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Spring cleanup gets underway in Bay of Islands

Dave White
Dave White

For now in Bay of Islands, as anywhere else down the shores, up the harbours and through the valleys of western Newfoundland and Labrador, spring cleanup — the annual kind ashore — is underway.

Getting free of refuse and primping for the summer tourist season is a seasonal tradition aroundabouts, like fishing. For a month or so, until the litterbugs strike again. Strides have been made. Garbage teams cart it off. School kids recycle. All win.

Viking tradition in Newfoundland has in latter years of the global economy come to include imported Norse beer and details of native anti-scurvy medicine, spruce brews, something Capt. James Cook, the great British explorer, depended up on to help his crews survive the scourges of ocean travels and early Western travels, a quarter millennium prior to McIvers’ Come Home Year 2017, July 22-29. Spruce beer sampling there comes compliments of Cook 250 celebrations, even as Canada's sesquicentennial anniversary as a nation this year finds its fit.

How's that for a segway?

Changing times

The way things are going in the world these days you'd have to think we would all be better off trying to be self-sufficient. Homegrown vegetables and cultured fruit, local beef and pork, tame fowl, wild game and berries and caught fish provided a livelihood.

Decades on, business-minded farm folk in Bay of Islands, as elsewhere, are already primed to take advantage of any local demand coming their way — a seeming certainty of needy times in modern climes, too. Local consumers are taking a second look, thrice if they like it.

Meanwhile, as communications technology finds its great place among the masses through the valleys, up the harbours, down the shores and out the bays of western Newfoundland and Labrador, uplifted entertainers like Gregory Crane and Jacob Payne of Cox's Cove are compiling hits online worthy of recognition.  It leads to better things for everyone as local talent finds its way into cyberculture and lends to more recognizable appearances at local festivals and responsive summertime fun each year. Big bands are welcomed, too.

Volunteer Week and such

The national week of recognition, this year marked April 23-29, afforded free of charge to people who themselves give freely of their time, talent and energy to the cultural fabric of this land of yours and mine, is making its 14th round in Canada.

In this province, we know all too well the importance of volunteers in keeping our good life together. Gratitude is important.

For them, we ought all stand thankful.

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