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St. George’s

                               Letter to the Editor                                                              celebrates a milestone

                                                                                                               The Atlantic Mission Society of St. George’s is
                                                                                                             planning to host a Gospel Service on Sunday, Octo-
                                                                                                             ber 15th, at 7:00 p.m. The service is a celebration of
                      A Good Neighbour Wronged                                                               the 160th Anniversary of St. George’s Presbyterian
                                                                                                               Everyone welcome!   There will be special music,
                  I’m submitting this letter to the Pioneer in   respect regardless of who owns it or even   as well as congregational favourite old hymns sung to
                the hope it will be read by more people than   if it appears no one does. In today’s world   give glory to God.  Free-will offering.
                those people than those who follow the vil-  there is no place for garbage/litter and liquor
                lage Facebook only, I personally have often   bottles and cans being left laying around and      Rev Greg Dickson and his wife Melanie who had
                found Facebook not to be a sound source    land being degraded. If indeed no one owns        been with us for the past eight years retired from full-
                of reliable information, always seems best   a property then it follows the whole village    time ministry early in May and are currently living
                taken with a grain of salt and open mind.   owns the property and to disrespect that         in New Glasgow.  We wish them both good health
                We have a property in the village which we   property is to disrespect  everyone’s prop-     and happiness.  In the interim, we have been blessed
                enjoy very immensely, due in large part to   erty, pretty poor behaviour. We only have       to have Rev Larry Welch lead both St. George’s and
                our extreme good fortune in having excel-  one world and one River John village, let’s       Toney River Churches the past few months while a
                lent neighbours on all sides. Unfortunately   all try very carefully to keep it as good as we   Search Committee is being formed to fill the vacancy.
                one of those neighbours has been targeted   can for the generations to follow.                 Sunday School classes will be resuming soon.
                on Facebook with comments that have been                                                     Also, the A.M.S., The Atlantic Mission Society,
                abusive, hurtful, spiteful and more than     From the first time I met this neighbour        which meets in the River John Library on the first
                once have not told the whole story. This   and in every instance since then I have           Thursday of the month at 2:00 p.m., is always looking
                neighbour has owned a cottage property in   found him to be easy going, accommodat-          for new members.
                the area for over ten years and liking the   ing, cooperative, straight forward and honest     As Fall fast approaches,  we encourage people of all
                area and village so much that recently they   in all our dealings. In short a neighbour I    ages to join us at St. George’s each Sunday at 11:00
                purchased a home in the village. A property   hold in high esteem and one I feel very priv-  a.m., as we continue to worship as the family of God
                they have upgraded considerably and no     ileged to have next door. As well in speak-       for the next phase of our Christian Witness in the
                doubt have plans to do more, as has their   ing with his other neighbours I have found       River John area.   We have a rich history over the past
                own neighbour to their west. It is always so   their perception of him to very much along    160 years, and look forward to a bright, vibrant future
                heartening to see the village progress and   the same vein as mine. Every neighbour-         in our shared faith journey.
                improve, however to see it regress back-   hood/community needs just such citizens to
                wards has just the opposite effect on one.   form its population and allow it to progress      Other news from St. George’s:
                Now back to these comments, as troubling   and prosper.                                        1.  Each year one of Pictou county’s 4H clubs hosts
                as they are they are only opinions and we    In closing, I only ask that readers judge             a church service during 4H month, which is held
                all know what opinions are like. I try very   this situation with an open mind and the             in November. The River John 4H club will be
                hard to not put too much stock in them as   desire to see for themselves, instead of al-           hosting it this year. The service will be held on
                they are indeed only opinions and it is well   lowing hurtful comments and insinuations to         November 12th at 11am at St George’s Presby-
                worth considering the source, the motivation   cloud their judgement.                              terian church.
                and personal agendas of those who make                                                         2.  St George’s Presbyterian Sunday school is start-
                them. However in this case I find the follow                                                       ing on Sunday, September 24th. All children are
                up comments are probably being made by                                                             welcome to attend. 3 years and under will need
                those who do not know both sides of the      Signed                                                to take a caregiver with them please. It will be
                controversy and are wrongly accepting what   Bernie McKenna                                        during the regular church service, 11am-12pm.
                they initially read as gospel. I normally find
                this not a good practice to follow. As to                                                      3.  Soup luncheons will resume at St. George’s
                respecting property, all property deserves                                                         Hall, on Monday, October 23rd and Monday,
                                                                                                                   November 27th at 12:00 noon. Hot, home-
                                                                                                                   made soups, (choice of two kinds),   as well as
                                                                                                                   Biscuits, Sweets, tea & coffee  All for a nomi-
                                                                                                                   nal donation to the Basket at the door.  Come
                  The opinions expressed in the Letters section are those of the letter writers and not necessar-  and enjoy a nice, hot lunch and visit with your
                  ily those of the River John Community Action Society or The Pioneer.                             neighbours!

                                                                                                                     Proprietors Terry & Linda Reid
                                                                                                                       PO Box 118 River John, NS B0K 1N0
                                                                                                                           Civic #82, River John Road
                                                                                                                            Telephone: 902-351-2079


                                                                                                               The Pioneer has been pretty slack in updating its
                                                                                                             website:  Rob Assels, the editor
                                                                                                             of the printed version of the Pioneer also updates the
                                                                                                             online version. While the website was getting updated
                                                                                                             several times per week after its launch last April, no
                                                                                                             updates have been done since July.

                                                                                                               The value of the website is that stories can be up-
                                                                                                             loaded as they come in, or shortly after, whereas the
                                                                                                             newspaper is only quarterly. Assels confesses that he
                                                                                                             couldn’t find the necessary time to manage the site
                                                                                                             over the summer. He expects that with the release of
                                                                                                             the current issue, the website will start getting the at-
                                                                                                             tention it needs.
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