Former farmer and rancher turns 99

Baljennie News

Belated birthday greetings to Vernon Custer of River Heights Lodge in North Battleford on his 99th birthday. Vernon is formerly from Baljennie. He and his late wife Joyce raised a family of six children, five sons and one daughter. They worked together on the farm and ran some ranch range land and had cattle and horses. Vernon enjoyed horses and rode most of his life.

Vernon was David and Linda Custer's second son, born on July 1, 1921. He attended the old Baljennie School for all his schooling and helped his dad with the horses before getting married. Vernon's son Mark and his wife Kim and family now own and run the farm, still with cattle and horses.

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The Western Development Museum remains closed, although some museums have opened. WDMs remain closed for the safety of visitors and volunteers. My husband is a regular volunteer and the shutdown has kept him from an activity he misses.

Bridge Road Condos have been under strict conditions since mid-March. Rules are slowly relaxing, with visitors again allowed and volunteers can operate the common room coffee time. The room is also a place to work at a puzzle that is always set up. As time goes on there will be more opening up, but all still have to take care and follow the health rules.

It was sad to see two couples moving to other homes in Battleford. A third will be moving shortly. We wish them all the best in their new residences. There are now a few empty apartments to be filled with more seniors. There are two couples in the process of moving in. We all welcome them.

A big thank you goes out to one of our residents, who spends a great deal of his time picking up the litter that gets scattered about by people just tossing out the trash. He covers a large area, brining in a big bag full of trash to dispose.

The hay makers are busy getting machinery ready to go. A few have already started.

Warmer temperatures and rainfall have helped crop development. There has been some spraying to control weeds and pests.

Keep a watch out for pesky ticks when enjoying the outdoors.

Heavy rains in Alberta has created high water flow in the North and South Saskatchewan rivers. The rivers have been high for the last month.

Get well wishes to Lorna Bater and my sister Irene Greer. They are both from Baljennie and in the Battlefords Union Hospital. Hopefully both will be out and about soon.

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