The Bear River Tides is published at the beginning of each month, but a lot of folks just don’t want to wait that long between thrills. So here you will find out what’s going on, without losing your patience.
A huge congratulations to Kaylee Milbury who represented Clarke Rutherford School in this year’s Chronicle Herald Spelling Bee. Wow. Kaylee is a grade five student who we all knew was pretty smart, but Bear River should be pretty darn proud of her for this great achievement! She might not have brought home the trophy but she is still a winner in our books!
Proud parents are Michelle and Blake Milbury,proud grandparents are Margie and Mike Reid and Bev and Glendon Milbury
BIRTHDAY GREETINGS:Happy Birthday wishes to
Reg Long turns 84 on April 4
Richard Scragg, April 5
Abbey Frost turns 13, April 6,
Steve Isles April 8,
Chaz Charlton, April 9,
Jenna Melanson April 12,
Melanie Meuse, April 12.
Sandy Burrell, April 16,
Betty Burrell, April 17,
Rose Meuse, turns 44, April 17,
Johnathan Long, 28 on April 23
Max Wilson turns 11 April 24,
Tim Wilson celebrates 67, April 25,
Glendon Milbury, April 26,
Shannon Trimper, April 27,
Matthew Dawson turns 12, April 28.
Early May Birthdays:
Barb Longmire, May 1,
Darlene Peck, May 2,Congratulations to Carolyn and Robert Wagner who celebrate 48 years together on April 16th!Condolences to the family of Dorothy Isles who passed away in February.
Another business closes!
Most of the people in Bear River are mourning the loss of the Changing Tides Diner which closed its doors for good in March. While the diner was a thriving business, owner Peggy Chisholm says that the problems with the Board of Directors of B.R.E.D.S. the non profit that owns the Trading Company building, were becoming too onerous to deal with. The final straw was a nasty phone message left on her answering machine by Director Duff Wilson.
The details of the long struggle between the Changing Tides and the board of BREDS will be disclosed in the near future on thebearrivertides.com
The board of directors of BREDS includes Velda Acker, president, Glendean Parker, Duff Wilson and Glendon Milbury.
The Bear River Board of Trade
The Bear River Board of Trade may have had their annual general meeting in March as in the past 2 years, but if so, it was the best kept secret of all. According to the Society’s Act of Nova Scotia, notice of general meetings must be posted publicly ten days prior to the meeting. Maybe, like the old political parties of yore, they posted those notices in the deep back woods.
In the meantime, once again it appears that the Bear River Board of Trade has done nothing. No surprises, lots of excuses. Those names again? Larry Knox, president, Duff Wilson, vice president, Rick Jacques, secretary, Chris Tibbs, treasurer, directors: Don Rice, Jon Welch, Rob Buckland Nicks, Kelly Foxton, Dan Lagan.
How things have changed….Excerpt from Heritage Remembered (1981)
“The Board of Trade still continues to serve the village with a continuing desire to restore and maintain a quality of life more in keeping with its historic past. While it is usual to assess the value of any institution in terms of its successes and failures, a truer standard would be of its persistence in the face of discouragement and changing circumstances. This has been the mark of the Board since it began, and always will be, as long as there are people in Bear River who keep alive the spirit of voluntary service so characteristic of the village in its earlier days.”
Bear River Historical Society
The BRHS did hold their annual general meeting in February and the president is Roz Mc Cue, vice president, Bonnie McLeod. There is no secretary, and Chris Tibbs is acting as treasurer until a replacement can be found.
The good news is that the Bear River Historical Society has received a grant of $7500.00 to conduct a variety of walking and talking tours as well as experiential workshops.
A message from the Deep Brook Lions’ Club.
A huge congratulations to Kaylee Milbury who is representing Clarke Rutherford School in this year’s Chronicle Herald Spelling Bee. Wow. Kaylee is a grade five student who we all knew was pretty smart, but Bear River should be pretty darn proud of her for this great achievement! No matter how she does at the Bee, she is still a winner in our books!
Proud parents are Michelle and Blake Milbury, proud grandparents are Margie and Mike Reid and Bev and Glendon Milbury
A hearty congratulations to Ginny and Gary Hurlock
who celebrate 27 years on March the 26th
And congratulations also to Karen and
Gordon Mansfield, celebrating 43
years together on the 19th of February
Patsy Trimper, Jan 4,
Burton Greene, Feb. 1,
Lucy Glover Mullen Feb 2
Wanda Trimper Feb. 2 ,
Bruce Snell, Feb. 4,
Angela Fetter, Feb. 4,
Diane shows off her new Zoë outfit at the Christmas bash at Myrtle and Rosie’s.
