Storm hits region hard!

The rain and snow that hit over the weekend left many roads washed out and water in basements. The Municipality was quick to respond; Sunday saw Neil MacDonald and Brody Strachan out grading the roads and making the best of a bad and a disastrous situation.

I’d like to thank these two men, plus the Municipality of LaVallee for their prompt actions with notices on Facebook about closures, high risk area and a heads up to check on people If you knew they were in an isolated situation.

It’s good to see the best of a bad situation dealt with so effectively.

It is with a heavy heart I send sympathy to the family and many, many friends of Liz Donaldson. Liz passed away Sunday April 24. She had been in the hospital for a length of time. It is hard to even know where to begin with the legacy Liz leaves behind.

Always a family person, loving and proud of her children, in-laws, grandchildren and all family members, she would smile and get a joyous expression when speaking of them and sharing family happenings. Liz’s friends were treated like family also. Liz often reminisced about her teaching days with Dorothy Weir, Jeanine Cornell and Freeda Carmody. Liz would share stories of her Burriss days and being a member of the Ladies Aid. For many years she was a vital TOPS member. Her list of friends was as big as her heart. Liz was a dedicated daughter to both her and Gale’s mother. 

And then there was her great knowledge of history, writing books, poems and painting rocks. Liz loved her flower beds and shared many a plant with her caring friends. Neila Booth’s garden is decorated with many of her perennials. I’m sure it will bring a tear to Neila’s eyes every time she weeds them. As Liz’s hearing became less she still was eager to keep in touch with her large circle of people through messaging. Her sense of humour was somewhat dry, but all you needed to do was look at her face for her perfect smile and gleam in her eye to know she was finding great joy in her topic she was discussing with you.

The Fort Frances Times will miss her articles, as John Pierce says, “Liz was an amazing resource of local history she had a great perspective, and a true icon.”

This picture was taken Sunday morning. This is LaVallee Road North, right by Elk Farm. Approximately half the road was wasted away. Thankfully Neal MacDonald and Brody Strachan were out first thing Sunday morning to do whatever road repairs could be done. – Robin McCormick photo

Liz was often a support to me, helping me out and complimenting my various stories. I’ll always remember when writing articles, Gale would be sure it was written he lived in Burriss (not Devlin) and I’m sure Liz was equally proud of her Burriss roots. There’s an old quote that says, “Who’s going to fill their shoes?” Well I don’t think anyone could, or would even try to fill Liz’s shoes, but let’s all take time to reflect, share and always know Liz loved life, family, friends and the world is a better place because of this amazing woman.

Sincere sympathy to Lenny Mann, family and friends in the passing of Connie Whalen. She passed after suffering with cancer. The district sends you thoughts of concern and prayers at this sad time.

Get well wishes to Lois Shine. Lois has been in the hospital. As always she still has her kind smile and words. Here’s hoping she’s back home soon.

Also sending sympathy and concern to the family and friends of Ruth Ogier. I remember Ruth from public school, she was a kind soul then and always was up to her passing. She will be sadly missed. 

Get well wishes to Trudy Badiuk as she’s recovering from shoulder surgery. Trudy travelled to Dryden April 21.

Congratulations to Logan Allen and Miranda Olesko on the birth of their daughter. Harper Millie Allen was born April 19. This is the first girl born into the Allen family in 80 years. Proud grandparents are Pam and Murnie Allen, Brenda Allen, Carol and Terry and Mark and Laurie.

Crossroads School will be having an in person Scholastic Book Fair during the school day from May 3 to May 5. There will be a virtual option as well. Details will be on the Facebook page and website.

The Devlin Little League still has spots left in some age groups. It is hoped games will start be played the middle of May and finish the end of June. The cost is $30 and includes two games a week and a T- shirt. For more information contact rfarmer@fortfrances.com or Devlin Municipal office at 486-3452.

Robin’s 2 cents 

It’s weird being the same age as old people !