Feb. 16 Don & Glenda Bell left on a 5 day road trip to Saskatoon & points beyond.They visited with grandaughter Cailee Bell who is attending U of S & Don's cousin Alice (Ekdahl) & husband Swen Garvik. Next day they headed for Wainwright, AB with several stops along the way to visit with Speckle Park breeders & see some of their cattle. They attended an auction sale at Wainwright on Sat. where they were able to purchase some items that had belonged to Glenda's grandparents, Christopher & Ethel Scott & great grandparents, William & Margaret Rothwell. Christopher Scott homesteaded south of Lumsden, Ethel (Rothwell) Scott went to Lumsden to teach school. William Rothwell was one of the first school inspectors for the district of West Assiniboia. Margaret Rothwell was a talented artist. Their red brick house on McIntire St. is still in original condition & is presently an office. Following the sale Don & Glenda visited with cousins Bev & Keith Kraft & Bruce & Yvonne McKerchar at Lloydminster. On Mon. they started back to Saskatoon, stopping to see some Angus herds arriving home on Tues. with a stop in Melville to visit Mom Jessie Stokes at St.Paul Lutheran Home. Roads & weather were good all the way with very little snow, quite amazing for mid Feb.
Belated congratulations to Jason Harke who won $1000 in the Esterhazy Recreation Fundraising Association Inc. Lotto on December 28. Jason is a relative newcomer to the area from Alberta. He is an electrician by trade and has purchased the old Post Office building from Paul and Pearl Flaman who now live in San Antonio, Texas. Jason is currently living in Esterhazy but is renovating the Post Office in his spare time. Welcome to Dubuc, Jason!
Joe and Leona Kaczur were recent weekend visitors with daughter, Candice and Dan Oremba, Jacob and Kendal, in Regina. They also visited with Inga and Gordon Klarholm and Bev and Max Graham. Inga is a cousin of Leona's mother, the late Elfrida (Jacobson) Smulan, and was recovering from heart surgery.
Condolences from Dubuc and district go out to the family of Donavern Bauman who passed away February 16 at 76 years of age. Don and Angie Bauman came to Dubuc in the 1975 to own and operate the Dubuc Hotel after farming in St Benedict for several years. They operated businesses in several other communities including Grayson untl their retirement at Nipawin in 2000. After Angie's passing in 2008, he returned to Grayson, to be near his son, Darrell, where he resided at the time of his death. A memorial service was held on Feb 25. Sympathy to his daughter, Debbie (Norman) Johnson, Jacklyn and Jennah from Dubuc and her siblings, Cindy (David) Parker; Darrell (Lanie) Bauman; Arlene (Glen) Franklin and their families.
Audrey Nielsen has been holidaying with son, Murray, and his daughters, Kassidy, Ellisa, and Terra, at North Battleford for a couple weeks including Family Day and February break from school. Peter Nielsen motored to the city to have a short visit with everyone and bring Audrey back home.
Marty and Renee Nagy and children, Brayden and Cassandra spent the Family Day February school break with Mickey and Minnie in Orlando, Florida. They enjoyed swimming with the Dolphins and much, much more, as much as can be fit into a week! Fun was had by all, young and old.
Dubuc Friends and neighbours of the Allary family were saddened to hear about the passing of Alex Allary on Wednesday, February 22 at St. Peter's Hospital in Melville at the age of 88. Alex and Bertha moved their home from Yorkton to Cotham, south of Dubuc, in September 1969 and spent many years there until moving to Theodore to be near family in their retirement years. Alex is best remembered for his ponies, for chuckwagon and chariot racing and his music, singing country songs, playing guitar and fiddle. Prayers were held on Sunday evening with Funeral Mass on Monday morning both held at St Gerard's Roman Catholic Church in Yorkton. Sympathy is extended to Bertha, his wife of sixty-one years; his children: Fred, George (Marie), Yvette Frank (Ken), Yvonne Rusnak (Brian), Betty Einarson (Todd), Fernny (Cathy), Evan (Caron); 24 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.
Best wishes to John Talbot at the Centennial Care Home in Esterhazy who celebrated his 89th birthday on Feb 27.
Congratulations to Oren Cairns who is a Grade 7 student at MacDonald School in Stockholm. Oren's literary composition entitled "Saskatchewan" was selected by the East Central Reading Council to be published in the Young Sask Writers 2011-12 Publication. Way to go, Oren! Keep up the superb writing maybe we will have a famous author living right here in Dubuc!
Irene and Murray Bawden have returned from a trip out West to Calgary to stay with grandchildren, Quinn and Andra Bawden, while their parents, Keith and Krista, were away on a winter holiday to Cancun, Mexico. They were able to take in a couple of Quinn's hockey games. They took the long way home by touring to Kelowna, BC to visit Irene's Uncle Billy Topliss, his son, Randy and daughter, Trudy before heading East back to Calgary and home.
Get well wishes to Shane Talbot who is home recuperating from surgery. Hope you're feeling much better soon.