Just a small town girl…

We were born and raised in small town Saskatchewan, and have an enormous sense of pride and debt to our community. Thirty+ years ago we couldn’t wait to escape, however, “Speedy Creek” will always be home!

Formative years

Only one high school
Teachers called you by your older siblings names
Half of your class had the same last name (Anita Dick – Helda Dyck)
It caused a kerfuffle if you dated someone from the other junior high
You graduated with the same people you met on the first day of kindergarten

Party Time

Fifty year friendships
Gossip, gossip, gossip
Cruisin’ “the dub” (A&W)
We bleed green, Go Riders!
The “main drag” had four stop lights.
Parties in a pasture, quonset or dirt road
The whole town knew who the bad kids were
You spent 8-10 hours a day at the outdoor swimming pool
Getting caught with open liquor in your car would set you back $60
You could always find someone to “pull” beer for you and your underage friends


Sweet Simplicity

Diners and drive-ins
Swimming in the creek
No traffic jams or road rage
No form of public transportation
Classic north side – south side rivalry
No one locked their house or cars doors
The police crime blotter was the inside scoop
John Deere tractors were the bulk of the Canada Day parade
The neighbourly casserole brigade after a death in the family
You couldn’t wait to move away, only to discover that you love going back
Radio hospital reports with the patient’s condition – satisfactory, progressing favorably









Shopping local was your only option
Cab ride across the city for under $10
Left cash for the milkman on your front step
The buzz of excitement when McDonald’s came to town
Had a charge account at the gas station and grocery store
Hit big time when the mall stayed open on Thursday nights and Sundays









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  1. Margot Weiner

    Lovely 🙂

  2. Verna Hucman

    I am sending this to small town girls! 🙂

  3. Kimberly Berg

    I remember well!! Love it!

  4. Sandy Yozipovic

    Too funny! oh the memories of Speedy Creek!

  5. Donna Waldner

    ha ha tooo funny girls, but Pil you were the one pulling us beer, remember 'the Big I', I was so impressed you got in there. I wont say how old we were……lol

  6. Bonnie Faucher

    Haha. This is awesome! Love Speedy Creek!

  7. Rhonda Navin


  8. Glenys Weedon

    Thanks for the greatt sangria recipe. It was a hit at the lake

  9. Dawn Marie Parker Pighin

    Hahahaha so true ! Love Speedy Creek!

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