Lament­ing the loss of North­ern Bay school

The Compass - - OPINION -

As a for­mer res­i­dent of North­ern Bay and at­tendee of Cor­pus Christi Par­ish School, I wish I had been able to have a vote on the tear­ing down of the school. I would I have voted “No,” but at least I would have felt that I had a say.

Wikipedia states the fol­low­ing in the full page syn­op­sis of North­ern Bay: “The clos­ing of the school has left an in­deli­ble im­pres­sion on lo­cal life, par­tic­u­larly as it was also a cen­tre for com­mu­nity gath­er­ings and a sym­bol of growth and au­ton­omy for not only North­ern Bay but the en­tire North Shore re­gion.”

No words could never be more true. I did have to look up the word “in­deli­ble,” how­ever, you’re never too old to learn some­thing new. In­deli­ble: not able to be for­got­ten or re­moved.

The school — home of the Comets — was closed down in 2002. It has been hard for me to ac­cept and I’m not even liv­ing home. I can’t imag­ine how those who live at home and have to pass it ev­ery day feel. Maybe it’s ac­tu­ally eas­ier for them than see­ing the land empty and bare ev­ery one two two years.

Even though I was a so­cially awk­ward child/teenager, I still have won­der­ful mem­o­ries of the school. A few are not-so-won­der­ful, but the good def­i­nitely out­weigh the bad. We had some great times as chil­dren play­ing Jacks in “The Hall.” Skip­ping groups all over the grounds and play­ing chase. Some great con­certs were held there too, and some great teach­ers, es­pe­cially Mr. Mike White, God rest his soul.

The adults en­joyed it too; many a Bingo game, New Year’s dances in the gym­na­sium and even wed­ding re­cep­tions were held there. I re­mem­ber the older crowd would have vol­ley­ball tour­na­ments, which were fun to go and watch, never mind par­tic­i­pate in.

It’s all gone now, but will it will live in the mem­o­ries of all who at­tended. It left an in­deli­ble im­pres­sion on all of us. — Ali­cia “Ce­leste” Loughrey is a for­mer res­i­dent

of North­ern Bay. She now re­sides in Ajax, ON.

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