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Mayfair and District News: ‘Dancin' in Denholm’ offers good old entertainment

Former resident celebrates 90th birthday: still drives a combine.

MAYFAIR — Everyone is chatting about the hazy skies, the eerie-looking sun, the poor air quality and burning eyes when outdoors. Some days are better than others as people love to be outdoors after the brutally cold winter. The ordinary COVID masks don’t even help as experts suggest a more durable one which is costly!

Five weeks ago, Russell Works (formerly of Ruddell) celebrated his 90th birthday in their newly rented place in Lashburn. They could not invite an abundance of people because of limited space. Daughter Margaret from Newfoundland stayed a few weeks and hadn’t seen her parents in a long time. Their other children Allan from near Rocky Mountain House, Alta. and Joyce living nearby them in Waseca and families enjoyed much laughter and visiting. At his age, retired farmer Russell still operates a combine and says that’s what keeps him young.

Seventy-seven-year-old Jean Moore near Scentgrass district passed away due to failing health. Jean was a member of the longtime Whitkow Ukrainian women’s church group who organized many suppers in the Orthodox Whitkow Hall. Condolences to her two sons and two daughters.

Her deceased husband, Clifford, Jean and children participated in The Bucks Only Club which was well-known back in the 1970s and continued for a couple of decades.

Mayfair’s craft and plant sale, hosted by Mayfair Creative Corner Organization, is this Saturday from 9:30 to 2 p.m. in the hall. A large variety of bedding plants, hanging baskets and perennials that are hardy to our zone will be for sale, as will home-baked bread, buns, cakes, cookies and other goodies. Hand-crafted articles, knick-knacks, paintings and other goods make great gifts. Come chat with your friends over a cup of coffee or have lunch served from the kitchen.

“Dancin’ in Denholm” is the advertisement for Harry Startup in Denholm’s Recreation Hall Saturday, May 27. The dance starts at 7 p.m. and goes until 11 p.m. with lunch being served. Tickets are $15. The next dance is to be on June 24 with Leon Ochs band. Good times again are happening in order to keep small communities together without having to drive a distance to larger centres for “good old fashioned” entertainment. For many farmers the seeding of 2023 crops will have been completed so come for an evening of socializing and dancing. Everyone is welcome.

A big occasion is to be happening in the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Ascension of our Lord in Whitkow Saturday, June 10 at 10:30 a.m. The Ukrainian word for this is “Praznyk.” The divine liturgy is to be officiated by Father Ivan Nahachewsky. There is to be a potluck meal and then visiting Glass Lake, Demyon and Kindrachuk cemeteries. For more information please call Raymond Ewanchuk at 306 981-2658. Spread the word around to former residents who like to attend church service and visit old friends in a rural setting. Remember this is scheduled on a Saturday not Sunday.

Every flowering plant and shrub is at least three weeks to a month early, brought in by the extra warm weather. I’m sure by this past long May weekend most people have planted the gardens and the yards are looking “spanky.” Stores have the cutest lawn ornaments. They range from functional to absolutely “non-functional.” Usually, the latter is the most expensive. Enjoy the great outdoors everyone but please, Mother Nature, turn on those water taps. We are “begging” for rain.



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