July is sneaking away on us quickly. Make sure you pack it all in. Whether you are taking part in events, activities and summer fun in your own community or you are travelling across our great province to enjoy summer, make lots of memories as summer passes very quickly.
Check out our local paper that held several local stories and photos about campers involved in the terrifying tornado that took place July long weekend in Northern Saskatchewan. While thankfully no one was serious injuring, it is a great reminder for all of us to be prepared for an emergency no matter where you are.
Congratulations to the walkers who trekked to Reward to join the annual Holy Rosary Shrine pilgrimage that takes place there each July. The group was thrilled to have Bishop Hagemoen from the Saskatoon Diocese take part in the walk with them as well as preside in the service that followed Sunday, July 7. An exciting part of this weekend event included the return home of the scale replica of the Holy Rosary Shrine now alongside the original church, thanks to this creation built by Roy Kappel.
Big congratulations to Unity’s Dawson Wilson, Macklin’s Connor Cosh and Kerrobert’s coach, Troy Snider, who were part of the Team Canada win at the Can Am bowl July 6 in Wakaw. It’s the first time in 10 years that Canada has defeated the USA in this annual showcase of top graduating high school players in the province.
Always remember all that your community museum has to offer residents and visitors. Housing 24 buildings on site as well as more than 1,400 artifacts, there are plenty of cool things to see while touring this well kept, fine facility. The UDHM has a wealth of information on Unity and area with some great rare items to check out. Don’t just wait for a museum hosted event to have a visit. The UDHM has a Facebook page where you can follow their activity and upcoming events. The UDHM is appreciative of the ongoing support from the community and asks you to keep them in mind for visiting summer guests as it provides many pieces of history for generations who lived in these eras as well as preserving Unity and area’s history for years to come. The best way to show your support to this hardworking museum group is by coming out to this venue to see all that it has to offer.
Weekly pickle ball, weekly “Chase the Ace” lotto/social fun, daily pool activity, multiple recreation venues in and around town, a theatre, a mini golf, bi weekly farmer’s markets – Unity has multiple things that you and your visitors can find engaging this summer. You can check them out in person or follow their Facebook pages, or check out the Town of Unity website for all the details.
Last weekend was the start of provincial championships for softball teams with two silver and one bronze earned in these quests. Provincial events for our ball teams continue all through July. U12 girl’s softball were in Balgonie for their provincial event July 12-14. Boy’s baseball provincial playoffs begin July 19 weekend, and Unity will send an 11U, 13U, 15U and 18U team to provincials across the province either July 19-21 weekend or July 26-28 weekend, as well as play host on July 26 weekend to the 11U division AA Tier. Senior Cardinals will play their provincials Aug 9-11 weekend with league playoffs in progress.
While July may be a little slower for golf course activity, you will want to watch for the UCRC fundraising golf event on Aug. 10 as well as the Fun Day of golf hosted by the Unity Miners Sept. 7. Club tournament events also begin in August. Stay tuned to their Facebook page or the town’s website for the latest and greatest coming from our own golf course. A reminder your local paper will be closed for holidays, July 27 to Aug. 11 but you can continue on with your local Unity news in this column until the Press Herald returns with the Aug. 16 issue.
Coffee row continues to review our weather and predict what’s on tap for summer weather or reaffirm what they had told the week before. Summer time vacation mode doesn’t slow down this regular group of “rowers” as they continue to find time to enjoy a cup of coffee and each other’s company while mulling over the weather, the growing season and our local sports scene. You can be sure the Riders and the Jays are also on the topic table. These folks are enjoying sharing their summer plans and adventures as well. So you see we keep busy here in Unity with wisdom, laughter and plenty of fun here in Unity with our friends on coffee row.