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First of all, thanks to all who helped in any way to make the Christ­mas Day din­ner an­other suc­cess.

It is a lot of work prior to the event, and ev­ery­one in­volved in or­ga­niz­ing de­serves a shout out for all they do each year.

Amy and Mike Yavis are so kind and gen­er­ous to of­fer their res­tau­rant for the event, and many of their staff are in to help with the prep work, the num­ber of will­ing vol­un­teers who give so freely of their time to en­sure guests are treated well, and come to en­joy a tasty meal.

The peo­ple who man the "dish pit" are in­dis­pens­able and a key part of the op­er­a­tion, as are the driv­ers tak­ing meals to those who pre­fer to en­joy the meal at home. There are so many peo­ple who do­nate money, tur­keys and ed­i­bles to the event as well, and read­ers can tell we are pur­posely avoid­ing nam­ing names as we would surely miss some­one, but you all know who you are.

The din­ner has grown steadily over the years, and we are well into serv­ing the mid 400's each year now and it con­tin­ues to be an ab­so­lute plea­sure to host ev­ery­one, prob­a­bly be­cause those who come are al­ways in a good mood that day.

Again, thanks to ev­ery­one for help­ing, it means a lot to the com­mu­nity, and we will see you again next year.

Sad to hear of the pass­ing of long­time friend Brian Zacharuk, who we worked with on a cou­ple of ren­o­va­tion projects a long time ago. He taught us more than a bit of car­pen­try, plus some words we hadn't heard be­fore, and had a won­der­ful sense of hu­mour.

Sym­pa­thy to his fam­ily, Brian was one of the good guys.

Rest easy, old friend.

We have told our friend Norma West to stay out of bar fights, but she just won't lis­ten. She was in hospi­tal for a stay to get bet­ter with the help of her many friends and fam­ily mem­bers, out now and en­joyed the

Christ­mas sea­son with her usual en­thu­si­asm. Nice to see you around again, Norma.

Betty Eremko was an ab­so­lute de­light to know over the years and if any­one ever de­fines 'nice per­son', Betty's pic­ture will be there.

The world needs more Betty Eremko's in it and she will be missed by her fam­ily and her many friends.

Rest easy, old friend.

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