Ruby-throated hum­ming­birds in Nova Sco­tia

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - COMMUNITY - Pat Crowe is a mem­ber of the Springhill Her­itage Group. To learn more or read past ar­ti­cle of the Her­itage Cor­ner, visit www.springhill­her­itage.ca. BY HOPE BRIDGE­WA­TER SPE­CIAL TO THE CIT­I­ZEN-RECORD

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

about Springhill

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

looks for­lorn

The hum­ming­birds

have gone away

I only wish that they

could stay

Th­ese hum­ming­birds

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,

hov­er­ing flight

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.

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