Full schedule of events, accomplishments in Upper Stewiacke

Upper Stewiacke Notebook, By Margaret Johnson

Published on March 19, 2014
Bob and C.J. Prest have released a new CD called Legends and Lies.
Margaret Johnson photo

Local history given a twist on Prest’s new CD

Special congratulations and birthday wishes go out to:

• John and Linda Geddes, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Upper Stewiacke fire hall;

• Gary Graham of Pembroke, who recently celebrated his 70th birthday at the Burnside Hall;

• Spencer and Gail Volans, on their February wedding.

Also, a sincere get-well wish to Sandra Walsh of South Branch.


Grades 2, 3 and 4 of Upper Stewiacke Elementary School recently attended a three-day ‘Swim to Survive’ class in Truro.


Corinne Redden Belanger competed in the third Truro Art Battle at the Holiday Inn. A group of 12 painters competed, each painting a picture in 20 minutes. Belanger won all rounds and was chosen to participate in Art Battle 110 in Halifax later in March. We wish her well in this endeavour


Congratulations to those celebrating the arrival of a newborn child:

• James and Gina Wright welcomed the arrival of their son Cody on March 6;

• Jordy and Sophia Tucker welcomed the birth of a daughter, Francoise Muriel, on March 5;

• Matt and Kelsey Davis welcomed their daughter Layla Lilyanne Davis on Feb. 17;

• Bobby and Ann Geddes welcomed their daughter, Margaret Sarah

Geddes, on Feb. 13;

• Andrea Hawes and her husband Adrian Mallabo also welcomed a baby girl, Olivia.


Diane Redden, a local painter from Middle Stewiacke, recently created a picture of Truro’s Old Train Station using recycled zippers. The Town of Truro chose her project to be added to its permanent art collection. Redden has been making treasures for some time from recycled items.


Klyee Graham, daughter of Gerry and Jody Graham of Eastville, has returned from Quebec, where she participated in the Miss Teen Canada contest. We’re pleased to say she placed 5th overall, and was chosen people’s favourite in on-line voting. Kylee is currently completing Grade 12 at South Colchester and plans for college and a degree in veterinary science. Best wishes Klyee! 


The minister of the Springside/Upper Stewiacke Pastoral Charge, Rev. Carolyn Rushton, is on an indefinite leave of absence. The clerk of sessions, Betty Johnson (902-671-2264) and Rev. Marilyn MacDonald (902-758-3006) are handling any pastoral calls or concerns.

In the absence of the minister, Karyn Prest will be leading the regular weekly worship service held at the Springside hall for the remainder of March. Prest is also leading a Lenten discussion group Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Upper Stewiacke church hall for a period of six weeks. Study written by Janice McLean and Ivan Gregan. Everyone welcome.


Is it a legend or is it a lie? Well, you’ll have to pick up a copy of Bob Prest’s new CD Legends and Lies to find out. The CD has been several years in the making and features our own Stewiacke Valley history (with a bit of a twist). The songs are all written by Prest and he is joined on the album by his wife C.J., his old “Nighthawk” musicians Dale Fisher and Lorna Letcher, and well-known fiddler Julie Johnstone.

Another Stewiacke Valley connection is Kirk Redden of Full Spectrum Sound, who engineered and produced the album.

The CD will be available at the Stewiacke Valley museum and Mingo Music in Truro.

By the way, for those of you wondering, the Bernie Rogers Song is on it.


Upcoming events:

• Stewiacke Valley Garden Club will meet Apr. 8 at the fire hall. Guest speaker Lloyd Mapplebeck will give a talk on garden weed control. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.; all are welcome. The March meeting with guest speaker Gordon Lemmon had a good attendance.

• On March 30 a musical jamboree will be held at the Upper Stewiacke Church Hall beginning at 2 p.m., featuring Harley’s Angels, South Bound, Good Ole Boys, Bruce and Carol Hoeg, and Ron and Susan Richard. Admission is $5 and canteen will be available.

• On March 21 a rockathon will take place at the home of Arlene Dickie at 6:30 p.m. For information, contact Rosie Meisner at 902-671-2029.

• Middle Stewiacke Recreation Centre will hold a variety concert on March 29 at 7 p.m.

• On Apr. 12 the Rec Centre the 2nd Annual Expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s a chance to shop local, showcasing local businesses, artisans and craftspeople.

• Reserve Apr. 26 for the kids’ clothing and toy sale at the recreation centre, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• The Upper Stewiacke Fire Brigade and Ladies Auxiliary will host the annual Maple Syrup Festival at the fire hall on Apr. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be lots of entertainment and good food.

• The Upper Stewiacke Elementary School will hold a Dime Auction at the school on April 26.

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.