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Group celebrates Valentine's Day

 Eleven members and 10 guests met at the Chelsea community centre February 3. President Sherrie Wessell welcomed everyone to our annual Valentine's get-together celebration. For roll call, members read questions and answers relating to Valentine's, and then introduced their guests, and they also read theirs. Secretary Edwina Faulkner read January's minutes. Treasurer Margaret Meisner gave her report and bills were paid.

 Members bought tickets that were sent from the Truro office as a fundraiser. The item is an 18-inch angel dressed in Nova Scotia tartan. A member from our twin branch, Tartan, donated the doll.

 Topics in the Home and Country were discussed. It was noted that WI Week was February 14 to 19. Members were urged to wear their WI pins, display white lights and place blue/yellow balloons on their mailboxes. The AGM will be held in Sherbrooke on July 5 this year.

 Our hearts are saddened by the loss of Bridgewater's member June Wentzell. June was a devoted WI person and loved by all who knew her.

 President Sherrie will present a donation to the treasurer of the community centre and fire department, Jan Devries. This is to assist with the cost of electrical hook-up of the generator at the centre.

 There will be a workday scheduled for a Saturday in March. Items such as cancer turbans, finger puppets and quilts for the homeless will be worked on. Members are reminded to bring their sewing machines if possible. Members are asked to save blue jeans and flannel to be used in the quilts. Anyone wishing to donate materials and/or join us at our workday are most welcome to do so.

 Members are urged to bring their ideas for a WI banner to the March meeting.

 For WI week, members Phyllis Wessell and Madeline Henley will take apples to the 169 students and teachers at Newcombville Elementary School and then a baked treat to CKBW radio station.

 For her moneymaker, Madeline sold tickets on a stuffed Valentine's bear. "Lucky" Belle Frauzel was the winner. Everyone had brought a Valentine. These were passed around to members and guests and then read. The table was delightfully decorated and gifts, brought by members, were placed at each place setting. All enjoyed finding out what their wrapped "surprise" was. A lovely meal of sandwiches and sweets was served. Several members received a Valentine's gift from their "friendly friend." The evening ended following great fellowship.

 Our next meeting will be March 3 at the centre. Phyllis will provide the refreshments; Sherrie, the moneymaker; and Lorraine, the program.

 Guests are always welcome!

Branch #24 welcomes four new members

 At the general meeting of February 2, four new members were initiated into Branch #24, Royal Canadian Legion, namely, Garnet Cox, Reginal Oxner, Raymond Harlow and Belinda Schrader.

 Father Robert Coote was installed as Chaplain for Branch #24.

 Comrades Vic Killam and Gerry Dunphy were presented with their Past Officers' medals and bars.

 Since our last column, deceased members of Branch #24 include Cecil Richards; Warren Lohnes, Life Member, Past-President of Branch #24 and MSM Award recipient; and wife Jeane Lohnes, Life Member of the Ladies Auxiliary.

 Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to the families.

 During the early hours of January 25, Branch #24 provided emergency shelter to approximately 30 residents of Hillside Pines Pineview Apartments who had to be evacuated due to a gas leak. Legion and auxiliary members assisted in providing food and helping make the residents comfortable until their return home around 10 a.m.

 At the November 11 Remembrance Day banquet, Bridgewater Branch #24 presented the Royal Canadian Legion's Media Award to Lighthouse Publishing Limited, in recognition of an article entitled "Serving Country and Community."

 The article portrayed the aims and objectives of the Legion, as well as many interviews with branch officers and Veterans.

 This was the first time such an award was made through Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command.

 As Jodie Turner, author of the article, was unable to attend the banquet on November 11, Branch President Calvin Mayo and Honours and Awards Chairman Bob Shupe presented Jodie with a "Certificate of Merit" on January 18, in recognition of her journalistic tribute.

 Progress on the Veterans' Park Project continues, with new pledges and donations coming in. For further information, please contact the branch.

