Monthly Archives: May 2009

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This past week Aimee and I were hard at work filling up the archives with differnt things that had been moved due to construction. We started  with the film negatives and worked our way through genealogy folders, actual archive material, to filling the library up with books thats were piling up in the retail space and trying vigerously to start to clean Aimee’s office space. IT was a dirty job but somebody had to do it. We also ventured into the relm of interior decorating as we decided on some placements of pictures inside the office. Everything really starting to come together here is looking really good. Im excited to get things finished as much as I can before I leave.

I’ve also been busy this week scanning negatives (wooo) and typing more stories for the next issue from Mary’s Harbor. Kellys been out sick for most of the week. I hope you a speedy recovery, we miss you here at Them Days.

Until next time,

Zak Pynn

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Anticipated Student Job

Are you a student who’s interested in working for Them Days? We’re taking applications now for an anticipated student summer job! The job ad is available on the front page of the Them Days website.

Good luck!

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Red Bay

Red Bay…a fantastic town with fantastic hospitality!

I don’t think I can emphasize enough how much of a good time I had in Red Bay. I met lots of people (thanks to my hosts, Wade and Blanche Earle) and had a fantastic time in the classroom.

Usually I’m in a class for one or two periods, depending on what the school asks for, but I ended up in the Basque Memorial 7-9 class for three periods (just like in Rigolet!). The third period was intended for finishing up the final drafts of the stories they’d been working on for the other two periods. Most of the class finished early on in the third period, so we started talking about interviews and then the students held mock interviews with each other after coming up with a bunch of questions they wanted to know about their classmates. We listened to them afterwards, at a slow speed like I would if I were typing my transcripts at Them Days.

Well, that was probably the most fun I have had in a classroom yet! I think we all had tears in our eyes from laughing so hard.

I think I also learned more about Red Bay than I did about any other town I was in. If you’re a history buff, I highly recommend a trip to Red Bay! I know I will be back some day for a vacation. There is lots to see and do!

I love how this seagull looks like he's king of the world.  At least, the king of his world.

I love how this seagull looks like he's king of the world. At least, the king of his world.

Red Bay's got a big red ship in its waters...this shipwreck is not a Basque boat, but one from the 1960s.  I'll leave it at that, as you'll be able to read about it in an upcoming issue of Them Days!

Red Bay's got a big red ship in its waters...this shipwreck is not a Basque boat, but one from the 1960s. I'll leave it at that, as you'll be able to read about it in an upcoming issue of Them Days!

I actually took this photo while on the road from Mary's Harbour to L'Anse-au-Clair, a couple of days before I actually stayed there.

I actually took this photo while on the road from Mary's Harbour to L'Anse-au-Clair, a couple of days before I actually stayed there.

A little Waterfall on the side of the highway near the school.

A little Waterfall on the side of the highway near the school.

The only part about visiting Red Bay that was less than perfect was calling up the office to hear that somebody had broken a window at Them Days over the weekend, probably in an attempt to burglarize the place! It’s bad enough to hear about people breaking in anywhere, but at a charity? That’s especially low. 😦

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Mary’s Harbour

My flight from St. Lewis to Mary’s Harbour was a short one – only about five minutes or so! And my walk to the school from the plane was even shorter – the school is right next door to the airport!

Mary's Harbour pedestrian bridge (foreground), airport (left) and school (right).  Everything was so close together - at least, everywhere I needed to go!

Mary's Harbour pedestrian bridge (foreground), airport (left) and school (right). Everything was so close together - at least, everywhere I needed to go!

And the students in that school seemed like a great bunch – the grade 8s certainly had lots to talk about, but that just means that they have good class discussions! And it means that they have lots of stories to tell, which is great for my School Days at Them Days project!

The high school students were also getting ready for their grad when I was there (it was definitely grad season when I was going around) and they did an amazing job preparing the gym for the big night. Con’grads’ to all the graduates!

I got a nice foot-tour of Mary’s Harbour from a lady I’d met at the credit union and her chatty, outgoing son. He was only seven, but he taught me lots about birds and wildlife in the area. 🙂 I’m sure he’ll grow up to be a great ornithologist someday.

More White Houses in Mary's Harbour!  (This makes it a little difficult for directions sometimes.)

More White Houses in Mary's Harbour! (This makes it a little difficult for directions sometimes.)

These boats are just waiting to get out on the water!  You'll be out there soon, boats!

These boats are just waiting to get out on the water! You'll be out there soon, boats!

While I was in Mary’s Harbour, I visited the Harbourview Manor to get some interviews, and I ended up meeting a cousin of my grandmother’s! I wasn’t expecting to find family there, but somehow that always happens in Labrador. 🙂

The St. Mary's River was flowing fast when I was there.  Apparently this is a good river for salmon!

The St. Mary's River was flowing fast when I was there. Apparently this is a good river for salmon!

