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Fall journey to Beauval an enjoyable trip

Meota News
These pine grosbeaks were seen recently along the Beaver River. Grosbeaks are a winter bird that used to be seen at Chitek also, but not often in recent years. The yellow evening grosbeaks will be along soon. Photo by Lorna Pearson

John Diehl, a former North Battleford teacher, now living in Okotoks, Alta. celebrated his 75th birthday, quietly at home with his wife Grace and their daughter Deanna and Travis and granddaughter Ava, recently. His choice for a birthday cake was a Rice Krispie cake, adorned with numbers seven and five. Under different circumstances than the pandemic, you can be sure there would have been a grand celebration on this important occasion.

Bridge was played in the Pioneer Hall twice last week. Tuesday afternoon there were only two tables, so they played individual movements. First was Vern Iverson and second was Betsy Brown, On Thursday evening top couple was Vern Iverson and Mary Phelps and second were Anna Marie Waldbillig and Eric Callbeck. 

Canasta was played Oct. 23 with four tables in play. Top scorers were Evelyn Dutton and Marion Ottis. Second were Dave Ottis and Eric Callbeck and third were Lorna Pearson and Sonya Bouvier. 

Celebrating her 50th birthday with Gramma was Sonya Bouvier from Calgary. On Oct. 23 we celebrated her big day with her Uncle Brad and Kelly at the new Montana’s restaurant in the city. Saturday she and I drove to Beauval to spend overnight with her parents, Sal and Norm Bouvier. The weather and roads were good and we enjoyed our visit. We saw little wildlife, but birds on the water and we did enjoy watching a family of otters on the Beaver River, as they played in and out of the water. The activity of the birds at the feeders changed as the magpie would scare away the pine grosbeaks, chickadees, red polls, and juncos and on occasion a magpie would chase the blue jays away. There were a few eagles too, but not up close. 

I’m sure there was action in and around Meota, but nothing reported to me. I hope everyone has had their flu shot, as it is most important again this year.

Take care and be safe.