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Shuffleboard, crib, raffle and lunch at seniors' Games Day

The Neilburg seniors held their monthly Games Day Feb. 6 at the Friendship Korner. Marrian Graham and Vonnie Rutherford teamed up to win the A side of the shuffleboard tournament. Irene Ducherer and Shirley Nuspl were the runners-up.
Piper Earl Nutbrown was on hand for the ceremonial "Address to the Haggis" at the Neilburg Legion's annual Burns Supper, held Jan. 28.  Gordon Mackenzie gave the address with assistance from Legion president, Ken Ostensoe.

The Neilburg seniors held their monthly Games Day Feb. 6 at the Friendship Korner. Marrian Graham and Vonnie Rutherford teamed up to win the A side of the shuffleboard tournament. Irene Ducherer and Shirley Nuspl were the runners-up. On the B side, Rose Leitheiser and Mary Graham were at the top of the pack. Edna Jeffrey and Jackie Goodall were in second place. The lucky winner of the raffle was Bernie Legaarden. After the soup and sandwich luncheon, cribbage was played. High players were Susie Brock and Arlene McAleer. Della Thom and Linda McGarry had the low hands. The next Games Day will be held March 5.

A three-hour presentation on suicide prevention is planned April 17 at Neilburg Composite School. Anyone 15 years of age or older is welcome to register with trainer Gale Stonehouse. This presentation will train people to identify those who may have thoughts of suicide; to move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide; and to apply the TALK steps (tell, ask, listen and keep safe). Video clips will illustrate both non-alert and alert responses and discussion and practice will help stimulate learning.

Thank you to Daryl Goodfellow for sharpening the knives in the home economics room at Neilburg Composite School.

Special appreciation is also expressed to Glenn and Betty Anne Goodfellow who generously donated some ground beef to the school for use in the hot lunch program.

The Village of Neilburg recently sent out a survey asking property owners whether the fuzz-bearing poplar trees in the Village Green Park should be removed and replaced with another type of tree that would not spread this messy substance every year. Of the surveys that were returned, 13 people wanted the trees removed but 44 were against their destruction. One survey was voided. As a result, nothing will transpire concerning this issue, at this time.

Take It Or Leave It Catering Service held a Valentine Dessert Tea at the Neilburg Seniors' Centre Feb. 13. Marlene, Darlene and Barb cook up lunches, brunches and suppers for groups up to 30 people. The Valentine's Tea was a success and rumour has it they may hold other teas for upcoming special occasions on the calendar.

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Lois Janet (Newport) Cammidge, who died suddenly Feb. 10 in a Saskatoon hospital at the age of 88. Lois was a long-time resident of Neilburg and area although she was born at Yellow Grass. She was a sportswoman at heart and won many awards for various sports. Her funeral service was held from the Neilburg Community Hall on Valentine's Day with Tom Poppleton officiating. Many memories of Lois will be cherished by her five children: Wayne (Peggy) Newport; Janet Newport (Robert Russell); Meredith (Brian) Rutherford; Sandy (Tim) Weinkauf and Rob (Rhonda) Cammidge; her grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, a sister, Merle Webster, and numerous other relatives. Donations in memory of Lois can be made to either the Neilburg United Church or the Neilburg Recreation Board.

The Neilburg branch of the Royal Canadian Legion held their annual Robbie Burns supper Jan. 28 in the Neilburg Community Hall. Unfortunately the dancers scheduled to perform came down with the flu and so the entertainment portion of the program had to be cancelled.

The traditional Poor Man's Supper was held Feb. 2 in the basement of the Neilburg United Church. A wide variety of soups, homemade bread and biscuits and jams and jellies were on the simple menu. The funds raised from this event go to the United Church Mission and Service Fund.

The community was saddened to learn of the death of Edwin "Keith" Olsen, at the age of 68. Although born in Lashburn and raised in this area, Keith spent most of his life as a missionary in Pakistan, most recently residing in Saskatoon. He died Feb. 10. Funeral services for Keith were held from the Lashburn Community Hall Feb. 18, with interment in Wycollar Cemetery. Keith will be remembered by his mother, Dora Olsen (Red Deer); and his three brothers, Ross (Marilyn) Olsen; Roy (Elaine) Olsen and Victor (Leanor) Olsen; nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews; aunts Olwin Olsen and Shirley Olsen, as well as numerous cousins, his fellow labourers in the mission work he loved and by a host of loving friends around the world. Donations in Keith's memory can be made to a charity of the donor's choice.