Golf course gearing up for a busy season

Meota News

No doubt the hole in the road into Lakeview was repaired before the paper came out, so was acted upon quickly. Good work!

Bridge was played in the Pioneer Hall three times before being closed down again. People just need and want to get back to living normal lives again. April 8, three tables were in play with top scores going to Mary Phelps and Gerry Craig. Second were Catriona Winterhalt and Donna Scherman. April 13, found four tables in play and top scores, in order, were: Mary Phelps and Gerry Craig, Anna Marie Waldbillig and Vern Iverson and Anne Crozier and Margaret Dyck. April 15 evening had three tables again and top scores went to David Sharpe and Vern Iverson. Second were Margaret Dyck and Dave Creegan.

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The local golf course is busy getting ready for another season and, depending on the weather, will open as soon as everything is ready..

Speaking with one of the Legion members from North Battleford made me realize that while the majority of us take for granted what our veterans did for us, in the past, some Legion members are still working to see they are remembered. They have been visiting graveyards to see if veterans’ graves are marked to indicate their service. Not many are, so they are trying to figure out how this can be corrected.

A replica of a pioneer log cabin, with all the original furnishings, has been brought in from Mildred to the Spiritwood Museum grounds. It was built and owned by the Zarudski family. When they built it they were planning to use it as a summer kitchen, but that didn’t happen, so it was fitting that it be relocated into Spiritwood. It was moved March 13 and set onto the foundation March 15. It will be wonderful to walk into this building and pretend it was our family’s pioneer home. Our young people won’t believe one could survive in such limited space with limited supplies. I can’t wait to see it, as I know it will be fancier than the log house I first lived in after getting married. 

 The Rabbit Lake outdoor market will open on May long weekend, May 22, until September long weekend, from 9 a.m. to noon, but some may extend hours if the market is busy..

The one-year anniversary of the loss of 22 people in Nova Scotia was marked April 18, in Truro, N.S. It was a non-denominational service called “Nova Scotia Remembers” with contributions by many folks. Heather Rankin sang “Never Alone,” representing their family. Johnny Reed wrote a song “People Like You,” which was played. Proceeds from it went to the Red Cross. They had a rock for each victim, with their name on it, representing their soul. A vase of flowers was placed for each one by a family member. They were the only people in the United Church besides the speakers.

With no guide for our TV programming, I felt lucky to catch this service. I was in Truro to watch Scottish dancing many years ago, so felt some connection to the scene. It was a touching service, for sure, meaning to bring some closure for everyone affected by the tragedy.

New activities are being organized by the refurbished sailing club with plans for more action, this summer. They have a great facility that is not being used as it should be. The community is looking forward to that.

The following information has been provided by the new organization.

The Battlefords Sailing Club has officially adopted a new name and a fresh new direction as Meota Lakefront Paddle and Sail. Building on a rich history as a sailing club, but being closed last year due to COVID-19, many members began to recognize that perhaps an opportunity was being missed. It is not just a sailing club – the club is so much more than sailing.

Meota Lakefront Paddle and Sail is one of the nicest facilities for lakefront activity in the province. Being located right on Jackfish Lake makes the clubhouse attractive and ideal for taking out kayaks, paddleboards and canoes. The club has some equipment that can be borrowed on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have your own equipment, it is a great place to launch alone or with friends. It’s also a wonderful facility for a relaxing, heating up the barbecue on the deck or a fun family gathering on the beach. The clubhouse has heat, running water and full kitchen and bathroom facilities, as well as a large space for indoor gatherings and ample parking space.

This year’s annual general meeting was April 11via Zoom. A full slate of board positions has been filled. Many experienced board members stayed on and numerous volunteers were willing to be involved as board and committee members. Committees include membership, facilities, rentals, social committee, sailing (possibly kayaking) school and fundraising. If this sounds like a lot of work, you’d be surprised. It’s actually a lot of fun and the payback is spending time with people who love being on the water as much as you do.

Member benefits are significant, allowing use of the facility and club equipment, as well as access to Saskatchewan Sailing Club Association insurance. Contact Noreen Barclay in North Battleford by phone or text at 306-481-6420 or Trudy Janssens in Meota at 306-374-0843 and

The 2020 COVID experience has made many people realize how important it is to spend time with family and friends locally. Spending time outdoors at the lake, on the water, is a perfect way to combat some of the anxiety that has resulted from the lockdowns that many have faced this past year. It’s a known fact that kayak sales are way up, and many families are looking forward to spending time in Meota this summer. Meota Lakefront Paddle and Sail will do our utmost to follow all provincial guidelines to ensure everyone can be healthy and safe while using the facility in Meota.

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