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Flu bug makes its appearance in Malagash area

Malagash News with Marian Durling

Well another week has gone by and it is now the middle of February.

Hope everyone has had an enjoyable Valentine's Day.

For the first time since 1945 Ash Wednesday and Valentine's day fell on the same day.  Some of us celebrated the day with a Pot Luck supper at St. John's United Church in Wallace and after that attended our annual Ash Wednesday Service. 

This service was conducted by Rev. Connie McNamara, assisted by Rev. Nicole Uzans, Priest of St. Andrew's Anglican Church in Wallace.

It was so nice to have Rev. Nicole worshiping with us. Distribution of ashes and Holy Communion was a most important aspect of the service. Now Lent begins.

The regular card party was held at the Malagash Community Hall last week with seven tables in play. Ladies High was won by Peggy Patriquin with Clarence Duggan taking the men's high.

Men's low went to Curtis Langille and Maxine Brown was the winner of the Ladies Low. Lucky prize went to Eleanor Sprague with the Travelling to Jeanette Murray.

Pearl Crawley was the lucky winner of the 50/50. 

Sounds like it was a most successful and fun evening. 

A crib tournament was held at the Malagash Legion on Feb. 10. There were 12 tables and the winning team was Laurie and Ernest Miller; with Kay and Claudette (sorry I don't have their last names took home the second prize and Bernie MacIntosh and Carol Briggs came in third place.  Speaking of games, there is going to be a games night at Malagash United Church on Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m. 

A month ago there was one held at St. Andrew's in Fox Harbour and this month it is our turn. It should be lots of fun and I am sure we will all find a new game to play or stick to some of our old favourites. Should take down our 23-inch crib board--yes I did actually measure it!

Lots of flu going around the area lately – it sure knocked the "stuffin" out of some people.  Apparently, there are two different strands of the flu going around so it is making it hard to fight.  Lots of rest and water and hopefully it will run its course quickly.

Valarie and Alex Skinner have returned from a southern vacation. They spent time in Kissimmee, Florida and took day trips to Daytona and then on to St. Augustine which is a really historic city.  Russ and I visited there many years ago. 

Val and Alex are the proud owners of MeHomeBy B & B here in Malagash. This beautiful place is located on the South Shore and is a real asset to our community.  A couple of other residents are presently away and hopefully we will hear from them when they return. 

As I write this a few snowflakes are coming down but nothing substantial. This is one of the funniest years weather wise that we have seen for years. The wind lately has been the worst part!  Oh well, as they say--don't you all want to know who the "They" people are? - we are in Nova Scotia and the weather will change on a dime! 

It has been a terrific week for our Olympic athletes - so enjoy watching them - and wish them all well. However, this past week has been a tragic one once again with our neighbours to the south.  Our hearts break for those families, students and children who live in Parkland, Florida. The lucky survivors will be suffering the rest of their lives - in trauma, PTSD and deep fear.  

I came across a statement in a little book written by a friend of mine in Ontario and it goes like this: "There is little chance for people to get together as long as most of us want to be in the back of the church, the front of the bus and the middle of the road!"

However, it is time for our Politicians of all stripes to get together and work for the betterment of everyone--on both sides of our borders. 

Have a good week everyone and stay safe! Above all, be kind and caring one to another! 

Marian Durling is the Malagash and area columnist for the Citizen-Record.

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