The Gulf News reported that Port aux Basques council was making a pitch to host the 1992 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games. Mary Mushrow, 74, published a book of poems with the help of the Gateway Status of Women Council. The sports section recounted volleyball victories by the Port aux Basques and Ramea teams, while Grandy’s River Collegiate prepared to host the Double “A” High School Volleyball Championships. Meanwhile Burgeo finally made a connection.
Burgeo hooked up to provincial power grid
The people of Burgeo will light Christmas trees this year using electricity from the provincial power grid for the first time.
The new transmission line to Burgeo was energized Saturday, meaning that the southern Newfoundland town of 1,500 people will no longer be dependent upon diesel generated electricity and will have the same power as the rest of the island’s interconnected customers.
Construction of the transmission line to Burgeo by Newfoundland Hydro was announced by Premier Brian Peckford in August 1986 as part of the provincial government’s contribution to the start-up of the Hope Brook Gold Mine. The entire project consisted of a 123-kilometre, 138-kilovolt transmission line from Bottom Brook, near Stephenville, to a new terminal station at Grandy Brook, to an upgraded terminal station at Burgeo. The project also included a 33-kilometre, 138-kilovolt line from Grandy Brook to the Hope Brook mine site, with approximately 13.5 kilometres of 7.2 kilovolt line extending from Hope Brook to the community of Grand Bruit. Premier Peckford noted that these two lines should be completed and energized by late December. When the entire project is completed by the end of the year, Peckford concluded, two more communities will have been brought onto the provincial power grid, reducing rates for domestic and commercial users, and a major new mining initiative will have the infrastructure in place to proceed with its ongoing development.
From the Vault is a look back through The Gulf News on items of interest. There will be some stories with news value, some will tell the stories of the people who have shaped the communities along the southwest coast, and some will be from the sports world, but all will have appeared in The Gulf News since its first publication in 1967.
From the Vault may bring long-forgotten memories flooding back, or if you’re reading about something for the first time it might provide you with a glance into the history of our region.
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