Sunday, July 11 is now been recognized as the day to freedom. Yes, freedom not to have to wear mandatory masks. Other COVID-19 prevention rules are also lifted. Some say this is happening too quickly but others are saying the opposite. I, for one, will use commonsense and still have a face mask on when necessary, and use hand sanitizer when needed.
There will be a memorial and come and go tea in honour of Eddie Clark Saturday, July 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Mayfair Hall. Eddie farmed four miles west of Mayfair all of his life. He passed away suddenly in November 2020. A graveside service will follow at the Mayfair Cemetery. His siblings are Bill, Carol Dewing and Cathy Tomanek. All received their education in Mayfair.
Marion Toews of Saskatoon, a retired registered nurse who worked at Rabbit Lake Hospital, was able to attend the Grade 12 graduation party of her granddaughter Amber. This was held at the yard of Michael Toews, Amber’s dad, on a hot July evening.
It was a sad day last Friday when the Polish Catholic Church near Krydor, which has been a landmark for many years, burned to the ground. This was nestled in the Redberry Lake hills east of Hafford.
An important day of 2021 was the wedding of my son Gregory to Kelly Yanko July 8. The small gathering of 48 was held in their Saskatoon park-like backyard with all the bells and whistles. The guests even danced on the lush lawn to a DJ and no one even fell into the two well-kept fish ponds. Like many functions, this could have happened last year but was delayed until now. One female guest was scheduled for a caesarean birth the next day but managed to attend this special occasion. Congratulations to the newlyweds. Greg is a chartered accountant and is part owner in a firm called Baker Tilly, formerly known as Collins Barrow, and Kelly is a WestJet flight attendant.
The Tokyo Olympic Games are fast approaching. Saskatchewan is sending 19-year-old Rylan Wiens participating in diving and 29-year-old Jennifer Gilbert, who is on a women’s softball team. We will all be cheering them on in front of our television sets.
The northern forest fires are forcing residents out of three communities into surrounding cities. The record-breaking heat waves are bringing smiles to beach goers and water enthusiasts. Ranchers and farmers are desperately needing rain. Might be a replay of a hot dry year in 2002. We’ve had spotty showers here and there but need a good thunderstorm to give a blast of moisture and not in the form of hail.
When driving past sloughs and ponds there seems to be a smell and weather conditions are bringing on the blue-green algae. This is a big concern as it is risky to cattle and can cause severe illness or death if exposure is high.