Port Morien will be a busy place in 2010, starting with annual Valentine’s dinner
On more than one occasion I’ve described mining in the Port Morien area, the fact that two mines operated successfully here in the 19th century and that at the height of mining, Morien had a population of 3,000, 40 businesses and, I am sure, lots of volunteers. Today the population is 549.
However, there is still no shortage of people to take forward significant events.
For example, a group of volunteers have come together recently to plan events for the year 2010. The local legion has planned events for the winter and spring — at least four dances in February and March.
For this organization, a very significant fundraiser will be its annual Valentine’s dinner on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. The meal this year will be roast pork, homemade pie and a beverage. Only 100 tickets have been printed and they are selling very well. The price is $12 a person. Tickets may be obtained by calling 737-2559 or 737-5983. The legion requests that you get your tickets as early as possible because the dinner is usually a sellout.
As well, the legion plans an auction for April 24. Two auctions held in 2004 and 2006 were extremely successful. My Leafs memorabilia, especially, garnered a good finan- cial return.
The biggest event in Port Morien, however, will be the Morien Memories homecoming. Every five years a large committee plans extensive come home celebrations — from a parade to dances, to dinners, to a variety concert. The events run from Thursday, July 29 to Wednesday, Aug. 4. Our annual Summer People Festival, sponsored by the Port Morien Development Association, runs at the same time.
We’ve added at least six new venues to Morien Memories this year. Following the parade and the opening ceremonies at our town square, there will be a pub night at the Legion, featuring well-known entertainer Buddy MacDonald. Wings will be served.
The Girl Guides, a very active group in the Port Morien area, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the movement in Canada with several activities, including a rally and a scavenger hunt.
One of the most promising events will be our genealogical fair, an afternoon at the legion for residents of this area will be on hand to present their genealogical research on the early settlers at Southead, Wadden’s Cove, Homeville and Cowbay. Already we have lined up several presenters and the momentum for this event is growing.
Other new events will consist of a photography display by the local camera club and Dr. Khalifa, a kitchen party at the legion, a heritage fair and tea celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Gowrie Memorial School, as well as a Princess Tea, when the local princesses dress up in their Sunday best.
The fire hall will stage its street dance and that will be followed the second night by a homecoming dance at the legion, a dance that will attract at least 300 residents and former residents. That’s not all. There will also be an ecumenical service on Sunday afternoon, followed by a karaoke at the fire hall.
I haven’t mentioned food but there will be lots of that during Morien Memories. Stay tuned for updates. GLACE BAY — A local group wants people affected by Parkinson’s disease to know support is close by.
Ron Cote, vice-president of the Cape Breton Chapter of the Parkinson’s Society, said they want the public to be aware a support group is in place.
“ We want to get the word out there, if a person with Parkinson’s disease, or a family member of someone with Parkinson’s, needs someone to talk to they can call any of us at any time.”
Cote said there are people affected by this disease who feel embarrassed to go out in public, worried their hands or leg might shake or they might fall down.
“ We are trying to get people out and not to feel embarrassed about it,” Cote said. “A lot of our people still play shuffleboard, darts, or bowl.”
Cote, the former secretary treasurer for the United Mine Workers and former manager of the Vince Ryan hockey tournament, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease two years ago.
“I never knew about the society, but there was a pamphlet on a Parkinson’s support group outside my doctor’s office so I called them.”
“ When you are with other peo- ple who have it, it helps you to better understand the disease.”
The society meets monthly at the Grand Lake Road fire station, except during winter months. The next meeting March 28 at 2 p.m.
They have about 24 members in the CBRM area.
“ We only have one member in Glace Bay and we don’t have any in New Waterford. We want to get more people involved.”
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder, which involves the loss of cells in a part of the brain called the substantial nigra. These cells are responsible for producing a chemical called dopamine, which acts as a messenger between the brains cells that control movement.
It is estimated that approximately 119,000 Canadians have Parkinson’s, 8,400 in the Maritimes.
If anyone would like to speak to any of the executive members of the Cape Breton Chapter, they can telephone Mary Langlois, president, 539-8592; Ron Cote, vicepresident, 849-6857; Francis Gray, secretary, 564-4285; Rose Cole, treasurer, 270-8963
For more information visit the society’s website at www.parkinsonmaritimes.ca.