News ‘n’ views from Baljennie

Remembrance Day is fast approaching. The little red poppies are all for sale and our donation helps our war veterans. What that poppy means to all our veterans – just a simple, small plastic poppy – tells the story of what the soldiers were up against in the World Wars. Wear your poppy with pride for Remembrance Day.

Someone is thinking and remembering. Battleford has gone all out to hang pennants on the main street with veterans’ names and photos, a program initiated by the Fred Light Museum. Battleford Legion Branch 9 hung them all. It’s a fine salute to our veterans. They will be well remembered.

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Also, remember, in respect to our veterans and Remembrance Day, no Christmas lights on. There is lots of time for that after Nov. 11.

The change of time took place on Nov. 3 – all the provinces except Saskatchewan. Other provinces are considering following suit, staying on the same time with no more changes.

The territorial section of the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon had some personnel visit the North Battleford Western Development Museum to attend a meeting with staff, museum members, volunteers and co-ordinators. There was a good turn out to the meeting. They tossed about ideas on what could be done at Those Were the Days next year to attract more people.

The Western Development Museum had a busy week with all the Halloween happenings. It was all well attended. Next on the list is the 2019 Festival of Trees, put on by the Battlefords Union Hospital Foundation. This year’s theme is O Joyous Christmas. They are now starting to get all the trees, swags, wreaths and other Christmas accent items ready to bid on when the festival opens on Nov. 29, running to Dec. 5.

Sympathy goes out to the Chipak family of North Battleford on the recent passing of William (Bill) Chipack. Bill and his wife Ella ran a family farm in Cando for many years before they retired. A few years back, he was an active member of the Battlefords Treasure Hunters Club and was also out and about with his metal detector often hunting for lost items, coins and all sorts of things. The funeral was held Oct. 29 at the North Battleford Saint Joseph Calasanctius Roman Catholic Church. Interment was at the Garden of Christus Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.

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