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Members attend skating event

 Members and leaders of the Lapland 4-H Club are very busy and projects are well under way.

 Many members attended the Lunenburg County 4-H skate January 3, where they enjoyed skating, games and pizza.

 A monthly meeting was held January 10 at Lapland fire hall. Orders were taken for the Chocolate Box Campaign and winter carnival activities were discussed.

 This year's winter carnival will take place on February 21 (storm date February 28) at West Northfield Elementary School. Registration starts at 8:45 a.m. and runs through to 9:15 a.m. Everyone is reminded to bring indoor sneakers and warm clothes for outdoor activities. All members are encouraged to attend this day, which will be filled with fun and games.

 Congratulations to Sarah Haughn for being accepted to the 4-H Youth Exchange.

 The next general meeting will be held February 15, 1:30 p.m., at Lapland fire hall.

Canada Day committee to meet this week

 New Germany's Canada Day Committee are holding their first meeting for 2004 on January 29, 7:30 p.m., at the local fire hall.

 Most visitors to New Germany on July l only see the end result of the work completed by this committee and the many groups who donate their time and money for the benefit of others. The planning and fundraising efforts are a year-long venture.

 Four years ago, the former committee disbanded due to a lack of volunteers. As the holiday approached, a group of citizens met with a vested interest in trying to preserve the tradition of a community celebration on Canada Day.

 The core of today's committee is that same group of dedicated people who had the drive and desire to succeed. The spirit of this newly formed committee demonstrated much determination and commitment. New ideas were implemented, necessary funds were raised, and many obstacles were overcome.

 The most costly, but beneficial, improvement was the installation of an electrical supply box. Supplying power to operate the many booths was always a problem. The committee raised funds, installed the box and made improvements in the wiring which is a project representing more than $2,500.

 The value of this investment is realized each year when the grounds committee organizes the set-up. Other improvements include the construction of booths and a speaker to improve the sound on the grounds.

 The Canada Day committee has experimented with various fundraising ideas including cotton candy and Merv's Ribbon Fries, which were a hot item last year. Each year has brought both challenges and successes.

 If you represent an organization that would like to contribute to our celebration or you are interested in helping to host the largest-attended Canada Day activities on the South Shore, please attend the meeting. For further details contact William Alexander (644-2217), Carla Carver (644-2851) or Cathy Moore (644-3383).

St. Paul's church celebrates 150th anniversary

 St. Paul's will celebrate 150 years of ministry to this community during 2004. Established originally as a preaching point by Dr. Carl Ernst Cossman, Lunenburg, St. Paul's grew to become a congregation of its own by 1854. In 1850, after purchasing land from Philo and Freelove Bearsdley, a small church was built on the corner of Pleasant and Phoenix Streets. This building stood until 1906 when it was removed and the present church building erected and consecrated in 1907.

 On January 25, the congregation participated in a service common to the mid-1800s. For this service, prepared by Pastor Mark Wagschal, organist and choir director David Zwicker, Vivian Goddard and Ivan Wamboldt, members of the congregation were encouraged to dress in clothing that represents various eras since the 1850s. A luncheon followed.

 In recognition of this year of special celebration, a parish history was written and published. The book, "St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church: A history of Lutheran Faith in Lunenburg County," written by church archivist Peter Oickle, represents several years of research and writing. The book is on sale through the church office. As well, a calendar featuring photos from the past was printed for sale. This calendar highlights many aspects of parish life throughout the years.

 In the 1930s, the Nova Scotia Synod, and the various Women's Missionary Societies, supported and encouraged the development of missions in India. One such venture was the Charlotte Swenson Memorial Bible Training School located in Rajamundry in Andhra Pradesh. St. Paul's was an active supporter of this venture. This school in India was started on July 8, 1926, with Miss Christiana Ericksson as the principal. Miss Ericksson was the daughter of Rev. Eric Magnus Ericksson, a missionary to India and a member of the Swedish Augustana Synod. She entered Bethseda Hospital Training School for nurses at St. Paul's. After listening to a talk by Dr. Betty A. Nilsson, and learning of the great need for nurses in the Rajamundry hospital, Miss Ericksson decided to enter this service. Though she was a nurse when the call came to her, she gladly accepted the call, to be principal of this Bible training school in India.

 In the early years of the school, it was difficult to find students who had progressed beyond Grade 8. As a result, a preparatory class was conducted for the women of lower educational qualifications making the period of their training three rather than two years. The first class consisted of 13 pupils with the first graduating class of six students. From 1926 through 1959, 713 students graduated. At the time, most of the Bible women in the East and West Godavary district had been educated at this school, many as teachers and nurses.

 In 1959, the school site changed from Olcott's garden to Luthergiri, with a new building dedicated on March 20, 1959. The school became the Senior Bible Training School, to serve the entire Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church. Students who had gone through high school and secondary teachers' training became eligible for the one-year Senior Bible Training.

