As told by Arlene Walker – “On Sept. 24, eight of us travelled by van to Minot, N.D. for Hostfest and stayed with friends there. We spent two full days at the Hostfest and one out in the city to shop. The main shows we saw were Daniel O’Donald and 86-year-old Charlie Pride. We enjoyed other smaller stages with Mollie B., Medora, Senators, Lefty Fiddler and Ringling 5. Back at the house we were able to visit and play cards, we seemed to have the run of the house. Our companions on the trip were Dave and Marion Ottas, Vernon Iverson, Janice Morton, Gwen Lacerte, Diane Lessard, Sharon Bridges and Arlene Walker. We missed having the Christiansens along with us this year. We had a good holiday.”
Appreciation goes out to all who attended the Celebrate Seniors Pie and Coffee gathering on Oct. 2. The monthly meeting was held Friday, Oct. 11, followed by lunch. The library report given by Maureen told of the librarian hosting the Girl’s Club on Oct. 22 and the board is hoping to hold their annual ham and turkey bingo later this fall.
After driving in fog and misty rain for a couple days it was a treat to see a combine working near Cut Knife and find a drier climate. The crops are so heavy, huge canola swaths everywhere, it is a sad scene indeed. Now it’s sunny again we can only hope more crop can be harvested, and soon.
Canasta results Oct. 4 saw top score go to Marion Ottas and Yvonne Macpherson, Dave Ottas and Gwen Lacerte and third were Evelyn Dutton and Lillian Sorenco.
Duplicate bridge played Oct. 15 at the Do Drop In saw top score go to Bob and Betty Brown, second were Ron Inkster and Anna Marie Waldbillig and third were Vern Iverson and Pat Zaychkowsky. There were 16 players that night. Oct.. 17 found 22 players at the Pioneer Hall in the city with top score by Linda Ard and Maureen Campbell, second were Vern Iverson and David Sharpe and third were Jean Lawes and Gerry Fernandes. This evening started earlier when the Battleford Duplicate Bridge Club held their annual meeting and a delicious potluck supper before playing bridge.
Power outages Oct. 16 and 17 caused businesses to close for the afternoons, but when you see how long the storm-hit areas in southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan are without power, we know we’re not that badly done by.
News of the passing of a former Idylwild district resident from Vancouver has come when Earleen (Mitchell) Nichols passed away Oct. 1. Earleen grew up north of Bapaume and attended Log Cabin School.
Shirley and Lawrie Ward attended the 80th birthday party for Virginia (Virg) Bahm in Kerrobert where her family put on a Thanksgiving dinner in her honour. It was coincidental that the table the Wards sat at had five couples they knew back in the days their children were growing up there. So much reminiscing took place.
The Hobby Band concert on Oct. 15 at the Do Drop In was enjoyed by more folks than usual, and all proceeds went to the hall in appreciation for the use of it, weekly. They did a fine job and were applauded well.
Canasta played at the Do Drop In, Oct. 18 saw top score go to Evelyn Dutton and Janice Morton, second to Vern Iverson and Barbara Soloninko and third to Terry Neale and Linda Ard.
Shuffleboard played Oct. 19, in the Do Drop In, found top score go to Linda Ard and Eric Callbeck, followed by a tie for second place by Cora Christiansen and Maurice Bru, and Bob Lesko and Nester Fransoo, and third Bev McCrimmon and Vern Iverson. The beautiful pot of hamburger soup with salads and other dishes made for a great lunch break and social time together.
It’s the time of year that The Lighthouse in North Battleford is looking for donations of winter wear. For men, they need pyjamas, (which they wear as underwear later) as well as socks and warm clothing in good, clean shape. For children and women they need scarfs, socks, mitts, hats and jackets of various sizes. Then there are the usual toiletry items, always appreciated. Their rep in Meota is Maureen Campbell who will pick up anything you have to offer.
Norwegian Whist played Oct. 11 in the Do Drop In found top scores in order from high -Arlene Walker, Carol Huys, Pat Chapman and Yvonne Macpherson.
Rosemary Ledinski visited the senior hall on Saturday where we were playing shuffleboard and met some of her new neighbours. She has moved from Saskatoon, recently, to Meota and will enjoy the company of other seniors and join in their activities. We welcome her with open arms and hope she enjoys every day in our little village.
Sunday evening my granddaughter Sonya, from Calgary, took me and my son Brad from Medstead into Spiritwood where we enjoyed the R.C. Fall Supper. There were a few of my old buddies on hand and always so happy to see folks again. Looking forward to the senior supper in November at the same location. Driving westward home we watched a terrific sunset and some combines still out there getting the crop off.