Thank you to Evelyn Cooper for the following as I was unable to attend due to work commitments.
Another milestone was reached in Edam Oct. 4 as the sod was turned for the construction of the new 26-unit Edam Enriched Manor Inc. On hand to mark the occasion were Larry Doke, MLA for the Cut Knife Turtleford constituency; Larry McDaid, mayor of the Village of Edam; Louis McCaffrey, reeve of the RM of Turtle River No. 469; Ashley McGrath, Glencoe Developments Ltd.; and Jacques Renaud from RNF Ventures Ltd., the project contractor.
Everyone spoke of the need for senior housing and how truly thankful they were the construction was proceeding after many years of hard work and dedication to get the project up and running. The manor will be independently owned but operated by a non-profit corporation.
Located next to the Lady Minto Health Care Centre, the manor will be a housing facility designed to bridge the levels of care and assist in keeping seniors in the rural communities they helped to build. The $3.5 million, 26-unit complex is projected to be operational in the fall of 2014.
After the sod turning, guests were invited to a free barbecue lunch to view the plans and ask any questions related to the construction and operation of the facility. Several local and surrounding area seniors were anxious to view the suite designs. Betty LaClare signed up as the first official resident. For now, any inquiries regarding the facility can be forwarded to Arnold Poole, 306-397-5555, or Evelyn Cooper, 306-397-2361.
The first handi-van bingo of the season was held Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the seniors' centre. Committee member, Frank Poole, welcomed a full house, saying volunteer drivers were needed and any help would be appreciated. He then turned the mike over to the caller for the evening, Marilyn Mannix.
The kids' prizes were donated by Annette Blaquiere with the winners being Cameron Becotte and Zoey Pollard. Winners of the cash games were: Brittany Bec, Hazel Mosimann twice, Jean Arnott, Megan Mannix, Sandra Clarke; Lindon Goodall and Charlene Seipp split the $10 prize; Macey Levasseur, Jessica Curry and, after attending the bingo evenings faithfully since they started - I think six years - Paul Young-Brewster finally was able to yell BINGO!
The final bingo of the evening was a blackout for a turkey donated by Bonnie Letwinetz and won by Kylee Bec. The bingo evenings will be held the second Friday of each month throughout the winter with the next falling on Nov. 8.