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Hill 'n' Dale members advance

 March was Communications Rally month for all 4-H'ers as they complete one of their requirements in their 4-H project work.

 The club held its rally March 24 to 25 at the Wileville fire hall.

 On Friday evening, club princess Kelly Cunningham and club prince Mark Smith chaired the busy evening as Cloverbuds gave an uncompetitive speech before judges, while 18 young junior members competed for the top three placings as they represent the club at the County Rally, April 8.

 All speakers had well-prepared and interesting topics for the judges and audience.

 Excellent confidence was very evident by all members as they spoke.

 Moving on will be first speaker, Luke Smith; second, Abby Cook; and third, Chelsea Penny.

 On Saturday, chairmen club hostess Dominique Blais and club treasurer Benjamin Cook introduced and thanked judges, and chaired all the demonstrations and speeches.

 Results of members advancing are: demonstrations - junior single, Leah Cook; senior single, Kailey Hubley; junior double, Breanna Bolivar and Jessica Herman; senior double, Gwyn Mason and Hannah Cook.

 Speakers - intermediate, Nicholas Gear; senior, Benjamin Cook.

Grace Chapter holds Chinese auction

 The stated meeting of Grace Chapter No. 8 OES held on March 9 opened in regular form with sister Sheila Levy, worthy matron, and brother Laurie Myra, worthy patron, seated in the east.

 After opening ceremonies, the Canadian flag was presented and "O Canada" sung. The Eastern Star flag was honoured.

 Sister Eleanor Freeman, PGM, was welcomed in the east and given grand honours. Welcomed at their stations were sister Annie Mae Backman, grand conductress; sister Barbara Mosher, grand representative; and sister Joan Mills, GCCM (credentials and registration). Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved and the treasurer's report was accepted. It was reported that sister Jean Hardy, PM, had come through her surgery in good condition.

 Sister Marion Conrad, PGM, was now out of intensive care and could receive visitors two at a time. The Estarl church service will be held in Chester on April 9 (Palm Sunday). Sister Sheila, WM, asked for volunteers to provide trays of sandwiches and sweets for the gathering after the church service.

 New business: officers' meeting was April 2. Sister Annie Mae Backman, PM, reported that the honour tea for her and brother Whitman Giffin, Grand Sentinel, will be held on June 17 in the Bluenose Senior Citizens' Room. The worthy matron reminded members that the April 12 meeting is the 74th birthday of Grace Chapter No. 8. Sister Joan Mills, PM, will also be honoured during the meeting. A reminder to members that a new slate of officers are needed for the year 2006/07. Our year ends May 31.

 For the Good of the Order, sister Eleanor Freeman, PGM, GCCM, gave an inspiring talk on membership, challenging members to try and interest others in Eastern Star. Sister Sheila presented sister Eleanor with a gift from the chapter.

 The meeting closed in regular form. The flag was retired. Refreshments followed in the clubroom. A Chinese auction was enjoyed by all in attendance. Brother Don Doucet, PP, was the auctioneer.

Livewires enjoy rabbit event

 Congratulations to everyone who participated at the club speech level March 23 at the St. John-in-the-Wilderness church. All did a terrific job, well done!

 Livewires, parents and friends are all very proud to see us 4-H members stand up in front of a big audience and share their interests, goals and experiences with everyone and show the audience that they can do it.

 Even though our wonderful judges, Jennifer Joudrey, Janet Eisner, Larry Erhardt, Ann Gummeson, Joan Conrad, Donna Smith and Janet Tipert, were asked to choose a winner for each division - junior, intermediate and senior - everyone still did an amazing job with either their demonstration or speech. They all are winners to us!

 The placings are as follows: junior speech, Janelle Crouse; junior double demonstration, Jordin Wentzell and Alana Mosher; junior single demonstration, Brandon Wentzell; intermediate speech, Kimberly Walters; senior speech, Michelle Wentzell; and senior double demonstration, Laura Russell and Jordan Synder.

