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Hants County TNG group celebrating 25 years of friendship

Some members of the TNG group spent their 25th anniversary enjoying dinner at Cocoa Pesto Bistro in Windsor Sept. 18. Pictured are, from front to back, left side: Lorraine Porter, Janet Frederick Lorraine Winsor and Lynn Burns; right side: Judi Baxter, Yvonne Mills, Gwen Murray, and Sharon White.
Some members of the TNG group spent their 25th anniversary enjoying dinner at Cocoa Pesto Bistro in Windsor Sept. 18. Pictured are, from front to back, left side: Lorraine Porter, Janet Frederick Lorraine Winsor and Lynn Burns; right side: Judi Baxter, Yvonne Mills, Gwen Murray, and Sharon White. - Carole Morris-Underhill

WINDSOR, N.S. — When it comes to making lifelong friendships, the women involved with the Hants County TNG group know a thing or two.

The Tuesday Night Girls clan recently celebrated 25 years of friendship, with members reminiscing about how it started and the trials and tribulations they’ve been through over the years.

Yvonne Mills, a founding member, said the group came to be after the single parents’ association they were part of folded. Not wanting to let the friendships they made falter, Mills and Gail Mitchel discussed creating the TNG while sitting around Mitchel’s kitchen table.

“When the single parents’ (group) folded, we wanted to still get together but we didn’t want it to be just single parents,” said Mills, who now lives in Calgary but came to Windsor to participate in an evening celebration of the group.

Mills said the group is still going strong — a sign of true friendship.

“Twenty-five years: it’s bonds, friendships. We all really like each other,” she said, to which a fellow member chimes in “We like each other?” and the group laughs.

The women have seen their ups and downs, but through it all, have been there for one another.

“We’ve gone through the death of one member (Norma Wilson), the death of parents, the birth of grandchildren. We’ve hosted housewarmings, we’ve hosted baby showers. We’ve done it all,” said Mills.

When asked what advice they’d give to the current generation, which relies heavily on technology to communicate, the women recommended getting back to socializing in person.

“Socialize more and stay off the internet. Socialize with your friends face-to-face. Talk,” said Mills, with other women sitting around the table nodding and agreeing.

The group used to meet every second Tuesday but now meets on the third Tuesday of the month. They said it’s always been a great way to socialize and have a night out, and the support they’ve received from one another has been beneficial.

Two members couldn’t attend the special dinner celebration at Cocoa Pesto Bistro on Sept. 18 — Helen Levy and co-founder Gail Mitchel.

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