Well March break has started and now we have snow and more snow!
Lots of events were cancelled on Friday and Saturday and it was a wise call as the roads were pretty rough with lots of snow. They are rough without the snow – it would appear that they are in worse condition than they were this time last year. It’s hard to decide whether to go the South Shore or North Shore Road to get to Number 6 highway! Shake, rattle and almost roll either way!
Eden and Marilyn MacDonald, of Bayhead, have returned from New Zealand where they spent a month with their daughter, Shannon and her husband, Billy Parsons.
They were at North Island Cambridge and had a fantastic time. Most of the time they travelled with a private tour guide who just couldn't do enough for them.
One thing you find out when you are in Australia or New Zealand - they love Canadians. There are a lot of transplanted Canadians there.
While there they toured 11 wineries and the New Zealand and Australian wineries are wonderful places to visit as are ours here in Nova Scotia. On their way back they spent a week in Hawaii, where Eden took a helicopter ride over the area.
It was Chinese New Year while they were there and it was very busy and exciting.
One thing we noticed when we were in Hawaii that the Japanese and Chinese population is very large. Speaking of Hawaii, Nancy and Colin MacKenzie of Malagash have just returned from their recent trip to Hawaii.
They, along with two other couples, rented housing on the island of Kaiwa. They were there for two weeks and really enjoyed themselves. They are no strangers to the area as they have been in Hawaii five different times.
I think they will be looking for another country to invade!
Jannie and Peter Berkelaar have their daughter, Wendy, visiting with them for March Break. Wendy is a private music teacher in Ottawa and as most of her students were taking the break, she decided to come home for a week.
Wendy joined our choir at Malagash Church Sunday morning. Jannie is our organist and choir director so had our special music waiting for Wendy when she arrived on Saturday. It’s always lovely to see Wendy.
Nice to see Kathy and Dave Bates of Moncton worshipping with us Sunday. Kathy is looking forward to returning here in April for the spring and summer months. We are looking forward to that time also. We have such delightful summer residents in our area.
Just a reminder that this coming Friday, the 16th, will be the St. Paddy's Day Levee at our legion. The legion opens at 6 p.m. with Jig the Joker at 8. Lots of other games to play. Stews and Soups plus cake will be available so why not join us.
Had a message from Michael Waugh today telling us that his sister, Donna, had hip surgery on Feb. 28. in New Glasgow and is now back at her residence in Oxford. She was in the hospital for a week and is coming along quite well.
Donna, the daughter of the late Herb and Florence Waugh, was a longtime resident of the North Shore Road before moving to Shady Rest in Oxford. We all wish Donna a speedy and full recovery.
Our sincere sympathy is extended to Clarence and Helen Duggan on the death of Clarence's brother, John Duggan of River John. His funeral was at Coulter's Funeral Home on Friday. Saturday another blow to the family as Helen's son, Wade, passed away very suddenly. Wade and his wife, Beth, are residents of the North Shore Road, Malagash. Our condolences go out to Beth and Family on this sad occasion. Celebration of his life will take place on Saturday.
- Tomorrow is not promised to anyone young or old alike and today may be the last chance you get to hold your loved one tight so before it is too late, do it now.
Have a good week everyone and be safe.
Marian Durling is the Malagash and area columnist for the Citizen-Record.