Christmas has come and gone, but most people keep their decorations up until the new year. Almost every home has outdoor lights brightly shining and a wide range of decorations are displayed in yards. It is a beautiful time of the year and one of the most celebrated days around the world.
Georgina and John Youst drove to her cousin’s wedding in Denver, Colo. held on Nov. 23. They have stayed in close touch over the years.
Sharon and Peter Babiy’s daughter Kim and her husband Marc Brochu from Hafford holidayed for one week in Oahu, Hawaii. Their son Curtis and his wife Ashlee went to Las Vegas, Nev. for a weekend in early December.
Congratulations to Lyle Prescesky from Mullingar on winning a trip for two to Alaska.
Ninety-six-year-old Phoebe Rogers passed away suddenly Dec. 22. She was a dear mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother to a large family and over the years accumulated many friends. Phoebe was transitioned from her farm home to Spiritwood Nursing Home Nov. 28.
Recently, Joanne and Murray Strain returned from Nanaimo, B.C. after a short stay celebrating his mother’s 95th birthday. Marjorie Strain has a family of eight children and they were all together for this special day.
Many enjoyed a Christmas program held Dec. 23 at Mayfair Hall hosted by the Mennonite Church. The new minister, Rev. Celeste Wright, and retired minister, Rev. Don Unger, were included in the program, along with children performing piano and voice solos and recitations. Mayfair All Saints Choir sang. There was a sing along accompanied by Teresa Toews on the piano. Laura Toews from Saskatoon was the MC and thanked everyone for participating and coming out on the cold evening. A lunch was served with everyone getting a chance to visit.
Local folks enjoyed seeing their grandchildren at the Christmas concerts in Hafford and Maymont the last week before the school break. The students take great pride in being on stage and, after much rehearsing, share their talent. Some schools choose not to have a concert, hosting a school fun night instead.
Get well wishes to Henry Konopelski and Earl Van Nortwick. They are both 90 and, with the help of modern technology, were released from hospital feeling like brand new persons.
There have been many folks experiencing the flu bug making its rounds this time of year. It is difficult to avoid catching it when visiting during this festive season.
Happy new year to everyone and all the best in 2017. The years keep flying by, so let’s try to make the best of each and every day. Thank you to the people who call me with news and keep encouraging me to be a correspondent.