Proud to have con­trib­uted to The Packet news­pa­per

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Sports -

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

2012.

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.

Sarah Bur­ton

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