The Town of Burin marked its 60th an­niver­sary of in­cor­po­ra­tion as a town July 16-18.

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY PAUL HERRIDGE THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

The Town of Burin was of­fi­cially in­cor­po­rated by or­der of New­found­land Lieu­tenant-Gover­nor Leonard Outer­bridge July 18, 1950.

A ban­quet to mark the 60th an­niver­sary of the oc­ca­sion was held in the com­mu­nity at St. Pa­trick’s So­cial Cen­tre. It was part of week­end of cel­e­bra­tions July 16-18.

Present Mayor Kevin Lun­dri­gan re­flected on the town’s long his­tory for govern­ment of­fi­cials and in­vited guests.

Since in­cor­po­ra­tion, Burin has had a dozen may­ors and 75 other mem­bers of coun­cil.

The mayor noted “The Town of Burin is a town with proud her­itage and a deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the peo­ple, the places and events that shaped its rich his­tory as a com­mu­nity and can boast as hav­ing great his­tor­i­cal im­por­tance to our prov­ince.”

Mr. Lun­dri­gan in­di­cated the District of Burin was among eight ju­ris­dic­tions rep­re­sented in New­found­land’s first House of Assem­bly, the first mem­ber be­ing English-born mer­chant Wil­liam Hooper, who served in the po­si­tion from 1832 to 1836.

In 1845, Burin had a courthouse, jail, po­lice mag­is­trate, jus­tice of the peace, cus­toms of­fi­cer, with the cir­cuit court sit­ting yearly.

Mr. Lun­dri­gan ac­knowl­edged cit­i­zens of the town formed a com­mu­nity coun­cil to im­prove roads, san­i­tary con­di­tions, street­lights and fire pro­tec­tion by so­lic­it­ing funds in an an­nual door-to-door can­vass in 1945. How­ever, the coun­cil was not sanc­tioned by govern­ment, thus re­ceived no fi­nan­cial sup­port and was dis­con­tin­ued af­ter four or five years.

Upon in­cor­po­ra­tion, the Town con­sisted of Burin Bay, Ship Cove Path End, Ship Cove Proper and Burin North. The town has since grown to in­clude Collins Cove, Kirby’s Cove, Path End, Bull’s Cove, Long Cove, Black Duck Cove, Lit­tle Sal­monier, Burin Bay Arm, Salt Pond and re­cently, Port au Bras.

“Over the years, the town has grown and ex­panded. Progress has been steady and our res­i­dents have ben­e­fit­ted from it.”

DUN­DERDALE RE­FLECTS

Burin na­tive Kathy Dun­derdale, the prov­ince’s present deputy premier, was the evening’s guest speaker.

She re­flected fondly on life grow­ing up in Burin North with a big fam­ily that in­cluded 10 sib­lings.

“Burin, for me, was a won­der­ful place grow­ing up. We felt that we had a won­der­ful fam­ily. It was an in­ter­est­ing place to grow up. There was al­ways a de­bate go­ing on at our kitchen ta­ble. It could be any sub­ject un­der the sun.

“My ear­li­est mem­o­ries are go­ing up over the hill to the foot­ball field and I loved that Na­tional Film Board film ‘High Tides of New­found­land’, which we catch the glimpses of a soc­cer game be­ing played at the field, and old Mr. Billy Pen­ney, whom we all knew as a fix­ture in our lives, shout­ing for the home team. Re­mem­ber­ing our boys get­ting caught in that bog on the far side of the field.”

Mrs. Dun­derdale noted no one in the com­mu­nity had so lit­tle that there wasn’t enough to share with some­one else and there was al­ways some­thing to do.

“ We swam in the swim­ming pond, skated on the dam or up in Ship Cove be­hind the Angli­can Church. There were dances at the Parish Hall or at the Star Hall. It was just a great place. There was al­ways an ad­ven­ture on the go.

“Peo­ple told you off, dis­ci­plined you, got on your nerves, were kind, were sup­port­ive and kept you safe. It was a com­mu­nity of val­ues.”

PO­LIT­I­CAL IN­FLU­ENCE

Mrs. Dun­derdale cred­ited the town with play­ing a ma­jor role in lead­ing her to­wards a life in pol­i­tics.

Af­ter uni­ver­sity, she met her hus­band Peter, a mas­ter mariner from Eng­land, and set­tled in Burin, where they raised two chil­dren.

Dur­ing those years, she said she be­came in­volved with the school board. Then Mayor Lou Bai­ley called upon her in the early 1980s to get in­volved in an ef­fort to stop FPI from clos­ing the fish plant in the com­mu­nity, which was a re­sult of a govern­ment and in­dus­try ef­fort to re­struc­ture the fish­ery, she joined the com­mit­tee that was formed.

Call­ing it “a defin­ing moment for the com­mu­nity”, she noted it was her first real po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

“Com­mu­ni­ties came to­gether and there was so much lead­er­ship demon­strated at so many lev­els by all of the peo­ple in the re­gion around that time. It re­ally is, I think, a defin­ing moment in our his­tory.”

As a re­sult of her par­tic­i­pa­tion, when the next coun­cil elec­tions rolled around, she put her name for­ward and was suc­cess­ful.

“I never thought I was go­ing to get through my first year. I found it re­ally dif­fi­cult I have to tell you. When you start some­thing new, there’s al­ways turmoil at the be­gin­ning and there cer­tainly was on that coun­cil for us, but af­ter the first year I found my feet and I loved what I did.”

