March, 2010

Port Morien Community Newsletter

Vol. 11, No 3                        March,  2010

Dear Folks:

A large committee of residents is planning yet another homecoming celebration in Morien by the sea, July 29,  to August 4.

While much of the festivities will be familiar–a parade, opening ceremonies, food at the churches, walking tours, a beach party, ecumenical service, street dance–much will be new.

For example,  we open with a pub night, featuring by Buddy MacDonald and Rachel Davis. Entertainment will be provided at a kitchen party on the following Thursday.

In addition, we shall celebrate the 60th anniversary of Gowrie Memorial School with a Heritage Day and displays.

The Girl Guides will celebrate 100 years of guiding.

There will be a Princess Tea on July 31 and a Dessert Tea picture display on August 4 sponsored by the Camera Club.

Let’s not forget Gus MacDonald’s video on Sunday and the genealogy fair on Monday.  If you wish to display your family history, then  please contact Ken MacDonald.

We promise lots of excitement at Morien Memories this time around and we hope those from away visit with us.


From the Port Morien Players:

Once more the PMP have a winner in the fast-paced  farce Let’s Murder Marsha. A happy housewife called Marsha, who is hopelessly addicted to reading murder mysteries, overhears her husband discussing with an interior decorator  her upcoming birthday surprise. To her ears, it sounds as though they are planning to murder her. She tries to turn the tables on them. From there, it is pure havoc!!!

Dates: Dress rehearsal only on April 28, pay at the door; dinner theatre April 29 to May 1. Tickets $25 each. The meal is roast beef. Note the time: 6.30 p.m.


From Morien Memories:

*PLEASE NOTE WEBSITES AND EMAILS: Twitter,; Morien Memories is also on Facebook. You will find updates on MM by accessing those addresses.

*The final schedule for MM will be available on March 28; the tentative schedule will be placed on Facebook and the website.

*Here are needs which we are highlighting from the current minutes:

-We need flatbeds for the parade
-We need volunteers to set things up for venues at the Legion
-We need lots of characters for the Summer People Festival, which will run at the same time.
-We need to get the addresses and emails of relatives who are living away so that we can send them the latest information about Morien Memories.

*There will be a Gowrie Heritage day celebrating the 60th anniversary. If you have any old pictures or  artifacts (hockey jacket?) That you can lend the school, they would be appreciated. Call 737-2626.

*The Princess Tea will be held July 31. For a modest fee (tba), you may enter your child.

*Gus MacDonald will have copies of his video for sale.

*The Genealogy Fair  will  be confined to families living or who lived in the Morien area. For information: 737-2985

*The PMDA is producing a calenda, with pictures taken mainly by the Camera Club. This will be a collector’s item.

*There will be t-shirts and sweaters sold at MM. The information for ordering will be provided at the end of March.

From the Girl Guides:

*Information will be sent home on NATIONAL RALLY DAY, May 15. NRD is a celebration from coast to coast in honour of 100 years of Guiding in Canada. Celebrations will take place in all provinces on this day with 3 rallies happening in Nova Scotia. The closest rally for our girls takes place in Port Hawkesbury.

Coastal District has booked buses to transport the girls and Guiders to this once-in-a-lifetime event. Parents will receive the full details of National Rally Day soon. The girls will be well supervised with the ratio of adults to girls maintained. Call 737-2534 or email:

Special Note on Morien Memories Dance at the Legion.

Tickets for the Morien Memories Dance on July 31 at the Legion will be sold as follows:

The Legion members and the MM committee will be permitted to buy tickets for one couple each. The tickets will then go on sale to everyone else to a max of 8 tickets. 160 will sit upstairs and 140 downstairs. The tickets will go on sale in late March and must be paid for when picked up.

From the PMDA

*A report was given on the Sandbar. Correspondence was received from the DNR to the effect that there would not be money available to do any work on the Sandbar. However, the DNR suggested that a proposal be drawn up. A committee will be struck at the next meeting and research will be done.

*Tourist Kiosks: Morien will be one of the communities in CBRM with a tourist kiosk, thanks to CBCEDA’s Eileen Oldford. A meeting will be held in early March with Eileen to work out the details. The kiosk will contain pictures, tourism icons, and brochures. The best location for the kiosk is at the Legion.

*Calendar: More pictures for the 2011 calendar will be presented at the next meeting of MM, on March 10.

*Congratulations to long-time resident Marion Lee on the occasion of her 92nd birthday.

From the Legion:

*The Legion entertainment/fundraising committee is pleased to announce that our dances, with new people providing the music, are paying off. The music is great. On March 6, we plan another dance, this time with Big Al as the music-maker. There will be another dance on March 27. Why not come along?

VALENTINE’S DINNER: Thank you for making the dinner a success. We had a full house.

PUB NIGHT: The legion also plans a Pub Night on St. Patrick’s Day with local entertainment. Wings will be served and admission will be free.  Draft beer will be on sale that night. It may be green!!!!

From the Homeville Women’s Institute:

The Institute would like to thank the ladies of the community for supporting the tea to celebrate W.I. week in Nova Scotia.

From the Computer Site:

At the moment it is very difficult to go ahead with training because interns were not funded this year and your supervisor is very busy with other tasks. However, we have the names of those interested in training and we shall get back to you.

From the Churches:

*The Anglican Church of the Greater Glace Bay Pastoral unit said goodbye to Reverend Stacey Lemoine at a service on February, 14.

*Envelopes for St. Paul’s Bakeless Bake Sale are due on March 19

*World Day of Prayer will be held at St. Gregory’s in Donkin on March 5, at 7 p.m.

Dates for January :

March 5–World Day of Prayer, St. Gregory’s
March 6–Dance, Big Al
March 9–Legion Meeting
March 17–St. Pat’s Pub Night
March 27–Dance, Big Al

Special Meetings:

Bingo: Every Monday evening.
Firehall: Every Sunday at 7 p.m.
Sparks: Every Tuesday, 6:30, Legion
Brownies: Every Tuesday, 6:00, St. Paul’s
Girl Guides: Every Tuesday, Firehall, 6:00 p.m. Pathfinders: Every Wed, Firehall, 6:00 p.m.
Rangers: Every Monday, Firehall, 6.00 p.m.
Wildlife: 3rd Wed. of month, Legion, 7:00
Mason’s: First Wednesday,   7:00 p.m.
Ladies Auxiliary Firehall: First Sunday, 7 pm
St. Paul’s Parish Council: First Wednesday
St. Paul’s Guild: Every 2nd Thurs., 7:30 p.m.
Homeville Women’s Inst.: Every 3rd  Tuesday, 7
Gowrie Home and School:  Wed.,. 7 p.m.
PMDA: Firehall, 2nd Wednesday of month, 7.
St. John’s UCW: First Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

Special Notes:

*Get well wishes: To Louie Lloyd, Eileen Shepard, Johnny Spencer, Donna Peach, Sandra Murrant and Ellen Ann MacIntosh

*Best wishes to Elissa Jones and John MacGillivray on the birth of their son Ethan; and to Jana and Richard Tubrett on the birth of their boy, Jack.

*To Danielle Curry and John Hennessey on their engagement.

*We welcome Dr. Khalifa to Port Morien


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