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Museum church service draws 40 worshippers

Rabbit Lake News

So that was June — hot, dry, windy, more wind, rain and hail. Unlike Newfoundland, we did not have snow!

June was a busy month in Rabbit Lake. Both on the land and in the village, people have been busy getting over spring and getting ready for summer. Meeting Lake Regional Park is now open at full capacity and hosted an eventful Canada Day in the Park. Although it would not quit raining, the day ended with the usual fireworks. The park was full of campers and the smell of campfires filled the air.

June 10, the Rabbit Lake and District Museum Committee hosted the annual church service in the museum church, formerly Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church. About 40 people attended the service and enjoyed the special music provided by Glenn and Cathy Cherry. After the service a barbecue lunch was held at the Senior Sunrise Centre as it was too unpleasant outside to have the picnic at the museum. Since then the former Acton teacherage, which is now at the museum, has been painted and is ready for its finishing touches. June 7, a small group of volunteers did a museum cleanup.

Each month the Rabbit Lake Library draws for a treat of the month. In May the winner was Margaret Siegel. The June winner was Lorraine Scott.

It is good to see Don Unger, George Clarkson and Alan Dietz feeling better and back to their old selves again.

Congratulations to Hanna Dzialo Hansen on winning an academic award at Medstead School Award night. Great job, Hanna.

Volunteer groups from the community have been busy keeping the cemeteries mowed and tidy. Where would small towns be without the cadre of volunteers? Special thanks to the co-ordinators of the work groups, Nancy Penley (Rabbit Lake Village/RM of Roundhill Cemetery), Kathy Aumack (Pleasantsite Cemetery) and George Hildebrand (Hoffnungsfelder Mennonite Church Cemetery).

Sandwith Hall Board hosted its annual Father’s Day brunch June 17. The food was great and there was lots of it. Those who attended had a good time visiting with friends and neighbours.

June 20 was the fourth annual Rhubarb Fest sponsored by the Rabbit Lake Museum and the Rabbit Lake Senior Sunrise Circle. A few games were played and then about 50 people enjoyed a potluck supper followed by a rhubarb pie auction. Each year the winner of the rhubarb pie contest is named “Rhubarb Ruby” for the following year. This year the reigning “Rhubarb Ruby” is Margaret Siegel. Runnersup to Margaret were Karen Kuffert and Joanie from Spiritwood. Out of town guests came from Spiritwood and Radisson and even one international visitor from France.

June 21, the Rabbit Lake Senior Sunrise Circle hosted Mykal Gumbell, a musician who performed gospel music. Before the concert a supper was provided by the Rabbit Lake Hall Board.

June is the month for weddings and Rabbit Lake had theirs. Congratulations to Codey Miller and Shalynn Gatzke who were married on June 30 at Meeting Lake Regional Park. Codey is the son of Gerry and Cindy Miller. Brooks Miller came from Kamloops for the wedding.

Congratulation go out to Aleah McNabb. Aleah has been playing softball for the last couple of years with the Prince Albert Aces 16 and under softball club. This year the girls won the Sherwood Park softball tournament for the second year. Aleah’s sister Sarah also plays but in the 14 and under division.

It’s time to start thinking about Rabbit Lake Day, which will be happening Aug. 18. Get your bunnock teams lined up!