Hand Hills Grapevine

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Hello Hand Hills…Spring is still here in the Hills but we are all wait­ing and an­tic­i­pat­ing that win­ter will ar­rive when we least ex­pect it. En­joy this warm weather while it lasts. We hope that it gets warm enough to melt all of the ice.

I have very lit­tle news and I think I know why no one has phoned me..Ev­ery­one is on the hockey trail. Last week there was the Cow­boys Tour­na­ment. Dean Cruik­shank was a coach on one of the teams. Tommy and Billy Vre­de­goor played on that team as well. At the arena to watch son in law Kelly Creasy was the Ray­mond Siep­pert Fam­ily. Dionne Rosin played in that Tour­na­ment as well so that meant that Larry was in town too. The Pee Wee Team, out of Hanna, had Bran­don Gal­ster play­ing in Provin­cials and League. The Hanna Fil­lies with Ta­tum Vre­de­goor, Sierra Rau­gust and Lacey Miller on it, played in Mor­rin, the Novice Team with Lin­coln Nel­ner and Sam Vre­de­goor played two away games. Liam Rosin and Lochlann Hardy both played in sep­a­rate games in Delia. Zan­der Rosin, who plays out of Delia, may have had a game as well. (I never heard that hockey re­port just guess­ing). There was a huge skat­ing BD Party for Ri­ata Gam­mie in Delia that had lots of the lo­cal kids out for some fun.

Fast for­ward to this past week­end and the same could be said. The Hanna Fil­lies with Jill Moench, Mor­gan Burge­meis­ter and Erin Fran­cis played in Hanna. The Hanna Midget Team had the Siep­perts’ back at the rink to watch their grand­son Shane play. (I heard that they won). The Phan­toms played on Fri­day night and that in­volves the Stevens, the Kyle Rosins’, the McDon­ald and the Stu­ber Fam­ily as well as the Vre­de­goor (al­though Cody is on the in­jured list).

I think that the rea­son for the lack of news came to me as we were in Hanna for the Hanna Mites Home Tour­na­ment. The stands were full of par­ents, grand­par­ents, aunts, un­cles and friends. No one was home, not even me, to phone or take a call about the hap­pen­ings in the Hills; it was all hap­pen­ing at the arena. We all say that we have no time to do this or that but it was ap­par­ent that a lot of peo­ple got their pri­or­i­ties straight and watch­ing hockey was high on their list.

The Mites team had Wil­liam Bene­dict, El­lie Vred­goor, Kate Brady, John Kenowe­se­quape and We­ston and Zachary McAfee play­ing. This meant that the Hau­gen and the Macisaac Fam­i­lies were in the arena. Ada Bene­dict was out to watch her Great Grand­son play and her Grand­son coach. In watch­ing young 4 year old Wil­liam Bene­dict play in his first year of hockey I can’t help but won­der if he will have a hockey ca­reer that spans over the next 60 years just like his grand­fa­ther Glenn, his Great Grand­fa­ther Don and his Great Un­cle Don. I see the love and un­der­stand­ing of the game al­ready de­vel­oped in this young play­ers. Ada did that thought cross your mind? Hockey runs deep in this fam­ily as Jim had been a score keeper and sup­porter of the Hanna Old­timers for many, many years. Go Bene­dicts Go! I know that I may have missed some of the lo­cal hockey play­ers but no one phoned me and I would not have been home, so I am just go­ing by what I think I know.

The Hand Hills Valen­tines’ Steak and Lob­ster is SOLD OUT. The night is shap­ing up to be a great time with good food, good peo­ple, good mu­sic and a much needed good time. Re­mem­ber that this is the night that the 100th Cel­e­bra­tion Book is be­ing Launched. You can get your copy any­time from Satur­day night on.

Re­mem­ber the Char­ity Sale on Fe­bru­ary 26. Get your boxes of good­ies ready, your bak­ing done and come on down to the Club and bid on some­thing.

The Hall has a fresh coat of paint and it looks awe­some. The pink walls and ceil­ing are gone. The en­try way has a new cov­er­ing of ce­ment and walls in the stor­age room have been torn down. The renos are in full swing. On the ad­di­tion side we are still wait­ing for the ce­ment to be poured. Re­mem­ber to put April 3 on your cal­en­dar as that is the date for the

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