Christ­mas for Kids launches Nov. 21

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - COMMUNIT Y - Jean Miller

Greet­ings. We had our first snow­storm on Fri­day and the weather for Re­mem­brance Day was the best that it has been for many years.

I watched the Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice in Ot­tawa and a few other places on tele­vi­sion. I was lazy and en­joyed the com­forts of home.

Please Note: There is a black lab miss­ing from the Southamp­ton area. His name is Tucker and he is greatly missed so, if you find him or have seen him, please call 902-669-2369.

There will be a gen­eral meet­ing for board mem­bers and friends of the Brook­dale Hall on Tues­day, Nov. 18 at the Brook­dale Hall at 7 p.m.

The Brook­dale Com­mu­nity Sewing Cir­cle will meet at the Brook­dale Hall on Tues­day, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

There will be a hol­i­day craft and bake sale and a soup and chili lun­cheon on Satur­day, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the K of C Hall, 5 Ro­bie Street, Amherst. Ad­mis­sion will be a non-per­ish­able item for the food bank. The cost is $8 per per­son. The lun­cheon will con­sist of soup or chili, roll, tea or cof­fee and dessert. Over 30 ta­bles have been rented for a va­ri­ety of sale items. The ta­ble rentals and all other pro­ceeds will go to the Christ­mas for Kids An­gel pro­gram. We ap­pre­ci­ate your support. For more in­for­ma­tion, you may call Terri at 902-667-7541.

The Coats for Cum­ber­land cam­paign is now on the go. It will be held at the Amherst Cen­tre Mall on Fri­day, Nov. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christ­mas for Kids does not have funds to buy coats so this is an ex­cel­lent way to get coats for your chil­dren at no cost.

Christ­mas for Kids is now open for re­quests on Mon­day, Tues­day, Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The phone num­ber is 902-667-1949. If the line is busy, just keep on try­ing as we do have times when the phone is idle. We are at the mall and our door faces the park­ing lot be­tween Sobeys and Shop­pers Drug Mart.

We must re­ceive the re­quests first be­fore we do any­thing and they have to be ap­proved and then we have a process that we have to do to track the An­gel cards. When they are fin­ished we have to have enough avail­able for all our trees so it takes a week or so be­fore they go out to those who re­quested them as well as for our An­gel Trees. Please be pa­tient with us. Just re­mem­ber the last date for re­quests will be Fri­day, Dec. 5. On the week of Dec. 8-13 we will call all those who will be re­ceiv­ing gifts, to come and pick up their parcels. On Dec. 13 we will close up shop un­til next year.

On Satur­day, Dec. 6, the Brook­dale Cir­cle will be hold­ing its an­nual Christ­mas Brook­dale Tea and Craft Sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brook­dale Hall. They are sell­ing tick­ets on a beau­ti­ful quilt and Anne Hat­field is look­ing after this project.

Vic­to­ria’s Quilts will hold its monthly half- day meet­ing on Nov. 26. They have had sev­eral re­quests for their quilts. The next full day meet­ing will be on Dec. 10 at which time they will also host their Christ­mas ap­pre­ci­a­tion. There is a lot of ex­cite­ment here in Brook­dale from mem­bers of the Tae-KwonDo mem­bers in this area. They trav­elled to Regina, Sask. to the C.T.F.I Na­tional Ta-Kwan-Do Cham­pi­onships. Plac­ing Gold in Spar­ring was Pre-ju­nior Black Belt Dy­lan Corkum; Su­per Se­nior fe­male 3rd de­gree Black Belt, Terri McKil­lop won Gold in Pat­terns and Sil­ver in Spar­ring.

Lu­cas Bick­er­ton won a Bronze in Spar­ring; Gunter Lib­mann won Gold in Spar­ring and Bronze in Pat­terns; Chris McCarthy won Sil­ver in Pat­terns and Bronze in spar­ring; Bran­don Arse­nault won Sil­ver in pat­terns and Sil­ver in Spar­ring; Joey Lafre­nier won Bronze in Pat­terns and Gold in Spar­ring and, last but not least, Pa­trick and Jessica both won Bronze in Pat­terns and Gold in Spar­ring. Con­grat­u­la­tions to one and all and spe­cial thanks go out to Jim Ri­p­ley who is their in­struc­tor. (ED: If there are any er­rors in this just let me know.)

We con­grat­u­late Clare Christie on her book “My Dear Alice” about let­ters writ­ten dur­ing the war 1937-1950 to fam­ily in Great Bri­tain. On Wed­nes­day, Nov. 19, 3:30-5 p.m. a book launch will be held at the Cum­ber­land County Mu­seum. On Tues­day, Novem­ber 25th there will be a book sign­ing from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Nova Sco­tia High­landers’ Reg­i­men­tal Mu­seum at the ar­moury on Aca­dia Street. En­try is at the door fac­ing the curl­ing rink. On Satur­day, Nov. 29 from noon to 1:30 p.m. a book sign­ing will be held at Cole’s in the Amherst Cen­tre Mall.

Moth­ers Against Drunk Driv­ers (MADD) will be out and about Nov. 18 to Jan. 5, 2015. This is their 10th an­niver­sary and they will be hold­ing their Red Rib­bon Cam­paign to help us re­mem­ber “Don’t Drink - Don’t Drive.” Some peo­ple are still learn­ing this the hard way. Fines are be­com­ing higher as well as points.

Weekly Quote: “Friends are like quilts... lives pieced to­gether, stitched with smiles, col­ored with mem­o­ries and bound with love.”

Some­thing to think about: The 39th Pres­i­dent of the U.S.A., Jimmy Carter, once spoke th­ese wise words. “I have one life and one chance to make it count for some­thing. I’m free to choose what that some­thing is, and the some­thing I’ve cho­sen is my faith. My faith de­mands - this is not op­tional - that I do what­ever I can, wher­ever I am, when­ever I can, for as long as I can with what­ever I have to make a dif­fer­ence.” Th­ese words are sim­i­lar to my own motto.

School is in for the uyear so we should re­mem­ber to drive with cau­tion as chil­dren could be out and about. If you have any events, birthdays, trav­els, etc. to put in the pa­per, please call me at 902-667-8107 or email me at jeanam@eastlink.ca. Thank you.

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