Monthly Archives: April 2014

Want to meet an Olympian?

This isn’t exactly Them Days-related, but I thought it might be of interest to local readers.

Clara Hughes is coming to town! I know she’s in Hopedale and Nain today (at least, I’m pretty sure she is) but she’ll be in HV-GB tomorrow. I’ve been asked to spread the word, so here it is:
If you’re around Happy Valley-Goose Bay on April 30, head down to the College to see Clara Hughes!

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A great event for a great cause! (Clara is a spokesperson for Bell Let’s Talk, a charitable program dedicated to mental health.)

Aimee

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My Sixth Anniversary at Them Days!

Today is officially my sixth anniversary at Them Days! (And it even was a Monday six years ago, too!) I had started at Them Days a few months earlier, on contract work, but today marks my first day in the office as a full-time employee. Exciting, hey?

So much has happened in the past few years here at Them Days, but at the same time, it has flown by!

In honour of today, I’m posting a blast from the past.
Here’s me, as a 23-year-old editor…

Then: The first self-portrait I took of myself at Them Days, on May 5, 2008.

Then: The first self-portrait I took of myself at Them Days, on May 5, 2008.


And now, here I am…
Now: Today (April 28, 2014)!

Now: Today (April 28, 2014)!

Here’s to a great six years! And thank you for reading Them Days!

Aimee

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Friday Distractions

Need a little pick-me-up during the afternoon slump? Check out some videos by the National Film Board (all under twenty minutes):

  • Inuit Pipe
  • Newfoundland
  • Canadian Landscape
  • Caribou of Northern Canada
  • And for a bonus, here’s a longer video, but one that’s very good. It’s called Being Caribou.

    Happy Friday!

    Aimee

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    Last Days of Okak

    The View From Here: Volume 11.3

    The View From Here: Volume 11.3

    The Last Days of Okak is now available on NFB.ca. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should do so!

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    Easter Break!

    Them Days will be closed on Friday, April 18 for Good Friday, and Monday, April 21 for Easter Monday. We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope that you have a good long Easter Weekend with your family!

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    Heritage Fair time!!

    This is a bit of a guest post today…Alicia, one of our former co-workers here at Them Days (we miss you very much!) e-mailed me some photos of the grade eight Heritage Fair projects. Her daughter is in grade eight, so she got to see them all.

    (Oh, if anybody involved with the Heritage Fairs is reading this, I would LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVEEEE to be a guest judge for these sometime!)

    Alicia says “There was a great mixture of projects there…All around, the kids did a great job with their research topics and it was evident that Them Days magazines was a big part of that!”

    Awww…*blush* that is so great to hear!

    I knew Heritage Fair time was coming up because we had some people come in to do research, including a couple of students who came here of their own volition–on a SNOW DAY!–and did some digging in the magazine back issues and archives. It’s rare to see students do their own research these days, so I was really excited when they came in!

    So without further ado, here are a selection of projects from the 2014 Heritage Fair:

    Ghost Stories of Newfoundland and Labrador

    Ghost Stories of Newfoundland and Labrador

    Growing up in Them Days

    Growing up in Them Days


    (The theme of the fair this year is “Growing up in Them Days.”)

    Home remedies

    Home remedies

    Caribou!

    Caribou!

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    Mmm...food!

    Mmm…food!

    Alicia was a big fan of this project, since her family history lies in Spotted Islands

    Alicia was a big fan of this project, since her family history lies in Spotted Islands

    Wow, a great little house!

    Wow, a great little house!

    The Hubbard expedition

    The Hubbard expedition

    Cute little tent

    Cute little tent

    The Innu of Labrador & the Shaking Tent

    The Innu of Labrador & the Shaking Tent

    Lots of the projects included little models and diaramas

    Lots of the projects included little models and diaramas

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    Little details!

    Little details!

    A colourful display!

    A colourful display!

    Alicia says the students were very knowledgeable and talkative, and it was a pleasure to be there and talk to them.

    Thanks Alicia!

    Aimee

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    Churchill Falls Library

    When I travel, I like to see if Them Days is around. For example, if I’m at a library, I’ll check out the magazines. Or if I’m in a different town, I’ll go visit our retailers and say hi.

    I was pretty sure that the Churchill Falls library had a subscription, so I decided to take a peek into the library. Sure enough, it was there, and I had a great little chat with the librarian.

    The lovely and inviting Churchill Falls library.

    The lovely and inviting Churchill Falls library.

    The library was a very friendly place, brightly lit and I wanted to take a look around (but we were waiting to go on the tour, so I popped in for only a quick visit). If that’s not a great way to feel in a library, I don’t know what is.

    Can you spot Them Days at the library?

    Can you spot Them Days at the library?

    Them Days is not in as many libraries (especially school libraries!) as I would like, so I’m always happy to see it where people, especially young people/students, can access it. The school is in the same building, so students can easily read the magazine here. I forgot to ask if this library also functions as the school library (as they’re in the same building, I assume they are), but if that is the case, this is one of only two schools in Labrador that maintains a subscription to Them Days. A disappointing fact, for sure! (If you would like to have Them Days in your child’s school, ask them to get one, or ask the school board. Or sponsor one yourself!)

    Thank you to Churchill Falls library for being a subscriber!
    Aimee

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