There are actually two bridges over the river and they are side-by-side! The old bridge is now used by pedestrians and the new bridge is larger for cars and trucks. The pedestrian bridge has displays with interesting facts about the town on it. Very interesting!

A fact I learned: Mary’s Harbour used to be called St. Mary’s River, until (you guessed it) the name changed in 1951 when a post office was established and the name was changed so as not to confuse it with St. Mary’s in Newfoundland.

Wow…I didn’t know I had so much to say about Mary’s Harbour! I guess I’ll have to stop by sometime again as well!

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hello?

last week was exciting as we got a microwave (yea hot lunch) and we got our water jug replaced, but admist all the excitment there was still work that needed to get done. Aimee was back to work Tuesday from her travel along the south coast and into the straits with a bunch of stories that needed typing up. After all the stoies were completed we started work on the layout of the next special issue.  i got a chance to work with adobe indesign cs3 for the first ime. although little challenging to master, i enjoyed working with the program and getting the chance to work on the layout. after i had completed all my work there i soon found myself starting work on the 2010 Them Days Calender. so far ive been searching through hundreds of different photos to find just the right ones.

construction work inside the building is going well. last week they were working on the h-vac in the archive, that helps with moisture and temperature control in the room. now im not entirely sure on the tech. specs. of the h-vac but i do believe that they’re to being finished. work on the outside (landscape) started today, which is exciting.

thats it for now, until next time,

zak

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South Coast leg 2 – St. Lewis

I woke up bright and early the morning of my flight to St. Lewis, also known as/formerly known as Fox Harbour. The flight leaves Goose Bay so early in the morning! Then it makes a lot of stops along the south coast: Cartwright, Black Tickle, Charlottetown, Port Hope Simpson, William’s Harbour and finally St. Lewis. (Then it continues on to Mary’s Harbour and St. Anthony before turning around and doing it all in reverse order!) Between Black Tickle and Charlottetown the time zone changes to Newfoundland time, and so time moves ahead half an hour. That means it’s about 11:00 when the plane lands!

You can see most of the town from around the airport, and it’s spread out along the harbour, lots of cute white houses dotting the shore or just up the hill from it.

As I mentioned in an earlier post (when I’d just gotten off the plane!), everybody in St. Lewis was so nice to me the entire time there! I can’t emphasize enough how great the students are there. (And one of them said he read the blog – hello Troy!) I also managed to get an interview done while I was there, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing it in an upcoming issue of Them Days. In fact, I would have probably gotten more, but since the weather was so gorgeous while I was there, everybody was out enjoying the sunshine and getting all those spring chores done! I’d love to get back to St. Lewis again, so once the road opens up between Goose Bay and Cartwright, maybe I’ll be down for another visit!

And now, the photos!

Blue skies in St. Lewis.   The weather was beautiful the entire time I was there - well, except when there was snow on the ground one morning.  But other than that, the weather was gorgeous!

Blue skies in St. Lewis. The weather was beautiful the entire time I was there - well, except when there was snow on the ground one morning. But other than that, the weather was gorgeous!

This photo was taken at the airport.  For some reason, when it comes to flying, St. Lewis is called Fox Harbour (the town's former name) but when it comes to pretty much everything else, it's St. Lewis.  A lot of people still refer to it as Fox Harbour though.  (The name was changed because there's another Fox Harbour in Newfoundland and the mail was getting mixed up or something.)

This photo was taken at the airport. For some reason, when it comes to flying, St. Lewis is called Fox Harbour (the town's former name) but when it comes to pretty much everything else, it's St. Lewis. A lot of people still refer to it as Fox Harbour though. (The name was changed because there's another Fox Harbour in Newfoundland and the mail was getting mixed up or something.)

I thought this was a beautiful shot of the moon overlooking the town.

I thought this was a beautiful shot of the moon overlooking the town.

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hello once again,

Yes i know, it’s been some time since I last wrote, but im here once again to update you all on life here at Them Days.  Since my last post a lot has been going on here. Construction (electrical, floor waxing and shelf building) has finally been completed inside, so Aimee and I have been working to clear out the retail space in front to get thing s starting to look like Them Days again. With so much space free know upfront, we ventured into the depths of the storage room (my most favoritest place, EVER) not only to restock the shelves full but also to fill the 98 special issue packages that will be for sale through the upcoming year.

When I’m not hard at work out inside I’m usually in the office, typing stories for the next issue, scanning negatives or photo-shopping them in the computer. This past week Aimee is out hunting for stories along the south coast and in along the straits, so it’s just been me and Kelly here, holding down fort. I’ve been hard at work, busy typing MORE stories, scanning MORE negatives and other general works. They’ve (construction people) have been working outisde this week too, as they completed the handicapped access ramp to the building.

I’m continuing in really enjoying my time here and still think that this is the best job for me in Goose Bay.  Working with Kelly and Aimee is an amazing experience for me as they are able to make each day fun and exciting.

-Zak

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