January 30, 2015


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As we begin a new year, and with the weight of the world getting ever heavier, we thought this letter to 'Santa' in the December/January edition the Paisley Advocate says it all about what is happening to many rural villages and towns.

Dear Santa,

There arenít many left anymore. The old guard in the village is slowly fading. Most of the new guard were not born here, but have done their best to honour and protect what is inherently theirs. Now they too are getting tired and discouraged.

Heritage and history do not have the significance they once had. Life is transient today, impermanent, so fast paced that attachment is a liability. Traditions are slowly fading. Even family is sometimes seen as inconvenient and time consuming.

As a small village, Santa, we are struggling to survive. We do not have economic wealth or political clout. The values we stand for represent a less hurried time, when a full, rich, successful life was seen in a different way.

 You and I have lived a long time. We have seen many ways of life and we both know that in the end, all that matters is each other. Heritage can be more than bricks and mortar. It can be a life that embraces values that are at the heart of the human experience.

 So this Christmas, help us celebrate who we are - a modern day people with old fashioned ideals. Give strength and encouragement to the people who are here to continue to represent those ideals. Attract people to the village who are like-minded; people who want to reclaim what the world is slowly losing.

 I have found peacefulness in the waters of Paisley, Santa, a solitude that helps calm the mind in a world of constant interruptions. I have found peace with what it really means to be alive.

Merry Christmas and Thank You, Saugie


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With Family Day just around the corner on February 16th, why not plan to spend the day in the Village of Paisley.  There will be free skating and a chance to try curling at the Arena and Community Centre and activities at the Library.

Don't forget to pay a visit to the Paisley Museum Open House and take a step back to a bygone era in historic Paisley.

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