That’s it! January 2019 is a wrap today/ It included weather that ranged from Artic to springtime and from snow to rain. What can we expect Mr. Groundhog to tell us Feb. 2 for the rest of our winter?
Feb 15 to March 3, the Canada Winter Games are being held in Red Deer. This year’s event will include Unity’s Presli O’Donnell in opening ceremonies dance team, Ashton Brebner, son of Doran and Lindsay Brebner, and Alexis Elder, daughter of Kurt and Ang Elder, competing on the Team Sask alpine ski team.
February brings several items to the top of the to do list for this month in Unity.
Today marks the beginning of Northern Sask Senior Men’s Playdowns this weekend at UCC.
The wildlife supper is this Saturday, and having been sold out since early December, it will be a packed house at the Shingledome in Unity.
Feb 2 is Groundhog Day and there is much anticipation to this rodent’s prediction being that prolonged fog that we experienced in November is predicted to mean moisture 90 days later – which is February (insert gasp here).
Starting Feb 8 is the Knights of Columbus State Provincial bonspiel hosting more than 20 teams. Spectators are welcome.
Feb 8 is the Kin Club Telemiracle Fundraiser “Treat your Sweet” featuring TM National Cast member, Jeffrey Straker.
Last home games in regular season are almost done with playoffs in both league and provincials on the horizon this month.
Don’t forget to recognize your significant other and loved ones for Valentine’s Day Feb 14 and love local by supporting local businesses who offer valentines merchandise, gift options, fresh flowers and dining out specials.
Family Day holiday is Feb 18 with school winter break following that week.
Feb 23 is Curling Day in Canada.
Last weekend of February hosts the annual Oilperson’s bonspiel at UCC
March has a whole other line up ready for folks in town so stay tuned to your local paper, this column and posts on social media about what’s upcoming in Unity
Yes, there are many of us, including myself, happily relishing the extended daylight hours – albeit in small ways, nonetheless it is a welcome sight.
Feb. 4 the Prairie Women on Snowmobiles group will be stopping at St. Peter’s for lunch and a survivor pinning ceremony, all raising funds for breast cancer research and support. You may still be able to get tickets by contacting Tracey Schwebius at 306-843-7321
At UPS, kids were very excited to come to school Monday morning Jan. 21 and see two great snow hills created, thanks to a random act of kindness from RoJet contracting. There are many things coming up. On Feb. 8, their annual Grades 4-6 ski trip will take place at Table Mountain. Teachers and staff are continuing to work toward their school goals. This year, UPS are also working towards a positive learning climate at UPS, and have had many activities to include the wonderful families they have here. As a school, they are using their newsletter and the student agendas as our main mode of communication; as well as a Facebook page but choose to use it more for reminders than a main source of information.
At St Peter’s School, they know – and are ready – for a shortened February with winter break so they are putting on their working hats and shoes and setting successful goals for their learning and reading achievements. February will fly by before everyone knows it and the season of music festival, report cards, and Lenten studies will be upon them.
At UCHS, students continue their outreach programs both with ACTIVATE projects and Telemiracle fundraising. The Grade 8 A class held a “soup kitchen” in their gym wherein all students were invited to taste as many soups as were created for a hot lunch to be enjoyed with all of their fellow students and staff. After exam week completion for Semester 1, classes have now begun for Semester 2. Curling and basketball seasons are heating up as district playdowns will soon be here with UCHS senior high curling hosting Battlewest District championships at their home rink Feb. 12 and 13. They know that a shortened February with spring break means full speed ahead on learning and projects at UCHS.
Unity Curling Club participated in the Provincial Curling Day of Sask contest showcasing all that their club has to offer that includes history, sponsors, special visitors, full slate of activities and much more. You can see that video on their Facebook page.
Hockey happenings are plentiful as all teams have began league and provincial playoffs, meaning there are just a few home games left before UMH teams, Midget AA Lazers and the Unity Miners begin their quests for another championship banner to be hung in our rafters. Check the schedules on the town of unity website, the TVs in the arena lobby or watch for posters around town.
Coffee row folks know it’s a fun, jovial daily gathering at various venues. The weather seemed to be their hottest topic (no pun intended) for January. They know that a full slate of activity coming up in February and early March, in addition to local sports teams in action will keep their conversations full of local flavor. So you can see life is full of fun and activity in Unity and our friends at coffee row sharing this traditional part of our community culture. Until next time…