Pub­nico com­mu­nity makes sure An­nis and David’s gin­ger­bread house tra­di­tion lives on

Hun­dreds of chil­dren ex­pected to visit this month


A fam­ily tra­di­tion, con­nected with a beloved play­house-sized gin­ger­bread house, is con­tin­u­ing in West Pub­nico af­ter the loss of a woman who took great joy in hav­ing chil­dren visit it.

The house, made of wood and trimmed with holly, a heart and candy-cane cutouts, was built by An­nis and David Surette – large enough for chil­dren to en­ter, where treat bags for each awaited.

Yvette d’En­tremont, a mem­ber of the West Side Im­prove­ment So­ci­ety, re­mem­bers tak­ing her grand­chil­dren there and meet­ing the Surettes.

“They were very quiet peo­ple, not peo­ple you’d see out in the com­mu­nity a whole lot. They kept to them­selves and did nice things,” she says.

An­nis sewed the cloth treat bags for the gin­ger­bread house and put a bag of chips, some choco­lates and three of her home­baked gin­ger­bread cook­ies in each be­fore ty­ing the top with curled rib­bon.

On Aug. 15, An­nis lost her life in a tragic col­li­sion at an in­ter­sec­tion on High­way 103.

The fol­low­ing month, d’En­tremont found her­self sit­ting next to David’s sis­ter, whom she knew well, at the Dennis Point Wharf dur­ing a visit by the schooner Bluenose.


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