A lit­tle off the top

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sors, and be­fore long, there were six pony­tails, each about 10 inches long.

A ju­nior fire­fighter in Port Wil­liams, Lu­cas has en­dured some teas­ing about his long hair and he’s had to stuff it un­der both fire­fighter and rugby hel­mets.

He laughed, re­call­ing a re­cent prac­tice for male and fe­male play­ers when one player sug­gested he train with the girls be­cause of his long hair.

A Gaspereau res­i­dent, Morine was well known in the Wolfville area for his green thumb. His land­scap­ing busi­ness was known as Spring­time Magic Lawn Care.

“He looked af­ter many, many yards in the town,” Me­lanie said of her fa­ther, who died age 72.

Lu­cas re­mem­bers a grand­fa­ther who was al­ways busy and who made him chuckle with his unique de­scrip­tions. ‘Hard soft­wood’ is one phrase he still puz­zles over.

Me­lanie re­calls her fa­ther writ­ing lists of nec­es­sary house­hold re­pairs, like paint­ing a shed, in the days just be­fore his death.

He also left notes for his wife in places like the china cab­i­net and an un­fin­ished poem about death called ‘Sil­ver Wings.’

“He had a lot of faith and strength. He was very, very im­pres­sive,” Me­lanie said.

She was happy to find a song­writ­ing friend who put her fa­ther’s poem to mu­sic.

Mean­while, Lu­cas was look­ing for­ward to head­ing over to PEI for a rugby tour­na­ment without his pony­tail.

“I’ll see you again in an­other three years,” Lu­cas told his hair­styl­ist as he left.

The Stevens’ are plan­ning to send Lu­cas’ hair to Locks of Love. The non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vides hair­pieces to fi­nan­cially dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren suf­fer­ing from long-term med­i­cal hair loss.

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