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Not used to these “open winters”

['Williamsdale News with Margaret Reid']
['Williamsdale News with Margaret Reid']

Williamsdale News with Margaret Reid

Good morning everyone, and I hope you are enjoying this “open winter,” or at least that is what the old timers used to call it, when we didn’t have very much snow.

Since I’ve got up in my senior years, I don’t like to see the snow at all.

This has been a very sad time for the family and many friends of the Late Alice Reid. Her funeral was held on Saturday at MacDiarmid’s Funeral Home in Oxford.

The service was conducted by Rev. Chris Greer, and Chris brought a comforting message to family and friends. Special music was by the group known as Silver Rose. This group is made up of Carol Embree, Wanda Lloy and Wendy Reid.

James Reid, Wayne Reid and Brent Reid were pallbearers. They are all nephews of the deceased.

After the service a time of fellowship with refreshments was held at the funeral home. Alice and her husband, the Late Percy Reid used to visit with us a lot when we were young, and every year for many years, they visited with us on the last day of December and when midnight would come we would celebrate the New Year by toasting each other with egg nog or apple juice. It seems that we are losing more and more of our old friends as time goes on.

The first meeting of the year for the United Baptist Ladies Auxiliary, was held at the home of Elizabeth and John Stewart in Oxford on Monday, Jan. 22. There was lots of new business to discuss and it was decided to keep the remaining slate of officers for another year.

Plans were made for an upcoming service, which will be held at Easter. We closed our meeting with the benediction and then a delicious lunch was served.

I had a chat recently with our neighbours, Charles and Lois Ripley. They are both keeping quite well, but they was saying that they surely miss their neighbour, the late Gordon Stevens. Gordon was a person who visited with all of his neighbours, and he is sadly missed by Family and friends alike.

On Friday evening, there was a games night held at the Millvale Community Hall. They were very pleased to have 36 folks, attend.

There were various different games, and lots of competition, A delicious lunch was served at the close of the evening. It is hoped that we can get the community interested in having more of these evenings.

Visitors with Wendell and Margaret Reid on Saturday for lunch were Jim and Norma Reid of Bridgewater. Supper visitors at the same home were Brent and Charlene Reid of Hantsport and Ellen Gouchie of Amherst. We had a good visit with them all and they all enjoyed a meal with us.

The annual business meeting for the Millvale United Baptist Church was held at the home of Alvord and Linda Stewart on Wednesday evening, with 10 folks in attendance.

The meeting was chaired by our pastor, Rev. James Smith. The minutes of the last meeting were read by church clerk, Linda Stewart.

Treasurer, Alvord Stewart, gave the financial report, which showed that we have had quite a successful year.

After the meeting closed everyone was invited to stay for a delicious lunch.

Supper visitors on Sunday with Mervyn and Mary Esther Smith, and Blaine Smith of Millvale, were Jeanne Knol.,and children, Quinn, Makenna, Holly and Griffin of Oxford, Greg and Margo Patriquin, Logan and Lexie, and Kya Milton of Collingwood.

Well I guess that is all the news from our small community for this week!

Quote: Just as tears cleanse grief, so does laughter cleanse anger.

Margaret Reid writes a column for the Williamsdale-Collingwood area. She can be reached at 902-686-3259.

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