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Water Today Title October 22, 2018

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Advisory of the Day



The largely French-speaking village of Saint-Hilaire du Nouveau Brunswick has been under boil water advisory since February 21, due to the presence of total coliform bacteria in the drinking water. We are however unable to provide more details about this advisory since no one is currently answering the phone or returning calls from the town office.

With a population of 303, Saint-Hilaire is definitely a small village; the elementary school closed in 1996 due to lack of students, the nearest post office is upriver in Baker Brook and the nearest hospital is 11 km away, in Edmunston. But what Saint-Hilaire does have is a colourful past.

Located on the shores of the Saint-John River right across from Frenchville, Maine, the village was home to quite a few bootleggers during the Prohibition, an episode which was proudly displayed in a 2013 exhibition in the Historical Museum of Madawaska. Archeological digs have also been ongoing in recent years to prove that Louis XV11 would have crossed the ocean to come to Madawaska rather than died in prison in June 8, 1795. Interest in this chapter of history is spurred on by the town's Réginald Nadeau who is determined to prove that he is a descendant of the royal family.

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