A trucker sees so much

Thousands of loney miles up and down this continent were reflected in the lengthy conversation I had with Clayton Loverote from North Bay, Ont. at A&W, where he had parked his huge white truck the other day after delivering merchandise for Canadian Tire’s big new store here.
Clayton talked about serving as chauffeur for Prince Charles around Britain during his 27 years in the RCAF, and discussed Canada’s east coast oil resources as well as the southern states hit by Hurricane Ivan.
Right now, his truck is carrying peat moss from Manitoba for U.S. greenhouses.
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Gramma Hilda Mykytyn, with daughter, Marilyn Olson, and granddaughter, Stacey Olson, from Rainy River, are beef cattle farmers hoping like many neighbours that the market improves soon.
I told them my own experience in cattle included the need for sideline income and that another line which paid off for me was the sale of Irish setter pups!
I used to sell them all across Canada—and how well that breed multiplied. Of course, CNR Express was still available here for shipping.
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My money trail for this month brought up some unusual twists that were worrisome.
For instance, neither my bank statement nor my Visa account for last month arrived on schedule and required investigation. Was my financial career, pitiful as it has been, threatened with extermination again?
Turns out there were merely delays and my concerns over an immediate getaway were not yet necessary!
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On money matters again, have you noticed how young (16-18) our Safeway cashiers can be, especially on Friday afternoons? I told the manager I wouldn’t have been allowed to handle the cash when I was a high schooler working there, but it’s a different system today.
We had to slug it out with hundred-weight bags.
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Cecil Duffy, the retired OPP officer, introduced me to his brother, Arthur Steele, and his bride of three days here from Calgary.
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I want to hear from Lorne Caul, of Northland Trail Outfitters, concerning his career this summer among the horseback riders. Lorne may not be related to the Lone Star Gang on TV, but could be!
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Mercury poisoning is suspected by one worker who decided a blood test might tell him why his back has bothered him since working at Dryden.
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It’s quite a relief to see the big road job becoming less dangerous for drivers along Hamburger Alley!
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Mary Lindholm stopped to ask whether I remembered Isabelle Lindholm (wife of Gus), and the memories came quickly from my boyhood because Isabelle was the daughter of Winnie Mathers, who raised two families here and was friend to my mother.
Her first family included about five sons named Leeson who all went cooking in bush camps before the war. Winnie’s second family were children of Jack Mathers and became acquainted with the Lindholms in the east end.
The four Mathers included twins.
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Sam Harcus, a former town engineer, reports he hung up his golf clubs when he went fishing.
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Contemplating his southern neighbourhood torn apart by Hurricane Ivan, one resident commented, “If you want to live in paradise, this is the price you pay.”
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The popular Border Italian Suppers have been revived and I was happy to buy two tickets from Ron Bernardi for the Columbus Day dinner/dance Oct. 23 in Aquinas Hall (behind St. Thomas Church in International Falls).
Children are welcome, too.
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As much as I appreciate Italian personalities, being half-Italian myself, that movie on The History Channel starring Robert Dinero and Al Paccino, which went three-and-a-quarter hours on Sunday night, almost lost my attention.
I’d need to be paid to watch it again.

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