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Greetings again from 5206 Boars Back Road. On Wednesday afternoon, June 16, yours truly was interviewed by Breakfast Television’s Maria Panopalis regarding my new book History in Miniature.

Her photogenic nature and bubbly personality made things very light and fun on set. But I digress. Along with her camera man George Reeves (22 years experience) and field producer Rachel Bower, the three highly professional individuals spent the entire afternoon in River Hebert acquiring tons of still and video footage from not only Heritage Models, but also from such local buildings as the United Church. Starting this Monday, June 21, Live at Five will be commencing a weekly segment on interesting people and places in the Maritimes. Watch for the aforementioned story on the Monday, June 28 edition of CTV’s Live At Five. I had the chance to talk to Breakfast Television’s Maria Panopalis on set and learned several things about her that I hope fans of BT will find interesting:

Date of birth: January 1977; place of birth: Halifax, Nova Scotia; siblings: one brother.

Ethnicity: Greek (her father immigrated to Canada in the 1960s, her mother in the 1970s).

Education: Bachelor of Science (Dalhousie), Bachelor of Journalism (University of King’s College) post-graduate diploma in Applied Information Technology.

Favourite Music: Rock, dance, anything really (it just depends on her mood).

Live or taped TV: Maria prefers the spontaneity of doing live television such as BT.

In related news, for those of you not living in the River Hebert and Joggins area, History in Miniature is now available for sale at Coles bookstore in Amherst for $24.95. Locally, History in Miniature is available at A & J’s Superette and at Heritage Models for $22. From baseball hats, to t-shirts, sweaters, miniature rock cars and wooden paddles as well as antique dinnerware, postcards, moose callers, quilts and many other hand-crafted items and souvenirs, check out Heritage Models’ new stock today at its gift shop. Heritage Models is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; its staff will be more than happy to assist you.

For those of you interested in our local lumbering heritage, I strongly recommend that you consider picking up a copy of Mike Parker’s Buried in the Woods: Sawmill Ghost Towns of Nova Scotia,also available at Coles for $22.95. Buried in the Woodsfeatures such Cumberland County communities as Minudie, Eatonville and Shulie, one of only four communities in all of Canada that has a permanent population of two!

“I’ve gotta feeling‚“ that Saturday, June 26 is “going to be a good, good night” in both River Hebert and Joggins. Starting at 7 p.m. in River Hebert at the Masonic Lodge will be the bi-weekly Mason’s Music Night. Donations are welcome and 50/50 tickets will also be sold. The Joggins Legion will be holding its monthly “Wing Nite” For just $5 you can purchase a dozen tasty wings between the hours of 6 and 10 p.m. Young people under the age of 18 are welcome until 8 p.m. From 9:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. that night at the Joggins Legion, Alfred Dwyer will be providing music and vocals (dance).

(It should be noted that $1 from the purchase of every 12-wing order sold on June 26 at the Joggins Legion will be donated to Adriaana Michels’ trip to Toronto.)

And don’t forget that, if you would like to order a beautiful meal on Friday, June 25 (12-8 p.m.) in support of Adriaana for just $10, call Nancy at 667-2718, or if unavailable, call Bridget at 251-2410. Dinner will contain ham and salad, a roll, coleslaw, veggies, and a little something for dessert. Cost will be $10 per plate.

With less than a week to go until the June 30 deadline, the 2010 RHRH/RHDH committee reports that 111 people have registered to attend the Aug. 13/14 event.

Happy 21st Wedding Anniversary to Darlene and Melvin Hounsell of Cole Harbour. Darlene Hounsell is the daughter of Mel and Helen Tower of River Hebert. Darlene and Melvin will be celebrating their special day on Thursday, June 24.

Looking to make some money this summer? Hanna Farms is looking for strawberry pickers from the River Hebert and Parrsboro areas. Contact Janet at 251-2283. Attention local artisans! The inaugural River Hebert Market is looking for people interested in selling their arts, crafts, produce and preserves. For more information, or to book a table, please call Sue at 251-2959. Well, that’s all for now. Have a great week!

Jamie Heap is the correspondent for River Hebert and area. He can be reached at 251-2393.

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