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Local UCW to make cookies for Berwick Camp


Greetings to all.

It’s hard to believe we are into spring and not far from the first of May. This coming week is not going to be a week to enjoy, especially for the tourists.

Our grandson Chad and Lee Anne are down from Peterborough, Ont. for the week. They arrived on Friday evening and left on Saturday to visit his grandmother, Margaret Jeffery, and a couple of cousins who live in or near Summerside, P.E.I. They plan on returning on Wednesday night or Thursday. Lee Anne has not been to Nova Scotia before and they were hoping to see a bit of the Maritimes. The only half decent day this week looks like Friday. I would think that all the ash and pollution coming out of the volcano could affect the atmosphere and our weather.

Our son David and wife Joan arrived safe and sound and are now almost to Colborne, Ont. They called from Belleville, Ont., which is close to Colborne. The drive was good with the exception of an area under construction that caused some delay.

Love and best wishes go out to Mary Carter, who had to undergo back surgery last week in Cambellton, N.B. She is home now and has been in and had her staples out here in Amherst. Her daughter Brenda McGraw and granddaughter, Becky McGraw traveled with her.

Just a reminder for your information: Please watch the Canadian Tire as they are celebrating the Highland Fling Fair on Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2.There will be a couple of ladder golf games there from 3-8 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Anyone who plays will be entered into a draw for a great prize. Anyone who wins will be entered into another draw for another big prize. Face painting and the Shriner Clowns will be there from 1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday. The garden annex will be full of fantastic bargains and entry to the garden area will cost $2, which will go to the Highland Fling.

The United Church Women executive of Chignecto Presbyterial met on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church. Judy Jonah will be our chairperson and Jean Smith is our secretary. The UCWs are being asked to make cookies for Berwick Camp this year, as it is Chignecto Presbyterial and the Prince Edward Island UCW’s turn to look after the Cookie Cottage. The UCWs need to make about 550 dozen in total between the two Presbyterial with 275 dozen each. One stipulation is that they are not to have peanut butter or nuts, as there are children there with allergies. The last time we did it a child had a reaction and we found that one batch of chocolate chip cookies had nuts in them. That was a real scare. They serve tea, coffee and juice and cookies for about 10 days and the Cookie Cottage is open from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m., except during worship services and Bible Study.

With this kind of weather, the urge to do the spring cleaning is there but the ambition is missing. With David and Joan here I was pleased to have a fair amount done. We have a Beam Vac and I find it difficult to operate so David took me shopping and I invested in a Dyson lightweight rechargeable stick vac. It is the greatest thing for people like me who have chronic arthritis and it does a fantastic job.

We planned to install a shower in our cottage while David had his tools here but there is still too much snow around the cottage, so that has to be delayed.

Nappan United Church is holding its spring sale as a fundraiser for the church on Saturday, May 9 at the church. We all need a great day.

A special thank you to Ruth Ripley, who so kindly dropped off Canadian Tire money for the Highland Fling at my place. It makes a difference when people all chip in to help, as there are so many ways. Nothing goes to waste around here.

Showcase Productions Society dues are now due. I thank Sandra McInnis for her reminder by email as most time I forget to do it. Fees are $10 per person or $25 per family. The address is: Showcase Productions Society, 149 East Victoria Street, Amherst, NS B4H 1Y2.

Weekly Quote: “I am fortunate to have many friends, but I never stopped making new ones. Look for the best in them – everyone has something beautiful inside.”

Something to think about: Our prayers go out to all those who have suffered this weekend from the earthquake in Nepal and area. We are so fortunate here in Canada even though some folk live with hard times. If we have a roof over our head, a bed to sleep in, food to eat and some kind of a job, we should be thankful, especially if we have and if we know where all our family is. We that have so much must do whatever we can. I for one would not want to live in those circumstances. I thank God every day that I am still able to do what I can, even at my age and for my beloved family and friends. Do you?

If you have any events, birthdays, travels, etc. to put in the paper, please call me at 902-667-8107 or email me at

Thank you. Enjoy your week.


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