Captain Roy Cooper – The Old Master of Flying

By: Retired Pilot Tom Green I first met Roy Cooper when I applied for a job with Eastern Provincial Airways of Gander, Newfoundland back in the 60s. I was taken on as a station agent in Deer Lake, where their sked flights used to stop on their way to points in Labrador. Roy told me…

Carpenters: Good or Bad?

I often receive questions about bugs from readers. Bugs is a really large umbrella for creepy crawly things that most people find distasteful. I am a bit of a cheerleader for these creatures as most are beneficial and very interesting once you get to know them. A recent inquiry was about one of these little…

Newfoundlove: Canada’s Best Kept Secret

By: Wayne Parsons I used to have a love/hate relationship with Canada’s easternmost province. You see, I spent the better part of three decades on the rock, growing up as a lad into young adulthood. As I grew older, my mind wandered as I dreamt of bigger and better things that I thought my birth…

Three Decades of Doyle

What does the passage of time feel like? Is it a glacial pace? Or more of a blink and you’d miss it whisper in the wind? Surely it’s different for the individual and strongly guided by circumstance. For Newfoundland and Labrador’s travelling troubadour Alan Doyle, three decades have passed since he chose to dedicate his life…

Find Your Yurtopia

What’s your ideal getaway? Do you seek solace off the beaten path? Away from the hustle and bustle of city living? Do you strive for peace, tranquillity and quiet comforts without having to outright rough it? Yurtopia could be your hidden haven. Conceived by the husband and wife team of Jeff and Jane Sears, Yurtopia…

When Dogs Roamed Free

By Roy Dwyer There was a time when dogs were plentiful in the harbour. Back then, families that didn’t have a horse usually had one or two dogs which, when harnessed to a hand-slide, were useful for hauling water and firewood during the winter months. Gunners found them useful as well. While most gunners used…

Classic Fun – Isle aux Morts’ annual Winter Classic hockey weekend

This month, February 16-17, all of Isle aux Morts will turn out for the annual Winter Classic hockey weekend. Foster Hewitt’s familiar sign-on crackles over the airways. It’s Saturday night, “Hockey Night in Canada,” and all across Newfoundland and Labrador, fans are crowding around radios and TVs to follow the play-by-play. Our long, cold winters lend…