Firefighters host Remembrance Day ‘Drive to Remember’

Borden and Radisson News

Jamie Brandrick was elected mayor by acclamation during the recent municipal elections. Voted on to council Nov. 9 were Tom Redhead, Kandice Walker, Bev Hrynuik and Peter Thiessen. In Radisson Chris Tryman was elected mayor and councillors elected were Peter Redekopp, Leona Bennett, Robin Baker, Nathan Walker, Scott Currie and Diane Rimmer.

Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. Borden Fire and Rescue, led by a member of the RCMP, held a “Drive to Remember.” They drove quietly and thoughtfully through the streets of Borden, out past the cemetery and cenotaph and ended back at the fire hall for a brief service. The trucks were decorated with Remembrance Day artwork from the students of Borden School (normally they would decorate the walls of the community centre). A few joined in the procession and listened to the service in their vehicles, while the fire and rescue members, dressed in their dress uniforms, lined up in front of the fire vehicles. 

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Rev. Sheldon Carr started the service with the reading of the acknowledgement of Indigenous territory and gave an opening prayer commending to God care and keeping for all the men and women of the armed forces at home and abroad. Last Post was played, two minutes of silence were observed followed by Reveille.

Scripture readings from Matthew 5:1-12 were incorporated into the reflection by Rev. Carr, who spoke on the National War Memorial in Ottawa and the Tomb of Canada’s Unknown Soldier. He told how this monument came to be and gave information on the memorial’s significance in remembering all those unknown soldiers. The Tomb of the Unknown soldier represents for Canadians the values of peace, justice and love for Canada and represents the carnage that is war. It is a point of remembrance for all Canadians, and represents the desire for peace that is in every heart on Remembrance Day. 

Rev. Carr closed with a prayer, the repeating of the Lord’s Prayer and benediction: “As you leave here, hold in your hearts those young people from this community and communities across the land who have given their best and greatest gift, their lives, in our country’s wars.”

The bells were ringing out from St. John’s Church to end the memorial service.

The Borden Farmers Market Christmas sale, which was to have been held on Dec. 5 in Borden Community Centre, has been cancelled for 2020 due to the health restrictions in place.

SaskEnergy have been working southwest of Olinyk’s to bring natural gas to the Schmidt and Golding acreages, digging in the pipeline across our pasture, Orchard and Tracksell land and then on to Schmidt’s and Goldings. They finally finished up just before the snowstorm.

The sunflower birdfeeder and suet block have been kept busy the last few weeks with chickadees and hairy and downy woodpeckers. This last week a robin showed up in the cedar tree, shivering and eating the seeds from the tree along with fruit on the chokecherry trees.

Borden Lakeland Library is back in business and open to the public with only two visitors allowed in at a time. They have started their Dessert of the Month again and the lucky winner Oct. 23 was Lynell Hunchak, who works at Affinity Credit Union. The next dessert draw will be held Nov. 20 and tickets can be purchased for $1.Library hours are Tuesday 3 to 6 p.m., Wednesday 10 .am. to 3 p.m. and Friday 1 to 4 p.m. Librarian is Beth Usselman.

Borden Fire and Rescue members are raffling off a quarter of beef with the draw Nov. 28 Tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and can be purchased from any firefighter.

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