IOOF appreciation dinner held in Tatamagouche

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Tatamagouche & Area Notebook, By Ellen Millard

Students receive awards at Tatamagouche Elementary assembly

A dinner of appreciation for the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) and Rebekah Lodges was held at the Tatamagouche Legion Hall on the evening of Apr. 5. The Legion auxiliary and members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 64 prepared and served the meal.

Master of ceremonies for the evening was Don MacKenzie of Pictou, who is the deputy district grand master for District 17 of the Atlantic provinces. Martha Underwood, a palliative care coordinator, was the guest speaker. Her topic was how palliative care workers and volunteers strive to preserve the dignity and self-esteem of end of life patients and their families.

Long service jewels were given to members of the Tatamagouche Liberty Lodge and Freedom Rebekah Lodge. Those receiving jewels were as follows:

• Laurie Matheson, Liberty Lodge –70-year jewel

• Mike Wall, Liberty Lodge –15-year jewel

• Alan Hayman, Liberty Lodge – 15-year jewel

• Pearl Mackay, Freedom Rebekah Lodge – 80-year jewel

• Gwen McConnell, Freedom Rebekah Lodge – 30-year jewel

• Ethel Reid, Freedom Rebekah Lodge – 60-year jewel

Long service jewels were also announced for the other district lodges all follows:

• Helping Hand Lodge, IOOF, River John

• Frazee Rebekah Lodge, River John

• Eastern Star IOOF, Pictou

• Princess Rebekah Lodge, Pictou

• Bethel Rebekah Lodge, Scotburn

The IOOF and Rebekah Lodges welcome new members at any time. If you’re interested in joining the Tatamagouche Lodges, contact David Murray, Thane Patriquin or Dexter Rundle-Woolcock for more information.


The last monthly assembly for March was held at the Tatamagouche Elementary with Principal Brian Holmes chairing the event. Mrs. Wall’s Primary class provided the entertainment, as well as winning the Class of the Month award.

Mrs. Martin’s class won the Principal’s Choice Award and the Dayn’s Clean Classroom award went to Mrs. Baikie’s class.

The classroom award recipients were as follows:

• Primary: Darius Baker, Hayden Lepper and Thomas Ross;

• Grade 1: Kaige Crouse, Caius MacDonald and Gage Stewart;

• Grade ½: Taylor Millet-Barton, Chelsea Hitlz and Jonathan Buckler;

• Grade 2: Camden Tucker, Alex Miller and Emmet Wall;

• Grade 3: Anna Jollimore, Chole Crouse and Ethan Tattrie;

• Grade 4: Kennedy Cook, Madison Lepper and Braycen Lepper;

• Grade 5: Rye Coombs, Sebastian Nickerson and Cristen Mardian; and

• Grade 6: Kyra Newcombe, Kobe Hounsell-Murray and Joel Hunt.

Winners of the canteen draws were Lucas Tolbasm, Allan Langille, Anna Jollimore and Sebastian Nickerson. The hot lunch draw winners were Alex MacDonald, Margaret Hogan, Maggie Weatherby and Lyla Baird. The lucky pizza draw winners were Genelyn Hunt, Ethan Tattrie and Bryanna Cole.

The final event of the assembly was the presentation of the Student of the Month Awards by members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 64, Tatamagouche. The awards went to Carson Langille, Primary, for improvement in confidence; Hayden Dowding, Grade ½, for improvement in enthusiasm and passion for learning; Allen Langille, Grade 2, for improvement in reading comprehension; Emmett MacKay, Grade 3, for improvement in classroom effort and taking pride in his work; Isaac Leveille, Grade 4, improvement in efforts in all subjects; Madelynn Tattrie, Grade 5, for improvement in confidence; and Phoebe Waugh, Grade 6, for improvement in reading and comprehension.    

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

Geographic location: Tatamagouche, Sand Point

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