Proud to have contributed to The Packet newspaper
As a freelance reporter with the Packet, I have been so proud to be able to contribute to the Packet’s 50-year collection of local stories (and local history).
Out of the countless community summer events I have covered, I have the best memories of Dunfield’s first Come Home Year in August
It was a typical Newfoundland grey foggy day, and just about everyone involved took to the narrow streets for oldfashioned fun and games. I remember being guided up an embankment to a grassy field called Kitty’s Meadow where a huge crowd of men, women, and children of all ages enjoyed a game of softball.
Their umpire was then
77-year-old John Humber, who had supervised many school and community softball games in years past when the adults were in their youth. He was brought to the field via side-byside and I think everyone was as happy to see him manage the game, as they were to play it themselves.
That same day, I tried my hand at bicycle rim racing for the first time, as I watched participants (including senior citizens) whiz past me. You would lose sight of them behind saltbox houses and sheds, and catch glimpse of them in-between structures as they raced with children alongside. It was very colourful to watch.
Then there were the go-cart races.
During one of the runs, a young boy lost a wheel off his handmade cart in middle of the track. Then a crowd of men, beer bottles in hand, surrounded him and carried him and his car to the Finish line.
I didn’t want to leave and just barely made it home before dark.
Such moments may never ‘go viral’ or be mainstream news, but they will always be important to Packet readers like myself.
Congratulations to the Packet and its staff, former staff, and freelance contributors on this 50-year anniversary. Here’s to 50 more years of recording these local events.