The end of 2017 finds Bev & I living in our condo in Brandon, where we work on various history - related projects for Municipalities and Heritage Organizations in Western Manitoba. Jonah, who works at Canadian Tire, is in his third year in the condo he bought in 2015.
Geoff  lives in Winnipeg - where he has moved in to a new role with RBC specializing in Financial Planning.

The Storie family continued their annual summer gatherings. This year Minnedosa was our meeting place.  

As usual we spent the spring and fall hiking and making a few work-related trips in Westman. The summer months invloved several weeks at Lake Winnipeg locations in rented cabins.

We spent much of last winter working. We are able to cross-country ski and snowshow across the street from our home - which helps to pass the time and allows for some daily fresh air etc.

Throughout the year there were a few trips to Winnipeg to visit Geoff as well as Donna & Dave, Jerry & Marlene, Tim & Deb. Trips to Gladstone, Arden, Neepawa, were also frequent as Bev has close family in those locations.  We also see her sister, Linda (& Ron) often.

We'll try to sum up the year by presenting some representative selections from our on-line diary...

Jonah & Geoff will be with us for a few days at  Christmas. Then we will closed out the year with a large gathering of the Storie clan  at Tim and Deb's on December  31.


Oct 30: Helped Geordie and Betty get ready to move.

Oct 27& 28: Crossfyre at the Sandills Casino. Bev. Geoff and Jonah came on Sat. night.

Oct 15: Road trip to Miniota, Uno, Isabella etc...

Oct 14: Visit to Neepawa - to help Geordie & Betty-Lynn get ready to move. Supper.

Oct . 10: Hike to the Gregory Mill. First chance to see the new sign that Ken produced for the equestrian group that manages the trail.

Oct 5: Work trip to Minto and hike along the Souris River at Riverside.

Sept. 29:  Bev and I attended the Retirement Party for Connie Moffat at Murphy's Pub in Souris - had good chats with many old friends.

Sept. 27: Tour of old Coal Mine site near Goodlands with film maker Ken Mackenzie-Cochrane  and historian Bob Caldwell.
Shooting some video for a documentary about the mines. Beautiful fall afternoon.

Fall colours starting to show at Spruce Woods.

Aug 28 - Sept 3: Willow Island Cabin - & Day trip to Hecla
Donna and Dave visited.

Aug 28 - Sept 3: Willow Island Cabin - & Day trip to Hecla
Donna and Dave visited.

Aug. 18:
Aug 17: Tour Spruce Sands etc. Pick up Jonah after Bomber game. Snacks and drinks with the boys at Original Joe's.

Aug 16: Tour Gimli.
Aug. 15: Paddle to Downtown Beach. Scott & Pearl arrive for a visit.
Aug 14: Walk downtown. Swim. Errands - swim again. Pizza.
Aug 13: Paddle with Geoff

August 7: Visit with Gwenda and Dennis at Clear Lake.

August 6 & 7: Visit with Pearl and Scott. Road trip to the Olha / Seech Lake area.

July 30 - Aug 1: Road trip. South Beach Hotel for two nights. Geoff stayed one night, Donna and Dave joind us for supper on the second night.
Paddled and swam with  Geoff at Patricia Beach and Gull Lake. Visited Twin Lakes beach and St. Ambroise on the way home.

August 7: Visit with Gwenda and Dennis at Clear Lake.

July 29: Filled in with Armadillo at Virden. Good friends, good musicians. Fun as always.

July 13-16: Storie Family Reunion.

June 30:  I was invited to a Consultation Meeting on a new Cultural Policy for Manitoba and had the opportunity to present a few thoughts.

June 9: We were guests at the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Rivers Train Station. (Brandon Sun Article)
The Lieutenant Governor was there to unveil a plaque. A nice lunch was served etc.
We have worked with the  River's Train Station Restoration Committee over the years on various Heritage Projects and recently prepared a series of  Interpretive Signs for them.

May 25: Ken has started working with a local filmaker on a video about Brandon's Railway History. He will be doing the writing and some narration.r.

May 19: Gig at Prairie Firehouse

May12: Doreen's funeral at Neepawa. I hiked around Neepawa Park. On the way home we visited the site of an old rail crossing near Rapid City.

May 9: Sharing Session at the Baldur Museum to gather information
for our Icelandic Settlement Project

May 5: I made a series of presentations at the Southwest Horizon School Division Mini-WE Day. The topic was Metis History.

April 31: Hiking at Souris Mouth and region.

April 28: Presented a session I call, "Local History Matters" to the Rural and Northern Archives Association.

April 23: Attended the showing of Tom Mitchell's new film: "Before Brandon: The Grand Rapids of the Assiniboine". Ken did some consulting and contributed a short bit of naration.

April 15 - 16: Grand Forks with Jonah & Geoff. Great time!

March 18: Family gathering (Pam and family visiting from KC, Jerry & Marlene hosted it)  in Winnipeg. Stayed at Geoff's new place.

Feb. 7:  Met Bill Warren and Betty at the Forty to see Nuthin' But Trouble

Jan 14: First day of reasonable weather for some time. Visit to Linda & Ron's. Good trip down to the river on snowshoes.