When the air is crisp, the leaves have fallen, and geese gather themselves for their yearly trip south, thoughts turn toward upcoming special days: Halloween, Remembrance Day, and then Christmas! Christmas is a widely celebrated event where family and community traditions blend in harmony. School concerts, special dinners, holiday parties, music events, charity donations, and travel plans loom over many of us by mid-November, and before we know it we are knee deep in coloured lights, festive ribbon, and list upon list of things to do, places to go, and stuff to buy.
With summer in the air, children’s interests have shifted to endless discussions of what the season has to offer. They question its differences, observe its changes, and view all it has to offer through a lens of wonder and curiosity.
During a spring walk, children noticed a ragged scarecrow, flagging gently in a garden from the previous year. “What’s that?” a toddler asks, as she points. A preschool child answers “that’s a straw man, he’s not real; he keeps the garden safe from big hungry birds.”
By Betty Weston
Some of you may already know that I grew up on Grindstone Island, right here in the Bay of Fundy, and this is a true story.
At the tender age of eight years old, I make a heartfelt decision to run away from home. This is in spite of the fact that I am experiencing a childhood under the watchful eyes of two loving parents who are providing 99.9% of all my wants and needs and I have my own small island on which I enjoy endless days of fun and play -- days composed of long summer afternoons spent swimming, rowing my boat until the tide goes out, rock climbing and exploring adventures with minimal amounts of chore time and physical work.
Article and Photo by: Karen Lindsay
East Coast Kids Child Care and Learning Centre is a buzz with activity as they celebrate their 4th anniversary. For many families, their dream of having a licensed, quality early learning and child care service for children in their rural community is now very much a cherished reality.
A day in the life of children and Early Childhood Educators
With Spring in the air, children’s interests have shifted to endless discussions of what the fresh season has to offer. They question its differences, observe its changes, and view all it has to offer through a lens of wonder and curiosity.
By: James Wilson
Earlier this month people living along the Albert Mines Road and several surrounding communities found a newsletter in their mailbox called 'The Encourager'. The four page newsletter was produced by the Albert Mines Baptist Church and was sent to over 130 households. The church congregation has been small for several years and struggled with how it could make a meaningful contribution to the community around them.
Pastor Jim Rae explains that after much prayer the congregation felt God was leading them to try this 'old-fashioned' method of reaching people. They decided to use the newsletter format to "reach those who are shut-ins, handicapped, or otherwise kept away from the church but would like to experience a little bit of encouragement in life from a good source".
The Encourager itself is a mix of life advice, church news, editorials, household tips, and scripture. There is even a bit of cheeky humour in the 'No Excuse Sunday' article. The aim is to publish the newsletter on a quarterly basis. "but who knows", Pastor Jim Rae notes.
This is not the first 'church project' that the congregation has undertaken in recent months. Back in February the church started helping to produce signage for Boutique Encore (a division of The House of Nazareth emergency shelter) as they were moving to a new location and were relying on word of mouth to let people know. The success with helping Boutique Encore eventually led to the publication of The Encourager.
Producing and distributing the newsletter cost about $130 and was worked on and edited by the entire congregation. Pastor Jim Rae says that feedback to the newsletter has been positive. He had feared that it would not be received well as churches don't usually produce newsletters but the response has been more than expected. A second volume is set to be published sometime in the Spring.
About the writer: James Wilson is a resident of Albert County. He writes for Connecting Albert County on a volunteer basis. His interests include politics, history, local events, and gaming
by ‘Grandpa’ Pike
I lived in rural Albert County for twenty-some years—at Hopewell Cape, Weldon and finally in Hillsborough. Most of that time I travelled in Sales and Marketing for Hardware and Building Material distributors, but for several years I operated Grandpa Pike’s, a general store in Riverside-Albert. I got to know a wonderful lot of people from one end of the County to the other.
by Roy Ries
Each year, The Hopewell Rocks dedicates the proceeds of the admissions of two “Albert County Appreciation Days” to the Shepody Food Bank...one in May and one in September.
On behalf of the clients, volunteers and Board of Directors, we want to thank management, staff and visitors for the great success of this year’s events. In May, we received $4,102.00 plus 3100 pounds of non-perishable food contributions. On September 25th, the event broke all of the previous records! We received donations of $5,278.58 in cash and 454 pounds of food.
The Alma Village would like to send a huge Thank You to all the volunteers who helped to make this year's Alma Celebration Days such a memorable success!
All the events were attended and enjoyed. Some of the highlights included Karaoke, it appears we may have some undiscovered talent in our town. The dinner theatre, Life in Snake Falls, was amazing.
The Single Member-Proportional Vote (SM-PV) system (aka The Bennett Method after the former Prime Minister from Albert County) has been proposed by James Wilson, a 28-year-old who was born and raised in Albert County. After studying political science, history, and classical political thought at Mount Allison University, he went to Alberta to get work at the end of 2013.
Continue to read his story and his proposal for electoral reform.
Alma has its Celebration Days, Hillsborough has Homecoming Days and Riverside-Albert’s Shepody Days is growing to rival these two neighbouring celebrations, while sandwiched between them on the second weekend in July.
Shepody Days began four years ago with a great idea by Joanne Butland, her mom Beulah Morrissey and her family – to hold kayak races on the river near Riverside Consolidated School.
by Rachel LeBlanc
Three years ago a tired couple who were backpacking across NB randomly stopped at our house and asked if they could borrow our backyard as a campsite. Simon and Mieke were from the south of France and we had a beautiful evening with them, and in the morning we shared a warm cup of coffee. Meike was expecting a child so we chatted about all things baby. It was wonderful.
Simon and Meike taught me that sometimes life brings you amazing opportunities in the form of strangers. Welcome this.
The next summer, as I drove home the twisty-turny roads of Route 114 towards Hillsborough, I noticed a couple of cyclists labouring their way in the darkest, stormiest rain.
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