Thursday, October 20, 2005

Encouraging Maritime Motor Sport Hall of Fame Meeting

Representatives of various bodies, sponsors and even fans attended a special meeting at Keddy's Motor Inn in Moncton on Sunday, October 16, 2005. The main focus of the meeting was the building of a Maritime Motor Sport Hall of Fame and museum in Petitcodiac. This project, that will house the hall of fame and it's museum, is called The Petitcodiac Regional Interpretation and Cultural Centre. The land has been donated by the Village of Petitcodiac, N.B.

The enthused group at the meeting announced plans for the 2006 Motorsports Induction Ceremony. A nominating committee was set up, and will have their first meeting on November 20, 2005 at the Atlantic Motel in Berry Mills. Heading this committee will be Herman Berry and the first task will be to set up a selection criteria. Affiliated groups can submit their nominations on the web at

Starting late January 2006 fundraising will begin. Be watching for the various events that will be organized for you to help support and bring to fruition the Petitcodiac Regional Interpretation and Cultural Centre, which will be the home for The Maritime Motor Sport Hall of Fame.

The meeting on Sunday had it's own fundraiser in the way of a silent auction. Those who contributed to this worthy cause were: Forbes Chevrolet of Dartmouth, N.S. with product and a cheque for $500.00, Ultra Alarm Services (2002) Ltd., ACE Building Center, Petitcodiac, Toys For Big Boys, Salisbury Road, McLean's Engine Rebuilders, River Glade, Universal Accessories Ltd., Salisbury, Auction Fiberglass & MFG Ltd., Moncton, Atlantic Motel and Restaurant, Berry Mills and Discount Muffler and Brakes of Salisbury, N.B..

The highlight of the meeting was the auction of one of the late Paul Lewis' trophies. This trophy was donated by his family. The trophy was won by Paul during the International Race at the 25th. Anniversary of the River Glade Speedway.

The trophy went to the highest bidder, Frank Fraser. In the picture (l-r) are Herman Berry, Frank Frazer and Ernie McLean. Frank said,
"This will go up beside my picture of Dale Earnhardt."

For more information on The Maritime Motor Sport Hall of Fame call President Ernie McLean at (506) 756-8982, or visit our web site at:

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Petitcodiac Kiwanian of the Year

In 1992 the Petitcodiac Kiwanis Club decided to set up an award to distinguish one of it's members for their exceptional hard work and dedication during the preceding year.

The first recipient of the Kiwanian of the Year award was Stan Lounsbury. In 1993 Bob Saunders, 1994 John Lewis and Don Smith, 1995 Barry Murray, 1996 Charles Howatt, 1997 Clinton Constantine, 1998 Bill Graves, 2004 the Kiwanian of the Year award was once again awarded to Clinton Constantine.

Then for 2005 the committee recognized the fine efforts of one of it's members for his tireless efforts of selling Christmas nuts. Not only did Delbert Bannister, of Portage, receive the Kiwanian of the Year plaque, but also a T-Shirt. This T-Shirt (in good humor) had the words KING OF NUTS boldly printed across the front.

In the picture is Delbert holding his T-Shirt and plaque with president Neil Stilwell looking on.

The annual Kiwanis Auction is their major fundraiser. It will be held on October 20th., 2005 at the Petitcodiac Legion. During the months of November and December the club will be out and about selling their Christmas Nuts. Be watching for Delbert as well as other members.

The Petitcodiac Kiwanis Club's canteen at the Petitcodiac arena is their on going fund raiser. Those who live in and around the village of Petitcodiac are well aware of the wonderful things that the club does for the community. So when a Kiwanian calls upon you for support, you can rest assured your donations are being put to good use.