 The congregation of St. Paul's will also host other events during the year. A congregational dinner will be held April 17 with Bishop Michael Pryse, Eastern Synod, in attendance. A dinner theatre is being planned as part of this event. Bishop Pryse will conduct both services on April 18.

 In September, the Bridgewater Interchurch Council will host a tea as part of the celebrations. A community concert of special music is also planned for the fall.

New executive elected

 At the annual meeting of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #23, Lunenburg, January 15, the following Legion and auxiliary members were presented for installation of officers and the executive of the branch for the 2004 year.

 The installation was performed by Zone Commander, John Ryan, and Sgt.-at-Arms, David Haines. For the branch: president, Dean Schmeisser; first vice-president, Maurice Legault; second vice-president, Don Tufts; Immed. past president, Robert Schmeisser; secretary, Debbie Chapman; treasurer, Gerald Knox; Sgt.-at-Arms, Kenneth Oxner; service officer, Maurice Legault; chaplain, Fred House; executive members Isaac Chapman, Fred Nodding Sr., Bruce Dares, John James, Ronald Thurlow, Al Young, Pat Chapman and Robert Fox. For the auxiliary: president, Lucille Nowe; first vice-president, Karen Demone; second vice-president, Jenny Knox; Immed. past president, Debbie Chapman; secretary, Brenda Lohnes; treasurer, Lianne Lohnes; Sgt.-at-Arms, Myrtle Beck; chaplain, Alice Fraser; executive members Geraldine Hannams, Ethel Black, Phyllis Schmeisser, Betty Hubley, Laura Risser, Judy Mitchell, Kathy Mossman, Margaret Rose Schmeisser and Betty Allen.

 After the meeting, a seafood chowder and sandwich luncheon, prepared by Comrade Fred Nodding, was enjoyed by all.

Chester branch installs officers

 F.E. Butler Branch #44 Royal Canadian Legion, Chester, installed its slate of executive officers for the new year at the general meeting January 21. Maureen Pepper-Crawford, zone director, performed the swearing-in ceremony.

 Returned by acclamation was president William (Marty) Martel along with first vice-president, Robert (Bob) LeBlanc; second vice-president, Greta Stevens; secretary, Marion Fryday-Cook; treasurer, Angela Cummings; Sgt.-at-Arms, James Crawford; directors, Brian Caunt, Chuck DuJohn and Betty Carter.

 New faces on the executive board are Paul Crawford, service officer; Richard (Dick) Logan, chaplain; and Manford Carter, past president.

 Ladies auxiliary executive officers sworn in were Marie Westhaver, president; Erma Bremner, past president; Phyllis MacKenzie, first vice-president; Lucy Levy, second vice-president; May Payne, secretary-treasurer; Cavell Stevens, sergeant-at-arms; Maureen Pepper-Crawford, chaplain, along with directors, Betty Godfrey and Edna Wheeler.

 LA President Westhaver presented the Legion with a cheque for $1,200, gleaned through their fundraising efforts.

 In an attempt to increase attendance at the monthly general meetings, President Martel announced that the meetings were being moved from Wednesday to the third Monday of each month.

 Sports chairman Bob LeBlanc was pleased to report that the Chester Legion curling team, composed of Chad Stevens (skip), Darren Stevens, Marlene Stevens and Dennis Stevens will represent the province at the Legion National Championship Curling in Saint John, New Brunswick, in March.

 The entertainment committee, under the direction of Linda Nauss, has arranged a great line-up of entertainment every Friday night in February. The popular Open Mic kicks off February 6 followed by musical group Big Deal in the club room, February 13. Open Mic returns February 20, winding up with a dance upstairs in the Legion, featuring the band Overdrive, February 27. For more information on these events, call 275-3315.

Your Friends and Neighbours

Middlewood
Mrs. L. Wamboldt

 Susan and Dave Hamm visited Gary and Donna Weagle, and family, Hantsport, January 11.

 Susan and Dave Hamm were supper guests with Dale and Lorna Hamm, Auburndale, January 13.

 The first meeting of the United Church Sewing Circle for 2004 was held at the home of Lorraine Llewellyn, January 13. Due to sickness and bad weather, only eight members attended.

 The meeting was called to order by the president. Being the first meeting, it was election of officers time and the motion was presented that the present officers stay the same as last year, by their willingness. A short business time followed by the "Lord's Prayer" and benediction. Exchange of secret pal gifts and drawing for new ones was held followed by lunch.

 Happy belated birthday greetings to Zachary Llewellyn who was two years old, January 14.

 Sympathy to family and friends in the death of Janet Whynot, Danesville; Kathleen Selig, Baker Settlement; and Stedman Himmelman, Pleasantville.

 The ladies auxiliary of Italy Cross, Middlewood and district fire department held their annual meeting January 14 at the home of Christine Mulock.

 Sarah's Ladies Aid held their annual meeting at the home of Bonnie Whynot, January 21.

