Dragons coming to find food in Tatamagouche

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Tatamagouche Notebook, By Ellen Millard

Honouring the passing of two important women from our community

As the days grow longer, it’s nice to see a beautiful sunrise, like this one in Sand Point, arriving earlier and earlier.

Food producers and everyone else are invited to come to the Sterling Room (formerly Fables) in Tatamagouche to help the Dragons find food. As well as a great opportunity to enjoy fine refreshments and conversation, there’s also no charge at the door!

The FarmWorks “Gentle Dragons” want local Nova Scotia food producers to pitch ideas on how to start or grow their business. All participants will gain feedback on their ideas and eligible participants may receive funding.

FarmWorks is pleased to be partnering with several organizations, some government and some community-based. These include (among others): Farmers Investment Co-Operative Limited, the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market, Farmers Markets of Nova Scotia and the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development.

The panel is made up of representatives from agriculture and business development, and you. Ask questions, make suggestions and become involved in our local community on the North Shore.

FarmWorks Investment Co-Operative Ltd promotes increased food production and distribution in N.S. by investing in agricultural and food enterprises. It has invested in 21 food businesses that provide more of the fresh, local and healthy products Nova Scotia residents (both full-time and seasonal) want.

The event starts Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. to enjoy the local food, hear from local food producers and learn about FarmWorks and other organizations. If you’re a local food producer or in a food-related business, the Dragons would like to hear from you! Their invitation poster says: Food Producers and everyone else, come to the table.

If you would like to pitch or just enjoy the fun, for more information contact Linda Best at 542-3442 or log in at www.FarmWorks.ca or ibrst@ns.ns.sympatico.ca. See you in Tatamagouche at the table in the Sterling Room.

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Jan. 25 saw another packed room at the Tatamagouche Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 64 with 18 tables of cribbage in play. As usual, free sweets were offered and the bar and food service were open. First place winners were the team of Shelia MacKinnon and David Kersey. Second place went to Greg MacLeod and Jack MacKinnon. Third place winners were Kathy and Barry. Two more events scheduled at the Legion Hall will be Breakfast at the Legion on Feb. 16 and the February Monthly Crib Tournament on Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. 

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During the last of January, I attended the funerals for two amazing women. Both had turned 98 and both had lived exceptional and inspiring lives. The first was Flora Belle (Carter) Patriquin Little, and her funeral was held in Wentworth United Church on Jan. 23. She was a schoolteacher and taught first in the one-room schools of the Wentworth area before she moved on to teach for more than 20 years in the Oxford Elementary School.

Her life was filled with working in and attending many community events and being a part of various associations in Wentworth. She brought up five children and even worked to upgrade her teaching license, as well as keeping up a spotless house. 

When she retired, she and Elmer continued live in their home in Wentworth and they were still very involved in the community. In fact, when my mother Bertha died at 61 she mothered me and tried to help my Dad Leonard Giles adjust to his new widower life. 

After Elmer passed away, she married George (Gordy) Little, a nearby man who also had lost his wife, Emma.

After the death of Gordy, she resided in Cedarstone Home in Truro. I’m sure she was one of their favorite residents.

At her funeral service, Rev. Brian Delong said in his meditations that she was a life-long teacher, both to her students and her family, teaching them respect, honesty and all the good virtues in life. The Wentworth Church was filled with family, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as friends and neighbors who came to honor her. Those at the funeral came from as far away as Edmonton, Newfoundland and many places in the Maritimes to show the esteem and love in which she was held.

On Feb. 1 at the Colchester Community Funeral Home in Truro the funeral for Beryl Putman of Debert was held. My connection to Putman is that my first cousin Betty (Swan) and her husband Ralph when they came to visit us often told us about his young-at-heart mother Beryl. They had one son Albert and after his parents passed away, he stayed with his Grandmother Beryl on his vacations home from his work in Boston. His wife June and baby came along too. When they came, het always “made the trip over the mountain” over to visit all his Oliver and Swan relations, so we always heard about his special grandmother when he came to see us.

At her funeral, her son and several grandchildren told of her love of dancing, her quick wit, her joy of gardening and family dinners, unyielding optimism and her trademark love of laughter. She was a farmer's daughter, a lumberman's/farmer's wife, mother to four, grandmother to 10 and great-grandmother to eight. A granddaughter, wearing a beautiful brown Persian lamb fur jacket given to her by her grandmother, spoke of her love of stylish clothes and youthful attitude and activities.

She loved music, so the funeral was filled with it as musicians Wayne Elliott, Kirby Putman and Bill Reynders played and sang her favorite selections. Putnam sang and played a song he had composed call “Gram”. Another musical selection also composed about his grandmother, called “Field Behind the Plough” was played and sang by Kirby Putman and Bill Reynders. The music by Wayne Elliott was called “Beyond the Rain”.

Folks attending the funeral came from Boston, Ontario, Newfoundland and many other local places.

As well as extending our sympathy to the these two families, we also offer condolences to the families of Junior Rushton of Wentworth and Donald Matheson of Balmoral Road, who also both passed away last week.

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The folk in Tatamagouche are celebrating the Valentine's weekend with lots of special food events. On Valentines Day, Feb. 14, the Sedgwick Memorial Presbyterian Church in the village is hosting a Valentine Supper from 4 to 6 p.m. So take your special Valentine out to supper!

On Feb. 15 the Farmers Market opens at 8 a.m., so why not come down and enjoy a great breakfast there as several of the venders will prepare a hot and tasty meal on the spot and you can eat it at the tables in the market while enjoying a beautiful view of Waugh's River.

Also on Feb. 15, the Oddfellows Lodge on Main Street is holding a roast beef supper with all the trimmings in their (wheelchair accessible) Hall from 4 to 6 p.m. Takeout can be pre-ordered by 12:30 p.m. by calling 657-2169 and it’ll be delivered to your door.

Make sure you plan to take in some of these events, and Happy Valentines to all.

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

Organizations: Halifax, FarmWorks Investment Co, Wentworth Church Food Producers Tatamagouche Royal Canadian Legion Oxford Elementary School Colchester CommunityFuneral Home Sedgwick Memorial Presbyterian Church

Geographic location: Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, North Shore N.S. Wentworth Truro Newfoundland Boston Ontario Balmoral Road Sand Point

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