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Blown away

(Leader photo by Joel van der Veen)

Brian Arend uses a snowblower to clear the alley behind several businesses on Washington Avenue on Monday. While last weekend’s storm wasn’t exactly the “snowmageddon” predicted by some, the region received several centimeters of snow, while blowing snow was common across area highways on Feb. 25. The weather also resulted in the postponement of Saturday’s provincial playoff game between the Davidson Cyclones and the Eston Ramblers at the Communiplex; the game was held Tuesday night instead.

Barlow, Helen Thelma

Helen Thelma Barlow joyfully danced into the Kingdom of Heaven on January 27, 2012. We can only imagine the welcoming party that was there to greet her and the laughter, singing and the visiting that took place as she was reunited with family and friends.
Our beautiful Norwegian Mom was born on May 17, 1923 in Elbow, Saskatchewan to Halsten and Clara Bjorgan. Elbow was home to Helen until the fall of 2007 when she moved to Saskatoon to be close to family. She loved her family and friends with all her heart and was the happiest when she was surrounded by those she loved.
We loved her enthusiasm for life and her feisty spirit that lit up a room. She embraced her illnesses with grace, patience, strength, always humour and her legacy of love will continue through all those who were blessed to share her path. Mom will go down in history for the famous “buns and molasses bread” that she made and so generously shared with everyone. As well, she will be remembered for the beautiful handiwork she did.
Helen was predeceased by her husband Ralph in 1995; sister Verna; brothers Ken and Gordon; and sisters-in-law Blanche and Evelyn. She is survived by three daughters, Sandra (Fred) Turetski, Cranbrook, B.C.; Wendy Barlow, Vegreville, Alta.; Amber Barlow (Kevin), Saskatoon; nine grandchildren, Darwyn (Betty Jane) Boucher, Stacey (David) Virgin, Stephanie (Ty) Stokes, Dezeri Westlake, Natali Martin, Bobbi Jo (Derek) Nyman, Shane (Lynn) Cammer, Dustin Cammer, Tiffany Cammer; 14 great-grandchildren; and brother Morris Bjorgan, Elbow. A memorial service will be held in Elbow at a later date.
A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.

Note: These obituaries are taken from the pages of The Davidson Leader.


Moms, tots gathering for Tuesday morning program

DAVIDSON—A growing number of mothers and their young children are gathering at a local church each week for coffee, conversation and playtime.

Chantelle Taylor, organizer of the Optimist Moms and Tots and More Group, said an average of six to 12 moms are meeting on Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon at New Life Pentecostal Church.

“We’ve grown quite a bit,” she said, adding that fathers, expec

tant mothers, those whose kids have started school already, and those without children are also invited to come.

“The group’s open to anybody who wants to come,” said Taylor.

Each gathering usually starts with chatting and coffee. The mothers are encouraged to share about their week so far and about parenting issues and concerns.

The kids are supplied with toys and games. Since last January, Taylor has also organized a craft for the children on a monthly basis, as some of the tots attending the group have grown older and are now able to work on special projects like these.On the second Tuesday of each month, the moms organize a special meal. In February they were treated to pizza; this month they are holding a potluck.

Taylor said the idea of serving food has been well received.”I’d like to see it happen every time, but we’ll see what happens,” she said.Another recent introduction is a gourmet coffee maker, capable of brewing single servings of a variety of different blends of coffee. Taylor said the addition was “a big hit.”

“Everybody’s all ecstatic over that right now,” she said.

A moms and tots group has run in Davidson for several years. This group has been meeting at New Life for close to a year.Previously the group met at the Lutheran church, but found it difficult as there was limited space and the children were constantly underf
Taylor said she has a list of about 20 members who receive updates on the group each week through text messages or phone calls. Ladies interested in taking part can contact her at 567-8203.oot.
The group has grown since moving to the Pentecostal church. In addition to the mothers attending, an average of 15 to 20 children also come along each week.