ER to be closed 24 hours
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.