 Two teams from Bridgewater Branch #24 won first and second place in the Risser Memorial Dart Shoot held in New Germany on January 29. First-place winners were Ken Forward and Laurie Teal, and second-place winners were Myles Robar and Terry Naugler.

 The Men's Provincial Darts Zone Play-offs will take place at Branch #24, Bridgewater, February 25 to 27.

 The zone delegates meeting and election will be held on March 7, 7:30 p.m., at Branch #24, Bridgewater, and the zone rally and dance (members and guests) will take place March 12 at 8 p.m.

 The Bridgewater Legion will sponsor the Youth March Break Bowling to be held at Bowl-More Lanes in Bridgewater, March 17, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Anyone 13 years of age and under is welcome; one string is free.

 Other upcoming events include a Cribbage Tournament, March 20, and a breakfast, March 26, with proceeds going to the Veterans' Park.

New items for sale at Gift Shop

 The South Shore Regional Hospital Auxiliary met February 8. We had a busy business meeting.

 The treasurer reported that the income tax people starting in 2005 need us to add some extra words on the receipts.

 A stamp is being made until we get new receipts so all of you who have paid your dues and received receipts, please return them to the membership convener by leaving them at the Gift Shop or the Daisy to be stamped and they will be returned for pick-up as soon as the stamp is available.

 Our annual general meeting will be held at the Wandlyn March 8. Tickets are available at the Gift Shop and at the Daisy up to March 4. Bring a guest with you. The speaker will be Albina Nowe talking to us about putting containers of flowers on the roof outside the chemo windows to brighten up the empty space.

 Once again, we need toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and combs for the out-patients' department. They do not need to be wrapped. No scented soaps, please. Please bring to the luncheon.

 The Daisy reported that because of the big blizzards, they were closed for four days in January. All the new volunteers have been trained and are busy working in the Daisy.

 Two meetings were held - a general volunteer meeting January 10, and a team leaders' meeting January 31. Volunteer hours were 1,143.5. We welcomed the new convener for the Gift Shop, Linda MacDonald, and thank Marianne Goodwin and Diane Hay for the many busy years they put in.

 Those who buy the articles for the Gift Shop to sell have just ordered new things, and they are slowly coming into the Gift Shop. Drop in and see what nice things they have chosen. Linda is looking for volunteers to work in the Gift Shop. Volunteer hours for the Gift Shop were 585 hours.

 We still need magazines. Please drop them off at the Gift Shop. Shoreline Gallery had two changes in January and February.

 The western region meeting will be held in Middleton April 28.

 There will be an education meeting in Truro April 21. Our new members should plan to attend this excellent meeting. Call Susan, 527-0323, if you can go. The auxiliary will pay for you to go.

 The entertainment at the annual general meeting will be a branch of the Red Hats.

Church hosts ladies' appreciation night

 On February 12, the men of the Pleasantville Baptist Church hosted a turkey supper for approximately 70 ladies of the church and community in recognition of their outstanding contribution made to their families, church and community over the years.

 The ladies were greeted at the door by the pastor of the church, Rev. Quincy Collins. They proceeded to the multi-purpose room, which was decorated with streamers and balloons of a Valentine's theme. Candlelit tables enhanced the room and the tables were beautified with red and white gift bags.

 The ladies were accompanied by a guest of their choice.

 Prior to the meal, Richard Levy offered the blessing and extended a few words of appreciation to the ladies and it was later responded to by Donna Cross.

 A complete turkey meal and dessert was prepared and presented by the men of the church. It was truly an evening to be grateful for, and indeed, made each lady present feel appreciated.

Hill 'n' Dale livin' life large

 On February 12, Hill 'n' Dale 4-H Club held its regular monthly meeting at the Wileville fire hall.

 The meeting was called to order with the 4-H pledge and the singing of "O Canada," followed by roll call, treasurer's report, minutes of last meeting and correspondence.

 The club members welcomed two new 4-H project leaders, Isabelle Fancy for sewing and Colleen Baker for dog obedience.

