Residents of the Town of Meadows on the Bay of Islands north shore are glad to see the municipal council there putting tax money into something many consider cash well spent, paved byroads.
There, the new council sees fit to proceed with community priorities identified by earlier administrations, likely and largely because of easily reachable resident concerns. Word should get around, and does. Four years occasion change. But, just how well the paving job gets done, only time will tell. Looks good so far.
Small towns survive in the people who choose to live there and support those reasons why they say they do. Sharing space and time, they try.
Other local priorities in outports will be announced in passing up the harbour, down the shore and out the bay. As small towns everywhere seeking to grow tax bases, they require good neighbours and active newcomers, of which we find more coming to settle of late. In the months and years ahead, it surely will be nice to know the latter are found as peaceful family, friends and all that.
Truth. Reality. You. Yes, we try. Ewes win. Yous, too. That is humour here, double and triple ewes. Darts. Quads and quints, even. Sextuplets, no? Seven daughters. Seven sons. Seven threesomes, 21. One to one. Win, you know. Won! Crazy eights, even.
Identified in years of local preparation for days when more people would come seeking the relaxed lifestyle of the newer outport way of life offers, we find ourselves still ready. Undisturbed. Uncomplicated. Understood. Did I mention the three ewes. Like the double ewes, tripled. A world-wide web. Lambs. Forgiveness. Everlasting life. Woven into the fabric of this promised land, Bay of Islands. Just like the old way of life. Uncomplicated. Understood. Undisturbed. And, yet underdisturbed, largely misunderstood, and, mostly, still, uncomplicated.
We like to keep it that way. We try. And, then, we do that some more.
Now, what is wrong with that?
Oh, my ... did I say, we try?
A fine skipper gone
Skipper John Roy Hackett, a fisher afloat reputed among the best of his lot, was laid to rest Tuesday.
The successful captain led a Bay of Islands fleet that brought many helpful harvests upon local folk during the time he was active at sea. He died last weekend, an octogenarian, a man for the times.
Family, colleagues, friends and neighbours, as well as the many others who gratefully knew the soft-spoken gentleman and hard-driving leader, gathered to share their fondest farewells.
Condolences are extended to surviving family, shipmates and the many who knew him.
John Roy was known provincewide in his role as skipper of the MV Silver Dolphin before his retirement a decade ago. At least once appearing on television trumpeting technological innovation in finding fish, he gave creed up close and personal years to the advantages modern ways bring and combined his own acquired skills to benefit himself and the crews fortunate enough to serve on his watch. You can find a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) account of his fishing voyages online.
Rest in peace, Skipper!
Raising the roof
Convenience stores and restaurants along both sides of the Bay of Islands are glad to help students from the Corner Brook area currently engaged in fundraising to support travel to the African country of Kenya, where they will assist in building a school in 2014-15 to help children and youth there be better educated.
Chocolate treats made available locally will help raise the roof of a local school for a hard-pressed communities there struggling to make a meaningful life for their young.
Oft times, we tend to forget how fortunate we are. Yet, we are still glad to help.