County crew carries out work at Chapmans Pond

Jean Miller
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Brookdale - Greetings from Brookdale.

We have had some spring weather with lots of sun but the temperature has remained around 10 in the daytime and much cooler in the evening. Some parts of the country are having summer-like weather and the golf courses are open. I understand that the Amherst course is open if you are up to walking the course, as carts are not allowed yet.

The county workers have drained Chapmans Pond again. It looks as if some kind of drain has been installed.

We are sorry to report that our councillor for this area, John Kellegrew, had the misfortune to break his foot.

I sincerely thank John for putting my name forth for the Cumberland County Volunteer of the Year Award. I was selected to represent Cumberland County at the 34th provincial awards ceremony held in Halifax. Congratulations to Lois Wightman as the volunteer of the year for Amherst and to Mildred (Donkin) McKim for Old Barns. Mildred is originally from Fenwick. It was a nice surprise to see them both and spend some time with them as we all sat at the same table. We had a good journey down but it rained all the way back, the same as our trip to Windsor. We were presented with a framed certificate by her Honour, the Honourable Mayann E. Francis, O.N.S, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Premier Rodney MacDonald. I enjoyed seeing Linda Atkinson, the president of Recreation Nova Scotia. When I was the education officer for NSAHA a few years ago, Linda was one of our speakers and she helped me with contacting other speakers. It was a great experience and a true honour and one that I wish all active volunteers had the opportunity of receiving.

The Highland Fling will be held at the curling club on May 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Buttons are available from most members and at the gift shop at the hospital. They will be on sale at the door and thanks to our various sponsors, we have lots of great prizes that include a quilt, barbecue, brown swivel club chair, cordless drill and driver kit, blood pressure kit, jewellery, cleaning service and several gift certificates, eighteen prizes in all. The girl guides are back and the hospice palliative care will have a booth, plus many of our regulars.

The CHC Auxiliary will be celebrating 25 years of the Highland Fling with an appreciation tea on Wednesday, May 7 in the cafeteria at the hospital. Invitations have gone out to all those who helped to start the Highland Fling in 1983 and all those who have made monetary donations, the organizations who still have booths and all those who have donate prizes for the button draw. Several have been with the Highland Fling since its inception. If you are one of these folk and have not received an invitation, please call me, as all I have to go by are the former financial statements.

The United Church Women of Maritime Conference had 68 representatives with five from Amherst (four from Trinity-St. Stephens UCW and one from Immanuel UCW.) The UCW National President, Sandra Dunning, was there from British Columbia. There were six interesting workshops. I attended mission and outreach then world peace. Both were excellent. Jean and I decided to come back for the service at Trinity-St.Stephens United Church, where the moderator, the Rev. Dr. David Giuliano, was the keynote speaker. It seemed like Old Home Week. David has had a battle with cancer and is just starting to do a few moderator duties, health permitting. We were happy to have made the trip back in time for the service.

On Monday, May 5, the Cumberland Pastoral Charge will hold a session meeting starting with supper at 5 p.m. and following this meeting at 7 p.m. will be the official board meeting. Trinity, River Hebert, will host both meetings.

The Cumberland County Hospice Palliative Care Society will have a booth at the Highland Fling this year. Aleita Rawdings is donating a large afghan for a raffle. She is one of our top afghan producers. Stop by the booth and see what we are all about, also remember Daisy Day on May 1.

Something to think about1. Do what you love and believe in, and success will come naturally.

2. Did you know that over 377,000 Canadians volunteer and 11 per cent of these Canadians accounted for 77 per cent of the volunteer hours.

3. Nova Scotia is the third leading province in the number of hours contributed (195 hours); B.C. has 199 hours and Yukon 196 hours.

4. Nova Scotians give over 47 million volunteer hours.

5. There are currently 5,820 organizations in Nova Scotia.

Time to close, so have a good week.

Organizations: Recreation Nova Scotia, Trinity-St.Stephens United Church, Cumberland County Hospice Palliative Care Society

Geographic location: Brookdale, Nova Scotia, Cumberland County Halifax Fenwick Windsor Maritime British Columbia River Hebert

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