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Linden - We have turned the page to the last month of 2008. Doesn't it amaze you at just how fast the year went? Perhaps it is just my imagination but it seems to have flown by. Many years ago I was told that the older you get, the faster the year goes. If this is the case, I must be getting older!

The Christmas season is upon us and the festivities have begun. The first one here in the community was held on Saturday with a luncheon for the older folk; and later a time for the younger generation. I will mention these two with special news later.

The first was last evening, when on the first Sunday of Advent, a packed church witnessed the joy of the season as they gathered at the Baptist Church in Oxford for the annual Festival of Choirs. This has always been a largely attended event and it is one thing with the churches that doesn't seem to shrink with the times. But no wonder, when it is an evening filled with the joy of music being sung by the local church choirs; the men's choir; and the lady barber shoppers.

One couldn't help but be put into the season of honouring the Christ Child as one choir after another got up, sang two pieces, and then moved on. While the choirs were changing places, the congregation got to sing carols of celebration. Five of the churches had prepared special numbers including Trinity United, All Souls' Anglican, Nazarene, St. James Presbyterian, and the Oxford/Little River Baptist. Also the King's Kids', the Oxford & area Men's Choir; and the Cobequid Fun Tones. The evening was brought to a close with the massed choirs singing the wondrous song "Beautiful Star of Bethlehem." One could hear some in the congregation joining in, especially with the chorus.

The only thing, which I have mentioned in other years, is why they don't ask each one present to bring along even one item of food for the food bank. I'm sure no one would mind, and it would be a small price to pay for such an evening.

Friends will be interested to know that former resident Wyman Wood moved today, Monday, taking up residence at White Birches on the Fox Ranch Road in Amherst. His new phone number is 667-1331. Wyman always welcomes his friends for a visit, or a phone call.

Congratulations go out to Mazel (Wood) and Harold Crossman, who celebrate their 50th anniversary on Dec. 4. Watch Live at Five that night and you will probably see their photo. A few weeks ago Mazel and Harold visited in Oxford with her sister, Audrey Wood, when Evelyn (Smith) and Wyman joined them for a little family celebration. All the best to this genial couple.

Burton and Louise Ripley, accompanied by their daughter Carol, and granddaughter Moira, enjoyed the dinner theatre at the Wandlyn one evening last week. This was a part of the fundraising for the Haitian trip that their son Rocky is a part of. Rocky, along with other Wesleyan church members are making a missionary trip to Haiti in the New Year. I understand the play will be held in Springhill a couple of nights also.

What did you think of 'Somebeachsomewhere' over the weekend? For those of you who haven't been following the story, Somebeachsomewhere is a race horse owned and trained by a group of people in Truro, and he has set so many records that he is in the running for horse of the year. It's good to hear about such a success from right here in little ol' Nova Scotia.

Roy and I enjoyed the company of my sister and brother-in-law, Joan and George Deveau, over the weekend. We went to the Santa Claus parade in Amherst; played some Skat; and Joan and I enjoyed the Christmas musical in Oxford on Sunday evening.

Speaking of the Santa Claus parade in Amherst, it was one successful event! The snowstorm of the week before didn't hamper the entrants or dim the spirits of the onlookers one bit, and so many colourful, musical, and enjoyable large floats were well appreciated by the large crowds.

Words of welcome go out to a new Oxford Journal correspondent, Cheryl Aubin, who will be writing the Pugwash River-Conn's Mills news. Don't forget to give her a call with your newsy items. It really will help her.

Special birthday greetings go out to Della Greeno of Lorneville who will be celebrating her 90th birthday this coming Sunday, Dec. 7 with an open house from two to four in the afternoon. Also celebrating this week are Wayne and Connie Moore with their 34th anniversary.

This coming Sunday in Advent is the time for Peace; not only in the world, but in our hearts and thoughts. Let us remember everyone who is out there trying to make this world a better place to live, and to strive for more calm in our own lives.

40th Anniversary for Linden Community Organization

The sounds of Christmas music and the gaily decorated tables greeted the guests as they arrived for the 40th anniversary Christmas luncheon prepared by members of the group. There were 19 founding members and guests seated to enjoy the luncheon of soup or chowder, strawberry or blueberry cheese cake, and big pieces of the anniversary cake.

The folk gathered had a good time socializing as they ate, and lots of pictures were taken, including one of the founding members present. Two door prizes were drawn for with the winners being Lloyd Burris and Darlene Hunter.

Founding members included Edie Wood, Ronnie and Doris Smith, Pauline Finley, Jim and Cheryl Dixon, Joan Black, and Elsie Burris.

The kitchen/service help included Anita Seaman, John Moore, and Patti Haylock; while young Nick Moore assisted in the serving.

Following the luncheon, and prior to the children's party, wagon ride were provided for all the young, and young at heart by Gary Trenholm of Northport. During the afternoon about 39 youngsters took part in games, food, and a visit from Santa Claus who treated each one with a small gift, courtesy of the Organization.

A great deal of appreciation goes out to the group who organized this event and made it possible by their work. Best wishes go out to them as they continue in keeping the former Upper Linden School an active place to be.



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