Thanksgiving greetings from Fort McMurray. Hope you all enjoyed family and food to your heart's content. We have had a Christmasy holiday here, with snow falling most of the day Saturday and crisp cold. Didn't spoil the tasty turkey we enjoyed Sunday at Greg and Jordanna Lambert's house, with Carrie and Neil Sandstrom from Calgary as well. Both Claudia and Joseph spent some time working at the swimming pool, but were not in school.
The fall golf tournament in Meota was a pleasant, but cool, event. They had a long putt prize for each hole, with winners picking a pie of their choice for their prize. These winners were Mark Adams, Len Johnson, Alex Welford, Christy Johnson, Don Johnson, Stan Gulutson, Mike Doom, Len Jonson and Pat Mohr. Home Hardware sponsored the event and it drew 65 participants even though the temperature sat at -2 C.
Mark your calendar for the flu clinic on Oct. 23 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Do Drop In.
The next hall luncheon is set for Oct. 19 with ham and scalloped potatoes on the menu.
The next seniors’ monthly meeting will be Oct. 12 at 10:30 a.m., followed by a potluck lunch. Bring your ideas and join the group, which has been getting larger lately.
A shuffleboard tournament is underway Oct. 13 at the Do Drop In. It's getting late but phone your name in to Linda at 306-892-2179 so she can put you in the draw.
The transfer site is on winter hours now, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Starting Oct. 10, join locals at the Do Drop In for coffee and muffins Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for a social time.
Folks needing to keep active this fall and winter can join the pickleball group Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Meota Community Complex, starting Oct. 15. Fee is $10 per person. Racquets are provided and running shoes should be worn. Call Lexie at 306-892-4349.
Walk-walk resumes Oct. 16, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. until April. Call Elaine at 306-317-7746.
Fall yoga has been cancelled at Meota Complex.
The next wellness clinic is on Oct. 18 at the Do Drop In from 8:40 to 10:40 a.m.
October special being offered at the Cottage is $10 off facials. Thursdays has Sheena Muirhead offering massages. Call 306-892-5899.
An interesting item I watched as we travelled was the price of gas. In North Battleford it was $1.10.9, in Lloydminister it was $1.24.9, at Leduc it was $1.17.9, at Beaumont $1.32.9 and here it's anywhere from $1.16.4 to $1.39.9.
Winners at Canasta Oct. 5 were Marion Ottas and Arlene Walker, Jack Stewart and Linda Ard and Janice Morton and Gwen Lacerte.
Duplicate bridge was played in the Do Drop In Oct. 2 with top score going to Jette and Terence DaSilva, Vern Iverson and Cletus Sherman and Joeann and Randy Wiens. Oct. 4, in the Pioneer Hall in the city, top score went to Julie Moore and Jean Lawes. Second were Vern Iverson and David Sharpe and third were Margaret Dyck and Maureen Campbell.
As told by Arlene Walker about their trip to Minot, N.D.
Sept. 20, 10 of us rented a van and travelled to Minot, N.D. for Hostfest, a Scandinavian festival. Vern Iverson was our driver and passengers were Dave and Marion Ottas, Svend and Cora Christiansen, Gwen Lacerte, Janice Morton, Diane Lessard, Elaine Hamm and Arlene Walker, all happy wanderers. We stayed at a friend's house there as they had room for all of us. At Hostfest we attended many shows, ate a variety of traditional foods and shopped at the ethnic booths. Entertainment by Daniel O'Donnell was a big hit, as were William and Rees and Mollie B. The Viking games and battles were fun to watch. This festival has been going for 41 years and is attended by thousands every day. We had a great time.