Evergreen Place By Helen Martens
We have said goodbye to December 2021. Now we welcome January 2022. January is a time of new beginnings. It is a time to refocus on our priorities and set new goals. I wish everyone a year filled with joy, success and peace. May God bless each and everyone of us and our families.
Many here at Evergreen have been able to spend Christmas with family members. Let me tell you about some of them.
Irene Rowand took in a Christmas service with her family. Then they had a turkey Christmas meal at her daughter Faye's place.
Anne Lodder spent Christmas Day with her daughter at Shoal Lake.
Harold and Lynda Spring were with family at Ninette. On New Year’s Day they visited their daughter Candice at Pipestone.
On Christmas Day Vern and Margaret Rollo had brunch with son Darcy and Scott. Then they all went to Brandon to their daughter Heather’s for Christmas dinner. On Boxing Day, Vern and Margaret went to Miniota for the Sararas/Rollo Christmas held in the Skating Rink.
I joined family on the 25th in Elkhorn. We were four generations, what a joy to see great grands on this special day.
Emmi Schneider enjoyed Christmas Day with son Tom and Tonya. On the 25th of December her daughter Suzanne and Bruce Downing picked her up, in spite of the cold weather, to be with them to celebrate Christmas.
We had a heavy snowfall on Dec. 26 and 27, with brutally cold temperatures. I'm glad we got our parking lot cleared soon after.
Marlene Balzar was at Oak Lake Beach with her daughter Maureen and granddaughters on Christmas Day.
Michelle Gabrielle of Winnipeg, spent close to a week with her mom, Carol Gabrielle, during this Christmas week.
Joyce Braybrook's daughter Barb and Dale of Winnipeg and son Sid of Balmoral came to Evergreen to be with Joyce on Christmas Day.
Linda West's son Philip and Amber and their daughter Lily of Virden had a pizza dinner meal here at their mom's.
Mike, Penny, Linda, Terri and Chris had their Christmas turkey meal delivered to Evergreen from The Garden Cafe in Elkhorn.
We have three January birthdays, Emmi Schneider, Vern Rollo and Tom Tyhy. The January birthstone is Garnet, said to bring love, luck, health, loyalty and friendship. Garnets have long been considered symbols of love. It is the gem given as gifts on the 2nd and 18th anniversaries. Because of the continued pandemic we were not able to have our usual evening birthday entertainment. Happy Birthday to all who have a January birthday.
Quote for the Day - "Out with the Old; in with the New; may you be happy the whole year through. Happy New Year!" -Author unknown
Princess Lodge By Janice Simpson
Charlotte and Murray Saal from Regina came to visit Aunt Lena Klein, Dec. 28.
Marge Tapp spent several days in Winnipeg with Karen Naumiuk and family and enjoyed Christmas and a birthday.
Joyce Heaman had her daughter Marilyn Kinnear from Red Deer visiting her. They were at Brian and Sandy Heaman’s for Christmas. Jonathan and Norma Millar were also guests. Joyce and Marilyn were at Brian and Sandy’s for New Year’s. Georgina and Lyle Forsyth took Sheila and Percy Pierce to Winnipeg for Christmas. Sheila and Percy’s visitors for New Year’s were Georgina and Lyle Forsyth.
Joyce Heaman and Marilyn visited Norma Millar at Kenton during the holidays.
Janice Simpson spent Christmas with Troy and Catherine Stuart and family. Lisa and Gordon Sheane from Winnipeg visited Janice. We all went to Wayne Simpson’s for Boxing Day supper.
Miniota By Linda Clark
Congratulations to Jamie Sheane and Jessica Peters on the birth of their daughter Jazlynn Elizabeth on Dec. 8. Jazlynn is also welcomed by her big sister Jemma, her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
The Miniota United Church Christmas Hamper committee was most appreciative of the donations they received again this year, allowing them to deliver 12 hampers in our area.
