Great Village notebook, Patti Sharpe
The demolition of this landmark barn at 8693 Highway 2, Great Village attracted many spectators. SUBMITTED PHOTO
September is almost upon us and for many fall is a favourite time of year.
Warm days, cool nights and beautiful scenery provide something for everyone, but we certainly don't want to see a repeat of last September's heavy rains and flooding.
The large, wooden barn owned by Logan Spencer on Highway 2 in Great Village was demolished in early August. As one of the largest and oldest wooden barns remaining in Great Village, it was a landmark building that spoke to a time when small, mixed farms flourished and were the mainstay of the local economy.
At approximately 150 years old, the building was steadily declining and the expense of restoring and maintaining it was considerable. The barn had two huge lofts for storage of hay and straw, grain bins, equipment storage, and space for cattle, horses and smaller livestock.
A root cellar was also part of the structure. Its demolition in early August attracted many spectators and the site has since been cleaned up. We can expect to see new construction on the site in the near future.
Students return to school on Sept. 5 for the 2013-2014 school year. Great Village Elementary will welcome back principal Connie Smith following her deferred leave during the last school year.
Great Village students who attend West Colchester Consolidated in Bass River will be sharing the building with Primary to Grade 4 students for the first time following the closure of Bass River Elementary in June 2013. Students and staff alike will face challenges with the new arrangement.
Meals to Wheels resumes for the fall at the Great Village Legion on Sept. 3 and 17.
Although the menus have yet to be determined, I have it on good authority that dessert on Sept. 3 will be cheesecake.
Community breakfasts provided by the Great Village Community Association continue at St. James United each Saturday morning from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Helpers are always welcome to serve, prepare or clean up.
The Community Centre Bazaar continues on Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. each week. Among the products available for sale are home baking, knitted items, crafts, preserves and wood products.
Also mark your calendar for Saturday, Nov. 2 when the community association hosts their annual Christmas craft sale at the Great Village School gymnasium. Interested vendors should contact Heather MacKay at 668-2501.
New York-based, documentary filmmaker Barbara Hammer will be in Great Village for a few days this month to film various buildings and landscapes for a film she is making about the role these places played in the writings and experiences of Elizabeth Bishop. Although Elizabeth’s time in Great Village was brief, her stay with her maternal grandparents, the Bulmers, was an important part of her childhood and Great Village was one of the places where she felt most at home.
Patti Sharpe is a long-time resident of Great Village and actively involved in various organizations within her community. Send your news to her at email@example.com.