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Maidstone and District News: Library spreads some love for Valentine’s Day

Legion serving up pancakes Sunday, Feb. 12.

MAIDSTONE — Five Maidstone Waseca and District volunteer firefighters were awarded with the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal in the Field of Volunteerism Jan. 19. With two of the recipients unable to attend the ceremony in North Battleford, Ryan Domotor, MLA for Cut Knife-Turtleford constituency, presented their awards Jan. 31 at the fire hall in Maidstone. Firefighters provide the ultimate community service to those who need them. They train for emergency response when citizens call – anytime, 24 hours a day and in almost every situation imaginable. They work under crisis and stressful circumstances, and often are the difference between life and death. Thank you to all of you for your service.

Maidstone Gully Multiple 4H Club enjoyed an afternoon of swimming in North Battleford Jan. 29. The club had both a junior and a senior team in district curling Jan. 4. The juniors placed third and the seniors won, moving on to the regional competition in Biggar Jan. 14 where they placed third. Upcoming events for the club are 4-H Winter Fun Day (sledding, skating and painting) Feb. 19 in Waseca, Surprise Bingo on Feb. 22, and public speaking Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. at Milleton Hall. The club is currently doing a Little Caesar’s fundraiser with delicious pizza kits, Italian or crazy bread and various kinds of pre-formed cookie dough available to order from any 4-H member. Deadline is March 1.

The library program on Jan. 30 was attended by 32 children. They watched a movie, decorated cupcakes and played games or read stories. Winners of the draw prizes were Benjamin Henderson and Christian Collins. February is Heart Month at the library. Pick up a bag of precut hearts for your child (age eight and under) to build their own heart creature. They can add more hearts if needed. Bring the heart creature into the library before Feb. 15.

February is also Heart Month across Canada and we are encouraged to focus on improving our health and reduce the risk for heart disease. Tuesday, Feb. 14 is Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re on the giving or receiving end, sharing some love makes very good heart sense.

Black History Month is also celebrated in February. We have a designated provincial historical site just 27 kilometres north of Maidstone where the Shiloh Church and cemetery have been preserved. Beginning in 1910 with 11 families, at one point up to 75 families settled in the area. Theirs is an amazing story of survival, perseverance and love. Descendants of the Shiloh people cherish the site as a symbol of their ancestors’ experience in Saskatchewan. Check out the Black History Month display at Maidstone Library. Thank you to Maidstone Museum for providing artifacts and information on the Shiloh settlement.

Congratulations to Cory Krepps who found the ace of spades in Maidstone Legion’s Chase the Ace contest last Thursday. He took home the week’s prize of $275 plus the jackpot of $4,855. A new deck has started this week. Maidstone Legion’s pancake breakfast was postponed by a week so be sure to take it in this Sunday, Feb. 12 from 8 to 11 a.m. in support of the Legion Hall COVID revenue recovery efforts. Bring the whole family: age eight and up $12, age seven and under free.

Maidstone High School’s junior girls’ (Grade 7/8) basketball team won gold at Bishop Lloyd Middle School in Lloydminster, Feb. 4 after playing four exciting games. Congratulations on bringing home medals two weekends in a row.

In hockey, it was a disappointing 6-4 loss for the U15 boys’ hockey team when they played Hillmond/Paradise Hill Feb. 4. Sunday they tied Macklin 5-5 in the first game of first round provincials in Macklin. Their next provincial game is in Maidstone this Saturday, Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. against Macklin.

Maidstone United Church’s annual pancake supper is on Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. Adults $10, age six to 12 $6, age five and under free.