Per­fect time for fam­ily to­geth­er­ness

The Amherst News - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY - Margaret Reid writes for the Wil­liams­dale area.

The new year is upon us, but I’m still think­ing about the hol­i­days.

It was cer­tainly nice to have fam­ily home for Christ­mas. At our age, we are not in­ter­ested in gifts, but it’s the vis­its from fam­ily and friends that we en­joy so much. All our fam­ily were home with us for sup­per ex­cept Jim and his wife Norma, of Bridge­wa­ter, and Derek and his wife Brenda, from Ot­tawa.

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Well, this is the sea­son for mag­i­cal deeds to hap­pen. I an­swered a knock on the door a few days be­fore Christ­mas and there was one of our neigh­bours (Santa’s helper) com­plete with a Santa Claus hat, a big smile and a bas­ket of de­li­cious homemade brown bread, sev­eral pack­ages of homemade cook­ies and a cherry cake, a big smile and a hug for me. How much bet­ter does it get than that? Her kind­ness is surely ap­pre­ci­ated.

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Wen­dell and Margaret Reid ac­com­pa­nied Wendy Reid to the Westch­ester Bap­tist Church on Christ­mas Eve, where they at­tended the spe­cial Christ­mas Eve ser­vice. There were a num­ber of spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tions in­clud­ing a solo by the pas­tor’s wife, Mau­reen Smith.

There were also a num­ber of other spe­cial se­lec­tions that I won’t name, for fear of leav­ing some­one out. Suf­fice to say many tal­ented folks took part in the pro­gram.

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Mervyn and Mary Es­ther Smith and Blaine Smith were very happy to have their fam­ily home with them for din­ner on Christ­mas Day. They set up three ta­bles to ac­com­mo­date ev­ery­one. Their sup­per guests in­cluded Blake and Mon­ica Smith and their daugh­ter Erica Smith, of Colling­wood, Greg and Margo Pa­triquin of Colling­wood and their chil­dren Lo­gan and Lexie.

Also present was their daugh­ter, Kya Mil­ton, who is at­tend­ing uni­ver­sity, Jerry Smith and Cassie Robin­son and their son Levi, Jeanne Knol and chil­dren Quinn, Makenna, Holly and Grif­fin Knol, of Ox­ford.

They also en­joyed watch­ing the fire­works that were set off at Alvord and Linda Ste­wart’s home.

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Alvord and Linda Ste­wart are very pleased to have all their fam­ily home with them in Mil­l­vale for a Merry Christ­mas to­gether.

Visit­ing with Linda and Alvord was their son, Steve, his wife Shelly and grandaugh­ter Riane, from Gorham, Maine, and also their son Greg, his wife Stephanie and grand­daugh­ters Pay­ton and Lo­gan from Cant­ley, Que.

Wendy cooked a de­li­cious turkey din­ner on Christ­mas and many fam­ily mem­bers were here. Those who were sup­per guests were Brent and Char­lene Reid and their son Jor­don of Hantsport, Wayne and Karma Reid of Pugwash, and their son Blaine Reid. Blaine is in the Armed Forces, but he was for­tu­nate enough to have some home to cel­e­brate Christ­mas.

Well, folks, that is all our news for this week.

Quote: “One dis­ad­van­tage of hav­ing noth­ing to do, is that you can’t stop to rest!”

Margaret Reid


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