Happy New Year to everyone! Hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas and New Years!
Russ and I spent Christmas in Ottawa with our daughter, Karen, son-in-law Brent and our three wonderful grandchildren ages 21, 19 and 17.
We spent a couple of days with Russ's mom in Woodstock and then on to Ottawa. On Christmas Day instead of having dinner at the house we all went to a dinner sponsored for 50 years by Brent's church.
We hosted a table where guests were homeless, people all alone, a young couple with an 11-month-old baby girl and so on. We served them all and then sat down and ate with them. Music was provided by several people and many people joined in the singing.
There was a young man at our grandson's table who told them it was his third dinner that day. It was only 2 p.m. and he was heading to another. He was tall and thin and the boys spent a lot of time wondering how he could eat that much.
Some people brought take out boxes with them and you knew they were going to have another good meal later. What a wonderful experience. There were two sittings and we worked the early shift and then back home to open all our gifts.
There is something similar each year in nearby Tatamagouche and it is a wonderful way to spend Christmas.
Understand the Christmas Eve service in Malagash was very good and well attended. Thanks to Jannie Berkelaar for arranging all the music and for Peter Berkelaar for leading the service as Rev. Connie was presiding at St. John's United in Wallace for the Christmas Eve Service there. From what we heard, the weather next day was horrible. Our niece in Dartmouth had all her family for a candlelight dinner. Luckily the turkey had been cooked before the power went out.
Speaking of power, the latest weather bomb made its influence felt around our communities with the very high winds and freezing rain this past week. It left a coat of ice everywhere, including making a skating rink out of our long driveway.
There were power losses all over the place, with ours being out for approximately five hours. I think we can all agree that Nova Scotia Power personnel did a great job in restoring power under difficult and dangerous conditions. They appeared to be well prepared for the results of this weather storm.
We were contacted by the Cumberland County EMO office and given a contact number in case of an emergency in our community and to be assured our community hall could be made available if needed. Thanks to this office for taking the planning action to protect and help residents.
Our community was saddened by the passing of Edith Whittaker recently. Edith was born in Malagash and lived here until her teen years when the family moved to Ottawa for her father's employment. Many years later, Edith and her husband, Harry Whittaker, retired here in Malagash and were both very active in our church and community for many years. A few years after Harry's death, Edith moved to Tatamagouche but was seen very often at our church and various events.
Her Celebration of Life was held on Saturday at Malagash Church. Edith was so well thought of and will be missed by all. Our sympathy goes out to her family members.
On Sunday evening, a Three Harbours Pastoral Charge Epiphany service was held at Malagash Church. The church was full of candlelight for the "Light of the World" service. Rev. Connie's sermon was entitled "The Light Within" and was very well received. Holy Communion was celebrated at this service with Elders from all three churches officiating.
The first luncheon of the new year will be held at the Malagash Community Hall on Friday, Jan. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is always a great event and well attended. Great soups, chowders and of course, our famous desserts. Come join us at the hall.
There is an ecumenical men's club which meets at the Wallace Museum a couple of times a month. The next meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and men of all ages are invited to attend.
Have a great week everyone and it is so nice to be back in our area again. Be safe, drive carefully and watch out for icy patches on our highways.
Marian Durling is the Malagash and area columnist for the Citizen-Record.