 Reports were given from the following: Sick and Visiting, 4-H Leaders Council and Intermediate Conference.

 Ben Cook gave a report on the Intermediate Conference that both he and Mark Chalupowski attended at the Truro Agritech Park on February 5 and 6. This year's theme was "Livin' Life Large."

 The program helped one to focus on the importance of developing personal strategies to attain goals and mapping those strategies out.

 Participants mapped out "catching the carrot" techniques by looking at their personal values, objectives, environment and an action plan along with a five-year strategy.

 The event also included getting to meet members from other clubs, gladiator Olympics, bowling, lots of food and it ended with an Esteem Team evaluation and wrap-up. It was certainly recommended that teens from 14 to 16 be encouraged to apply to go to this Intermediate Conference next year.

 Project reports were given from the following: dairy, rabbit and dog obedience.

 The travel committee has been hard at work putting together a tentative 2005 club travel plan.

 Members nine to 10 years of age will be going on a day trip within Lunenburg County. Ages 11 to 13 will be going on July 18 to 19, and will be going to Moncton, New Brunswick.

 Ages 14 to 16 will be going on August 4 to 5, and will be going to Moncton. And ages 17 to 21 will be going on August 11 to 15 and will be looking at Ottawa as a possible destination. The amount each member has to pay has not yet been determined.

 A letter was received from the Nova Scotia Adopt-A-Highway's new program co-ordinator thanking the club for keeping Nova Scotia clean and beautiful, as well as a renewal form that will cover the next three years of participation.

 The Spring Livestock Judging Workshop will be held on May 14 at the 4-H barn at 10 a.m. to noon.

 The club is set for participation in a club drama presentation for county rally. Thanks for Sheila Davidson who volunteered to write a script for this presentation.

 Lucas Mader represented the club in the competition for Prince at the Winter Carnival that took place February 19 at the West Northfield Elementary School.

 Club Speech Rally is taking place at the Wileville fire hall on March 11 and 12.

 Bowl for Kids will be held on April 9 at Bowl-More Lanes. Sponsor sheets were handed out to members wishing to participate.

 The club voted that $150 to $200 for new fabric will be provided to Sheila Davidson and Nancy Davidson to be used to make new inside club exhibition displays.

 The Veseys bulb sale fundraiser sheets were handed out and are due at the March meeting.

 Ben Floyd will be co-ordinating the committee for the Co-operators National Leader Award.

 Members ages 9 to 12 will be able to go to Camp Rankin on July 3 to 9. Fill out application now and pass in by May 1.

 The interprovincial exchange sponsored by the Royal Bank is coming up. Only six members can be chosen, so put in your applications. Those chosen will be announced at 4-H Nova Scotia. Also, a 4-H family can apply to host a 4-H member from another province.

 The next general meeting will be held on March 19, 9:15 a.m., at the Wileville fire hall.

Your Friends and Neighbours

Voglers Cove
Doris Conrad

 Aliant held a celebration January 22 for five of their retirement members at the Bridgewater fire hall. Those who retired were Linda Dagley, Betty Penny, Reynolds Aulenback, Richard Boutilier and Ronnie Henderson.

 Those who attended from here were Reynolds and Marie Aulenback, Doris Conrad, Randall and Jean Conrad, Ken and Marjorie Edwards, Wayne and Janet Mitton, and Linda's mother, Pearl Lohnes, Cherry Hill.

 Mr. and Mrs. Harry Thompson, Bridgewater, were visiting her sister, Gloria Conrad, Sunday. When Harry went outside in the evening, he had the misfortune to fall and break his hip, so he was transported to Bridgewater SSRH by ambulance and later to Halifax.

 Mrs. Betty Ward, who visited her daughter Patricia and husband Brian McAlpine, Holland Landing, Ontario, for three weeks, returned home January 14.

 Kendall Scott, Moncton, and Jamie Chisholm, Stony Rapids, Saskatchewan, visited his grandmother, Mrs. Doris Conrad, from Wednesday to Friday.

