The child is probably spreading ashes, a common way to reduce icy conditions back then. Everyone had ashes since coal or wood was used in furnaces.
Crossword puzzles were a huge fad in 1924-25.
Ontario had reformed it’s prohibition laws in a 1924 referendum, which allowed for increased alcohol content. The proprietor wants to get rid of the old 2.5% alcohol beer first.
The United Church of Canada was created in 1924-25 as a union of the Methodists, Presbyterian and Congregational churches. These church goers seem uncertain about going to a new church.
Also note that while this is still called “Life’s Little Comedies”, the “Birdseye Center” name appears.