Greetings from River Hebert. Condolences are sent out to the family of Curtis White Sr. of Joggins, who passed away on Wednesday, March 2 at the age of 63.
Mr. White was born in Lower Cove (he later resided in Havelock, N.B.) to the late Frances (Burbine) White and her husband, the late Placide White.
During his lifetime, Curtis White Sr. worked the local coal mines and was employed by the Canadian Coast Guard before making a career out of being a Saint John-based Boilermaker for 36 years. When he was not busy working at one of the aforementioned vocations, Curtis “enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors.” He also “loved to cook, and had a “special knack for making fudge.”
On Tuesday, March 15, the River Hebert Branch Library will be showing the movie Nanny McPhee Returns (as it is referred to in Canada and the United States) between the hours of 6-8 p.m. Synopsis: Set on a British farm during the Second World War, village shopkeeper Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal) tries to keep the family farm up and running while “raising three boisterous children and her children’s two spoiled cousins, Cyril and Celia” who are sent to live with them.
Overwhelmed, “she hears a mysterious voice telling her that she needs Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) and to her astonishment, she appears on her door step one stormy night.” (Source: http://www.answers.com/topic/nanny-mcphee-and-the-big-bang). What happens next? Stop by the River Branch Library on Tuesday night, March 15 at 6 p.m. with your own treats to find out.
Children between the ages of three and 12 are encouraged to join in the fun at River Hebert Branch Library on Thursday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) between the hours of 3-4:30 p.m. to make their very own St. Patrick’s Day leprechaun. Please call 251-2324 today to register your child or children today!
And speaking of St. Patrick’s Day (also known as St Paddy’s Day or just Paddy’s Day or Patty’s Day,) did you know that it is a centuries’ old tradition whose roots can be traced back to fifth century Ireland when it was a part of the Roman Empire? Or that the original colour associated with Saint Patrick (387-461 AD) was blue as opposed to green? According to Wikipedia (wikipedia.com), St. Patrick’s Day “originated as a Catholic holiday and became an official feast day in the early 17th century. It has gradually become more of a secular celebration of Ireland’s culture,” (Wikipedia) becoming an official state holiday in 1903.
Around the world, St. Patrick’s Day is commemorated in many different ways. In the United States, for instance, “the Chicago River is dyed green each year for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration.” (Wikipedia)
With Major League Baseball spring training upon us, look for teams such as the Boston Red Sox (Go Yankees!) to don their green hats with their letter B logo embroidered on them. As you may know, “the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team was known as the Toronto St. Patricks from 1919 to 1927, and wore green jerseys. In 1999, when the Maple Leafs played on Hockey Night in Canada on Saint Patrick’s Day, they wore the green St. Patrick’s day-themed retro uniforms.” (Wikipedia) I leave you this week with a special message from River Hebert Army Cadets Captain Susan Dow: “Hello everyone from the 1442 River Hebert Army Cadets. Congratulations to Sergeant Brandon McLellan and Warrant Officer David Quinn on successfully completing and passing phases one and two of their National Star Certification Exam this past weekend at CFB (Canadian Forces Base) Shearwater, Halifax. This is a nationwide exam which senior cadets can obtain through much dedication and hard work.
“Across the country the success rate is somewhere around the vicinity of 60 per cent. It is one of the highest accomplishments a cadet can obtain. Both the staff and cadets are very proud of these two fine gentlemen on a job well done!”
“On March 20 the cadet corps will be going to Moncton, N.B. to Crystal Palace and then taking in a Wildcats hockey game before returning home later that evening. I hope that everyone has a great March break.”