Morrin Community Calendar
And, hey, it is May...yay! And time for my favorite May joke...if April showers bring May flowers, then what do May flowers bring...why pilgrims of course haha! And May also means Mother’s Day. The Morrin Community Hall Association is hosting the annual Mother’s Day Brunch coming up Sunday, May 14 at the Hall from 9:00 – noon. They always make it a very special morning for all the moms and for a modest admission everyone is welcome to come out and have a delicious breakfast and celebrate the gift of moms.
So, I enjoy reporting about the village happenings and village council meetings. Unfortunately, I missed out last month on the council meeting as we were away on a refreshing, spring break motor home trip, travelling through the beautiful Rocky Mountains to Vancouver and Vancouver Island. It was so much fun to go away and then so nice to come home and as always, many thanks to friends and neighbors for keeping an eye on things at home for us. Anyway, publisher Joyce Webster from the Eastern Central Alberta Review paper made the long drive from Coronation to attend the evening April meeting. Not quite sure what to say about her latest writeup...not so interesting as puzzling. As a correspondent for the Morrin Community Calendar for 7 years, I have found that if I am easily offended, hostile and negative, I do not get the cooperation and information I seek to write quality news... so that style doesn’t work for me. This thought may also apply to the handful of disgruntled, divisive villagers that continue to badger and bad-mouth elected, hardworking, underpaid Morrin Officials. When I sit in at council meetings, what I observe is that our councillors and admin exercise an admirable measure of competency, self-control, and accountability under extreme scrutiny and criticism. I politely encourage you unhappy ones to lighten up. It is okay and sometimes necessary to offer opposition at times but be kind, enjoy life and try to find more constructive ways to fill your time, retirement and golden years, my goodness, it goes by so quick! As the saying goes, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease”... why not try oiling the engine?
As my name was used in the ECAR, I will tell you I take pride and truly love writing for my town and my paper. My goal is to avoid petty complaints, encourage the upright and try to keep the Morrin news accurate, objective and uplifting... there is enough unwarranted protest, tension and strife in the world. We all march to a different beat I suppose. But hey ECAR thanks for the headline...it was bang on. We are sad we lost village councillor Al Bremer. The Drumheller Mail printed a lovely obituary submitted by the Bremer family, but let me tell you about him. He was my neighbor and friend. He was a man of integrity who loved his family, his work and his community. He was a friend to many...a snooker champ and he made tasty homemade caramels at Christmas. He was a man of wisdom, he honored God and he had an unassuming strength about him. He took care of his stuff, shared the bounty of his garden and helped his neighbors. He was a man who worked hard all his life and enjoyed it, right up until his last days. He was a positive, respected, loved and valued member and leader of our community and Morrin life for many reasons, for many years. His passing leaves a big hole in our hearts. As my boss/publisher/editor at the Drumheller Mail described, “He was one of the good guys”.
Al’s memorial service will be held this month, Saturday May 20 at 2:00 p.m. at the Morrin Community Hall. This will be a time for friends and family to gather, heal a bit and tell stories...laugh and cry and remember the good man that Al was.
As I said in my tribute in the Morrin news a few weeks ago to Al, thank you for caring, thank you for teaching us and I would add, thank you for caring to teach us...almost unheard of in this world today. You were a man of few words, sincere, called a spade a spade and when you spoke we listened. You commanded our respect without demanding it. We won’t do as well as you but we sure will try to take care of things here and hold down the fort... sure do miss you, sure will never forget you and once again I get to say, this one’s for you Al! May God bless your dear wife Eleanor and your family and your inspiring legacy. “Blessed are they that mourn for they will be comforted”.