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Former Burin residents talk about changes


With Come home year celebrations underway in Burin, former residents of communities in the area are making their way back to home.

For some it is a chance to remember days gone by and for other it is a chance to learn more about their roots.

Jean Hunt was making her first visit to Burin, as well as to the Province when The Southern Gazette spoke to her at Smuggler’s Cove in Port au Bras.

Hunt explained that her father Bruce Ross, who had one time owned a business in the town called Grandy’s Hotel, was from Burin.

Hunt said that she is enjoying her visit to the area, “Love it,” she said. “It is absolutely stunning, it’s peaceful- everyone is friendly and they make you feel at home.”

Hunt said that so far during her time in the town she has taken in many of the come home year events such as the Burin art exhibit, the museum, a community breakfast- she was even screeched in.

“I love it,” she said of the event. “The cod use the slimiest thing I have ever touched, (but) the screech was pretty good I didn’t mind that, I wasn’t a huge fan of the (cold) Bologna…”

She added that she even had a chance to see the home where her father grew up in Burin Proper, “(It was) pretty awesome, but we’re going to stop by today or tomorrow- try and go in the house, I want to see everything.”

Hunt was joined by her aunt Sharon Embree who was also returning home for a visit when she spoke with the Gazette on Wednesday.

Embree, who now makes her home in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia left Burin in 1963, “I was a Ross from Burin originally,” she explained.

Embree last visited the community in 2006, “There has been a lot of changes since then,” she said.

“Burin looks good, the up keep of the buildings, the grounds, everything looks nice- neat and tidy,” she added.

While she pointed out the positives changes, she can’t help but notice some of the negative ones as well.

“There are lots of empty houses,” she said.

 

Roderick Antle also made his way back home for come home year.

Antle, who now lves in Brooks, Alberta, grew up in Mortier, before moving to Burin Bay at the age of 16, “We moved out of here in 1997.”

 He added that although the are still some familiar faces in the area there have been a lot of changes since his last visit 13 years ago.

“The small communities look the same- a lot of bog home gone up and all the heritage stuff is beautiful,” he said. “None of this here when I moved, it is quite a change.”

Antle said that himself and his Daughter Mya are enjoying their time in the town.

“It’s sure nice to get home after 13 years being gone,” he added. 

For some it is a chance to remember days gone by and for other it is a chance to learn more about their roots.

Jean Hunt was making her first visit to Burin, as well as to the Province when The Southern Gazette spoke to her at Smuggler’s Cove in Port au Bras.

Hunt explained that her father Bruce Ross, who had one time owned a business in the town called Grandy’s Hotel, was from Burin.

Hunt said that she is enjoying her visit to the area, “Love it,” she said. “It is absolutely stunning, it’s peaceful- everyone is friendly and they make you feel at home.”

Hunt said that so far during her time in the town she has taken in many of the come home year events such as the Burin art exhibit, the museum, a community breakfast- she was even screeched in.

“I love it,” she said of the event. “The cod use the slimiest thing I have ever touched, (but) the screech was pretty good I didn’t mind that, I wasn’t a huge fan of the (cold) Bologna…”

She added that she even had a chance to see the home where her father grew up in Burin Proper, “(It was) pretty awesome, but we’re going to stop by today or tomorrow- try and go in the house, I want to see everything.”

Hunt was joined by her aunt Sharon Embree who was also returning home for a visit when she spoke with the Gazette on Wednesday.

Embree, who now makes her home in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia left Burin in 1963, “I was a Ross from Burin originally,” she explained.

Embree last visited the community in 2006, “There has been a lot of changes since then,” she said.

“Burin looks good, the up keep of the buildings, the grounds, everything looks nice- neat and tidy,” she added.

While she pointed out the positives changes, she can’t help but notice some of the negative ones as well.

“There are lots of empty houses,” she said.

 

Roderick Antle also made his way back home for come home year.

Antle, who now lves in Brooks, Alberta, grew up in Mortier, before moving to Burin Bay at the age of 16, “We moved out of here in 1997.”

 He added that although the are still some familiar faces in the area there have been a lot of changes since his last visit 13 years ago.

“The small communities look the same- a lot of bog home gone up and all the heritage stuff is beautiful,” he said. “None of this here when I moved, it is quite a change.”

Antle said that himself and his Daughter Mya are enjoying their time in the town.

“It’s sure nice to get home after 13 years being gone,” he added. 

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