We are glad to report that Lucy (Glover) Mullen is doing well after her second
Carlene and Ron Parks have packed up the camper and headed south. Also doing
their snowbird routine is Barry and Sheila Cassidy who finally got to leave town
after some unfortunate delays.
Frank Zimmeck would like to say hello to all of his friends in Bear River, as he
travels around Europe for the winter keeping busy and thinking up new projects.
Speaking of travelling; Francois Bellefontaine finally caught up on his rest and
has sailed of on another travel adventure in his quest to distribute Canadian
lapel pins to all the countries of the world.
Susan friend flew off to Calgary to visit with grandchildren.
Diane Glavin made a quick trip to Bear River in November to finalize the sale of
her former home and B&B, the Vineyard Inn on the Chute Rd.
Gertrude Benson is recovering very well from her recent surgery and would like
to thank all the friends and family who helped her through the past few months.
The Changing Tides will be closing for the winter on the 8th of December.
Fortunately, both the Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary and the New Horizons will be
having their Christmas festivities and dinner on the fifth.
Flora Doehler has discovered that squash and pumpkin are interchangeable and has
been having some fun making new recipes for them.
The good news is that Barry Trimper has been home from the hospital for a while and is making good recovery.
Tim Wilson may be living in Bear River, but is spending a lot of time on Fogo Island, NL.
Coleen Winchester, Dec. 3,
Shelly Rice, Dec. 4th
Randy Fetter, Dec. 4,
Tony Andrews, Dec. 6,
Shirley Robar, Dec. 10,
Jon Welch, Dec. 11,
Derek Simmons, Dec. 13,
Diane Jubie, Dec 14,
Holly Burrell, Dec. 16,
Wally Shishkov, Dec 17,
Ronnie Jefferson: Dec.18
Walter Wambolt Dec. 18
Brent and Brand Chisholm, Dec. 21
Nicole Cress, Dec. 22,
Louise Wood, Dec. 22,
Noel Lalonde, Dec 24
Marie Greene, Dec. 28,
Elizabeth Nikitin, Dec. 31.
Condolences to the family and friends of Michelle Thibideau, Myrtle Gordon and
Regina Ruggles who passed away in the last month.
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
Condolences to the family and friends of Elmerna Oikle, mother of Dorothy Robichaud, who passed away recently.
George Sloane and Susan Friend enjoyed a vacation in Prince Edward Island.
A small but appreciative group celebrated Canada Day on the waterfront with birthday cake and children’s games. There was also the regular Sunday Farmer’s market.
Francois Bellefontaine returned home from a cultural trip to Montreal.
Karen and Gordon Mansfield are thrilled to have their grandchildren Michaela, Madison and Dylan visiting for the summer.
Susan Richmond has arrived safely and is recovering from her long drive from California.
Condolences to the family and friends of Wayne Milbury who passed away on June 18th after a long fight with cancer. NaSCAR lost one of its biggest fans. The memorial service will be held at the Bear River Legion on Thursday, June 21st.
Olivia Justason celebrated her fourth birthday on June 14th with a new bicycle and a party at her granddad’s cottage.
Raine Ryan, daughter of Shyla Harris and Cory Ryan is home from the hospital after successful surgery. Her parents wish to thank every one for all their support over the past several months.
A fun-filled and delicious birthday celebration was held at the home of Jack Fuller and Suzey Jacques on the occasion of Jack’s birthday, June 18.
It looks like The Wilson family: Tim, Simone and boys, will be able to return home soon after being forced to move when the roof collapsed last November. The work is continuing, and hopefully they will be able to get their house insured.
Anna Green is back in the saddle and My Dreams Cafe is now open for another season of yumminess.
It’s nice to see Cathy and Dick back in their Bear River residence for the summer.
Also back for the summer are Dove Ballon and Alan Dale who are always such a delightful addition to the community.
It was a busy day up at the Oakdene Center, June 9, with the grand opening of the “New” Museum and the Oakdene Yard Sale. Check out The Visit to the New Museum
https://bearrivernovascotia.com/2012/06/09/a-visit-to-the-new-heritage-museum/ for photos of all the new displays.
Congratulations to Gertrude and Bob Benson who celebrated their 50th anniversary on June 2nd.
Welcome back to John and Linda McSweeny for the summer who arrived in their motorhome after an extended journey from Florida.
It’s nice to see Cheryl (Fetter) Amore in town for a visit.
Welcome to Micki Volenik,( Paul’s Mom), who is back behind the counter at Bargains and Books for the summer.
The ceremony to dedicate the Democracy Park was held by the Bear River Legion on June 10th with refreshments served in the lounge following the dedication. Check out
https://bearrivernovascotia.com/2012/06/10/village-news-june-9th/ for the slide show.
