A chilly but productive day for the threshermen

Borden / Radisson News

The Borden Friendship Club held their monthly potluck supper on Sept. 25 with more than 40 members and nine entertainers out to enjoy a great meal. The room and tables were decorated in fall colours. Jars of wheat with candles glowing inside were flanked by vases of fall flowers and wheat stalks on the tables. Blowing out the candles on the birthday cakes were Lenna Balon and Jackie Meister. A presentation of a thank you card and gift certificate were presented to Ed and Dianne Rawlyk for hosting the July supper and program. The entertainers for the evening took the stage – Sanctuary Much, a musical group from Grace Westminster United Church in Saskatoon. Some songs they sang were Operator Information, Working on a Building, Keep Your Eyes on the Prize, I’m Gonna Wait, My Girl, This Old Church, andI Saw the Light.  Rev. Daryl Woods, with his powerful voice, sang Halleluiah, accompanied by the group, to a standing ovation. The group consisted of Daryl, Bruno Konecsi, guitar players Keith Barss, Bill Robertson, Howard Derksen and Rod McPherson, Jody Gilbertson on flute and ukulele, Eldon McHarge on drums and Cam Gilbertson who ran the mix board. Upcoming for the Friendship Club is their Tea and Bake sale on Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. and they will be raffling off a double size quilt, lap blanket and hot pads, with proceeds split between the Borden Care Home and Fire and Rescue Department.

Borden Fire and Rescue, in recognition of Fire Prevention Week, will be holding an open house and pancake/sausage Breakfast at the fire hall Sunday, Oct. 6, from 8 to 11:00 a.m. Admission is by donation.

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The Borden Threshermen’s Club held their annual Threshing Day on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the field two miles north of Borden. It was a cold and blustery day with the odd snowflake, but over 265 signed the guest book at the field. The Parade of Power at noon had flag bearers Alana Gunsch and Krissy Derbowka on horseback, heavy horse teams pulling plows and wagons. People carriers were Mel Bartsch’s Clydes, Laverne Friesen with his Belgians, Ken Crush with his Percheron/quarter horse team, Travis Waldner with a team of black Percherons, Louise Saunders team of Welsh Cobbs pulling a democrat, followed by a 1951 Mercury truck restored by George Walker. Tractors were: 1948 Co-op D owned by Irvin Peifer, Farmall Super M of Bob Lightfoot’s, 1947 Farmall H driven by Michael Sutherland, 1939 W30 McCormick driven by Tom Wensley, Aaron Wensley driving a 1928 McDeering 15-30, Ben Machnee driving a Gibson 300 tractor, Ed Neufeld driving a ’45 JD tractor pulling a 1948 JD Clipper AR combine, Willard Wensley driving a 1952 Minneapolis Z pulling the 1920s Minneapolis Moline Threshing machine, Cyril Saunders and his 1947 Massy Harris combine and the Borden fire truck, grass fire truck and rescue vehicle completed the parade. Demos held during the day were Archie Wainwright with rope making, sawing wood with a buzz saw, digging potatoes (which people could pick up), discing and plowing with teams of Percherons, bindering, combining with a JD Clipper and the ‘47 MH. Donna Barth had her petting zoo on hand with ponies, goats, bunnies, poultry and Melissa Saunders demonstrated horseshoeing. The cook car sold borscht, veggie soup with bread and jam and beverages. There were two wagon trains to give the children rides - the Borden Lions carts pulled by a golf cart driven by Perry Nicol and Terry Machnee driving a 1918 All Work tractor pulling the cars with a caboose on the end. The final event was threshing the two hay racks filled with sheaves. Driving in to Borden, you could visit the museum and then while you waited in the Friendship Centre to go in for supper. Bob Wardhaugh entertained on the keyboard or accordion. Everyone enjoyed the Borden Museum/Threshermen’s roast beef supper with potatoes and gravy, veggies, coleslaw, beet pickles and bread in the Community Centre, with pie for dessert, serving close to 240.

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