Kennedys host 19th annual live nativity

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Upper Stewiacke Notebook by Margaret Johnson

Museum hosting New Year’s Day Levee

Ladies from the Middle Stewiacke UCW recently hosted a turkey dinner at the church for folks in the community who live alone, including former residents who now live elsewhere. This concluded with a social time.

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The Sunday school students held a tree lighting service at the Middle Stewiacke church, followed by serving hot chocolate.

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The Upper Stewiacke Jr. Fire Brigade hosted an afternoon of crafts and treats for children of the area on Dec. 7. Santa made an appearance as well.

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The Stewiacke Valley Historical Society held their last meeting for this year in November when the draw was made for the quilt raffle. Congratulations to the winner, Rosalie Prest, and a thank you to all who purchased tickets.

The museum was open to visitors for Christmas in the valley on Dec. 6 and 7. A good crowd attended, as well as three houses were open for display. The people’s choice for the wreath display was one decorated for Springside Church.

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Plan to attend the New Year’s Day Levee at the museum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; it’s a good way to greet friends and neighbours for the beginning of a New Year.

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Get well wishes go out to Kenny Cox, Leah Hamilton, Mike Shevery, Lori Parsons and Sinclair Geddes.

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Congratulations to Kevin and Heather Peterson on the arrival of their new daughter, Gwen, and to Gabriel and Jill Wright ¾ former residents of Upper Stewiacke now residing in Toronto ¾ on the birth of their son, Ty.

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On Dec. 8 a live nativity took place at the farm of Don and Kathy Kennedy. This was the 19th year for this event, which started when the congregation was without a minister and Kathy was approached to ask if she could bring some animals to the church at Christmas. Thinking it would be easier for folks to come to the barn, Kathy gave birth to this yearly tradition.

The Kennedys have cattle, a donkey and several sheep, which makes an ideal setting for a nativity. There has been a baby from the community every year except one. This year’s baby was Ruthanne Mason with her parents, Scott and Katie, as well as her siblings Henry and Violet. Others participating were Noora Russ, Mike Meisner, Mike Cooper, Sandy Swallow, Ian Tapper and his son Finn.

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The Stewiacke Valley Garden Club held their yearly December meeting by enjoying a turkey dinner and a raffle drawing for a basket, which was won by Eldon Geddes.

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I would like to wish all the readers a Merry Christmas and health and happiness in the New Year.

 

Margaret Johnson is a longtime resident of Upper Stewiacke. If you would like your community event to appear in her column email hectorpeg.johnson@gmail.com.

 

Organizations: Middle Stewiacke church, Upper Stewiacke Jr. Fire Brigade, Stewiacke Valley Historical Society Springside Church Stewiacke Valley Garden Club

Geographic location: Upper Stewiacke, Kennedys, Toronto

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