The closure of one year and beginning of another give leave to review the events of 2018. Medstead has shown its many draws, from art, participation in the ‘Journey of Creativity’ and hosting renowned fiddle champion, to its sporting success, from track and field to volleyball. Locals have shown their charity through events like the successful Telemiracle fundraiser and pancake breakfasts rallying behind the Humboldt tragedy.
The school saw a win with the successful conclusion of the fundraiser in 2018 wherein the school raised over $20,000.
Showing their forward thinking, Medstead acted as host to the ‘International Women’s Day’ event and representing its great outdoors hosting the Cater Lake awards. The year as a whole held a number of triumphs reflecting the many facets of the Medstead area.
A busy week led to a high-energy finale as an inspiring sporting event came to the Medstead arena. In an occasion put on by the Medstead and District Recreation Association (MADRA), the Glaslyn North Stars came to the village to play the Medstead hockey team.
The Medstead Royals – Kirby Kroeker, Darcy Loewen, Lorne Long, Brad Sankey, Kent Jesse, Kevin Anderson, Greg Knot, Trevor Short, Derek Moore, Murray Short, Corey Penner, Curtis Moore, Dave Lange and Marvin Soderberg – donned their blue jerseys and played the puck for the three 25-minute periods. The two goalies, Mervyn Seidle and Woody Cherwoniak, made a solid performance against the team in green.
Hundreds crowded the Medstead arena to cheer on the Royals, a team coached by Dave Garner, with honorary captain Ron Pauls. Kelly Schneider acted as master of ceremonies, broadcasting lively announcements, and engaging an enthusiastic audience. When the final bell rang, the scoreboard showed 10-3 in favour of the Glaslyn North Stars. The friendly spirit of the game melded with the energy of the cheering crowd as good sportsmanship made for a successful event.
Medstead acted as host to another hockey game Dec. 28 between the Spiritwood Timberwolves and the Meota Combines. The games led to an energetic festivity at the village hall in an enthusiastic salutation to the Fridays of 2018.
The finishing celebration, Medstead’s New Year’s Eve event at Ubettcha’s Tavern, scheduled FrankN’Barry for 9 p.m. leading up to the countdown.
As the year gains momentum, school-goers have long-favoured activities to look forward to, including bus to swim and food Fridays. The school notes intentions to, in the new year, conduct another round of ‘Chase the Ace’. Students and parents alike prepare for their return on Jan. 7 and the events it has in store.