Very few had finished harvest before the snow flew

It seems like we are experiencing the sunless, dull days of November in early October. Harvest stopped abruptly last Tuesday evening when the rain and then snow and more and more of the heavy wet stuff adorned the countryside. Snowfall varied drastically in areas. I was at my Chitek Lake cabin when a downfall of about nine inches came in a day and a half. There was literally nothing as I drove to North Battleford on Thursday, Oct 6 to attend a luncheon at Pennydale Junction restaurant sponsored by Battlefords Publishing for the small town correspondents. Thank you to our editor Becky Doig for this lovely gesture, but unfortunately due to the inclement driving conditions many were unable to attend.

In our neck of the woods, very few farmers have completed harvest. The crops are good so the yield is great, thus making combining a slower process. Obviously, with all this snow everything will be downgraded.

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On this Thanksgiving Day I am sure everyone has to be thankful for the abundance of goods that we have in Canada. Can you imagine the big birthday bash next July 1, 2017 when our beautiful country turns 150 years old? Every community will be celebrating in one way or another eight and a half months from now. I bet the federal government will be giving tons of grants for Canada’s Birthday.

Ten-year-old Danika, daughter to Kevin (Lauren) Liebaert of Mayfair and Tina Ryhorchuk of Battleford has a few more ribbons and medals to her name. Tina and Danika travelled to Cardston, Alta. to compete in Equestrian Sask. Provincials a few weeks ago. Here are her results: first individual barrel level 4, first pairs barrel beginners, third walk class C, fifth trot class D in the Saskatchewan Equestrian Vaulting Association Walk/Trot and overall provincial champion amongst many other competitors.

Way to work hard at something you love, Danika. Danika is Faye and Keith Liebaert’s granddaughter and is a member of Battlefords Sunshine Vaulters Club. She attends school at Battleford Central.

The weather did not co-operate for the beautiful Ewanchuk/ Ciona wedding in Saskatoon this past long weekend. Brittany is the second oldest daughter of Gerald and Francis Ewanchuk of Whitkow and Mike is the only son of Iris and Steve Ciona from Edmonton. This celebration started Thursday at the Ewanchuk farm with an old Ukranian tradition and the families got together for a duration of four days for this happy occasion.

It was nice to see many Ewanchuk relatives that one does not visit with often, due to everyone’s busy lifestyle. Fran’s brother, John (Georgina) Youst’s daughter Dana drove by herself with a two-and-a-half-year-old and four-month-old baby from Moose Jaw as her husband was unable to attend. There were guests from eastern United States and various Canadian provinces, so everyone had a lot of catching up while visiting. Also, congratulations to John and Georgina on the birth of their fourth grandchild born one week early on the day of this wedding. Joel Youst and his wife Jodie are proud first-time parents to a baby boy. They reside in Meadow Lake.

Marlene (Jack) Pool’s youngest son Jonathan married Aubrey Paul from Lethbridge, Alta. on Oct. 1 in Battleford. Marlene taught at Mayfair School for many years and Jonathan was a student until it closed in 2004. Mary Zyznomirski is the groom’s grandmother who relocated to Battleford from her Mayfair farm in recent years. This was a gorgeous wedding with a good-sized crowd of happy guests. On the Pool side of relatives, guests from Scotland were in attendance.  Congratulations to the bride and groom who reside in Brooks, Alta.

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