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Upper Stewiacke Notebook, By Margaret Johnson

Achievement marked by 4-H, local firefighters, Middle Stewiacke Recreation Centre

Brooke and Summer Power won their Junior Double Demonstration at the Stewiacke Valley 4-H Group’s Club Rally. They also won at the county level and will now compete at Regionals.

On Apr. 9, Lisa Cochrane and eight of her piano students hosted a piano recital at the Upper Stewiacke Elementary School. A large crowd of family, friends and classmates were on hand to enjoy the talents of these budding musicians, thanks to Lisa for sharing her time and talents with the community.

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On Apr. 16 residents of Upper Stewiacke were fortunate to see Clara Hughes as she passed through our small community on route 289 as she made her way along on her Cross Canada tour to raise awareness of mental health issues. Students and teachers braved the cold and rain to wave her on in such an important project.

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On Apr. 12 to 18, eight local students from Grades 11 and 12 were part of a trip to France, Belgium and England, organized by their history teacher, Mr. Renouf, at South Colchester Academy. The trip has benefited many of our high school students over the years. It’s such a great opportunity for our youth.

Renouf and the chaperones are to be commended for their work.

Thirty four students participated and the eight local ones were: Chelsea Davis, Rebecca Drenth, Dillon Ellis, Cody Graham, Nicholas Howe, James O’Connell, Lucas O’Connell, Adrianna Volans and Bailey Wright.

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 Stewiacke Valley 4-H Group held its Club Rally recently and the winners were:

• Junior Speaker: Korey Dunlap

• Intermediate Speaker: Josie Mason

• Senior Speaker: Jamie O’Connell

• Junior Double Demonstration: Brooke and Summer Power

• Senior Double Demonstration: Beth and Rachel O’Connell

• Senior Single Demonstration: Kyle Black

Brooke and Summer went on to win at the county level and will compete at the regional level on Apr. 26. If they win there, they’ll compete at the provincial level at 4-H weekend on May 2 and 3.

Also competing at Regionals will be Stewiacke Valley 4-H Entertainment, and if they win they’ll perform at the 4-H Night in Nova Scotia on May 3.

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Students at Upper Stewiacke Elementary have been busy. On Apr. 8 they went to the Discovery Centre in Halifax to visit Grossology. Grades 4,5 and 6 went to Dartmouth Crossing to see a French movie and two students got to participate in the Regional Science Fair held in Truro: Liam Redden and Jacqueline Boutilier won bronze medals for their efforts. Congratulations to them.

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The Upper Stewiacke United Church held its annual auction and potluck supper on Apr. 12. Thanks to all who donated items for the auction and food for supper. It was such a success they ran out of food, although they assure us they’ll have more next year. Funds raised go to repairs for the hall and church expenses.

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A reminder that the Monday Café is still ongoing at the hall on Monday mornings, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Complimentary tea and coffee is available, breakfast is $5 and lunch is $7:50. Good food and good fellowship.

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The volunteer fire brigade held its annual awards banquet at the fire hall and recipients of awards were: 

• Junior Firefighter: Nikki Miller

• Officer: Jon Cox

• Firefighter of the Year: Roddie Creelman

• Rookie: Doug Roberts

• Long service awards: Colin Cox, 40 years; Tony Kennedy, 35 years; and Justin Wright, 10 years. A special award went to Ron Ellis for 65 years.

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Congratulations to the Executive of the Middle Stewiacke Recreation Centre, which recently was awarded a community group volunteer award.

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Get well wishes to Henry Butler, Phyllis and Ralph Graham, Noreen Ellis, Wayne Graham and Joey Geddes.

A belated Happy Birthday to Hilda Gammell, who celebrated her 94th recently.

Upcoming events:

• A Mother’s Day Tea will be held at the Springside Hall, 7076 Hwy 289 on May 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $20 by advance tickets only. Menu includes: complimentary glass of wine, appetizers, tea and biscuit, spring salad, a variety of sandwiches, raspberry-filled crepes, fresh fruit and cheese. This event is sponsored by the Upper Stewiacke/Springside congregations. Baby-sitting will be available at the church. For information or for tickets, contact Sharon at 902-671-2873.

• The combined trustees of Upper Stewiacke–Springside congregations are selling a few pieces of furniture from the manse, which includes a dining room table set with six chairs, a rocking and arm chair set, and a dining room hutch. Viewing will be held May 17 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Upper Stewiacke church manse, 5323 Highway 289. Sealed bids will be accepted, payment by cash or cheque.

• May 13: Stewiacke Valley Garden Club meets at the fire hall at 7:30. Guest speaker will be Cecil Dunlap, on the topic of day lilies. Everyone welcome.

• May 24: The Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale at the Upper Stewiacke Fire Hall from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. There will also be a bake table and some vendors.

• Middle Stewiacke Recreational Centre will host a senior dance on May 23 from 8 to 11 p.m. Music by Last Chance Band

• Card parties of 45s and crib are held at the centre on Thursday nights at 7:30 and on the first Friday of the month. Come and enjoy a game of 63s

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: Upper Stewiacke Elementary School, South Colchester Academy, Upper Stewiacke United Church 4-H Group Club Rally Discovery Centre Middle Stewiacke Recreation Centre Stewiacke Valley Garden Club The Garden Club

Geographic location: Stewiacke Valley, France, Belgium England Nova Scotia Halifax Grossology Truro Springside

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