Emotions run high at Heritage Models Day
River Hebert - Sunday, June 8, was an emotional and yet exciting day for the Johnston family and this community as family, residents, and friends from places such as Halifax, Dartmouth and Ontario gathered together in honour of their friend, Bud Johnston.
As bagpiper Jennifer Gogan piped in the procession, consisting of the town crier, guest speakers, and the Heritage Models board of directors; a hush fell over the crowd. At that moment it became apparent that Bud would not be joining us.
It was strange not to see him standing there, with a big smile on his face, tall and proud as he had done for so many years. But, as strange as it was not seeing him, his presence certainly could be felt.
I am not sure whether it was the beautiful lifelike image that Bruce Hebert captured of Bud or just the love that Bud shared with each of us. Whatever the reason, the impression he left in this community was obviously with us that day.
Before heading off to Heritage Models I made sure I had a supply of Kleenex because I really thought that I would need them. But to my surprise I didn't. Not that it wasn't emotional, it was. How could it not be? But the guest speakers, who spoke about Bud, did so in a way that made you laugh and be happy that you knew him as a friend.
I believe that Bud's friend, Murray Scott, summed it up better than anyone could when he said, "Every community should have a Bud Johnston. Fortunately for this community but unfortunately for other communities, you had the only Bud."
I know that Bud would have been very proud of his family, his friends and his community today and that he is happy knowing that his hard work and legacy will live on through others.
Thank you to the Heritage Models board of directors, Bruce and Debbie Hebert, Brian Hebert, Jennifer Gogan, town crier Jerry Randall, guest speakers, entertainers and everyone who made this Heritage Models Day very special. It was definitely the kind of day that Bud would enjoy.
Today's Quote Dedicated To Our Friend Bud Johnston
"A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are." Author Unknown
The idea of Father's Day first came about in 1909, while Sonora Dodd, a young woman from Washington, was listening to a Mother's Day sermon. Sonora had been raised by her father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran. He was widowed when his wife died giving birth to their sixth child. He returned to raise his six children on a rural farm in eastern Washington State. When Sonora reached adulthood, she realized the selflessness of her father and the burden a single parent has while raising six children. So she set out to honour her father with a special day. She selected June because it was the month of her father's birthday and so on June 19, 1910 the first Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington. In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father's Day. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson declared the third Sunday of June as Father's Day and in 1972 President Richard Nixon signed the law making Father's Day permanent.
Today in Nova Scotia History
June 16, 1903 - Birth date of Frances (Terrio) Legere
Happy 105th Birthday Frances
You are definitely an inspiration to all of us!
We wish you all the best on your birthday!
Love All Your Friends in River Hebert and Joggins
Community Yard Sale Day Reminder
To all residents, organizations and business in the Strathcona, River Hebert, Joggins, Lower Cove and Minudie area, this is a friendly reminder that this year's community yard sale day has been set for Saturday, Aug. 16. Any household, organization or business that would like to take part is welcome to do so.
To ensure that advertising is done correctly, I ask that you contact me at email@example.com or phone 251-2631 so that your yard sale will be included. Please try to do so by July 16, but remember the sooner the better.
Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there.