Birthdays, Valentine wishes and invitation to Two Creeks history

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Evergreen By Helen Martens

A warm hello to everyone on this cold Feb day. Here is a Valentine for you:

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"Hey you - You're often on my mind;

You're a terrific person,

One of a kind.

I'm sending this poem

Because I want to say

 I'm thinking of you

On Valentine's Day." -By Joanna Fuchs

We have two February birthdays at Evergreen: Debbie Kish and Chris Leach. I wish you both a Happy Birthday. I hope you can celebrate your special day somehow in spite of the pandemic restrictions.

The birthstone for Feb. is amethyst, meaning sincerity. People born in February are considered to be original and progressive thinkers, communicative, unique, openminded and logical. Check it out, do you know anyone who has a birthday in February? My daughter in Alberta just had a birthday and that describes her well.

On a -35 morning a few days ago, one of our residents went out and fell. The door was locked and he could not open it because he was so cold.

He went to a side door and fell there. A good thing it had a censor light and someone saw it and checked up on him. He had frozen hands. He was taken to the hospital and is being looked after.

Eileen Price had her second cataract eye surgery on Feb. 4, and is looking forward to better eyesight. Vern and Margaret Rollo were the kind friends who took her to Brandon for surgery. Two days later they took her for a check up. All is good.

Now on to Feb. 14, Valentine's Day. It's a day when you can express your love to a special person by sending a card. Traditional Valentine gifts might be roses, chocolates or jewellery. But who needs presents for Valentine's Day when nothing says "I love you" quite like homemade heart-shaped cookies!

Try this easy recipe for Sugar Cookies

Whisk together: 2 3/4 cups flour, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt

Mix with beater: 1 cup butter, 3/4 cups sugar, 1 large egg, 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Add flour mixture to this mixture. Cool dough (refrigerate).  Roll to 1/8 in. thick. Cut with valentine cutter. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 min. Ice and decorate.

Be sure to spend Feb. 14 with someone you love.

Quote for the Day:  "Love is a condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own." -- Robert Heinlein


Miniota By Bev Peel

The Replica of the West Two Creeks School has been placed on the front steps of the Miniota Museum since November of 2020. It was made by Bill Watson and his helpers and I'm sure his wife Grace would be one of them that drew all the lines on the walls to make it look like red bricks. The replica is six feet long, three feet wide and three feet high. It has been stored in a barn or garage thinking it could have been used for the 150th celebration in 2020 but because of the pandemic that didn't happen. It was last displayed at Miniota, Arrow River and Elkhorn Centennial Parades. Wayne Brown drove a team of horses pulling a rack with the display on it in the parades.

The school was built in 1920 and thirty-five different families went to school there between 1920 and 1966. Twenty-six pupils were enrolled the first year and eleven attended in 1966, the year the school closed.

Two Creeks School’s oldest former pupil is Lily Bowles, now 101 years.

Throughout the school’s history there were about thirty teachers, with two still living: Beryl Harvey (Mrs. Keith Cole) and Gloria Dunham (Mrs. Floyd Sheane). Four of the teachers found their spouses in this district and three of them in the surrounding area.

The school was also used for Church services and baptisms from 1924 to 1946. If anyone is interested, maybe take a drive to Miniota on a nice day to have a look at this miniature school!   

There is more information about the school you can read in the Prairie Neighbours history book 1881- 1981 or the Miniota Bridging the Years volumes 1 and 2, 1879 - 1967 and 1967 - 1976.

No other news so I will end with this quote:  "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." -Lao Tzu   


Woodworth Senior Services Report

By Karen Anderson

It is always nice to see the end of the month of January - however, it was the fourth warmest January in Brandon weather records - so was very tolerable. During the month, there was some different weather with rain, fog and hoar frost and unfortunately, rain on the 14th followed by a blizzard so this caused some icy conditions on the highways and also for walking. There is still some ice under the snow so one still has to be careful walking.

Then February has arrived with very cold temperatures all due to the polar vortex bringing the arctic air south to the prairies.

On Jan. 23, there was a modest loosening of restrictions that were set on Nov. 12 by Public Health and the Manitoba Government. The entire province remains under the critical level/red zone as per Manitoba's pandemic response system.

On January 25, the Kenton RM building allowed one person in the office to do business. Therefore, this also applied to the WSS office. There are still rules to follow, read the posted notices before entering, wear a mask, sanitize and follow social distancing.

There have been several requests lately to borrow the health aid equipment that WSS has available. There is no charge to borrow the equipment but if desired, donations to WSS are accepted. We are grateful for the equipment that has been donated through the years for residents of the community to use.

A foot clinic was held on Tuesday, Feb. 2 with seven clients. The last foot clinic was held Oct. 30, 2020 so hopefully this service can return to the usually scheduled availability of every six weeks .

It has been great for some to be able to watch NHL hockey games again on the TV.

The next sports coverage on TV will be the Scotties curling games. Manitoba will be represented by at least four teams.

Thinking of all who have recently been ill, or have been in the hospital and now are recovering at home,

continued best wishes to all for a healthy 2021.

Karen Anderson, Resource Coordinator for Wood worth Senior Services

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