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Miniota has a 99-er and Evergreen Place talks bugs


The Miniota Community extends its deepest sympathy to Heather and Ed Benson, Autumn, Erykah, Connor and Cain on the death of their daughter and sister Jaymee. Sympathy also to Jaymee’s grandparents, Vern and Margaret Rollo and to Darcy, Tracy and Chad and their families on the loss of their niece and cousin.

Sympathy is extended to David Johnston and Rachelle Lougheed on the death of David’s father, Blair Johnston of Birtle.

Belated 99th birthday greetings to Dorothea Amy, a resident at Parkissimo Lodge. Due to Covid Dorothea was pleased to receive many phone calls and cards to acknowledge her day.

Welcome home to Grant Brown who has been a patient in the Hamiota Hospital.

Many in our community have been or are headed for their second vaccine needle.

Flags flew at half mast this week in our community to acknowledge the 215 Indigenous graves discovered at the Kamloops Residential School. 

Due to the expected heat wave this week, our crops and gardens are in need of a good rain. Although the fire ban has been lifted at this point, the fire department encourages everyone to be careful with any fires.

A quote for this week: “We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace, and the norms and notions of what is just, isn’t always justice.”

Evergreen Place By Helen Martens

Hello, friends, the months roll by, don't they? And now June has arrived.

"What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that it's fresh, young beauty will ever fade."  - Gertrude Jekyll

So, what can we say about June? Have you seen a June bug? When I first saw one, the size alone kind of scared me. They are a nocturnal beetle; hence they fly at night. Plop! One would hit you, fall to the ground and land on their back, twirl around with a loud buzzing noise. June bugs are no joke to your lawn and garden. These insatiable insects make a meal of your fruit, your trees, shrubs and lawns. Roses apparently are a particular favorite. But their larval form, called a grub, does the most damage. Grubs live in the soil and feed off the roots of plants, especially grass.

You can get rid of June bugs by destroying the adults in mid-summer when they lay their eggs on the grass. To attract and effectively drown the June bugs, pour one half cup of molasses into a jar, add one half cup of hot water. Shake well. Bury the open jar next to a rose bush or other plant, leaving only the neck of the jar above the soil. Dispose of any drowned beetles and refill as necessary. Good luck!

Our Evergreen gardens have been seeded and planted. Now comes the excitement of spotting the seeds sprout and pop out of the ground, and watching the plants grow. Instead of a row of jalapeno peppers, this year I planted a row of cucumbers. I also planted tomatoes, one Beefsteak and one Champion, a new kind for me. A friend told me about this tomato so I hope I will have champion tomatoes off this plant. My plants were put in the ground the day after the last frost. Whew! Was I ever glad.

We, the residents of Evergreen, extend our deepest, heartfelt sympathy to Vernon and Margaret Rollo, whose 22-yr.-old granddaughter Jaymee Ashley Rollo-Benson passed away unexpectedly this last weekend. Jaymee was the daughter of Heather and Ed Benson of Brandon.

We should be enjoying great weather this coming week. At the same time let's all remember to keep safe as we keep the restrictions set out for us. If we pull together, we will get over this pandemic.

Quote for the Day: "Dance as though no one is watching, Love as though you have never been hurt, Sing as though no one can hear you, Live as though heaven is on earth!" (Attributed to various sources.)

 Miniota News By Linda Clark

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