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By Bev Peel

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Congratulations to Wayne Poppel on his retirement from Midwest Planning District which serves Prairie View, Archie Ellice, Oak View and Hamiota districts. The board members honoured Wayne with a presentation of an engraved watch at a supper at T's Dining & Lounge in Virden last week.

July 11-14, Faye Lelond-Campbell attended Prime Time Getaway at Manhattan Beach Retreat Centre on the shores of Pelican Lake near Ninette. She enjoyed fellowship with friends, worship, Bible preaching, activities, (fishing, pontoon boat rides, painting class, and golfing), and delicious meals. One very interesting story was told by a woman who escaped from the Idi Amin Dada Oumed regime in Uganda. Idi Amin was president of Uganda from 1971 to 1979. The lady who related the story had immigrated to Canada, and became a teacher/school librarian in Manitoba.

Faye also visited in Killarney, attending a friend's 87th birthday party. She visited former co-workers and students at Lakeside Christian School in Killarney, where she taught for seven years. One student commented, "Mrs. Campbell, you were here as my teacher my first day of kindergarten, and now you are here on my last day of school (Gr. 12 graduation). It was a great time of renewing friendships.

Our Sincerest Sympathy from the Miniota Community to the Wadham families and extended families in the sudden passing of Keith Wadham last week.

On a nice warm day with a slight breeze, Friday, June 14, the Miniota K-Gr. 4 held their Field Day with parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents attending.

Home for the weekend to help Stan Tomiski celebrate his 80th birthday were, Allan, Bonnie Desrochers (Somerset), Ashley Desrochers (Brandon), Brad Warrener (Virden), Phil, Jamie, Blake and Denny Tomiski, (Birtle), Chyenne Tomiski (Lethbridge, AB), Alexandria Wollny (Sasaginni Lodge, MB), Darrell, Brayden and Sarah Tomiski (Brandon), Shelly Henderson (St. Lazare).

Don and Sandra Armitage attended a wedding in Gem, AB on June 15. Then in Calgary they visited with son Lyle, Loni and family.

A most welcome rain started Friday evening, continuing Saturday reaching two inches of rain in the Miniota area. A must for the farmers, because without farming the world would be hungry, naked and sober!

Congratulations from the community to: Mickaela Young, Devon Sanders, Kyle Buchanan, Rory Laite, Colton Greer and Ben Couvier, Grads of 2019 from Miniota, graduating at Birtle Collegiate on June 25.  

June 17, Monday evening, 29 folks enjoyed excellent toe-tapping music provided by George Rogers, Vic Pourteous, Cyril and Janet Maxwell from Hamiota. Lunch was served, followed by more music - a fun way to help Murray and Bev Peel celebrate their 58th anniversary.  

Oak Lake Cottage Country news

By Roberta Jones

May 19 was our Junk Pick-Up Day. It was the first attempt by the Oak Lake Cottage Owners Association, as armed with numerous cars, trucks, trailers and volunteers, we were off and running. We picked up garbage, bags of leaves, branches, etc. Our goal was to tidy up the resort. I think we succeeded! We will try it again next year.

Coming right up on June 23 is the Cottage Owners Association Annual Meeting and Pancake Breakfast in the Provincial Park with breakfast and a meeting to follow.

The Oak Lake Farmers Market begins on Saturday morning, June 29 at the beach. The market is growing every year but new vendors are always welcome. (No garage sale stuff please.)

However, on Sunday, June 30, our first Beach-wide Garage Sale will be held at Oak Lake Beach and Campground, where “Our junk is your new treasure”.

Monday, July 1 marks the Second Annual Sandcastle Building Contest at the beach. The contest runs from 10:30 – 11:30 and is open to everyone. It’s a great way to celebrate Canada Day!

On July 13 a Children’s Picnic will take place between 12 NOON – 3 p.m. in the provincial park. Throughout the afternoon there will be something for everyone. Racing games, silent auction, guessing games and treats to eat. It’s a great way to meet new people.

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