Heritage Models maker does it again

Justin Dickie
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RIVER HEBERT Heritage Models has added another Bud Johnston masterpiece to its collection.

For years Johnston has been supplying models of old River Hebert landmarks to the museum. This year, he contributed a reconstruction of a building on Barrsfield Road, which formerly housed apartments, a doctors office and the communitys telephone interchange.

The new model was unveiled at Heritage Models grand opening on Sunday.

It was almost the heart of the community at one time because all the communications went through there, said Heritage Models manager Jim Sicheri. It was a very essential thing in the village. Everything went through that centre.

Heritage Models maker does it again

RIVER HEBERT Heritage Models has added another Bud Johnston masterpiece to its collection.

For years Johnston has been supplying models of old River Hebert landmarks to the museum. This year, he contributed a reconstruction of a building on Barrsfield Road, which formerly housed apartments, a doctors office and the communitys telephone interchange.

The new model was unveiled at Heritage Models grand opening on Sunday.

It was almost the heart of the community at one time because all the communications went through there, said Heritage Models manager Jim Sicheri. It was a very essential thing in the village. Everything went through that centre.

Johnston said A.J. MacDonald originally built the building as his general store. MacDonald later moved his store and the telephone centre was moved in on the first floor. Dr. Dara Cochrane later moved his office into the second floor. It was torn down roughly 20 years ago and a new medical centre was built in its place.

Johnston wanted to commemorate how significant this building was to the community.

This was a 24-hour service. Your switchboards never closed down. They were very important, Johnston said. In later years, as we were preparing for dial telephones and everyone still had the old crank type at home, the fire connection for the community was put at the top of this building.

There were four sirens up there. When the fire alarm came in, these girls would notify the fire chief and immediately put the alarm in. It was the only sound we heard in the community.



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Geographic location: River Hebert, Barrsfield Road

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