Greenwater Report for March 30, 2004


Sara Evans, one of the dedicated fishers at the Tournament

The Greenwater Report for March 30, 2004



March 28th, 2004: Windy, overcast, about zero. The Kelvington Legion Fish Tournament was just starting when we got home from Prince Albert, so I went out to see what was happening. There were five fish caught in the first fifteen minutes. It was perishing cold, so I went home again. Went back just as it ended and five more had been caught.  First Prize was won by Terry Franko, with a 3.4 lb. Jack; second by Janelle Hanutte (forgive me for the spelling!) with a 2.8 lb. Jack, and third by April Demmans with a two pound jack. There were ten fish caught in total - 1 walleye, 4 perch, and 5 jacks. The 50/50 was won by Sharon Ceslak, and the pre-sold Hole Draw by Dale Bonson. There were likely a hundred fishermen registered.




It was a busy weekend, because the Rocky Mountrain Elk Foundation Annual Banquet and Fund-Raiser was held last night. June Woulfe tells me there were about ninety-five there (about normal for the past few years) and it was a very good evening.

Ted Hardman


I had mentioned earlier that my brother-in-law, Ted Hardman, was suffering from Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He declined rapidly since Christmas, and died quietly last Monday, a year to the day after being diagnosed. We went to Prince Albert on Friday; the funeral was Saturday, a very nice service. Lots of visiting, of course, much of it with people I hadn’t met before.

Ted and Cathy had been involved in the family business in Wynyard, and we worked side by side for twenty years, our families becoming one big extended family. After we moved up here in 1980 our families saw less of each other, but I always thought of Ted as a brother. We’ll miss him terribly.


Ted and Cathy Hardman in 2001


We saw a lot of crows on our way to Prince Albert on Friday. I don’t know when they came back, but that was the first we had seen. Frank says we get seven snows after the first crow, but I am never sure who has to see the first crow, and where the snow has to fall. We got rain and snow early Friday evening in Prince Albert, and it snowed quite hard about four AM, but it didn’t amount to much. We will count them, though, and see if it works for us as well as for Frank.




Saturday morning, the radio advised people not to travel in the Prince Albert area because of icy roads, but we had family drive in from Hudson Bay, Kelvington, and Saskatoon and nobody reported any problems.




We listened to a CBC interview with Gus Wickstrom of Tompkins last Tuesday, and Doreen downloaded his weather predictions, based on a December study of pigs’ spleens. He said: “March is going to come in like a lamb…” which it did - it was around the zero mark on the 1st, colder on the 2nd, then down into the twenties after that. We took off for Arizona, but when we got back there were tales of savage storms, and some new snow.




Middle of February shows rain…” My data was lost in the crash of 2004 so I can’t prove or disprove that statement. “The first part of April will be cold with precipitation, the bulk of rain will come in May.” Keep it in mind, and we’ll check back later to see how accurate he is.



little storm

We had a pretty impressive little snowstorm last Thursday, but it only lasted for half an hour or so and didn’t leave much snow behind. Doreen went to Porcupine, and said driving was terrible.


ear tagged

Maurice was bragging about his latest granddaughter. He says that makes thirty-one. I asked if he could keep them all straight, and he said, ”Oh, yeah - we have them all ear-tagged, with a different color for each family. The twins and triplets are ear-notched as well!”



Tom Roberts says the fishing season ends March 31st, and doesn’t open again until mid-May. That explains all the fishing shacks going past our place behind snowmobiles.




There is a notice on the bulletin board at the Cove for Rose Valley’s homecoming, which will be August 5, 6 & 7, 2005. E-mail them at, or mail at Box 370, Rose Valley, SK S0E 1M0. Better start marking your calendar for next year – looks like there will be a lot of homecomings for Saskatchewan’s centennial year.




.I got a very nice letter from Reg Graham of Vancouver, and formerly of Paswegin. He writes Railroad Renegade’s Ramblings for the Wadena News. In the last News, he commiserates with my computer crash; he had one a year ago and lost a lot of very useful data. Reg tells me his family traveled by horse and wagon to Paswegin from Ogema in 1934 to escape the dustbowl; it took nineteen days to cover the 250 miles. Good to hear from you, Reg!


Doreen & Jerry Crawford
Box 100, Chelan, SK S0E 0N0
telephone (306) 278-2249
fax (306) 278-3423


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