Rea­son to be thank­ful in Port Morien

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL - Yvonne Kennedy Homeville

The hol­i­day sea­son al­ways seems to bring out a sense of grat­i­tude among us. Acts of kind­ness and good­ness are all around us.

Re­cently, the se­niors in Port Morien and sur­round­ing ar­eas gath­ered at the Port Morien Fire Hall for the an­nual Se­niors Christ­mas Din­ner. Fire Chief James Bates kicked off the cel­e­bra­tion with in­for­ma­tion on the state of the cur­rent fa­cil­ity. A new build­ing is needed with the ad­di­tion of a warm­ing cen­tre in an­tic­i­pa­tion of se­vere weather episodes in the fu­ture. The lat­est storm surge dam­aged the lo­cal coast­lines and weather fore­cast­ers are pre­dict­ing more se­vere weather pat­terns in the fu­ture.

Thank you, Chief Bates, for the timely up­date.

The ladies and gen­tle­men of the fire depart­ment host this an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of good food and fel­low­ship. To the younger mem­bers of our com­mu­nity, we are grate­ful for your kind­ness. Be­ing a for­mer teacher, I re­ally loved see­ing the youth vol­un­teer­ing at a com­mu­nity gath­er­ing. They are learn­ing life lessons.

Liv­ing in a small sea­side vil­lage is a unique ex­pe­ri­ence where peo­ple know each other and you can count on your neigh­bours in time of need.

Ev­ery month, Branch 55 Le­gion hosts a pop­u­lar Coun­try Mar­ket to raise funds to keep the le­gion vi­able. Our le­gion is in the unique po­si­tion of be­ing a com­mu­nity cen­tre for the vil­lage.

The Coun­try Mar­ket re­lies on the kind­ness of many peo­ple to make it a suc­cess­ful des­ti­na­tion ev­ery month. On a reg­u­lar ba­sis, a kind lady with a green thumb from Syd­ney calls to tell me that she has house plants ready for sale. She has never been to the mar­ket but knows that she wants to help. Thank you, He­len.

In true Cape Bre­ton fash­ion, when I pick up the plants there is al­ways an in­vi­ta­tion for tea.

Se­niors who are down­siz­ing of­ten call to see if we want their trea­sures. A few weeks ago, one of our se­niors was leav­ing her fam­ily home and be­ing a strong sup­porter of the Le­gion, she thought of us. Thank you, Vida.

Our vol­un­teers are busy peo­ple but they al­ways find time in their hec­tic sched­ules to help us out at the mar­ket. Thank you to all our vol­un­teers.

The mar­ket would not be such a pop­u­lar venue with­out our reg­u­lar cus­tomers who have be­come our friends.

The Port Morien Coun­try Mar­ket is a place where you can visit with old friends and be­come ac­quainted with new ones. Shop­ping for bar­gains at the hugely pop­u­lar flea mar­ket, pick­ing up home­baked good­ies, sup­port­ing craft ven­dors and so­cial­iz­ing at the Coun­try Cafe is a won­der­ful way to spend a Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Next Mar­ket is to­day (Dec. 8) from 2-4 p.m. Free ad­mis­sion.

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