Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Story of Mary Majka...Sanctuary By Deborah Carr

Photos By: Sharon A. Layton-Pollock

Book Launch -Sanctuary: The Story of Naturalist Mary Majka
When: October 2, 2010, 2:00 PM.
Location: Harvey Hall, Marys Point Road, Harvey, NB (near Riverside-Albert, off Route 915 in Albert County)

Join author Deborah Carr, Mary Majka and Goose Lane Editions for the launch of Sanctuary: The Story of Naturalist Mary Majka at the beautiful Harvey Hall in Albert Co. Come out and celebrate the life and legacy of a great Canadian naturalist. The hall is a special location as it is one of Mary's heritage projects. There will be refreshments, soft music and lots of ambiance. Cleveland Place Books will have a supply of books for sale. For more information, visit Deborah's book page:

'Live, on Purpose' Luncheon
When: October 3, 2010, 1:00-3:00PM
Location: The Artisan Shoppe, Main Street, Alma, NB
This is an elegant four-course luncheon put on by Cleveland Place Books with Deborah Carr and Mary Majka as guest speakers. Deborah will be sharing what she has learned from the process of writing biography - in particular what she has learned about living an authentic life of purpose – one directly related to an individual’s inner passion, unique gifts and life experience. For more information, visit Deborah's book page:

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Salisbury.....A Community Rallys in Support

Gerry Matheson, at age forty-one, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. The friends of Gerry Matheson held a fundraiser on July 25th at Grady’s Pub in Salisbury, from 2pm – 10pm. There was live entertainment, Country Jailhouse, Dunking Booth, 50/50 Draw, tickets sold, 24’s of beer and door prizes as well as hundreds of items given away.
Prizes won were * Birch Kitchen Island won by Lisa Black;
* $200.00 worth of Lobster, won by Johnnie Bos; * Outdoor Fire pit, won by Maritime Cash; * Texas Mickey Crown Royal, won by Jason McKnight; * 12’x12’ Gasebo, winner Colin
There was a BBQ and a live auction with over $11,000.00 worth of items and services.
All of the food, entertainment, prizes and auction items were donated, as well as the time of a lot of good-hearted people. The day would not have been possible without the generosity of many businesses and people in Salisbury, River Glade, Petitcodiac, Riverview, Moncton and surrounding areas.
There was $25,000.00 raised and presented to Gerry.
His many Friends wish him lots of years of health and happiness. The organizing committe was Cheryl McMackin, Gary Branscombe, Helen McCordic and Cheryl O’Neil.

Friday, September 10, 2010

90 Years of Counting His Blessings

Everett Albert Steeves, of Hillside, near Elgin, N.B., will be counting his blessings for his 90th year on September 18, with his wife, Anna, daughter Diane, son’s Randy and Terry and all his many family and friends at an open house from 1 - 5 in the Elgin Community Center (Fire Hall).
Everett was born in Meadow (now Hillside) in 1920. Everett was the third child of parents Trenholm and Janice (Bannister). Everett’s siblings are: Roy, Clarence, Kenny of Petitcodiac, Ruby of Forest Hill, Elizabeth, Mona and Alberta of Magnetic Hill.
Everett didn’t go far from home to find the love of his life, Anna Milton, who just lived in the road in Hillside. Everett and Anna were married on March 19th. 1955 and raised four children: Larry, Randy of Elgin, Terry who lives in Alberta and daughter, Diane, who resides in Sussex.
Those who know Everett well know how much he enjoys music and dancing. Anna tells the story of one morning, not that long ago, while trying to sleep in awhile, she could hear the music playing. But there was a different sound that caused her to wonder what on earth was going on downstairs. She could hear this thump, thump, thumping sound, which caused her to get up and go down to investigate. When she looked into the kitchen there was Everett step dancing to the beat of the music.
One could classify Everett as A-Jack-of-All-Trades. He has made his living logging, farming and driving heavy equipment for the DOT. For the past 30 years he has lovingly cared for the cemetery at the Hillside Baptist Church. He shows no sign of setting back in the rocking chair; his neighbors count on him to keep the snow plowed out of their driveways.
One of Everett’s favorite things is gardening; he keeps Anna busy pickling, preserving and making jam from the bounty of his labor. On Father’s Day 2005 Everett looked out the window and couldn’t believe his eyes. There coming down the road was a brand new sugar camp, and even more surprised when the driver maneuvered it onto the spot where his old camp had once stood. His children were the instigators of his new camp. He’s quite at home in the spring of the year in his new little sugar camp gathering, boiling, stirring and sharing with his many friends and family, and the grandchildren he loves so dearly.
As people of the area gather at the different dancing get-togethers, and the music starts and toes start tapping, it’s nothing out of the ordinary to find Everett the first on the dance floor. A partner is no problem to find, but as the music slows he gathers Anna close and sachets her around the dance floor. A pleasure for all to watch.
Some of Everett’s fondest memories are the time his brother-in-law, Angus, flew him & Anna and his wife Elda to Massachusetts and New Hampshire in his four-seater plane. Going out west to attend his son Terry’s wedding was a treat and taking in the celebration of Expo 67.
Everett has enjoyed his life in Hillside and has no intention of ever leaving, besides he’s too busy enjoying his many friends and family, especially when they drop in for a visit, good conversation, fine hospitality and a great game of cards.

Six Week Writing Workshop...2010

Gail Taylor will be giving a 6-week writing workshop focussing on turning
your words into song and poetry. The course starts on September 16 and is
being held at the Saint John Arts Centre. See the attached poster for more

Lee Thompson
Executive Director
Writers' Federation of New Brunswick
P.O. Box 306, Moncton, NB E1C 8L4

Literary Events in NB 2010

Here are a few upcoming literary events in NB this month:

September 16, in Moncton, Elaine Amyot will be launching her book, The
Seven Gates: A Memoir of a Descent, at 8 pm, at La Teraz Art Gallery, 154
Church Street, Moncton. All are welcome!

On September 23, in Fredericton, Allan Donaldson will launch his literary
mystery, The Case Against Owen Williams (Nimbus Publishing) at 7:00pm at
Westminster Books.

Allan Donaldson's 2005 debut novel, MacLean, was a harrowing, literal day in
the life of a shell-shocked, alcoholic WWI veteran searching for booze and a
birthday gift for his mother. It was shortlisted for the prestigious Rogers
Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Donaldson's follow-up novel is a venture into
lliterary mystery ."The Case Against Owen Williams" tells the story of Owen
Williams, a quiet soldier stationed with a garrison of conscripted men
dubbed "the Zombies," who are unwilling to serve overseas. When a teenage
girl is found dead in a gravel pit after a dance, Owen Williams was the last
person reported to have seen her. What follows is a novel that "explores the
circumstances of a wrongful conviction and the gaps in the justice system
that allow it to flourish.

And a grant writing workshop:

September 16 · 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the Saint John Arts Centre, 20 Hazen

Enterprise Saint John and ArtsNB are partnering to offer a FREE workshop on
grant writing for artists and creative entrepreneurs. The guest speaker is
Vanessa Moeller, Deputy Managing Director with the New Brunswick Arts Board.
The focus will be on upcoming ArtsNB grants and the Saint John Regional

Register with Sarah Jones at 648-4640 or email