Con­grat­u­la­tions, Dr. Janet Con­rad

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - COMMUNITY - Mary Patterson Mary Patterson is the Pug­wash and area colum­nist for the Cit­i­zen-Record. If you have in­for­ma­tion for her, please call 902-243-2708. Gwen Ran­dall-Young is an author and award-win­ning psy­chother­a­pist. For per­mis­sion to re­print this ar­ti­cle

I usu­ally start with sad news, but not this time. Janet Con­rad, MD has re­cently grad­u­ated from med­i­cal school. Janet is the daugh­ter of Eleanor and Shel­don Con­rad, Roslin, and is a for­mer grad­u­ate of Pug­wash District High School.

Janet and Matt will be leav­ing for Camp­bell River, B.C., for a two-year res­i­dency pro­gram in fam­ily medicine. Hope you re­turn to Nova Sco­tia – we need you! Con­grat­u­la­tions, Dr. Con­rad!

Now sad news.

Sym­pa­thy goes out to Rev. Mor­ley Bent­ley, and all fam­ily mem­bers on the pass­ing of son, Shawn, Cen­tral New An­nan, on June 9. Con­do­lences also to chil­dren, sis­ters and all fam­ily mem­bers on the pass­ing of Joan MacLeod LeGere, Gable’s Lodge, Amherst, on June 9. Joan grew up in Rock­ley and was a good friend to all.

Niece Jean Robert­son and hus­band Ian, Bar­ney’s River, called on Mary Doyle re­cently. Lynn McKel­lar, N. Wal­lace, and Peggy Allen, Pug­wash, also vis­ited with her.

The Royal Cana­dian Le­gion, Peace Branch 60, Pug­wash, and Ladies Aux­il­iary both held their meet­ings Thurs­day evening at the Le­gion. Prior to the ladies’ meet­ing, 10 of us met at the Sand­piper Res­tau­rant where we all en­joyed a de­li­cious meal. This is our last meet­ing un­til Septem­ber.

Lots of vis­i­tors with Shirley White this week. Westch­ester call­ers were Ella Lock­hart, Linda Webb and Judy Brown; Ca­role Thomp­son, Gulf Shore; Janet Pauley, Pug­wash; John Knight, his son Sher­man, wife Cindy, and their daugh­ter Tiala, from the Pic­tou area. Ron’s cousin Bar­bara Tay­lor, Kelowna, B.C., and her daugh­ter Margo and hus­band, Ron Teal, Burling­ton, Ont., spent a few days with Shirley.

Win­ner of the Fire­men’s 50/50 draw on Wed­nes­day was Christina Pane, who is $902 richer. Con­grat­u­la­tions. The fire­men held a very suc­cess­ful bar­be­cue at the Co-Op on Satur­day. That evening the fire­men and guests en­joyed a de­li­cious lob­ster and steak meal at the fire hall.

My gang and friends have been steady vis­i­tors, each time do­ing some­thing to im­prove the look of my house and prop­erty. Grant and Janet pres­sure­sprayed the base­ment ce­ment around the house, which was long over due; holes will be filled and it will be painted be­fore our cel­e­bra­tions on July 1; grand­daugh­ter, Leah, mowed my lawn; friend Bruce painted my garbage box; Kevin and Dana, Hub­bards, came for the week­end – Kev worked the Fire­men’s BBQ on Satur­day, and they at­tended the din­ner at the fire hall; he also put in­side mould­ing around my new win­dow; and my girls cleaned house. It doesn’t get much bet­ter than that. I thank the Good Lord ev­ery day for my fam­ily and friends. All my usual friends in but glad to have cousin, Gary Smith, Devon and Cold Lake, Alta., spend Fri­day evening with me.

Sur­prised to have an old neigh­bour and friend Dick Mur­phy and friend Mau­reen, N. Syd­ney, drop in on Sun­day. They were in town to at­tend Bur­ton and Louise Ri­p­ley’s 60th at home an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion in Port Howe. Dick stood at their wed­ding.

Please keep Roena Jamieson, Wanda Brown and all others not en­joy­ing good health in your thoughts and prayers, also Diane Reid, who has surgery this week.

Thought for the week: “One only lives once and if one does not live well, a good op­por­tu­nity is lost and will not present it­self again.”

Con­se­quently, chil­dren are not get­ting the qual­ity time with par­ents that they used to. Chil­dren get the mes­sage that who­ever is call­ing is more im­por­tant than they are.

Sim­i­larly, par­ents may spend a lot of time on the com­puter, ei­ther work­ing, check­ing emails, surf­ing the web or play­ing games. Chil­dren do this, too, and the end re­sult is a fam­ily that may be to­gether, but within that seem­ing to­geth­er­ness, each is lead­ing a more in­de­pen­dent ex­is­tence.

Bond­ing and in­ter­act­ing with fam­ily mem­bers are cru­cial el­e­ments to the healthy so­cial and emo­tional de­vel­op­ment of chil­dren. There are also many op­por­tu­ni­ties for learn­ing, as chil­dren are full of ques­tions if they feel Mom or Dad is in­ter­ested in what they have to say.

Take a mo­ment to as­sess how tech­nol­ogy is im­pact­ing your fam­ily life. Per­haps you will de­cide to turn off your cell­phone when you are with the chil­dren, or save your com­puter time un­til they are in bed.

Giv­ing full at­ten­tion to chil­dren sends them a strong mes­sage about their worth.

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