Friday, 12 January 2018 15:47

Piece of Lubec history headed back to town, soon Featured

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LUBEC - Efforts are in the works to return an historic piece of Lubec's past swept away by the blizzard earlier this month.

But a blizzard of international paperwork still stands in the way/.

The pile of paperwork to bring back part of McCurdy's smokehouse from Canada's Campobello Island could disappear as early as Tuesday. Initially, the storm tide surge during the january 4th

Blizzard lifted Mccurdy's long-dormant pickling shed off its' pilings. That day it lodged against a wharf in the bay, but a couple of days later it broke free, drifting into Canadian waters.

"When it floated away, I was absolutely devastated because I know what that McCurdy smokehouse did for this community. It was the economic engine," Heather Henry-Tenan, co-owner of Eastland Motel..

Plans call for the brine or pickling shed to be brought back piece-by-piece from across Quoddy Narrows.

"It will be smaller, but it will be real. It will be intact. It will be authentically correct," said Rachel Rubeor, president of Lubec Landmarks, which is a non-profit trying to preserve local historic buildings.

Portions of the sardine buildings remain intact, but in disrepair along the Lubec shore.Recently, Lubec Landmarks was awarded a grant to preserve McCurdy's pickling shed. Rubeor says watching the pickling shed float away was a surreal

experience. She said, "And it was tons of sea smoke. It was bitterly cold that day. And it was the most uncanny, ghostly appearance.".

Most of the Lubec natives look at the remnants of the sardine smokehouses as the sweat shops they once were. But one local business owner says the sardine processing plants were far from sweat shops.

Henry-Tenana said, "The McCurdy family treated their employees like family. So they were allowed to actually bring their children to work,"

Putting the brine shed jigsaw puzzle together could take months.But Rubeor says restoration of the buildings should be a source of pride for future generations.

 

TJ Tremble

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T.J. Tremble joined WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 in March 2016.

He was raised in Bangor, attended Bangor schools and graduated from John Bapst High School. He attended the University of Maine, studying political science.

He started his news career at the Camden Herald, many years ago. He also worked for the Bangor Daily News in Rockland, Belfast and Bangor.

He entered broadcast journalism as news director for WQCB-FM, Brewer. For Many years he worked behind the scenes in radio and television.

Recently, he worked as a news reporter for Zone Radio Corporation in Bangor [WZON-AM, WKIT-FM and WZLO-FM.

He has received reporting awards from the Maine Press Association, Maine Association of Broadcasters and the Maine Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

He is married, with three adult children and two grandchildren.