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Work toward a new hospice facility in Amherst needs to continue

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

Malagash News with Marian Durling

Well the first ‘big’ storm of the season has hit - not quite as predicted?

Churches and events on Sunday, Jan. 20 were cancelled. Unfortunately it appeared that our chances of seeing the eclipse of the super blood moon were very remote due to the overcast skies.

It was too late in the night for me anyway. Well, that's my excuse for not braving the cold to get out to have a peek!

I mentioned last week it appears that it is the month of 80th birthdays! Sylvia Jamieson of Fox Harbour reached the pinnacle on Tuesday, Jan. 15 and celebrated at her daughter Heather Blaikie's home on Saturday.

A lovely turnout were there to wish Sylvia the very best. Merrill and Sylvia have been long time residents of Wallace/Fox Harbour area and are very active members of St. Andrew's Church in Fox Harbour.

Annie MacNeill of Malagash will be blowing out 80 candles next week. Another very special birthday is coming up when Frances Jamieson will be celebrating her 100th on Feb. 5.

Frances lived alone in Wallace until the past year when she moved into East Cumberland Lodge and a special celebration tea will be held there on Thursday, Feb. 7 starting at 1:30 p.m.

Her daughter, Kathleen MacNutt, has extended an invitation to all friends of Frances to drop in to wish her well. Watch for her on Live at 5 on the 5th. Frances is such a delightful lady.

A number of years ago Russ and I were contacted by Rev. Charlotte Ross regarding a proposed Cumberland County Hospice and Palliative Care residence to be built in Amherst.

The committee were reaching out to the community for assistance to create this Cumberland County Hospice.

The hospice will be a place for those who wish to die with dignity in a friendly and supportive environment. We attended a couple of meetings, viewed designs for the building and the land that had been donated.

We haven't heard anything for awhile and it would appear that there has been a slow-down in the development of this wonderful place. I certainly hope that this hospice will become a reality. It was to be the first in Cumberland County and one of the few in the whole province. There is such a need in our county. Let's get working on it again!

Once again death has hit our area.

Dale Ross, who was born in Malagash, passed away in Springhill. He was a dear nephew of Pearl Charman and his Celebration of Life took place on Wednesday the 16th at St. John's United Church in Wallace.

His well attended service was conducted by Rev. Connie who sure has been busy in this line for the past two months. Two of his granddaughters read scripture and did such a fine job. His old friend and travelling partner Howard, or Howie as I know him, Spence did a very nice tribute to his Masonic buddy.

was a former administrator of the School for the Deaf in Amherst and a lovely gal "signed" the whole service. Fascinating to watch her "speak" to a couple of hard of hearing persons in the congregation and her facial expressions and motions conveyed exactly what was being said or sung.

Many years ago when I had to give a speech at an Eastern Star meeting in Amherst, Dale "signed" my speech which was a first for me.

A lovely and well attended reception was held following the service in the Millard Charman Community Hall.

Well according to the weather forecasters extremely cold temperatures are going to be with us for awhile. Please take care with your wood stoves, fireplaces, etc.

If you have pets, please make sure they are inside and only let out for a very short time. We spent a night "dog sitting" for our daughter and both the dogs loved getting out in the snow on Sunday morning for a romp but were sure glad to get back inside to cuddle next to the fire.

Have a great week everyone and as the wonderful Helen Keller said "the most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart"

Marian Durling writes for the Amherst News.

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