Social news/ November 2013

Published November 4, 2013 by oddacity designs
Paul and Gretchen Volenick have returned from a trip to the New England States where they enjoyed visiting various members of the family, especially grandchildren. 
Frank and Jean Marshall have returned from their annual shopping trip to Bangor where they enjoyed the scenery and the shopping.  It’s great to see Jean walking the River Rd.again.
Glendon and Bev Milbury went off to enjoy the colorful leaves in the Eastern U.S. and missed a few nice ones here.
Zoe Onysko enjoyed several days on the north shore and Cape Breton with a friend in early October.  The Cabot Trail was better than ever!
A big farewell bash was held at the RC Legion recently to say sayonara to Cecil Hooper who is off to Malta on a mission for a few months. Hope he sends some postcards!
Jane (Hamill) Gray has packed her bags and moved to London Ontario.  We wish her well in her future pursuits.
Gary Tooley has also moved, but only as far as Salmon River.  We hope he makes as many friends there as he had here in Bear River.
Mike Read recently traveled to Ontario.
Sue Friend and George Sloane managed to get their roof shingled just in time for the winter, with help from good buddy, Jon Welch.
We are sad to report that Diane and Noel LaLonde have headed to Florida to tend to Diane’s son who was recently injured in a vehicular accident.
There was a party out at the camp to celebrate Harold Porter’s 90th birthday last month and we wish him belated birthday greetings!
Glynnis Jones and Russell Quinn enjoyed a visit from Glynnis’ son from British Columbia.  Glynnis then went off to Ottawa to do some serious sightseeing.
After decades in Bear River, Bud and Dorothy Denton have moved to Dartmouth to be with their daughter.  We wish them all the best and will certainly miss them.
Francois Bellefontaine is still resting in Montreal before he begins the next round of world travels.
Flora Doehler is excited about her new greenhouse that she recently got on sale, and all the gardening possibilities for next season.  In the meantime she is busy making leek and swiss chard pies.
Sue Richmond is on her way back to California for another winter, and looking forward to returning next year.
We sadly waved goodbye to John and Linda McSweeney who headed back to Florida for good, after selling their home on River Rd. We wish them well in the future.
Charles Coupar and daughter, Claudia are spending the winter in Provincetown, Mass.
Condolences to the family of John Lagan who passed away in late October.
Congratulations to the proud parents Matthew and Joy Henshaw on the arrival of new baby girl, Evelyn.  Happy grandparents are Darlene and Rodney Peck.
The Millyard Recreation Cottages and campground has passed the inspection by the Dept. of Tourism and are now licensed accommodations and will be included in next year’s Doer’s and Dreamer’s guide.  Congratulations to Bob Benson for making his vision a reality!

Remembrance Day: Lest We Forget

This year’s Remembrance Day service will be held at the Baptist Church at 9:45, followed by the laying of the wreaths at the cenotaph.  A supper will be held at the Legion at 5 pm, veterans are free and all others just $5.00.


Peggy Chisholm, Nov 4
Elizabeth Mount, Nov. 7
Ann Brown, Nov 9
Janet Postma, Nov 10
John Parker, Nov 12
Francois Bellefontaine, Nov 19
Diane Milbury, Nov 26
Shelly Rice, Nov 30

Fall in Bear River 2013

Published October 20, 2013 by oddacity designs

It was great weather and lots of things to do this fall in Bear River.  And of course the leaves are just ‘oh so lovely”!

The Annapolis Highland Vineyards held their annual harvest celebration with guest musicians, THE NAMING OF THE TWINS.

The crowd enjoys the music, the weather and the great wine and food at the Annapolis Highland Vineyards!

The crowd enjoys the music, the weather and the great wine and food at the Annapolis Highland Vineyards!

After that it was a blur with so much going on!  Check it out!

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My Acquaintance Looks like a Hobo… 

A few residents got into the fall spirit with some funny looking characters in their yards…

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And then there is just some spectacular color.

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A Night of Magic

Published September 29, 2013 by oddacity designs

Recently the little village of Bear River enjoyed a magical transcendence for one wonderful evening, with the illuminated lantern event organized by Amy Rubin Flett.

Acting as an individual, Amy received a grant from Youth and Culture to light up the town in a whole new way. With two students working through the summer, amazing lanterns were created and the visual was complimented with the sounds of  music and story telling. The result?  Just ask any one of the dozens of people who wandered happily through the village that night.

Because for that one night, everyone looked happy.

Thank you Amy.

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A trip to the 60’s

Published September 12, 2013 by oddacity designs

Back in the spring, a great music event was held at Myrtle and Rosie’s to celebrate Diane’s birthday.  The theme was the ’60s, and the results were…..groovy, man.  It’s just another example of how folks in Bear River manage to have some fun!

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We all look forward to the next 60’s bash, cause if you lived it, you can’t remember it!

A Great Reason to celebrate!

Published September 2, 2013 by oddacity designs

The weather was perfect, and the occasion sublime!  The grand opening of the Bear River Millyard cottages was a complete success in every way!