 Congratulations to all participants and a huge acknowledgement goes to our wonderful judges. It's volunteers like you that make 4-H what it is today.

 County Rally will be held at the West Northfield Elementary School in West Northfield, April 8. Hope to see you all there.

 Bowl for Big Brothers-Big Sisters was an awesome night under the leadership of Pearl Foster. We acknowledge Pearl - it took a lot to put up with a bunch of rowdy girls!

 This event was held March 25 at Bowl-More Lanes, Bridgewater. The proceeds went to Big Brothers-Big Sisters. We appreciate all the donations. The club hopes that all your donations will benefit you all, and that you will do this again next year!

 Big applause goes to The Royale Rabbit Breeders and Troy Hiltz for organizing the 4-H rabbit event of the year! This event was held at the North Alton Baptist Church in North Alton, on April 1. At this event, I'm sure everyone took home more than what they took with them. Rabbit breeds were explained to the fullest, showmanship was done until every member could flip and show their own rabbit, opinions and advice were given at any time and friendly people were everywhere to be seen.

 There were also rabbits, cavies, rabbit books, rabbit and cavy equipment to be sold, and a free draw for a grooming stand valued at $75, along with other draws for Easter goodies.

 This was a great experience and was well worth it! This was the 4-H rabbit event of the year!

Auxiliary welcomes new executive

 The South Shore Regional Hospital Auxiliary held its annual general meeting, March 14 at the Wandlyn Inn.

 In the president's report, she mentioned that the major fundraising arm of the auxiliary donated the following amounts to the auxiliary: the ShoreLine Gallery $2,000; the Gift Shop $40,000; and the Daisy $160,000.

 The result was that we were able to purchase all of the items on the South Shore Regional Hospital "wish list" in 2005. Our thanks to the community and the staff.

 The Gift Shop has a new look now, as many of you have seen.

 The Daisy had really worked hard to raise the outstanding amount made during the year.

 The sale of the Christmas Angels realized $931.40. It brought joy into the lives that most needed it.

 Joan Eisner, director volunteer services, reported that there are currently 52 volunteer programs - 34 at South Shore Regional, 12 at Fishermen's Memorial, and six at Queens General. There were several requests for new programs.

 The annual Red Coat Christmas Carolling was held at each site, and enjoyed by patients and staff.

 The executive members for 2006 are past president, Loretta Walker; president, Jane Selig; vice-president, Kathy Martell; treasurer, Rita Seaboyer; secretary, Joan Eisner; membership/memorials, Heather Evan; Gift Shop, Linda MacDonald and Andrea MacMillan; Daisy, looking for a convener; ShoreLine Gallery, Pat Rahman; magazines, Sylvia Fralic and Edythe Woodworth; phone committee, Shirley King. If you wish to be on the phone list, please call 543-3938.

 We were entertained by some of the ukulele players.

 Our next meeting will be April 11 on the third floor of the hospital at 1 p.m. instead of 1:30 because the lab will be hosting a reception for us on the third floor. New members are welcome to join us.

Your Friends and Neighbours

Parkdale-Maplewood
Donna M. Smith

 The Laarman farm on Bennett Eisener Road has lots of new arrivals lately. Ulrich and Gabriella's flock of Friessen milk sheep are in the midst of lambing. So far, 13 lambs have been born with four more ewes yet to deliver.

 Welcome to Otto and Lottie, Patrick, Cleopatra, Leander, Lena, Joe and Josie, and the rest of the lambs - and yes, they all have names!

 Congratulations to Kristie Sills and Christopher Ball of Burnside Drive, Church Lake, on the birth of their son, Cirrus Harry Neville Ball, on March 23 at the IWK hospital in Halifax.

 On March 26, the Branch LaHave 4-H Cloverbuds and leader Angela Hyson visited Rex and Bonnie Veinot's farm for a "sapping tour."

 They had a lovely day, which included a fire and hot dogs, maple taffy, seeing a tree tapped, a wagon ride through the woods and seeing the "Sugar Shack" in full production. It was a great week for maple production, which has come to an end now with the warmer weather.

