Doubling the donations

Ken Skjersven of the Morinville Food Bank Society received a cheque for $10,000 from Scotiabank Morinville Branch Manager Joanne St. Laurent Friday afternoon. The cheque represents $5000 raised in the community over the Christmas season, and $5000 in matching dollars from Scotiabank. This is the second year Scotiabank has matched dollars raised up to $5000, and St. Laurent said it is something the bank will continue to do.

– Stephen Dafoe Photo

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Ukranian Christmas at Aspen
Above: Aspen residents had an opportunity to have a taste of the Ukraine Thursday. The Recreation Department, who hosted the event, had the assistance of resident Vera Uchacz, who provided information on food and customs. Uchacz said the wheat stalks placed on a stand symbolize the unity of the generations of the family. Christmas Eve supper consists of 12 meatless dishes that symbolize the 12 Disciples of Christ. The supper is eaten by candle light. The meatless dishes are why some make cabbage rolls, cream mushroom. Kutya or kutia is a ritual food and an integral ingredient of the supper, as it is a wheat dish and wheat may have symbolized regeneration and life and unity of all living and deceased family and societal members. Uchacz still has her many cookbooks and still enjoys cooking. She said she could do it all day.

– Lucie Roy Photos

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Ukranian Christmas at Heritage
Heritage Lodge residents also experienced a taste of some Ukrainian food for lunch Thursday during Ukrainian Christmas. Food served included a wheat soup called kutya ,pickled herring, perogy and a (a wheat soup called nachinka. Recreation Therapist Keltie Brisson said the greeting is “Hrusstoss narodiwlssya”, meaning Christ is Born.The reply is “Slaveem yahaw”, meaning Praise Him.

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Sunny Our Red Squirrel

Lunch on the fence
Sunny the Squirrel may be saying “It’s cold out there,” but it didn’t stop him from grabbing lunch along the fence. Barbara MacArthur sent us this fun shot.

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Long time members recognized
The Morinville & District Chamber of Commerce networking luncheon held on Wednesday included the presentation of Chamber member awards. Merv Rogan accepted the 10-year award on behalf of Target Products; Ernie Nahernik, 20 years on behalf of ABCOR Signs & Graphics Inc. – and Morinville Ward Trustee Rene Tremblay accepted the 15-year award on behalf of Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools. Absent was Synergy for acceptance of their 5-year award.
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