 Happy birthday greetings to Holly Jayne and Shelley Hatt, both January 30.

North River
Marjorie Robar

 Our condolences to the family and friends of the late Buster Woodworth, formerly of Wolfville, but born in Hemford. Buster died January 14. He was a great community-spirited gentleman and was instrumental in sponsoring the New Germany and Area Lions Club.

 Betty Bruhm, Pinehurst, is still a patient in SSRH. As the old saying goes, "You can't keep a good person down." So hurry up and get up, Betty, we all miss you, especially at bingo.

 Joe Tzagarakis bumped into Joan Crouse, Dayspring, in Bridgewater January 21, and was sorry to hear that Joan was off work on long-term disability. Joan is with the family court division of the Lunenburg County Justice System. We hope and pray for a speedy recovery.

 Debbie Brown and granddaughter Danika, Northfield, were overnight guests with Pauline Whynot, Saturday.

 Debbie Brown, Danika, Pauline Whynot and Beatrice Drew were to Bridgewater this past Tuesday on business.

 Marilyn Joudrey, New Germany, reports that she bacame the proud grandmother of Hunter Joel Langille, Cookville. He was born January 11, the proud parents are Martin and Jolene Langille.

East Dalhousie
Janice Wilson

 Results of the card party held January 15 were as follows: men's high, Maurice Oickle; second, Joe Seward; ladies' high, Audrey Fancy; second, Ruby Bezanson; half-take, Grover Fancy; door prize, Morley Bezanson; traveller's prize, Grover Fancy. There were four-and-a-half tables in play.

 Garnet and Viola Jodrey recently called on Billy Lowe, Buddy Russell and Lillian Oickle.

 On Saturday, Garnet and Viola Jodrey, and Paul Daniels, were supper guests with Grover Fancy and Helen Daniels.

 Ella Watson, Nictaux, had dinner with Roland and Linda Acker, Saturday.

 Bruce and Elayne Mott, Beaver Bank, visited Garnet and Viola Jodrey, Sunday.

 Roland and Linda Acker called on Adam and Angie Acker and boys, Springfield; Raymond Pye, Faye Mason and Donnie Acker, Hastings, Sunday afternoon.

 Friday evening visitors with Marion and Eric Wilson were Raymond and Marlene Robar, Cherryfield.

 Rhena Joudrey, Cherryfield, called on Leland and Audrey Stewart, Hebbs Cross.

Parkdale-Maplewood
Donna M. Smith

 Get-well wishes to Roby Rafuse, who suffered a fall January 19 and was taken by ambulance to the Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville for surgery on his hip. He remains a patient there for now.

 The women's institute members had a quilt in at the community hall during the past week. It was finished on Thursday.

 Barbara Veinot spent several days last week visiting with her daughter Haley, son-in-law Christopher, and new granddaughter Courtney Dawn Martell at their home in Timberlea. She reports that the baby "is a sweet little thing, but doesn't sleep much during the day."

 The annual meeting of the museum society was postponed due to weather on Monday and held on January 22. The new board of directors was elected as follows: chairman, Lloyd Wentzel; vice-chairman, Carolea Kaulback; secretary-treasurer, Wendy Looke; administrator, Donna Smith; members at large, Marlean Rhodenizer, Sharron Carpenter and Alice Rafuse. The annual reports for 2003 and the budget and one-year plan for 2004 were approved. These reports will be going out by mail to members shortly. The draw for the quilt, which usually takes place at our Christmas party, was held. The winner of the quilt was Shirley Sawler, Springfield.

 That meeting was followed by the regular monthly meeting for January. A report on the expansion project was given. The design and building committees have been appointed. We are working with Human Resources Canada to fill the position of co-ordinator of the project. A fundraising thermometer has been made and donated by Rodger Penney.

 It was decided to convert our postponed Christmas party into an "Expansion Kick-Off" potluck party to be held on February 22. Invitations to our members, volunteers and their friends and families will go out shortly.

 Sharron and Larry Carpenter have volunteered to represent us at "Seedy Saturday" in Spryfield again this year. Anyone who has flower or vegetable seeds collected that they would like to donate can call Sharron at 521-2137. There was a good turnout for the Agricultural Society Breakfast held at the hall on January 14. The society will host a crib tournament February 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Martins River
Mildred Rafuse

 Marion Ann Berry, Edmonton, Alberta, spent 10 days visiting her parents, Rosalie and Charles Berry, Bridgewater. While here, Marion Ann and her mother, Rosalie, spent an afternoon visiting Mrs. Arlean Langille, Martins River. Arlean lives in the "homestead" where Marion Ann's grandparents, Robie and Marion Pierce, had lived a number of years ago. The afternoon was spent reminiscing about the happy times they all enjoyed in the past years they lived there. Thanks to Arlean for her great memories.

 Happy birthday to Alice McGinnis, who celebrated her birthday January 18.

  January 28, 2004  
 
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