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Month: May 2010


Remembering The Fallen At Plaster Rock

It’s Tuesday morning, 8:25 a.m. to be exact, and seven-year-old Grace Ashworth is standing in the secretary’s office at Donald Fraser Memorial School in Plaster Rock, N.B. O Canada has just been sung throughout the school and so everyone is standing. Glancing down at a small piece of paper between her fingers, Grace, who is in Grade 2, clears her throat and then speaks into the school’s public address system. “Today we are going to honour and remember the following soldier who died while serving our country in World War II. Sergeant Roy Wintfield Vickery, Dec. 15, 1943. Could you please remain standing for a moment of silence in his memory.” There is a long, near noiseless pause up and down the school’s hallways, throughout its offices and kindergarten to Grade 5 classrooms. “Thank you,...

Driving In The Grey Zone

Myrtle Smith, 103, of Stanstead, Que.; Ottawa residents Dr. Bill Jeans, 91, and Al Sentance, 84; and Bob Cawker, 93, of Surrey, B.C.; have all been driving seven or eight decades, have had their drivers’ licences renewed in the past two years, and intend to continue driving as long as they are capable. They are part of a growing visible minority—senior, senior drivers. Although medical conditions cause abilities of some to decline with age, others “remain perfectly capable to drive their whole lives,” says geriatrician Dr. Malcolm Man-Son-Hing, co-executive of Candrive, the Canadian Driving Research Initiative for Vehicular Safety in the Elderly. “Healthy older drivers are some of the safest on the roads. They don’t take risks as many younger drivers do, and they have experience.” T...

Readers’ Quiz: The Answers

False.  It was British forces that burned Washington in August 1814. e. Prior to the outbreak of war in 1914, Currie worked in both insurance and real estate.  Before becoming a businessman, he had taught at public schools in British Columbia. c. Bishop is credited with 72 “victories” against enemy aircraft.  His total was the second highest in the British Empire. The second battle of Ypres in Belgium.  The Germans attacked the allied lines with chlorine gas for the first time on April 22, 1915. The poppy was chosen as a result of Canadian medical officer John McCrae’s First World War poem, In Flanders Fields, inspired by the poppies that grew on the battlefields.  The flower’s red colour represents the bloodshed of war. Highway 4, which runs from Lethbridge to the U.S. border...

Manitoba Sweeps to A Win In Newfoundland

The weather was cool, the welcome warm and the curling hot at the 54th Royal Canadian Legion Dominion Command Curling Championship March 13-19 in Stephenville, Nfld. The Manitoba-Northwestern Ontario team of Jeff Stewart, Craig Douglas, Dwight Ferguson and Jeff Mowat of Gladstone Branch were victorious. But everyone felt like a winner during their stay in Stephenville, on the shore of picturesque Bay St. George on Newfoundland’s southwest coast. “Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow,” Jeff Mowat, lead of the Manitoba team, said at the closing banquet. The famed Newfoundland hospitality coupled with luscious meals and opulent surroundings made the week seem like an endless party aboard a luxury liner. “We immediately thought of the movie Titanic” upon seeing the branch’s main hall, said skip Mel B...
Backyard History – Little Stories, Big Nation
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Backyard History – Little Stories, Big Nation

“Thank goodness for Sidney Crosby,” exclaims Janice Kirkbright. The NHL star and captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins has done something she and many of her friends and neighbours have been unable to do, despite years of trying. Crosby has proudly told the world that he is from Cole Harbour, N.S., and in so doing has kept alive the name of a once thriving farm community that has all but disappeared in recent years due to urban sprawl from nearby Dartmouth and Halifax. “There used to be a lot of farming in this area,” says Kirkbright, director of the 220-member Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society, “but it’s all subdivisions now. It’s disappeared as a postal address and a lot of people don’t even use the name anymore. They just say they’re from Dartmouth.” And that’s a shame, Kirkbright...

DEC Holds The Course

The drop in membership appears to be levelling off and good financial management has kept The Royal Canadian Legion operating solidly in the black. Still, at their Feb. 27-28 meeting at Legion House, members of Dominion Executive Council made it clear they want Dominion Command to continue working hard to build membership and manage funds carefully and wisely. Dominion Command led by example by offering free one-year memberships to newly retired veterans, resulting in addition of 130 new members between July 2008 and the end of 2009, reported Dominion Command Membership Committee Chairman Paulette Cook. Recruitments in most commands increased over the previous year, with Newfoundland and Labrador Command up 10.64 per cent and Quebec and British Columbia/Yukon close behind at more than 8...

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