Welcome back everyone. I do hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas, even if it was a quiet one, with no one coming in for a visit.
Also hopefully everyone had a good New Year’s, again it was another quiet one with minimum contact with family and friends.
Oh well, it was a very different and difficult year for many, and looks like it is here to stay for a while. Thanks to COVID – it likes to keep us under its thumb, but we shall conclude it soon I’m sure.
On the positive side there is a vaccine that will soon be knocking on our doors, and hopefully we will be able to receive an inoculation soon. I for one will be there when it is time to do so. Hip hooray for the New Year and good-bye to the old. Stay safe and keep healthy in 2021 – Happy New Year all.
Sincere sympathy is extended to Bonnie and Roy Farr and family on the death of her father Ross Curtis of Brandon, Man., on Dec. 10, 2020, at the age of 99 years. He is survived by his wife Ethel and his three daughters, Glenda (Allan) Evans of Winnipeg, Bonnie (Roy) Farr of Alida, and Lana (Rod) Dyck of Balsacs, Alta., and their families. His funeral will be held at a later date. Condolences are extended to all family members and relatives.
Loretta Gustafson of Regina passed away at her residence on Dec. 16 at the age of 72 years. She was predeceased by her parents Doug and Ivie Bailey of Redvers. Loretta is survived by her husband Robert (Bob), two sons James (Holly) and Ryan (Kolene), six grandchildren and her brother Ken, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. A private celebration of Loretta’s life will be held at the Regina Funeral Home and Cemetery. Condolences are also extended to Joyce and Jackie George (Redvers), and to Gray (Edel) Cowan (Alida) as well as to numerous other relatives.
The Alida community also extends condolences to Jackie (Kent) and Bob Kosior of Oxbow on the tragic death of her son Ryan Liesch on Dec. 24 at the age of 25 years. Condolences are also extended to Arlene Mailhiot of Alameda, formally of Alida, and all other family members and friends. A celebration of Ryan’s life will be held at a later date.
I know there’s not much going on because old COVID is still hanging around putting a damper on everything. The young people around here are enjoying some time skating on a nearby slough. They even had a campfire outing one day after skating – looked like a lot of fun kids – keep coming up with ideas and enjoying yourself.
The Alida Rec. Board has decided to make and sell homemade pizzas (pepperoni, ham and pineapple, cheese or loaded) as a fundraiser. Deadline for placing your order is Jan. 16, at email@example.com or pickup an order form, which is available at Centre Street Grocers. The delivery or pick-up day is Jan. 23.
Sure do hope that the New Year will bring a change as soon as possible. I am getting tired of this alone time. However for the time being please remember to continue to be careful, keeping a physical distance when necessary, to wear your mask and to wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Please remember folks to keep me posted whenever you have news – simply contact me anytime, either call me at 306-443-2496, text 306-485-8561 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org on the happenings that are going on in and around Alida as well as within your own family circle. I will see that your news gets into a paper. I do appreciate all your input as it does help keep this column interesting.