Widow’s Son 150th

On Oct. 13th the Widow’s Son Lodge #48 hosted a roast beef supper as part of their 150th year celebrations. There was a very good turn out of brothers, their guests and widows of brothers to enjoy the meal and company.


The event took place at the Collingwood Community Hall which is part of the Collingwood Fire Station. While waiting for the meal to begin, W Bro. Bruce Stewart gave a very interesting talk on the history of the Widow’s Son Lodge #48 and how it was instrumental in bringing into existence other lodges in our district.

After the meal the MLA for Cumberland South, the Hon. Tory Rushton, made a presentation to the worshipful master of the lodge, W Bro. Robert Carter, recognizing the 150 years that the lodge has been in existence.

The MC for the event was RW Bro. Bill Merriam, secretary of Widow’s Son Lodge #48, who kept things rolling with introductions, instructions and light hearted comments. Entertainment was provided by Mr. Drew Moore of Amherst on his guitar.

The meal was catered to by the Parkview Restaurant in Oxford. Those in attendance greatly enjoyed themselves and the food was very good. The light blueberry dessert was to die for!

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Busy Night at Laurie Lodge #70

On Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 the DDGM, RW Bro. Scott McNairn, made his Official Visit along with his DGDC, RW Bro. Alan Linkletter and his DGC, VW Bro. Eric Melanson to Laurie Lodge #70 in River Philip. The DDGM was very pleased to see such a good turn out for the evening. Laurie Lodge #70 was not only welcoming the DDGM but they were happy to be conducting an Entered Apprentice for TWO new brothers!

There were 24 brothers on hand for the event plus the 2 new Entered Apprentices making a total of 26 in attendance.

A special presentation was also made the same evening to Laurie Lodge. The CDMA presented the lodge with a certificate, a “Lodge Participation Award”, for providing the best entertainment at the CDMA Variety Show this past Spring.

Below we see the DDGM making his entrance and being welcomed by the WM, W Bro. Justin Simons (pro tem).


After the degree work the WM for the degree and the new brothers posed for their photo:

Bro. Travis Porter, W Bro. George Sproul and Bro. John Alick

The certificate presentation was made by RW Bro. Phil Adams (on the right – CDMA Treasurer) and accepted on behalf of the lodge by Bro. Amos Margeson (lodge secretary).


Presentation at King Edward Lodge #86

At the regular communication of King Edward Lodge No. 86 A.F. & A.M. on June 12, 2018 our DDGM R.W. Bro. Scott J. McNairn presented W. Bro. William Jollymore with his certificate & 25 year PIN.

RW Bro. Scott McNairn, W Bro. William Jollymore and VW Bro. W. Kelley Theal
W Bro. Jollymore being presented with his certificate.
W Bro. Jollymore and RW Bro. Scott McNairn.
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The WM of King Edward congratulates W Bro. Jollymore.


Photos and info submitted by RW Bro. A. Linkletter.

River Hebert District High School Graduation

On June 28, 2018 the brothers of King Edward Lodge #86 were happy to present a Nova Scotia Freemasons Bursary to Brandon O’Brien in the amount of $750. Brandon was this year’s Valedictorian and his planning on attending Saint Mary’s University in September.

Here our DDGM, RW Bro. Scott McNairn, presents the bursary to Brandon O’Brien at the June 28th graduation ceremonies.

Presentation at CDMA Meeting


R.W. Bro. Alan Linkletter, April Findlay and R.W. Bro. Graeme Bales.

At the regular quarterly meeting of the CDMA brothers in River Hebert on Thursday, May 24th, the brothers were pleased to make three sizeable donations to the Cumberland 4H Council. On hand to accept the donations was April Findlay, representing the 4H Council.

Through the assistance of the Shared Funding Program run by the Masonic Foundation of Nova Scotia we were able to present April Findlay with three cheques.

Above is the DDGM, R.W. Bro. Graeme Bales, presenting April Findlay with the CDMA’s cheque for $5,140.00.

As in previous years Wimburn Lodge #75 and Widow’s Son Lodge #48, presented their own cheques. Below we see R.W. Bro Bill Merriam of Widow’s Son Lodge #48 presenting a cheque for $1000.00 to April Findlay.

In the last photo is R.W. Bro Philip Adams presenting Wimburn Lodge #75’s  cheque for $1000.00.

There will be a public presentation of these donations during 4H days at the Cumberland County Exhibition at the end of August.

R.W. Bro. Alan Linkletter, April Findlay & R.W. Bro. Bill Merriam
R.W. Bro. Phil Adams and April Findlay

Third Degree at Wimburn

New MMs, Bro. Eric Jury & Bro. Robert Ward

On Wednesday, May 16th, Wimburn Lodge #75 held a Third Degree to welcome two new brothers to our fraternity. Above we see the two new brothers standing in front of some of the other members of our district.

L to R: Bro. Eric Jury and Bro. Robert Ward.

Among those on  hand for the degree were the brothers of our District Drama Team seen below with the two new master masons.

Wimburn Lodge #75 on May 16, 3rd Degree

Our DDGM, RW Bro. Graeme Bales and his assistants were also in attendance and took part in the Drama.

A special thank-you to RW Bro. Robert Campbell for submitting the pictures of the event.

