Ghost Pine News - January 6, 2016

Christmas and New Years festivities are now over. Isn't it nice to get back into our routines again? We hope everyone has peace and happiness in 2016.
Before I write another thing, I must get 2015's last results in Military Whist. Those who were good little girls and boys were Allen Huxley, Frank Richardson, Mel Hansen and Ken Weisenburger. Those who got coal in their stockings were Bernice Huxley, Pearl Hansen, Elizabeth Gorman and Sharon Cooper.
Evelyn King has been moved from the Chateau to Three Hills Continuing Care. She still enjoys visiting, so if you're up that way, drop in and chat with her.
The Ghost Pine Ladies and their friends are starting their coffee time again at the Atrium in Maxwell Centre. Our next one will be Jan. 12 at 10:00 am. Come join us.
The Davies Christmas gathering was held on Dec. 20 at the home of Meryle and Brian Kester. Present for the occasion were Cheryl and Brian Myers of DeWinton, along with Cheryl's two sons, Derek and Sue Arthurs and girls and Michael and Jodi Arthurs and boys. Also there to celebrate were Doug and Gayle Parker and their family - Kevin and Dana Parker with daughter Ava; Chuck and Amy Lemke and family. Brian and Meryle's family completed the group - Greg and Ashley, Darren and Jenna, as well as Donna.
Shirley McKibbin had a very pleasant New Year's when some of her nieces and nephews took dinner out to Linden. There to help her celebrate were Wayne and Donna Arvidson, Doug and Gayle Parker and their family - Kevin, Dana and daughter Ava, Amy Lemke with Dylan and Abby.
Sympathy of the community goes out to the families of Helen Tainsh, Marie Kubinec and Philippe Frere who passed away during the holiday season.
The Watson and Grace Reed family celebrated Christmas on Dec. 19 in the basement of Knox United Church. There were 58 in attendance. They came from as far south as Fort Macleod and as far north as Blackfalds. Santa was too busy to come so he sent one of his elves. A sweet little gingerbread girl agreed to help him. Everyone had a glorious time. Grace spent the Christmas weekend in Didsbury with her son and family, the Allen Reeds, visiting with Watson on Christmas Day. On New Years she was with daughter Mary and family in Blackfalds. There were only 32 in attendance there.
Ed and Karin Nakaska spent Christmas Day with their daughter, Cheryl and Lonnie Fraser, after which they hurried home to celebrate Boxing Day with 36 family members. They had a very enjoyable time both days.
Andy and Irene Nakaska hosted their traditional Slovak Christmas Eve supper for 38 family members. Santa found his way to their house around 9:30 pm to hand out all the gifts to everyone.
Melba Kopjar had Christmas dinner with Andy in Continuing Care and then drove out to her daughter, Connie and Alan Anhorn's, for dessert. For New Year's, the Kopjars celebrated on Dec. 28. They had dinner and then went into the Activity Room, where Andy could join them.
The Ghost Pine community enjoyed a musical treat when 40 people from Manor Church went caroling on Christmas eve. The 40 carolers divided into three groups and made 30 stops within the area. The weather was perfect for the excursion and even warmed up as the night progressed.
Sympathy of the community is extended to the Leuf families on the passing of MaryAnn Morasch (Leuf). MaryAnn passed away on Christmas night and was laid to rest on January 2 at the Prince of Peace cemetery.