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Mayfair and District News: Vikings win fifth provincial title

Hafford senior boys’ football program triumphs again.
Bishop Stephen Hero of Prince Albert Diocese and Mayfair parish priest Father Godwin during mass at All Saints Catholic Church in Mayfair Nov 18.

MAYFAIR — Have you been counting the shopping days until Christmas 2023 arrives? Many people like to shop at the craft and markets within the Battlefords area to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts for a loved one. We older folks have accumulated so much “stuff” that even an errand to help us can be considered a gift. Of course, a gift card to a restaurant can easily be used as it’s essential to eat. There are many other options for gifts but for shut-in seniors just bringing them coffee with a treat is special.

Hafford School senior boys’ Viking football team has won five championships in a row. Usually, they win by a big score but the Nov. 11 game was a nail-biter of 57 to 54. Way to work hard. The coaching staff is exceptional and so are the hard-working players. The final game was against North Valley High School in Lemberg.

Yoga for all senior residents in the Hafford area is offered Wednesday afternoon from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Those attending do not need to bring equipment. Meet at the seniors’ centre with instructor Meaghan Hawrysh.

Deepest sympathy to my neighbour Darcia (Jim) Tkatchuk of Whitkow on the passing of her 97-year-old mother, Elsie Michayluk. She resided at River Heights Lodge in North Battleford the past few years. The Michayluk family lived in Hafford for many years.

Parishioners of All Saints Catholic Church in Mayfair welcomed Bishop Hero from Prince Albert last Saturday at their mass. A larger crowd than usual attended and shared a delicious potluck meal at the library coffee room in the local hall. This is the first time Bishop Hero has been to our small, well-maintained rural church.

My second oldest son Greg and his wife Kelly from Saskatoon reported they had a fantastic holiday in Chile, South America and the Easter Islands. It was rather chilly on Easter Islands and they were glad to get back to the desert the last few days of their two-and-a-half-week trip. They had been to Peru four years ago. Chile is more expensive to travel to than Peru, but Peru gets more tourists.

My third son Ryan and Melissa also returned safely from the Cancun area from an “all-inclusive” getaway. People travelling now are missing out on our gorgeous November weather. Some are out and about dressed in summer attire which rarely happens in this dreary month.

Cattle prices are high so people in this business are happy. Alticane farmer/ranchers Ryan, Sara and son Jack Archdekin are doing well at the cattle sales near and far. Many hours are spent grooming and training the cattle for the show rings and sales. Dedication and hard work pay off.

Don’t wait for the bitterly north winds with swirling snow to put up those outdoor Christmas decorations this year. We’ve been getting this nice weather so find time and take advantage to work in the great outdoors before it’s too late.

I read a post on Facebook which makes one laugh. “Santa has been reading your posts all year long. Most of you are getting dictionaries for Christmas.” Either the word cursor tries to correct a mistake which makes words difficult to decipher or the sender is in such a rush a re-read doesn’t occur.

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