All posts for the month July, 2012

Cherrry Carnival 2012

Published July 24, 2012 by oddacity designs


Bear River has another Cherry Carnival under its belt for a total of 119.  The weather was perfect.

The photos tell the story….

The children’s parade starts it off….

And then the parade and greased pole!

The beginning…


…… the middle….

…. the end!


Ron Parks, Earl Waterman and Nathan Waterman entertain the crowd with some golden oldies!


Everyone loves the Fireman’s Canteen!


Jumping off some of that cotton candy energy!


Louise Woods gives some friendly tourism advice.


Remember: it’s all about helping the Fire Department!


and then of course the grand finale….the fireworks!


lighting up the sky.

A big thank you to the Bear River Volunteer Fire Department for all their hard work putting it all together!






Ron Parks and the Stanfest

Published July 18, 2012 by oddacity designs

The artistic director from StanFest,Troy Greencorn has selected a song from local songwriter Ron Parks to be included on this year’s Compilation CD “Remembering Canso”.

The song, Ballad OF Jimmy Cohoon, was written more than 25 years ago and is the story of a Canso sailor, Jimmy Cohoon who was working on a ship up on the great lakes when he won five hundred thousand dollars in a lottery. He proceeded to do what he did every other payday: go on a tear till all the money was gone.

Eleven weeks later he had spent the money by buying a friend a house, another guy a truck and giving money to hookers on the street who said they needed it. He was also extremely generous with waiters and pan handlers doling out fifty dollar bills to them and if that wasn’t enough he went to Scotia Square and threw a bag full of twenty’s, one by one, over the balcony to the delight of local shoppers. In the end, Jimmy went to the bank and there was about three thousand bucks left. He wondered where it had all gone. He was interviewed by Barbara Frum on the CBC radio show “As It Happens” He saidhis only regret was that he didn’t get to go to Ireland. It was also written up in The National Enquirer. A full page story had a big picture of Jimmy’s smiling face with the headline “Sailor Goes On Drunken Spree”. Ron’s song ends with the chorus line  “Good hearted soul gave it all away….Like Star Dust In The Daylight, It Just Slipped away.” You can see the video and hear the live version by googling “Jimmy Cohoon,music,Ron Parks or pick up the great collector’s item CD “Golden Rocket” from Ron. You can also download it at




Ron loves making music. it’s like money in the mail!

Village News: As it Happens. July 7

Published July 8, 2012 by oddacity designs

Condolences to the family and friends of Elmerna Oikle, mother of Dorothy Robichaud, who passed away recently.

George Sloane and Susan Friend enjoyed a vacation in Prince Edward Island.

A small but appreciative group celebrated Canada Day on the waterfront with birthday cake and children’s games.  There was also the regular Sunday Farmer’s market.

Francois Bellefontaine returned home from a cultural trip to Montreal.

Karen and Gordon Mansfield are thrilled to have their grandchildren Michaela, Madison and Dylan visiting for the summer.

Susan Richmond arrived back in Bear River safely and is recovering from her long drive from California.