Ruby-throated hummingbirds in Nova Scotia
Work on resurfacing of the Springhill-New Brunswick Border section of the highway, Route No. 2 will commence immediately said K.J. Cochran, M.L.A., to The Record this week. The contract has been let to the Acadian Construction Company of Bridgewater. The contract for preparing the Maccan-Joggins Roads has been let to H.H. Latimer of Truro. The Springhill-Border section of the highway is one of the earliest pieces of hardsurfacing laid in the province and began to break up shortly after it was laid. For the past few years many complaints have been registered with the Highways Dept. over the condition of this road now due to the pressure of Messrs. Kaufman and Cochrane, who represent Cumberland in the local legislature, the road will be re-surfaced.
It is understood the section around the Information Bureau at the New Brunswick Border will be surfaced at the same time.
Mr. Sidney Fisher had the honor of receiving the Imperial Service Medal for long service with the Canadian National Railways, the presentation being made Saturday by Mr. E.V. Richards in the presence of fellow employees at his home, Springhill Jct.
Town overdraft reaches $32,000
The Town of Springhill is beginning to feel the strain of the current coal strike and its bank overdraft at April 30th had climbed to $32,000. The Town’s borrowing power runs to about $60,000, therefore, little difficulty is expected in the matter of financing, for a short time yet, although there are some worried faces around the town hall where they realize that even if the strike is settled within a week it will be some time before the citizens will be in a position to pay taxes.
Commenting on the situation the Town Clerks points out that the discount period for payment
Joseph Storey, 67, of Springhill Junction, a retired employee of the Canadian National Railways, was found dead in bed Tuesday morning about 7 a.m. by Mrs. Storey. He had apparently suffered a heart attack.
Retired some years ago Mr. Storey was quite active and apparently in good health. On the previous Tuesday he was out smelting and only a couple of days before his death he had been out looking over some lumber which he planned to cut under contract.
Funeral Services are being held today from his home at Springhill Junction. Interment will be at Rodney.
This week’s five facts
86. In 1912 there were 1445 pupils enrolled in the Springhill public schools
87. The Compulsory Attendance Act was passed in 1914. All school age children had to attend school
88. The first High School was built on Junction Road. The new High School was built on Church Street in 1910. It was demolished in 1985
89. The Domestic Science Course was started in the Springhill Schools in November 1937. Miss Rhoda McLeod was the first teacher
90. Clara Richie taught music in the schools for 20 years retiring in 1965 On this early September morn Even the front yard
have gone away
I only wish that they
will fly so far
So many miles it seems bizarre
These tiny birds can go so far. They fear the cold of Scotia’s snow
It is a mystery how they know The need for warmth so far away I understand, but wish they’d stay. I miss their beauty and how fast they sped With colours violet, green, white, black, and red; I miss their humming,
From sunlit dawn to darkening night
May they be safe and on their guard So they’ll be back in this same yard.
This year again in 2017 I miss the hummingbirds every single day since they recently left Wentworth in early September for southern Mexico and Central America. I have added violet as a colour to the poem as a young male hummingbird can show a forked black tail with a faint violet sheen at times.
Each year a lone male hummingbird appears in midMay, later followed by a female hummingbird and later a family of young hummingbirds, with all soon darting about looking for food, and all, except one, suddenly disappearing again.
Once again I missed the hummingbirds from my home window with the three bird feeders in which I put a sugared drink (one cup of sugar with four cups of boiled water and when cold placed in the feeders). I sit and watch the hummingbirds for long periods of time as I also read. Once again a lone male hummingbird stayed behind after all the other hummingbirds left, and I made sure he had the sugared drink along with all the bees, as long as he stayed, and then one day he was no longer here. He must have had a lonely trip all the way back to the south.
Hummingbirds are my favourite birds.