Newcomer enjoying the quiet, country life

Mayfair News

Get well wishes to Barbara Thompson, who is presently in Battlefords Union Hospital. Her oldest son Richard from New Mexico flew here to be with his mother again as he did a few months ago. Barb's other two sons live nearby, so can easily come for a visit.

Toots Magowan was a patient in a Saskatoon hospital, and stayed at her daughter Christine's place to get stronger before returning to North Battleford. Toots, Nellie Adamus and Casey Chudy are all in their early 90s and are former Mayfair residents still enjoying life to its fullest. When visiting them one always gets to hear interesting stories of the past, with much laughter included.

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At Mayfair's Craft Sale this past Sunday I met an interesting younger fellow who moved south of Mayfair this past year. Joseph Sopiwnyk grew up for four years in North Battleford, then the family moved to British Columbia. Once on his own he worked in Alberta's oil fields before experiencing an industrial accident. Joseph said he wanted a quieter lifestyle and is fortunate to be living in this community. He is musical and used to play in several Alberta bands. He will showcase his talent Sunday afternoon at the community Christmas potluck lunch and program.

I have an interesting afternoon of entertainment lined up, so please join in for some fun. Mark your calendar for Dec. 6. Dinner with turkey and all the trimmings is at 1 p.m. and the program at 2:30 p.m.

The club that was newly organized this past spring had a table booked with baking and was a success at the craft sale. I am the president of Mayfair's Save a Third World Child along with hard working executive Margaret Adam, Faye Liebaert, Adgerine McNutt and Ruby Rafuse. We received many positive comments from passersby at the sale. A few did not purchase any baking but donated money to the club because they truly believe in what we are doing. A big thank you to everyone.

There were many interesting crafts with new ideas in the creation of their funky, fashionable, eye-catching items. The balmy weather brought many older folks from further distances as they like the Sunday afternoon drives in the country. Mayfair usually draws a large crowd. Many thanks to the hard-working volunteers.

A small graveside gathering of approximately 60 people attended the burial of former resident Jean Chapman who passed away at age 89. Dale Rogers from Mayfair officiated the brief service. A lovely lunch was prepared and served by local CWL members in the hall for this occasion.

Doesn't it look like Steven Konopelski is having a blast on the cooking competition on TV? It appears to be stressful at times when one of the products does not meet judges' expectations. Most of us cannot wait to see the next show and are wishing that a week could go by faster. We know it was filmed way back in the summer and amongst the contestants they do know the champion who won $50,000 cash. It is always more exciting to watch when you know the person participating in the shows.

When travelling a far distance in order to attend a wedding, people generally make a holiday out of it. Fran and Gerald Ewanchuk of Whitkow, Raymond Ewanchuk, friend Yan-Yan and their two young children and Stella and Walter Ewanchuk attended Audrey Mushtaler's youngest daughter Melanie's wedding near Phoenix, Ariz. The older generation, Stella and Walter, are grandparents to Melanie. Other members of their family are Marty (Michelle) of Calgary, Alta. and Donna of Abbotsford, B.C. Granddaughters Candice Ewanchuk from Saskatoon and Christy Mushtaler from Lloydminster also were in attendance. Melanie married Tyson McLean of Lloydminster. She is a school teacher at Holy Rosary High School, a school she had previously been a student at a decade or so ago.

Among some of the sights they toured were the beautiful area of Sedona, a large ranch and a church perched high on a mountain encompassing breathtaking scenery. The actual wedding was in an outdoor farm setting. Different family members from the Ewanchuk and McLean families own winter getaways in the Phoenix area.

Leanne Cherwinski enjoyed her week-long visit at daughter Carla (Kelly) Soucy's in Calgary. In between Christmas shopping and watching the three grandchildren with hockey, dancing and other activities, she obviously never had a dull moment.

Sally Salisbury's house was busy with her extra company from La Ronge this past weekend. It was nice to see her daughter Mary, who is a nurse in La Ronge, at the craft sale Sunday.

There is a Christmas supper from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and entertainment to follow Saturday, Dec. 5 at Rabbit Lake Hall. Adult price for the supper is only $10.

Son Greg popped in for one day to say hi and is now leaving for Mexico. In the month of November he has toured some places in Hawaii and just recently returned from a Caribbean cruise out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Hunters are reporting a shortage of deer in the area this fall. How come when I am travelling on these local roads there seems to be plenty of these creatures darting in front of the vehicle? I guess they are waiting for the big one to come out of hiding. Our secondary highway is very busy with the extra traffic because of hunting season. Trailers, trucks and quads seem to be heading north the past two weeks, but you do not see snow machines on the flat deck trailers or in the back of a half-ton. Snow is a hunter's delight, so I guess this year with very little to no snow there are a lot of unhappy hunters. Hunting season is not over yet!

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