Kenton By Karen Anderson
Woodworth Senior Services partnered with Prairie West Recreation and Custom Creations to offer an opportunity to paint a ceramic holiday ornament. The craft could be done at home. The dates were from December 3-16. Some seniors in Kenton did try doing the craft and were pleased with the results. Hopefully in the future the session can be repeated.
I hope that some were able to enjoy some of the programs from Seniors Without Walls. The last session for this booklet (January - to December) is December 23. The new booklet for January to the end of April will be available soon. The program starts Jan. 4 and the toll-free number to request a booklet is 1-888-333-3121. Please note, you must register for each three-month session even if you were registered for the previous one.
Due to the Public Health orders and that the RM building is closed to the public, I will continue to work some days from home. If you need any assistance, please leave a message.
In closing, I wish you a happy, healthy New Year and all the best for 2021.
Karen Anderson, WSS Resource Coordinator
Miniota By Bev Peel
Congratulations to Kevin Bonner on a new building that has been constructed on the property previously occupied by the old Miniota Hall. It is situated on the corner of Third St. and Stuart Ave. to house Kevin's business: Assiniboine Windows and Doors.
Condolences to Diane and Keith Stowe and Stowe relatives on the passing of Larry Stowe in the Virden Hospital, Dec.10. Larry was the last member of Robert and Margaret Stowe family.
A very Creative Christmas display along Hwy 83 with ‘Seasons Greetings’ just south of Miniota has been constructed by Darcy Oliver and his daughter, Tanya Barnes. A must see!
The first nine days of December were so beautiful with above temperatures, sunshine and NO wind! Followed by days of cloud, some snow on Saturday night and temperatures plunging down to minus 27 Monday morning.
Sympathy from the Miniota Community to Milton Henry of McAuley in the passing of his wife, Elsie on Dec.15, Also to their family and many friends.
I hope everyone has been enjoying the wonderfully mild weather with some plus temperatures. There also have been some very beautiful sunrises and sunsets!
Congratulations from the Miniota and Arrow River communities to Dillin and Stacie Stonehouse on the birth of "Sonny," a brother for Frank - in the middle of December of 2020. Congratulations to Grandparents, Darwin and Donna Stonehouse of Elkhorn, and Murray and Lori Lockhart of Hamiota. Also, Congratulations to Great-Grandmothers, Francis Stonehouse and Grace Watson of Elkhorn and many other relatives.
Another baby has been born on Dec.16 to Marco Zhong and Michelle Loubert, "Kloe" a sister for Lexie! Congratulations from the Miniota Community! Also, to Michelle's family at Rocanville and Marco's family in Zhanjiang, China. They have been very busy with take-out meals during the past holiday season and we thank them for that.
On Dec. 22 the Miniota firefighters toured the town with all their vehicles decorated with many Christmas lights. Even Santa Claus rode in the side-by-side waving to everyone as they passed by. It was our first stormy night (the only one we have had) with blowing snow which didn't last that long into the night. There had been two inches of snow on the 20th so it did make quite a blizzard.
We hope everyone had a healthy, safe Christmas with such mild weather that some would be able to get outside.
Many people have been enjoying the United Church services through e-mail from Winnipeg's Charleswood United Church with Michael Wilson who had served here in the Miniota area some years before.
In the passing of Shirley Richardson on Dec. 28 at the age of 88, our deepest sympathy from the Miniota Community to her family, Dale, Dennis, Debra, Rosalie and Glen and to all the rest of their families.
Congratulations to Julia Pierce who celebrated her 90th birthday on Jan. 2. Sadly, due to COVID, no grandchildren or great-grandchildren were able to come out and help celebrate. The day began with a family Zoom meeting, with nearly all the family online, singing happy birthday and visiting with her. After that, Cindy Morton showed up with snacks and birthday cake. Randy Pierce of Brandon popped in for a piece of cake and a quick visit. The four brave souls that came out to sing Happy Birthday in the yard were greatly appreciated, and they happily left with a piece of birthday cake. Ken and Colette Pierce came later for a visit, a piece of cake and to enjoy the fireworks that Mark and Cindy Morton set off in the evening. Julia was very happy with the day, but it would have been a lot better with more family to celebrate with her and give real birthday hugs, but couldn’t because of COVID.
Best wishes to all the staff and readers for a happy, healthy New Year that will fill your home with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter.
I will end with a quote from Facebook: “It took ‘Click it or Ticket’ to get people to wear seatbelts. I wonder if – ‘Mask it or Casket’ might work to get people to wear a Mask?”
Evergreen Place By Helen Martens
The old is gone - the new has come. Happy New Year everyone!
It seems unnecessary to report on the "old", however, just a few comments how we at Evergreen
have survived pandemic so far, and how we are now.
Christmas time was very quiet. Nearly everyone celebrated by themselves.
Carol Gabrielle's daughter, Michelle, came from Winnipeg to visit her mom for Christmas.
Rose Higheagle's daughter, Darlene, also of Winnipeg, came to spend Christmas with Rose.
My son, Peter, took me to my first Pacemaker Clinic in Brandon, on Thursday, Dec.1. This
was an interesting experience, and the result was good.
Then, very quietly, a New Year has tiptoed in. Let's go forward to meet it!
Now our halls look bare, and normal, with the Christmas decorations taken down and put away, for
Have you made any New Year's resolutions? Mine are more in the shape of prayers. I like what C.S. Lewis says: "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."
Quote for the Day: "Let our New Year's resolutions be this - We will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.” - Hans Göran Persson (former Swedish Prime Minister).