It was a busy Victoria Day Weekend in Bear River with the opening of two summer Markets.
Saturday, May 19 was the first Saturday of the 2012 Market at the Bear River Millyard Recreation. The weather was perfect and the place was hopping!
On Sunday, May 20 ,another perfect May Day was the setting for the Bear River Farmer’s Market on the waterfront park.
In other News:
We wish a speedy recovery to Larry Geshue who is having surgery for a hip replacement.
The last Friday night music event at Myrtle and Rosie’s for the summer is Friday, May 25th. Don’t worry, they plan to be back in the fall.
Eleanor Balser’s sister, was recently visiting from Quebec.
Peter Pierce and wife from Alberta recently visited with brother Micheal Pierce and Eva Tibbetts.
Bob and Sylava Smith recently enjoyed a vacation in PEI.
Emily Hurlock is in Toronto visiting with the Nikitin family and seeing the sights.
Sandi Innes spent the past weekend with her aunt and uncle, Carl and Marion Yorke, in the Kentville area.
Belated happy birthday to Ralph Jefferson who celebrated May 18th.
Congratulations to Nathan Waterman and Rosie Meuse who celebrate their 10th anniversary on the 25th of May. Ben and Stephanie Waterman and four children from New Hampshire are visiting for a week to help celebrate, as well as Wanda Waterman who has been staying with Ben and family for the past several months.
It was nice to see The Flight of Fancy get a new roof at last.
May 14: Wow, good news happening up at the Oakdene Center! Linda Mae Findlay, president, just received word that the Center has been approved funds of $15,577 under the New Horizons for Seniors Grant. This money will be used to put metal roofing on the front south slope, put new front and fire exit doors on the main floor, and install Lexan plastic on 15 windows for energy efficiency.
Kudos to the Oakdene Board for their tenacity in keeping the old girl going.
A lovely and fun-filled Mother’s day picnic took place on the waterfront Park, hosted by Jon Welch and Erin Schopfler. Nice to see the space being used!
Cecil Hooper has resigned as president of the Bear River Legion, Branch 22. Todd Sloan, first vice president has stepped forward to fill the position.
A tragic highway accident took the lives of Freda and Norm Gammon on Tuesday, May 8th. The accident happened on the stretch of Highway 101 near Grosse Coques, and involved a second car, seriously injuring both occupants. The accident occurred around 9 pm.
Freda and Norm Gammon, both in their 70’s, were well known and well loved in their home community of Clementsvale, where they were actively involved in the vital Clementsvale Garden Club. Their energy and good humor will be greatly missed in the community and surrounding area.
Raine Ryan , daughter of Shyla Harris and Cory Ryan, has undergone surgery and is doing very well . While she will be spending a little more time in hospital, we hope to announce her arrival home in Bear River soon.
Joe Zawko has landed back in town after a winter in Florida and is beginning to fill up his calendar with social events of all kinds.
We wish a speedy recovery to Linda Rice who is in the Digby Hospital recovering from injuries to her hip, from a recent fall.
Congratulations to Sheila and Mac Justason who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversay on May 5th. A lovely party was held for them at the Changing Tides Diner.
Lucy (Glover) Mullen is being cared for in the Digby Hospital for breathing problems. We wish her a quick recovery.
Betty Levin is also back in Bear River for her first time to be able to view Spring in the village.
Francois Bellefontaine has returned home after his extensive world tour that took him to Australia, Tahiti, New Zealand, Portugal and other far flung places. He is planning to relax with some intensive gardening.
Happy Birthday this month to Roz Rice who is turning 80! To celebrate there will be an open house birthday party at the Advent Christian Church on April 28, from 2 to 4, with refreshments served. All of Rosalinds’s friends are welcome to attend!
Myrtle and Rosie’s has expanded! That’s right, the space formerly occupied by Kelly Foxton’s Trading Post is now part of the kitchen, making much more room in the previous space for tables and merchandise. Drop in and see how great it looks.
And speaking of Myrtle and Rosie’s, Diane Griffith celebrates her birthday on April 18, in the Digby hospital, so it’s the perfect chance to send a get well greeting and happy birthday note all in one. Or pay a visit. happy Birthday Diane…we all miss you!
The Changing Tides Diner has also gotten an uplift with new windows in the back section. Peggy Chisholm says that she hopes to be open very soon….hurray!
Tim Wilson is back in Bear River after a long absence.
Good News! Raine Ryan, daughter of Shyla Harris and Cody Ryan, is off the critical list and doing well. The hope is that she will soon be strong enough for surgery.
