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Glenda Janes
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Farewell to a memorable friend

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Hello From River Hebert

This week I would like to start our column by saying farewell to a dear friend and veteran, Mr. Ron Coffin.
I first meet Ron while training at the Co-op and I really wasn't sure how to take him at first. The first words he ever spoke to me were, "Not another one. Now, I'm only going to tell you this once and you better remember."
This left me with the impression that he could be a cantankerous man but I soon learned that my first impression wasn't exactly right. It didn't take long to realize that he loved to tell stories, play practical jokes and get a rise out of people. And when he found out I was from Newfoundland, the game of who could play the best practical joke was on.
Every time he came to my cash he would tell anyone waiting in line, "Hope you packed a lunch because they're a half-hour behind in Newfoundland, so you could be here awhile." As time went by, I learned to get even. I would do things like put his change in his receipt and wrap it with lots of scotch tape just so he would have a hard time opening it. He would just stand there, watching me doing it, and yell to Cindy, "I want her fired, look what that Newfoundlander is doing." But Cindy was used to us and she would just laugh and tell him "OK, Ronny."
One morning I met him at the door of the Co-op with a shopping cart and told him to get in and I would take him for a ride around the store. To make a long story short, between Ronny and Cindy, I was the one who ended up in the shopping cart with Ronny pushing me towards the back door; yelling to Gordon "open the back door I'm taking out the garbage." But that was the kind of things that happened when we got together.
It saddens me to say that after I left the Co-op we never saw each other much. But I will always have the memories of our good times together and every time someone calls me "Doll" I will think of Ronny.
So to Ronny Coffin, the man who fought for our county, the coal miner, the husband, the father and the practical joker, thank you for the good times and the memories.
A message from the River Hebert Village Commission
We would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to take part in the River Hebert Christmas Parade on Sunday, Nov. 29 starting at 5:30 p.m. The line up will take place at River Hebert District High School; proceed up Main Street to the fire hall. Children are encouraged to write their letter to Santa and some of the elves will collect them along the parade. Also, members of the Santa's Little Helpers Program, in conjunction with the River Hebert Co-op, will be walking in the parade and collecting non-perishable food along the way; all food collected will go to the local food bank. We also encourage anyone that would like to be part of the parade to contact Judy Jollymore at 251-2250 or Darrell Fagan at 251-2490.
A message from the Santa's Little Helpers Program:
First we would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your continuing support.
We are now entering our fourth Christmas season and because of the generosity of the students, teachers, businesses and this wonderful community we have helped brighten Christmas for many families.
As you know, the members of Santa's Little Helpers are committed to fundraising for this great cause and like all organizations we are always looking for new members of all ages to get involved.
This year's fundraiser will include a Christmas apple pie sale (order your pie soon in time for Christmas), Secret Santa's Bizarre For Children Only (Sunday, Dec. 6 at the elementary school), packing at the Co-op (Nov. 21 and Dec. 5), children's Christmas dance (Friday, Dec. 11) and a Christmas raffle. Please watch flyers for details on our fundraising events. If you would like to become a member of Santa's Little Helpers or volunteer your time to one or more of these events please contact Dyke O'Brien, Sheryl Davis or Glenda Janes. And as always we welcome all donations.
Donation boxes will be set up at both River Hebert schools. Again thank you for making a difference.
Message from the River Hebert Home and School
The River Hebert Home and School Association Christmas Raffle
First Prize: Laptop Computer. Second Prize: Christmas Basket. Third Prize: Inflatable Lawn Ornament. Tickets are $2 each and can be purchased from any of your home and school members. Ticket sales will also take place at the River Hebert Co-op on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 12 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 28 from 12 to 5 p.m. All proceeds go towards student activities and events. Thank you for your continuous support.
Local Author Message
Jamie Heap is pleased to announce that he has reached a consignment agreement with the Tantramar Heritage Trust just in time for Christmas. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Lord of the Land: The Reign of Amos 'King' Seaman, please contact Jamie Heap by phone (251-2393) or e-mail jmheap@mta.ca
It would make a great gift idea for the local history buff in your family. Watch for Jamie's new book on Bud Johnston and his Heritage Models in June of 2010."
Upcoming Events
St. Paul's CWL, River Hebert Tea and Sale
Date: Saturday, Nov.14
Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Parish Hall
This event will include a craft table, bake table, white elephant table and Lunch $4.00. Everyone welcome
Annual General Meeting
Dr. D.M. Cochrane Medical Center
Date: Monday, Nov. 23
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Brookside Curling Club
Everyone is welcome to attend

Organizations: River Hebert District High School, Children Only, River Hebert Co-op Tantramar Heritage Trust

Geographic location: River Hebert, Newfoundland, St. Paul

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