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Funny thing about peo­ple, we didn't know that re­tired Hanna teacher Ge­orge Patzer was a brother to Shirley Ko­mar­nisky, and had to read his obit­u­ary to find out.. We had al­ways seen Ge­orge at po­lit­i­cal meet­ings around the area, and we had never seen him with­out a big smile on his face. Ge­orge passed away last week and he was a big part of the Hanna com­mu­nity. Rest easy, old friend.

We read that Air Canada has started a new fea­ture for your on­line giv­ing. It is called "EMBARQ", and the idea is that if you want to fly some­where, all you do is reg­is­ter, let your friends and fam­ily know on so­cial me­dia, and then they are sup­posed to do­nate to your flight on­line. Kind of like a Go Fund Me for hol­i­day plans.

While this scheme kind of peaked our in­ter­est, we don't have any im­me­di­ate plans for a hol­i­day, but would still like to en­cour­age any­one who feels gen­er­ous, to dig out $20 from your pocket and hand it over, say­ing this is for your hol­i­day. We can't of­fer any­one a tax re­ceipt, but do prom­ise to spend it wisely.

And Thank You.

Down at New­cas­tle Beach on the week-end and met three vis­i­tors who were some­what dis­ap­pointed with what they saw af­ter hear­ing about the "beach".

But to the town's credit, some­one has tilled the beach area, in the hopes of some im­prove­ment in the fu­ture, and maybe a few loads of bet­ter sand wouldn't hurt ei­ther. Lots of peo­ple over the years have had high hopes for the area, and there is still a lot of day use, but there is a long way to go. May be a plan for the area could be dis­cussed, and in­clude an­other ball di­a­mond. It is still a nice place to visit, and there is lots of po­ten­tial.

Have to say we were over­due for the rain­storms of the past few nights, you can al­most feel them com­ing, but then if you have a dog in the house, he/she knows be­fore you do. Yet, so far so good, the grain crops around the area look fan­tas­tic for this time of year and even the farm­ers we talk to are quite op­ti­mistic. How about those Blue Jays? On July 1, they played 19 in­nings against the di­vi­sion­lead­ing Cleve­land In­di­ans, even­tu­ally los­ing 2-1. To go that dis­tance, their bullpen had been emp­tied, and they had to put po­si­tion play­ers Ryan Goins and Dar­win

Bar­ney into ser­vice to de­liver some pitches, which was a unique move. Quite a game.

Guess we can say that Gwen Wood was an­other of those peo­ple who we have known all of our life, and had a visit with her not long ago out­side the Chi­nook

Fi­nan­cial. She passed away last week, but will re­mem­ber she had a neat laugh, and was al­ways dressed well. It was a plea­sure to know her.

Rest easy, old friend.

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