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40 years of dedication recognized

 On the evening of June 10, a surprise party was held at the Blandford fire hall lounge.

 It was a gathering to honour Earle and Lamont Publicover for their 40 years of dedication to the Blandford fire department. A presentation of a lovely warm Stormtek jacket was made to both of them by municipal councillor and former fire chief Marshall Hector, and life member Brent LeBlanc.

 Their wives were presented with beautiful bouquets of flowers by the fire auxiliary. Many of their children and grandchildren, fire department members and friends were present for the occasion. A delicious buffet lunch was enjoyed by all.

 Earle and Lamont are the last two founding members of the department. During the department's early years, it had no telephone, so all fire calls came to the Publicover's Garage, where the brothers worked.

 When a fire call came, they were the first to respond. They also spent many nights working with other volunteers to improve the fire equipment and even assemble a tanker truck.

Class of 1952 holds reunion

 Sunny skies prevailed on August 24 when the Bridgewater High School (BHS) class of 1952 gathered at Green Bay at the beautiful cottage of Greta and Bill Gatchell for its annual class reunion.

 A special welcome was made to our class president, Russell Crowell, who was not able to be with us last year. Russell drove here from Fredericton, New Brunswick.

 Other classmates who travelled to this special reunion were Glenda (Hebb) Brown, Wileville; Muriel (Eric) Hubley, Bridgewater; Donna (Levy) and Roger Eisner, Middleton; Rita (Perry) and Don Pulsifer, Stillwater Lake; Elizabeth (Rafuse) and Robert Frank, Masons Beach; Carolyn (Webber) and Don Powell, Bedford; Douglas Seamone, Kentville; Averil (Meisner) and Albert Crouse, Conquerall Bank; Dorothy (Garber) and Ron Grantham, Halifax; and Gloria (Randall) and Hazen Meldrum, Cornwall, Ontario. Regrets were received from Barbara (Hebb) and Alan Adams, Dartmouth; Helen Hebb, Calgary; and Douglas and Helen Kaulbach, Kelowna, British Columbia. We hope they will be able to join us next year.

 A brief meeting was held to discuss plans for the future gatherings and to bring everyone up to date on our bursary fund. Elizabeth Frank attended the June graduation ceremonies at BHS and presented a $500 bursary to Matthew Wentzell. She read a beautiful thank-you note from Matthew, thanking us for our financial help towards his education.

 Sympathy was expressed to Donna and Roger Eisner on the loss of their son, Phillip Eisner, who died in June of this year.

 A delicious potluck supper was enjoyed by all. After supper, everyone joined in a singsong led by Bruce Oakes and his accordion, singing many of the old favourites of the 1950s.

 The evening closed with the ceremonial cutting of the class cake. Russell Crowell and our hostess, Greta Gatchell, did the honours.

 We will meet next year at the cottage of Rita and Don Pulsifer on Lake Mush-a-Mush.

Chapter starts busy fall schedule

 The regular meeting of Mae Chapter #38 OES took place on September 13.

 Presiding in the east were WM, sister Shirley Laurence, and WP, brother Charles Teal. The meeting opened in short form. Recognized at their stations were Grand Chapter committee members sister Phyllis Munroe, ESTARL; sister Heather Cook, publicity; and brother Charles Teal, music. All others were welcomed.

 Ways and means, sister Pauline, reports we did lunch for the school instruction on September 23; we cater to the Royal Arch, September 30; October 14, we do lunch for the Masonic district meeting.

 Sick and visiting, sister Barbara, reports sympathy cards were sent to sister Joyce Townsend and brother Charles Teal, and a birthday card was sent to sister Eleanor Hastie on her 90th birthday.

 Convener for October is sister Doreen Gillespie. Thank-you notes were read from brother Ron Boudreau and the family of Evelyn Schmeisser.

 Practice will be held on October 1 at 1:30 p.m. Past matrons and officers will meet September 27 at sister Phyllis'.

