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Busy Night: Two Oxford Meetings in One

Busy Night: Two Oxford Meetings in One

Busy Night: Two Oxford Meetings in One

Busy Night: Two Oxford Meetings in One

A longer night than usual for Oxford Town Councillors, as they gathered for not one, but two meetings last night. 
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New Pugwash Library Opens on Monday

New Pugwash Library Opens on Monday

New Pugwash Library Opens on Monday

New Pugwash Library Opens on Monday

The new $2.198-million Pugwash Library will open its doors to the public on Monday.
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MLA/Minister to Address Wentworth Concerns

MLA/Minister to Address Wentworth...

MLA/Minister to Address Wentworth Concerns

MLA/Minister to Address Wentworth Concerns

The Protect Wentworth Valley Committee (PWV) will host another public meeting next weekend to press their concerns about the proposed mega wind project for Higgins Mountain.
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Shubenacadie Sam: Go Back to Bed

Shubenacadie Sam: Go Back to Bed

Shubenacadie Sam: Go Back to Bed

Shubenacadie Sam: Go Back to Bed

Shubenacadie Sam says go back to bed for six more weeks of winter.
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Miners Suffer Critical Home Loss

Miners Suffer Critical Home Loss

Miners Suffer Critical Home Loss

Miners Suffer Critical Home Loss

The Springhill Coal Miners dropped an important game before a home crowd on Saturday, as the visiting River Valley Lumberjacks skated to a 4-2 win.
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Shots Fired in Springhill Apartment

Shots Fired in Springhill Apartment

Shots Fired in Springhill Apartment

Shots Fired in Springhill Apartment

The RCMP responded to shots fired within a Springhill apartment on Saturday.
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Town and County Join in Garbage Biz

Town and County Join in Garbage Biz

Town and County Join in Garbage Biz

Town and County Join in Garbage Biz

Big changes to garbage collection in Cumberland County are set for next year.
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Province Funds Local Doctor Search

Province Funds Local Doctor Search

Province Funds Local Doctor Search

Province Funds Local Doctor Search

The provincial government is providing funding to help community organizations recruit and retain healthcare professionals, to the tune of just over $175 thousand dollars in Cumberland County, with Pugwash receiving $25 thousand and change. 
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Ukulele + Ladies = Ukuladies
Elaine Graham Cook
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Ukulele + Ladies = Ukuladies

There is a new group in Pugwash and although they don’t pull strings they strum up a storm. The Ukuladies.

When Jan Saunders visited her father, Jim, in the Camp Hill Hospital Veterans Wing, she became aware of the positive effects music therapy had on the residents. She noticed their thought patterns shifted from negative to happy. It relieved their boredom and made their brain more active.

“During my visits, I saw residents, even those with dementia and some almost mute, sing along or move their lips with the music,” Jan said. “I thought if music therapy had this effect on nursing home residents learning music could benefit everyone.”

Jan approached musician Wayne Reid to give lessons. Wayne volunteers in many musical settings, including music worship at the Meeting Place, and felt he may not have time. However, thinking it might be fun he picked up his 1930’s ukulele he had bought at a yard sale, practiced a week, asked his wife Karma, and Ralph Anderson to help, and the Ukuladies were born. The Ukuladies, include, although they are not ladies, Wayne and Ralph. 

Every Tuesday afternoon the Ukuladies gather at the Meeting Place for lessons. They were all retirees until recently when a few young women joined.

Danielle van Dalen, one of the younger players, when asked about playing with retirees said, “I don’t notice the age difference. Everyone just plays, sings and enjoys each other’s company.”

Learning to play the ukulele, as Jan thought, has had a positive effect on those learning to play.

“I find it a good activity for retirees,” says Ukulady Dot Pal. “It keeps your mind active and improves dexterity.” 

The Ukuladies are a diverse group with varying interests. Yet, there is a sense of community among them.

“I have met people I wouldn’t have if I didn’t take these lessons,” said Mary Jamieson.

“I enjoy playing with a group rather than playing alone. The Ukuladies gives me that opportunity,” Eleanor Conrad says. 

When asked, the Ukuladies all agree – it is fun. 

“I haven’t laughed so much in ages,” said Dianne Elliott.

The Ukuladies has gained a following and has played at several events and fundraisers. Outdoor venues have caused problems. While playing Four Strong Winds at the Antique Tractor show a gust came up and blew their music away. They just rounded it up and kept on playing.

The Ukuladies would not have happened without the Meeting Place providing space free of charge, Wayne for donating his time and volunteers Karma and Ralph. The Ukuladies appreciate their generosity and say an emphatic, “Thank you.”

The next time the Ukuladies is booked come and give a listen. They’ll be strummin’ and singin’ familiar songs, songs one can sing along with, and having a good time.

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You guys are fantastic. I wish now I had given it a try. Congratulations!

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Radio This Week

Event List
Tuesday, January 3, 2023 12:00 AM

Listen to Morning Talk Replay. Click HERE to listen to recent interviews from our archive.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 9:05 AM

Tory Rushton, Minister of Natural Resources, is on Morning Talk each Wednesday at 9:05.

Thursday, February 9, 2023 9:05 AM

Murray Scott, Mayor of Cumberland County, is on Morning Talk every Thursday. Listen at 9:05.

Thursday, February 9, 2023 10:45 AM

Pastor Mark Collins, faith leader, is on Morning Talk every Thursday at 10:45.

Saturday, February 11, 2023 8:00 PM

Saturday Night in a Harbour Town, featuring traditional East Coast music, airs every Saturday at 8 pm on Six Rivers All Hit Radio and Six Rivers Country.

Sunday, February 12, 2023 9:00 AM

Sunday Wrap, the week in review, is aired on the Six Rivers Radio Network every Sunday morning. Listen at 9:00.

Sunday, February 12, 2023 2:00 PM

A special replay of Saturday Night in a Harbour Town with host Eric MacEwen is heard every Sunday at 2 pm on Six Rivers All Hit Music and Six Rivers Country.

Events This Week

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 10:00 AM

Pickle Ball is played every Wednesday from 10 am to noon at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 11:00 AM

The Pugwash Fire Department will host a COVID Vaccine Drop-in Clinic from 11 am to 2 pm for those 5 years and over. No appointment necessary.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:00 PM

Pugwash Fire Department Toonie Draw, the 50/50 community fundraiser. Click HERE for details.

Thursday, February 9, 2023 11:00 AM

The Wallace Community Centre will host a COVID Vaccine Drop-in Clinic from 11 am to 2 pm for those aged 5 and over. No appointment is necessary.

Thursday, February 9, 2023 1:00 PM

Walk and Talk is held every Thursday at 1 pm at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Thursday, February 9, 2023 7:00 PM

Bingo is held every Thursday at 7 pm at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Saturday, February 11, 2023 10:00 AM

Pickle Ball is played every Saturday from 10 am to noon at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Saturday, February 11, 2023 2:45 PM

A Public Meeting, hosted by the Protect Wentworth Valley Committee, will be held at the Wentworth Recreation Centre from 2:45 to 4:00 pm to discuss the proposal for a mega wind farm on Higgins Mountain. Special Guest will be Tory Rushton, the Minister of Natural Resources and the MLA for the area.

Sunday, February 12, 2023 2:00 PM

Hope Centre Online is a worship service every Sunday at 2:15 pm. Click HERE to join on Zoom. The room opens at 2 pm.

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