Daily Archives: November 23, 2011

Sealskin Slippers for Christmas?

There is snow on the ground and a crisp chill in the air – already this season appears to be one that promises a more traditional Christmas season. As the weather becomes colder, I ponder if I should purchase a warm pair of sealskin slippers made by local artisans?

I remember one year for Christmas receiving a pair that would be much to small for my now adult-size feet. They were incredibly warm and completely comfortable, conforming to ones feet.

My father was a fishermen and a sealer. He took great pride in preparing the sealskin, barking them in the water, lacing them in frames, soaking them in “Skin” Pond and letting them tan to perfection before using a pattern to prepare the sealskin leather. A local woman from Green Island Brook, would make our boots. She has been doing it now for more than 7 decades. There is a natural process that is followed that is part of our living heritage on the Great Northern Peninsula.

If you would like to purchase sealskin products that are 100% handcrafted and made by local artisans visit www.gnpcrafts.ca. They have an array of product for those of you that would like to also experience rural Newfoundland & Labrador.

I will most likely pay a visit to GNP Crafts in the near future as sealskin slippers will surely keep my toes nice and snug when we hit -40 degrees C.

Live Rural NL -

Christopher C. Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North

MHA to Hold Public Meetings at All Towns in District

Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA

The Straits – White Bay North

Invites You to Bring Your Concerns, Issues & Ideas to a

Image Source Page: http://www.uptownupdate.com/2011/08/46th-ward-town-hall-meeting.html

Monday, November 28, 2011

Fire Hall, Town of Englee from 10 AM -12 PM

Fire Hall, Town of Roddickton-Bide-Arm from 2 PM – 4 PM

Municipal Building, Town of Main Brook from 7 PM – 9 PM

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Parish Hall, Town of Cook’s Harbour from 10 AM – 12 PM

Fire Hall, Town of St. Lunaire-Griquet from 3 PM-5 PM

Municipal Building, Town of Raleigh from 7 PM -9 PM

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Lion’s Centre, Town of Flower’s Cove from 10 AM -12 PM

Lion’s Club, Town of Anchor Point from 2 PM – 4 PM

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Open House at MHA Constituency Office

Public Building, 270 West St., Town of St. Anthony from 10 AM – 2 PM

Anastasia MacDonald Hall, Town of Goose Cove from 3 PM – 5 PM

Friday, December 9, 2011

Municipal Building, Town of Conche from 10 AM – 12 PM

Should you have any questions, please contact Ms. Lavinia Crisby, Constituency Assistant by email laviniacrisby@gov.nl.ca or toll-free 1-888-729-6091.

“Working with the People of The Straits–White Bay North to Find Co-operative Solutions”

Live Rural NL blog will become active again…

Dear Loyal Readers of the Live Rural NL Blog -

Since June 2010 I have scribed more than 250 posts on this blog with more than 50,000 views to the site. In just one day this July from the Iceberg article in Goose Cove 2,971 views were made with more than 10,000 views in July 2011 alone. Many of you have taken the journey with me, reading about all things rural on the Great Northern Peninsula, some since the beginning and others more recently.  I thank you all for sharing with me your interest in the part of the world I continue to live each and every day.

Since August I have struggled to write and actively post as I became involved in the political arena. I was elected as a Member of the House of Assembly in the District of the Straits-White Bay North in the Province of Newfoundland & Labrador on October 11, 2011. I remain quite busy with District work as the Government has opted to close the House of Assembly until March 5, 2011. Despite my new position as a Member of the House I am happy to report my plans to continue to scribe more articles on the Live Rural NL blog. It is new world – a new start!

On June 20th, 2010 I wrote:

I am back to the hometown and able to make valuable contributions in my current role as I strive to build Stronger Communities and accelerate the process of advancing the social & community enterprise. I have changed many times as a person as I progress through my twenties, but I realize that with the right attitude and efforts we can accomplish the unthinkable. Today my friends, I just want to share with you what it means to me to continue to Live Rural NL.

This paragraph remains unchanged. As we progress through life, we have new viewpoints, stories and thoughts to share. I am looking forward to sharing with you all once again some of my most recent encounters.

Live Rural NL -

Christopher C. Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits- White Bay North
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