McNutt celebrates 85 years in style

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Tatamagouche Notebook, by Ellen Millard

Taste of Far East available at Tatamagouche Farmers’ Market

The lady shown above, Evelyn McNutt, is petite, always has every hair in place and is always dressed stylishly. So it’s hard to believe she just celebrated her 85th birthday!

Recently, her family honoured her with a party in her home to mark her special day. More than 65 friends and family came to celebrate with her, bringing cards, gifts and best wishes.

McNutt still lives in her own home on Tatamagouche Mountain and is always busy. She says she does all her own work and goes to anything going on in the community. The picture of her accompanying this article was taken while she was attending the Oddfellows Roast Beef Dinner in Tatamagouche. As usual, she always has a smile and time for a chat wherever you meet her.

McNutt and her husband, the late Earl McNutt, had four sons: Raymond, Bill, Merle and Ivan. There are also many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Most of them live nearby, so they’re always there to help her with many things and take her to whatever is going on.

She says she keeps busy in her home and enjoys getting out to community events. Her parents were Harvey and Rita MacRae, so she was born in Tatamagouche Mountain, went to school there and after her marriage lived and brought up her children there.

She mentions that sadly the Tatamagouche Mountain Church has closed, but says the congregation now meets every second Sunday afternoon in different homes in the Tatamagouche Mountain community. They hold church services just as they did before the church building was closed.

She is certainly a great role model to everyone and we wish her many more years of happiness.


There are several new venders at the Saturday morning Farmers’ Market in Tatamagouche. The Market opened the first Saturday in February and continues until the last Saturday before Christmas.

The venders offer many different foods and crafts, so customers are sure to find new items and a wide variety at the many tables, as well as enjoy the busker music.

Susan and Gene Cormier lived in Singapore for three years and, as she says, “cooked their way around Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand” while they were there. Many customers at last week’s market were delighted to have the chance to taste the food from a different part of the world.

The young couple moved to Malagash in 2012 and say they’re thrilled to share their passion for South East Asian cuisine with the community. They make all their curry pastes from scratch and they offer Green Curry, Massaman Curry, Shrimp Salad Rolls and Pud Mai to order.

The market has eating areas or, if you care to take the food home, the Cormier’s have   already packed it in take-out boxes.

Come in and meet Susan and Gene and try their delicious East Asian food. The market is open every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. until noon. It’s a good place to meet friends and have a visit with everyone, as well as enjoy a coffee or treat while you’re there. And the view of the Waugh River in any season isn’t to be missed.


Murray Ross, president of the Tatamagouche Royal Canadian Legion Branch 64, says they were pleased so many students took part in the annual legion poster contest. There were 109 entries in the two elementary school levels, Primary Division Grades 1 to 3 and Junior Division Grades 4 to 6.

Ross and several other Legion members mad the presentations at the last assembly. The final results were as follows:

• Primary Division, Colour Poster:

–      First place: Emily Esau

–      Second place: Sophie Foreward

• Primary, Black and White Poster:

–      First place: Chloe Crouse

–      Second place: Luca Langille

• Junior Division, Colour Poster:

–      First place: Beth Langille

–      Second place:  Morgan Rees

• Junior, Black and White Poster:

–      First place: Joel Hunt

–      Second place: Klane Murray.

There were no entries in the essay contests. Ross says the number of entries in the contest was up from the number received last year and he’s pleased with the support of teachers and students for the Legion contest. The winning local entries go on to compete in the provincial contest. Then the winners from that level go on to compete at the national level. Over the years there have been several national winners from the Tatamagouche Elementary School. We wish our students all the best in these higher levels.

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

Organizations: Tatamagouche Mountain Church, Tatamagouche Royal Canadian Legion Branch, Tatamagouche Elementary School

Geographic location: Tatamagouche, Tatamagouche Mountain, Singapore Vietnam Cambodia Thailand Malagash South East Waugh River Sand Point

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