A look-back at 2007

Glenda Janes
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Happy New Year, everyone!

Its hard to believe that another year has gone by and it is now January, 2008.

Take a moment and think back to when you were a kid and how far away the year 2000 seemed.

What would we have thought the world would be like then (or as we know it, now.) We couldnt even imagine what life in the 2000s would be like; it seemed so far away. Would we have pictured it like the Jetsons, where people drove flying cars and every house had a robot maid? Maybe!

But here we are, the year is 2008 and the roads are still being driven on, there are no flying cars and no robots for maids! Even though robots for maids would be nice!

Now lets take a few minutes to recap just what has happened in the River Hebert and Joggins area in 2007:

2007 opened with a visit from Premier McDonald and Justice Minister and Cumberland South MLA Murray Scott to River Hebert District High School for the opening day of the Joggins Essential Skills Training Program. Where 15 individuals took part in a 26 week program, obtaining knowledge about the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, its history, its future and tourism as a whole.

January saw ground preparation started on the new Joggins Fossil Cliffs Interpretive Centre

RHDH Study Action Committee and School Advisory Council meet with new Superintendent of School, Noel Hurley

Six young ladies from Grade 12 hosted a Save the Children Musicfest, in order to raise money needed to build a one room schoolhouse in an underprivileged country.

Education Minister Karen Casey and Justice Minister Murray Scott toured River Hebert District High School. A presentation of the The Learning Styles Program designed by girls from Grade 11 was a big hit on the tour.

Community comes together, when a community loved one, Cheryl (Rhodes) Wurster was diagnosed with a blood disorder and needed a bone morrow transplant. The community rallied and hosted an information session to help Cheryl and to make others aware of how important blood and marrow donors are.

Nicole Wry, a Grade Six student at River Hebert Elementary School, had her poem chosen to be published in the book entitled, From Wayside to Woodland an anthology of verse, due to come out in January.

The summer saw the reopening of the miners museum.

Cheryl Rhodes to Recovery blog was designed for family and friends to track Cheryls daily progress during her bone marrow transplant and communicate their thoughts and wishes.

River Hebert Fire Department receives new fire truck.

The Joggins Fossil Institute hosted their first Kids Day at the fossil center

Ten army cadets from 1442 River Hebert successfully completed summer training courses and employment at Camp Argonaut in New Brunswick and at Camp Connaught in Ontario.

On Sept. 25, over 70 ladies, who either attended or taught at River Hebert schools in the1930s, 40s, 50s, and 60s gathered together for a luncheon at the Brookside Curling Club.

The River Hebert Mens Luncheon took place on Oct. 20 at United Church Hall

Education Minister Karen Casey and Transportation Minister Murray Scott were guest speakers for the Grade Seven and Eight students at River Hebert District High School.

Education Minister Karen Casey surprised the students who designed The Learning Styles Program with a cheque for $500 to help further their program.

September Joggins Fossil Cliffs Wins Provincial Award. Joggins and CREDA received the Excellence in Collaboration Award.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) visited the Joggins Fossil Cliffs.

Second Annual Co-op Gum Drop Cake Bake Off.

River Hebert Elementary Terry Fox Walk raised over $2,000 for cancer research

In October, The Joggins Fossil Institute became a member of the Bay of Fundy Tourism Partnership.

Veterans Week Activities at River Hebert Elementary School were made extra special this year thanks to hometown hero, Master Corporal Mark Brownell. Mark returned home to spend the week taking part in the activities the students had planed, one being the planting of a peace garden.

River Heberts First Annual Santa Claus Parade was held on Nov. 25. This memory will live on forever.

1442 River Hebert Army Cadet Corp place fourth against the top drill teams in the province. They also walked away with the tug of war event, recording five straight victories to go undefeated and claim first prize.

The River Hebert Elementary Christmas Concert was its best ever. The children and staff ended the concert with a candle light march that had audience in tears.

The Cinderella Program opened at RHDH.

Community received news that loved one Cheryl Rhodes had been diagnosed as in remission.

Second Christmas Season for Santas Little Helpers.

2007 ended with a winter snow storm.

A Special New Years Message

from Santas Little Helper

We would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and all the best in 2008.

We would also like to thank the wonderful volunteers who gave their time to ensure we had a wonderful 2007 season because of you; we were able to make Christmas brighter for 58 individuals.

To the ladies who donated bake goods for our bake sale and prizes for the raffle, thank you. Without you, these fundraisers would not have taken place.

To the students and staff at both River Hebert Elementary and RHDH, thank you for helping with our fundraisers, for all your support, the room you allow us to use and believing in us.

To the management and staff of River Hebert Co-op and Liquidation World, Amherst, thank you for allowing our students to host fundraisers at your store.

To all the people and businesses, who donated gifts and money, thank you!

All of you are Santas Little Helpers and should be proud that you help change the world if only for a moment. And to give from the heart with out worrying where it is going or why, it truly the greatest gift of all.

We would like to share with you this quote:

All we see of someone at any moment is a snapshot of their life, there in riches or poverty, in joy or despair. Snapshots dont show the million decisions that led to that moment. Author Richard Bach

Upcoming Events

The River Hebert Branch 14, regular Card Party Monday, Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Quilting Class, a 14-week intermediate quilting class will begin at River Hebert District High School in January. Instructor Pauline Atkinson will show you wonderful quilting techniques. The numbers are limited and there are only four spots remaining. If you are interested in joining this class please call, Pauline at 667-8837. Classes Start: Jan. 9. Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $60 plus materials.

Organizations: River Hebert District High School, River Hebert Elementary School, Joggins Fossil Cliffs Interpretive Centre Children Musicfest Joggins Fossil Institute Brookside Curling Club United Church Hall River Hebert Army Cadet River Hebert Co-op Liquidation World River Hebert Branch Card Party

Geographic location: River Hebert District, Joggins, Wayside New Brunswick Ontario Bay of Fundy New Years

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  • ann
    March 09, 2010 - 09:30

    thank you Glenda for the lookback on 2007. It was nice to read about things that happened in the year