Sunday, July 26, 2009

Trees on the Move

Urs Mueller's tree mover made fast work of moving 30 trees from the east side of the pond to different areas in the campground. It sure beats digging with a shovel.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Park Happenings

Lots of action going on at the park these days.
A new ramp and step has been completed for Carruthers Church.
There is a new hand rail up to the Ovenstown building.
Inside the stairs have been covered in to make a future sales shop area.
The trees have been trimmed behind the pond fence.
Thanks John, Norman and Lloyd for all your work.
The grounds are being monitored by Bob and are looking spiffy.
The painters are busy completing painting the Station.
C & R Painting from Unity are doing a great job.
Our summer employees are doing an awesome job!
They've been touring, painting, scrubbing and cleaning, cataloging, mowing, and trimming!
There is new low e film on the church windows and the storage area organized.
The cement pad is being built in front of the Washrooms.
Trees are coming down(Mel is working behind the leaves) and more spruce are being planted.
This is just a quick listing of what has been accomplished.
There are walkers using the path, 'walking the walk', to help raise money for the Seniors Center. It is a secret how many points that Elsie has made, but I'm sure it can't be as many as mine. Or at least I hope not - gotta keep on walking!

Saturday, July 11, 2009


Arrived back home after a few days of travelling through our great province.
There is so much to do and see in Saskatchewan. I had a difficult time deciding which direction to go and what to see and do.

We left home in a rainstorm, but drove into a beautiful sunny day at Herschel where we toured through Ancient Echoes. What an interesting and beautiful spot.

The next day Gravelbourg was one of our stops. The Cathedral there is awe inspiring. We also enjoyed the museum and the Paris lunch spot.

Then on to Claybank Brick Plant National Historic Site near Avonlea. What a lot of work has gone into the restoration of this old brick making factory. Most impressive. Great saskatoon and rhubarb crisp is served in the lunch area.

An overnight stop at the "Perfect Place" Bed and Breakfast in Central Butte shows what great accommodations can result from a little planning and hard work. The little museum in Central Butte opened up just for us.

After travelling through Elbow we ended up at Manitou Beach and the Serenic View Bed and Breakfast. The charming heritage building has been transformed into a relaxing B&B overlooking the lake. Good conversations, good food, and a most relaxing stay.

The wind was very strong while we were there and the waves whipped up the salty water into foam that was blowing off the water and across the road. It looked like snow!

We also had a stop at the Humboldt Museum which filled in some more of the 1885 story. The history of the Telegraph Station there was important to the 1885 events.

For an interesting 'Stay'cation in our area, start in Battleford and visit Fort Battleford, and the Fred Light Museum, travel west on Highway 40 to Cut Knife and visit the Clayton McLain Memorial Museum, then just a few miles north to the Poundmaker Interpretive Center. This would fill at least one day of sites and museums with 1885 related stories.
There are many other places in the area: Allan Sapp Gallery, Western Development Museum, museums at Wilkie, Unity, Maidstone and Neilburg to name a few. Stay in province, save some fuel, and learn a bit more about this great province of ours.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Canada Day

The beautiful summer day was filled with people who came to celebrate the birthday of our great country. The morning began with the Mayor's pancake breakfast followed by costume judging, a parade through town, and firemen's lunch. At noon following the singing of O Canada, children launched balloons (the biodegradable kind) into the clear blue sky.

The afternoon had an arcade for children, museum tours, and a fish race. (The fish were a little uncooperative!) There was an art show in the church, a show and shine for antique vehicles, and bingo. The Royal Purple supper was a hit. The evening's entertainment began with old time music, fiddling, and then a group of First Nations dancers from Little Pine came to entertain the audience. The evening was topped off with fireworks.

In planning these events, there is always the worry that the weather won`t cooperate. We had perfect weather. There is the concern that people won`t come. We had a great crowd for all events. Did we plan entertaining events for people to enjoy? The day was filled with fun, good food, and memorable entertainment. Thanks to all who came, volunteered, participated, and entertained.