Friday November 28, 2014

Recreation board distributes grants

Baljennie News

The first meeting of the RM of Glenside Recreation Board in 2012 was held at the home of Joan Rayner March 27.

Almost all board members were present from the three districts. Donations were finalized and the cheques written out.

This year the board is donating to Lizard Lake and Cran Creek quilting ladies, Monarch 4-H Club, Ranger Lake Bible Camp, Biggar Diamond Lodge, Sonningdale Seniors quilting project, Glenside Ladies on the Move yoga and zumba classes and Maymont Dance Club. Also supported is the Baljennie Community Club for the 100th anniversary of Baljennie School for a slide presentation sometime later on. Stanley Mills is in the process of putting together the photos. Also receiving funds was glass etching with Tracy Gardiner and crafts with Irene Greer April 11 at Baljennie Community Centre

The grant money had increased a little, which made members able to increase amounts and make more donations. All the required receipts and papers have to be into the Regina office in early June. This gives members time to gather them all up. When everything is processed another grant will be issued for the fall and a new agenda to be set up. The recreation board is still on the lookout for more ideas for classes, instructors for classes and more donations. We welcome any ideas or suggestions. The next meeting is set for Sept. 4 at the home of Dorothy Mills at Baljennie.

Jim and Sophia Parkinson of North Battleford and family from Baljennie and Bjelde Creek celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in early March. The family gathered to celebrate and went out to supper.

With sadness we hear of the passing of Lawrence Shear of Sonningdale and a few days later his 93-year-old mother Jean Shear also passed away. A memorial service was held in Sonningdale Hall for them.

Tracy Gardiner had a plastic ware come and go sale and showing in the Spinney Hill Community centre March 28. She had a good display of new spring products with all the new spring colours and many cash and carry items for sale.

March is a month to be remembered if you compare it to past years. It was mild, breaking records for temperature as well as no big snow storms. Some light snow fell that did not amount to much moisture. Now we are well into April we all hope for some good rains to set up the seeding operating in late April and May.

Now we are well into the spring season when we start to see all the birds coming back for another nesting season. Canada Geese arrived early. Because of the mild winter they had not migrated all that far away. They are still arriving bringing along the grey geese and the snow geese in large flocks. The crows, robins, bluebirds, larks, hawks, blackbirds, gulls and juncos are all here for some time now. The little chipmunks, gophers and moles are all out of hibernation. The little red polls, grosbeaks and siskins have pretty well all cleared out. My bird feeders are not too active now.

There has been a few mosquitoes about and the water bugs have been swimming in the water barrels.

There have been lots of pussy willows showing up with their silver fluff. The grass is slowing turning green. There are a lot of tall, dry grasses, brush and weeds about, so once again we are all into fire hazard season. Fires have to be well guarded and a damp day is much better to burn if you have no winds and we have had a great deal of high winds. A fire, once it gets going, creates itís own wind.

Once again the temperatures have been above normal but once in a while a cooler weather system moves through. We got a little rain, but there has been snow fall all around our area. So far so good, but this area is in need of some type of moisture and soon.

Weíve just come through another Easter season with all its fancy chocolate and candy eggs and bunnies. The school bus has had the last long rest before the school term ends.

Glenn and Eileen Peters of Rainbow Lake, Alta. spent a few days visiting and went on to visit with Glennís mother, Louise Peters, in Assiniboia.

Because of the mild winter, the ice on the North Saskatchewan and Battle rivers was not all that thick. It all broke up in early April to move out quickly without any ice jams to the make the rivers flood over their banks. The rivers were low last fall, but did rise a little as the chucks of ice moved out and downstream.



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