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Borden and District News: Local athletes win gold at 55+ games

Gary Nickel and Barry Saunders members of winning men’s hockey team.

BORDEN — Winning the 50/50 draws at the Borden Farmers Market the last two weeks were Martha Rempel and Donna Ridgewell. Right now there are lots of vegetables and some fruit coming in.

At the Canada 55+ Summer Games in Kamloops Aug. 23 to 26, the 60+ men’s hockey team, Saskatoon Fury, won the gold medal for Saskatchewan. Playing on the team were Gary Nickel and Barry Saunders from Borden. There were 26 events with 2,500 entrants, men and women, in 55+ to 75+ age groups.

Borden Friendship Club held their monthly potluck supper Aug. 25 in the Borden Community Centre with close to 60 members and guests on hand for the supper and program. Celebrating birthdays were Audrey Baker, Eleanor Walton, Cheryl Larner, Diane Tracksell, Gerry Penner and Ed Rawlyk. Cakes were brought by Glen and Evelyn Skarra.

After supper, Avery Fairbrother was introduced and he played guitar and sometimes harmonica for songs such as Heart of Gold, Navajo Rug, Wildflowers, The Gambler and a few more. Avery has his own shop in Sovereign where he repairs stringed instrument and builds guitars.

Then a mike was handed to someone back stage and suddenly “Elvis” – Matt Fairbrother – appeared, singing It’s All Right Momma, Don’t be Cruel and Return to Sender. With Avery playing guitar they walked around the hall among the guests handing out five stuffed bears while singing Be My Teddy Bear, handed out candy kisses while singing Love Me Tender, had eight people in the audience put on leis to do the wave and dressed one man in a grass skirt, coconut bra and a mask to dance the hula. Matt sang one gospel song, Peace in the Valley, and gave a red and white Canada scarf while singing Kiss Like an Angel and closed with Falling In Love With You. 

It was an enjoyable evening for all those in attendance.

The next event for the club is hosting Radisson seniors Sept. 8 and then the Sept. 29 supper in the Community Centre, which are now on the last Thursday of each month in the centre instead of the club room on Wednesdays.