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Borden and District News: Norm Hiebert, Barb Cousins Citizens of the Year

Radisson honours longtime volunteers.

RADISSON — Radisson Recreation Association had a steak supper Saturday, May 4, to honour Radisson’s Citizens of the Year for 2023 — Norm Hiebert and Barb Cousins.

This award is given out annually, honouring persons by commemorating the longevity of volunteering and making a difference in the betterment of the community. For 2023 award recognizes this couple’s outstanding role as curators and stewards of Radisson’s collective history and memories through the Zion Museum.

Their work in the museum is an exceptional asset to Radisson and the province. They give their summers from May to September, opening to the public every weekend and every Wednesday and they don’t charge admission. They also don’t receive any grants to cover costs. They have spent countless hours organizing the museum and spending time with many people who come to visit and many who have families that originated from Radisson.

Their properties are beautified with manicured lawns and hanging pots. They continue the work of the Beautify Radisson Committee, working and caring for all the flowers in pots and containers on Main Street.

They started the annual show and shine and 2023 was the 25th year for this event. Their hard work and dedication have built the event into one of the best car shows in the province – a huge event for the community that is always well attended and appreciated by the people it attracts.

Radisson thanks and honours Norm Hiebert and Barb Cousins for their many hours of compassion and work/ They are a true example of volunteering and are ambassadors of Radisson and district, leading the community forward to grow and thrive.

The Borden Fire Department held an open house and member recruitment evening April 29 in the fire hall, serving hamburgers, hot dogs, cookies and beverages by donation. The station was open for tours of the fire trucks and ambulance and an equipment demonstration was given. Many of the members were on hand to answer questions and talk about what they do.

The Borden Community Centre Preservation Committee held a ham and scalloped potato supper in the Community Centre May 4 with about 65 to 70 people enjoying a great meal. The committee are also selling raffle tickets on a freezer full of food, to be raffled off in October. All proceeds are going to new flooring in the Community Centre. The 50/50 draw was won by Ed Neufeld of Borden.

The Borden Farmers’Market held their first market of 2024 on May 3 in the Borden Friendship Centre which is in the Community Centre and there was a full house of vendors on hand to sell along with Ridgewell’s hot dogs and pie for lunch. Donna and John also had jewelry, infused vinegar and pickles. Martha Rempel had house plants, Karen Kerr, jams and jellies and Proctors sold honey. Joyce Olzewski offered Tupperware, Kari Piermentier, sourdough bread and baking, and Marie Polishcuk with sewing and baking. Kathy Young offered baking, Connie Blais had jewelry, gemstone bracelets and 9.25 silver vintage giftware. Karen also sold BCCPC freezer tickets and there was a 50/50 draw won by Connie Blais.

Borden Friendship Club members are to let Lorraine Olinyk (306-997-2159) know by May 14 if you are attending or not going to the Radisson invitational supper June 12 at 5:30 p.m. and Borden’s invitational supper June 7 at 6 p.m. by May 20. BJ and Friends entertain at Borden and Ukrainian Connection at Radisson. Borden members pay $15 at the door for June 7 and there is no cost to go to Radisson.

There is no Friendship Club potluck supper for Borden on May 30 due to the supper June 7 a week later.

May 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the giant flea market on the streets of Borden, organized by the Borden Lions Club. There are many vendors booked so come out and enjoy the day. There will be food for sale.