Port Morien will be a busy place in 2010, start­ing with an­nual Valen­tine’s din­ner

Cape Breton Post - - GLACEBAY/ NEW WATERFORD -

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.

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