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Glenda Janes
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Bud Johnston left a mark on his community

River Hebert - This week I would like to dedicate our column to Mr. Reginald (Bud) Johnston.

It is hard to believe that a year has passed by so quickly, but here we are one year and lots of memories later.

And what a year it has been. A year that Bud would have enjoyed.

Since his passing, River Hebert and Joggins have seen exciting things happen. The first Christmas parade, the opening of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre and summer soccer. Each one different but equally important to the history of our area and there is no one that loved history and community more then Bud.

As we know, Bud was a man of many talents. He had the special gift of recreating history through miniatures. However, it was his voice and the way he told a story that gave him the ability to bring history to life. He had the ability to make you feel like you were there and to help you understand the importance our history holds. This is truly a unique gift!

I always felt that Bud should have written a book so his stories should be shared beyond our area, but I guess in his own special way, he has done just that through Heritage Models, with the staff as narrators.

Although it has not been an easy road for some to travel this year, I believe that Bud would be proud of his family, his friends and most of all his community.

Bud once said, You only get one kick at the can, so make it count. Its the memories that you leave behind that count.

Thanks Bud for all the memories!

Dedicated to Bud from his community:

I wrote your name on a piece of paper, but by accident I threw it away.

I wrote your name on my hand, but it washed away.

I wrote your name in the sand, but the waves whispered it away.

I wrote your name in my heart, and forever it will stay.


Yard Sale Day

When: Saturday, Aug. 16

Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: River Hebert/Joggins area

The Community Yard Sale Day will start at Christies Hill in Strathcona, through River Hebert and Joggins, around Lower Cove and Minudie and all side roads in between.

Rain Date: Saturday, Aug. 23

Everyone is welcome to take part in this event. Its as easy as setting up your yard sale at your home or get together with a neighbour. Put some balloons or sign at the end of your street to let everyone know where you are.

Special Notice

To All Children of the Fundy Childrens Choir:

For all children who sang at the grand opening of the Joggins Fossil Centre, special rehearsals for the choir are being held on Sundays at 6 p.m. sharp, at the Joggins United Church for rehearsals to sing for the upcoming event at the Cumberland County Museum, on Church Street, Amherst.

Rehearsals are as follows: Aug. 17 and Aug. 24, at 6 p.m. These rehearsals are mandatory.

Call Bridget at 251-2410 for further details.

Grandmas Apron

I received this little trip down memory lane from a lady who is original from our area but is now living away. I thought that you might enjoy it, hope it brings back special memories for you, I know it did for me.

The principal use of Grandmas apron was to protect the dress underneath, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying childrens tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that old-time apron that served so many purposes.

Hope you have a nice weekend and find lots of treasures at the community yard sale!

Organizations: Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre, Joggins United Church, Cumberland County Museum

Geographic location: River Hebert, Joggins, Strathcona Lower Cove Church Street

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