Ex­hausted

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Carbonear coun­cil has now ex­hausted all av­enues to try and re­solve a long stand­ing dis­pute with a cou­ple who wanted to build a house in an un­ser­viced area of town.

Dawn Ro­gowski of St. John’s car­ried the torch through a throng of res­i­dents who broke out in smiles, cam­eras and video recorders in hand.

Norma Bon­nell of Cupids posed for a pho­to­graph with Ro­gowski be­fore the torch­bearer walked the flame past Cupids

“ It’s a very ex­cit­ing time. I work for the Cupids 400, com­mu­nity li­ai­son of­fi­cer. I’m the chair of the ( Cu­pers Cove) Soiree com­mit­tee here, so it’s very ex­cit­ing, and I wanted to get that done.”

Torch­bearer Ro­gowski said she was thrilled by the sup­port of res­i­dents along her leg of the run.

“ It was un­be­liev­able. I didn’t ex­pect the turnout, I didn’t ex­pect a lot of that. It was just a won­der­ful feel­ing just to see how many peo­ple came out to sup­port the torch and the Olympics.”

She said the ex­pe­ri­ence ex­ceeded all her ex­pec­ta­tions.

“ It was be­yond what I was hop­ing it would be. I’m very proud to be Cana­dian, and just rep­re­sent­ing peo­ple with the small win­dow of time. It went by so quickly.”

Ro­gowski added it was a “ weird feel­ing” get­ting back on the bus with the other torch­bear­ers af­ter she’d com­pleted her run.

“ Ev­ery­body was just sit­ting there re­flect­ing on their own ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

The seven CBN towns vis­ited on the week­end are among 41 com­mu­ni­ties and places of in­ter­est the Olympic torch vis­ited dur­ing its five-day trek through the prov­ince. The New­found­land and Labrador towns were among 1,000 Cana­dian com­mu­ni­ties the flame will visit in 100 days.

Af­ter Cupids, the torch went to Bri­gus, be­fore be­ing taken up the high­way for an­other round of re­lays in com­mu­ni­ties along the Trans Canada High­way, part of a 480-km. sec­tion of Canada tra­versed by the torch on Nov. 14 in its jour­ney to Van­cou­ver, where it will light the Olympic caul­dron Feb. 12, 2010.

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