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Evening of song to benefit food bank

Greetings from Brookdale. We have had some nice sunny weather perfect for golfing with only one day of rain.

Our son Chris lives in Oakville, Ont. and he missed all the rain there and arrived back just in time for some really nice weather.

I dislike this cold weather and adjusting to it gets harder every year. I’ve had a sore throat and a cold ever since the temperature dropped in September. Not a positive start to fall.

The Amherst Wesleyan Church, 50 Cornwall St., is holding an “Evening of Song and Praise” on Oct. 17 for the local food bank. You are asked to donate a non-perishable food item. Several choirs from the area will be performing. A special offering will be received as well as a time of fellowship following the service.

Congratulations and best wishes go out to Thornton and Iona Dowe, who are celebrating their 58th wedding anniversary on Oct. 17. We have 59 on the same day. October seems to have been a popular month. Thornton also celebrated his 91st birthday on Sept. 24.

Congratulations to Colleen (Fraser) and David Wile, who celebrated their 21st anniversary on Oct. 12.

I hope everyone was able to have a Thanksgiving dinner. We were invited to the Conklin’s. Marilyn was able to come home from the hospital so she could spend some family time with all her children. Son Aaron and his wife Terri and daughters Laura and Matt and Katelyn and Joel, son Stephen and his fiancee, Frances, all from the New Glasgow area, and daughter Tracy, husband Jim and their daughter Taylor from Hanwell, N.B. They were all there for the weekend.

Steve and Frances will spend a few more days and Tracy will stay for two weeks so Marilyn can have some time at home. Marilyn and Allan will celebrate their 49th anniversary on Oct. 14. Our love and prayers go out to this family.

I had a note from Muriel Allen’s daughter, Bev Milbury, telling me that Muriel passed away on Sept. 9, just four days after her 98th birthday that was celebrated with a barbecue that she greatly enjoyed. She passed very peacefully. She was always a joy to talk to and will be long remembered.

My brother Don, in Hamilton, Ont., is a smoker and is just finishing treatment for lung cancer and Rod’s sister Dorothy, Cambridge, Ont., also has just been diagnosed with lung and brain cancer but will not be taking chemo. She is also a smoker. I came across this info the other day and thought I would share it with my readers. It is estimated that tobacco use causes a minimum of 37,000 deaths per year in Canada. The side effects and the diseases caused by smoking are never ending. The cost to the health-care system is massive. When they talk about the government health-care system paying for or should be paying for different health care problems, we must remember, that it is our tax dollars that the government uses to pay for all this, even their salaries.

Something to think about: Depending on luck for success is like fishing without bait.

Weekly quote: The test of your progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.

Have a good week.

Organizations: Amherst Wesleyan Church

Geographic location: Brookdale, Oakville, New Glasgow Hanwell Hamilton Cambridge Canada

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