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Postcards from Around the World
I thought I'd share a quick update about our postcards project at Humber Elementary School in Corner Brook.
Thanks to the 4000+ visits to the original Downhomelife article about our project ( http://www.downhomelife.com/submissions.php?itemid=61833 ), Sailor and Skipper and our Grade ... click to read moreI thought I'd share a quick update about our postcards project at Humber Elementary School in Corner Brook.
Thanks to the 4000+ visits to the original Downhomelife article about our project ( http://www.downhomelife.com/submissions.php?itemid=61833 ), Sailor and Skipper and our Grade 6 students have received postcards from Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Scotland, Spain, Greece, Turkey. . . We are delighted!
More postcards arrive every day, and every day our students come to read and check the maps outside our school's library. The project is great fun, and Skipper and Sailor enjoy blogging about the project ( http://21stelearning.edublogs.org/ ).
But there is big disappointment that we are getting so few postcards from Canada. We have received postcards from only three provinces, and only nine communities are represented on our map of Newfoundland Labrador.
Come on, fellow Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, WHEREVER you may be!! Please mail us a postcard before our project ends on Family Literacy Day, January 27. Let's show everyone that we are a big, big family of Downhome readers!
Hi - I'd like to hear from those that might have old photos (early 1900's) of Keepels Lighthouse (near Port Saunders) and/or John Edward Charles Pike, who was the first lightkeeper there from 1901-1912. Also, where would any of the old record logs be kept? I'd love to hear from anyone with information that can assist. I can be reached at email@example.com.
Thank You, General Hillier On 14 October, 2012 at about 6:15 a.m., I was at Toronto International Airport with my 23-year-old daughter for her to go on a flight to Newfoundland. We were standing outside at the departure level, when out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a man and a woman get out of a taxi. When I turned my head, I realized it was Gen (Retired) Rick Hillier. I am a retired soldier, and was ... click to read moreOn 14 October, 2012 at about 6:15 a.m., I was at Toronto International Airport with my 23-year-old daughter for her to go on a flight to Newfoundland. We were standing outside at the departure level, when out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a man and a woman get out of a taxi. When I turned my head, I realized it was Gen (Retired) Rick Hillier. I am a retired soldier, and was as pleased as punch to meet up with the former Chief of Defence Staff. I immediately put my conversation with my daughter on hold and approached Gen Hillier. I shook his hand and let him know that I was serving under his command while he was the CDS. We chatted for about a minute, he asked me what I was doing now, etc. Before we parted company he said to me, "Thank you for your service." He was in a bit of a hurry to meet his flight, but what I meant to say to the Great General was, "no sir, thank you, for YOUR service, and great leadership! You were the most brilliant man that has ever led the Canadian Armed Forces!"
MCpl (Retired) Russ Morgan
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Do any Downhome readers recall the last name of Caulfield from about the 1920s to 1996? I have been trying to find any information on my birth mother and siblings whom I have never met and have very little or no information ... click to read moreDo any Downhome readers recall the last name of Caulfield from about the 1920s to 1996? I have been trying to find any information on my birth mother and siblings whom I have never met and have very little or no information about. My birth mother's last name at the time of my birth was Caulfield. She was born in St. John's, I figure, about the mid 1920s or so.
Sometime in her life she moved to Montreal, I believe in the 1950s or so, where she gave birth to me in 1958. Shortly after I was born (two months) I was placed in foster care due to mental health issues that my mother had. During my life there was very little info. that was given to me until I was 14 years old and was awarded to the Quebec government and legally adopted by the Barry family in Montreal who cared for me since I was 2 months old.
Sometime in my birth mother's life she moved back to St. John's, NL where she had passed away in 1996.
I have been searching for approximately 20 years or so trying to find any info. about her or any siblings but Quebec still has all its adoption files closed and any information that I have recieved from them has been non-identifying info. What I do know is that I have a birth sister that could be a few years younger than me or a few years older than me. Possibly she could be living in the St. John's area, or perhaps Montreal. My birth mother had black hair and blue eyes and medium build. She was 33 years old at the time of my birth. The little information that I have about my birth father is that he was a truck driver from St. John, New Brunswick. He was 24. I hope one day I will be able to visit her at grave side and meet my sister. Any info. would be greatly appreciated at this time. ... Hide full submission
As I was reading the December 2012 issue I came across a letter from Helena Thornhill who visited Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. I too took some time to stop in Newfoundland, PA while on a trip to the Pocono Mountains Resort a number of years ago. Newfoundland, PA is an unicorporated town. There is very little information on the internet on this place
Need help Locating Descendants of Family of Quirpon, Newfoundland
We are researching various parcels of land in Quirpon, Newfoudland on the Northern Peninsula that are listed with Abraham Randell, Robert Hobbs and John Randell. These gentlemen would have probably fished there in the late 1800's or early 1900's. Anyone with any information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andy and Sherri Hillier
Dear downhome, I am the lucky recipient of a subsciption to your magazine as a gift from my dear ole dad, a frequent contributor to your poetic license section.
As a puzzle fanatic, It's hard to resist the temptation of any puzzle however, I am a little dissapointed that your "themed puzzles" are so American. I know that you have included a "Newfoundland crossword" but it would be nice to have a regular crossword that is more appropriate for your readership. American baseball, celebrities, Thanksgiving etc. is not what I'd expect to find in a magazine whose prime focus is on bringing us "downhome".