Greetings once more from 5206 Boars Back Rd. Well, October may be upon us, but the weather during the last week of September was pleasantly mild; I golfed and/or played softball in short sleeves from Monday night, Sept. 27 through Thursday night, Sept. 30.
Absolutely gorgeous weather conditions conducive to any number of outdoor physical activities; I hope all of you who were able to enjoy the nice weather did so as well.
River Hebert District High held its first dance of the 2010-2011 academic school year on Thursday, Sept. 30.
On Friday night, Oct. 1, the number (19) of the late Bo Lattie, a former member of the CIBC Wood Gundy Fundy Phantoms junior C hockey team, was retired in an emotional pre-game ceremony at the Amherst Stadium prior to the Phantoms 2010-2011 home opener versus the Oxford Colts.
Following a rain-soaked exhibition game on Oct. 2 at Robbs Field in Amherst, (the six-team co-ed softball tournament in support of Maggie’s Place has been rescheduled to Saturday, Oct. 9 beginning at 10 a.m.)
I covered the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie’s River Hebert campaign headquarters at the River Hebert Seniors’Hall; about 50 people were on hand for the opening, enjoying a free barbecued hamburger and beverage as well.
I had the opportunity to speak briefly with Mr. Baillie, the one-time chief of staff of the Honourable John Hamm, and he told me that he has had the opportunity to meet ‘’lots of wonderful people and I am very, very
thankful for the warm reception that I have been receiving throughout the riding (of Cumberland South).’’ At 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, Jamie Baillie’s 12-year-old daughter Alex Baillie, a Grade 7 student, cut the ribbon, making her father’s River Hebert campaign headquarters officially open.
The byelection for Cumberland South will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 26. Please come out on Election Day and exercise your democratic right by casting your vote for the candidate or party that you feel will best serve the interests of our riding.
Parrsboro native Crystal Taylor’s debut CD is called Find the Time. The title applies to everyone, as it is hard to find time to do all the things we want to do. There are 14 songs on it that she wrote herself from 2003 to 2009. Go to myspace.com for a little taste of the CD, which is available for sale in Amherst at the Amherst Music Centre, Gordon’s Ladies Wear and Zellers.
This week’s talent profile features Lower Maccan’s Hope Harrison. Just over one month ago, I had the opportunity to visit her at her home in Lower Maccan. After a brief hiatus, she has resumed her duties as the Maccan and area correspondent for the Citizen, a role that she has embraced since the 1980s. Speaking of the year 1980, Hope Harrison, along with the late Ernest Coates, contributed to the bestselling local publication Cumberland Come Home 1980: The Friendly Heart of Nova Scotia, Canada’s Blueberry Empire.
In addition to writing for the Citizen and Cumberland Come Home 1980, the well-read Mrs. Harrison has also written numerous articles for such farming publications as Backward Glance and Farm Focus. For the latter, she has written articles discussing farm-related accidents caused with hay balers and other potentially hazardous farm equipment in such rural Cumberland County communities as River Hebert, Lower Maccan, Halfway River and Collingwood.
Hope Harrison has also done extensive research and interviews on the last run of the train from River Hebert to Maccan, notwithstanding coal mining in the River Hebert, Joggins and Maccan areas; her research culminated in articles published for The Citizen and the Nova Scotia Historical Review respectively. Finally, Hope Harrison has also written such poems as “Welcome to Old Minudie” as well as a religious children’s story that she has written for some of the younger members (great nieces and nephews) of her family.
Well, that’s all for this week; I hope that you all have a happy Thanksgiving and that you get to spend it with family, friends and other special people in your lives.