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Gentlefolk, start your engines

Dave White
Dave White

On this day, my father, George Tomes White, passed away.

It was 1978. The start of the second day of summer. I’d spent at least part of the June 18 Father’s Day with him five days earlier. He was my dad, adoptive father, muse and buddy.

Like other friends my age, I was young and wild and free back then. It was always a cause of concern for him. He lives in my heart and soul, forever. I will be 10 years older than Dad was at his passing this fall. I was 21, going on 22, when he took his last breath in my arms 39 years ago.

On this date a month from now, July 22, all may surely partake in personal and ceremonial remembrance, revel in old school nostalgia, modern merriment and wonder at the change that five decades of life downhome has brought to our doorsteps.

It’s just about time for McIvers Come Home Year 2017, eight days of celebrations in late July offering to commemorate and foster more of the life and legacy of the community and its people. The town’s population offers to triple for at least as long.

Some 1,100 “come from a ways” who have long and lately came to make residence elsewhere in Canada and abroad, are registered for the busy slate of events being set out by volunteers.

A little closer in time

On the Bay of Islands north shore this weekend, a novel sight from last summer looks to turn into a lasting gaze this one.

The hugely successful Smash-Up for MS, an automobile demolition derby inaugurated at the old gravel pits in 2016, is back for another showing. It’s goes again this weekend in the vaulted safety of the pit in Gillams.

Project organizer Gavin Butt and his hard-driving team of contestants and volunteers from across the province are ready to go at it again, rain or shine.

Making it a family spectator event with some added countryside fair flavours added on this year, the crowd may be expected to match or exceed the numbers from last time when more than 2,000 people attended the excitement.

More than $10,000 was raised to fight MS, a debilitating illness that affects people right across Canada. Community and corporate support for such good causes can only be commended.

Dave White welcomes your Bay of Islands news and events information at 660-5712, or email at: bayofislands2008@gmail.com.

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