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The Rath Eastlink Community Centre is a wonderful addition to the community

By Herb Peppard

I was walking along the oval at the new Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC). That's the inside Stanfield's Walking Track that surrounds the rink.


Herb Peppard, left, stands with Doug Moffatt at the Stanfield's Walking Track at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.

I was walking very slow, my regular pace, because I'm still recovering from a fall I had about a year ago. So, I figured I was the slowest walker there. I didn't have to judge my speed, because the fact was soon brought home to me.

An elderly gentleman using two canes walked by me! Then he stopped, and in a voice of accomplishment, he burst out, "You're the only person I ever passed on this trail!"

It wasn't really funny but older people have a good sense of humour so we got a good kick out of it.

Doug Moffatt has been a very good friend ever since.

I feel that the RECC is one of the best things that has ever happened to Truro and the county of Colchester. You can see it in the happy and excited faces as they enter this great facility.

These people have so many activities they can get involved in. Just stop for a minute and think of it - they have walking, running, skating, hockey, swimming, physical exercise, weightlifting, wall climbing and much, much more.

When you enter this magnificent building you can feel the energy and enthusiasm coming from the many people who are enjoying themselves.

When I walk into this amazing building I immediately rush to join the walk/running group on the oval. They now have become like a family to me. Their age varies. I see young people jogging and running. I see older people walking. However, many walk with a smile on their face. They will never, never give up their aim in life: to live a long, healthy, and a happy life.

I read in a health magazine that walking is one of the best exercises you can do. Forget about sitting in your easy chair and watching T.V. Get out on the walking trail, make friends and stay healthy!

It's remarkable the determination in the eyes of these people. There are some mothers pushing strollers, people with walkers, people in wheelchairs, people with Nordic poles, some even with babies strapped to their backs. That's their dedication to health and living a long and useful life.

After the walk some of us gather to discuss our everyday life, and to solve the problems of the world.

My decision to start walking on the oval was one of the best decisions I ever made. At 93 years of age, I've lived a life of fitness. I know the feeling of accomplishing physical goals. The new RECC is the ideal place to do just that. I wish to thank the people responsible for this wonderful facility - the people with the foresight to come up with such an unbelievable structure, and their determination to see it through to the end. They have made hundreds of people happier, healthier, and very appreciative of the work they have done.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.

Herb Peppard is a longtime Truro resident. His column appears regularly in the Truro Daily News.

Organizations: Rath Eastlink Community Centre, Nordic, Truro Daily News

Geographic location: Truro, Colchester

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  • Wanda Mosher
    March 26, 2014 - 05:53

    That's wonderful Herb! Nice to see you out and about; it's good for the soul.