MEOTA — Approximately 30 seniors gathered at the Do Drop In Wednesday, April 20, when a large group came from Edam to join the local group for a Ukrainian noon lunch and an afternoon of games. The theme for the day was "Empathy for the people of the Ukraine." The meal consisted of borsch, cabbage rolls, perogies and other Ukrainian dishes. A tablecloth with a Ukrainian border was on the buffet table as were a few tableware pieces brought by Vivianne Lesko and Eileen Bru.
A local resident, Darlene Soucess, whose son is married to a woman from Ukraine, gave an interesting talk on what is happening over there. Darlene has visited the country several times and could speak firsthand on the terrible fate that has befallen the country with the Russian invasion. She asked that we pray for their survival and send any support we can.
The afternoon then split up, with some folks playing canasta and others playing cribbage. The top canasta winners were Gwen Lacerte and Gail Hilderman, followed closely by Dora Greening and Arlene Walker. Third were David Ottas and Nestor Fransoo. The door prize, a beautiful flowering azalea plant, was won by Elaine L'Heureux from Edam.
While we were enduring another snow storm last Tuesday night the Taber area of southern Alberta was having a wicked dust storm with high winds blowing semi trucks over on the highways. We don't have a choice but which would you rather have? In Airdrie, north of Calgary they got a foot of snow, a lot more than we had, and they likely needed it.
VIA Rail is opening its run from Prince Rupert, B.C. to Jasper, Alta. starting June 10. Those northern people had been without train or bus service for some time.
Bridge was played in the Pioneer Hall Tuesday afternoon with three tables. High score went to Jette Dasilva and Vern Iverson. Second were Albert Blais and Fraser Glen. On Thursday there were two and a half tables with highest score going to Anna Marie Waldbillig and David Sharpe. In second were Margaret Dyck and Dave Creegan.
Canasta players gathered at the Do Drop In Friday afternoon with only two tables. High score was by Bob Lesko and Arlene Walker. Second were Rita Peterson and Lorna Pearson.
It's so nice to see the summer birds returning as the male robins add colour to the scenery on the ground and the flocks of geese brighten up the sky. There are still snowbanks to melt, but they are disappearing slowly.