Hello, friends and neighbors; hope that your summer has had a great start! The evenings are still a little chilly, but yes — the sun is very beautiful; when it makes an appearance, right?

The dogs, Charles and Chief, have grown tremendously. Chief even dug himself a nice hole he can fit his whole body into! We will have to keep our eyes open for that one. Crazy pooches. We have always been dog-lovers; they are a big part of our family.

On June 5 we will be taking youth to the Seven Clans Water Park. The cost is $5 for the arm band, and we ask that they all bring their own food money. We also are asking that the youth do not bring backpacks. They are to use plastic bags to carry their belongings. I always enjoy the ride to and from Seven Clans.

The fishing pier dedication at the Onigum Marina is June 12. I know that this date has been changed several times, but it is set in stone this time. I will hand out flyers and post them at the Centers and even have Bev send them out with the ENP meals.

Speaking of Bev, she won two tickets to the “Old Skool” concert at Northern Lights July 25. And guess who gets to go with her? I can hardly wait.

I would just like to say thank you again to all who came out and stood by our side at the wakes and funerals of our brothers, Dave and Bart. It meant a lot to have so many people be supportive to my family and the tremendous loss that we went through. Our lives have been forever changed. We no longer have two of the “crazy ones” with us. They were always the ones to make us laugh and mad, sometimes at the same time. I know what the reports say, but I still choose to believe that’s the way they wanted to go; together. They spent so much time with each other in the past few years, they wouldn’t have wanted to be separated.

Yes, they did have an alcohol problem; we all know people who are very much addicted to alcohol and other substances. But we never loved them any less; as a matter of fact, we loved them more. It was the life they chose; and no matter what we would say or do, they chose the alcohol or the alcohol chose them. If It isn’t our way of life, we cannot fully understand the influence it has on a person.

My brothers were great hunters and fishermen. They shared with their families the wild game and fish that were caught. Bart spent a lot of time at my house, and they both loved all their nieces and nephews. We come from a large family; now we are minus two brothers.

I know in my heart that they are with our Creator. They had very good hearts, would help anyone and had a love for nature. We all love and miss you, my brothers, until we meet again. Some days are harder than others, but we will get through this.

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