Auxiliary planning Valentine party for Feb. 13

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Brookdale Notes with Jean Miller

Greetings from Brookdale.

We had a few nice days and a few really mixed days but a few not-so-cold days. On Saturday and Sunday we had a lot of howling wind and blowing snow. We need to be prepared for anything.

The Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary will meet Feb. 13 in the cafeteria for its annual Valentine party. An invitation will be extended to Dr. Faryniuk as special guest. She is one of our new doctors. Many of the members are looking forward to meeting her.

Our love and prayers go out to Michelle (Gould) LeBlanc, who is now dealing with cancer. I understand the dance and silent auction on Saturday, Jan. 25 was a great success. I imagine Donna and Tamara will have all the info out regarding who won and so on. I gather that items can be picked up at Bud’s and Blossoms. A sincere thank you goes out to all who participated in the music and thanks to those who donated items as well.

I sincerely thank president Phillip Baxter’s invitation to their dinner meeting last week, giving me the opportunity to be their guest speaker. They were interested in knowing how the Christmas for Kids Program functions. With 20 years behind me now, there isn’t much I don’t know. It’s a great program and I hope and pray it will continue until it is not needed.

Elizabeth (Betty) Moore has moved to White Birches and is looking forward to this change. Her daughter, Faye Porter, and husband, Ken Fowlie, from Cardinal, Ont., are visiting and helping her to make the move. Just imagine not washing dishes anymore and not doing housework. This should happen to all those 80 and over as most have worked hard all their lives. We wish Betty well and hope she will enjoy her stay at White Birches, as there are many folk there that she already knows.

We have lost another well-known and respected member of this community, Crawford Kinnear. His funeral was held on Saturday at Campbell’s Funeral Home. The service was conducted by the Rev. Lloyd Bruce, McCully Pastoral Charge. Two pieces of Crawford’s favorite music were played; “Grampa Tell Me About The Good Old Days” and “Go Rest High on that Mountain.” There were many family and friends there in support of Shirley (McFadden) and the family. There were 32 members in Crawford’s immediate family. Crawford and Shirley were married 59 years and raised five children. Joan (Bob) MacDonald, Amherst; Tim (Valerie), Amherst; Kathy (David) Linkletter, Elmsdale; Robert (Diane), Amherst and Mark (Heather), Brookdale, seven grandchildren, three step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Also his sister, Sadie (Roy) Dupuis, Amherst; as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family. Crawford was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Margaret (Barbour) Kinnear and three brothers; Robert, William and Joseph and a sister, Elsie Harrison.

Following Crawford’s retirement he raised peacocks, turkeys and guinea hens, to name only a few. He liked to work outdoors and built a gazebo which he greatly enjoyed and also put a large garden in for many years. He had a good sense of humor that we all enjoyed. He will be greatly missed. Our sympathy and prayers go out to Shirley and her family.

It is subscription time for the United Church Observer. The cost is still only $20 for the year. If we could get another 10 subscriptions, we could get the magazine half price. I only have a few but they are spread out all over. If anyone wishes to have their name put on the list, please call me at 667-8107 or email me at This is a great magazine for $20. The Rev. Lloyd Bruce has an article in the January issue that is a great read about the story of a cross concerning one of the inmates at the Springhill prison where Lloyd is the chaplain.

Something else that I learned is that the United Church Crest is copyrighted, and so, for it to be used on a flag, permission has to be given. Cynthia Gunn is legal counsel for the United Church of Canada and one would have to apply to her for special use of the crest. The same applies to manufacturers. Tattoos are not allowed.

Weekly Quote:

If you keep an open mind, there’s a chance something valuable will drop into it.

Something to think about:

Let go of the old, reach out for the new,

For the past is cold and the future is due,

Each year holds memories, some happy, some sad,

We must treasure the good, let go of the bad;

Make the most of each day, at work and at play,

For the old year is history, the future – a mystery!

School is now in session, so drive with caution. If you have any events, birthdays, travels, etc. to put in the paper, please call me at 667-8107 or email me at Thank you.

Organizations: Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary, United Church Observer, United Church Crest United Church of Canada

Geographic location: Brookdale, Amherst, White Birches Elmsdale

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