Brookdale and area news

Jean Miller
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Church basement in need of repair

Greetings from Brookdale.

We have had some nice spring weather. Sunday was nice and sunny but very windy. We were out to the cottage and started raking leaves.

Most of our trees are evergreen but a few are not and they must shed their leaves constantly. Old age is not an asset.

On Sunday, April 18, the Brookdale congregation will meet following the worship at 9:30 a.m. for the purpose of looking at quotes on repair work for the basement. It is hoped that as many members and adherents will stay and participate in this project.

Sympathy is extended to the family of the late Kathleen ‘Kay’ (Read) Mitchell of South Pugwash. Kay was born and raised in Upper Nappan and still has numerous relatives in the area.

She was the daughter of Burton and Bertha (Smith) Read, the youngest of 16 children, and was the last surviving member of this family.

She was a sister to my mom and Eldon McCormack’s mother, a sister-in-law to Pauline Read and had many other nieces and nephews in Amherst, Upper Nappan and Maccan, to name a few. We enjoyed having her visit with us at the cottage. She will be missed.

Victoria’s Quilts Canada is a group established in 2000 by Betty Giffin. You can contact Betty at or visit the website at It is a non-profit charitable organization committed to providing comfort, both spiritually and physically, to individuals diagnosed with cancer.

A group has been started in Amherst and the contact is Marilyn Boss at 667-3294. There are 20 groups in Ottawa and 20 communities across Canada.

I believe the Amherst group is the first in Nova Scotia and I’m sorry to say that the first quilt here was given to Marilyn Conklin, my sister. It is a beautiful quilt and it was greatly appreciated.

They even make a carry bag for the quilt. If you can’t quilt, you can cut out the blocks.

Tracy (Conklin) Gauthier, Winnipeg, has arrived home to spend three weeks with her mother, Marilyn Conklin, who is undergoing treatment for cancer.

The McCully Pastoral Charge will hold a council meeting on Wednesday at 7 p.m., May 19, at the Fenwick United Church. Members and adherents of the three congregations may attend, however, adherents can speak out but do not have a vote.

The Highland Fling buttons and draw cards will be on sale this Thursday and Friday, April 15-16, also April 22-23 at Sobeys from 5 to 8 p.m.

Button tickets will also be sold at the farmer‚‘s market on Fridays April 15, 23 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It is hoped that all members who have tickets will have them sold by April 30.

The Highland Fling will be on Saturday, May 8 at the curling club. There will be lots to do and lots of gifts for moms to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Earth Day on April 22 will celebrate its 40th Anniversary, recognizing that we all care for God’s creation.

Many school children celebrate Earth Day by planting trees. So should we.

Something to think about “Too often we underestimate the power of touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” (Leo F. Buscaglia)

Weekly quote: Politeness is a small price to pay for the goodwill and affection of others. Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

Have a great week.

Organizations: Quilts Canada, Fenwick United Church, Sobeys

Geographic location: Brookdale, Amherst, Victoria Ottawa Canada Nova Scotia Winnipeg

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