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Southcott Award Winners
The Newfoundland Historic Trust presented three awards for excellence in built heritage during the 24th annual Southcott Awards ceremony. William Francis, owner of John Hancock House in Portland, Bonavista Bay, was recognized for his family's efforts to restore the structure. The house was originally constructed by boat-builder John Hancock around 1923-1935. The house sits on seven acres of land, near a brook that once fed Hancock's sawmill. Mayor Sam Slade accepted an award on behalf of the Town of Carbonear, which undertook the restoration of the Old Carbonear Post Office (including a clock tower), built in 1905. Finally, Claudia Sommers Brown received an award for the restoration of the Queen Anne-style Moseley/Brown House, located at Dockside - the oldest area of Burin. The house, built in 1900, was once home to Dr. Moseley, who also had his surgery clinic and office there.
Rick Hillier Returning to MUN
The day after retiring from his position as chief of defence staff (CDS) in early July, General Rick Hillier started his new job as chancellor of Memorial University (where Hillier himself earned a bachelor of science degree in 1975). Hillier's retirement came after three years as CDS, during which he presided over Canada's mission in Afghanistan. Vice-Chief of Defence Staff, Walter Natynczyk, will assume his position. Hillier takes over from the university's previous chancellor, John Crosbie, who was appointed lieutenant-governor in January.
Cleary Brings Home the Cup
Thousands gathered in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, to welcome Daniel Cleary - and the Stanley Cup - on Canada Day. Cleary, as a member of the Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup champs, arrived in his hometown with the coveted cup via motorcade, which passed by throngs of excited fans lining the streets. Premier Danny Williams attended the event and treated Cleary and the crowd to his rendition of the song "Oh Danny Boy." Despite sometimes rainy conditions, fans waited in a lineup for hours just to touch the Stanley Cup, which, for the first time, bears the name of a Newfoundlander.
Flipping for 17th-Century Coin
Archeologists excavating the Colony of Avalon site, near Ferryland, recently made a significant find - the first archeological discovery of a whole gold coin in Newfoundland and Labrador. The 22-karat gold Scottish "Sword and Sceptre" coin is dated 1601, during the reign of King James VI of Scotland. At that time the coin would have been worth six pounds - or 120 shillings - considered a significant amount of money then. On the obverse are the crowned arms of Scotland (rampant lion) and the Latin inscription that translates into English as "James VI, by the Grace of God, King of Scots." On the reverse: a crossed sword and scepter are flanked by two thistles, all below a crown, along with the Latin version of "The safety of the people is the supreme law." The coin is on display at the Colony's interpretation centre.
A Mountain for Maddie
St. Lawrence, Newfoundland-native Paul Lambe is due to complete an inspirational climb to the top of Mount Elbrus in Russia in honour of a courageous and selfless child named Maddison Babineau (Maddie) early this month. Four years ago, Lambe had just returned from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa, in aid of ALS research when he learned that the 12-year-old daughter of a fellow climber was diagnosed with an aggressive bone cancer called Ewing's Sarcoma. During her treatment, Maddie was granted a wish from the Children's Wish Foundation. At the child's request, the foundation donated $6,500 towards building a school in Africa. Maddie recovered but the cancer returned when she was 15. From her hospital bed, Maddie sold jewellery to raise funds to build a well to provide drinking water to students at the African school her wish had funded. When the cancer returned a third time, Maddie decided she wanted to raise enough funds to build a whole village in Africa. Sadly, she passed away in May 2007. But Paul and others have taken up her cause. To find out how you can help make Maddie's dreams come true, and to read more about Paul's inspirational journey, visit www.maddieswishproject.com.