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Public invited to build Snowmen for Seniors at Heritage Lodge

It’s Snowmen for Seniors week at Heritage Lodge! Members of the public are invited to come out to the lodge between January 12-14 to build snowmen for the residents to enjoy.

“We’re hoping to fill up the whole back yard of the lodge with snowmen for the residents,” said Jeanine Bastien, Director of Recreation for Heritage Lodge.

The idea came about when the granddaughter of one of the residents built a snowman outside her window.

“Some family members right now are visiting residents through the window and talking to them on their phone at the same time,” Bastien said. “One day I went to her room and she was on the phone with her granddaughter, but her great-grandchildren were building a snowman behind her. We thought it would be cool if we could just fill up the whole backyard with snowmen.”

Families and individuals can visit Heritage Lodge at 48 Wall Street in Vankleek Hill anytime between 11 am, and 4 pm, from January 12-14. Everyone who builds a snowman in the yard will receive a Tim Horton’s gift card. The gift cards were made possible by a donation from Cheryl Courtemanche to support the project. After building their snowman, participants are asked to contact Jeannine Bastien through Facebook and send in a photo of their completed snowman.

It should be noted there is some investment involved – participants must bring their own carrots for the nose. Otherwise people are welcome to just show up during the designated hours and start on their snowmen. There will be signs indicating where to park and people can set up at one of the pre-marked, physically-distanced spots. Participants are asked to not come to the front door of the lodge itself, due to COVID-19 protocols.

“The temperature is supposed to hover around zero this week so it should be pleasant and make for nice, sticky snow,” Bastien noted. “People can just show up. There will be snow-reflector markers set out in the back yard to show them where to build.”

“I’ll be out there as well to help, and once people are done, they can collect their card and go have a hot chocolate at Tim’s.”

More information can be obtained on Heritage Lodge’s Snowmen for Senior activity by visiting the Facebook event page here.

Reid Masson

Reid Masson is a graduate of Algonquin College's Journalism Program. He has over 20 years of experience as a staff writer and editor for various newspapers across Canada, including The Ottawa Citizen and Brockville Recorder and Times.

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