 Brother Charles has some pins left for sale.

 Meeting closed in ritualistic manner. All retired to the club room.

Tulip planting approved

 LaHave Lodge #60, IOOF met September 19 for their regular meeting. LaHave Lodge welcomed all visitors present including IOOF grand master brother Eric A. Hann. Brother Hann resides in River John, Nova Scotia.

 Five lodges in District #9 were represented - Empire #109, Confidence #106, Pine Grove #111, Maple #155 - in addition to LaHave Lodge #60 members.

 During the business agenda of LaHave Lodge, it was unanimously approved that the lodge provide a budget for purchase of tulip bulbs to be planted at Brookside Cemetery in Bridgewater. Approximate number of bulbs would be 150. Members were very impressed with the attitude of the staff at Brookside and the commission's co-operation.

 Grand master Eric Hann had an inspiring address to the Oddfellows assembled. At the close of the session, LaHave Lodge provided a banquet meal of salads and pie enjoyed by all.

Branch #24 resumes meetings

 After a summer hiatus, the general meetings of Branch #24 resumed on September 6.

 Since our last column in June, deceased members of Branch #24 include Comrades John Manley and Charles Naugler, and sisters Nellie Corkum and Marion McDonald of the ladies auxiliary. Our sympathy is extended to the families.

 There was one transfer into Branch #24, namely Mildred Woodworth of New Germany.

 Bursaries have been presented by Branch #24 as follows: the Arnold Nowe Bursary of $1,500 to Ashley Anderson and Branch #24 Bursaries of $1,000 each to Joshua Delaney and Victoria Marrcott, all of Bridgewater High School; the Ralph and Grace Corkum Bursary of $1,500 to Andrew MacDonald, and Branch #24 Bursaries of $1,000 each to Alyssa Peeler and Lindsay Gear, all of Park View Education Centre. A Branch #24 Bursary of $1,000 was also presented to Amanda Stewart of Nova Scotia Community College.

 The Remembrance Day committee of Branch #24 is busy preparing for the upcoming poppy campaign, which begins October 27; the November 11 Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Veterans' Memorial Park, Bridgewater; as well as the activities at the Legion following the service.

 On August 9, veterans and members of Branch #24, as well as ladies auxiliary members, visited Camp Hill veterans in Halifax, providing a delicious salmon barbecue for everyone. An afternoon of music was provided by Wayne Hiltz, violin; Bruce Baker, bass guitar; and Joan Beattie on piano.

 The veterans and their families also enjoyed a singalong of "wartime" songs, led by the ladies auxiliary of Branch #24. We thank all Legion and auxiliary members who attended and assisted in making this special day such an enjoyable one for the veterans. Service officer Comrade Darryl Cook organized this event.

 The ladies auxiliary of Branch #24 hosted the 2006 Zone Tea on June 24 with approximately 80 people attending. It was a very enjoyable afternoon with great food; entertainment by Isabelle Mason, comedian; toe-tapping music provided by Wayne Hiltz, Bruce Baker and Joan Beattie; as well as vocals by sister Marjorie Hindley. Village Nursery donated plants for this occasion, the Town of Bridgewater provided town pins and Branch #24 donated ribbons. The ladies auxiliary of Branch #79 New Ross will host the 2007 Zone Tea.

 During the summer months, the ways and means committee of the ladies auxiliary held two events - a lunch auction on June 8 and a flea market and plant sale on July 8. Sister Jean Joudrey, chairwoman, wishes to acknowledge everyone who assisted at these events.

 The ladies auxiliary general meetings resumed on September 13.

 A delightful fall tea was held on September 20, with 44 auxiliary members and guests attending. The tea began by singing a special prayer, "Thank You, Lord," led by sister Marjorie Hindley, accompanied by sister Joan Beattie on piano.

