Just Passing By

Misericordia has become a famous hospital name in Winnipeg, largely because of its eye care and, in my first visit there a week ago, I was told it accommodates an estimated 8,000 such patients annually.
This makes it the largest eye facility in all Canada, a nurse there said.
And if all its cataract surgeons are so “on the ball” as one I met, it’s no wonder it’s so busy and justifiably famous!
It’s the sitting around time that you may remember most from hospital visits. As you wait for your turn, you get acquainted—I found folks from all over this district also waiting for eye operations.
After a while, I began to wonder whether this area has been blighted with bad eyesight or our optometrists may be more alert than others!
Your local optometrist will send you to an opthamologist and, in my own case, it was as speedily as possible. I had begun seeing double—and that’s no fun!
When the surgery occurs quickly, it passes like a dream. So it has become good to talk about because, as noted, there seems to be many local people waiting and wondering.
I can’t quite imagine how Misericordia has captured such a large share of all eye care in this region, but there may be a clue in the number of Asiatics employed there (although from a previous Winnipeg experience, this seems typical of Canadian hospitals).
You can meet these efficient attendants from all corners, including China, the Philippines, Vietnam, and uncounted other parts of the Far East.
My own doctor, someone suggested, is an East Indian lady, a very slim and businesslike person who doesn’t waste time on social chatter and yet has the ability to inspire your confidence immediately.
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“Our family is full of long livers,” brags Elmer Norlund and his brother, Vernon, well-known district folk. “Why one of our grandpas lived to be 108 back in Sweden.”
So, if you want to discuss longevity, get hold of one of these fellows who laugh and carry on like kids while in their 80s themselves!
Elmer, the well-known Emo musician and gasoline dealer, comes on in either broken English or broken Swedish—it’s hard to tell!
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It’s not yet been revealed whether filling that hole next to the highway alongside McDonald’s indicated arrival of a new business or merely a convenient spot for the town dump surplus earth.
Tim Horton’s restaurants, incidentally, have become very numerous in Winnipeg!
Nor have we yet learned whether Peter York’s house in the middle of the town’s pet project—the new condominium—has been bought for removal.
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With winter time starting to sent out messages, I will insist from personal experience that I have found the perfect cure for colds.
This is a capsule called Echinacea, an herb, and it was recommended to me by Mrs. Amedee DeGagne, who saw me coughing last winter. One capsule taken after that first sneeze is sure to save you misery!
No, I’m not looking for any doctor’s licence, but I hope they already know that herb.
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Our old loggers from the Miramichi River in New Brunswick were quite numerous here years ago, and Ed George reports his mother, now 94, was acquainted with them all. The McEvoys and Holmes brothers still come readily to mind.
Mrs. George raised eight children in the days when large families were more familiar here.
There were no better known district loggers than the Cain brothers, who looked after J.A. Mathieu’s camps around Flanders. Harry, Albert, Earl, and Clifford sent the logs for lumber to the Rainy Lake sawmill for many years.
The family name is still carried on by the cattle farming Cains of Devlin, and Doug Judson, the retired local teacher is a grandson.
Mrs. Pearl McFayden was the only sister in that family. She operated tourist cabins on River Road, where she entertained visitors by bringing a wild fox out of the trees to be fed.
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Mike Scott, the personable Safeway manager, says it’s likely a coffee bar will be coming there before too long! His big business offers almost everything else!

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