After spending the winter around the cracker barrel at Brother Crowe’s, reading books and getting lots of sleep. Herbie McLeod pulled out last week for Florida to rejoin his ball team for spring training. He travelled by train and as soon as he arrived went into training.
This is Herbie’s second summer in Florida and he was greeted by many old friends who welcomed him back to the team.
Herbie’s wide circle of friends around Springhill, where he learned his baseball, will join in wishing him a successful season. It will be remembered that last year the little slugger was the third best sticker in the league which comprised eight teams. Not bad for a fellow in his first season.
In a letter back home Herbie said the weather was not too hot, but ideal for training purposes and the club had lots of games ahead of it this summer.
We hope that Herbie will let us hear from him occasionally as the local boys are always anxious to follow his career in the south.
Carter’s Garage Under Construction
Carter’s new garage being erected by the Irving Oil Company, is rising rapidly and should be open for business about the end of April. Construction is of tile and there will be a large number of windows.
The interior will be laid out different than the old garage which was destroyed by fire. The offices and stock room will be located in the south-east corner and will be cut off by a tile wall. The remainder of the space will be open so that the maximum amount of accommodation may be obtained. The ceiling in the office will be lowered to permit a second floor which will be used as an additional stock room.
Meanwhile a temporary shelter permits some repairs, while gas and oil is sold as usual.
Captain Fred A. Embree
Capt. F.A. Embree, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps., of Springhill has been promoted to the rank of Captain, and has been appointed Staff Learner, Eastern Command, in Halifax, it was announced recently, in Command Headquarters. He is the son of Mr. ad Mrs. C.B. Embree, Springhill. Capt. Embree enlisted in the North Nova Scotia Highlanders (M.G.) in the early days of World War 11 and joined the West Nova Scotia Regiment in December 1939. After service in England, he returned to Canada, received his commission and went back to Europe in June 1944.
After returning to the battle zone Capt. Embree was wounded at Rimini, Italy. He rejoined the West Novas after recovering from his wounds and went with them to Holland. He came home ahead of the West Novas having volunteered to go to the Pacific, but while he was in Canada the United States released the atom bomb and the Pacific war was over. He remained in the army. His promotion at this time is in recognition to the service he has given to his country over the years. His many friends will extend congratulations.
Canvas by Talented Artist Displayed
The fine oil painting on display in the window of Wardrope’s Drugstore, Upper Main Street, during the past week is the work of Miss Lorraine Murphy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Murphy, Cowan Street. It depicts a spaniel and her young.
Bold strokes have created just the correct reproduction of the curly, slightly shaggy coat of this breed of dog; fine execution work on the heads has succeeded in conveying the intelligent attitude traditional in the species. Although the subjects are in repose, Lorraine has achieved the impression of living force by placing them in stances which typify their mother-young relationship. In quarter-face the sitting mother is alert, attentive and protective, sheltering her young under her broad chest and forelegs; the young is crouched under her, snuggling close in an attitude of faith and dependence, and yet ready for the next mischievous episode which may present itself.
Produced last summer after Lorraine had graduated from the local grade eleven, the painting is a fine achievement by the young artist whose total instruction to one winter of evening classes under Mrs. Hart. She has a flair for art, obviously. According to her brother, Bill, who works in the drugstore, “she was always drawing or painting something.”
Miss Murphy is now taking a one-year business course at Mount Allison Academy, but continues to devote many of her leisure hours to painting.
Campaign to Collect Water Rates
In this issue appears an official announcement by the Town drawing attention to the proposed collection of water rates which will start April 1. The first half-yearly payment is already overdue.
The action, officials pointed out, is necessary in order to meet debt charges coming due and liquidate an overdraft.
The officials have pointed out that the Board of Public Utilities has set down certain regulations regarding payment of Water Rates which were due and payable on Jan. 1. The consumer was also given a period of grace. The period has now expired and it becomes necessary to press for payment. Failure to pay accounts for electricity brings additional charges and town officials feel that a similar system might be used to advantage in collecting water rates. Embarrassment might be avoided if attention is paid to the warning notice.
Pat Crowe is a member of the Springhill Heritage Group. To learn more or read past article of the Heritage Corner, visit www.springhillheritage.ca.