Hand Hills Grapevine

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Mar­i­lyn Vre­de­goor 403-665-2473

Hello Hand Hills….Rain, the creek’s run­ning, no snow and this is only March! Are we done with win­ter? I don’t think so. I am still wait­ing for win­ter as Mother Na­ture has the con­trol but­ton and we all know that she is very un­pre­dictable.

She is adorable and cute as a but­ton! I am talk­ing about Cree Ta­tia Shad­lock, baby daugh­ter of Sam and Ta­mara Shad­lock, of Ce­real, Al­berta. Grandpa Lawrence and Grandma Marge are go­ing to have a lot of cud­dles from this bun­dle of joy. Also Grandma Barb, from Ce­real, is very ex­cited as this is her first I be­lieve. Con­grat­u­la­tions from the Hills.

Jim Cruick­shank proudly told me that he is now in the Great Grand­par­ent Crowd. Grand­daugh­ter Ash­ley had a baby boy. Brett and Mar­i­ann Lit­tle are the proud grand­par­ents. Ash­ley and her hus­band live on the Is­land so I fore­see a trip to the coast for Jim and Shirley to see the new ad­di­tion. Con­grat­u­la­tions from the Hills!

If you are a gar­dener then this is for you. Ver­dant Val­ley Ag So­ci­ety and Star­land County are host­ing a Jim Hole Hor­ti­cul­tural Work­shop Satur­day, April 16, 2016 at the Ver­dant Val­ley Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. Reg­is­tra­tion is a must and needs to be done by April 8. With this warm Spring like weather I am want­ing to phone and reg­is­ter right now!

Hockey is still on­go­ing for many hockey crazy fam­i­lies in the Hills. Gal­sters’ and Bradys’ are gear­ing up for the boys to go to Pro­vin­cial in Rim­bey at the end of March, Vred­goors and Nel­ners have the Novice Team go­ing into the third and fi­nal round of league play and Sierra Rau­gust and Ta­tum McCuaig are still in ac­tion this com­ing Satur­day in Delia against the Hardy and Rosin boys.

I had the plea­sure of go­ing to the Skat­ing Car­ni­val in Drumheller this past Fri­day night. I was there to watch my 4 year old great nephew Finn Mills as he made his de­but as a Shoot­ing Star in his first ever Car­ni­val. They did their best and they sure en­ter­tained the crowd. Also at the Car­ni­val was Shelby Veno, daugh­ter of Dwayne Veno. Ac­cord­ing to her Dad, Shelby skates five days a week, coach­ing and prac­tic­ing her skills. I must say that all that time and ef­fort she had put in showed as she per­formed her so­los and took the young kids through their drills. The Hanna Car­ni­val is com­ing up and Shelby also teaches the young kids there so you still have a chance to see her work her magic on the ice. Hats off to you Shelby for be­ing so ded­i­cated. Dwayne’s younger daugh­ter (sorry I do not know her name) also skates in Hanna. What a busy fam­ily.

Are you ready to see what the ad­di­tion and the ren­o­va­tions are look­ing like down at the Club­house? Then be sure to come on down on April 3 at 1 o’clock to in­ves­ti­gate. We are hav­ing a “Work in Progress” Open House for ev­ery­one to view the new look. Please plan to at­tend.

Have you thought about your en­try into the Pa­rade for the 100th? Glenn Benedicit and Merle Mor­ton are wait­ing to hear from you. Re­mem­ber it hap­pens on Satur­day, June 4 at 10 o’clock!

Speak­ing of Merle, I know for a fact that he is one year older as of a cou­ple of weeks ago. Roy­lene and Bill Bed- son were down from Cor­na­tion and there was a Birth­day Sup­per at the Ranch. Roy­lene came to pick up a cou­ple of the 100th Cel­e­bra­tion Books and she spilled the beans! I am sure that along with the Birth­day Cel­e­bra­tion there was lots of work done in prepa­ra­tions for the up­com­ing Shiloh Cat­tle Com­pany Bull Sale on March 26.

We are start­ing to put to­gether a list of Vol­un­teers that could help us out at the 100th. If you can spare a cou­ple of hours on any of the days we sure would ap­pre­ci­ate it. Phone me at 403-665 -2473 and I can put your name down. From sell­ing sou­venirs, to work­ing in the booth, help­ing with the bar­be­cues, the beer gar­dens, the dances, the Old Time Tent, the Pa­rade and much much more, WE NEED YOUR HELP! Let’s do this up right.

There is a plan in place to re­vive an old Hand Hills Tra­di­tion this June. No it is not the 100th I am re­fer­ring. Keep your eyes posted to this col­umn as de­tails will be com­ing in April!

Till next week…please send me your news .

This photo was taken 3 months ago and shows the fog on the power line that is just a cou­ple of feet off of the barbed wire fence. Hand Hills had a lot of power out­ages dur­ing that time frame. Some were with­out power for three or four days. It has been 90 days since this pic­ture, is that why we are hav­ing so much mois­ture?

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