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Evergreen Place common room - social distancing, one person per table, set far apart.

Hello friends, neighbours and readers of the Empire-Advance. How was your Easter weekend? I trust you were able to have contact with some family in one way or other. By phone? Texting? Facetime? A good idea is to do a lot of journaling.

It was very quiet at Evergreen. I take isolating seriously, so did not see much activity here.

Good Friday was special. In keeping with the meaning of the day, I played some Easter hymns in the Common Room. With social-distancing in effect, only eight residents were there. Bert Webb is a whistler, and he joined by whistling in harmony with the organ music. Good job, Bert! We must do it again.

Life goes on. We cook, we do laundry, we clean, we order groceries, we greet one another in the halls, we wash our hands, we read, do crafts - did I say we wash our hands? We can keep busy, even in isolation.

Michelle Gabrielle, came from Winnipeg to visit her mother, Carol Gabrielle, for Easter.

Family Easter meals that had been planned had to be cancelled, which was disappointing

in most cases. Special Easter services, though cancelled, could be heard online.

Happy Birthday to Murray Hammond. His mother, Edna Hammond, and his sister Betty, from

Winnipeg, brought him a birthday supper on Sunday, April 12, to celebrate. Other April birthdays

are June Gardiner and Margaret Rollo.

Marlene Balzar went to Selkirk on Saturday, April 11, to visit her 101-year-old mother who is ailing. She could only see her for one hour and had to be gowned, with mask and gloves due to the


In spite of isolation we all need to keep in touch with family and friends somehow.

Quote for the Day:

"A friend is one of the nicest things you can have and one of the nicest things you can be."


Miniota By Bev Peel

It has been quite a different Easter Weekend with everyone confined to their homes because of the COVID-19 virus.

There’s been some blustery days with flurries and almost white-outs, wind and sun.

A new way of communicating by Zoom, telephone or messages have kept us in touch with family and friends. I think, when the dust settles (COVID-19) we will realize how very little we need, how very much we actually have and the true value of human connection!

The Prairie View Municipality meetings are held through Zoom and also the Parkissimo Lodge meeting last week using the new technology.

Welcome from the Miniota Community to another new couple who have moved into Miniota - Landen and Stephanie Mohr. Landen is working with Brad Cole in the bee business and Stephanie teaches online.

The School Custodians are still at work cleaning, even though the school is closed until further notice.

Quote from a calendar: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."