Nothing wrong with a little Garnish
Recently, a news organization in this province did an article on my hometown of Garnish, in which it portrayed Garnish as a dying community.
I was appalled by the article because let me tell you the town is anything but dying. Yes, there is outmigration there, something that has always happened in this province and will always happen, but there are many young families there and new homes, something the article conveniently forgot to mention.
If anything, Garnish is the example of what a rural town should and could hope to be. There are many new homes there with young families, the fishery is thriving, those not involved in the fishery are involved in other industries such as the offshore, education, health care.
There are childrens’ groups for the many young people who live there, adult dances routinely draw a crowd, the two shops are routinely busy, three school buses transport the children back and forth to school each day, the fishery is the main industry and is thriving in the town, with many fishermen living in new homes and having new boats.
So, I say to the people who did this article: Next time you do it maybe present both sides of the story and not just the negative because if I were to use Garnish in the news, I’d advertise it as the definition of what a rural town should be and not one that is dying. The many young families in the town are testament to that.
Tony Ducey Frenchman’s Cove