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.