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Flowers making a splash as July wanes

Meota and District News: Try-a-kayak event draws enthusiastic crowd.

MEOTA — A drive around the village presents a pretty picture as the flowers have done so well this summer. Nearly every yard shows off their bit and the little park downtown is looking nice, also. When everyone pitches in and does their bit to tidy their place up, the results are good.

Now there are some hay bales here and there, all looking great.

The bridge club played in the Pioneer Hall July 19, with two and a half tables. Top score went to Linda Ard and Vern Iverson, second to Cletus and Donna Scherman. Individual games were played July 21 with top score going to Anne Crozier and second to Donna Scherman.

With the temperatures in England going up to 40 C came complications. The rail lines for the trains buckled causing cancellations, and flights were cancelled because the tarmac was melting. Needless to say lots of other complications come with this type of weather.

July 30 and 31 the action will be at the Timberland rodeo grounds east of Leoville. For information call Anita at 306-984-8000. This was an annual affair before COVID and folks are happy to see it happening again!

The Do Drop In was the place for Canasta July 22 when five tables took part in this interesting game. Top score went to Nestor Fransoo and Jack Stewart. Second were Bev McCrimmon and Gwen Lacerte and third were Vern Iverson and Lillian Sorenco. This is always such a nice social event with lots of visiting taking place.

Many folks are entertaining their summer company, family or friends, so there's lots of traffic in the village and everyone is driving carefully. 

That was some storm that went through here late on Sunday afternoon. No rain gauge could have measured accurately as the rain was blowing parallel to the ground at times. the wind may have caused some damage within the village, but no reports in yet. There were people out on the lake that did not appear to be in any hurry to get off the water. Hope they made it OK. Those at lakeside enjoyed watching the action of the water and boats in hangers. The winds were not kind to the flowers, but they will revive, mostly.

Try-a-Kayak Demo Days

(Submitted by Trudy Janssens)

Meota Lakefront Paddle and Sail had a wonderful two-day event with Jonas Hildebrandt from Classic Outdoors Saskatoon. Jonas come with his wife Laura and their four children. They brought out a whole array of beautiful equipment which was impressive for anyone in the market to buy a kayak. There were expensive kayaks, affordable kayaks, kayaks with foot paddles and stand up paddle board kayaks. A whole range of price points as well as features. Jonas and Laura were really nice to work with and their children motivated all those who came out to try kayaks. Jonas was hoping that there would be someone here who would take him sailing.  

People came out from Saskatoon, Edmonton, Bigger, Cochin and Aquadeo, as well as several from Meota. It’s amazing how putting the information on Facebook, What’s Happening at Jackfish Lake, lets everyone know the dates and times. The biggest plus was that the weather was wonderful both days. No sooner were we off the water and the storm clouds moved in and the winds went wild.

Meota Lakefront Paddle and Sail volunteers spent the day peppering participants with questions, such as “will there be a sailing revival?”  The answers were a resounding “Yes.” The price of gas is forcing people to go to alternatives and non motorized boating is the way to go. One guy told us that this lake is always windy and sailing is a lot of fun when you know how to do it. On the calm days the kayakers and paddle boards will head out and on the windy days those who know how to sail will enjoy the waves. 

That’s the next challenge. To teach those who are interested how to sail. The first week of July 2023 there will be sailing lessons on Jackfish Lake and Sask Sailing will be coming to help us with instructors and equipment. We already have a commitment from John Steele from Ottawa that he will come to Meota for the learn to sail lessons July 3 to 5 or 3 to 7, 2023. Depending on the registrations it could be a three-day class, or a five-day class. 

We are hoping to have a class for youth and one for adults.  

Meota’s Got Talent

Meota’s Got Talent is coming up on Sunday, Aug. 7. The community and MLPS members are invited to come to the Meota Lakefront Paddle and Sail Clubhouse and bring their talent — painting, photography, quilting, knitting, crocheting, sewing, cake decorating, woodworking, pottery, flower arranging, publishing.

Some participants will be comfortable with leaving their talents for display and can bring them in the morning, but if you would like to bring them with you that’s OK too. Everyone is encouraged to bring three to five pieces and doors will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. It would be a real bonus if some would be willing to share their musical talent as well.

This will be the first attempt to host and a bit of a learning curve. Hopefully we will all have a lot of fun, showing off how we spend our spare time. See you there.