On a Roll

The Amherst News - - OP ED - Clare Christie is a mem­ber of the Amherst News Com­mu­nity Editorial Panel. She can be reached at clarechristie0@gmail.com.

Ed­i­tor’s Note: is col­umn ran in last week’s edi­tion of the Amherst News with the wrong au­thor. We are run­ning it again with the proper au­thor’s name.

How ex­cit­ing to see an Amherst land­mark on the cover of our pro­vin­cial news­pa­per, The Chron­i­cle Her­ald of Oct. 5. Our na­tive son, Aaron Beswick, a star Her­ald re­porter, wrote the ar­ti­cle, later re­peated in this pa­per. The land­mark is 188 Vic­to­ria Street East, the im­pos­ing sand­stone home built by the Hew­son Woolen Mill fam­ily circa 1905, sold to the Pur­dys (Marg Ma­cleod, Wal­ter, Robert, Bar­bara Jane Jeb­son), owned by Gar­net An­gus in my time and most re­cently, Mayor Ko­gon.

e own­ers, Ali­son and David Mar­shall (with their ten-year old son Dy­lan and still-a-puppy, Bai­ley), are en­thu­si­as­ti­cally restor­ing their home to as close to the orig­i­nal as pos­si­ble while bring­ing it up to present day re­quire­ments. They com­pare the build­ing to “a model that has been in a car ac­ci­dent” who needs cos­metic surgery. ey see the house as an in­vest­ment for the fu­ture.

ey are a won­der­ful ad­ver­tise­ment for Amherst as they have ap­pre­ci­ated the thought­ful­ness and friend­li­ness of so many Amher­sto­ni­ans who they have met since the be­gin­ning of the year. ey are com­mend­ing Amherst to friends in On­tario for the dou­ble speed of our in­ter­net, the de­com­pressed pace of life here, the abil­ity to walk down­town. e men work­ing on Vic­to­ria Street have im­pressed them with their help­ful­ness and ac­com­mo­da­tion.

How won­der­ful for Dy­lan that he can move about in­de­pen­dently with­out con­stant su­per­vi­sion. He wrote an es­say to qual­ify as a peer me­di­a­tor and has signed up at the Curl­ing Club for Lite Rocks.

The Mar­shalls are sourc­ing labour and ma­te­ri­als lo­cally where pos­si­ble.

They have joined Amherst Her­itage Trust and are pro­mot­ing other her­itage prop­er­ties that are up for sale to friends in On­tario.

e ar­ti­cle also men­tioned Jim Fur­long re­turn­ing to his home town with his wife Glo­ria — they have bought the Purdy/Donachie house at 13 Re­gent Street — and Peter Bar­rett and Tr­ish Dejong who bought the house fac­ing Lamy Street on Vic­to­ria Street East.

You may have no­ticed work be­ing done on Rhodes Manor on Have­lock Street. e owner, Dan Read, at­tended the Oc­to­ber meet­ing of Amherst Her­itage Trust (AHT) and will serve as one of our in­au­gu­ral Di­rec­tors. He is very en­thused about the rich history of Amherst and this area and es­pe­cially the role played by the orig­i­nal owner of his home, Mr. Rhodes of “Rhodes and Curry, which later be­came the Cana­dian Car Com­pany& Foundry ... largely re­spon­si­ble for the pro­duc­tion of air­planes in Amherst.” https:// cum­ber­land county mu­seum. word­press.com/2015/07/23/aerial-amherst/

Won­der­ful as it is to see the land­marks be­ing xed up, “the roll” of my ti­tle, a quote from Les­lie Childs, a fel­low colum­nist and Vice-Pres­i­dent of AHT, refers also to all our new cit­i­zens, many who are buy­ing homes, mak­ing their lives here and be­gin­ning to con­trib­ute to the vi­brancy of our com­mu­nity.

Don and Wang Li Ma­cLean have xed up their home near the in­ter­sec­tion of Church and Spring Streets as well as the Vic­to­ria Faire build­ing. Wang Li has been op­er­at­ing Gourmet Dumplings there. She has also started a three-year term as a Di­rec­tor of the Mul­ti­cul­tural As­so­ci­a­tion of Cum­ber­land (MAC).

My neigh­bours, Glo­ria Tut­laluk and her daugh­ter Bon­nie Cur­tis, ar­rived last year from Bri­tish Columbia and Al­berta af­ter the Fort MacMur­ray re, fol­low­ing their son and brother Jim Cur­tis. Jim and his wife Jenny had al­ready cho­sen Amherst as his early re­tire­ment des­ti­na­tion be­cause of our cen­tral po­si­tion in the Mar­itimes. Al­though Jim and Jenny were al­ready packed to leave Fort Mac, they had to drive through the re.

So yes, Les­lie, the “ball is rolling” in your adopted town for which you are work­ing so hard.

With re­gard to our history, Oct. 28 was the cen­te­nary of the death of Norman Christie, an­other na­tive son. David Christie, who re­cently com­pleted Christie Bros. & Co. Ltd. 1863 to 1969: A cen­tury of man­u­fac­tur­ing in Amherst, is cur­rently writ­ing the story of Norman’s life which ended trag­i­cally as a re­sult of the First World War.

To buy my pub­li­ca­tions, go to the Ar­ti­sans’ Gallery, Amherst Cen­tre Mall; Mar­itime Mo­saic, Dayle’s, Vic­to­ria Street, Amherst; Fly­ing Colours, Mac­can; and Main and Sta­tion, Parrs­boro. Coles car­ries My dear Alice. For my six self-pub­lished books and book­lets, go to the Cum­ber­land County Mu­seum and Ar­chives and to the YMCA Amherst.

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