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correcting a myth
Ed Smith writes some great articles but I must point out something in his article 'by the Blessed St. Patrick in the May issue. Ed said "the great potato famine drove many young men and women to migrate across the ocean and many made their way to our island. The potato famine was around 1847 and those who left Ireland made their way to the US and to New Brunswick,Quebec,Ontario. The young Irish lads who came here boarded the British fishing ships stopping into Waterford and Cork for suppiles before heading across the Atlantic to Nfld. This started in the 1700s. Last big Irish migration was in 1825- 1831. By 1836 there were 38000 Irish living here . Roughly 50% of the island population. There was good money to be made at the fishery,better than the farming income at home in Ireland. Refer to research by John Mannion retired from MUN and the late Cyril Byrne. thank U.
Spreading The Love
I would like to start off by thanking all of your staff for putting together an amazing magazine. I look forward to getting mine in the mail every month. I just wanted to let you all know how I do my part in sharing this wonderful magazine, as well as educating my fellow co-workers about the Beautiful Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
You see, I work as a Crane Operator in Saskatchewan, and work on various job sites in the Spring and the Fall or "The Annual Shutdown" for maintenance and repairs to mostly Oil Refineries around Saskatchewan and Alberta. I save up all my back issues of the Downhome magazine and bring them to work to share with all my "mainland" co-workers. They are a great hit, with a lot of the guys..... One fellow Crane Operator by the name of Gordie Boychuk from Regina, SK has even taken out his own subscription, because him and his wife love the recipes. I take great pride in spreading knowledge about Newfoundland and Labrador with the magazine.
Unfortunately quite a few guys don't know anything about the east coast, other than the fact that "we talk funny"...
So Hats off to your great magazine and all the people behind the scenes. You're all doing a great job and keep it up!!!
Robin (James) Falkowski
formally from Holyrood, NL, now living in Springside, SK
Just entered the 7Wonders contest, but can't resist listing the ineligible wonders we have found. Briefly they are 1. The veiled virgin (the convent in St. John's) 2. The ugly stick we saw employed at Twillingate dinner theatre, which is a wonder in itself 3.cod ears and big scallop shells we found in Petty Harbor 4. Root cellars and the sink hole nearby. 5. reproduction of the Matthew --they crossed the Atlantic in that??? 6.the unique road sign of a moose attacking a car and finally the wonderful, generous, story telling people of Newfoundland and Labrador. There are more but I will stop at 7. Thanks for your entertaining magazine that even prairie folk enjoy. Doris Hugh, Calgary.
I'm just writing you this letter to talk to you about my husband,Donald. If anyone should be called Captain Newfoundland, it is him. He thinks all that comes from home is good and no one else can outdo a newfoundlander! No matter where he is or what he is doing, if he hears about anyone doing something well or making something creative or ingenious, then a Nflder had to have something to do with it! Also, if some good deed is done then it must have been someone from home who has done it. And if there is trouble-no worries if there is A Nflder around.
Every commercial or program about Nfld brings A tear to his eye.Every story or tale that he tells are of fellow newfoundlanders who have done something great or accomplished something great. My home has Newfoundland memorabilia everwhere and the flag hangs over our bed. It has even rubbed off on our son, Joshua, who actually dressed as Capt. Nfld for haloween!
We have been away for almost thirty years but you would never tell. He sounds like he has just come off the "Rock." His love for Nfld and all that comes from it shines bright everyday and never diminishes, as time goes by. According to him, the air is better in Nfld., the food is the best and the people can't be topped. The fish doesn't taste the same,nor does the moose when your not there! Nfld is home and the greatest place on earth!
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Danger On The Ice
It was early February when I received a facebook message from a good friend of mine saying they had just read my article in the Downhome Magazine entitled, "Danger On The Ice". She said she had enjoyed reading it and made the following comment, "You must have been some cold bye. Glad things worked out the way they did". Yes, COLD is an understatement , and I was surely scared to death for sure.
At this point I had just received my copy of Downhome in the mail, so filled with excitement, I quickly browsed through it, and there it was on page 129. Needless to say I was pleased that you had published it, and at the same time pleasantly surprised, as I did not know it before hand. February month was definitely a timely issue to publish it. It was also fitting to include it beside another article entitled, "I'm Going To Die", by Victoria Flaherty, both combined under one main heading entitled, ";On Thin Ice" - nicely done.
