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Locals participate in Women’s March in Halifax

['Malagash and Area News with Marian Durling']
['Malagash and Area News with Marian Durling']

Well our weather is still nice with very little snow as I write this. Russ and I spent time in Woodstock, N.B., last week and they have much more snow than we do. Apparently our temperature is supposed to rise this week also which I certainly don't mind.

The swearing in of President Trump has finally happened and thankfully we were travelling home so I didn't have to watch it. It was amazing to watch the Women's March on Saturday.  According to Monday's Chronicle Herald there were over 2,000 in downtown Halifax. About 25 from Tatamagouche and surrounding area carpooled and were there too. I had certainly wanted to be there but unfortunately that wasn’t possible.

The swearing in of President Trump has finally happened and thankfully we were travelling home so I didn't have to watch it. It was amazing to watch the Women's March on Saturday.  According to Monday's Chronicle Herald there were over 2,000 in downtown Halifax. About 25 from Tatamagouche and surrounding area carpooled and were there too. I had certainly wanted to be there but unfortunately that wasn’t possible.

The former poet laureate of Halifax, El Jones, opened the rally with, according to Hanna Hunziker of Tata, an incredibly powerful poem which set the tone of respect, empathy and solidarity. Many men, children and elders joined the women and many multi-generational families in attendance. The rally in Washington was massive and never before have so many people been there – way more than the day before. Let’s hope the politicians took note and will see that women’s rights will be protected and that they will be treated with the respect they are due.    

An important installation took place right here in Malagash last week. The executive of RC Legion Branch No 97 took place with the following members being installed: President – George MacKenzie; Treasurer – David Latta; Secretary – Dawn Forman; First Vice-President – Kris Larson; Membership – Janice Wallace; Padre – Robert Dobson; Poppy Chairman – Russ Durling. Sgt-at-Arms Bill Armstrong was out of town and will be inducted at a future date. The Legion has undergone interior renovations with new washrooms including a wheelchair-accessible one. The Legion is open every Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. for fellowship, games and Jig the Joker at 8 p.m. Cribbage is held there every second week and the next one will be this coming Saturday. Last time there were eight tables in play and they start to play at 1 p.m. Come on down!

Speaking of the Legion, Branch No 97 lost one of their oldest members this week when Cam Pickard of Malagash passed away. Cam was in his 98th year and was such a delightful man. Our sympathy goes out to his family and friends. Funeral arrangements have not been made yet.   

Thank you so much for all the wonderful birthday greetings I received last week. Very quiet celebrations as we were once again on the road to Woodstock. Russ’s mom is now out of the hospital and back in Riverside Court and hopefully is on the mend.  

A special presentation entitled "Riding the Ghan" will be held at St. John's Church in Wallace, on Friday, Feb. 3rd, at 7 p.m.  Stuart and Elizabeth Semple will show a slide presentation of their special train trip on the Ghan in Australia. This will take us to the Red Centre of that country and we are really looking forward to seeing it. We have a nephew who lives in Melbourne who we hope to visit this year. Cost of admission is $5 and it will feature desserts, tea and coffee. Should be a nice evening.

Have a good week everyone and drive carefully. With weather like we are having, the deer are on the move. Lots of tracks in the little bit of snow we have here in our subdivision. As we all know they can appear out of the blue and this time of year there are probably more than two together. The few we have seen appear to be in great shape.

 

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

 

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