• James Parry

Parrywinkle January 18, 2018

PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY

Ah. 'tis good to be back dear readers. Sincerely! A new year full of promise and hope despite this past weekend's super snowstorm and the deep-freeze frigid start to 2018 with a record-breaking cold snap across Canada and many parts of the U.S.

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A SPECIAL PLACE - A snap that saw King Penguins being hustled indoors at the Calgary Zoo because they just couldn't take it anymore. Frozen Iguanas falling from palm trees in Florida out cold. And the crazy shenanigans at the White House heating up as hothead and self-described 'stable genius' Donald Trump continues to blast the best-selling book, Fire and Fury, questioning his cranium capacity and fitness to be president of our neighbours to the south while at the same time managing to alienate the entire African Continent and people from Haiti and El Salvador.

Oh, come on, admit it. Fake news or not, it sure makes for fun talk and heated discussion around the proverbial water cooler, dinner table, or Carousel Coffee Caucus here in our neck of the woods. And it sure ain't over yet.

That being said, there will certainly be no fact-false fake news in this column throughout the coming year. At least I hope not. But rather just business as usual spotlighting positive people and happenings in our fair burg and region that makes it such a special place in which to live 12 months a year!

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MARVELOUS MAISON - A perfect example being the new all-volunteer run Maison Nova, the organization's second thrift store in town at 438 Main Road and this time specializing in furniture and household goods - which was officially opened at a most delightful people-packed cocktail party last week on Thursday, January 11.

Explained manager, Janet Ellerbeck, to great applause, “A year or so ago, Linda Cobbett and I started our search for a storefront with additional space. And fortunately for us, Diane Bates and Alan Davis graciously offered to rent us their historic building which so perfectly fits our needs.”

Said Diane, over finger food from Stuart LeBaron of LeBaron Bites and a flute of donated Champagne a little later, “Alan and I are so pleased to have rented to this wonderful cause. Particularly as the nurses are instrumental in helping my four siblings and I ensure that our mother, Elizabeth DuBoyce, who will be 98 on January 19 and who lives down the road from me at my brother's house on Crescent Street, gets the quality healthcare and attention that she needs at this stage in her life.”

Helping to make the opening possible and all personally thanked by Janet were the many Boutique Nova volunteers for their dedication for the past nine years at the shop at 455 Main Road. The 'Wall Busters' comprising Larry & Alan Gray and Peter Kirby who opened up the office space for showrooms. Rudy Thepen and Frank Hicks who, during the past few weeks of miserable weather, managed to truck in most of the items on display that evening. Corinne Smith and her volunteers who spent hours placing all the donations in such a pleasing 'staging' display. And Linnea Owen who for years has been the custodian in her basement of the incredibly beautiful display of designer bridal gowns now showcased, and all up for sale, in the Bridal Boutique on the second floor.

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MINDBOGGLING - While my beautiful Sunshine and I certainly did not need a bridal gown, we did leave that evening with several purchases at a quality and price that simply boggled the mind. And I could only agree with Nova Hudson vice-president, Wanda Bray, who told us that when it comes to the new boutique everyone is a winner.

Said Wanda, “There are a lot of long-time residents in the region who are looking to downsize and there are many young families starting out on a limited budget. So Maison Nova makes perfect sense.”

To make arrangements for donations, call Janet Ellerbeck - who would also welcome volunteers to fill easy three-hour shifts from Tuesday to Sunday - at (514) 912-4804 or (450) 458-4804.

And rest assured that all monies raised by both shops go directly to help fund Nova's home nursing visits, vaccination and foot clinics, the Adult Day Centre (aka The Seniors’ Club), consultations, palliative care, and many more home health care services in Hudson and surrounding communities provided by four dedicated nurses and hundreds of volunteers who support them in countless ways!

See photos on our Facebook page.

And that's a wrap!

E-mail: creation@videotron.ca

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