A warm welcome to Janice Kerr from Hamiota who moved into her new home on Louisa Avenue just prior to Christmas. Visiting mom, Janice and sisters Tess and Mallory and their families for Christmas was Jill Gemert-Duchesne and her daughter Julia from Trenton, ON.
Elizabeth (Liz) Hargrave and her children Hudson, Alec, Savannah and Isabelle from Walsh, Alta. enjoyed Christmas with her parents Edward and Beth Lelond. As well, the children enjoyed lots of cousin time with Kade, Rhett and Brooks Lelond, and Grandma Marg Taylor from the Sherwood in Virden; and Luke and Robin Lelond joined them for a Christmas meal. Liz would like to give a huge bouquet to our rink caretaker Danny Argue for all the hours he opened the rink for family skating during the Christmas season. The Hargrave family clocked 16 hours of skating in our hometown rink.
Steven, Catherine, Steven Jr. and Ryan Stowe of Calgary visited with John and Noreen Stowe, Darryl and Krista Brown and family, and Erin Brown and family at Rocanville for the Christmas holiday. They all joined the Wayne and Dorothy Brown family at the rink for a Christmas celebration.
Shirley Strachan visited with David and Angie Strachan at Kemnay for Christmas.
Christmas visitors with Bob and Donna Gardham were Perry and Teri Van De Kerckhove and daughters Morgan, Eve, and Mallory of Souris, Tristan Gardham of Miniota and Ken and Irene McFarlin of Rapid City.
Barry and Lynne Cornish accompanied by their daughter Kerri-Lynne Cornish of Brandon, travelled to visit Todd Cornish and his family at Red Deer, Alta. and then on to Cranbrook B.C. to spend part of the Christmas season with Chris, Kyla, Katie and Finn Zettel.
Randy and Ollie McKean were pleased to have their family Angie and Devrin Stonehouse and children, Sean and April McKean and family, and Robyn and Traci McKean and daughter for Christmas.
Visiting with Kevin and Carol Bonner for the Christmas season were Kevin and Lacey Rudulier and daughters Stella and Lydia, Blackfalds, Alta., Daryl and Beckie McLeod, Arlo and Milo from Elkhorn, and Bob, Baylee and Lane. Other visitors were Janet and Glen Taylor from Elkhorn and Kristen McAuley and Dave Hadiuk and family from Fleming.
Lyle and Loni Armitage and family of Calgary, Alta. and Dustin and Kerilee Fouillard and family of Melfort, Sask. visited with Don and Sandra Armitage and Brian and Candice Armitage and family for the Christmas holiday. Lyle and Kerilee both visited their grandma Margaret Heise at Victoria Landing in Brandon, where she has just recently become a resident.
Keenan Lewis, Winnipeg, Connor Lewis, Brandon and Linda Lewis, Moosomin joined Trevor, Marcie and Aiden Lewis for Christmas Day.
Linda Clark visited with Daryl and Melanie Clark and family at Ituna Sask.
Jason, Marnie and Madison Packham of Shoal Lake visited with Danny and Karen Argue on Christmas Day, and Loren Argue and James Shaw of Russell were their Boxing Day visitors.
Duane and Christine Gardham and family of Fort McMurray, Alta. were visitors with Ron and Shelley Gardham and family enroute to visit Christine’s family for Christmas at Terrace Bay, Ont.
Adrienne Bryant, our Miniota Seniors for Service co-ordinator is currently busy moving her office into the Miniota DropIn Centre.
Despite the cold snap we are experiencing many are out walking, skidooing, skiing and enjoying the beautiful white snow we received. The rink is busy with hockey games. Drop down and enjoy some hockey and have a good old rink burger!
Happy New Year to all our readers! May 2022 be kind to you all. I think one of my favourite inspirational quotes to kick off this new year is: “And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been.” Rainer Maria Rilke; or this one: “It may be time to put away the Christmas decorations, but DO NOT put away your Christmas Spirit. Keep it all year!” Stay well and safe. Be hopeful for good things to come in 2022.