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Evergreen Place By Helen Martens

I am writing this on July 13, National French Fries Day! Yesterday, the 12th was National Eat Your Jell-O Day. Who can tell who figures these out?

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I drove into Saskatchewan yesterday to visit Mary Braun. I was introduced to her neighbour who said, "So you are Helen Martens. You write an article for the Virden Paper every week. I always read it." I was encouraged to hear this and thanked him for telling me.

Eileen Price's son Jim and his wife Wendy Price of Winnipeg came to spend the weekend with Eileen.

It is good to see residents taking initiative to make Evergreen a safe and tidy place. One lady sanitizes the hand rails in the halls every week. Another lady swept the thistle down and dust off the screened porch. Another resident keeps the back-door deck and sidewalks swept.

Art and Louise Rouse are residents here, Art has made canes and walking sticks out of diamond willows for many years. Art has, in years past, been in different countries with the job of spraying urethane. He has worked in France, Cairo, Denmark, Russia, and other countries. He has sold many of his canes. He goes out into a willow bush and carefully selects the ones he wants to use, peels the willow, then it has to dry for two months before he can work with it. He sands it down and puts on one coat of urethane, lets it dry two days, then sands it with finer sandpaper, and puts on the second coat of urethane. He made some canes with deer horn handles. These are the best sellers. Art can keep you entertained for hours telling about his job which is now his hobby. It is truly an art!

Quote for the Day: "Live your life with purpose. Focus on your blessings, not your misfortunes. Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Be your self and don't wait for the approval of others. Have a positive mindset no matter what situation you are in. Count your blessings, not your problems, and you will realize how beautiful life truly is."


Miniota By Bev Peel

"There is nothing like having grandchildren or great grandchildren to restore your faith in heredity." Taken from Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Another beautiful evening was enjoyed by several seniors on the south side of the Parkissimo Lodge with singing of old songs by Trudy Waters, Wendy Lelond, and Lynne Cornish who also played the keyboard with others singing along.

Amber (Barrett) and husband Jon Lutz toured through Miniota at the weekend. They took pictures of where their grandpa and grandma Bill and Evelyn Barrett had lived. Faye Lelond guided them to see all the interesting places, one being Wakpa Tanka Lookout just north of town.

The Taylor family were all home for their Aunt Charlotte Heapy's funeral in the Oak River area, but because of COVID-19 their mother, who lives in the Sherwood home in Virden, was unable to attend.

Joan Taylor from Calgary and Gerrie from Brandon attended the church service on Sunday to listen to a Pastor from Calgary, a friend of Brad Cole. Several other friends of Brad and Stephany's from a distance also attended.

Faye Lelond and John Wythe enjoyed a tour in the valley climbing up to the top of the hill to the west side to see the ring of stones that the First Nations used to hold their tents down on the flat top that have been there since the beginning of time!

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."


Princess Lodge By Bernice Graham

Joanne Benedictson from St. Francois-Xavier, Man. visited with her mother, Irene Magotiaux last Sunday.

Addie Young has recently moved to Morden to be closer to her family. We wish her all the best and we’ll miss her cheerful smiles.

Tim and Heather and family visited with the Grahams this past weekend.

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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