 After the buffet, everyone enjoyed the special bingo arranged by sister Jean Joudrey. The winner of the beautiful afghan donated by sister Jacolyn Griffith, and drawn by charter member sister Jean Demone, was Comrade Lew Acker of Branch #24. Guest Muriel Hiltz won the special "basket."

 Various other prizes were presented by president Alice Brown. We acknowledge everyone for attending and hope to see you again at next year's fall tea.

 The Zone 13 golf tournament scheduled for October 7, and hosted by Branch #44 Chester, has been cancelled until the spring of 2007.

 At the Zone 13 Rally on September 16, zone commander Roger Purnell presented Peter Deyoung, Caledonia, with a certificate and cheque for $500 (Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command Scholarship). He also presented two Wales Scholarships. Kerri Curry, Chester, and Anthony Slauenwhite, New Germany, both received certificates and a cheque for $500.

 A Halloween dance will be held at Branch #24 Bridgewater, on October 21, 9 p.m., featuring the band Dance Hall Doctors. Prizes will be given for the best male and female costumes, and there will be a draw for a door prize.

 New members are always welcome for both the Legion and the ladies auxiliary. Please contact the branch for further information.

Gathering was a success

 On a beautiful sunny day, August 12, the First Peoples' Mi'kmaq Gathering was held at the MARC in Dayspring. Approximately 100 people came to enjoy Mi'kmaq arts, crafts and music.

 Rose Morris, Mi'kmaq elder, opened the ceremonies with a sweet grass ceremony and drumming. Everyone formed a circle for this special ceremony. Dan Pitt-man, president of the Mi'kmaq Burial Ground Research and Restoration Association, welcomed everyone to the gathering.

 Ellen Hunt, Mi'kmaq elder, director and secretary/treasurer, gave a talk on the association and the importance of the work in protecting abandoned Mi'kmaq burial grounds.

 Wanda Joudry-Finigan joined Rose Morris, Jamie Jeremy and others in singing the "Honour and Gathering" songs. Wanda instructed others to participate in the Snake and the Round dance.

 The following arts and crafts were on site - Sheila Porter, porcupine quill jewellery, embroidery and antler jewellery; Rose Morris, baskets and beadwork; Lonnie Robar, knives and sheaths made from deer antler and wood and folk art; Laurie Lacey, medicinal plants and books; Michael Eisnor, nature and underwater photography; Bill Drew, crooked and antler knives and bear teeth jewellery; Wendy Dodge, dream catchers; Carolyn Zwicker, painted rocks, wooden jewellery, paintings, fungus art, purses and dream catchers. Larry Nicholson did a presentation on "Animal Talk in the Forest." The audience was very interested in hearing the different sounds of coyote, rabbit, bear, moose, deer and fox, etc.

 Lobster and scallop burgers and hot dogs were served for lunch. Winston Hunt, Frank Hogg, Sunny MacMillan and Linda Barkhouse did a great job serving up the burgers and hot dogs. Ellen Hunt gave a presentation on the importance of a medicine bag and how to make one.

 Cathy Martin, Ron McIsaac, Bruce Baker, St. Claire Zinck, Joseph Duffney and Barnell Duffney, well-known entertainers, performed in the afternoon.

 Laurie Lacey found many medicines on the Marc trails during the medicine walk.

 Sgt. Alfie O'Quinn, Bow Hunters Association, gave a presentation on bow hunting and safety. Many had the experience of shooting with a bow and arrow.

 At the closing, everyone gathered at the Marc building for a delicious feast of mussels, corn, moose, deer and bear meat, potato salads, rabbit stew, Lu'skin'in and much more. Out-of-town visitors from Ontario, Germany and the USA were very excited and voiced their opinions on the gathering as educational, fun and very interesting. We were encouraged to make it an annual event.

 This First Peoples' Mi'kmaq Gathering was sponsored by the Mi'kmaq Burial Ground Research and Restoration Association, CKBW Radio, Municipality of Lunenburg and Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage of Nova Scotia.