 Merle and Miriam Rhodenizer suffered a serious loss when their garage burned on April 1. Equipment, machinery and next year's firewood were all completely destroyed. Phone service in the area was interrupted at the same time and the electrical service was also out for a time.

 The Schuler family, Donna and Richard Smith, and Peggy and Paul Smith all attended Hector Inzunza's 52nd birthday party at the home of his friend, Gretta, in Lunenburg on March 31.

East Dalhousie
Janice Wilson

 Recent visitors with Garnet and Viola Jodrey were Greta Crossland, Gary and Dorothy Henderson, Alice and Charles Durling, Barss Corner; and Adam Acker and Nat, Springfield.

 Geese were seen flying over on Monday morning. A sure sign of spring.

 Richard and Lynn Sisco, Windsor, called on Eric and Marion Wilson on Saturday afternoon.

 A pair of prescription eyeglasses were found at the intersection of East Dalhousie and the Falkland Ridge road. If you have lost glasses, please phone Janice, 547-2314.

 Judi Hiltz spent Wednesday afternoon with Jude Steeves. Judi was giving Jude a few tips on scrapbooking.

 Thursday evening's card party results are as follows: ladies' first, Izilda Robar; second, Darlene Rhodenizer; men's first, Gordon Bezanson; second, Grover Fancy; half-take, Ruby Bezanson; traveller, Janice Joudrey; door prize, Morley Bezanson.

 Audrey Fancy and Judi Hiltz spent Thursday afternoon visiting with Natasha, Rebecca and Colin Snyder, Bridgewater.

Middlewood
Mrs. L. Wamboldt

 Belated birthday greetings to Ronnie Whynot of Italy Cross.

 Kyle and Samantha Corkum of West Clifford were weekend guests of their grandparents, Susan and Dave Hamm.

 Sarah's Ladies (Calvary) Aid held their meeting March 22 at the home of Julia Johnson. Next meeting is April 19 at Helen Sarty's home for 11 a.m. Meeting closed with the Lord's Prayer and a lovely lunch was prepared by Julia.

 Hymn sing for fuel was hosted by Calvary Lutheran Church, March 25, with choirs, guest singers and musical performers. A good evening was enjoyed by 82 in attendance. Next hymn sing is April 21, 7 p.m. at Middlewood United Church. It's a wonderful way to spend an evening.

 Arnie and Sandra Johnson of Coldbrook were weekend guests with Julia and Maynard Johnson.

 Arnie Johnson of Coldbrook called on Michael Whynot, March 25.

 At Sunday morning worship service, 11 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, March 26, it was a pleasure to have Pastor Jim Anderson for our worship.

 Belated anniversary greetings to Wayne and LaVerne Wamboldt, who had an anniversary, March 27.

North River
Marjorie Robar

 March 24, Marjorie Publicover, Hemford Forest, advised the writer that Marion MacDonald and her husband, Lorne, of Hemford Forest, were now staying in Welland, Ontario, while she undergoes medical treatment.

 We understand that Marion has been receiving medical treatment for about a month now, and expects to be there until at least May.

 All her friends and family (also her bingo friends) wish her a successful treatment and hope for a quick return home. God bless.

 For those wishing to write or send Marion a card, her address is as follows: Marion and Lorne MacDonald, c/o Will Edwards, RR#1 Welland, Ontario L3B 5N4.

 We were happy to see Cecil Daniels, North River, at the Hemford volunteer fire department bingo last Friday night. Cecil is now 89 years young and enjoys his game of bingo. However, he is not as "spry" as he used to be, so he "hibernates" from bingo for the winter.

 When you see Cecil, you know for sure that spring is here.

 God bless Cecil and those who attend to him, especially his sister-in-law, Mildred Daniels, also of North River.

 Lester Daniels, North River, advises he soon will be going to Halifax for medical treatment for his hearing.

 We hope and pray for a successful result, Lester.

  April 5, 2006  
 
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