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Paper’s anniversary revives road reminiscences

October 18th,2023 | Valley Voices

Scrapbooking is the best way to keep old articles of The Low Down. Photo courtesy Nancy Jacobs-Young

By Nancy Jacobs-Young

I was pleasantly surprised to see my younger self in the Low Down’s 50th edition. I had no idea moving to Burnett Road in the 70’s would make me so popular in the local newspaper. Perhaps because the owner, Art Mantell, lived just up the road from me. I must have 20-plus newspaper clippings which feature the family! 

The photo in the 50th is of me, my son Trevor and my car in the ditch (“All with an electric typewriter…” Oct. 11 edition). I made the turn off the highway, sliding uncontrollably into the mailboxes on Burnett. The road conditions were quite bad that day. No one was hurt, just embarrassed.

Then, a year to the date, I rode my horse to get the mail and got stuck in the middle of the road. Lady, my horse, wouldn’t walk back on the icy road. After about an hour, I gave up and started walking back home. Who started following me? Lady of course! Later, bears in my backyard. Exciting times living on Burnett Road!

Nancy Jacobs-Young is a resident of Duclos and a longtime Low Down reader.

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