Mrs. Dun­derdale, who rec­og­nized her po­lit­i­cal life has taken her around the globe, from London to Ber­lin to Moscow and Washington, sug­gested the lessons she learned at the town coun­cil in Burin proved in­valu­able.

“The point that I want to make is that the work that gets done here is ex­tremely im­por­tant, and what you do here is just the same work that’s be­ing done all over the world. It just looks big­ger, but it’s al­ways the same thing.

“It’s ex­tremely im­por­tant that you take that work on. It’s not easy be­ing a politician. Be­ing a politician, a lot of days, feels like be­ing a foot­ball, but it’s ex­tremely im­por­tant work.”

LOOK­ING TO FU­TURE

Mayor Lun­dri­gan in­di­cated the cur­rent coun­cil is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing strong lead­er­ship and good mu­nic­i­pal govern­ment to the peo­ple the town.

“ We have come through some chal­leng­ing times in many parts of ru­ral New­found­land and Labrador, as we have in Burin, but have sur­vived the many chal­lenges in re­cent years due to our fru­gal spend­ing. Now, more than ever be­fore, we have to plan care­fully for our fu­ture if we want to achieve pros­per­ity for our town.

“ We need a fu­ture that in­cludes young fam­i­lies, who will be proud to call Burin their home. While the fu­ture of New­found­land and Labrador seems to be brighter than it has ever been, we must still plan well to en­sure that the Town of Burin is fully pre­pared for what the fu­ture brings. Suc­cess only comes through care­ful plan­ning and ever more so care­ful ex­e­cu­tion.”

“The Town of Burin is a town with proud her­itage and a deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the peo­ple, the places and events that shaped its rich his­tory as a com­mu­nity and can boast

as hav­ing great his­tor­i­cal im­por­tance to our prov­ince.”

- Burin Mayor Kevin Lun­dri­gan

He thanked the many peo­ple who have given their time and tal­ents to serve the town over the last 60 years, in­clud­ing past may­ors, coun­cil­lors, fire chiefs, fire­fight­ers, other vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tion mem­bers and em­ploy­ees.

“Res­i­dents of this great town, cel­e­brat­ing its 60th an­niver­sary of in­cor­po­ra­tion to­day, can be very proud of their past, happy with their present and hope­ful for the fu­ture.”

RES­I­DENTS REC­OG­NIZED

The Town of Burin rec­og­nized four res­i­dents for their con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity dur­ing the 60th an­niver­sary of in­cor­po­ra­tion cel­e­bra­tion.

Town Clerk/Man­ager Beth Han­ra­han, who has held many ti­tles since be­gin­ning her work­ing ca­reer in the early 1980s and be­gan her stint in her cur­rent po­si­tion in 1999, was pre­sented a long­time ser­vice award for her ded­i­ca­tion to the Town over the last 30 years.

Wayne Hol­lett, who spent 42 years with Fish­ery Prod­ucts In­ter­na­tional, is a mem­ber of the Burin Penin­sula Soc­cer Hall of Fame and has over the years be­come rec­og­nized as the town’s his­to­rian, was hon­oured as such.

Tom Hol­lett, who moved away from the Town of Burin with his mother at age 10 af­ter his fa­ther’s death from can­cer, never for­got the kind­ness shown to them dur­ing that dif­fi­cult time. He suc­cess­fully started his own busi­ness in St. John’s.

He was rec­og­nized for the work he has done for the town in re­cent years, play­ing a role in in­creas­ing arts and cul­ture in the area, restor­ing sev­eral homes and open­ing the first art gallery on the Burin Penin­sula, to name a few.

Fi­nally, Dr. Ed Mayo, who was born in St. An­thony, mov­ing as an in­fant to Burin with his par­ents, later re­turn­ing to work in his cho­sen pro­fes­sion, was hon­oured for his 35 years of ded­i­ca­tion to the com­mu­nity.

Mayor Lun­dri­gan re­vealed the town has cre­ated a new $500 schol­ar­ship, in Dr. Mayo’s name, to be awarded on an an­nual ba­sis to a stu­dent who has com­pleted their first year of uni­ver­sity med­i­cal stud­ies.

pher­ridge@south­erngazette.ca

Four res­i­dents of the Town of Burin, in­clud­ing Beth Han­ra­han, Tom Hol­lett, Wayne Hol­lett and Dr. Ed Mayo, were rec­og­nized for con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity dur­ing the 60th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions. Par­tic­i­pat­ing were (seated, from left) MP Judy Foote, Spe­cial Events Com­mit­tee chair Coun. April Pitcher and Deputy Premier Kathy Dun­derdale. Stand­ing: Coun. Howard Lun­dri­gan, Tom Hol­lett (with daugh­ter Cheyenne), Dr. Ed Mayo, Wayne Hol­lett, Coun. Shane Foote, Town Clerk/Man­ager Beth Han­ra­han and Mayor Kevin Lun­dri­gan.

Paul Herridge Pho­tos

Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties New­found­land and Labrador pres­i­dent Harry Hal­lett pre­sented Burin Mayor Kevin Lun­dri­gan with a cer­tifi­cate rec­og­niz­ing the Town of Burin’s 60th an­niver­sary of in­cor­po­ra­tion dur­ing the event.

Bou­quet in arms, pre­sented as a thank you for be­ing guest speaker dur­ing the Town of Burin’s cel­e­bra­tion of the 60th an­niver­sary of in­cor­po­ra­tion July 17, Deputy Premier Kathy Dun­derdale, a Burin na­tive, was greeted by many fa­mil­iar faces in­clud­ing Vic Lun­dri­gan, af­ter the event wrapped up.

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