After four years of going steady, Berts Christmas present to Helen was a sweater wrapped around a sparkling engagement ring. Down on bended knee he asked her to be his wife.
June 10, 1961 at 10 a.m. brought a heavy downpour which threatened to ruin their special day. Father Hennessey consoled Helen by explaining that rain was good luck. As the Miners emerged from St. James Church newly hitched, the sun streamed down from the sky. Time for celebration!
Theirs was the very first reception ever to be held at the Ski Hut. From their announcement in this paper inviting everyone in town, Bert and Helen had 250 local well-wishers come to enjoy music and a meal made by Berts mom and Aunt Anna, who owned Smiths Restaurant.
After their first jet flight to Bermuda for a romantic honeymoon, they settled down in Binghamton for Berts job at IBM. His career took off and transferred them to Cary, North Carolina, where they raised a son and three daughters. They now have five grandchildren.
In 2000, back in North Creek for Berts mothers funeral they had a mutual epiphany: this was their home and they missed it. So they had a beautiful house built on a hill and resettled here after being away for 36 years.
Both feel rooted to this community and love being involved. Helen is President of the Depot Museum, a member of The Red Hats and in the Garden Club. Bert is a Rotarian and on the Depot Museum board. He smokes the barbeque for its annual Luau fundraiser. They are also involved with St. James Church, the Historic Society and the Centennial Chorus.
For the Miners, the most romantic spot in the Adirondacks is their home with spectacular views of Gore Mountain and the Hudson. Although theyve traveled the world, Helen finds all the wonders of life can be seen from their windows.