored in much of Blackville on Sunday evening, there…

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Fire Claims Two Blackville Businesses

Blackville Auto Value and Car Wash

A fire that broke out at Blackville Auto Value this morning has claimed the local business as well as the attached Blackville Car Wash.  Life Radio CJFY, located next to the destroyed building, was first to break the news around noon Monday. Fire trucks were on the scene for hours containing the blaze. There were…

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Huge Turnout for Village Skating Party

The Blackville Outdoor Rink community skating party drew a large crowd on Friday night, January 31. Over one hundred children took to the ice for the free three-hour event sponsored by the Recreation Council. Inside, the building was filled to capacity with parents and children alike. Blackville mayor Andrew Hawkes, deputy mayor Matt Sturgeon and councillors Cindy Ross and Christopher Hennessy welcomed the group. Southwest Miramichi MLA Jake Stewart was also in attendance.

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Blackville Pins Economic Hopes on Shale Gas

Blackville Mayor Glenn Hollowood and Coun. Hal Muck are hopeful the shale gas industry could keep young people in the village.

Blackville is a small village on the Southwest Miramichi River where local residents pride themselves on the rich salmon pools that draw anglers from across the globe. That sport fishing industry provides seasonal employment for some of Blackville’s citizens, but many are worried about the village’s long-term economic survival. The issue of shale gas exploration…

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ValuFoods opens in Blackville

Residents of Blackville and surrounding areas have a new grocery store to meet all their shopping needs. ValuFoods, an associate of Co-op Atlantic, opened for business recently on Main Street in Blackville. This week, the store is celebrating with a grand opening week. A ceremony was held Monday and events included a ribbon cutting, numerous…

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