Infant christened at Hafford St. Solange Church


Special occasions that include relatives and close friends make them even more wonderful for memories. Becky and Daniel Bezmutko had their seven-month-old baby Braxton christened at St. Solange Church in Hafford in early July. My neighbours, Cheryl and Kalin Bulmer, are Becky’s parents, They and Jo-anne Bezumtko from Hafford were delighted to attend with many photos being taken. Grandfather Andy was unable to be there.

This past month, I learned that a man east of Mayfair passed away. Soft-spoke Leonelle Brunet left this word in January 2020 at the age of 80 years. His son Lyle attended Mayfair School for high school. Leonelle purchased his farm in 1962, running a mixed livestock and grain operation. He was dedicated to his five children, grandchildren, friends and community. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.” Belated condolences to Lionelle’s family.

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Deepest sympathy also to Stephen (Leanne), Paul (Jan) Cherwinski and Maryann (Dave) Mischuk on the recent passing of their brother-in-law Ewald Gassner from Saskatoon. His wife, Antonia, grew up on a farm near Whitkow, so many people know them. Ewald was employed at the Mirriam Press printing business at the Oblate Brothers farm site just south of Battleford for his career and owned land near Goodsoil. He was 89 years old.

Awaiting a complicated surgery for an 11-year-old child can be nerve wracking. Jen and Dane Starycki of Maymont have been in this predicament for the past few years as their son Mate is needing an intestinal and liver transplant and is on the official Canadian Transplant List.

In December 2018, Nate’s parents realized his name is in the word “donate,“ and the “doNate the Gift of Life Campaign” was born. They have raised more than $17,000 by advertising and selling clothing. The money raised has been returned to the organization which is close to their hearts. There is an article featured in the David Foster Foundation summer edition newsletter about Nate and his supportive family. The message at the end reads, “Nate your journey and positive attitude are truly inspiring. We are grateful and honoured to have received support from you and your family through the doNate the Gift of Life campaign. Not only are you fighting your own battle, you are supporting other families who are fighting alongside you. We applaud you, Nate.”

Ninety per cent of Canadian citizens support organ transplant, but less then 25 per cent are registered. To register go to Please help kids like Nate, who are fighting to stay alive.

Many people enjoyed the August long weekend, as the gorgeous weather brought out droves of campers. The lakes are busy with fun activities and one cannot forget the fish stories that spring to life this time of year. At my cabin I have a wall plaque that reads, “Hunters, fishermen and other liars gather here.”

“White lies” are still acceptable in the fast-moving world, but watch out for the big liars. Who fits this category Maybe some politicians.

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