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Jean Miller
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Calendar fills with craft sales, teas

Brookdale - Greetings from Brookdale. We have had some cold winds but, according to the weatherman, we are due for a break. The golfer is ready and waiting.

The three regular flu clinics are now past but there will be one at the Amherst Centre Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8.

There has been more sadness in Brookdale. Lillian Fage passed away on Monday after a long struggle with health problems. She was a member of the Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary. She was a quilter and several years ago she and Jessie Coates helped me to quilt a couple of quilt tops that were given to us by another Highland Fling supporter. Lillian will be missed by her friends as well as by her family. This is the second death in the Fage family in the past few months. Sincere sympathy is extended to the family.

This weekend there will be lots of craft shows to take in. On Saturday morning, Nov. 8, there is the All Saints Hospital Auxiliary Breakfast at the Lamp Cabin in Springhill starting at 8:30 until 11 a.m.

From there you can go to the Amherst Lioness Fall Craft Sale at the Lions Club starting at 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. There is always a good variety there and admission is in support of the food bank with non-perishable food items. Its a good way to support the food bank as well.

The girl guides are holding their Annual Christmas Bazaar on Nov. 8 at Trinity-St. Stephens United Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Holy Family CWL will host their Christmas Tea and Sale in the church hall on 63 Church Street on Saturday as well from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. They always have a great Lunch for $4. Tickets are available at the door.

If its a nice day and you feel like a drive, there is also a tea and craft sale sponsored by the St. Pauls CWL in River Hebert from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Amherst Masonic Society will host a roast beef supper from 4 to 6 p.m. at their hall on Lawrence Street from 4 to 6 p.m. at a cost of $10.

If you still have the time and energy, there will be a fine art sale at Tantramar Theatre from 6 to 9 pm. And if you like live jazz music, you can enjoy that as well.

Also on Saturday, there will be a benefit dance for Gail (Fury) Coates at the Amherst Lions Club starting at 9 p.m. Entertainment is by the Steve Butler Show. There will be Prizes, a 50/50 draw and silent and live auctions.

I had a call not long ago from a lady looking for some funding. She has cancer and has to travel to Halifax for her chemo and radiation and was wondering if there was funding available for this. At one time Rose Weatherbee was involved in making arrangements for assisting cancer patients with travelling for doctor appointments and travel. It appears now that this is not happening and that seems a shame as it causes these folks a lot of hardship financially especially when they are seniors. It is tougher for those under 65, especially if he or she is the main income supplier. One would think that with all the hundred of thousands of dollars raised for cancer in Cumberland County that there would be help for cancer patients. Drugs and travelling can be a real concern. The Government Drug Plan is definitely not free especially if you do not receive the GIS.

The Law Course that the Tantramar Senior College is giving under the leadership of Morris Haugg is something that should not be missed. It would be beneficial to all those who are wanting to settle everything before they leave this world. There might be still some family fuss but at least you can do what you want with your home, cottage, money or whatever. There is a lot of information available; the only problem is retaining what you need to know and what is beneficial. One is never too old to learn and I speak from experience. The expression about dogs being to old to learn new tricks could be true but we are not dogs. We can never use all the brain cells that we have available. I try to learn something new everyday.

I was talking to a special lady at the flu clinic and she was disappointed that the town council was still all males. Maybe next time there wont be so many running and the vote percentage will make a difference. There is always hope.

Laughter is great medicine. When we were kids we could laugh 300 to 400 times a day. Now it is reported that adults average about 12 times a day. In our family we do a lot of laughing even in sad times. Remember that laughter is good for the heart as well as the soul.

Have a good week.

Organizations: Tantramar Senior College, Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary, All Saints Hospital Auxiliary Breakfast Stephens United Church Holy Family CWL Amherst Masonic Society Tantramar Theatre Amherst Lions Club

Geographic location: Brookdale, Springhill, Church Street River Hebert Lawrence Street Halifax Cumberland County

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