MAYFAIR — How would you like to live in a country like India where the population is exploding? Many like to live in cities for various reasons but there’s so much noise, traffic jams and pollution, and higher populations contribute to more crime and the list goes on. Well, some people for various reasons move into hamlets, perhaps having electricity but no running water. What does this create? A complete mess of garbage thus perhaps attracting mice and rats. I know of one hamlet within a half-hour drive on a double-lane highway to the Battlefords that has had this scenario since springtime. The so-called tenant landlord is nowhere to be seen. Winter is fast approaching so what will happen to these individuals including a baby who lives in this encampment? I feel sorry for permanent residents who live there and have to see this complete mess all of the time. Garbage keeps getting larger and larger. Why is it that people think they can come into a small hamlet to live this way decreasing the property value? I know 90 per cent of the homeowners in this neighbourhood who keep their yards immaculate.
Come out and support a jam session and dance by a local band this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Pioneer Seniors’ Centre in Spiritwood. The cost for this fun event is $10, which includes lunch. Proceeds go to the Idylwyld Care Home in Spiritwood for a bariatric tub.
Sarcs Silver Buckle Bull Riding competition in Spiritwood is slated for Saturday, Oct. 7. Doors open at 5 p.m. with admission $20. The event starts at 7 p.m. Later into the evening a dance costing $15 to attend features Lisa Mofa. One can obtain tickets from the Rec. Centre, Thompson Agencies and Martodam Family Retail store, all located in Spiritwood.
With the warm weather still holding, and let’s hope it stays at least until the end of September, golfers will be happy to register for Simonar’s 25th annual benefit golf tournament at Memorial Lake Sept. 23 starting at 10 a.m. Entry is $70 per player and one can still register by 9 a.m. For pre-registration call 306-427-2080 or 306-883-8998. Lunch is served and many prizes will be awarded at the end of the tournament.
The cause of a fire that burned Glenburn’s Regional Park concession more than two weeks ago is unknown. This is devastating as re-opening next spring will come too soon. This is a big loss with all of the essential kitchen machines and utensils gone. The park board members will have to make big decisions in the coming days even if the park closes its gate (as most parks do) after the September long weekend.
This past Sunday was a wonderful afternoon spent with my neighbour Faye at Honeywood Nursery’s last public event. No wind, no forest fire smoke, a great outdoor band and a few interesting vendors from Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Spiritwood and locally made the day. A guided wagon tour throughout the well-planned grounds in its array of fall colours was most enjoyable. This year it was mostly seniors from the larger cities and we met some on holidays from British Columbia. In early fall with weather permitting older folks want to travel on less congested highways and also prevent the large crowd gatherings.
Rene and Joanne were guests at his brother Keith and Faye Liebaert’s Mayfair farm site recently. He visited with his sister Valerie (Rick) Taylor of Mullingar during their prairie stay. They have been residents of Parkville, Vancouver Island for approximately 20 years. The family hadn’t seen one another in eight years, so Faye and Keith were delighted to have them for this short duration. They travel with their large fifth-wheel trailer. North Battleford Liebaert and Nachtegaele families were happy to see Rene and Joanne.
Mayfair’s Creative Corners Fall Craft and Famers Market this past Sunday drew a modest crowd to the six vendors. More people came to have lunch so the kitchen was buzzing with take-out orders for the harvesters plus the sit-down crowd. It was a busy few hours in our small hamlet. The Christmas craft sale usually brings out large crowds depending on the weather. In the past few years, Mother Nature has co-operated.
By the end of September, most farmers in our area will have wrapped up their harvest perhaps with less grain in the bin. Every year is different but one can curse at the hungry grasshoppers who love the crops.
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