Suddenly on August 1st in Rustico, The Northern Star, in its 24th year, ceased publication. eloved project of Rustico’s Paul Blacquiere, The Northern Star, with the help of several volunteer writers, brought local news to much of central Prince Edward Island.
The dedicated readership looked forward to the monthly paper with eager anticipation to discover what happened in the neighbourhood, when something else was scheduled, whose birthday or anniversary would be celebrated that month, who is involved, and where everything was happening.
Although its demise occurred peacefully, The Northern Star will be missed by the thousands of readers who relied on it every month. Paul Blacquiere deserves a lot of credit for keeping it going. He was seen everywhere, taking pictures, interviewing the common folk, and making sure all communities were well represented.
The Northern Star should not fade away without acknowledging its importance, and Paul’s, to the community. Paul acknowledges that one of the nicest things anyone ever said to him with regards to The Northern Star was, “it helped keep communities together.”
As one of its writers, I am proud to say I was part of the team. Thanks Paul. You did a marvellous job. Enjoy your retirement.