Hope everyone stuffed themselves with the elaborate Thanksgiving meal for another year. There are a few less gobblers on the planet until the American Thanksgiving Nov. 28. I experienced the American celebration in 2016. After the noon meal, avid football fans turned on their TVs to watch the Grey Cup. Man, what a party!
Welcome home, Emily Toews, after a lengthy stay at the old part of the children’s ward at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. She was one of the patients transferred into the new Children’s Hospital on Sunday, Sept. 28. Her mom, Theresa, said the new equipment and furnishings inside the hospital are unbelievable.
Eleven-year-old Nate Starycki from Maymont is unable to use the services in Saskatoon because his case is too complex. He receives treatment at Toronto and Calgary hospitals where he is waiting for organ transplants. All the medical teams know him and his parents, Dane and Jen, very well as he was born with many problems. This amazing family has done a lot of fundraising for the Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.
Some family members and myself attended the funeral of Diane Tribble (nee Hrynewich) Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Garden Chapel of Battlefords Funeral Service. Diane was my husband’s first cousin who grew up on a farm in the Rabbit Lake district. She was only 67 years old and mother to seven children, with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her mother, Ruth Hrynewich, resides in Valleyview Towers, North Battleford. Diane was buried at Glass Lake cemetery, Whitko. Because my mother-in-law Olga was with me, I had her going in circles for the remainder of that Saturday. We casually visited Julian Goyan (Shirley) whose health is failing, then I dropped her off at my son’s farm near Mayfair to visit her great-grandson Shay and his mom Melissa. I scurried home to finish preparing supper for 14 people – most of them hired men for harvest. Our neighbour, Morris Kowerchuk drove in when supper was finished with two of his clients from Ireland who were goose and duck hunting. These two fellows have been coming to our area for the past eight years and we relish their company. After visiting and, yes, Grandma Olga was the centre of attention as she is 90 years old, I drove her back to North Battleford that evening. She couldn’t get over how nice they were, so I teased her saying she would be dreaming of shamrocks and leprechauns that night. She hadn’t been to the farm where she and her deceased husband Henry had lived in the last four years.
An error was made by the News-Optimist in the last issue in my paragraph informing people of the up and coming fall suppers. There is no town to my knowledge named Grassland. It should have read Glaslyn whose supper is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 27. We do not want people to get lost driving around the country trying to locate Grassland. Please overlook the error. (Editor’s note. Handwritten copy is dictated into our system. The program guesses at place names, and we missed it. Apologies.)
Jacob and Andrew Konopelski, twins aged nine, are thriving with their chicken and egg business. What a great enterprise they have established. Three hundred hens are laying many eggs and they have farm fresh eggs for sale at a very reasonable price. They live about five miles northeast of our farm and at this young age are trying to save money for university. Imagine getting up extra early to check the hen barn before getting on the bus. They are the first ones on at 7 a.m. This is an incredible story and we wish them much success with their thriving business – great little entrepreneurs! Wouldn’t Brett Wilson be happy to hear this story? Daniel and Jenny, the boys’ parents, are committed to a strong work ethic on their farm and it has passed down to their children. Not much time in their house for video games, iPad stuff, etc. To order call 306–841–7900.