Com­mu­nity cal­en­dar

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Pre­lim­i­nary no­tices

To add a list­ing to The Bea­con cal­en­dar of events, please email sheila. pad­dock@gan­der­bea­

Oct 24

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.

Nov. 18

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

In­de­pen­dent liv­ing

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:­r­

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 gan­


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 at­un­teer 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.

Rug hook­ing

The Hook­ing Mat­ters meet the first and third Sun­days, 1:30-4 pm, at the Arts & Cul­ture Cen­ter. For info call 256-3578.

Lit­er­acy NL

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.lit­er­a­

Al­co­holics Anony­mous

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 mad­dgan­

Broad­en­ing Hori­zons

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@ Pri­vacy as­sured.

Lung As­so­ci­a­tion

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. staceysfu­ner­al­

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