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Ethelyn Mosher of Nictaux was one of thousands of people left without electricity in the wake of Arthur. She is also one of hundreds of people who was helped by volunteers offering simple comforts at community fire halls.
Submitted by Ethelyn Mosher
When hurricane Arthur went through Nova Scotia it had a devastating effect on the community of Nictaux.
I decided after two days without water, electricity and phone service I would visit the Nictaux Volunteer Fire Department to see if I could get a bit of hot water to dangle my tea bag in as I needed a caffeine fix. I will never forget the royal reception I received. Before I could even ask for anything, a cup of steaming hot tea was put in my hand along with a delicious hot dog with all the trimmings. Not having tasted warm food, because of the lack of electricity for over 18 hours, I soon devoured the hot dog which tasted like exotic gourmet food.
While l perched on a stool in the Fire Department’s canteen kitchen, several other volunteers got in the act. “Can you flush your toilet?” “No!” I answered. “I will have a couple of the firemen put in two – ten litre jugs in your car to take with you.” “What about your drinking water?” “No.” I replied. Two - five litre jugs of fresh water were placed in my car. Now this gracious volunteer, I think she was a Fire-Ette, said, “Now have a chocolate square to finish off your tea.” I did with much enjoyment. As I got ready to leave, another helper gave me my thermos bottle filled with boiling water, “For your afternoon tea.” she said.
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As I went to make a donation to the Fire-Ettes for all this physical help and kindness, all they would take was a grateful hug as an uncontrolled tear sled down my cheek. I left the Nictaux Volunteer Fire Department feeling like royalty. Nothing takes the place of kindness when things are not going too well.
Thank you Nictaux Volunteer Fire Department members, I will never forget your kindnesses.
I learned later that I was only one of over two hundred people on that day who had been helped when Arthur passed through our area.