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Mayfair and District News: Hafford Vikings earn fourth provincial football title

Halloween Haunted Display of Horror donates proceeds to Spiritwood organizations.

MAYFAIR — When is that howling, blowing, nasty wind going to quiet down? It’s been nonstop for many days in a row now. I hate to see what the rest of 2022-23 winter has in store for us. Grin and bear it or become a snowbird and head to warmer climate.

Hafford Vikings senior boys’ football team did it again on Nov. 12 on home territory by winning their fourth provincial title in a row. They defeated North Valley High School from Langenburg by a score of 38 to 16. This was one of their closer games and a nail biter at times, but the Vikings opened up in the third quarter and never looked back. Even with the weather being so miserable there was a decent sized crowd to cheer the hometown team to their championship. The boys did admit that after the game, the medals and speeches they were glad to get off the field and warm up.

A new arrival in the Whitkow area made first-time parents Traye Tkatchuk and fiancée Haylee Ference excited. Their son, Cash Allen was born Nov. 7. Traye’s dad, Vincent (Shannon), grew up on the family farm near Whitkow where his parents Jim and Darcy still reside.

Nothing draws people from a distance to Meeting Lake like Linda Price’s Halloween Haunted Display of Horror, which was an over-the-top event for three weekends before Oct. 31. She along with Carmen Gonda and Brandy Price put endless hours and effort into this project starting the end of August for the public to enjoy with donations going to worthy organizations.

Money raised has been donated to Idylwild Lodge, community kitchen and Prairie Community Endeavours, all in Spiritwood. This year Linda had a draw for an adult and child’s gift basket with winners been Dave Staver and R A Castillo. This is a yearly event people look forward to attending. Thank you to Linda, Carmen and Brandy, plus many others who have pitched in to help. Can’t wait to see what Halloween 2023 at Meeting Lake has to offer.

Mayfair’s Christmas craft sale this past Saturday was a busy event, but had fewer vendors than three years ago. In the kitchen were some Filipinos from Spiritwood who did the lunch, serving ethnic food. There were door prizes to be won and Santa even appeared towards the end.

I attended the seniors’ potluck in Maymont Nov. 16 and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Every Wednesday afternoon this group gets together in their well-maintained hall to play cards and games with much chatter and laughter. The evening ended with bingo.

The hamlet of Ruddell had their monthly potluck the day after Maymont’s so this kept the regulars busy. The next one for Ruddell is scheduled for Dec. 20.

Brennon and Jolene Strain, owners of a newly formed company, 4 Suns Ag Solutions Ltd., were nominated and won an award at the Battlefords Chamber of Commerce BBEX awards night two weeks ago. They are grateful to their customers, staff, friends and family. Their business goal is to help farmers succeed in agriculture. The longevity of the family farm is important to so many families and the Strains want to help pass those values to the next generation. Passion, determination and many hours of hard work is what is making this business succeed. Jolene is Lorna and Russell Buziak’s daughter, the youngest of four children. The Buziaks reside by Whitkow. Our daughter, Amanda Sevick, and she grew up together, sharing their passion for figure skating and dance lessons.

It’s always more difficult for vendors at craft sales to sell their items in a small-town sale compared to a larger centre, but they deserve our support. Borden’s Christmas market is to be Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the community centre. A reminder to please bring cash as there is no ATM in this village. Radisson is having a Christmas bake sale from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Goodrich Events Centre on Saturday, Dec. 3.


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