DGDC VW bro. Tom Reid, DDGM RW Bro. Graeme Bales, DGC VW Bro. Kevin Wood
DGDC, VW Bro. Tom Reid, DDGM, RW Bro. Graeme Bales & DGC, VW Bro. Kevin Wood.

CDMA Variety Show


A CDMA Variety Show was held in River Hebert on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The well attended show was at the King Edward Lodge Hall for the purpose of raising money for the CDMA’s 2018 charity.

All proceeds from the show will be donated, along with a 3-to-1 matching of funds by the N.S. Freemason’s Shared Funding Program, to the 4H Clubs of Cumberland County.

The eight lodges in the county were asked to each send an act, musical or otherwise, to take part in the show. Of the lodges that were able to participate, we had a show that lasted nearly three hours.

Here is a 5 minute (approximately) long video of the musical performances from the evening. I apologize to Bro. Roy Pettigrew for not getting a video of his performance, as he was the last entertainer of the evening. But as you will see, I did catch his excellent work as a fill-in. (See his video later in this post.)
(All videos are in High Definition. After you start the video, click on the settings wheel and then click on 720 HD.)

Here is a list of those acts and their members who took part in the show:

Representing King Edward Lodge #86

– Brandon McLellan on acoustic guitar

– Joanie Linkletter vocalist

– Roy Pettigrew as “Elvis Presley”

Representing Alexandra Lodge #87

– Tenique Ross on keyboard and ukulele

Representing Laurie Lodge #70

– Amos Margeson & Grant Jackson on guitars

– The Margeson Family (Lyda, Emma, Eryn and Amos Margeson)

– The Laurie Players (Amos Margeson, Archie St. Peter, Stephen Hibberts, Justin Simons, Murray Scott)

Representing Wimburn Lodge #75

– Carl Adams on bass guitar

– Bob Ward on acoustic guitar

Representing Widow’s Son Lodge #48

– Fish & Chips (Stephen Wells & Chris Sharp on acoustic guitar and accordion)

A few still images from the evening.


The evening was a great success and enjoyed by all. Between the admission price of $5.00 and the 50/50 Draw that was held, we realized $600 that will be added to the CDMA’s charity fund for the year.

Below is a break down of the event’s finances:

Door Tickets  =  $440.  +  50/50 Draw  =  $160
Total  =  $600.


The 50/50 Draw was won by Buddy Belliveau of River Hebert. The Door Prize of a $25 Gift Certificate provided by McLellan’s Service Centre of River Hebert went to Murray Scott.

The “Show Winner” award was presented to the “Laurie Players” for their two hilarious skits.


Special thanks needs to be made to our MC for the night, RW Bro. Alan Linkletter, who is also the chairperson of our CDMA, and to Bro. Roy Pettigrew, our sound manager for the show.


Before the skits by the Laurie Players, could get underway, there was a little time to fill. Bro. Roy was a great sport and quickly took up the mic to entertain the crowd while the players got the stage ready.



Here are the two skits as presented by the “Laurie Players” (Amos Margeson, Archie St. Peter, Stephen Hibberts, Justin Simons and Murray Scott).





A great thank-you to all musicians and everyone who worked to make this event so enjoyable and successful. And a special thanks, as well, to all the audience who showed up, for without your support the show would not have achieved its goal.

May this be the start of a new masonic endeavour for our Cumberland District.


Service Awards Presented

On the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, Widow Sons Lodge #48 was the site of an important event in their lodge’s history. Two Meritorious Service Awards were presented to two deserving brothers.

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W Bro. Bruce Stewart and RW Bro. Bill Merriam were each presented with these distinguished masonic awards.

W Bro. Jason Stewart, the son of W Bro. Bruce, read his father’s scroll in open lodge. Our DDGM, RW Bro. Graeme Bales then placed the award on the suit jacket pocket of W Bro. Bruce Stewart.

RW Bro. Phil Adams read the scroll of RW Bro. Merriam in open lodge. RW Bro. Merriam’s award was placed on his suit jacket pocket by our DDGM.

After the presentation the brothers each gave a short speech detailing their masonic careers. They then thanked Widow Sons Lodge #48 for recognizing them with such a high distinction.

Sweet Heart Darts

On Saturday, February 10, 2018, the lodges of Amherst joined to hold a Sweet Heart Darts day to raise money for this year’s CDMA Charity, the 4-H Clubs of Cumberland. Although the day started out a little “iffy”, as snow and rain were forecast, everything went off well. There was a good turn out of towns people and masons to take part in the day of darts.

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Darts players getting started in the Amherst Masonic Temple Hall.

Approximately 20 people were registered to play and with their registration fees added to the sale of food, plus a few donations, we came out with a total of $317 to be donated to the CDMA. Once added to the total coming from other lodges this money will be matched 3-to-1 by the Masonic Foundation of NS. Thus our contribution from Saturday will multiply to a grand total of $1268.   WELL DONE BROTHERS!

A big THANK-YOU to W Bro. Larry Ross, head of the CDMA’s Ways and Means Committee,  and to all brothers who helped out in any way to make the day a success.

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Everyone enjoyed the day of darts. On left is RW Bro. Alan Linkletter getting ready.
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VW Bro. Scott McNairn showing his dart throwing form with W Bro. Alfred Fisher waiting his turn.
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An expert darts player, W Bro. Charlie McWhirter and on Board #2, W Bro. Don MacKinnon.