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Pugwash and Area News with Mary Patterson
Pugwash and Area News with Mary Patterson

Pugwash News with Mary Patterson

Sincere sympathy is extended to Kim Iznor and George MacDonald, and all family members, on the passing of Ash MacDonald, formerly of Port Howe, in Dartmouth on May 15.

According to all I speak to, Rev. Meggin King delivered a very thought-provoking, touching and beautiful sermon at the largely attended funeral held at Mundle's Funeral Home on Friday. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

Condolences also go out to Estella Wilson, Truro, and all family members, on the passing of her brother, Ronald Perle Williams, Courtney, B.C. on May 15. Ron lived in Rockley many years ago and was the son of the late Perle and Marguerite Williams. He is survived by four children and four step-children.

There was no winner at the firemen's 50/50 draw on Wednesday night; Shelley Tuttle was the consolation winner of the Chase the Ace draw, held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Peace Branch 60, Pugwash, on Saturday; and no winner at the Co-Op's Toonie Draw on Sunday. Congratulations Shelley.

Shirley and John Fortier, Riverview, returned home on May 14, after visiting daughter Shelly Duesbury and family, Arnprior, Ont., and also their sons, Andrew and Greg and families at different times. They also attended the 80th birthday celebration for brother-in-law, Bill Alderman, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Shirley said they had a wonderful holiday and fantastic weather.

Birthday greetings go out this week to Wendy Wells, Wallace Bay; Vance Trenholm, Wallace Bridge; Brad Patriquin, Fredericton; Janet Gulllens and Teresa Huston, Gulf Shore; Barry Gouge and Amy Cameron, Port Howe; Marsha Myers, Debert; Dale Langille, West Pugwash; Dean Langille, Pugwash; Kim Rinaldo, Halifax; Peter Lewis, South Pugwash; Jean Wood, Wentworth; Jeramiah Ferdinand, Fox Harbour; Amanda Mattinson, Moncton; Estella Wilson, Truro; Marion Stevens, Pugwash River; Faye Moore, Middleboro; Marg McCormack, Northport; and Yours Truly. Happy Anniversary Wishes to Lorri and George McLeod, Winnipeg.

Mary Doyle had many visitors this week to help celebrate her birthday. They include nieces Lily and Jean, and another day, Lily and Dave; niece Eileen Doyle and friend, Tracy; Delbert Dixon, Shirley and John Fortier; Paul Fahey; Denise Darragh; Lynn McKellar; Bruce Gullon; Peggy Wentzell; and Lillix Polley. On her actual birthday, Lily and Jean accompanied Mary in her power wheelchair to Sheryl's Bakery where they enjoyed lunch. Mary received many telephone calls, birthday cards, flowers, some baked goodies, and other food items. I understand Lillix Jade sung Happy Birthday to Mary, which made her day.

Many local friends and family have visited Shirley White while she recuperates at home from foot surgery. On Friday, Stan and Phyllis Porter, Alberton, P.E.I., visited Shirley, and George and Marina Godfrey, Amherst, visited on Saturday.

What I thought would be a dull weekend turned out, thus far, to be anything but: on Saturday evening we started out for bear watching in West Pugwash, but daughter Denise got an SOS call from son Patrick. He and friend, Piper, took their dogs for a run at Fox Harbour Provincial Park. Piper's dog, Sasha, took off and did not return - they needed help.

Off to Fox Harbour we went. I manned the car - like, I sat in it. Patrick and Piper took their vehicle down the road to go deeper into the woods; Bruce did the shore line; Denise did the yelling.

Patrick's cell phone went dead; Denise lost hers. A couple from Moncton was quahoging and she came to offer their help.  At that point, Patrick and Piper came back, with Sasha. Meanwhile, Denise was charging Patrick's phone in her vehicle - we found Denise's cell on the roof of her SUV. Came home via a back North Wallace road and saw a black bear - definitely the largest we have ever seen. Back here for coffee and cookies.

On Sunday, I woke up to a knock on my door. To my delight, it was nephews Jason Trenholm, Oromocto, N.B., and Keeghan McLeod, CFB Gagetown, N.B. Always glad that the young people take time to visit us oldies. Love you guys. They spent part of the long weekend with their father/grandfather, Ron Trenholm, Rockley.

On Sunday, Dana emailed and said they were coming for a visit. I hustled and threw supper together. Kevin put some aluminum piping around the pergola posts to keep the raccoons out of my bird feeders. Oh yes, they already had found them!! We decided to go for a drive - maybe to spot a bear - and Bobby Carter came in, with maybe a picture or three of his daughter, Abigail. He was leaving when Jason dropped in again, so we invited him to come with us. Yes, we spotted a bear in West Pugwash. Back here for coffee.

Other callers this week with me include Lynn McKellar, North Wallace; Brian Spicer, Leicester; Piper Bowes, Bay Head; Patrick Darragh, Wallace; Roberta Angevine, Fountain Road; Peggy Wentzell, Pugwash; and Kate Wilson, Wallace, who had lunch with me on Monday.

Please keep brother, Bill MacKay, Kim Rinaldo and all others who are not enjoying good health at this time in your thoughts and prayers.

Thought for the week: “In this world and the world of tomorrow, we must go forward together or not at all.” - Hillary Clinton

Mary Patterson is the columnist for the Pugwash area.

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