Willow Lodge hosts successful Movember challenge

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TATAMAGOUCHE NOTES by Ellen Millard: Four men took part in the Movember event at Willow Lodge in Tatamagouche last month. 

Enjoying the recently held Royal Canadian Legion bazaar and tea held in Tatamagouche were, from left, Brenda McLean, Louse Reid and Edna Veno. 

Eric McDonald , Scott Bartlett, John Sellers and Adrian MacCallum supported various men's cancer support agencies in the province by losing a bit of hair after a month of growing moustaches.

This is the second year male staff members and one resident have taken part in the battle against cancer. This year the event earned $566 and they hope to make the goal even higher next year.

“At first the funds were coming in pretty slowly so I decided to challenge the Willow Lodge staff that I would not only have my moustache shaved, I would have my head shaved into a Mohawk and have it dyed red, and that seemed to produce more funds,” said MacCallum.

As well, the staff and elders in the Lynwood section of the lodge had Bits and Bites for sale and Randi Munro organized a lasagna day with staff contributing towards the ingredients. Sponsor sheets were posted for the whole event and staff donated generously towards Movember. This fundraiser goes to show how much can be raised in a short time by energetic staff and four guys who are very good sports. Way to go Willow Lodge!

 

Annual tea and bazaar draws a large crowd

 

Since 2001, the ladies auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 64 in Tatamagouche have been organizing an annual Christmas bazaar and tea in the legion hall. This year the auxiliary members donated items for the gift basket and baked for the tea, which was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanks to the support of the people of Tatamagouche and area the event on Dec. 1 who brought in more than $1,200 which the auxiliary donated to the branch to help with expenses to keep up the legion and pay bills such as insurance on the building.

Legion members Lloyd and Charlotte Smith said the annual event was a great success and the support from everyone who helped in any way was greatly appreciated. Charlotte is also a member of the ladies auxiliary and was chosen as the national Silver Cross Mother at the ceremony in Ottawa the year her son was killed in service.

Winnie MacKinnon looked after the booking of the tables as she has done it before and remembers where the vendors like to be set up. There were 27 tables this year and they were filled with all kinds of items, including mittens, baked goods, unique handmade Christmas decorations and lots of gifts for Christmas. Tickets were drawn for the many door prizes at different times during the bazaar and a thanks is given to the many merchants who donated them.

Current executive of the ladies auxiliary are Francene Olson, president; Bev Foston, secretary; Edna Veno, treasurer; and Winnie Mackinnon, past president.   

 

Ellen Millard is a historian, author and longtime resident of Sand Point, near Tatamagouche. Email her at millards@nncweb.ca.

 

Organizations: Royal Canadian Legion Branch

Geographic location: Tatamagouche, Ottawa, Sand Point

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