Looking for spring at the lake

Meota News

The little animals who have come out of hibernation are as anxious as we are to know – when will spring be here? It looks like we will go straight into summer, missing our spring season totally. Pictures of a skunk or a gopher wandering around on snowbanks is pretty pathetic indeed. Many birds are back from the south along with our ‘snowbirds’ and they are all looking for the snow to melt. My neighbour can’t drive into his backyard so has to park on the street. It’s still snowing in parts of Alberta that we are not getting, not good anywhere.

The next noon luncheon at the Meota Community Complex is slated for April 20 so come out and meet your neighbours and support the Community Hall.     

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The Hotel in Meota has changed their hours of operating. Thursdays are ‘roast beef’ days and both Thursday and Friday are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. All other days they are open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Duplicate bridge was played in Meota April 3 with top score going to Vern Iverson and Eric Callbeck, second were Catriona Winterholt and Cletus Scherman, third were Margaret Dyck and Maureen Campbell. In the city’s Pioneer Center on April 5 the top score went to Jean Lawes and David Scharpe, second were Joyce Antoine and Mary Greenwald and third were Donna Scherman and Gerry Craig.     

There was a strange sight as we drove home from Alberta at a small creek that had snow on both sides still and was frozen over and looked to be bulging, as the water kept coming and freezing on top of the ice already there. Never saw anything like that before.

Canasta was played at the Do Drop In April 6 with four tables in play. Top score here was Marion Ottas and Terry Neale, second were Paulette Neale and Faye Gall and third were Linda Jones and Lorna Pearson. Another fun and social night.

The 2018 Commonwealth games are exciting to watch as the gymnasts showed their powerful strength on Saturday, amazing what they can do. All events are interesting to watch. We aren’t getting many of the curling games on cable, disappointing, but fact, and more disappointing was the last game played on Sunday, which we did get.

Daughter Donna Lambert volunteered at the Curl for Canada in Leduc, from March 24 – April 1. She worked with the security team, all day, every day, for seven days, and by then had had enough curling. Volunteers had to buy their official jackets for $25, worth $50, got to see many games, and were treated to a banquet last Saturday evening. This competition was for Canadian University and College Championships, Mixed Doubles and Wheelchair championships.

Sympathy from the community goes out to everyone connected in any way to the Humboldt Broncos and the tragedy they are having to cope with. This has been felt around the world with a minute of silence before hockey games, even as far away as Sweden. Beau Lac Funeral Home placed ‘Books of condolences’ in their three offices, in Spiritwood, Shellbrook and Prince Albert, for people to add their condolences. The young fellow from Lethbridge, Logan Boulet, who was on life support in Saskatoon had signed his donor card when he turned 21, not that long ago. Doctors from University of Alberta went to Saskatoon and were able to match six recipients for his life-saving organs, so even in death he is a selfless hero. Word went out on Facebook to wear green on Monday last, to show your sympathy for the Humboldt Broncos’ tragedy.  

A truck went through the ice at the Paynton Ferry crossing as the ice thinned below, a couple weeks ago. I don’t have the details for this.

A lovely ‘brunch birthday party’ was held in the Dr. Holtzhausen home in Battleford for the 80th birthday of Jane Groves, Sunday April 8. Family and friends gathered to wish her well and a happy next year.

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