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News from Good Spirit Acres

By Joan Thompson

            This January has been a quiet and unseasonably warm month at Good Spirit Acres, but many of our residents have continued with their favourite winter activities such as snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, skating and ice fishing.

            Kevin Coleridge has groomed the cross-country ski trails on both the front and back nine of the golf course and we have been seeing a few enthusiasts go by. Thank you Kevin.

            The Good Spirit Acres Community Association would like to thank the family of Nyle James for the generous memorial donation to the association. All of the money will be used for improvements at the Spilchen Meadows Park.

            The annual St. Patrick’s Day supper and silent auction fundraiser is currently in the planning stages and will likely be held the weekend of March 19. There will be an update on this event in next month’s newsletter. In the meantime, start thinking about what you can donate for the auction. This is always a fun night together as a community after the long winter months.

            Elaine Park would like to thank all of the community members who supported the Prairie Women on Snowmobiles when the group stopped at the Good Spirit Acres community for an afternoon coffee reception on February 2.

            Even though we have been experiencing a winter with inconsistent weather and snowfall, the area snowmobile trails are open. Barry Bradshaw updates the local trail conditions every Thursday. To check out this report, you can go to the website and click on the maps and conditions site. Go to Zone 3 SE Saskatchewan and scroll down to No. 327 Yorkton Sno-Riders Club (maps 1 and 2) for the latest information on our trail conditions.

            Members of the hamlet board are working on the budget for the coming year and are focused primarily on maintaining the roads and continuing to work on improving the flow of water through the hamlet on an ongoing basis. It is likely that the water path from the first culverts on Capalano Drive, all the way to Horseshoe Lake, will need to be flushed in order to keep the water flowing consistently. The board continues to look at improving the drainage between Capalano Drive and Pebble Beach Road.

            With the improvements made last summer it will be important to watch the flow of water during the spring run off.

            It is likely that the hamlet will have to be sprayed once again to prevent an infestation of tent caterpillar worms. The aerial spray has proven to be a very effective deterrent. Some additional areas may have to be sprayed, such as the transfer site and the proposed golf resort campgrounds.

            Members of the hamlet board wish to thank all of the volunteers who assisted in making the visit by Prairie Women on Snowmobiles and the Snowarama luncheon very successful once again. Board members believe that the Community Association plays a very vital role in the social life of this community and wants to encourage residents to become involved with the executive of this organization. It would be a severe loss to the community if the Association folded because we could not get volunteers to serve on the executive. Please consider this opportunity!