Your Friends and Neighbours

Voglers Cove
Doris Conrad

 Heather Selig, formerly of Voglers Cove, and Shirley Dagley joined 463 other cyclists for the Multiple Sclerosis Valley and Vineyards Bicycle Tour on August 12 and 13.

 The 78-km route for the 17th annual tour was from Windsor to Wolfville, and around the loop from Wolfville to Canning, then Sunday, back to Windsor. They each fundraised over $200 locally for research and support for people with MS.

 Patrick and Elke Love travelled to Montreal for their son, Oliver's, marriage to Tina Semeniuk on August 19. All the family then returned to Voglers Cove for a celebration on August 26.

 Those attending the day of festivities first enjoyed the firemen's breakfast at the United Communities fire hall in Cherry Hill. Lunch was catered by the ladies of the United Communities fire department, and the seafood chowder for supper was prepared by Rose Wentzell, her daughter Mercedes and friends. The evening closed with a barbecue and fireworks. Entertainment was provided by St. Clair Zinck, Lloyd (Big Boots) Langille and Bruce Baker.

 This event coincided with the first wedding anniversary of Caroline and Jordan.

 The marquee that Patrick prepared for the event has been donated to the old Voglers Cove schoolhouse for future community use.

 Mrs. Elizabeth Langmaid, who visited with her daughter, Elke Love, and husband Patrick, for three weeks returned home to Cornwall, England, Thursday.

 A very successful card party was held at the United Communities fire department on September 12 at Cherry Hill with 14 tables in play. Prizes were presented to, ladies' first, Shirley Bichard; ladies' second, Lynn Sperry; gent's first, Harry Smith; gent's second, Irving McKinnon; lucky tally, Donald Weagle; 10 of spades, Millie Dolliver; 50/50 draw, Georgie Hastings.

 Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Love motored to Halifax and Wolfville, Thursday, where they spent the weekend. They met up with Mr. and Mrs. Chris Brown, and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Eaton, Crousetown, where they attended the musical program at Wolfville.

 Ann Scott and Gene Veinotte, Cape Dorset, Baffin Island, are spending their vacation visiting her mother, Doris Conrad, and spending time in their motorhome visiting different camping sites, relatives and friends.

 Her son, Kendall Scott, Moncton, spent a few days during the week with them in their motorhome and visited with his grandmother, Doris Conrad; Carol Ann Brown and son, Simon, Pentz. Elke and Patrick Love and Doris Conrad were supper guests on Sunday evening.

East Dalhousie
Janice Wilson

 Recent visitors with Garnet and Viola Jodrey were Bruce Mott; Orlie Veno, Factorydale; Barbara and John Baker, Farmington; Linda Acker; and Helen Daniels.

 Paul Daniels was a supper guest on Saturday with Merlin and Heather Taylor.

 It was reported last week that several cottages at Crossburn were broken into and many items stolen. Owners are understandably upset over this violation of private property.

 Eric and Marion Wilson called on Carroll Gaul at Rosedale Home, New Germany; also Maynard, Cathy and Tyler Wilson, Meisners Section, Sunday evening.

 Best wishes to Jennie (Lowe) Hehn, Greenwood, who recently underwent major surgery at the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville.

 Rhena Joudrey called on Margaret Foster, Parker Road, one day recently.

 On Saturday afternoon, I had the opportunity to meet my great-nephew, three-month-old Riley Quinn Joudrey, who is visiting his grandparents, Richard and Cathy Joudrey, New Canada. Riley came to Nova Scotia with his parents, Chris and Jenn, from Toronto to meet his family and friends. Richard and Cathy hosted a meet-and-greet on Saturday.

 Rhena Joudrey accompanied Richard, Cathy, Chris, Jenn and Riley to the Forties on Tuesday where they visited "Aunt" Frances Keddy. The big occasion was having fifth-generation pictures taken with Aunt Frances.

 Jadrien Guest has returned to Ontario after spending the summer with his grandparents, Murray and Izilda Robar, Cherryfield Road.

