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Evergreen Place By Helen Martens

How the weeks fly by, August is halfway done.

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I believe, we at Evergreen are all happy that Profit Paving Ltd. of Brandon have repaired the street corner of Hargrave St. and Third Ave. No more detouring for us residents.

Dale Hill had pizza supper at his sister Marlene and Garth Leslie’s on Fri., Aug. 14.

Sylvia Heslip, once again, spent the afternoon and supper with son Lorne and Marie Heslip on Sunday, Aug. 16.

When have we seen these strange sights before? Being a Blue Jays fan, I've been able to watch live games again. But wearing masks while playing ball? Strange indeed!

It is chokecherry picking time. Rose HighEagle’s daughter Darlene, and granddaughter, picked the chokecherries and now Rose is making jelly. Good luck. I want to pick some too but where? And I don't want to go alone. Scared of bears. Any volunteers to help me pick?

Eileen Price had cataract eye surgery last week. The Rollo's were the kind taxi that took her to Brandon. Eileen says she appreciated her neighbour, Joyce Braybrook staying with her overnight to see to her need. She goes back to Brandon for check-ups on Thurs. the 20th.

I have a "plug" for Lion's Campground. "Plug" has 22 meanings in my Webster's American Family dictionary. I use the meaning, "a favorable mention". Troy and Pauli Primeau, of Redcliff, Alta. camped at Virden Lion's Campground from Wednesday to Sunday this past week. They agreed, with Pauli's Mom, Helen Martens of Evergreen, that it is the best campground in this area. Where will you find a campground with so many beautiful, tall, old trees of such variety? It is a family friendly place to camp, so well kept by the Lion's Club of Virden. There are 79 campsites, all but six are full service. The Primeaus say, "No doubt, we're coming back next year".

Quote for the Day: "Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success and love; it will come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature." - Steve Marabali


Princess Lodge By Bernice Graham

Since our province has started to open up more for travelling, the residents have been able to visit with their families, which helps a person in dealing with this “new normal” as I believe God created us for being community minded and not “lone ranger” living.

The recent rains and hot weather have helped the flowers and greenery to greatly flourish and produce an abundance of gorgeous colours and aromas and I’m sure this helps to lift our spirits, especially in this social distancing era.

Janice Simpson visited with Derek, Karly, Zane and Pasley Hodgins on August 16 to celeb rate Zane’s fourth birthday.

Janice joined Virden Royal Purple sisters at Oak Lake at Marie Plaisier’s cabin – a lovely get-together as we hadn’t been together since February.

A good quote from Helen Keller, “The best and most beautiful things in life cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”      


 Miniota By Bev Peel

Raven and Elody McKenzie entertained with Raven playing classical music on the piano, steady for three quarters of an hour. Elody then played guitar and sang contemporary songs. Two very talented young people! Proud Dad is Clayton McKenzie, and grandparents are Bob and Sharon McKenzie. Thanks to Aunt Mary Hurlin for inviting them.

We also congratulated Don and Leila Darker on their 65th Anniversary which was Aug. 13.

Faye (Lelond) Campbell's family held a belated 75th Birthday Party on Aug. 15 at the Arrow River hall. Family members and relatives came from all over Manitoba - Thompson, Winnipeg, Oak Lake, Miniota, Arrow River and from Storthoaks, SK.

A supper prepared by the family from Thompson was enjoyed. Also, musical entertainment by brother Edward Lelond playing and singing with his grandson Kade Lelond playing percussion! Faye was presented with two beautiful pictures. A great day to remember.

Thought for the day: "Keep having birthdays, and you'll live longer."                

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