I hope everyone is staying healthy and at home during these difficult times. I know it has been hard not being able to go shopping normally, attend church, gatherings and meetings of any kind. At Borden most businesses are open, but on limited access and with social distancing requirements in place.
The post office is back to normal hours and Block’s agencies have opened by appointment. The Borden Co-op Grocery and Hardware are both open, with the grocery store open seven days a week, but allowing only three customers in at a time.
The Borden Health Centre and Pharmacy is open by appointment, but at present there are no doctors in attendance on Tuesdays.
Gas Plus is open seven days a week at regular hours.
The Borden Anglican and United Churches have decided not to open in June due to the restrictions and the Fellowship Church cannot open, as they hold services in the Borden Community Centre, which will not be open for a while. The hotel and café are still closed, except for takeout from the Roadside Inn. Affinity Credit Union was closed, but as of Monday they are open in Borden 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday and closed for lunch from 12:30 -1 p.m. The Red Bull Restaurant in Radisson will be opening for dine-in on June 8. The two hairdressers in Borden and one in Radisson resumed their businesses May 19. The Community Centre and library are still closed, and the Borden Farmers Market has decided not to open in 2020. The Borden Fire Hall is not available and there are also so many restrictions, it would not be feasible to open. People can still order products from the vendors that were at the market in 2019 and pick up at their homes. If it is possible the farmers market will still go ahead with their Christmas sale on Dec. 5 in the Borden Community Centre.
A student, Natalie Anderson from Borden, has been hired at the Borden Museum. They will be open sometime in June.
Condolences are extended to the family of Helen Sutherland, who passed away May 26 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 89. Helen leaves eight children – Jim (Jessie), Ian (Shelley), David (Michelle), Kevin (Michelle), Glenn (Sheri), Scott (Sonia), Dawn Morgan (Ron), and Anne Westad (Lindsay) – 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers and a sister.
Helen was involved in the Borden Community until she moved to Saskatoon in 2018. She contributed to 4-H, and the library, museum, United Church, farmer market, seniors club and Lions Club. There will be a memorial celebration at a later date when circumstances allow it. Donations in lieu of flowers may be given to the Borden Museum or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences are also extended to Ray Latimer of Borden, sons Tim and Chris and his family, on the passing of Judy Latimer on May 27. A private family service has been held in Saskatoon.