Community meets to discuss restart of COP program

Unity News

Mid-September already. I sound like a stuck record, but how did that happen?

A concerned group of citizens want to kickstart the Unity COP program again so a public meeting was held Sept. 4 at the community centre with a smaller number in attendance than was expected. However, great information was shared and it appears imminent that this community watch program will be back in action sooner than later.

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Last weekend was a busy one starting with a night lights football game Thursday for Unity Minor Football. Sadly, the Friday home opener was a no go (considered a forfeit) followed by a Saturday full of activity with the Miners Fun Day of Golf and the 3-on-3 ball hockey fundraising event. As well, KC Rescue had a great little event at their centre, which aligned with the ball hockey tournament, so it was a well rounded, full weekend of fun in Unity. The upcoming “to do” schedule continues to be added to, so stay tuned to your local newspaper, this column, posters around town and social media for all the great things upcoming right here in Unity.

Unity Public School held their welcome back pancake breakfast last Friday and the school year is officially kicked off with students already adjusting to new teachers and new classes. The cross country runners are already participating in their first meet today in Wilkie. Picture day is Sept. 19 and hot lunches will be back on the agenda helping those parents with lunch plans for students. There have been minimal adjustments for brand new Kindergarten students, as well as the new class of Grade 7s are adjusting to their leadership role quickly. You can keep up with the news and updates from UPS on their Facebook page.

St. Peter’s School has also hit the ground running as far as jumping into their school year. Students are also excitedly reconnecting with classmates and ready for terrific year full of learning and fun. A most impressive random act of kindness was undertaken by teachers and support staff at St. Peter’s as they chose to spend an afternoon of their in-service day performing for the three senior centres in town. What a great gift to share!

At UCHS they are adjusting to life without the graduates of 2019 while welcoming an entire new batch of Grade 7 students – 60 of them, as a matter of fact! Welcome week activities began Sept. 6 with a pep rally and this entire week will include some new and returning events as well as Warrior football night lights game on Sept. 12. Volleyball teams already have one tournament under the belts with plenty more volleyball action to come for both junior and senior teams this season. SADD, SLC, Activate, Yearbook and all of the other groups and organizations that are part of UCHS culture have all reconvened with plans already being implemented in this school year.

Tonight at Warrior field, the UCHS Warriors host another lights game vs Clavet starting at 7 p.m. This is a great free, fun, family event so come on down to the football field and cheer on the team while enjoying plenty of things to do with other fans in the stands.

Speaking of football, check out the Little Tikes football program that will take place Sept. 14 at Warrior field and watch the youngest football players in their breakout role.

Sept. 21 will be the fourth annual Zucchini Race at Parkview Place. There is always room for guests and there is plenty of fun to be had.

Speaking of Parkview Place, they, along with Unity Long Term Care and the Richardson Outdoor Recreation Park were recipients of surplus funds from the 2005 Saskatchewan 100th celebration that included a “Festival of Diversity” held in Unity. The German pavilion had always hoped to host another event but that did not come to be, therefore, they decided to disburse of the remaining funds to organizations that would assist the seniors, who helped build this community, along with the youth, who are the future of this community. Congratulations donors on this amazing “pay it forward” gesture and to the recipients for this surprise act of kindness.

Mayor Weber says the Main Street construction project is on task, on time and on budget. He also revealed a brand new Zamboni will soon be unveiled, along with generous donors.

Congratulations to Pat, Shane and Tash Gumpinger who were part of the dozens of fans selected to hold the football field sized Canadian flag during the national anthem at the annual Labour Day Classic.

Congratulations to former Unity Minor Ball player, Rhett Feser, who earned the 2019 Canadian Men’s Senior baseball national championship with his team the Chatham Miramichi Honda Ironmen. Following this national win, the team is now competing for their league title.

Coffee row can hardly finish with all the topics on the table this fall, so that’s why sometimes coffee row extends its hours this season, or carries over into the afternoon session to be sure nothing is missed being reviewed. The weather, the harvest, local garden productions, in addition to community activity that has taken place as well as community events and activities that are upcoming. There is always room at these tables and plenty of laughter to be shared. So you see we keep busy with wisdom, laughter and plenty of fun here in Unity with our friends on coffee row.

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