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YOUR COMMUNITY: With all this snow, is it time to settle in with a bowl of comfort food?
Caramel popcorn is special when it's homemade.

Miniota News By Linda Clark

Congratulations to Dusty and Melissa Hill and big sister Samantha on the arrival of their son and brother, Declan Jeffrey Ray Hill, born on Dec. 18. Welcome Declan.

Sending birthday greetings from Miniota friends to Bev Peel of Brandon on the occasion of her 80th birthday. Happy birthday Bev.

Get well wishes are being sent to Dorothea Amy, a patient in the Brandon Hospital, following a fall requiring surgery. Wishing you the return of good health Dorothea.

Our students headed back to class this Monday, Jan. 17. Wishing students and staff a great term.

Our countryside is beautiful and white, although I hear from some of our local skidoers that the fields are more than a bit rough due to the blowing snow that creates hard drifts. But the beautiful weather had many out enjoying the winter weather - from skidooing to sledding to skiing and yes even many just enjoying a walk in the fresh air.

This thought, “Kindness is like snow. It beautifies everything it covers.”

Princess Lodge By Janice Simpson

The Measor Family visited their grandma Eleanor Opper on Jan. 14, 15 and 16.

Residents’ birthdays in January are Lena Klein, Irene Magotioux, James Draper and Janice Simpson.

The birthday party will be Jan. 25 with card bingo between 2 and 3 p.m. The lunch hostess will be Gwen Charney.

Get well wishes to Dorothy Downer and Dawn White from the residents.

A lovely snow again. ‘We need lots to help fill the dugouts and rivers,’ I tell myself every time I have to clean off my car.


Evergreen Place By Helen Martens

Hello, everyone. Were you all waiting for the Empire-Advance? It was only three days late. We knew it had to be because of the snow. It arrived at Evergreen on Monday, Jan. 17.
These days, all we can think of and see is snow, and more snow. Mary Oliver said, and I quote, "Snow was falling, so much like little stars filling the dark trees that one could easily imagine its reason for being was nothing more than prettiness." Emmi, who lives on the second floor, looks right at the tall evergreen trees and she expressed to me how beautiful the snow covered trees were. She encouraged me to take pictures of this beauty. Snow, like we have now, causes a lot of problems but the beauty of it no one can deny.

I asked a resident, did they do anything that was news worthy in 2022. The answer was, nothing new, all is like the old. So how does one write a news article?

Dee's Electric of Swan River, who is working at replacing our Fire Alarm System, is back after the Christmas/New Year break. Now they are working upstairs. They have a big job to do but it is interesting to watch how it is done.

Anne Lodder's grandson Bailey came from Shoal Lake to visit his grandma. We love seeing children and grandchildren come for visits.

When it snows you have two choices as we have said before, you shovel or make snow angels. Chris Leach, a resident here, shovels. The more it snows, the more he shovels. I hope you don't run out of energy, Chris.

When we are mostly indoors, we have to think of things to do. Some bake, some paint, some read or do diamond art, and many go to the Common Room for coffee and chit-chatting. I made this Caramel Popcorn today (Mon. Jan 17). It is ever so simple to do and is a great snack. Try it: Melt 1 cup butter in saucepan

Stir in 1 cup brown sugar, mix well.

Stir constantly bringing it to a boil.

Allow to cook with no stirring for 5 min.

After 4 min. add 2 tsp. vanilla and mix. 

After the 5 min. add 1/2 tsp baking soda.

Drizzle over 10 cups of popcorn, stir gently to cover all popcorn.

Pour into a foil lined cookie sheet to cool. It keeps well in an air tight container, if any is left by the end of the day.

I know this is to be an Evergreen news report but watching news on TV sometimes helps a person to be thankful, especially when you see the struggles some areas have because of the snow. I want to say thank you to our town workers who are working to keep our streets clear and safe.

Quote for the Day: "I love snow for the same reason I love Christmas. It brings people together while time stands still. No one seems to be in a rush to experience anything other than the glory of the day, whenever or however it happened." - Sylvia Plath