In Review: ‘Tis the Season to Give

In Review: ‘Tis the Season to Give
By Emily Leeson
Santa recently joined in on the fun with Lion Mary Stevens and Zone Chair Marley Vandertoorn of New Minas Lions Club. They’re selling tickets on a Christmas basket to be drawn on December 16. There is $400 worth of items in the basket.

On November 17, 2016 it was with extreme pleasure that the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #098 Kingston presented a cheque for $5,000 to the principal of West Kings District High School in Auburn, Nova Scotia. The funds will go toward assistance in constructing the David Morse Memorial Sports Field next to the High School. In attendance at the presentation were, from left to right, RCL Branch #098 President David Geddes, Chase the Ace Volunteer James Duguid, Chase the Ace Chairperson Comrade Ian Clow, and West Kings District High School principal Barry Squires. The RCL Branch #098 will continue to assist WKDHS in its fundraising through their Chase the Ace Program.

Coles Book Store in New Minas got in the spirit of the season and recently sponsored a fundraiser for the New Minas Lions Club. For all regular priced books, the bookstore donated 15% to the group.

December 2 was a big night in Wolfville. The Wolfville School Chicken Dinner Fundraiser was packed and a crowd of over 250 people enjoyed the meal while students from the school entertained them with musical selections. Later that evening the town celebrated the start of the holiday season with festivities and the official tree lighting on the post office lawn.

Santa Claus is a busy man this time of year, but he made a special trip to the Inquisitive Toy Company on December 3. Local tots got a little facetime with old father Christmas and the toy store collected donations for the Acadia S.M.I.L.E. program. The Acadia S.M.I.L.E. (Sensory Motor Instructional Leadership Experience) Program is an innovative student-volunteer-driven program that provides persons with varying disabilities a unique physical activity experience in order to improve their total development as individuals.

December 3 was the Wolfville Farmers’ Market annual ‘Get Un-Scrooged’ event which offered shoppers a chance to win their Christmas Wish List
while supporting the Wolfville Area Food Bank. This year $1210 was raised!

Middleton sure knows how to throw a party. On December 3, the Community Christmas Party was held at the Annapolis East Elementary School. The festivities included music, cookie and treats, face painting, and of course, a visit from jolly old St. Nicholas himself.

The Town of Berwick is obviously filled with dedicated volunteers and honest warm-hearted citizens. The most recent news from their Facebook page is a call for nominations for the Volunteer of the Year Award (Contact Carol at 902-538-8616 for nomination forms) and a notice that ‘some money’ was found on commercial street in Berwick on the evening of December 7 (If you lost the money, you can find out details about who to call on the Town of Berwick’s Facebook page.)

The Town of Windsor is determined not to let winter get them down. The 2017 Town of Windsor Winter Recreation Brochure is now available. They’ve got just about everything you could imagine on offer: indoor soccer, drop-in gym time, craft sessions, Tumblebugs, ball hockey, basketball, indoor walking, Pickleball, adult badminton, Roller Derby skating, aqua fitness, and acrylic-painting, just to name a few. Check out for more info. The town wants everyone to get active in the community this coming year, in fact,  If you or a family member requires support to be involved in the programs do not hesitate to contact them to discuss options and support.