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BLACKSTOCK by Tammy Phillips

Finally, Spring is here. Always a welcome reminder of how beautiful change can be.

Heartfelt condolences to family and friends on the recent passing of Michelle (Gallant) Ekker on March 10th. She was active in the community including being a board member with the Blackstock Skating Club for many years. Her smile, laughter and friendship will be deeply missed.

You may recall last year, local resident Alaina Malcolm put out a suggestion to friends and residents encouraging them to place homemade hearts in their front windows. As the likes and shares grew, so did the community participation. The Blackstock community response was impressive creating a “Heart Hunt” that was fun for both kids and adults.

She recently posted that memory on Facebook, suggesting the community come together again with a “Flower Foraging” theme for Spring. Many have already responded and posted pictures of their homemade flowers.

Join in the fun. Whether you put up a single flower or cover your window in a full bouquet, participating will not only provide an activity for children, but it will also give walkers something to enjoy as they stroll around the neighbourhood.

Speaking of Facebook, if you are not already aware, Patti Keuning created a rather interesting and entertaining page called “Remembering Blackstock and Surrounding Small Communities,” where members can share memories and photos. To join the group, visit

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