Ice fishers continue to dot lake with shacks

Winter holidays are over for most folks, but the weather has not been too bad. Roads were passable and mostly dry, so I hope you all had a nice time with family and friends.

Apologies are being offered by the folks who organized the fish fry. After much effort it became impossible to carry out.

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The post office hours have been shortened and are now 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. All services will continue to be available at the wicket.

There are more fish shacks going out onto the lake every day. Some look fancy. Today I saw one with a truck camper, likely with a hole in the floor or maybe just a warm-up shack.

My niece and her hubby went for a drive in downtown Vancouver to see the lights.

They couldn’t believe what they saw. Hundreds of homeless people line the sidewalks to bed down for the night. They said it was also sad the amount of garbage and trash everywhere – paper cups and other trash littering their once beautiful downtown. They went home disheartened.

Over Christmas, Gail Hilderman and Eric Callbeck travelled to St. Albert, Alta. to spend time with Eric’s son and family and then went on to High River to spend time with Gail’s son. This drive took one gallon of windshield washer, as the QE2 was slushy. They spent a couple days in Calgary, too. It was a happy holiday time with family gatherings and mild weather.

Last weekend I watched the world competition of horse jumping at Geneva, Switzerland. So many made clear jumps as they competed for a chance to go to the Olympics in Tokyo this year. Likewise I watched the swimming and again records were broken and winners were decided by electronics. There were differences of fractions of seconds in both sports. How did they manage before they had this device?

While we enjoy the nuthatches and sparrows, doves and others, the pretty birds are further north. We used to have them at Chitek, but no more. These are the red pine grosbeaks and yellow evening grosbeaks along with the ptarmigans, red polls and others.

Carol and Albert Huys of Trevessa Beach had the pleasure of their family home for Christmas from Calgary and the Cayman Islands. The weather was perfect for skiing, tobogganing and skating on the lake. They all had a great time.

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