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Happy couple doesn’t sweat small stuff

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Royalwood residents Ray and Lorraine Saurette recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They had made plans for a special dinner with family. Little did they suspect daughters Jeannine and Danielle, both university students, had made additional plans for after dinner.

It was cold and windy as 50 family members and friends assembled for a surprise wedding anniversary celebration for Ray and Lorraine. Food, beverages, gifts and cards were all in place.

Only one thing was missing — the house remained locked up with no key in sight and calls to Jeannine and Danielle were going unanswered. The skies darkened as everyone waited in the backyard.

Finally, Jeannine was reached on her phone and house keys were produced, allowing family and friends to gather in the basement.

Once the Saurettes arrived from dinner, it took several minutes of encouraging Ray and Lorraine to "go downstairs and see the cake" for the surprise party to be unveiled.

"We really had no idea", says Lorraine. "The girls did an amazing job of keeping everything quiet. It was a very special evening for us".

When asked the secret to 25 years of marriage, Ray and Lorraine replied, "Patience. Lots of patience, and not sweating the small stuff".

Congratulations to Ray and Lorraine on their milestone anniversary. May the next 25 years be as wonderful as the first 25!

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On Sat., June 2, more than 200 people converged on Shorehill Drive in Royalwood to celebrate Union Nationale Metisse’s International Trails Day and to officially open the new Seine River South Trail.

Organized by Save Our Seine, the event’s special guests included Murray Watson, carver of the wood spirits and great gray owl in Bois-des-Esprits, Brian Mayes, city councilor for St. Vital and Shelly Glover, Member of Parliament for St. Boniface.

"I am proud that three generations of my family are here to celebrate this important community event," Mayes said.

Refreshments were provided, and the event featured displays of Metis fiddling, carvings by Watson, and jewelry from Royalwood resident Kathy Sullivan.

Save Our Seine presented awards of appreciation to Casera Credit Union and to former president Dave Watson. Mayes, Dave Watson and Murray Watson cut the emerald green ribbon to open the new trail.

The event concluded with a series of guided walks along the new Seine River South Trail led by Seine Our Seine’s Denis Gautron, Denis De Pape, and Dave Watson. SOS is a community-based stewardship group whose mandate is to protect, preserve and enhance the Seine River Environment within the city of Winnipeg. To get involved or make a donation, visit

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Readers have been asking about the annual Royalwood Community Garage Sale that traditionally takes place during the last weekend in May.

Royalwood residents would signal their participation by leaving their garage doors open, and the event would receive local publicity. This year, a number of garage sales were held in Royalwood on May 26 and 27, and were advertised on Kijiji.

Looking ahead to 2013, Royalwood residents are invited to formally organize a community garage sale that would be announced in this column. Readers of The Lance appear eager to take part. Please contact me with your ideas.

Tanya Misseghers is a community correspondent for Royalwood. You can contact her at

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