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Happy February!

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

Malagash News with Marian Durling

One long winter month down and gone--and according to Shubenacadie Sam a short winter and early spring. I sure hope so! 

I always find it interesting to watch the ice in the Northumberland Strait - some days it is completely covered as far as the eye can see and others - well like Monday- shore ice only. 

Most of the snow is gone due to the heavy rains we are having - tough winter on the snow and cold weather enthusiasts!  I have to admit that at my age the only winter sports I enjoy are what I can watch on TV.

Heading into Tatamagouche on Saturday we saw some young people skating on a home-made rink that a terrific dad had made for them. 

We had been watching the construction progress for a couple of days and he did a great job.   Remember when our girls were young and Russ did the same thing on our backyard patio in Dartmouth. They had a great time. 

When I was a young girl in Sydney there was a large outdoor rink in the school yard practically right behind our house. The men in the community even built a shed, complete with a small stove and had lights for the evenings. 

My dad was one of the volunteers and when he got home from work he would head over to join another person to clean and flood the ice for the evening skate. What fun we had and I knew all the words to "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts" which I think was one of the favourites to skate too!

I wonder how many outdoor rinks are still being made around our province? I haven't had a pair of skates for years but there is a morning adult skate at the arena in Tatamagouche Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week. It’s great exercise for those who enjoy skating.

On Thursday evening, the congregation of Malagash United Church held its annual meeting. It was quite well attended and the budget for the year was approved and list of Officers confirmed for another year. 

Rev. Connie conducted a most interesting and unusual service on Sunday. The theme was healing and instead of the usual sermon, she had a "Time of Healing" with the Blessing of Oil, and Anointing and Laying on of Hands, for all members of the congregation.  It was very thought provoking and stirring! We are so fortunate to have Rev. Connie as our minister. 

It was nice to have Bob and Marg Forbes with us for the service. They are cottagers on the North Shore and were up for the weekend.

This week is friendship week on Facebook so I thought I would share some words  with you all.  It was given to me many years ago by at friend.

It goes like this: "True friends don't always need a lot of words to stay close. There's a silent communication always taking place within their minds and hearts. They communicate much while speaking few words. They sense within their spirits when the other is in need. They know when to reach out and when to stay away. They know when to speak out and when to remain silent.  Friends, no matter how far apart they are, can stay close with a few words, as long as there is love in their heart for each other."

I am sure everyone has such a friend - I know I do!

I must take this opportunity to wish Frances Jamieson a very Happy 99th Birthday!  Frances is the most delightful lady who moved to East Cumberland Lodge in Pugwash this past year.  

She lived in her own house in Wallace until this past year. She still gets out occasionally with her daughter, Kathleen McNutt and we wish her all the very best and are looking forward to her joining the Century Club next year.

Have a good week everyone. Let's make it a point this week to smile and wave to everyone--even if we don't know them! It always seems to brighten one's day when we do this!  You never know, they might wonder what you have been up to!  Be careful when driving as the road conditions can be tricky this time of the year. 


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

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