Har­bour Grace wants in on Hall of Fame

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.catory

The move out of S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium into the new Dan Cleary Com­mu­nity Cen­tre left the Har­bour Grace Sports Hall of Fame with­out a home. The town’s sport­ing his­tory is con­sid­er­able, and work is al­ready un­der­way to have some mem­o­ra­bilia dis­played in­side the new arena. Coun. Gord Stone would like to see the town get more in­volved with the Hall of Fame.

When Har­bour Grace moved their sta­dium op­er­a­tions to the Danny Cleary Com­mu­nity Cen­tre ear­lier this fall, they were left with­out a home for the town’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Pre­vi­ously, it had been a fix­ture in the main room up­stairs at the S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium where the items col­lected by the hall of fame com­mit­tee where it was promi­nently dis­played in the hos­pi­tal­ity room.

At the new fa­cil­ity, pic­tures from the hall have been dis­played on the wall of the new multi-pur­pose room up­stairs and sta­dium man­ager Mike Adam is work­ing on de­sign­ing some new dis­play cases for the mem­o­ra­bilia and get­ting price quotes.

Coun. Gord Stone ex­pressed his de­sire to see the town have a larger in­volve­ment in the process.

“In this re­gard, I think we need to start tak­ing a closer look at how we do this,”

They want to spend some time study­ing, re­search­ing, be­ing in our com­mu­ni­ties to assess our cur­rent sit­u­a­tion from a tourism, eco­nomic and de­mo­graphic per­spec­tive. Hay­ward Blake

he said dur­ing the town’s Nov. 29 reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing. “I think coun­cil will gen­er­ally be sup­port­ive of the idea, but I think we have closer con­trol on where it’s go­ing, what type of cab­i­nets we buy. I even think we need to have a dis­cus­sion with the Sports Hall of Fame as to what should be in­cluded. It shouldn’t just be a carte blanche of what’s go­ing to go there.”

Stone said he’d like to see a com­mit­tee struck that would work with the Hall of Fame to en­sure the work gets done and see it de­vel­oped into a tourist at­trac­tion.

“I think we need to think about a lot,” he said.

Cuff’s ap­proved

At its pre­vi­ous meet­ing, the Har­bour Grace coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved a pro­posal to turn the for­mer Cuff’s Pub prop­erty on Wa­ter Street into a pub and restau­rant.

Leonard S. Far­rell’s pro­posal was again on the ta­ble at this meet­ing as coun­cil­lors added a con­di­tion on their ap­proval.

They’d like to see the build­ing main­tain the her­itage fea­tures as a build­ing front.

Rail­way his­tory

Har­bour Grace and the provin­cial Her­itage Foun­da­tion are work­ing to­gether to pro­duce an oral his­tory of the rail­way in this re­gion.

To­gether, they held a pho­tos and sto­ries swap at the Danny Cleary Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Dec. 4 aimed at pro­duc­ing an ac­cu­rate pic­ture of the New­found­land rail­way in Con­cep­tion Bay North as told through the sto­ries from peo­ple who worked in some way with the rail­way and oth­ers who might have sto­ries sur­round­ing it.

This oral his­tory pro­ject was a part of Col­lec­tive Mem­o­ries Pro­ject.

Un­der study

In last cou­ple of years, the town has been the sub­ject of a study done by the pres­ti­gious Har­vard Univer­sity where a group of stu­dents met with lo­cal lead­ers and res­i­dents in an ef­fort to gain a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the area.

Now, Har­bour Grace has the op­por­tu­nity to get in­volved in an­other aca­demic study. This one is be­ing put off by the So­cial Sciences and Hu­man­i­ties Re­search Coun­cil, which is a group in­volved with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

“This pro­ject, that the Univer­sity of Water­loo has taken the lead on is called ‘Be­tween Land and Wa­ter: The Fu­ture of New­found­land’s Out­ports,’’ said Coun. Hay­ward Blake. “It’s a part­ner­ship whereby they want to work with three com­mu­ni­ties in New­found­land – Har­bour Grace is one of them. They want to spend some time study­ing, re­search­ing, be­ing in our com­mu­ni­ties to assess our cur­rent sit­u­a­tion from a tourism, eco­nomic and de­mo­graphic per­spec­tive.”

Where it’s univer­sity pro­ject, the re­sults of their find­ings will be pub­lished both provin­cially and na­tion­ally.

The town moved to write a let­ter to the group ex­press­ing their in­ter­est to be in­volved in the study and it was ap­proved unan­i­mously.

TC ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

The Danny Cleary Com­mu­nity Cen­tre will be home to Har­bour Grace’s Sports Hall of Fame. They just have to de­cide where they’re putting it.

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