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Maidstone and District News: Impressive poetry recital by Grade 7 students

Fundraisers underway for two former community members who lost homes to fire.

MAIDSTONE — We’re sorry to hear of the passing of Lora Brendle at the age of 62. Condolences are extended to Leonard, Frank and Bonnie as well as other family and friends. A memorial service will be held at Maidstone Legion Hall March 16 at 2 p.m.

It was sad also to hear of two former locals whose homes were destroyed by fire recently. Sheila Lamont and Val Harris lost their house near Raymore Feb. 18. Sheila was raised in the Dry Gully district and attended high school in Maidstone. Sheila and the late Wayne Harris have lived on the farm for 42 years, raising their family and cattle. Sheila is the librarian at Raymore. A GoFundMe account has been set up “Val Harris/Sheila Lamont/Red Willow Farm” or send donations to the town office in Raymore for a tax receipt.

Carrie and Jeff Walter and children, Waylon, and Eric, Jack and Jessie Cutsforth lost their home and contents near Colonsay March 9. Carrie lived in Maidstone for several years, working and volunteering throughout the community. I worked with Carrie when she and Jessie belonged to Girl Guides. Carrie and Jeff just married last year and it’s devastating for their family to lose so much. To find out what is most needed, check out “Walter Family Fundraising group” organized by Krystal Rose Cooper on Facebook (where you’ll also find several sub-fundraisers and information on an upcoming silent auction). A GoFundMe account has been set up “The Walter Family” organized by Krystal Vanderstelt.

Thirty-five Grade 7 students put on an impressive poetry recital for an overflow crowd March 7 in Maidstone High School library. Guests were entertained with a variety of poems, all by memory and with personal props. Students then served cookies they had made and guests were invited to peruse their poetry booklets.

Maidstone High School senior girls hosted their basketball conference final on March 11, taking a loss by one point to Macklin in overtime. They’re off to Wilkie this weekend for regionals.

Talance Stapleton won a bronze medal on March 12 at the Junior Nationals in Caledon, Ont. She placed fourth on Friday in single moguls but on Saturday, Talance missed the podium in aerials by 0.85 points. She did well with her back pike trick and was happy with fourth place. In dual moguls, she lost the semifinal to go into the gold medal final by only one point but went on to win her dual against a girl from Quebec.

Maidstone’s Synchro skaters were in Regina last weekend for a competition. The adult team (over 18) won silver medals and the juniors placed fourth out of five teams. The junior team is comprised of girls ages 13 to 18, with three from Lashburn and eight from Maidstone.

District 4-H public speaking took place in Hillmond March 12, hosted by Maidstone Gully Multiple 4-H Club. Winners were: Cloverbuds - Austin Charbonneau from Hillmond; juniors – Elise Koch from Manitou Lake; intermediates – Hanna Hougham from Hillmond; and seniors – Allison Lepp from Durness Multi. These members move on to regionals in Meadow Lake March 25. Provincials will be held in Lloydminster at the Vic Juba Community Theatre April 15.

Maidstone Gully Multiple 4-H Club have received the results for their 2022 regional record book entries. Amanda Kaminski placed first in seniors and her record book goes on to Provincials. Jacob Gerlinsky placed third in Cloverbuds.

Hockey results:

U11 Maidstone A finals - Team 1 lost in the final game to Meadow Lake 8-6.

U13 Maidstone Jets won both games against Edam in STEP league playoffs: 5-4 March 7 and 5-1 March 13. They advance to A championship round (opponent has not been determined yet).

U13 C Provincials northern final: Maidstone won 7-3 against Outlook.

U15 Maidstone round 2 of playoffs: Spiritwood won over Maidstone 6-5 on March 10. Game 2 is March 14 (after my deadline).

Milleton Community Hall is having a Spring Fling Dance Saturday, April 1 starting at 8 p.m. with DJ SuiciDoll Sound. All ages are welcome – minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Midnight lunch will be served. DD services by The Kin Club of Maidstone. Age 13 and up $20, six to 12 $10, and five and under free.

An Easter Family Dance will be hosted by The Kin Club of Maidstone Thursday, April 6 at Maidstone Legion Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., dance at 7 p.m. Family $25, age10+/adult $10, age five to nine $5, and under five free. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

This year Lashburn Day will be June 10. It kicks off with a parade and is a full slate of fun activities and sales. They’re currently looking for vendors. Email for vendor forms.

Dates to remember:

March 17 Maidstone Health Care Auxiliary St. Patrick’s Day Tea, Friday 2 to 4 p.m. at Pine Island Suites.

March 18 and 19 Glitter On Ice Skating Carnival, Saturday 7 p.m., Sunday 1:30 p.m. at Maidstone Ice Arena.

March 25 Trivia Fun Night, Sat. 7 p.m. at Maidstone Bowling Alley (with Ma