 Priscilla Baker and Shirley Boutilier, Kingston, spent a day recently with Rhena Joudrey.

 Sympathy to the wife and family of the late Ronald Charlton, Mission, British Columbia. Mrs. Charlton is the former Betty Lowe, Cherryfield Road.

 Card party results from September 14 are, men's high, Joe Seward; second, Morley Bezanson; ladies' high, Ruby Bezanson; second, Sheridan Leslie; half-take, Susan Hartley; traveller, Ruby Bezanson; door prize, John.

Rhodes Corner
Mrs. Lucille Wentzell

 Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Adam George Snook, nee Holly Dawn Zwicker, who were married in Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Upper LaHave, August 26. Reception followed at Lutheran Camp Mush-a-Mush, Middle Cornwall.

 Mrs. Daisy Buonopane, Malden, Massachusetts, spent 10 days' vacation visiting her sister, Mrs. Anita Oickle, and family. She returned home on September 16.

 Following their summer recess, members of St. Luke's Ladies Aid held their regular meeting in the hall, September 12. The meeting was presided over by the president, Mrs. Cheryl Naugler, who opened the meeting with prayer.

 Eleven members and one guest were welcomed by the president. Minutes of the previous meeting were read by the secretary, Mrs. Dot Legge; treasurer's report, Mrs. Velma Dauphinee. Reports from various committees were heard.

 Plans were finalized for the turkey supper held on September 23. Plans were discussed for the special card party to be held in October, as well as the flea market. Meeting closed with prayer.

 Entertainment was provided by Mrs. Betty Conrad, Miss Shirley Wilkie and Mrs. Evelyn Wilkie. Prizes were presented to Mrs. Cheryl Naugler, Mrs. Shirley DeBruin, Mrs. Daisy Buonopane, Mrs. Violet Knickle and Mrs. Velma Dauphinee.

 A card party and food sale, sponsored by St. Luke's Ladies Aid, was held in the hall September 15 with 14 and one-half tables of auction 45s in play.

 Prizes were presented to, ladies' high, Mrs. Annie Rhuland; ladies' second, Mrs. Mayola Tanner; gent's high, Mr. Warren Stockman; gent's second, Mr. Harold Anderson; lucky tally, Mrs. Myrna Peeler; travelling prize, Mrs. Marjorie Jack; 50/50 draw, Mr. Bruce Oakes and Mr. Douglas Crouse.

 At the close of the game, delicious refreshments were served.

Middlewood
Mrs. L. Wamboldt

 Susan Hamm visited her brother, Roy Rhodenizer, at LaHave Manor, September 9.

 Belated birthday greetings to Faye Robar, New Germany, September 13. Belated second birthday to Logan Corkum, Devon, Alberta, on September 19. His grandpa is Gordon Corkum, Middlewood. Also, belated birthday wishes to Chantell Wamboldt, Bridgewater, on September 23.

 Family and friends attended the wedding of Megan Llewellyn and Paul Allan at the United Church, Middlewood, on September 16.

 On September 16, family and friends met for a housewarming party at the new home of Carrie Llewellyn and Allan Slauenwhite in Mill Village. A very enjoyable afternoon and evening was had by all. A barbecue and salad supper highlighted by cakes was also enjoyed. Best wishes to you both.

 Susan and Dave Hamm were overnight guests with Donna and Gary Weagle, Hantsport, September 16.

 Borden Veinot, Sandy Cove, visited Bonnie and Michael Whynot, September 17.

 Shirley Gerdhardt and Marion Whynot, Liverpool, and Blaine Johnson, Halifax, visited at the home of Julia and Maynard Johnson, September 17.

 McKenzie Hamm, Medway River Road, was an overnight guest with her grandparents, Susan and Dave Hamm, September 18.

 Happy belated wedding anniversary wishes to Bonnie and Michael Whynot, September 26.

  September 27, 2006  
 
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