IN TRANSITION: Doreen and Earl Solli, second and third from left, respectively, along with their daughter, Susan Schoorlemmer, say thank you to the community as they handed over ownership of Home Hardware in Spirit River – which they operated as a family business for 53 years – to its new owners. “We would like to express our sincere gratitude to our loyal customers for supporting our hardware business for the past 53 years. Family-owned, entrepreneurial businesses rely on the community to support them. We cannot begin to thank all of you for your many years of shopping with us. We wanted to let everyone know that, after careful consideration and much thoughfulness, we have determined that it is the right time for us to retire. We hope that you will continue to support the new owners,” they said. Susan will stay on during the transition phase. All the staff have been retained by the new owners, who took over starting Monday, February 10.