Miniota donations from bake sale; Evergreen residents talents


Miniota News By Linda Clark

Congratulations to Kyle and Ashlee Gurr on the arrival of their twin daughters, Lacey Leanne and Kelsy Marie, born May 1, at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Big sister Amy eagerly awaits her sister’s arrival home, as well as grandparents Murray and Joan Gurr and aunt Kerrie Gurr. Also celebrating Lacey and Kelsy’s arrival are Ashlee’s parents, Barry and Joanne Dawson and family of Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan. Congratulations to all!

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The Miniota Fire Department hosted a training session on grain entrapment rescue at the Miniota firehall on May 1, for themselves and six other departments within the West Central Mutual Aid District. The training was provided by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association.  The district is looking forward to being able to provide this type of rescue service in our area should it be necessary.

In lieu of catering events for the past year, the Miniota UCW held a ‘bakeless’ bake sale. Donations from members allowed our local allocations to be paid out. These include our annual donations to the Miniota Fire Department, the Miniota Discoveries Learning Centre, the Miniota School Breakfast Program, the Miniota Municipal Services for Seniors, and the Palliative Care suites at Birtle, Hamiota and Virden Health Units. As donations continue to come in, further allocations can be met.

The Miniota Golf course and campground opened on May 1. Everyone is ready for some great outdoor time.

“We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”  Mother Teresa

Evergreen Place By Helen Martens

Hello! How are you all doing?

It's Mother's Day this Sunday, May 9. It is not a holiday as such, but it is a day to remember mothers or mother figures in your life. May 7, the day you get the Empire-Advance paper is National Appreciation Day. It is very appropriate just before Mother's Day.

Carnations are a popular Mother's Day symbol in Canada and the United States. Many choose to give carnations or wear a carnation on this day.

Just these two quotes (author's unknown) I've read, mothers will understand:

"A mother understands what a child does not say", and "Life doesn't come with a manual, it comes with a mother."

I have been talking to residents I happened to meet to find out whose mother lived to be a hundred years old. There are these three, Irene Rowand, Marlene Balzar and Vern Rollo. I also wondered if any resident here had a mother still living. It seems there is only one, Harold Spring, whose mother is 99 and lives in Rivers.

Residents of a few years, Christina and Elie, found a place in Virden and have moved out this week. I wish them good success in their new home.

Like I said in my last report, I may open doors next week to see what residents are doing during this extreme lockdown, to find out what keeps them busy and occupied. I did and here’s what I found out.

I visited Vern and Margaret Rollo, also my neighbours. Vern was a construction worker for the RM of Miniota for many years; 25 years he worker as a grader operator. He also worked for Manitoba Hydro. Now he spends his time on the computer as seen on the picture. His wife Margaret, besides baking bread, has many interests and talents. She does flower arranging.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there.


M is for the million things she gave me,

O means only that she's growing old,

T is for the tears she shed to save me,

H is for her heart of purest gold.

E is for her eyes with love-light shining,

R means right, and right she'll always be.

Put them all together, they spell MOTHER

A word that means the world to me.

- Howard Johnson

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