Some free softball clinics coached by Keith Guay Sr, were offered this weekend to kids ages 7 to 12. The weather may have played a factor in the turnout, but after two years of not having very many events or sport activities to partake in, it could have been that there were just too many options to consider.
“We started the free softball clinic for 7 to 9 year olds on Saturday and we didn’t get the turnout I was hoping for,” said Guay Sr. “There were six for that clinic and the one on Sunday for 10 to 12 year olds only had five participants. With the weather being so nice, I’m sure people wanted to head out to the beach or even take in the other events and activities they haven’t been able to over the past couple of years due to the pandemic.”
After quietly dreaming about a canoe trip across the country Maiah Feely, along with three of her friends, made her dream a reality. The foursome stopped in The Pas overnight as part of their journey east and took a moment to share their canoeing story to date. Feely, 25, is joined by friends Nicole Pate, 23; Zev Robinson, 25; and Anne Waugh, 26. Taking a moment from their packing up for the days journey, the foursome shared their story to date ariound RM of Kelsey resident Denise Duncan’s kitchen table. Duncan hosted the team while they waited for a supply drop and swap out of one team member, Anne who was heading back to the city.
According to Freely, the journey was simply a matter of putting into reality a plan that started out as something she had wanted to do since she was a teenager. “I’ve been wanting to do it for about 10 years. My parents went on a really long canoe trip, they went from Fort Saskatchewan to just past Thunder Bay, in just about 3 months in the 90’s before I was born,” she explained. “So I grew up listening to their stories and reading paddling books and I wanted to do this big trip. I quietly dreamed about it for years. I asked Zev who is a childhood friend if he wanted to come. He said yes. Anne and Zev are together so Anne came along and Nicole is a family friend and we grew up together,”
MBCI band students held their spring concert last week, a culmination of music work since January. Performing for friends and familky were students from grade 9-12 in the concert band, as well as the jazzed band and experienced guitar class.
While the band program held a virtual winter concert before Christmas, this was the first time the students performed in person this academic year. In addition to the evening concert, the students also performed shortened versions of the concert for the grade 5 students from Kelsey and Opasquia Schools as well as the 6, 7, and 8 grades from Scott Batment School.