Birthdays, card games and the national anthem, in Your Community


Evergreen Place By Helen Martens


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Sept. 7, today is Labour Day in Canada. I have collected a few comments about this day. Prime Minister John Thompson passed a law, making Labour Day official on July 23, 1894. On occasions such as Labour Day, everything in home and clothing was decked out in red, white and blue. Add a mask to it and we'd have an interesting looking town today! Labour Day is a patriotic holiday. Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous, as well as strong. Patriotism, or national pride, is the feeling of love, devotion and sense of attachment to a homeland. Patriotism unites us. We put our differences aside to help our countrymen in need. It means loyalty of person to his/her own nation. How can I love my country? Be an active citizen, learn about your country’s history, focus on current events and celebrate holidays. Readers, you can add own thoughts. How did you celebrate this day?

In spite of the fact that it was a perfect spot for the Book Club, it was a windy day, on Thursday, Sept. 3, at Lions Campground. But book lovers, if weather permits, do we want to meet there again in a few weeks? The Campground will be open for a while yet.

Sylvia Heslip's sisters, Mary Anne Peniuk and Elaine and Conrad Arvisais, all of Brandon, were Sylvia's

supper guests on Thursday, Sept. 3. In the evening they went to Ebor to visit Sylvia's son Brian and Lorna Heslip.

School is starting in Virden. I am sure there is excitement in many homes as children with their parents prepare to begin another school year. As a grandma, and great-grandma, I wish all children an exciting and safe school year.

I am analysing this good quote from somewhere, "Even though there are days I wish I could change some things that happened in the past, there is a reason the rear-view mirror is so small and the windshield is so big; where you're headed is much more important than what you've left behind."

Quote for us all today: Verse 2 of Canada's National Anthem

'O Canada, where pines and maples grow,

Great prairies spread and lordly rivers flow,

How dear to us thy broad domain,

From East to Western sea,

Thou land of hope for all who toil,

 Thou true north strong and free,

God keep our land glorious and free,

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee."


Miniota By Bev Peel

"Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its strength."

 The weather out there has been frightful with such high winds causing swathed Canola fields blowing around making it harder to combine. Then the cooler temperatures and frost! Today with the sunshine making it more promising as the temperatures get better and make it more beautiful. Wishing all the farmers a safe harvest.

Wednesday, Sept. 3, Laurie Copet and Ruth Teasdale celebrated their birthdays with other ladies playing cards in the evening, along with birthday cake. Get well wishes to Ruth Teasdale who, at this time, is in Hamiota hospital. Wishing her a speedy recovery.

Happy Birthday to Lil Horner who celebrated her birthday on Sept. 5 by spending some time with her daughter, Irene McFarlin, at Rapid City. Then, they spent Sunday with daughter Donna here in Miniota.

There are eleven other people celebrating birthdays this month in the Miniota Municipality. A happy birthday to them all and our best wishes from the Miniota Drop In.

Tracy McTavish from Brandon and Nicole Peel spent some time with Murray and Bev Peel Sunday, then visited with Danny, Jaelynn, Brantley and Payton Carter and Trent and Sandra Peel on Sunday.  

"A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer."

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