BALJENNIE ‑ North Battleford Western Development Museum Light Up the Village tour is now open from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. A special tour for sponsors was held Nov. 30, showcasing the hard work of staff and volunteers to install the various displays. The museum gift shop is also worth a visit, as it may be the place to find a special Christmas gift.
New volunteers are always welcome at the WDM.
Sympathy to the Schwab families of the Battlefords on the passing of 79-year-old Arlene Schwab Nov. 21. She married Ken Schwab 56 years ago. They had a family of five children. Many school students who attended Baljennie School between 1961 and 1964 will remember her. This was Arlene's first post teaching Grades 1 to 3 in the basement classroom, while her sister, Doreen Carlson (Parkinson), taught Grades 4 to 8 in the upstairs classroom. They lived together in the school teacherage. Arlene left Baljennie to teach elsewhere. Besides teaching school, she joined the River's Edge Quilt Guild and was an excellent quilter. Funeral service for Arlene was held Nov. 25 at St. Vital Roman Catholic Church in Battleford. Interment was in the Battleford cemetery. She will be missed by her family and many friends.
For those who love curling, the last week of November was interesting. It was the Olympic trials for men's and women's teams at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon. Jennifer Jones and Tracy Fleury completed, with Jennifer the winner in the women's event. In the men's event, Brad Gushue went against Brad Jacobs, with Gushue the winner. They will represent Canada in the March 2022 Olympics to be held in Beijing, China. The event ended with presentation of jackets and a First Nation drumming ceremony. The teams were also presented star blanket quilts.