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One hundred years to the day that Jacob and Helen Novecosky stepped off a boat in Quebec City, more than 300 of their descendents from across North America – and one from Brazil – celebrated this courageous couple’s daring 11,000-kilometre journey from Southern Russia (Ukraine) to Saskatchewan.

The July 30 – Aug. 1 Novecosky Reunion 2004 in Burr, Sask., brought together long-lost cousins and some younger members of the clan who’d never met many of their more distant relatives.

The gathering began on Friday evening, when campers pitched their tents and RVs near the Burr hall. Saturday featured a full afternoon and evening program with a catered meal. The program highlighted the many talents of the Novecosky family and paid tribute to our pioneer ancestors.

On Sunday, the family gathered for Mass at St. Scholastica Parish near Burr for a faith-filled tribute to Jacob and Helen. Worshipers then gathered at the parish cemetery for a time-capsule dedication. The reunion wrapped up on Sunday afternoon with a pancake breakfast at the Burr Hall, followed by goodbyes – until the next reunion.