St. Mary's Foundation, Trochu, was very pleased at the wonderful turnout for their gala fundraiser. Andrea Kadar and crew provided a fabulous meal for a very enthusiastic crowd. Special recognition goes out to all of the sponsors who so generously contributed to the live auction, the treasure chests and the door prizes. For entertainment, St. Mary's chose homegrown talent in the form of the Frere Band and an evening of listening and dancing was greatly enjoyed. It truly was a gala affair.
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Goodbye winter, hello spring! Reported sightings of robins, crows, starlings flying about and the cooing of doves are sure signs of spring. Pussy willows are waking up, sparrows are enjoying bathing in the bird baths and the snow melt is creating lots of water everywhere. But don't put the shovels away just yet as snow is forecast for the first day of spring.
The return of the snowbirds (spring migration) is well underway and community meals are happening again. We all know about St. Mary's Annua

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St. Mary's Health Care Auxiliary had their first meeting of 2014 on January 21. The group welcomed three news members. Several members assisted in filling the Christmas socks, which were given to Lodge residents Christmas morning. Members provided several items for the Christmas socks for the Continuing Care Unit as well. The Auxiliary purchased a fireplace for the Lodge and were very pleased to have in place just before Christmas for all to enjoy. The Auxiliary will be assisting with the Valent

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The first Bingo and Birthday celebration for the new year was held on January 14 at the Seniors Drop In Centre. Ed Henkel assisted by Elvin Haller, was on hand to call the numbers for a variety of ten games. Don Haller was the lucky winner of the blackout. Happy Birthday was sung and Dorothy Sailer, the only member present celebrating a birthday in January, was greeted with wishes for a happy healthy year. Cake and coffee was served concluding an enjoyable afternoon.
Last week, several senior vol

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