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Life-long Brookdale resident lost

Well, how did everyone enjoy April Fool's Day? Thanks to a bright sunny day almost all our new snow is gone, let's hope for good.

For the past two weeks we have had dozens of robins in our back yard. They seem to be having a good feed. The pheasants have been out and about as well. No deer as yet in our back yard.

Sympathy is extended to the family of the late Russell Shipley of Brookdale, to his wife Bernice and four daughters and their families. The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon at the Brookdale United Church with reception following. Russell was a life-long resident of Brookdale. He could be one of its oldest residents.

A Covenanting Service will be held on Sunday, April 10, 7 p.m. at St. Andrew's Wesley United Church in Springhill for the Rev. Wayne McCarther. Everyone is welcome.

The Lower Coverdale United Church will become a non-profit children's centre. They are in the process of making the church over to meet all the requirements for a centre.

On Thursday, March 31 at 10 a.m. at Trinity-St. Stephen's United Church, Amherst, Bill and Karen Butt were there for a visit. Bill has a Ph. D in Cross-Cultural Studies and he and Karen, a teacher, have spent the last 10 years in Mozambique with the Christian Council of Mozambique. This is part of the Global Mission of the United Church. A free-will offering was taken to support the projects that Karen and Bill are involved in. About 40 folk were out to listen to this interesting couple and hear about their work and dedication in helping young people, doing special community projects and many other special projects. Following the meeting 14 of us went over to Bella's for lunch. Bill and Karen were off to Sackville, N.B. for a pot luck supper and an evening get together and then to P.E.I. to meetings there. They are doing a lot of touring in the Maritimes.

I was pleased to sit at the table with our River Hebert friends, Pam Harrison, Thelma Gard, Alice Sanderson and Irene Richards and a lady from the Wesleyan Church called Mary for great company and delicious coffee.

The golfers are itching for good weather. Some Ontario golf courses are already open. I read something this week that I found interesting so will share it with you. There are 350,000 golf members, male and female plus 1,500 golf clubs across Canada. The new president of the Royal Canadian Golf Association and in turn Gold Canada is a woman, Karen Rackel, and, believe it or not, she is the first woman president. I would say it's about time. With the right education, women can do anything.

I see the food bank is in need of cereal and other foods. I imagine that they can use donations as well. Your support is appreciated.

A planning meeting for the Chignecto Presbyterial executive committee will meet at Judy Jonah's. Susan Cole, Jean Smith and Judy Jonah are in charge of getting things up and running. Jean Miller and Mary Dunlop will cover Areas 4 and 5 as area vice-presidents. With some church closures the six areas will need to be re-aligned. We really need to know the wishes of the local UCW's and what they would like to see the UCW doing. In 2012 the UCW will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. The National UCW will hold its celebration in Hamilton, Ont. It would be great to go to this as I lived in Ontario for 35 years.

Immanuel United Church will be holding its chowder luncheon this Wednesday, April 13.

The Immanuel UCW met at the home of president Lillian Wessell on Monday evening with seven members present. Business was dealt with. Joyce Hollis, secretary, read the minutes and May Dunlop, treasurer gave the finance report. A notation of $100 was made to the Highland Fling. Joyce Hollis was on lunch and Evelyn Hollis on devotions.

Trinity-St.Stephen's United Church will hold its pancake supper on Saturday, April 16 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Weekly Quote: You can't do anything about your ancestors, but you can do something about your descendants or hope to anyway.

Something to think about: Only a politician would sell you a ticket for $100 to a dinner and then give you a speech on how he intends to stop inflation.

Have a good week.

Organizations: Lower Coverdale United Church, Covenanting Service, Christian Council Global Mission Wesleyan Church Royal Canadian Golf Association National UCW

Geographic location: Brookdale, Mozambique, Springhill Ontario Cross-Cultural Studies Sackville P.E.I. River Hebert Canada Hamilton

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