MEOTA -What beautiful frosty days we have been having, such heavy hoar frost, day after day. Many are predicting how many days of rain we will get this summer and when. A few more ice shacks are out on the lake but I have not heard if the fish are biting.
The bridge players met Jan.10 in the Pioneer Center where two tables were in individual play. Tied for first were Donna Scherman and Cletus Scherman. Third was Catriona Winterholt. Jan. 12, there were again two tables and individual play. First was Margaret Dyck, second Donna Sherman and the other six were tied for third place.
On the morning of Jan. 13, a dozen seniors met in the Dew Drop In for their monthly meeting. In the absence of president, Eric Callbeck, the meeting was chaired by vice-president Vivianne Lesko. Secretary Gewn Lacerte read the minutes of the December meeting and Carol Huys gave the financial report. The library reported that one customer saved over $5,000. by using their local library. The floor has been shampooed and looks much better. No new chairs have been purchased, as yet. The DVDs are on hand for Monday afternoon showing. Copies of the village's newsletter, covering items of the past year, were shared. The poster by the new Meota Playground Committee was shared showing their project which will be built east of the community hall. They are accepting donations any time at the village office.
Shuffleboard tournaments are held once a month, on the second Saturday, September to May. Shirley Ward informed the crowd that the Shrove Tuesday pancake supper will be held on Feb.21, in the Do Drop In, World Day of Prayer will be held on March 3, at the Do Drop In. The next meeting will be Feb, 10, at 10 a.m.
Canasta was held in the Do Drop In Jan. 13, with four tables in play. Top score went to Dave Ottas and Gwen Lacerte. Second were Janice Morton and Karn Kelly and third were Arlene Walker and Lorna Pearson.
A shuffleboard tournament was held Jan. 14 in the Do Drop In, with 20 participants. Play started at 9:30 a.m. and finished at 4 p.m. The top score went to Linda Ard and Svend Christiansen. In second place were Cora Christiansen and Donna Lambert and third were Maureen Campbell and Albert Huys. It was well organized by Nestor Fransoo. A delicious potluck luncheon was enjoyed by everyone, including pea soup and chili and a variety of salads. There was a big birthday cake honouring Nestor, whose birthday was the day before. Maybe the best of all was the social association that comes with such a gathering. When not playing shuffleboard, several other games were enjoyed and lots of visiting took place. The next games will be held Feb. 11..
Week 6 Recap
(By Derek Welford)
The Kirsten Bru rink was going northbound on a southbound freeway as their unbeaten streak came to a screeching halt at the hands of the Evan Schmidt rink. Schmidt scored two in the eighth end to win 8-7 in an upset that sent shockwaves throughout the league and was felt as far away as Cavalier.
Randy Orchison, showed no signs of rust coming off a bye week as his rink knocked off the heavily favored Gil Cadrin team in a stunning 9-5 win.
The greater Prince area has been waiting all year for the matchup between the Sharp brothers, Randy and Colin. Knowing the magnitude of importance this game held, Colin recruited Don Johnson and Jason Buziak to substitute curl. Along with generational talent Bob Barkowich, Colin Sharp and company took the two points with an 11-5 win.
The Becotte-Welford matchup came down to the wire in an instant classic in a duel that had both teams matching shot for shot. The focus of the game turned from third Ed Cadrin's newly installed yard light to the densely populated houses of rocks each end presented. Down by two points coming home with the hammer, the pressure was solely in the hands of Pat Becotte. Living up to the moment, Becotte made an impressive tap-back to score two points and tie Welford 7-7.
Curling can come down to a matter of inches and that’s how close Dean Menssa’s team was to finding the win column, as they came up short by a narrow defeat to Wanda Weber, 6-5. Raymond Hummeny captained the Tait rink to a 9-4 win over Demontarnel and the well-oiled machine that is the Pat Mohr rink defeated Zane Lacousiere 8-4.
Curler of the week and hidden gem is Raymond Hummeny of Team Tait. Often found playing third position, Hummeny was promoted to skip as 75 per cent of his team was missing. Knowing the blueprints on how to defeat the reigning champions, Hummeny’s methodical shot calling and execution of the gameplan was key to the success seen Tuesday night. Creating his own luck and making momentum shifting shots, Hummeny was the unanimous pick for week’s highest honour.
Jan. 14 Meota hosted their second sturling spiel of the season. A total of 12 teams entered. Coming out of Pool A was the Pat Mohr and Dale Johnson pairing that had a perfect 3-0 record after defeating the Sharp-Cole, Benoit and Collie-Nedelec teams.
Pool B found the entire Silver Broom contending Pat Becotte team atop of the standings as they split into two teams. Pat Becotte and Ed Cadrin finished with an unbeaten record that was matched by Daryl Weber and Robert St Amant.
The Mohr-Johnson, Becotte-Cadrin and Weber-St Amant all finished in a three-way tie for first place with matching points scored.