So much to en­joy and be thank­ful for

The Amherst News - - OP-ED - Mar­ian Durl­ing Mala­gash & Area Mar­ian Durl­ing writes for the Mala­gash area for the Amherst News.

The days are get­ting shorter and the nights longer as an­other hol­i­day sea­son is over and a new year be­gins.

I love ev­ery­thing about the hol­i­days. When Russ and our daugh­ter, Miriam, went on their an­nual Christ­mas tree hunt they didn’t just go for an or­di­nary tree. Miriam lives in a beau­ti­ful house with cathe­dral ceil­ings and I swear each year the tree gets taller. This year it is about an 18 feet tall fir tree.

Can you just pic­ture the fun they had putting it in the back of the truck and then up onto their back deck – cut­ting some off and then into the house?

I didn’t go see it un­til it is up, an­chored, and dec­o­rated. I didn’t want to see my daugh­ter hanging over her loft to put the star on! But it’s al­ways a thing of beauty when it is fin­ished.

My thoughts also go to the an­nual Wal­lace Coun­try Christ­mas and it was a great suc­cess. Cedar At­lantic Chap­ter No 3 held its an­nual din­ner and served more than 90 peo­ple. The menu of fish cakes, chili and beans al­ways is de­li­cious. Dur­ing the af­ter­noon there was a large amount of lo­cal crafters at the com­mu­nity hall which was also well at­tended.

Also a high­light dur­ing the re­cent hol­i­days was the Santa Claus Pa­rade, which had about 15 floats, and from all re­ports, it was the best ever. The evening ended with fire­works over the har­bour. It is amaz­ing what our small com­mu­ni­ties

can do! Talk about co­op­er­a­tion and par­tic­i­pa­tion!

Mala­gash Church held its an­nual Christ­mas Eve Ser­vice on Dec. 24. This is al­ways a very well at­tended and beau­ti­ful ser­vice. The choir, un­der the di­rec­tion of Jan­nie Berke­laar, sang some spe­cial pieces and the hymns that Rev. Con­nie chose for the ser­vice were well loved and well known Christ­mas hymns. The ser­vice al­ways ends with can­dle light­ing and the old fa­mil­iar Si­lent Night. Hot cider and snacks were served fol­low­ing the ser­vice.

There was also re­cently a spe­cial fundrais­ing Christ­mas feast at St. John’s United Church in Wal­lace. The lower hall was beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated and the ta­bles were very fes­tive. The meal started with stuffed mush­rooms as an ap­pe­tizer. The en­tree was pork ten­der­loin with won­der­ful veg­eta­bles and a lovely dessert. The com­mit­tee sure out­did it­self. Pug­wash High School stu­dents did all the serv­ing and did a fan­tas­tic job. This was the third such feast and has al­ways been a great suc­cess.

The last card party for 2018 was held re­cently in the com­mu­nity hall. Ladies high went to Beatrice Mills, Low to Peggy Pa­triquin; Men’s High to Mur­dock Murray, low to Kevin Brown; Trav­el­ling Prise went to Max­ine Brown with Kevin Brown won both the Lucky and the 50/50. There were four and a half ta­bles in play. The next card party will be held on Tues­day, Jan. 8.

Also in re­cent hap­pen­ings, Cedar At­lantic Chap­ter No 3 held its meet­ing with Wor­thy Ma­tron Mar­i­lyn Far­rell pre­sid­ing. A high­light of the meet­ing was the pre­sen­ta­tion of Life Mem­ber­ship to Sis­ter Margie Allen, a 60-year mem­ber of the or­der.

Sis­ter Mar­ian Durl­ing, PGM, pre­sented the hon­our to Allen who had been a very ac­tive mem­ber of three chap­ters over her years of ser­vice. An hon­our well de­served! Dur­ing the meet­ing a large cash do­na­tion, along with a num­ber of gifts, was made to the Pug­wash Food Bank on be­half of the mem­bers.

Sym­pa­thy is ex­tended to Mary Hunter of Tata­m­agouche on the pass­ing of her hus­band, Dana. Dana was born in Tata­m­agouche and raised in Mala­gash and Wal­lace. Be­sides his wife, he is sur­vived by a son and daugh­ter, grand­chil­dren and a brother. Cel­e­bra­tion of Life was at Coul­ter’s Fu­neral Home in Tata­m­agouche.

Have a won­der­ful week ev­ery­one.

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