Lynnette (Surrette) Young
Higher, farther, faster
Lynnette is one of Berwick's most versatile athletes. At an early age she established herself as a force in the local and provincial athletic communities in an impressive variety of sports.
Lynnette made her earliest mark in figure skating. She started skating at the Berwick Figure Skating Club at the age of 8 and later at the Greenwood Figure Skating Club. By age 15, she was working on her 4th figure, 3rd and final Junior Silver Dances, and Senior Bronze Free Skate while helping to coach at the Berwick club. She also skated the leading roles in many productions at both clubs.
Jim is undoubtedly one of the best all-round athletes ever produced in the Berwick area. Encouraged by a sports-minded family, he excelled at high levels of competition and was always a team leader.
In softball, Jim combined good hitting, fielding, and speed. He was a perennial All-Star and a lifetime .300 power hitter. He helped the Berwick Legionnaires win many league titles. In 1960, he helped the Berwick Juniors defeat the Canso Athletics for the Bault Trophy and the Nova Scotia Junior Softball Championship. In 1961, he helped the Legionnaires win the Maritime Intermediate C Softball Championship.
Carl began playing ball at Waterville School and it was obvious from the beginning that he had a special talent for pitching.
After the Second World War, softball developed in popularity. A league began in Waterville and eventually spread to include the whole Valley. The Waterville teams played an exciting brand of ball, with talent at every position. There were often over a thousand fans in attendance to enjoy the excitement.
The Bests were a sports-minded family and their father, Allison would take the kids to the rink nearly every day, so it was inevitable that Bill would develop as a hockey player. It quickly became apparent that Bill had unusual talent. In his very first year in hockey, 1963-64, he was awarded the Most Valuable Squirt Trophy.
In 1967-68, as a PeeWee player, he won the Sportsmanship Trophy.
Where would Berwick Gala Days be without Horse and Ox Pulls? And where would Horse and Ox Pulls be without the contribution and legacy of Lorimer Daniels? Lorimer participated in Gala Days first Horse Pull in 1947 and began a career as the most popular annual performer and promoter of the event.
He and his wife, Mary, raised ten boys on their farm in Viewmont, on the North Mountain. As one of Lorimer's grandsons put it, "He could do anything with horses. He could heal them, pull them, show them, ride them, race them, and - above all - he could work them."
In the early 1950s, the new Berwick School athletic program was limited in scope. Little did anyone know, a giant surge was about to hit it. Darrell Corbett was interested in getting involved. What a force! A young track star who had a keen interest in all sports and in young people. A humble man, he probably didn't realize how much he had to offer.