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January 2014 - Nr. 1
Happy New Year from Echo Germanica
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, Editor-in-chief


Dear Reader

The Canadian winter is letting us have it like it has not done in many years. The only good thing I can see in this is the fact that a lot of vermin and unpleasant insects like mosquitos have less of a chance to survive. But despite the incredible cold we made it out to all sorts of festive events.

I am pleased to tell you that we are continuing the life story about Eric Stutenbaumer by Walter Eibisberger. Unfortunately we had to interrupt the continuation due to lack of space. November and December had too many community events that we had to report on. I think the reading public does not understand that we have to provide for expenses from advertising and German based businesses are slowly becoming in short supply.

In the future, if you have a story that you think should be known to the reading public you need to take into consideration that you will have to contribute financially to the task. This was the last time we do it without a financial contribution. Unfortunately we cannot pay our bills with a “Thank You”.

Lucile de Saint-AndreSad news is the loss of our good friend Lucille de Saint Andre, who contributed wonderful, even award winning reports, like the three part series on Quebec and movie reviews and interviews to this publication. We shall always remember her. We are also grateful to her husband Bob Sandbo, who often supplied great photography to us.

Happy New Year 2014 with Sybille, Siggi Leipold, Elsa SonntagThere are some events that occurred after the December issue came out, but we will report on them even though Christmas is over for most of us. That of course leads us to New Year’s Eve and the fabulous parties that happened in many places. We have 2 reports for you.

The promise of a very long and cold winter should put us in the mood for the Winter Olympics. We hope that politics does not have a play in the Russian held event and that our athletes can excel in their chosen discipline.

As always in the January issue I want to thank all our contributors that help to keep Echo Germanica up to date on community events. There is regular contributor Marianne Schmidt in Berlin, Irena Syrokomla in Kitchener Waterloo and occasionally Gerhard Griebenow, Danuta Grigaitis, Pastor Matthias E. Hartwig, Christian Klein, Rolf Piro, and many others.

To all of them and you, the valued reader, we wish all the best for the coming year. May it be a healthy and successful one for you and yours.

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister





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