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Kenton, Miniota, Evergreen Place and Princess Lodge share early summer news

Miniota, a thriving community, sits at the junction of Hwy 24 and Hwy 83 on the edge of the Assiniboine Valley.

Evergreen Place By Helen Martens

Hello everyone! The Paper Holiday is over, so I greet you again. Summer has finally come.

Brian Wilson reminds us: "Summer means happy times and good sunshine." The sunshine has been given to us but the happy times we must plan ourselves.

Evergreen residents have been busy these past weeks. Let me tell you about it.

Sherry Gompf of Edmonton visited with her mother Phyllis and other family members. Phyllis and Sherry also attended the Celebration of Life for Ina Slimmon on July 2, in the Oak Lake Community Hall.

Some enjoyable events since the last paper have been the fireworks on Canada Day, also we enjoyed the Canada Day parade moving past the Evergreen.

Eileen Price spent a few days with her son Floyd at Clear Lake. Irene Rowand joined the Rowand family gathering at Elkhorn last week.

I had the privilege and fun to join cousins and their families for their annual family gathering at Gerald and Elly Martens. For me, the highlight was the fish meal which my nephew Gordon and Lynn, of Ontario prepared for the 50 people gathered there.

My grandson, Steven, an avid fisherman, was fishing along the Pipestone creek west of Cromer. He heard a rustling behind him in the long grass. Turning around he saw a cougar following him and hissing at him. Thankfully, he made it back to the highway unharmed.

So far, we have had two concerts in the Victoria Park this summer. We, the residents who went, enjoyed the outdoors and the music, along with many others. The concerts will continue weekly on Thursdays, at 7:00 pm. It’s good place to meet friends whom you might not have seen in a while. I hope to see you there.

I enjoyed the evening at the Aud theatre when Jim Treliving was there.

We have two new residents at Evergreen. We want to welcome Shirley Strachan, who moved in from Miniota, and Carol Kotylak from Elkhorn. May it be a good home for you both.

Mark Gabrielle with his two cute Chihuahuas Roxy and Bobo, visited his mother Carol Gabrielle for a number of days.

Have a happy, safe summer.

Quote for the day: "Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August."  -Jenny Han

Kenton WSS By Karen Anderson

On June 9, the regular foot clinic was held with 10 clients. The next foot clinic will be in seven weeks instead of six weeks due to the local fairs in the area.

GoSafe 2.0 lifeline was installed for a client on June 14. This is the latest model as it has no base unit/communicator. It only has a pendant and charger. Again, you need good cell service but it still is connected through a land line. There was a Father’s Day promotion so two months were free. The installation fee is $70 and the monthly fee is $69.95.

There was a COVID-19 vaccine clinic with Novavaccine also available in Virden on June 15. The Novavaccine has a different formula than Pfizer or Moderna. Vaccine Clinics for the fourth shot or second booster continue, and appointments are being made. There is a new virus, Norovirus that has GI symptoms and seems to be related to seafood. There is no vaccine available. Some confusion that it is a COVID-19 variant which it is not.

On June 19, Lenore W.I. held a Car Rally with food available for sale.

The Canada Day events at Kenton were well attended. This included a pancake breakfast, car rally and beef pit BBQ supper.

Posters were put up for Strawberry Picking at Grand Valley in Brandon first week in July. The cost is $20 for a 4L pail. Summer assistants at Hamiota Arts Centre oversee the event.

Princess Lodge By Janice Simpson

Richard Magatiaux from Medicine Hat, Joanne and Allan Benedicton from Winnipeg, Ed and Laura Magatiaux from Kenosee Lake visited with their mum, Irene Magatiaux on the weekend of June 26.

Addie Young, accompanied by her daughters Kathy and Dororthy, visited with Charmaine Rainey on July 4 and 5. She also saw a lot of the residents she had not seen for a long time and had a good visit.

Sympathy to Irene Magatiaux from the residents on the passing of her brother. Also, sympathy to Gwen Charney and Audrey Watters for the passing of their sister Kay. Sympathy to Lucina Decroliere family for the passing of Lucina.

Joyce Heaman and Norma Millar of Bradwardine motored to Nipawin Sask. on July 5 for a few days with Marilyn Kinnear and Calvin Dion.

