One big positive thing about this time of the year is that I have an unobstructed view of the Northumberland Strait and it is quite beautiful.
This is because of the leafless trees. There is some ice along the shore but mostly open water. We were fortunate that the huge storm which was forecast for the weekend really didn’t materialize but it was enough to curb some birthday celebrations on Saturday and church on Sunday morning.
Chase the Queen at the Tatamagouche Legion was cancelled on Saturday afternoon due to the threatening storm. Heard there were only about 14 cards remaining so next Saturday should be a big one! Malagash Legion and River John are also starting a program too. However, I think they are both on Friday evenings. Hope we don’t saturate the area.
On Tuesday, Russ and I attended a funeral for a longtime friend in Amherst. Millicent Coleman passed away on Jan. 9. Her husband, David, was a long time member of the RCMP and stationed in Baddeck shortly before we were stationed there.
We have met up with Dave on many Cumberland Country Veteran’s events.
During the service, two of her granddaughters took part in the service with Sarah reading a favourite poem of Millicient’s and Laura read a prayer which was found in Millie’s handwriting.
Son David gave a loving tribute to his mom, mentioning the various places they were stationed in during their career and the minister, Rev. Weaver, paid tribute to the dedication of the wives of years ago. The service ended with the wonderful recessional hymn “We Shall Go Out with Hope of Resurrection” to the tune of Danny Boy. Our sympathy is extended to Dave, her five children and grandchildren.
Friday morning, I looked out my kitchen window and there stomped out into the snow was the Number 77—it’s fun being married to a “child-at-heart” type of guy.
If there is snow and its a special occasion—watch out! I will share the tribute with Sylvia Jamieson who also celebrated the special event over the weekend.
Lots of Capricorn’s in our area.
Sunday afternoon there was a special photo op at the Tatamagouche Arena. Kraft Hockeyville is once again holding a contest to help small communities upgrade their arenas.
Over the past 10 years, Kraft has given over $2 million to 53 Communities across Canada and this time Tatamagouche is trying to be one of them.
The first prize winner will receive an NHL pre-season hockey game plus $100,000 in arena upgrades. Second prize will be $100,000—no hockey game—and there will be 8 Third place winners who will receive $25,000 worth of upgrades. The first voting for the 10 top communities will take place on March 13-14 with the voting for the top winners later in March.
There was a very good turnout considering the roads and the Fire Department was out in full force with their special Tatamagouche Banner. There was a Timbits hockey game going on at the time and when it was time for the picture taking, the game stopped, benches were emptied and all the players formed a line in front of the occupied bleachers. Hopefully the organizers will keep us up to date regarding the voting. I believe Truro was in the running a couple of years ago.
Well the card parties have started again and last Tuesday was the first for 2016. High Ladies prize went to Eleanor Sprague, Men’s high to Clarence Duggan, 50/50 to Ian MacNeill, Travelling to Curtis Langill. Congrats to the winners. I believe the next one will be Tuesday, January 26th, weather permitting.
Wish everyone a great week and hopefully the storm coming up the east coast from Florida doesn’t hit us—I am sure most people would agree that we have enough on the ground now.
Wentworth Ski Hill is up and running and they don’t need much more either. It was terrible to hear of the Tornados hitting Florida over the weekend. Pray that all our Snow Birds are safe and sound. Keep safe everyone and drive carefully.
Marian Durling is the Malagash and area columnist for the Citizen-Record.