I really dislike cold weather, not only body-wise but money-wise. In 2008 we paid $216 per month for our hydro and it has increased this past year to $368 and now Nova Scotia Power wants an increase.
Remember that old saying? “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” In this case, the poor get colder as well!
There has been another death in our family. Rod’s sister, Dorothy (Miller) Skinner passed away on Friday morning at the Lisaard House in Cambridge, Ont. It is a hospice house for palliative patients and she was able to die peacefully in a family setting. She leaves to mourn her two sons, Paul and Perry and their families, Rod (Jean) Miller, Brookdale; Joan (Miller) Trenholm, Sackville, N.B. and Mary (Miller) Carter, Brookdale and their families. She was predeceased by her parents, Cecil and Beatrice Miller, long-time residents of Brookdale, and three brothers, Lloyd, Donald (Bud) and Jim. She has been cremated and will be buried in Springhill in the spring.
Sympathy is also extended to Ginger Maston on the death of her sister Audrey, to Doris Davis on the death of her father and to Shelagh Rayworth on the loss of her mother. The longer one lives, the more deaths one has to deal with.
The Brookdale United Church and many other churches in Cumberland County have mitten trees in their sanctuaries.
The “angel” gifts should be coming back to Christmas for Kids next week and the last day for requests will be Friday, Dec. 10. The telephone number is 667-1949.
The McCully Pastoral Charge Council will meet on Thursday Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Nappan United Church. Members and adherents are welcome but do not have a vote.
The Brookdale and Nappan/Maccan ladies have been invited by the “Fenwick” ladies for their Christmas Party this year on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Fenwick church. All those attending are requested to bring gifts for the children at Christmas for Kids. I apologize for not getting it right before.
The Brookdale United Church Sewing Circle will hold its Christmas tea and sale on Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Brookdale Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This past Saturday, business was slow at Immanuel as there was so much going on. I missed the “Bethlehem Market” for the first time in years. We sincerely thank all those who came out in support.
Christmas for Kids - I had the pleasure of speaking today with the new manager Mark Morgan, at Zeller’s. As most of you know, Zeller’s has been our “flagship” store ever since we started Christmas for Kids (CFK) 17 years ago.
They have supported us by giving us a discount on our purchases for CFK. We started off with 15 per cent and a few years ago it was lowered to 10 per cent. After a discussion with Mr. Morgan, he agreed to give us 15 per cent this year and this also applies to those who pick up items for the CFK angel cards. We sincerely thank Mark for his “community spirit.”
The “angel” card and gift items are to be presented to the cashier at time of purchase for validation. There is an “angel tree” at Zeller’s, Pharmasave, Dairy Queen, CRHCC emergency entrance, Pugwash ScotiaBank and Co-op, the Oxford ScotiaBank and the CFK Centre.
I was happy to have a note from Jackie Thompson today. They are doing fine and enjoying their family. Marsha and John have been giving them the grand tour.
They have been to Bangor but Jackie said that Orono might be small but it has everything they need and so much easier to get around then Bangor.
She wanted me to give her regards to all and she does miss us but she is happy to be with her family.
Joan (Miller) Trenholm of Sackville, N.B. has a new great-grandson.
Levi Graham Pals, born Nov. 23 ( wt. 7 lbs. 10 oz.) at the Red Deer hospital in Alberta, son of Mark and Penny Pals and brother to Wesley who live near Rocky Mountain House in Alberta. Levi is the second grandson for Cecil and Rose McClelland of Cape Spear, N.B.
Something to think about: If you know you have lived well today and did your best then there is hope for tomorrow.
Weekly Quote: The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have and be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach.
Have a good week and wake up with a smile.