June, why are you leaving us so quickly? It's been a rollercoaster of weather including - gulp - snowfall warnings in Northern Saskatchewan June 5! Let's hope all of the weather hiccups are over and we can enjoy a beautiful summer - without the threat of tornadoes. And that we can be relieved of some of the "distinguished aromas" we have been experiencing in Unity this spring.
In spite of what appears to most as enough moisture, the Town of Unity has put out a watering schedule which includes no watering Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday for both the east and west parts of town. Watering is only allowed Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, in the early mornings or evenings.
Only 13 more days until TSN reveals the top 10 selections in the Kraft-TSN Celebration Tour. Will Unity be in this magic number? Let's hope so. Tune in, folks. You can see both nominations on the TSN website. If we're in, you will need to mark your calendars for July 21 and start voting feverishly for our cause so we can not only win the prize but a great event with the TSN on-air crew.
At Unity Composite High, the "where did this year go?" feeling has set in. It sees the end of many things such as a successful Warrior sport season. Mrs. Robertson will soon be enjoying retirement. The grad class is about to write exams and have less than 10 days to their high school graduation. It all adds up for a big dose of sentiment and melancholy. However, it also brings about pride for all of the things mentioned because they all contained success stories.
Congratulations to the many students who were awarded with academic, athletic, community involvement and literary awards at the annual UCHS awards night as well as at the Living Sky School Division Student Hall of Honour evening. The lengthy list of students on these two programs demonstrates the strength of leadership, student commitment and overall excellence that UCHS is known for. It is also wonderful to see the convocation notices and congratulations in our local paper telling of the success stories of former UCHS students.
At Unity Public School, elementary school is also in their last five days of school with report cards being handed out June 27. Many field trips and celebration days have already happened but they saved "the best for last" as the Grade 6 class, enjoying their last moments of elementary school, will hit the highway for their two-day educational field trip next Monday and Tuesday. The Grade 6 celebration day will be held June 25, closing off the elementary chapter for these students. It just doesn't seem like a whole school year has passed by us already. Wishing all students a safe and memorable summer.
St. Peter's School is also a very busy place. In addition to finishing up study units, teachers are preparing for exams, report cards and the departure of not only their Grade 6 class but also retiring Principal Dan Wilgenbusch. Class field trips have begun and will continue into next week. It is amazing how fast a year has gone. A recognition assembly to honour Mr. Wilgenbusch is next week as students say goodbye and also close the door on another busy school year.
Unity Minor Ball was very thankful for the donation of jerseys from FarmLink Marketing representative, Bob Abel.
Not sure which is more exciting these days at the ball diamonds - the "nursery watch" as apprehension sets in regarding the fate of those seven eggs Mother Duck has been fiercely protecting or the action on the diamonds as teams head into the end of their season.
Congratulations to Blake Robertson who attended a nine-day identification camp in Arizona this past Easter. Blake is looking to a spot for the Okotoks Prospect Series and the Canada Cup in August. Blake currently plays for the AAA Northwest Prairie Pirates out of Lloyd. We will also see Unity's own Rhett Feser as he is now graduated from the Badlands Baseball Academy in Oyen, Alta., and will also be joining the Pirates before he migrates to his new college in Niagara, N.Y. Both of these young fellows will be on the Unity diamonds July 8 when the Pirates will take on the Saskatoon Diamondbacks in a doubleheader.
Summer Fun Centre starts July 7. It is held each Monday through Friday at the community centre for kids ages five to 11. Or you can register your kids in the summer preschool program taking place at St. Peter's. Or, if you need to improve your swimming skills or just want to take a dip, the pool is well into its summer season with plenty of fun events planned this summer. Register or check on any of these programs by either logging onto the town website at www.townofunity.com or calling the town office at 306-228-2621.
Only ten days away are the annual Canada Day celebrations at the Unity museum. Come out July 1 to enjoy a pancake breakfast, church service, museum viewing, barbecue lunch and concession, musical entertainment, kids' activities, wagon and old apple truck rides, cake and a delicious supper, capped off by the traditional fireworks. The committee is still looking for volunteers so you can call 306-228-1221 if you can help out. This is one of the many ways to support our local museum and the community organizers of this annual event.
Coffee row were discussing the big storm June 3 as well as predicting summer weather. The folks at these tables also review senior Cardinals' baseball, minor ball baseball and softball, the ladies' fastball league and the Friday night slo-pitch games. And, as it looms closer, Rider season is always a topic on the table. So you see we keep busy in Unity with activities and wisdom from our friends on coffee row. Until next week.