Ox­ford shows tremen­dous re­mem­brance sup­port

The Amherst News - - SPORTS / COMMUNITY - Eleanor Crow­ley Eleanor Crow­ley cov­ers the Ox­ford area for the Amherst News.

I have a neigh­bour who has two sons. Corey Hansen is the el­dest and some­one with more tal­ent than I can write about – even if I had a se­ries of ar­ti­cles to do so.

I am al­ways be­ing en­light­ened by him and the things he has done or the things he is in­volved with.

He has gath­ered the com­po­nents of a re­tired mil­i­tary uni­form from the 1st Cana­dian Parachute Bat­tal­ion Air­borne that he wears ev­ery Re­mem­brance ser­vice.

Hansen did not just go out and buy a uni­form, but gath­ered it one or two pieces at a time over a pe­riod of years - and there are no replica pieces, ei­ther. He is a mem­ber of At­lantic Cana­dian WW II Liv­ing His­tory As­so­ci­a­tion, and that is where he met Dave Crocker.

Crocker was the guest speaker at this year’s Re­mem­brance Day sup­per at the Ox­ford Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 36. Crocker is from Bed­ford and has ac­cu­mu­lated a lot of mem­o­ra­bilia around our mil­i­tary. He brought a small sam­pling of that col­lec­tion with him to cre­ate a dis­play at our le­gion.

He had his fa­ther’s navy uni­form, a nurs­ing uni­form com­plete with cape as well as two oth­ers and a lot of other mem­o­ra­bilia as well as a story board from a lit­tle girl named Ocean who lived and died (of Tay Sachs dis­ease) on Grey Is­land, New­found­land.

Hansen joined this as­so­ci­a­tion in Amherst some time ago and truly en­joys ev­ery­thing about it. A part of the rea­son he joined was his dreams of parachute jump­ing. So far, he has done three tan­dem jumps and wants to go again. He said it was ex­actly like his dream and so amaz­ing. Ap­par­ently, there is noth­ing like it – and I will take his word for that.

The other son, Karl, is a tal­ented pho­tog­ra­pher.

Re­mem­brance Day saw a larger than usual crowd in at­ten­dance with 121 wreaths placed and din­ner that evening was a packed house. It was great to see so many peo­ple out to keep the re­mem­brance go­ing. This world we live in would not be the same at all but for those who served.

Here we are into Novem­ber and that means De­cem­ber is right around the cor­ner. I don’t know about you, but I am not ready and I used to be so or­ga­nized.

We had a work­ing meet­ing here the other evening to plan the his­tor­i­cal walk­ing tour of the Ox­ford churches. We have been plan­ning this for quite some time, but we needed to nail down the plans.

It is Dec. 16 and starts at 1 p.m. Tickets are avail­able for $20 from any mem­ber of the walk­ing club or the Ox­ford His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. Lunch is at the Nazarene Church where we be­gin and dessert is at the Bap­tist Church at the fin­ish. All five churches will present a short pre­sen­ta­tion of the his­tory of their build­ing.

The Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture Re­newal is fi­nally get­ting around to re­fin­ish­ing the over­pass here in Ox­ford and not a day too soon. That has been an awful piece of road for quite a while.

Now that the depart­ment has the old sur­face off I think they re­al­ize how bad it re­ally was. There are pot­holes in the con­crete. I’m look­ing for­ward to that be­ing done.

We had a big rain and wind storm here not too long ago, but we were quite for­tu­nate as noth­ing se­ri­ous hap­pened aside from a power out­age. Maybe the ball­field dugout had a flip and some tree branches did a bit of dam­age, but I, per­son­ally, haven’t heard of any­thing se­ri­ous or ex­cit­ing.

I heard a ru­mour there is talk of re­plac­ing the ru­ral com­mu­nity signs. Ap­par­ently, there are more than a few of us com­plain­ing. I won­der if they know where to put them as they cer­tainly got the Jer­sey Road wrong. I guess we wait and see.

I said I was done talk­ing about “the Hole” but I guess it still makes the news so I need to mention it too. Those who at­tended the meet­ing know this but seems oth­ers don’t, so here’s a re­minder: sand does not main­tain a per­pen­dic­u­lar sur­face, it slides to an an­gle it is happy with, and it did that not long ago. And darn if it didn’t make ATV.

I think I have ex­hausted the knowl­edge I can share. Un­til next time.

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