Many winter weary residents are hoping the beginning of March signals the dwindling of winter. Here’s crossing our fingers that snow and cold are on their way out and spring is edging its way in.
Well, last weekend was a busy one in Unity. It included the annual Oilman’s bonspiel as well as a free dance and social provided by many sponsors on the Saturday of their bonspiel event featuring the always popular Danny and the Dusters music. Friday night, March 1, UCHS hosted their annual pink game basketball event in conjunction with their tournament to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer. As well, the Miners squared off in game two of their five game playoff series with the Wilkie Outlaws. UCHS also hosted their pink dance in conjunction with the senior girl’s basketball tournament on Friday, March 1. Sunday, March 3, the Unity Skating Club hosted their annual ice carnival showcasing all of their skaters and is always a treat for skating fans, parents and grandparents to watch all ages of skaters perform. Monday, the Celebrate Unity event was hosted at the community centre with a fabulous meal, presentations and recognitions as well as entertainment by country music star Trevor Panczak.
There is a little bit of a breathing space for activity until this weekend that will see some playoff games continue for teams still in league or provincial playdowns as well as the Knights of Columbus Pattison Children’s hospital fundraiser on March 8.
The following weekend, March 15, 16 and 17, will the annual Bramiche Farms ladies spiel, followed by the yearend doubles funspeil the following weekend, March 22 and 23, ending up the curling season for this year.
Delta Co-op annual meeting will be March 27, being held in Wilkie this year. Unity Credit Union will hold their AGM at the community centre March 26. Great chance as members to hear how your businesses are doing.
Our Canada Winter Games athletes had a great experience as part of Team Sask Alpine ski team. It was fun to watch people sharing their races and activities on social media during the second half of CWG competition.
Congratulations to Jairo Demafelix as a new Canadian who took part in Canadian challenge sled dog race at Elkridge and finished first in his category.
Parkview Place is almost ready for the generator project to be installed. They were waiting for some warmer weather to complete the task as the power has to be stopped in the entire building during installation. Fundraising donations were terrific; however they are still in need of approximately $7,000 to complete their fundraising goal for this very important piece of equipment that will benefit the whole community.
What’s left for hockey? Well you would be best to check the TVs in the rink lobby, the Town of Unity website or posters around town as its getting down to crunch time where its win and move on or lose and go home.
UCHS is in the midst of plenty of action as the senior basketball divisions are now into their playoff hunt as well as badminton has now begun. Travel club is just weeks away from their Greece tour heading out over Easter break. Grade 12 students know that they have four months, less some school vacation days, to fine tune their academics, scholarship applications, post secondary plans and graduation ceremony planning. ACTIVATE day will soon be upon them, too, so the ACTIVATE team is putting finishing touches on projects, prizes and plans for this day in April. Senior robotics are also into competition season.
At St. Peter’s, there is a continued reminder that the Grade 3 class is collecting can tabs that can be dropped off at the school for an initiative to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer. All musical groups, including band and choirs, are in preparations for April’s music festival performances.
UPS, like all other schools, is hoping that the cold weather bus cancellations are now over. Kids are loving the snow hills on their playground to enjoy some added fun at recess time. Students are buckling down for March with their academic goals as well as keeping those reading goals in line.
Ball season is hovering over all this activity. Some players have started their spring training. Some have been in winter long programs. Registration has already taken place and on the horizon we have players still in the running to earn a spot on the Western Canada Summer Games teams. It won’t be long before we will have migrated from the rink to the diamonds for the other favourite sports season in Unity.
Unity Curling Club had several club members participating in Affinity Credit Union Senior Men’s provincial championships last weekend, with results not yet known at press time. UCC and fans will be closely following the results of Team Heidt that includes our very own UCC president, competing at the Affinity Credit Union Senior Men’s curling provincials, along with Team Fell who are both competing in Melville Saskatchewan.
Coffee row folks are happily reviewing all of the activity that took place in February and the first weekend in March, and eagerly anticipating everything that seems to be on tap for the remainder of this month. They continually throw around theories for the weather and what spring will bring. While planting season may have edged into the conversations now, the men are more likely to discuss the fields while the ladies are enthusiastically discussing greenhouse and garden growing options. 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...