It is good to be home

McIvers res­i­dents em­brace chance to share time with fam­ily and friends

The Western Star - - Front Page - BY DAVE KEARSEY THE WEST­ERN STAR

Martha (Mor­gan) Quigley has been for­tu­nate to spend a lot of time with her seven grand­chil­dren in Pick­er­ing, Ont., but be­ing able to have them all home to­gether for a spe­cial oc­ca­sion had her pretty emo­tional this week.

She hasn’t been back to McIver’s in over 40 years so be­ing apart of the McIver’s Come Home Year cel­e­bra­tions with her seven grand­chil­dren and her chil­dren — Denise and Dan Quigley — was go­ing to be trea­sured time for sure.

“It’s re­ally a dream come true for me to have all of us home for Come Home Year,” she said af­ter the Come Home Year Pa­rade made its way through the wind­ing roads in the north shore com­mu­nity that was all hus­tle and bus­tle un­der a bright sunny sky Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Peo­ple of all walks of life walked along the pa­rade route with their dif­fer­ent colour shirts with their sur­name proudly dis­played while oth­ers drove along in side-by-sides or their per­sonal ve­hi­cles.

Fam­i­lies took time to gather ev­ery­body to­gether for a few pho­tos as they pre­pared for the pa­rade. There were a few hand­shakes ex­changed, a few hugs and a few leaky eyes.

It has been a cel­e­bra­tion in the works for years thanks to the Come Home Year Com­mit­tee and now ev­ery­body is soak­ing up the op­por­tu­nity to talk to peo­ple they haven’t seen in a long time.

The ge­og­ra­phy of the land sep­a­rates a lot of these folks, but they were in high spir­its and out in full force for a week of ac­tiv­i­ties that will see mu­sic, cul­ture and food en­joyed by gen­er­a­tions of Parks, Lovells and Blan­chards to name a few.

For this proud nanny, she was im­pressed with how many peo­ple de­cided to par­tic­i­pate in the pa­rade and she was happy to see some old friends. She was also happy to meet some of the peo­ple who are con­nected to the com­mu­nity that she never met be­fore be­cause she’s been gone so long.

War­ren Lovell made the trek back to McIver’s from Kelowna, B. C. to get caught up with fam­ily. He wasn’t born in New­found­land but a lot of his fam­ily re­main con­nected to the Rock so he al­ways makes an ef­fort to come home when life al­lows him to do so.

“It’s al­ways nice to get home and it’s im­por­tant to stay con­nected with fam­ily,” Lovell said. “I don’t get to see a lot of peo­ple very of­ten so it’s al­ways nice when you can.”

Some fam­i­lies chose to wear red. Some chose blue. Some chose black.

It was just an in­di­vid­ual fam­ily’s choice.

But they make it clear to ev­ery­body they’re all from McIvers.

DAVE KEARSEY/THE WEST­ERN STAR

Travis Bur­rdge, left, and Paul Bur­ridge carry The Bur­ridge ban­ner with fam­ily mem­bers by their side dur­ing the McIvers Come Home Year Pa­rade held Satur­day af­ter­noon in the North shore com­mu­nity.

DAVE KEARSEY/THE WEST­ERN STAR

Res­i­dents of McIvers were out in full force for the Come Home Year Pa­rade Satur­day af­ter­noon. Here, from left, Brenda Park, Mar­sha Park and Jerri Lynn Lovell lead the charge with the Come Home Year Com­mit­tee ban­ner.

DAVE KEARSEY/THE WEST­ERN STAR

Theresa Park waves to a hand­ful of peo­ple from the back of a side-by-side driven by Larry Lawrence dur­ing the McIvers Come Home Year Pa­rade Satur­day af­ter­noon.

DAVE KEARSEY/THE WEST­ERN STAR

Eleanor Charlebois sits atop her dad An­dre’s shoul­ders with the Ge­orge fam­ily out in full force for the McIvers Come Home Year Pa­rade Satur­day af­ter­noon.

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