Those interested in the exciting development of the Bear River Recreation Millyard , and the future of Bear River, gathered on the shores of Bear River on Aug. 17 for a fun filled evening of food, music and comraderie.  During the course of the evening the guests were treated to a look at the fabulous new accommodations, a glimpse of the new book about Bear River, fabulous food, remarks about the development of the property and delightful music by George Sloane, Dan Lagan, Jack Fuller and guest flutist, Ai.

The little yellow houses are the brilliant design of Frank Zimmeck, a true artist, and the guests delighted in the remarkable detail work that adorn  the cottages.  In fact, they delighted in everything about them…especially the view!

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Summer 2013 in Bear River

Published August 10, 2013 by oddacity designs

There’s been a lot of rain this year, too much according to some, but a lot of nice days as well.  Sit back and enjoy a few photos of this summer’s Bear River .

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The Bear River Winter Carnival: February 14-17/2013

Published February 18, 2013 by oddacity designs

The Sixth Annual Bear River Winter carnival took place with rave reviews and while the weather was too mild for skating and too stormy on Sunday for the long trek events, the whole shebang was definitely a success and we all look forward to next year’s version.

And the fireworks were amazing!

Thanks to all the volunteers who put it together….

The History of Bear River by A. Pearle Nickerson

Published February 2, 2013 by oddacity designs

We recently came across this history of Bear River which was written in the early 1900’s.  We don’t know who A. Pearle Nickerson was…if any one can tell us, we sure would like to know.

The earliest knowledge of Bear River is dated back to the 10th day of January 1613, when a small French vessel commanded by Capt. Simon Imbert arrived in the basin of Port Royal in the midst of an easterly snowstorm.  She was laden with supplies for  a small colony on the Granville shore.  It was the first trip of Imbert on American shores and on account of the storm, was forced to seek shelter under the lee of some island and he found his way behind what is now called Bear Island at the mouth of the river bearing the same name.

The next morning, they explored the river beyond the head of the tide and discovered its two branches It was the river named St. Anthony on Champlain’s map, but Imbert’s countrymen called it henceforth Imbert’s River.  It’s present name is simply a corruption of the name of Simon Imbert (Imbare).

No village was made here by the French, and it was not until after the American Revolutionary War that any permanent settlement by the English was attempted and these settlers were the Loyalists.

It was the earlier pre-loyalist settlers of Annapolis that we should attribute the honor of being the founders of the present town of Bear River, for they changed the forest clad hills into smiling farms and comfortable homesteads.

The river at the time was teeming with salmon and a few seals were seen in it.  At the head of the tide was a place called “Salmon Hole” where a great many people went to fish but of late years there has been so much lumbering carried on that possibly the sawdust killed the salmon.

The people who laid the foundation upon which the wealthy town now exists wer the Rices, Croscups, Harrises, Clarkes, Millers,Chutes and Bensons.

The  town is situated on ravines and on the hills which abound near the head of the tide which extends to about four or five miles from the basin into which the waters of the river are discharged.

The first framed house  built in the limits of the village was finished in 1785 by a  Capt.  Sutherland and stood not far from the residence of Capt. John Harris on the road leading to the Hessian line.  All the houses erected before that year were constructed of logs and have long ago given place to more elegant and comfortable dwellings.

Thomas Chute built the first store on the east side of the river about the same time that Capt. Freeman Marshall commenced business on the Digby side. Today, the greatest number of stores are on the Annapolis side where the Clarke Bros. have become the leaders in Bear River Business matter.  Among the other fine stores are W.W. Wade, C.O. Anthony, A.B. Marshall, and F.W. Schmidt.

The Baptists, who are the leading denomination  here, have a fine place of worship on the Digby side and the Methodists and the adherents of the English Church have a neat place of worship on the opposite side of the bridge.

One of the most important industries of Bear River is the lumbering.  In former years, this industry was carried on more extensively, the river being used to float logs down to the mills.  Although now  it is not carried on to such great extent, piling cord wood and finished and unfinished lumber are to be seen piled up on the wharves at all times of the year.

No less than nine highways from all points of the compass find their termini in the town and one cannot find any of the surrounding places a more picturesque town than the “Switzerland of Nova Scotia”.

The week of Sept. 8 to 15 2012

Published September 16, 2012 by oddacity designs


In Bear River, Nova Scotia this week…

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The Annapolis Highland Winery held their third annual fall festival and the weather was perfect, as was the food and wine.  Music on the deck had everyone relaxed and enjoying the view while sampling different vintages from this award winning winery.  Bear River is fortunate indeed to have such a thriving and exceptional enterprise in our backyard!

The Bass Fishing Tournament was held on Sept. 15 with absolutely no fish caught.  But as co-chair Fred Miller said: “No big deal; everyone had a great time anyway and that’s what it’s all about!”

But someone caught a big one….The Winner of the $1000 prize for biggest fish from the Bear River Millyard Recreation is Brian (B.J) Trimper.  Nice job guys…congratulations!

This one didn’t get away!