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St. Martins Anglican Cathedral
Will be holding a Jigg’s Dinner (take out) at the Rev’d James Reid Center.
Oct 24, 6-9 p.m. at Albatross Hotel
Spooktacular Night for Ladies Presented by Women’s Institute. Lots of prizes and fun. Tickets $6advance, $8 at the door. For tickets call 256-8577. Available at Accents or any W I member.
Oct 28, 2 p.m.
St. Joseph’s RCW
Afternoon tea and bake sale at the McCarthy Centre. For tickets call the parish office at 256-3151.
St. Martin’s ACW Fall Bazaar
St. Martin’s Hall at 2 p.m.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints
Regular Sunday meetings at 10a.m. at the Gander Senior Citizens Center. For more info call422-1437 or 683-7361
Did you know an intern is in your area to help you connect with disability related resources? Contact the ILRC (Independent Living Resource Centre) at 1-866-722-4031or email for more info: lisakeats@ilrcnl. ca website: www.ilrcnl.ca
Gander Women’s Institute
An invitation to join an enthusiastic group of ladies, learn new things, attend interesting talks and demonstrations, have lots of fun. We meet the first Monday of each month. For more info call 256-8577 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Shopping. Reading. Taking a stroll down the street. Things you do every day without a second thought. For Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who are blind or partially sighted, these things can be challenging. A helping hand can make a world of difference. Become a CNIB Vision Mate and experience the rewards of giving back. With only two hours a week, you can help someone in your community with these everyday tasks. Learn how at cnib.ca/volunteer or by calling your local CNIB office at 1-800563-2642.
YQX Quilters’ Guild meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the art gallery of the J.R. Smallwood Arts and Culture Centre. New members are always welcome.
The Hooking Matters meet the first and third Sundays, 1:30-4 pm, at the Arts & Culture Center. For info call 256-3578.
Learn Line 1-800-563-1111 can provide information on a variety of local programs and services: private volunteer tutors for adults; adult basic education; extra help for school-age child; learning English as a second language (ESL); family learning; GED (high school equivalency); preparation for post-secondary; workplace learning. For more information on the Learn Line, visit: http://www.literacynl.com
Gander Care and Share Group (709) 651-2001 Meeting times: Sunday 8 p.m., Tuesday 8 p.m., Friday 1:15 and 8 p.m. All meetings are closed except for the last Sunday of each month. This last Sunday is an open meeting meaning family and friends are welcome. Meetings are held at Fraser Road United Church (side entrance).
AL-ANON – Alateen
Did you know that there are meetings for families and friends affected by problem drinkers? If you wish to know about the meetings in your area, please call 1-888-4252666.
Gander Status of Women
The Gander Women’s Centre located on 61 Elizabeth Dr. is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop in or give us a call at 1-866-442-4445 or 256-4395. We are here to help women help themselves.
The Arthritis Society
Is Arthritis causing unwelcome changes in your lifestyle? Call the Arthritis Society for a free resource kit. Receive information on your type of arthritis, nutrition, the Top 10 exercises to relieve stiffness and pain, and much more. Call the St. John’s office at 579-8190 or tollfree 1-800-321-1433.
Parents ‘n’ Tots
Looking for fun and friendship? Come out to Fraser Road United Church Hall on Mondays, 10-11:30 a.m. A great time to meet other parents and make new friends.
Gander& Area MADD, MADD Canada (Mothers against Drunk Driving) is a national charitable organization with Chapters across the country. MADD volunteers include not only mothers but fathers, friends, concerned citizens and young people who want to make a difference in the fight against impaired driving. Get involved by emailing Gander & Area MADD at email@example.com
Broadening Horizons is a non-profit organization offering programs to adults with intellectual disabilities in Gander. Broadening Horizons offers programs that address life, work and social skills, educational training, recreation and leisure as well as providing the option of a group employment opportunity for its clients. For further information on programs offered and eligibility, please contact Jami-Lee Williams at 256-3526.
Family Resource Centre
Do you have a family member serving overseas with the military? Do you have questions or concerns? Maybe we could help. Please call Colleen Hiscock at the Gander Military Family Resource Centre for more information, at 1-800-5571702 or 256-1703 ext. 1202.
Seniors’ Resource Centre
If you are having problems finding answers, making contact, or simply need advice, please call the seniors’ information line at 1-800-563-6699. We are available.
Mental Health Association
Got a question about a mental health or mental illness issue? Call Tia at CMHA’s Mental Health Resource Centre at 489-3302 or 1-855-489-3302, or e-mail tmorris@ cmhanl.ca. Privacy assured.
Thinking about quitting smoking? Call our quit line for valuable individual advice about quitting and how to keep from starting again. It’s free, it’s helpful, and it will help you breathe a little easier. Call the Lung Association at 1-800-3635864.
Newfoundland & Labrador Sexual Health
Do you have questions about birth control, safer sex or anything to do with sexual health? You can call Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Health Centre for confidential and accurate information. Our province wide toll-free number is 1-877-NO-MYTHS (1-877-6669847). We won’t tell you what to do, but we will give you the facts.
