Adjustments made as everyone hunkers down

Adjusting to a new way of life will be like in the old days when one had a horse to travel with and nowhere but your own little community to travel in. One has to be thankful for the electronics and phones we haveto communicate with, so can be in touch with family instantly. Being quarantined at home also will be different, as we are so used to being on the go. A trip to the library to pick up a few books may pay off, or resort to the games on the computer to pass your time. There are also crafts like knitting and crocheting, puzzle.

The Pioneer Hall was the scene of two evenings of duplicate bridge last week. March 10 there were 18 players. Top score went to Donna Scherman and Betsy Brown followed by Mary Phelps and Gerry Craig. Rudy and Joeann Wiens were third and fourth went to Ron Inkster and Albert Blais. March 12 saw top score go to Catriona Winterholt and Donna Scherman. Tied for second and third were Jean Lawes and Fraser Glen and Margaret Dyck and Dave Creegan. 

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Four tables played Norwegian Whist last Friday at Action Now in the city. High scores went to Lorna Pearson, Eric Callbeck, Gail Hilderman and Bev McCrimmon. It was a nice event. There were also two tables playing cribbage,

The Do Drop In held their annual meeting March 13 with 16 members attending. Correspondence was on hand from Lifetime, for seniors living alone. The contract with Van Houte (coffee and machine) terminates March 22 and is being taken over by Ambassador Distribution.

The regional meeting is being held here April 9 with registration at 9:15 a.m. The club is invited to Edam for noon lunch and afternoon of games March 25, with a St. Patrick's Day theme.(I expect these two events will be cancelled.)

A test of equipment took place Wednesday evening when Trudy Jenssen showed three videos we borrowed from the Yorkton Film Library, at no cost except the return postage. They were Fast Horse, El Toro and Cattle Cops, of varying lengths.

All the defibrillators in the village have been checked and updated. Our bill of $628 was paid by the Meota Lions Club as well as the bills on the other three, which are located in the Community Complex, the fire hall and one is shared by the golf course and the curling rink. The community is well aware of the good the Lions do in this area and appreciate it so much.

The library board has two new members — Julie Malenfant and Larry Clarke. The librarian has resigned as of March 23, so her job is open. If we don’t make better use of the library they will be cutting the hours that it is open.

The social committee reported some sick members to send cards to.

The election of officers was conducted by Vivianne Lesko and the board remains the same. Following the meeting two contenders, Carole Chapman and Pat Becotte, for one new village councillor position, addressed the group and answered questions. These are both capable people. The election is on March 31 at the village office from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The next meeting is set for April 17, and memberships of $10 can be paid any time now. A tasty pot luck luncheon was enjoyed.

Gas prices in Alberta last week were at 83.9 cents a litre.

If you had or want pictures of your rural residence taken from the air, through the years, they will be at the Co-op Mall March 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They really are priceless.    

Travellers coming home from anywhere will be told to go into self quarantine at home.

A social Sunday afternoon was spent at the Do Drop In when folks gathered to play canasta. Four tables played the regular five games. High score went to Arlene Walker and Janice Morton and second to Paulette Neale and Lorna Pearson. In third were Jack Stewart and Bev McCrimmon. Barbara Soloninko picked up her hand in one game to find a Canasta (seven cards) of wild cards (deuces and jokers) as well as a canasta of sevens. This is for sure a rare happening.

The noon luncheon slated for March 20, and hosted by the Do Drop In, has been postponed until a later date

Easter bunny sales by the Meota Lions Club will not happen this year, as the supply would arrive too late.

The Meota Lions have set the closing date of April 18 for people to get in their guess as to the date and time when the golf cart down by the boat launch site will sink. This is one of their annual fundraising projects, so let’s get out and support it.

Australia has drive-thru liquor stores, one such store is called The Thirsty Camel.

Snowbirds driving home last weekend drove through some typical winter storms that also included pouring rain, sleet, snow and wind. They were happy to arrive in Great Falls, Mont. for and overnight stay and happier still to get home to Okotoks Sunday.

World Day of Prayer

World Day of Prayer was March 6 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima, Meota.

World Day of Prayer services, programs and materials are organized by the Women’s Inter-church Council of Canada. This is a national ecumenical organization with a mission to empower Christians to pursue justice, peace and reconciliation by standing together in prayer and action.

Donations are used to provide grants for justice programs both nationally and internationally. In 2018-19 a grant was given to the Battlefords to assist with the early prevention and intervention of diabetes and develop community gardens by the Battlefords Family Health Center.

Each year a different country writes the program for this event. This year’s program was written by the women from Zimbabwe and we learned about their history, culture, environment and economy as well as many of the struggles the country is still going through.

The service consisted of prayer and singing followed by dessert and coffee and fellowship. A total of $235 was received in donations.

Thank you to all who attended and donated and those who prepared the program, provided music and desserts.

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