The Borden Friendship Club held their monthly potluck supper Feb. 27, with close to 40 out for the meal and program. There were no February birthdays, so they celebrated two January ones who were absent – Wendell Dyck and Ron Tumbach blew out the candles on the cake. Ruben Rempel introduced the guest musician, Phil Miller of rural Saskatoon, and his wife Delphine. Phil plays guitar and sings, has played with a few well known singers, been to Nashville a few times and has written his own songs. Some songs he sang were My Best Friend, Beautiful Valley (yodelled), Someday Soon, The Chair, Mansion on the Hill, Mama Tried, Folsom Prison, Moving On, Seven Spanish Angels, A Love Without End and many more. Phil could sing deep and could change his voice to sound like some of the singers whose songs he sang. Winners of Kaiser held Feb. 26 were Larry Trischuk and Gary Leschyshyn with low hand to Ed Neufeld. Next Kaiser is March 12 at 7 p.m.
On Feb. 27, Borden School hosted some of the Kinsmen Telemiracle 43 foundation board, Telemiracle Teddy and three of the national talent on the show, Beverly Mahood, Lisa Moen, Matt Shephard (17-year-old musician from Ontario), Telemiracle 43 chairman, chairman of the foundation board and others. CTV was also present and it was on CTV a few days later. Terry Troupe-Logue, Grade 2/3 teacher at Borden, who is on the Telemiracle board, was MC and introduced Beverly and Matt, who sang a couple of songs and answered questions from the students. There are 16 on the planning committee for Telemiracle 43 and they have been working on it since last March. On the weekend there were to be 500 volunteers helping out. A video was shown of two things that Telemiracle funded – the John Dolan School Playground for handicapped people and a young girl with cystic fibrosis. Students from Borden presented the donations from Borden School, which totalled close to $700, on Sunday afternoon and they also helped put the totals up from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
A bridal shower was held the afternoon of March 2 in the Borden Seniors Room to honour Robynn Pidwerbesky who is marrying Chris Anderson of Borden on March 22 in Saskatoon. Robynn had won the bridal package at the Saskatoon Bridal Show last fall, a value of almost $30,000, as most of the expenses are paid for or partial. The theme for the shower was Garden Party, so there were teacups to drink tea or punch from, hand-written recipe cards were handed in at the door and guests could pick up a package of garden seeds to take home. The room was decorated in white and gold streamers with a large balloon with many white and pink balloons attached to the string and floating behind the chair where Robynn sat. MCs Natalie Anderson and Danika Pidwerbesky introduced the bridal party – bridesmaids Emma and Danika Pidwerbesky, Amy Leniuk and maid of honor Audra Loessin. Everyone enjoyed a delicious afternoon lunch, then Robynn opened the gifts, which were passed around. She thanked everyone for coming and for all the many useful and beautiful gifts, plus gift cards or cash. Danika had Robynn do the Newlywed Game where she had to correctly answer questions about her and Chris that Chris had given the answers to.
The World Day of Prayer service entitled “Come – Everything is Ready” was hosted by St. John’s Anglican Church in Borden with Rev. Sheldon Carr welcoming everyone. Sixteen readers from four different churches in Borden and Radisson participated with leader Miriam Loessin of Radisson as MC. Organist was Linda Hosegood. Two hymns were sung – I Come With Joy and The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, is Ended, plus an offering chorus during Prayers of Thanksgiving. The service was prepared by the women of Slovenia, reminding us that we are one people from every part of the planet and at any time, somewhere in the world, some of us are praying. A video was shown about the country – where it is located, wild animals and plant life, cities, population and how it got its independence in 1991. Sixty per cent of the population are women and 65 per cent of them work. The service began with Call to Prayer, then five different women’s stories were read followed by prayer and scripture readings. Offering was taken, going to the Women’s Inter Church Council of Canada, which distributes funds to worthy causes in Canada (one in Battleford) and around the world. On display was a picture of a painting depicting women in Slovenian costumes, grapes from their vineyards, their national cake potica, a licitar heart made with honey from their native Carniola bees and a Slovenian carnation flower, while under the table are children from the margins of society who have been invited to the feast. The artist Rezeka Arnus, used red and white – colors of folk embroidery. Green for the fields and forests and warm colors of the children express the joy of the invitation. Following the service, Pastor Ron Mills gave the blessing, then everyone gathered in the lower hall for muffins, cheese and Slovenian bread roll with raisins and walnuts, along with beverages.