“The tans will fade, but the memories will last forever....” – Anonymous
Summertime is everyone’s favourite friend and what a wonderful friend it has been this year! With spectacular hot sunny days mixed with a few days of rain, we have been so fortunate to enjoy all that Saskatchewan has to offer.
This summer, I took the opportunity to take the time and marvel at the beautiful landscapes of Saskatchewan. As we drove to our lake home in the northern lake country, I was in awe of what I witnessed. From the canola fields as bright as the summer sun contrasting with the flax fields as blue as our many pristine lakes, to the abundance of nature whether it be the glorious eagles gliding across the lake, or the lonesome call of the loon (my favourite water bird), Saskatchewan is full of incredible surprises that are right at our fingertips.
I hope that all of our Warman residents were able to enjoy a few days getting out and enjoying their summer and the beautiful landscapes of Saskatchewan or perhaps even some of the landscapes of our neighboring provinces. For my family, we enjoyed our northern oasis. Our hidden Saskatchewan treasure allowed us to watch the pelicans glide across the lake searching for food, appreciate the evening stars and meteor showers that covered the night sky and enjoy the camp fires that warmed our souls and fueled our imagination with the special stories we shared. Before we could blink, the last days of summer were before us. Summer comes and goes way too fast thank goodness for the memories that will last forever, I hope you all hold onto these they are so precious.
As we approach the last few day of August, the signs of fall appearing. The leaves are beginning to change and fall ever so gently, the school supply lists have begun to emerge with parents beginning the preparations for the new school year and the summer flowers are now being replaced by the fall mums. I wish I could slow it all down, even just a little, so we could enjoy the beautiful summer flowers and the long summer days with family and friends. Since I can’t slow it down, I have slowly began to prepare myself for what is around the corner for my family and for our wonderful community.
In Warman, the change in fall brings about a change in our traffic systems. With road maintenance coming to a close, the installation of traffic lights will begin soon. The four lights will be placed at the Central Street and 6th Avenue South intersection, the Central Street and Centennial Boulevard intersection, the 4th Street and Centennial Boulevard intersection and the Clubhouse Boulevard and Centennial Boulevard intersection. This change comes as a result of the recommendations made in the City of Warman’s Transportation Master Plan which was completed earlier in the year. While many residents are very excited for these lights, there are also important changes that all drivers must be aware of. As these changes occur the City of Warman will ensure that all residents are kept informed so that our community continues to be a safe place to live.
With summer ending, fall also means that we must say goodbye to some hardworking and dedicated staff. I want to take a moment to send our thanks on behalf of the community and the City of Warman to the many summer students that were part of the City of Warman team this year. With 24 summer students employed, the City was able to ensure that community remained the best place to call home.
Speaking of home, I want to extend a welcome to all of the residents moving to Warman, the businesses who are opening their doors in our community and to the new teachers who will be making Warman schools their new place of work. I want to welcome you to our community and I wish you all the best as you begin your new chapter in our vibrant community.
As I close I want to commend a program that has been operating this summer and will soon be complete until next year. Over the last bit of summer I have had a special little house guest, my grandson Will, who has had an incredible abundance of energy. To take care of some of this energy, I had the opportunity to take him to the Kids in the Garden program. This program is an example of one of the many programs that our community offers to youth over the summer. Kids in the Garden allows kids to understand where the food we eat comes from and all of the work needed to fill our plates every day. I was amazed by abundance of information shared with these little residents and I was very proud to have this program part of our community. One of my favourite aspects of Kids in the Garden was the ability to see the little entrepreneurs out at their farmers market every Wednesday from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. To see the level of pride that they have for the fruits of their labour is truly incredible and I encourage all our residents to stop by after work and support tomorrows future entrepreneurs!
Now as the last summer days are before us I hope you take time to enjoy them and open your heart for the next beautiful season, autumn.