ER to be closed 24 hours

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - COMMUNIT Y - BY HOPE BRIDGE­WA­TER

AMHERST - The Cum­ber­land Health Author­ity wishes to ad­vise the pub­lic that the emer­gency depart­ment at the North Cum­ber­land Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal in Pug­wash will be closed from 8 a.m. on Fri­day, Dec. 31 un­til 8 a.m. on Satur­day, Jan. 1. This 24-hour clo­sure is nec­es­sary be­cause no physi­cian is avail­able to pro­vide the re­quired med­i­cal cov­er­age.

At all times, those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a med­i­cal emer­gency should al­ways call 911. The emer­gency re­sponse sys­tem is avail­able 24 hours a day, seven days a week to pro­vide im­me­di­ate med­i­cal as­sis­tance.

If med­i­cal ser­vice of a non-emer­gency na­ture is re­quired, in­di­vid­u­als should con­tact their fam­ily doc­tor’s of­fice to make an ap­point­ment.

A phone call can also be made to 811 where reg­is­tered nurses are avail­able around the clock to give ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion and to pro­vide re­as­sur­ance con­cern­ing all kinds of gen­eral health con­cerns. Health­Link 811 also pro­vides in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing health is­sues and ser­vices avail­able in the com­mu­nity.

Any­one who is un­clear on a proper course of ac­tion may also con­tact the Hos­pi­tal at 2432521. WENT­WORTH – One of the ex­tra­or­di­nary re­cent pro­grams at the Went­worth Recre­ation Cen­tre was the Cum­ber­land Singers per­form­ing “The Sounds of Christ­mas” to a ca­pac­ity crowd.

This fund-rais­ing pro­gram was con­ceived and di­rected by Jocelyn Mor­ris to aid Chal­iceChild Care In­ter­na­tional, which has been given a high rat­ing among Cana­dian in­ter­na­tional aid or­ga­ni­za­tions. Chal­ice af­firms the sa­cred­ness and dig­nity of all peo­ple, in­clud­ing all those in need re­gard­less of colour, na­tion­al­ity or creed. Chal­ice pro­vides funds for needy or home­less chil­dren in or­der for them to be in healthy homes, to be given the chance to go to school, to have proper nour­ish­ment, to be well clothed and to have needed med­i­ca­tion.

The Cum­ber­land Singers cel­e­brated the spirit of Christ­mas by fo­cus­ing on help­ing chil­dren in need and did this by per­form­ing both tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary Christ­mas mu­sic.

Spon­sors for this con­cert were the Cana­dian Salt Com­pany Ltd, MacDiarmid’s Fu­neral Home, Dave Wil­son, Rick and Judy Clark.

All the singers, mu­si­cians, dancers, work­ers and spon­sors at this con­cert vol­un­teered their time and any ex­penses (travel, gas, etc.) in or­der that all the funds raised go to Chal­ice-Child Care In­ter­na­tional. Jocelyn Mor­ris in­tro­duced the con­cert and ded­i­cated this con­cert to her mother, Pearl Crow­ley, who is in hos­pi­tal. The mas­ter of cer­e­monies was Charley Pa­triquin, who skill­fully guided the pro­gram through two sets ( first set hav­ing 18 per­for­mances and the sec­ond set hav­ing 13 per­for­mances) and, as well, told a few jokes. The sets con­sisted mostly of solo per­form­ers with group sing­ing and quar­tets in­ter­spersed. With a band back­ing up all artists, the solo per­form­ers were singers Charley Pa­triquin, Jean Moor­ing, Ashley Baker, Faye Hen­der­son, Paul Mer­lin, Glo­ria Mer­lin, Aubrey Gif­fin, Larry Pa­triquin, Carmen Baker, Mitchell Baker, Max Baker, Amy Mor­ris, Jensen Pa­triquin, Nick Mor­ris, Jocelyn Mor­ris, Sharon Miller and Wayne Reid.

Su­perb singers in the quar­tet of the first set were Wayne Reid, Ashley Baker, Paul Mer­lin and Charley Pa­triquin, and in the sec­ond set were Sharon Miller, Ashley Baker, Jocelyn Mor­ris and Charley Pa­triquin.

As well as the solo singers be­ing part of the choir, other singers in the choir were Lau­rene DeCoste, Joe Pa­triquin and Bill Baker.

Natalie DeCoste, a teenager, played the vi­o­lin and step-danced to great ap­plause. The au­di­ence liked to give en­cour­age­ment to young peo­ple and thun­der­ous ap­plause greeted sev­enyear-old Mitchell Baker and six-year-old Max Baker when they sang “Jin­gle Bells”, ac­com­pa­nied by their fa­ther, Ashley Baker, on gui­tar and their coach­ing mother, Carmen Baker, nearby. Mem­bers of the band in­cluded Ashley Baker, Nick Mor­ris, Wayne Reid, Ron Rush­ton, Jim Mosher and Jean Moor­ing. Back-up singers in­cluded Wayne Reid, Ashley Baker, Sharon Miller and Faye Hen­der­son. Fid­dlers in­cluded Charley Pa­triquin and Hil­ton Pa­triquin. The pi­anist was Jean Moor­ing.

Claire Pa­triquin and Austin Pa­triquin col­lected ad­mis­sion fees at the door and is­sued tick­ets for a door prize which was given out at in­ter­mis­sion by Jocelyn Mor­ris. Ge­orgie Pa­triquin gave out tick­ets to those who paid to en­ter a raf­fle of ex­ten­sive items on her ta­ble and many prizes were given out at in­ter­mis­sion, again by Jocelyn Mor­ris. Work­ers in the kitchen can­teen were Kathy Red­mond and Mary Anne Jay who served peo­ple through­out the con­cert and at in­ter­mis­sion.

Just af­ter in­ter­mis­sion, “Sadie” (in re­al­ity Sharon Miller) came float­ing down the aisle in a very funny cos­tume and Sadie en­tered the stage where­upon she gave a very hu­mourous mono­logue which cre­ated much laugh­ter. Sadie has a nat­u­ral abil­ity for orig­i­nal com­edy as she writes the script her­self.

One of the mar­velous as­pects of this con­cert is the in­ter­gen­er­a­tional na­ture of the per­form­ers who ranged in age from seven years to 80 years. The older gen­er­a­tions show the younger gen­er­a­tions how to per­form be­fore an au­di­ence and, of­ten in ad­di­tion to mu­sic lessons, teach them both how to play in­stru­ments and me­morize words to the songs. Kitchen par­ties held through­out the year are an­other way of hav­ing the young bond with mu­sic. An­other in­ter­est­ing as­pect is that the ma­jor­ity of the choir and work­ers at this event are de­scen­dants of the late Ellsworth and the late Edith Pa­triquin.

Just be­fore the end­ing, Jocelyn Mor­ris an­nounced that $2,900 had been raised at this event, in­tro­duced a mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Chal­ice and said the funds would be de­liv­ered very soon to this char­ity or­ga­ni­za­tion. Then, mas­ter of cer­e­monies Charley Pa­triquin pre­sented a gift of flow­ers to Jocelyn and thanked her for all her hard work in help­ing the needy. Jocelyn said she could never do it alone and that all the singers and work­ers of this con­cert were re­ally re­ceivers of this gift as well. The en­tire choir sing­ing the fi­nal song, “Feliz Navi­dad,” summed up the glory of this oc­ca­sion.

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