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Fire Prevention Week
With Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 7-13) just behind us, it’s never too late to be reminded of the many tragedies involving fires. As we draw our attention to and focus on promoting fire safety and prevention, we should bear in mind that we should practice fire safety all year long. Many potential fire hazards go undetected because people simply do not take steps in fireproofing their homes.
As Newfoundlanders and Labradorians we have to be a little more cognizant of the dangers that surround our daily lives due to the fact that a great percentage of us use wood burning stoves. Always make sure when you install a wood burning stove that it is compliant to Canadian safety and fire standards approval. Burn dry and seasoned wood and make sure your chimney is cleaned at regular intervals to avoid chimney fires.
Steps to prevent fires and safety measures that you should implement
- Have properly working smoke alarms.
- Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.
- Place smoke alarms on each floor of your home and in each bedroom.
- Plan a family escape route and practice it once a month
- Place ire extinguishers throughout your home and make sure everyone in the house knows how to use them
- Teach everyone the “Stop, Drop, and Roll” technique in case your clothing catches on fire.
- Most potential fire hazards can be avoided by using common sense, like the careless use of candles, smoking in bed, fat fires, improper electrical connections, etc.
Happy birthday to Judy Bennett residing in Ontario who celebrated her birthday on Oct. 8. Greetings from Otto, family and friends.
Birthday greetings to Lori Penney residing in CBS on celebrating her birthday on Oct. 10. Greetings from your family and friends.
Best wishes to Austin Bennett on celebrating his birthday on Oct. 12. Greetings from Barbara, family and friends.
Birthday greetings to my twin nephew Morley Penney and niece Ivy Brinson who celebrated their birthdays on Oct. 13. Greetings from your family and friends. Special greetings from Peter and Ivy.
Happy birthday to Danny Wells residing in Ontario who celebrated his birthday on Oct. 8. Greetings from Marilyn, family and friends.
On behalf of all the residents of this community we would like express our deepest sympathy to the Troake family of Rodgers Cove, the Hodder Family of Stoneville and the Freake family of Boyd’s Cove on the loss of their loved one’s that were so suddenly taken from them. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families on their great loss.
May God bless all of you at this very sad time in your lives. May the loving support of your family and friends help ease the pain and sorrow in coming days ahead.
Thought for today
Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves
To recognize how good things really are.
— Marianne Williamson, author, lecturer, and spiritual leader
My own thoughts
Real joy is only felt
After you’ve passed it on to others.
Rabbit Stew (First thing you do is set out some rabbit snares or grab your poor harmless looking little beagle dog and drive him around the woods in circles till’ he nearly drops down or drives out two rabbits for you to shoot, either that, or you finally get lucky and catch two rabbits in your slips (snares).
2 rabbits (cleaned & chopped) (6 servings- depending on your appetite)3 tbsp. vegetable oil (healthier than salt pork, but not as tasty)2 medium onions (chopped)4 carrots2 parsnips1 turnip6 potatoes (all vegetables cut to bite size pieces)4 cups water Add garlic plus celery seasoning, salt and pepper to taste4 tbsp. flour
Fry rabbit in vegetable oil until brown on both sides, remove from wok or large deep fry pan and set aside. Lower the heat and add onion and garlic plus; continue cooking until onion is caramelized. Add water and bring to a boil. Toss in your rabbit, season to taste and let simmer for 1 hour, then add carrot, parsnip, turnip and let simmer for 15 minutes or until vegetables are a wee bit tender. Add potato and cook for another 15 minutes or until vegetables are cooked. Add thickening to liquid and you’re ready for one scrumptious meal. Serve with fresh homemade bread. Pastry is very nice with this meal as well, cooked over the rabbit stew.
Once you and your family have enjoyed your lovely meal of rabbit stew, go back into the woods again the following day and take up your snares. Give the poor rabbits a break. Take your cute haphazard and funny lookin’ little beagle and give him to your next door neighbour and tell him to find a good home for him so he won’t be drove off his legs again next year trying to fetch two more rabbits for you to make rabbit stew. Remember we’re hare to please!
Bits & Pieces
The early church and school beginnings in Horwood
Religion has always played a major role in the community of Horwood and the first to conduct cottage meetings here were Julia Cull and Drucilla Hart. They were devout Wesleyans (later Methodists) and they were the nucleus of the Methodist church beginnings in Horwood.
Bob Pike, a woods manager with the Horwood Lumber Company who was a professing Christian, assisted the two ladies and was said to be an excellent speaker and preacher, so the women had some great help in establishing their church.
However, there was a small “fly in the ointment” (indifference) in that Mr. Pike indulged in the sinful habit of chewing and smoking tobacco and those two ladies discussed this particular incident with each other and decided unanimously that they could not associate with such a person and they soon parted company.
Mr. Pike seemed to be the fiery evangelistic type of person, so those who liked him and his style of preaching persuaded him to start his own church in the community.
Mr. Pike, who originated from New Bay had heard of another church — The Salvation Army. He decided to hold meetings of his own in a tilt (cabin made of logs). He obtained a vacant tilt and made it ready for a citadel (name of a place of worship for Salvationists).
Lily Purchase (later married to Herbert Necho) was a young girl at this time and she helped to get the tilt ready and they completely covered the rough interior with calico (coarse cotton cloth) that they had purchased at the Horwood Lumber Company store for 10 cents per yard and from henceforth the building became known as Bob Pike’s Calico Tabernacle, located at that time in the same area where H. Glenndyn Necho resides today.
Later Mr. Pike invited the Salvation Army to come to Horwood and open a Corps. The Blakey, Reid, Wells, King, Freake, Purchase, Cater and some of the Hart families joined forces and the Salvation Army opened operations here conducting their first meetings in the Loyal Orange Lodge hall which had just been built.
Eventually Bob Pike moved on, but in 1905 Captain Reader arrived and established The Salvation Army officially, followed later by Levi Canning, Commandant Downey, Major Keeping, Adjutant Butt, and many others came on board over the years who, at that time were pioneer officers of Newfoundland. Several women officers served in the years to follow.