Miniota By Linda Clark
With the news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 8, all flags that can be lowered, are flying at half mast in our community. Out of respect for Her Majesty, flags will remain lowered until sunset on the eve of her funeral on Sept. 19.
Deepest sympathy is extended to Jon and Deanna Hawtin, Peyton, Ashten and Addison on the death of Jon’s mother and their grandma, Marilyn Hawtin at Airdrie, Alta. Jon is spending time with his dad there.
Congratulations to Ed and Hazel Wadham on the wonderful milestone in celebrating their 74th wedding anniversary. (See their story in 2020.) Ed and Hazel are residents at the Westman Nursing Home in Virden. Here to join in on the celebration with John and Noreen Stowe and their family, were Glen and Maureen Wadham, their daughter Bobi, her husband Tyler and their son Jett, all from Prince Albert. Saturday, family booked the Virden Handivan so all could enjoy a ride with Ed and Hazel visiting local sites, the Virden cemetery and out into the country to watch the combines working. On Sunday, Sept. 11, the actual anniversary date, family gathered on the Westman patio to enjoy anniversary cake with the honoured couple. Happy anniversary Ed and Hazel from your Miniota friends!
The Miniota United Church began in person worship for the fall season this past Sunday, Sept. 11. A beautiful autumn day to welcome three children in the sacrament of baptism were Emma Lenore, daughter of Jodie and Owen Thomas; and Kelsy Marie and Lacey Leanne, daughters of Kyle and Ashlee Gurr. Family attending to witness the baptism of Emma were Great Grandma Vi Joseph from Virden, grandparents Edmore and Ruth Thomas, Birtle and John and Barbara Lynn Hodgins, Miniota, and extended family Jolene Hodgins, Miniota, and Llinos and Serge Deschambault, Rian and Avery, and friends Stu and Debra Duncan from St. Lazare. Family attending the service to witness the baptism of Kelsy and Lacey were Barry and Joanne Dawson, Justin Dawson and family, Amanda and Shad Gulbranson and family from Fort Qu’appelle Sask.; Bev Peel, Brandon; Megan and Dave Ferguson, Judy Kingdon and Marie Smith, Minnedosa; and Aaron Lee and Melissa Wenstob, Birtle.
We extend deepest sympathy to Geoff and Barb Baxter and their family on the death of Barb’s sister Anne Gwyer on Sept. 10 at Brandon. Sympathy also to Anne’s husband Bob Gwyer and their family.
“Let us not take ourselves too seriously. None of us has a monopoly on wisdom.” - Queen Elizabeth II.
Evergreen Place By Helen Martens
"God save our gracious king!
Long live our noble king!
God save the king!
Send him victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us
God save the king!"
I don't know how many are happy about changing the Royal Anthem, but it's what we will be singing, maybe for a long time. In 1953, when King George VI passed away so suddenly, we changed from King to God save the Queen. It took me back 70 years, I was teaching school when Queen Elizabeth became queen. All the students received a special certificate with their name on it, and a coin to remember this time. I still have mine as many of you readers probably still do. Now, we have King Charles III.
Chris Leach had the pleasure of camping at Clear Lake this weekend.
Emmi Schneider was away to Winnipeg this weekend to attend the beautiful wedding of a granddaughter.
Driving in the countryside, my special pleasure, we must be happy for the farmers. The weather has been favorable, so combining was in full swing. Some may even be finished.
I read the Empire-Advance last Friday, and was interested to read the article about the newly built golf clubhouse in Reston. Two of us residents went out there for a meal on Saturday, the 10th. It's a good place to eat.
Today, Monday, the 12th, we, at Evergreen got a brighter outlook on life! The capable window washers did a good job of washing our windows on the outside. Thank you.
It looks like we may be getting some days of rain this week, according to the forecast. I hear remarks like, "We need the rain" when I listen to Evergreen conversation.
We miss my closest neighbour, Bert Webb. Wherever you are, Bert, our well wishes are with you. Like I've said before, we miss those cheerful whistles as you walked down the halls.
Virden Book Club is reading "Playing for Pizza" by John Grisham this month. We meet the first Thursday of the month at 1 p.m., at the library. You are welcome to join us.
In another week, Fall will be here, the leaves are beginning to fall. I read a fallen leaf is nothing more than summer waving goodbye.
Quote for the Day: "Today will never come again. Be a blessing. Be a friend. Encourage someone. Take time to care. Let your words heal, not wound." Author Unknown
Princess Lodge By Janice Simpson
Les and Bernice Graham visited with Tim and Heather Graham and family of Rocanville on the Labour Day weekend.
David Greenlay of Leduc, Alta. is visiting his mother, Ethel Bowles.
Joyce Heaman and Brian attended the funeral of Ruby Haasgaard (ne’ Beary) at Rosewood Gardens in Brandon on Sept. 9. Ruby passed away Aug. 23 at Souris.
Residents are truly grateful for all the vegetables that were brought to Princess Lodge.
Grandma Janice visited Troy, Catherine Stuart and family in Bennet Cresc. The kids are back in school. Ben in Gr. 5 at junior high, Logan in Gr. 3, Kennedy in kindergarten at Mary Montgomery. Zane is in Gr. 1 at Goulter School.
The flowers at the lodge are beautiful but frost will soon be coming.