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Garage sale proceeds delivered to Ukrainian relief effort

Meota News: Bike parade returns with a splash

MEOTA — Finally a sunny holiday day at the beach! The boats that have been sitting waiting to get wet were out there this Sunday. Many paddle boards, kayaks, boats of every size, personal water craft and on and on — there were some of every type going out on the water. Watching from the Meota Paddle and Sail building, up on the deck, was a treat. No doubt there would have been kids in the swimming area, too. There were trucks and boat trailers parked everywhere.

June 29 bridge club had only a couple tables so played individually. Top was Donna Scherman and second was Jeannine Beloin. There was no bridge July 30.

Over a dozen folks turned out for coffee at the Do Drop In Wednesday morning and lively discussions followed. Treats were also enjoyed.

In June there was an impromptu gathering of nine first cousins, all part of the Ole Iverson family. Most were raised in the Meota district. The cousin travelling the farthest came from Salt Spring Island, B.C. Some were from Surrey, B.C. others from Candle Lake and Meadow Lake. They gathered at the home of Arlene Walker for an afternoon of memories and laughter.

The garage sale held at the Do Drop In June 17 raised $387 for the Ukrainian Relief Fund, which was delivered to Edmonton by Gail and Eric Callbeck. Eric and Gail were given a tour of the large warehouse that houses outbound donations. The pallets of supplies are sent by air to Germany and then loaded onto convoys of trucks on their way to the Ukraine. The tour brought home the vast needs that exist there. The pallets were loaded with everything from medical supplies and firefighting equipment to food and bedding. Our donation was gratefully accepted and made us aware that our club’s efforts were worthwhile.

A former longtime resident of Meota, Frances Bunko, passed away recently. She lived on Beach Avenue and was active with the Meota Chorus and Anglican Church.

A young moose visited the Meota Golf Course a while back, a pleasant addition to the morning exercises. 

Senior golfers on Thursday morning were lucky to have a lovely sunny day. Seventeen golfers turned out to play. The winning team, coming in at two under par, was Lawrie Ward, Kent Morton and Lynn Hiles. Many accolades to the greens keeper staff for keeping the grounds in such fine condition. The many trees in all their greenery all look so healthy. The birds were doing their part too, and singing all along the way.

Canasta was played in the Do Drop In Friday evening, July 1 with five tables in play. The top score went to Gail Hilderman and Carol Huys. Second were Cora Christiansen and Dave Ottis and third were Arlene Walker and Marion Ottas. It was a great social evening and from there we all wandered over to the berm area where we watched the fireworks. The fireworks are sponsored by the regional park board, village, Lions and ADRA. We could also see fireworks going off at three other sites across the lake.

(Submitted by Joanne Kuchar) It was another great day for the Meota Regional Park Canada Day Bike Parade. It’s all about the children in the park and surrounding area and a celebration for them. We always say “its the best one ever” and try to top it again the next year.

Weather was perfect for the kids and their families who came out for the free event sponsored by the Meota Regional Park. This was the 10th annual parade and was attended by about 175 participants including the RCMP from the Battlefords detachment, with one officer in a vehicle leading the parade with lights and siren going every few minutes. Two officers also came and rode on their bikes in the parade. The kids. and the parents too, were excited about that.

We always stop at the entrance to the park to sing O Canada which was led by Charles Ballargeon this year. Barbecued hot dogs and refreshments were served after the parade. The regional park also puts on the fireworks display which thankfully was able to go ahead after the rain.

Hope to see you all next year.

The annual summer ADRA Craft and Trade Show was back on track again, this year. The place was filled with a variety of products. Many tables held hand made goods, many displayed trades and there was even a table of books and videos. The kitchen offered sandwiches, pies and drinks. Lots of catchup visiting was also a feature.