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Miniota News By Linda Clark

Our Miniota Community sends get well wishes to Ken Armitage following surgery in Winnipeg. He is recuperating at home with his family.

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We are also thinking of, and sending get well wishes to, Dorothy Argue, Dorothea Amy, Lil Horner and Grant Brown who are patients in the Hamiota Hospital.

Congratulations to David Strachan and Angie Williamson who were married in an evening ceremony at their home in Kemnay on June 19th. Shirley Strachan attended her son’s wedding.

Deepest sympathy is extended to Tessa Sheane and her children Jaxon, Sawyer and Jayden, and to Mallory and Joey Sheane and their children Shaye, Kale and Reese on the death of their father and grandpa Ken Kerr of Hamiota. Our sympathy also to their mom, Janice and family.

Kyle, Ashlee, Amy and Kelsy’s twin sister, Lacey are excited to welcome baby Kelsy home following medical assistance in Winnipeg.

It was great to hear the students’ cheers and laughter all the way across town this past Friday as K-8 participated in their annual field day. Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, no parents and grandparents were able to be in attendance. A barbecue lunch added to the student’s day.

We send our best wishes with our graduating Grade 8 students who head to Birtle this fall for high school. They are: Coralee Anderson, Claire Armitage, Elise Armitage, Baker Bryant, Avery Clark, Addison Cousins, Brandi Couvier, Addison Hawtin, Clayton Judd, Aiden Lewis, and Scotlin Priestley.

Welcome to Adrienne Bryant who is the new senior’s coordinator for Miniota Municipal Services to Seniors. We wish you well in your new position.



Hi, my name is Adrienne Bryant and I am the resource coordinator for Miniota Municipal Service to Seniors. I am very excited to be filling this position and look forward to meeting and connecting with the residents in and around the Miniota, Beulah, Isabella, Arrow River and Crandall areas.

I live on a farm outside Miniota with my husband Chris and daughters Emily, Baylie, and Quinn. I am originally from Birtle, but have called Miniota my home for 22 years. My background includes nursing, homecare and recently, assisting Susanne Burdett the resource coordinator for Valley Service for Seniors in Birtle.

Miniota Municipal Service to Seniors (MMSTS) offers many services and programs, including, but not limited to: Lifeline info and installation, ERIK (Emergency Response Info Kits), meals on wheels, transportation, house/yard maintenance, errands, information and presentations, technology assistance, entertainment and friendly visiting.

Of course, a lot of these programs and services wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers – an integral part of MMSTS. Everything from drivers/escorts, housekeepers, entertainers, companions, meal delivery, running errands, etc. I am looking to expand my volunteer/fee for service provider list and will welcome any and all.

My office is located in Miniota at 123 North Railway Ave. and my hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00-12:00 and 1:00 -3:00.  My phone # is 204-567-8888, email

I am confident that as our Covid numbers go down and vaccination rates increase, the restrictions will continue to lift and we will be able to gather again soon. In the meantime, I look forward to hearing from you. If you or someone you know is needing assistance, or if you want to be added to my volunteer/service provider list, please give me a shout. I will also gladly welcome new ideas, concerns and friendly hellos.

I currently have vaccine consent forms and reusable face masks in my office, available to anyone. Stay safe and have a great week!


Summer solstice – June 21st has passed.  Hoping everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather we are having.

“Peace is not when everyone agrees. It is when we can respect our disagreements and still play in the sandbox together.”


Evergreen Place By Helen Martens

It is the month of June,

The month of leaves and roses,

When pleasant sights salute the eyes,

And pleasant scents the noses. - Nathaniel Parker Willis


Sunday, June 20, was an important day. It was the first day of summer, as well as Father’s Day. Jean Hersey says, "June is the gateway to summer." I like that because both June and summer suit me to a T, as the saying goes.

Father's Day was special here at Evergreen, as I hope it was for all fathers. Our president and vice-president of the Resident's Committee, Marlene Balzar and Joyce Braybrook, brought every male resident doughnuts for Father's Day. What a nice idea, ladies!

On a day when I had a personal disappointment, my dear "Church friend", Irma MacDougall showed up at my door with a huge bouquet of peonies from her garden. Irma, I really cannot express myself - what joy and cheer it brought me when you came! They create such a pleasant scent in my suite. What would I do without my church friends during this pandemic? I appreciate every one.

We, here at Evergreen, miss our friend June Gardiner, who is spending time in the Virden Hospital. Our prayers are with you June, at the loss of a family member. I wish you a peaceful heart in the midst of grieving and pain. There is so little one can do for friends who have to spend time in the hospital.

Marcus Cicero says, "If you have a garden and a library you have everything you need." It is my pleasure to have both.

The garden needs more care, like watering. The rain has helped with that at times, but I say thankyou to neighbour Vern for watering my plants when you take the water hose past my garden to get to your garden. Today I took my hoe out so I could get rid of a blanket of small weeds covering my garden. Friend Irene came by and she assured me they are wild portulaca plants. They are very aggressive weeds and apparently hard to get rid of it, if you remember Ches Chestnut, garden expert who used to be on radio, he said: If you have wild portulaca in your garden the only way to get rid of it is, don't put your hoe down till frost in Fall.

Fortunately, though we self-isolate we can go driving. The Rollos are my good examples, they do just that, they get into their van and tour the countryside. Irene Rowand was able to visit her sister Karen in Elkhorn. I have been driving around looking for a place where we used to go for picnics beside a very deep ravine between Elkhorn and Miniota. I haven't found it yet but will keep looking! The beauty of nature at this time cannot be surpassed.

Quote for the Day: “And since all this loveliness can not be Heaven, I know in my heart it is June." -Abba Louisa Goold Woolson


Kenton News By Karen Anderson


Well, it is officially summer so I hope everyone is enjoying the cooler weather lately. It certainly was a change from the very hot temperatures and there was even a risk of frost overnight recently. I hope that the crops and gardens survived the hot temperatures, strong winds and avoided the frost.

The eligibility dates for first dose vaccination changes frequently. It is presently May 25 and will likely update to May 29 on Wednesday, June 23; this is the criteria (date of first vaccine shot) that is being used to book appointments for second dose vaccine shots.

During June, there have been Pfizer and Moderna vaccine clinics in Virden, the next Pfizer clinic for Virden is Monday, June 28 at Tundra Oil & Gas Place.

The Super Site at the Keystone Centre remains open for appointments as well as now this week a walk-in clinic for the Moderna vaccine.

Please remember to bring your completed consent form for either the first or second vaccine dose.

It is encouraging that the number of daily new cases are decreasing and were less than 100 this week.

There were two Victoria Lifeline Units (Philips) installed in May in the area that the WSS covers.

The community garden (three raised beds) in Kenton is now planted. Manure was added to the two older beds.

A Gardening Workshop 101 sponsored by Prairie Mountain Health, Healthy Brandon and City of Brandon Parks/Recreation Dept. included free seeds. Three packages each contained green and yellow beans, peas, spinach lettuce and carrots. Four different types of tomato plants were also planted.

Due to the recent COVID-19 Restrictions/Public Health orders the regular foot clinic for June 11 was postponed until the health orders allow personal services again.

Karen Anderson, Resource Coordinator, Woodworth Senior Services

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