 Ruth Conrad, Lower Sackville, who spent the weekend visiting her mother, Mrs. Doris Conrad, returned home Monday.

 Mrs. Doris Conrad and Mrs. Minerva Nichols visited the former's sister, Glendeen Himmelman, at Queens Manor, Sunday afternoon.

Rhodes Corner
Mrs. Lucille Wentzell

 Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Wildon Naugler (nee Cheryl Bernadette Dagley), who celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary on Valentine's Day.

 St. Luke's Ladies Aid held their regular meeting in the hall February 14. The meeting was presided over by the president, Mrs. Cheryl Naugler, who opened the meeting with prayer. Devotional reading was by Mrs. Cheryl Naugler and Mrs. Shirley DeBruin. Eleven members were welcomed by the president. Minutes of the previous meeting were read by the secretary, Mrs. Dot Legge; treasurer's report, Mrs. Velma Dauphinee. Various committees were heard. Plans were finalized for the two special card parties to be held in March. Plans were discussed for the roast beef supper to be held in April.

 Winner of the beautifully decorated Valentine's basket drawn at the Valentine soup, chowder and chili luncheon, February 10, was Mrs. Gail Mosher. Meeting closed with prayer. Entertainment was provided by Mrs. Betty Conrad and Mrs. Violet Knickle.

 Prizes were presented to Mrs. Leah Sarty, Mrs. Dot Legge, Mrs. Violet Knickle, Mrs. Cheryl Naugler and Mrs. Lucille Wentzell.

Mrs. L. Wamboldt

 Congratulations to Mrs. Marie Bolivar on the birth of her grandson, Christopher Blair Ryan.

 Proud parents are Kelly and Dale, and a big brother Mathew Bolivar, Middlewood. Also grandparents Connie and Judson Herman, Sumerset.

 Family and friends attended a pink and blue shower, February 6, at the Italy Cross, Middlewood and district fire hall in honour of mom-to-be Amy Llewellyn. Amy received many lovely gifts. The stork arrives in March.

 Sympathy to friends and the families of the late Irene Naugler, Camperdown; Ronald Slauenwhite, Bridgewater; and Rosanne Himmelman, Wileville.

 Belated birthday greetings to Calvin Garber.

 Calvery Lutheran Sarahs' Ladies Aid met at the home of Margaret Doucette, February 8, Hebbs Cross.

 A red sale for Valentine's was enjoyed by all. They also enjoyed playing games. A lovely dinner was served by Margaret. The meeting closed with prayers and the "Lord's Prayer."

 Next meeting is planned for March 14, 1 p.m., at Julia Johnson's.

 Herbert Eisnor and wife Rose, New Brunswick, called on Wayne and LaVerne Wamboldt, February 10.

 Birthday greetings to Patsy Johnson, Bridgewater, February 28, and Scott Johnson.

 Craig, Stephanie and Veronica Naugler, Yarmouth, spent the weekend with Bradford and Julia Naugler, and Mrs. Grace Slauenwhite.

 On Valentine's Day, Veronica Mary Grace Naugler celebrated her fourth birthday.

 Best wishes to Judson Bollivar, who celebrated his 85th birthday February 23 with his sons and grandchildren.

Martins River
Mildred Rafuse

 The annual meeting of St. Martin's Church was held February 13 in the church hall, with 19 parishioners present.

 Council members for St. Martin's Church for the year 2005: senior warden, Vance Isnor; junior warden, Gerald Langille; secretary, Alice McGinnis; treasurer, Mary Isnor; members at large, Wallace Langille, Pauline Langille, Willard Keddy, Betty Eisnor, Mildred Rafuse, Donna Swinemar, Ron Hollett; parish council, Vance Isnor, Charles Jeffrey, Alice McGinnis, Mildred Rafuse; Sunday school, Stuart Hirtle; alter guild, Barbara Boehner, Pauline Cleveland; auxiliary, Sheila Langille; cemetery, Carman Langille; auditor, Jane Eisnor.

  February 23, 2005  
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