Janice Simpson and family had their Christmas gathering at the home of Wayne, Marie, Drew and Aaron Simpson, along with Wayne and Lori, Randy and Kelsey Hudson. Lexi Stuart from Yorkton. Troy, Catherine, Ben, Logan and Kennedy from Virden, as well as Gordon. Lisa, Melissa and Lucus were there as was Jason Sheane and friend Hanna from Winnipeg. There was 22 of us. It was so good to see them all.

Ray Everett of Brandon visited Grandma Bowles on Wednesday, July 13.


Miniota News By Linda Clark

Week of July 8

We extend congratulations to Rob and Marilyn Warkentin, Virden on their 50th wedding anniversary. 

Attending Abby Stowe’s grade 12 graduation at Rocanville were grandparents John and Noreen Stowe, and Wayne and Dorothy Brown.  Other family in attendance were Darryl, Krista, Khloe and Boden Brown, Wendy Soder and Darlene Lane.  Congratulations Abby!

Sheila Kokorudz travelled to Calgary to attend the grade 12 graduation of her granddaughter Cagney, daughter of Amanda and Rob Arran.  She also attended her grandson Yusef’s 14th birthday.

Visiting with Don and Sandra Armitage and here to attend their grandmother’s funeral were Lyle and Loni Armitage, Layne, Libby and Lachlan, Calgary, and Dustin and Kerilee Fouillard, Carter, Addy and Casey from Melfort.

Appreciation to our senior’s coordinator Adrienne Bryant and Sheila Kokorudz for the Canada Day decorations to brighten up our Main Street. Several enjoyed bingo at the DropIn to celebrate Canada Day along with cupcakes and punch.

Sympathy is extended to Ruth Teasdale and her family on the death of her brother Gordon Russet.

A warm welcome to Phyllis Thompson who has become a resident at Parkissimo Lodge.  Enjoy your new home.

A wedding shower was held to honour Rory Laite, daughter of Sean and Vickie Laite, on Saturday, June 2 at the Miniota Community Hall. 

Hats off to the community of Arrow River for the ball games on July 1 and a great display of fireworks in the evening!  Enjoyed by many!

A friendly reminder to phone in news of your summer visitors and/or your summer travels to 567-3847.

“A flower doesn’t think of competing with the flower next to it.  It just blooms.” Zen Shin

Week of July 15

Mae Watters, Trudy Watters and Linda Wotton attended the funeral of Kay Rainka, daughter of the late Dick and Pearl Watters.  The funeral was held on July 7th in Winnipeg.

Mike Morton, Stettler AB and Chris and Christine Tougas and family of Red Lake ON visited with the Clark family.  A gathering was held at the campsite of Ron and Irene Clark at the Miniota Golf Course Campgrounds on Thursday evening.

We extend best wishes to Shirley Strachan who has moved to make her home at the Evergreen at Virden.  Enjoy your new home, Shirley.

A wind and rain storm hit our area on Sunday evening, with trees and hydro poles downed in town and more water in the fields.

“Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.”  Karen Salmonsohn

Week of July 22

Enid Haines, Deanna and Addison Hawtin travelled to Innisfail, Alta. to attend the funeral service on July 19 for Enid’s brother, John Newsham.  Barb Haines, Lee and Jesse travelled from Peace River, Alta. to join them there for a few days and to attend the funeral.

Colin Campbell and Judy Stewart of Abbotsford BC visited with Stan and Bonnie Bryant.  Stan and Bonnie hosted a family gathering at their camper at the Miniota Golf course so all could visit with Colin and Judy.  Attending to visit with Colin and Judy were Stan and Bonnie’s family, Norma Shurvell from the Sherwood at Virden, and Sheila Lockhart.

Deepest sympathy is extended to Brent Lelond, Winnipeg, Craig and Amanda Lelond, Cole and Carter, Rivers, and Andrew and Tammy Lelond, Liam, Riley and Hudson and Ryan Lelond and Ava-Joy on the death of their mother and grandmother, Wendy Lelond on July 12th.  A funeral service was held on July 20th at the Miniota United Church with interment at the Arrow River Cemetery. Wendy will be missed by family and friends.

Deepest sympathy is extended to Tom Swiston and Kathy Taylor and their family on the death of Tom’s mother Shirley Swiston. 

With this heat wave, a rainstorm came once again on Monday night. 

“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.”  Maya Angelou