The high cost of entertainment

Reprinted from Decks Awash, Volume 15, Number 6
November – December 1986
Photograph from MUN Digital Archives

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Dwight Drover

Hillview is only a short distance by road from Clarenville, but it can seem much farther when you have to catch the bus home instead of taking part in evening activities, according to Dwight Drover.

“I take part in kung-fu karate in Clarenville and it costs a lot to just to get in for that,” explains Dwight, who is taking Grade 12 at Clarenville Integrated High. “There are no teenage dances in Hillview, where there are far more boys than girls, so we go to Northwest Brook, but basically if you want to go to anything you go to Clarenville.

“The only real advantage living here is we do have access to the woods and waters. My father used to work as a carpenter for the school board but he retired awhile ago and likes to go fishing for salmon.”

For Dwight, the daily bus trip to Clarenville started at Grade 8, but he now has less than a year of Grade 12 to go and is looking forward to university and a future career as a doctor. With his karate experience he can go from breaking bones to mending them.


Transcribed by Wanda Garrett, February 2019

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