Familiar figures at the head of local Salvation Army moved on to another part of the province but made sure to express their appreciation of Lunenburg County hospitality and support before they left.
Majors Darlene and Wilson Sutton called Bridgewater home for six years after arriving from Miramichi, NB. They replaced retiring officers Captain Felipe and Major Phyllis Vega in 2014.
The Suttons have taken their talents to Yarmouth, as part of the ordinary shifting of the charity's officers to other communities.
"We're going to miss our friends; we're going to miss the support we've had here," Wilson, 64, said during the couple's recent interview with LighthouseNOW prior to departure.
People were accommodating, community partners helpful, volunteers tremendous, said the Suttons, both of whom are ordained ministers.
The Salvation Army's Bridgewater Corps holds worship services, ministries for adults and children, pastoral care and runs clothing give-away and food bank programs.
The thrift store is located at the Gateway Plaza off Dominion Street. The church is off Pleasant Street.
Wilson said the help offered by the Salvation Army is "non-stop," with the annual Christmas kettle program being among the largest mobilizations for the charity, especially for dozens of its volunteers.
"They know the ministry of the Salvation Army and they are there to come along side and support us," Wilson added.
Majors Miriam and Tim Leslie arrive this month from Charlottetown, PEI, and are replacing the Suttons.
While they've offered and received support from many partners, the Suttons are confident there is still untapped potential.
"I know there are areas we could reach out to" to build up the resource base in the local corps catchment area, which is Lunenburg County, Wilson added.
"The Salvation Army has been in Lunenburg County for well over 100 years and there are still people out there who don't know all the things we're able to help out with," he noted.