How wonderful to see the dust flying as the combines and balers tidy up this year's crop. I'm sure the yield is really good and let's hope the prices are good, too. With the cost of everything going up that the farmer has to buy and pay for, the price received for their produce we hope will cover that, with some extra for profit.
Campers who had planned to spend a few days around Meota after the long weekend just packed up and left when the weather turned cold. If all they could do here was sit inside and watch TV, they may as well do that at home. The concession has been closed many days when they would have been open if people were at the beach as usual.
Everybody is cleaning up their gardens. Many hurried before the frost hit on Monday evening. There was a nice layer of ice on the bird bath, so froze pretty hard. The vegetables brought to my house were appreciated ‑‑ corn, beets, cucumbers, chard. My three tomato plants did give me three gallon pails of tomatoes, very tasty.
The rebuilding of the road from Spiritwood to Chitek Lake was written up in the last paper and is surely news people have been waiting for, for many years. It has made the "worst-road-in-the-province" list, a time or two.
The Sons of Norway group held their first gathering of the summer Sept. 10, in the city. Twenty-two members signed in for an afternoon of Norwegian whist followed by a supper of corn (supplied by Paulette and Terry Neale), wieners, buns and coleslaw. Masks were worn during cards, lots of hand sanitizer used and regulations followed. Winner at whist was Lois Campbell (Saskatoon). Second was Vern Iverson and third, Janice Morton. The annual business meeting was held after supper followed by three tables of canasta.
Regular bowling will recommence Oct. 6.
The Do Drop In plans to reopen Oct. 1.
Adding to the story of Jo Reed’s flight over northern Saskatchewan to celebrate her 90th birthday, as she and her children observed first hand sites that were named after her husband Wayne Reed’s brothers Raymond and Murray who made the supreme sacrifice in the Second World War. These are named Reed Peninsula and Reed Rapids. This was a magical adventure for the family that will never be forgotten.
The bridge results for Sept. 10 saw Jean Lawes and Fraser Glen come in first. Second were Vern Iverson and David Sharpe and third were Donna Scherman and Catriona Winterhalt. The B group winner was Ann Crozier and Cletus Scherman.
The boats have been coming off the lake and going into storage, and the hangers and docks are being brought in, as the season closes down for the year. Again we hear everyone saying, "Where did the summer go?" Maybe we will be blessed with a long fall season. The trees are surely turning yellow and every day more leaves fall.
Sept. 5, Eugene Lacey, who lives north of the city, was working in his orchard in late evening when he heard a noise in the shelter belt. A bear stepped out about 25 yards away, stood up, sniffing and growling and waving his paws. He stood over six feet tall and Eugene didn’t stick around for more details, but ran to the house. On the following Tuesday he was again in the orchard picking fruit when a disturbance was heard nearby. This time the bear came out growling and snapping his jaws and Eugene fled the scene, but along the way he tripped on a rake in the yard and twisted his ankle. Lucky for him, the bear went the other direction. Neighbour, Stan Iverson and a friend came over later with their drone and scouted the area but didn’t find the bear or any signs that he was still around. No doubt the bear wanted the orchard to himself, as he prepares for winter hibernation.
The vacation Bible schools could not be held as usual this year, but craft packages were prepared and distributed to about 400 children in the areas where they went annually, so they didn’t miss out completely.