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Terrasonga concert supports Atlantic Wildlife

Greetings from Brookdale.
Our weather is still cool and we seem to have rain often. It will be summer on June 20 and we are still less than 20 degrees. We are lucky if the sun shines, and that is why I was truly surprised to hear about the forest fires around Porters Lake and Tantallon. The disasters all around the world are just phenomenal. It's very seldom that they happen so close to home. Today with all the technology that is available, the "world" is just "next door."
The lilacs are at their peak and they are loaded this year. Like the ones down the road in front of Lois and Laurie Shipley's, as well as many other places, they are a great welcome to summer. I haven't had any luck growing lilacs on our property. We planted four flowering crab trees and we are now down to two. I haven't given up yet.
The congregation of the Immanuel United Church will celebrate their 89th anniversary service on Sunday evening, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Bill Drysdale, a former resident of Brookdale and previously a lay speaker in our pastoral charge. He is now a lay minister in training at the Bayfield, Little Shemoque Pastoral Charge. Special music will be shared by a group called "Roses and Thorns."
There will be a premier fundraising concert on June 20, Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Cumberland North Academy. Terrasonga is an ecological choir of children singing about the Earth. The children are from ages five to 11. They tell the Earth's story through dramatic stories and music. The concerts are used to raise funds for ecological causes that the children have researched and chosen. The Atlantic Wildlife Institute is a registered charity that promotes learning and awareness about the direct links between environmental health and human wellness. For more information, check out the website at Christine MacLeod is the director and the choir members enjoy weekly music lessons, field trips, Earth music workshops and family retreats. Free will donations will be accepted at the concert. For more information call Christine MacLeod at 667-0652. It is open to the public.
The Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary held their last meeting for the summer on Thursday, June 12 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. There were 37 members in attendance. Donations are still being received for the Highland Fling and we have a raffle for a "One night stay in the Bridal Suite, Breakfast for Two and a Gift Basket" donated by the Amherst Wandlyn Inn. I have tickets as well as a few of the members and they are also available at the Gift Shop. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5.
The Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary moved at this meeting that we buy equipment for the operating room for use in cataract surgery. There are four components called OZIL hand pieces and a software that is required to run it. Estimated cost is about $37,500.
Our sincere sympathy goes out to Eric and Jenny Doncaster and other members of the family on the passing of his brother Wayne. The Doncaster family lived for a number of years where the Clevelands now live.
On the happy side, we send out congratulations to Ruby and Raymond Brown as they celebrate 60 years of marriage and to Shelia and Harris Pipes on their 50th. Ruby's mother was a friend of my parents and she nursed my mother during her pregnancy for the twins. She was a very kind and lovely lady.
Services for June on the Cumberland Pastoral Charge will be held at Immanuel at 9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. at Brookdale. Trinity United in River Hebert will hold services at 9 a.m. and Joggins United will worship at 11 a.m.
Please note time changes for July and August. Immanuel will be open every Sunday at 11 a.m., Brookdale will be closed and folk are invited to worship with Immanuel, if they wish.
Three of us were down to the Little River Church on Sunday evening for the "hymn sing" and a dedication for the new furnace. That church is over 160 years old and is in excellent shape. They had a delicious lunch after, and like most churches, the food was great and lots of it. It was nice to visit with some folk we hadn't seen for awhile.
Something to think about:
I was reading an old copy of the 1969 paper and the police listed driving infractions, name and address of the speeder as well as the amount of the fine. There were about eight or 10. I wonder what the total would be today if this was done today.
There was also an ad from Goodwin's Store. They had chickens on for 39 cents a pound and coffee was 79 cents a pound. Sugar was $8.99 for a 100-pound bag and butter was 2 lbs. for $ 1.37. Bread was five loaves for $1 and this week Pharmasave had white bread on for three loaves for $5. We have had a lot of changes in 40 years.
Time to close so have a good week.

Organizations: Immanuel United Church, Bayfield, Cumberland North Academy Atlantic Wildlife Institute Amherst Wandlyn Inn Gift Shop Raymond Brown Little River Church

Geographic location: Brookdale, Porters Lake, Tantallon River Hebert Goodwin

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