Drunk driver alert
The Drunk Driver Alert Program encourages people to report known or suspected drunk drivers in time to avert needless injury or death. Anyone who suspects a driver may be impaired is asked to call the RCMP immediately at 256-6841, giving their location and a description of the suspect vehicle, including make, model, colour and license number, if possible, as well as the direction of travel and a description of the driver. The caller need not leave his or her name.
“How Ya Getting’ On?” (Flanker Press) is a collection of columns about stuff Snook wrote for the Newfoundland Herald in 2015/2016.
In 2016 the Herald celebrated its 70th birthday.
“Seventy?!” says Snook. “A verified, venerable institution!”
Toddling along a year behind the Herald, I have to agree with Snook. I remember when said publication was a tabloid called the Sunday Herald. It was delivered weekly to most of the homes in our cove, and I — as well as every other bay-boy in the cove — ripped it open to read “The Phantom” comic page.
Enough about the Herald. More about the stuff Snook has remarked about. Moustaches, for instance. Commenting on Movember fund raising, Snooks says he sported a moustache for 30 years, one that he sometimes shaved off on a dare but quickly — well, quickly as possible — grew again because, “I just looked too stunned.”
I’ve worn a moustache ever since I realized I’d never have chest hair like a real he-man. I had to do something to declare my manliness, eh b’ys?
I shaved it off only once. Daddy’s Boy — then a toddler — cried and my sister-in-law unkindly informed me that my top lip looked like a turkey’s arse — the turkey portion that when plucked is commonly referred to as the Pope’s nose.
Snook writes about quitting smoking, saying, “Figure I’m up over forty grand this past decade.”
Long before Snook’s first appearance on the cover of the Newfoundland Herald, me and Missus quite smoking because the cost of a pack of cigarettes reached 50 cents.
Fifty friggin’ cents!
We hove our cigarette money in a jam jar until we’d saved enough to buy a state-of-theart hi-fi — hi-fi! — featuring detachable stereo speakers.
Not forty grand, Snook, b’y, but significant coinage for the times.
Snook writes about smart phones, lamenting that when Dougie and Gert both got smart phones they immediately entered a state of “mutual mindless coupledom.”
I don’t altogether go along with that thinking. Sure, me and Missus have iPhones and sometimes when we’re sitting in our Archie and Edith chairs I text her — Hey, Missus. When she looks up from her phone, I wink and blow her a kiss.
How is that mindless coupledom?
In a column titled “Art of the Nap” Snook writes about a subject — an art, truly — at which I excel. About napping, Snook says, “A nap is never time wasted.”
Not all readers — Snook’s or mine — will agree. The thing about art though is that one’s relation to it is very personal. Think about Jackson Pollock and smears of paint on canvas.
Either it blows your hair back or not, eh b’ys?
In “Getting Up There” Snook writes about aging and certain undesirable physical changes that occur — the tendency among males, for instance, to become more hirsute: “… hair I didn’t ask for seems to be growing in as well, at the eyebrows, in the nose holes, and ears.”
Right on, Snook. Once handsomely arched eyebrows sprout like Andy Rooney’s and the hair on one’s forearms grows longer and drapes from elbow to wrist like the furry fringe on a septuagenarian ape — our distant kin after all.
Snook writes about flying. “I get the best sleep ever on a plane,” he says.
Not me. Despite my previously mentioned talent for napping, aboard a plane I don’t get a wink. Although often exhausted, I can’t nap. I’m not sure why. Perhaps I’m anticipating the eventual arrival of the snack trolley.
About sailing on the longgone William Carson when he was a boy, Snook says, “I was glued to the elevator, freaked out by the magic of entering a little room with buttons and sliding doors.”
As a bay-boy travelling to a foreign province, I sailed on the William Carson in January of the year Snook was born. There was nothing magical about my trip. Caught in a winter storm, the ferry rocked and wallowed and caused my guts to roil. Scurrying to the washroom, I arrived to floors awash with raw sewage spewed from the bowls of stogged toilets. No magic there, eh b’ys? Snook writes about lots of other stuff — earlobes and laundry, elections and premiers, litter and the Olympics. If you read all he’s written and if you relate to much of it, as Snook says, you might learn something about “how you’re knit, from what kind of wool.”
Thank you for reading.
- It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother and grandmother. Passed with peace and grace on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at the age of 89 years at Lakeside Seniors Home in Gander Newfoundland. Predeceased by her loving husband of 65 years, Frederick Francis Smeaton, sons Freddie and David, parents Stanley and Mary Elizabeth Mullett, brothers Frank, Chesley and Peter, sisters Emily, Alice and Hazil. Left with loving memories are sons: Randy (Yvonne), Don (Sharon), Harry, John, George, Rick (Rhonda), Phil, Bill (Rhonda), Stan (Rennie), Dennis (Brenda), and Rob (Kelly); Daughters: Cathy (Ed Slade), April (Mike Samson), Tammy (Leigh Puddester), and Elizabeth (Serge Dussault) with 26 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. Rested at Stacey’s Funeral Home, Gander. Funeral Mass was held Saturday 1:00 pm at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church. Interment All Saints Cemetery. Donation graciously accepted for the Alzheimer’s Society. Funeral arrangements entrusted through Stacey’s Funeral Home, Gander. To sign our online memorial guestbook please visit www. staceysfuneralhome.ca