We are sorry to hear that Mike Corbett has moved way down the valley. While Noreen Millar and Erin have moved from town they ares still nearby in Clementsport.
The former location of the Bear River Bargains and Books won’t be empty for long. Mark Jacques will be opening up his upholstery shop there in the near future. Mark is the son of Stan and Alice Jacques who operated SAM Upholstery for many years, and Mark has been running the business for some time now in Clementsvale.
The Scotch Doubles pool tournament in Annapolis Royal last weekend saw a couple from Kingston walk away with first prize, but second place and $200.00 went to Fred Miller and Andrea. Well played!
And more about pool: Sunday, April 15 is the day for the Tommy Thibeault Tournament at the Bear River Legion. Last year’s winners, Todd and Sam Sloane will be trying to hold on to the trophy against some stiff competition. Good Luck to Everyone!
Phyllis Read is enjoying the company of visiting family over the Easter weekend.
Kyle Ellis is happy to be spending the Easter weekend with his mother, Teresa Henshaw, and a great Easter dinner with the family around the dinner table.
Congratulations to Eric Cox, who won the draw for the quilt at the Bear River Health Clinic.
And for all of you waiting desperately to hear the latest whereabouts of Francois Bellefontaine, we are happy to announce that his latest trip had him touring the countryside of Portugal.
Happy Easter to All.
The Loss of a Legacy
Unfortunately it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke when the Hillsburgh United Church was decommissioned on April 1st, ending a long history in the village.
From Lennie Wade’s Historic Glimpses of Picturesque Bear River: The first Methodist Church was built almost on the site of the present one, in 1837, and was used until 1859 or 1860 when the present one was erected. The old building was moved up to the Chute Rd, next to the home of H.H. Chute, where it still stands (1) used as a dwelling home. Until 1860, this church belonged to the circuit of Annapolis, which was extended from Digby to Horton, but in that year it became an independent circuit and the ministers have been as follows: Rev. F.W. Pickles, R.Mason, J.S. Coffin, F. Harris, Wm. McCarty…….
The church is now up for sale for $125,000.
(1) The building at the corner of Clementsvale Rd. and Chute Rd. is the one referred to by the author. See tour of historic houses.
New Folks in Town
We welcome Ashley, Matthew Leonard and family to Bear River. They are settling in to their new home, formerly owned by the Voleniks, next to Mount Hope Cemetery.
Was it luck or skill that decided the winners of the recent Scotch doubles tournament at the Bear River Legion? Walking away with the trophy were Squid Kennedy and Sean Andrews, while “Hoyt” Barry Frost and Steve Cole took the money and the turkeys. Congratulations!
Condolences to the family and friends of Robert Foster who passed away recently in Massachussetts, surrounded by his family. We will certainly miss his wonderful smile and positive attitude on life: and seeing him drive through town with the top down and the wind blowing through his hair.
At the Bear River Board of Trade Annual General Meeting on March 19th, it was revealed that the Board of Trade will no longer run the Visitor Information Center, and is looking for ways to eliminate the burden of property “guardianship”, such as the waterfront park and the Green Lantern building. Last yearthe Board of Trade went into debt by $5800, $3700 of which went to pay legal fees for Rick Jacques and unnecessary surveyors.
According to Rick Jacques, this year they will focus on raising money to get out of debt and rethink their reason for being.
Kelly Foxton has resigned as president, and there was no one to fill the position of secretary. All members but one are either executive or directors.
Much more will be written about this in the upcoming weeks in thebearrivertides.com.
THE BIG MOVE
Bear River Books and Bargains is moving! But don’t worry, Paul is not going far: just across the street to the Rebekah building, taking over the space being vacated by the Bare Canvas Gallery, which is no more. He hopes to be settled in and ready for treasure hunters in April.
Home Again, Home Again
The good news is that Ginny and Emily Hurlock have returned safely from their travels in Costa Rica. The bad news is that they didn’t get to visit the baby sloth rehabilitation center. Oh well, maybe next year.
A huge congratulations to Teresa Dawson who has moved up to the rank of Second Lieutenant at the Bear River Fire Department, making history as the first woman to do so! Well done Teresa, and keep up the great work.
Sharon Norton’s mother, Miriam Cuthill is settling in at her new home at the Annapolis Royal Senior’s Residence and is receiving visitors. Sharon and Alf are regular visitors and enjoying the Newfoundland style music that is performed in the home regularly.
How a Community Works
An amazing turnout for the benefit for Shayla Harris on Feb. 25, brought in approximately $1900.00 to be used towards medical expenses for the upcoming baby. That’s the real Bear River that we know and love at work!
A big pat on the back for Donna Perkins who did the organizing of it all.
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