Three re­ceive her­itage awards at Pla­cen­tia tea party

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - BY TOM O’KEEFE SPE­CIAL TO THE COM­PASS ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Three peo­ple were rec­og­nized at the Pla­cen­tia Area His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s An­nual Tea Party and Her­itage Awards.

Held last month on the grounds of the O’Reilly House Mu­seum, the awards are given to peo­ple or or­ga­ni­za­tions that have pro­moted or help main­tain the his­tory of the Pla­cen­tia area. Re­ceiv­ing awards this year were Ed­ward Lake, Wil­liam Bar­ron and Lee Everts.

A re­tired nurse now liv­ing in St. John’s, Ed­ward Lake has demon­strated an in­ter­est in his­tory since he was a young man by doc­u­ment­ing and re­search­ing it and col­lect­ing ar­ti­facts re­lated to the his­tory of the Pla­cen­tia area, es­pe­cially Ar­gen­tia.

He has pub­lished two books and has an un­pub­lished 1,000page en­cy­clo­pe­dia of Ar­gen­tia. His award says, “For his life­long ded­i­ca­tion to the Ar­gen­tia and Pla­cen­tia area his­tory, an ac­tiv­ity that has been strongly guided by a deep-seated com­mit­ment to both com­pre­hen­sive and con­sci­en­tious re­search and writ­ing. He has also been ea­ger to sup­port the Pla­cen­tia Area His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, as well as its mem­bers.”

Wil­liam Bar­ron re­ceived the award for his in­ter­est in main­tain­ing and restor­ing a lo­cal grave­yard for sev­eral years. His award say, “For his will­ing­ness to ded­i­cate both his time and en­ergy to­wards the preser­va­tion of the head­stones and grounds of Mount Carmel Ceme­tery, a place that re­tains a unique place in the his­tory of the Pla­cen­tia area.”

The third award went to Lee Everts from On­tario, who has been liv­ing in Pla­cen­tia for about eight years and for most of that time has been a mem­ber of the Pla­cen­tia Area His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. She has been very ac­tive in look­ing af­ter dis­plays in the O’Reilly House Mu­seum and other ac­tiv­i­ties of the so­ci­ety.

This year she pub­lished a book on the his­tory of Pla­cen­tia. Her award says, “For her ded­i­ca­tion to the re­search and pro­mo­tion of the his­tory of Pla­cen­tia, high­lighted by the pub­lish­ing of her book ‘The Pla­cen­tia Area – A Chang­ing Mo­saic’ and for her on­go­ing sup­port of the O’Reilly House Mu­seum and to the Pla­cen­tia Area His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.”

The tea party at which these awards were pre­sented was held on Aug. 13 and in­cluded en­ter­tain­ment by Sadie En­nis, Der­mott O’Keefe and Bill Car­roll, re­fresh­ments and pe­riod cos­tumes.

Af­ter a brief wel­come and in­tro­duc­tion by so­ci­ety present Tom O’Keefe, Mayor Wayne Power, who com­pli­mented the so­ci­ety for its ef­forts, de­clared the func­tion of­fi­cially open.

MHA and cab­i­net min­is­ter Sherry Gam­bin-Walsh also ex­tend her con­grat­u­la­tions and later cut a cake for the event. A mes­sage of con­grat­u­la­tions was also read from MP Ken McDon­ald. The event lasted for about two hours.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF ANITA O’KEEFE

Win­ners from the Pla­cen­tia Area His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s Her­itage Awards this year were, from the left, Lee Everts, Ed­ward Lake and Wil­liam Bar­ron.

Pla­cen­tia-St. Mary’s MHA Sherry Gam­bin-Walsh, third from the right, posed with a few folks as­so­ci­ated with the Pla­cen­tia Area His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety for the groups An­nual Tea Party. From the left are Dar­lene Lock­yer, Do­minique Vis­count, so­ci­ety pres­i­dent Tom O’Keefe, Gam­bin-Walsh, Emily Whit­taker and Mar­cus O’Reilly.

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