This week I was pleased to receive the $20.00 Coupon in the mail for the submission, to purchase product from the Downhome Shoppe - thank you very much.
I've submitted other articles and now with this one published, it has given me incentive to write and submit more. I have many memorable stories / events to share of my childhood days growing up in small town Newfoundland.
I'm always excited when I go to the mailbox and find my new issue of Downhome Magazine. I enjoy reading the many interesting articles, and trying to solve the many challenging puzzles.
Keep up the great work!! It's one way to keep all of us Newfoundlanders in touch.
Calvin Perry, Oshawa, ON (formerly of Laurenceton, NL)
Just read your article in the November 2015 edition, about the memorial erected in Conception Bay, for Blue Puttees, Canadian Combat Soldiers, RCMP, and RNC Officers.
The RCMP officer mentioned was not named Reg Gulliver, but Reg Gulliford. He was a native of Buchans. He was my friend. He was a good man.
I am not criticizing your magazine, just making a correction. Which someone may already have done. I don't get every edition of the Downhomer, but every one I can.
I think it's wonderful that the people from our province who serve are remembered this way. And the next time I am on the East Coast, on vacation, I will visit this monument.
Keep up the good work.
In response to "Where is this" February 2016 Issue by Burton Janes he asked if I would forward to you my response to him:
Good day Burton,
Just looking at a photo in the most recent issue of Downhome. It appears to me to be a photo of the railway station in Clarenville. The rise of the hill in the background and even the dark building in the upper left maybe the station managers house. I know when dad worked in that area I was with him on a number of occasions. Even though it was much later the when this picture was taken the landmarks look familiar. If it is Clarenville the picture is looking East.
I am writing with my disappointment with your latest edition of Inside Labrador. Indeed it is wrongly named as it should be named Inside Happy Valley-Goose Bay. I cannot believe that a magazine of your usual caliber would essentially ignore an entire region of Labrador, i.e. Labrador West, whose entire representation in your Inside Labrador magazine consists of the photo on the last page of the edition. Shabby work, and we would expect better from Downhomer.
New Friends from Afar!
We have been tossing bottles with a note inside since 2013. To date our bottles have been picked up in Ireland (2), Scotland (2), England (2) and Norway (3)! How exciting to receive an email from someone who has found one of the bottles on a beach somewhere! One took only 6 weeks from here (Musgrave Harbour on the north coast) to Ireland! We have remained in touch with some of the folks and often they tell us how a visit to NL is on their bucket list!! Will let you know if that happens in future....Ron and Lynn McCarthy Musgrave Harbour, NL
After quite a few years as an subscriber to your magazine, I have decided that this time round I will not be renewing my subscription.
I have been a reader who has seen all changes that your magazine has gone through since my first enjoyable read.
I will never be critical of your magazine, because it has brought me great joy and reading through these many year's. I have however, "out-grown" my use for the publication, so to speak. The first issue's were so simple to enjoy. We were a young couple living in Ontario and missing home. The DownHomer at the time, was filled with so much Newfoundland ... and home ... I recognized people, places and things between the pages. It truly lived up to it's motto ... a little piece of home ...... I understand that changes always have to be made to keep things running and to stay up with the times. Topics and materials inside the covers were added and the format of the magazine changed. I endured the change, even though there were differences in the content that, at the time, did not spark my interest, but there were still some old content (and the puzzles) so I endured. Over the past half dozen years or so, there have been many other changes in the down home content. The good feeling and excitement went away and I stuck with it. Now, it's renewal time, I have a choice to make. It was difficult, but I chose not to renew at this time. Other than a few puzzles still there, much of the content has gone to a more eastern Canada, eastern Newfoundland content. I don't see familiar faces or familiar places anymore and that discouraged me.
All said and done, I still feel you are putting out a very good magazine. I can tell a lot of hard work has gone into ( and will continue to go into ) making it a great magazine. I will always praise your magazine and tell friends about it. Thanks for the year's of great reading!
Carleton Place, ON.