Three communities and the goings on from late July, early August


Princess Lodge By Bernice Graham

What a great weekend for those who enjoy beach weather, but for many who would have enjoyed some of the August long weekend festivities such as Dauphin’s Ukrainian Festival and Moosomin’s “Skies Come Alive” fireworks and more, it may have meant creating their own family fun time.

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Allan Appenheimer and Heather and Tommy Kuzsel from Vancouver have been visiting with Jean and Ken Wardle.

On Friday, Dorothy Gow of Beulah visited with Ethel Bowles and on Aug. 3, John McKee of Brookdale, Cindy of Abbotsford B.C. and Jim Murray of Toronto visited with Donna Everett and Ethel Bowles and had dinner at Chicken Chef.

On Sunday, Joyce Heaman visited and had supper with Brian and Sandy Heaman and Jonathan Lesyk.

Janice Simpson has a new great-grandson, Luckas Kai. His mother is Melissa Sheane and Luke of Winnipeg.

We welcome Harry and Rita Draper who have recently made their home here at the Lodge.

Tim and Heather and family of Rocanville visited with the Grahams on Sunday.


Evergreen Place By Helen Martens

Muhammed Ali said, and I quote, "Don't count the days, make the days count." The pandemic has lasted four and a half months already, counting days it's approximately 1,212 days. Now as this pandemic continues let's make the days count. Think of it, there is much we can do to make our days count by making good memories.

Our July birthdays at Evergreen were Marlene Balzar and Bert Webb. We miss the entertainment we used to have for birthdays once-a-month. Marlene spent a week in the hospital to get help for her sore back. She is back home and taking good care of herself.

Eileen Price visited her son at Riding Mountain for a few days.

Ann Lodder's daughter Shauna, Eddie, and their three children of Shoal Lake came for a much appreciated visit one weekend.

Vern Rollo had successful cataract eye surgery in Brandon on July 17.

Phyllis Gompf had a surprise visit from Ron and Lois Paul, of Carlyle on July 19.

Thank you to the cooks at the Princess Lodge for the delicious meals they prepare. Dale Hill picks up meals for four Evergreen residents every week.

Vern and Margaret Rollo went to a Sararas family picnic on July 25. About 25 people were present.

Farmers, why do cattle bunch together in corners of the fields occasionally? This was a topic of discussion during coffee time in the Common Room one morning. Some answers were: Because of the heat. Predators. Atmospheric pressure. Flies. According to Google these are all good answers.

Irene Rowand and daughter Faye went to granddaughter Helen's ball game in Souris. Irene was also at the Lyons Campground on Aug. 2 for a memorial service for her son-in-law Don Isleifson, who

passed away in January, 2020.

Phyllis Gompf, Sherald, Joynt and Bert Webb attended Garnett Gomph's funeral at Oak Lake. Phyllis, a cousin to Garnett says horse lovers would all remember him.

Do you remember the story of Peter Rabbit in Mr. McGregor's garden? This is re-enacted here at Evergreen. Most every morning we have these cute, but destructive little animals in our gardens munching away at peas or beans. They are too quick for me to get a good picture of them! 

Carol Gabrielle's daughter of Winnipeg came to visit her Mom this last weekend.

Sylvia Heslip and her nephew John have gone to Riding Mountain for a few days holiday.

Though Aug. 3 is a civic holiday, in Manitoba it is known as Terry Fox Day, in honour of this nationally renowned, Winnipeg-born athlete. Terry, born in July, 1958, discovered a malignant tumour on his right leg. At age 18 his leg was amputated six inches above the knee. Three years later at St. John’s Newfoundland, he began his run across Canada, raising money for cancer research. He ran till Thunder Bay, Ont., (averaging 42 km. per day) where he was forced to quit because cancer had spread to his lungs. He passed away at age 22, having raised 24.17 million dollars for cancer research.

Pandemic is not over so I encourage us all to Keep Safe.

Quote for the Day, (Winnie the Pooh's wisdom): "A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey. Some people care too much, I think it's called love."


Miniota By Bev Peel

Cliff and Beth Mellor from Moosomin visited Murray and Bev Peel, July 15. She accompanied them to Oak River to find information about Beth (Hayherst) Mellor's decedents. Her grandfather who homesteaded there in the late 1800s and had the first butcher shop.

Get well wishes to Janet Walker who has spent some time in the Hamiota Hospital. Hoping things will go better for you.

The fir tree at the east end of Parkissimo Lodge was removed last Sat. July 18 by Kelly Gardham. He had quite an audience in spite of some showers of rain.

After the funeral for Kathy "Clark" at Isabella, July 18 in pouring rain, Faye Lelond toured her sister Margaret Elder to the Wakpa Tonka Lookout and other areas in the Miniota community. 

Another COVID friendly Non-Denominational church service with Brad Cole, Stephany Cole and Stephany Mohr doing the children's story, held at the United Church. Barb and Brenda Lelond, Lois and Bill Couling attended from a distance as they used to live in this area, plus many more local people.

Faye Lelond toured Bill and Lois Couling around the Miniota area and had lunch with them at the Miniota Golf Campground where I (Bev) also visited.

Kelly Gardham took down the fir tree on the west side of the Museum, Sunday, July 19, having to climb 20 feet to the top to be able to cut the very top off, and I missed getting a picture! Thanks to Bill Armitage and Murray Peel for helping to clean up the debris on the ground and helping load a number of the branches; and to Kevin Lelond who trimmed the hedges; Kay Lelond and Sandra Nash have been cleaning the inside of the Museum.   

A yearling Bear was spotted roaming around in the east end Miniota, then climbed a tree causing some excitement on July 20! Some neighbours chased it out of town in hopes it won't come back.

Word has just been received that Maureen Shawanke of Arrow River passed away on July 16. Our deepest sympathy from the Miniota and Arrow River districts to all her family.

"You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are Heavy."                                                                                                                

July 22, Dorthy Argue had a very nice afternoon with visitors from Hamiota, Ruby Weber and Sharon Armitage, formerly of Miniota. While here they called at the Studio #83, Jennifer Copet’s gift shop in the former United Church. They toured the Miniota Golf Club Campground and had coffee there. Danny Argue came along and had a visit just as Ruby and Sharon were leaving to go back to Hamiota.  

On July 23, Noreen Baskerville and daughter, Wanda Brown from Winnipeg took in the "Market" in the Park and visited with Murray and Bev Peel. We toured the Miniota and Rose Lea cemeteries and the Golf Club Campgrounds.

Elizabeth (Lelond) Hargrave and family from Walsh, Alta. are visiting with her parents, Edward and Beth Lelond while the children are taking swimming lessons at Birtle. They also enjoyed the July Birthdays, one of them being Edward’s. The Music was at the south side of the Lodge, because the Drop In Centre is still closed due to the Pandemic.

Marvin and Margaret Elder from Oak Lake, both having July birthdays, also enjoyed the Music and seeing their niece, Elizabeth and her children, Hudson, Alec, Savannah and Isabelle.    

Brad and Stephanie Cole's five-year-old daughter, Anna finished her swimming lessons last Friday at Birtle.

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