2016-12-29 / Columns

Rexton-Garnet

By Linda Livermore
595-7283

As in Christmases past, folks in our tiny towns enjoyed the company of family and friends this holiday season. The weather seems to always be a factor in the plans that are made, or, in some cases, cancelled.

Ken Browning’s son, Darren, his friend, Tina, and her folks, Tom and Gail, traveled from Florida to spend time in Garnet. Ken will return to Florida with them to spend an extended time in the non-snow belt.

Ron and Cindy Pongracz were able to enjoy the holiday with their daughter and son-in-law, Danielle and Chris Berrara, and their two grandchildren, Christopher and Taliana.

Congratulations to Tristina (nee Browning) Smith, who earned her registered nursing degree last week from Southern Mississippi University. She starts a new job at the end of the month. Tristina resides in Mississippi with her husband, Nathan, and two children, Laila and Owen. She was graduated from Engadine High School in 2008.

Christmas Eve services were held at Calvary Baptist Church in Engadine, sharing the reason for the season with folks in the surrounding area.

College students getting a reprieve from their studies and home for the holidays include Katie Schultz, Brooke Livermore, and Lester Livermore III.

The quietness of the season has also settled in our tiny towns. Lots of folks have already left for a warmer climate, leaving just a few to keep the home fires burning.

Christmas gathering and anniversary celebrations were the order of the day. My brothers, sisters, and I gathered to celebrate the anniversary of my brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Sharon Beaudoin of Newberry. Joining us were Teri and Roger Sherbrook of Curtis, Dave Beaudoin of McMillan, and Diana Davis of Engadine. Because of the blowing and drifting snow making travel hazardous, my sister Lana and her husband, Dennis Danielson, were unable to join us.

Charlie and Susan Fosdick of Engadine treated their children and grandchildren with tickets to a performance of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Grand Rapids.

John and Louella Snow of Rexton enjoyed Christmas morning services in Germfask, followed by dinner with son Steve Browning, daughter in law Brenda, and granddaughter Olivia.

Pastor Tim and Kathy Miller enjoyed an early Christmas in Indiana with their family before returning home to Naubinway.

Congratulations to John Ketcher, who officially retired Thursday, December 22, after 33 years of service at Engadine Consolidated Schools.

A training class on the automated external defibrillator (AED) will be offered Thursday, January 5, at 7 p.m., at Hudson Township Hall in Naubinway.

Belated birthday wishes to Kevin Guy Frazier December 19, Gen Wachter, Chuck Butkovich, Drew French, and Karoline Haapala December 20, Ty Elenbass and Ethel Toms St. Andre December 22, Jane Oven, Charlie Fosdick III, Matthew Freed, and Larry Roth December 24, and Barry Adams December 27.

Happy birthday to Angie McArthur December 28, Amy Zdebski and Richard Ozanich December 29, and Dani Rutledge and James Everhart December 31.

Belated anniversary wishes to Leon and Andrea Everhart December 19, Mike and Kim Kerridge December 20, Tom and Jo Prater December 26, and Dave and Caryn Kovar December 27.

Happy anniversary to my husband of 53 years, Dave Livermore, December 28, Rich and Cheryl Ozanich December 29, Tom and Loretta Palo and Mike and Lisa Butkovich December 30, and De- Wayne and Sharon Evans December 31.

Continued get-well wishes to those who are dealing with health issues.

May the year ahead hold only good things for the readers of The St. Ignace News.

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