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Tina Wolfe
Tina Wolfe

Tina Wolfe

Birthday party

Hilda Shimonek of Winnipeg formerly of Rosenfeld celebrated her 100th birthday on Aug. 20. Family and friends attended this momentous event. The guests enjoyed a delicious prime rib dinner before the evening's celebrations began.

Out of town guests were: the late Bernie Shimonek's wife, Jeannette and family from Saginaw, Michigan, Gladys (Shimonek) Rempel and family from Harrow, Ont., Clare (Shimonek) Makarchuk and family from Edmonton, Barry Schwab from Watrus and the Michael Heinrichs family from Edmonton.

Present and former guests from Rosenfeld were: Percy and Gail Shimonek, Lloyd and Pat Shimonek (Richmond, B.C.), Jane Shimonek (Coquitlam, B.C.), Ron and Linda (Lerch) Kletke of Calgary, Glenn and Marge Lerch (Winnipeg), Dennis and Nancy Wonnick (Winnipeg), Ron and Janet (Wonnick) Dron (Winnipeg), Adeline Braun and daughter Corliss (Winnipeg) and Allan and Anne Recksiedler of Morris.

The evening began with the reading of parliament birthday certificates by grandchildren Carol, Jason and Kevin who acted as emcees for the event.

Ida Schwab presented the family history section which was followed by a story from Jane Shimonek. The musical entertainment for the evening was a variety of numbers by Ken, Jeanette, Frank, Audrey, Sharon, Grace and Austyn. A very special solo was given by Hilda's nine year old great, great granddaughter, Austyn Thornton. A great time was had by all and the evening was over much too soon and a continued celebration was held the following day at the home of Art and Gladys Shimonek in Springstein.

(Submitted by Ida Schwab) Happy birthday and best wishes go to Hilda Shimonek from the Rosenfeld community, her entire family and all her friends.

Even though the weather is summer-like the trees know it's time to drop their leaves. Some days it looks as though it's snowing leaves. My neighbour and I share the abundance of leaves from a huge old poplar and one day last week we raked piles in the ditch. I was going to send them through the chipper the next day and we didn't give those piles another thought when we went in for supper. The wind began to howl and blow everything around so I was very surprised to see a fire flaring in the ditch around 9 p.m. There are evergreens along the sidewalk for most of this block and the wind was causing the flames to get dangerously close to these trees. Dave ran out just in time to see kids running on the other side of the street while I called our neighbour. She said that she definitely had not started the fire and was very worried due to the windy conditions. Dave got the leaves under control and we doused the fire with two pails of water. We hear about kids playing with matches and setting fires in Winnipeg but this is a first for Rosenfeld. Fires are dangerous wherever they are set. This had the possibility of burning down a whole block of houses and since it was at night a serious chance of costing a life.

School news

Every fall the students participate in the Terry Fox Run and this year the weather was gorgeous on Friday, Sept. 30.

Physed instructor, Rob Fleming, reported that the students watched a short video on Terry Fox every day that week and were asked a trivia question. The following morning a name would be picked out of the trivia box and if they had the correct answer they won a prize. They raised a total of $337.85 and the top fundraiser was Owen Friesen.

Soup days begin again for the year even though cold weather has not set in yet. The first soup day lunch will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

The students appreciate the break from the routine of packing their own lunches and all the parents who bring soup deserve a huge round of applause.

The Rosenfeld students and staff invite everyone to help celebrate autumn on Friday, Oct. 14 when they present their Fall Celebration.

The program will take place in the gym at 2:35 p.m. And everyone is welcome to attend.

Community update

The annual Rosenfeld Fall supper will take place on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Rosenfeld Good Neighbour Centre. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy a ham and turkey meal with all the trimmings. It will run from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Dave and I travelled to Mitchell this past weekend and together with friends Jim and Judith Schellenberg whipped over to Sarto to try one of the Ukrainian Fall suppers. Needless to say we ate too much and we couldn't have been the only ones; they were running out of food when we left at 5:30.