Hand Hills Grapevine

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Hello Hand Hills…+15 weather, robins, cro­cuses, geese, grass turn­ing green, is this our Spring? We are go­ing to be so dis­ap­pointed and will have a hard time ad­just­ing to the cold if and when it does re­turn. I think we have to be ready for any­thing.

The thoughts of Spring can­not lighten our hearts as our Com­mu­nity deals with the pass­ing of a won­der­ful, gen­er­ous, com­pas­sion­ate woman whom this com­mu­nity lost. Donna Grif­fith fought hard but lost her battle to Breast Can­cer. Our Deep­est Con­do­lences to Keith, Jolynn, Kacey and their fam­i­lies at this time. Donna is now free to ride up yon­der where the grass is lush green and stir­rup high and as she does so she will al­ways be look­ing down on her fam­ily. Don­nas’ pass­ing gives us a strong re­minder to live one day at a time and never give up. Ride Hard and High Donna!

The Min­chau house­hold is fast ap­proach­ing that empty nest syn­drome. Alisha, their old­est daugh­ter, has moved out and is now liv­ing in the Frances Mor­ton House, which is just off the 851. Veron­ica fin­ished at Olds Col­lege in the An­i­mal Health Tech­ni­cian pro­gram. She starts her practicum at the Wa­trous Vet­eri­nary Clinic in Wa­trous, Sask. She is there for 6 weeks and then her Grad­u­a­tion is June 4 from the Col­lege. Rae­lene, the youngest, is grad­u­at­ing from high school the May long week­end and she hopes to take So­cial Work in Medicine Hat next year. Con­grat­u­la­tions and best wishes to all of these beau­ti­ful girls!

Re­mem­ber that I men­tioned that another old tra­di­tion of the Hills was in the process of be­ing res­ur­rected? Well I am happy to re­port that the younger gen­er­a­tion has taken it upon them­selves to bring a 12 or 16 Team Slow Pitch Tour­na­ment to the Hills on the June 11 Week­end. Bran­don Cud­die, Tommy Vre­de­goor, Gabrielle Lavoie, Billy Vre­de­goor, Kelby Stevens, Spencer Fuller­ton, Tan­ner Kautz and Clint Mohl are work­ing on get­ting the di­a­mond in the inside of the track re­vamped. They will also work on clean­ing up the good di­a­mond to the east. John Rew is a big part of this and has al­ready do­nated la­bor­ers and equip­ment to get this project mov­ing. Any Hand Hills fam­ily who would like to put in a team, the com­mit­tee is giv­ing you first chance to en­ter. Phone Bran­don Cud­die at 403 857 9524. Let’s Play Ball Again in the Hills!

The Shiloh Cat­tle Bull Sale was a great suc­cess. The barn was full to the rafters and the sale was hot. The hos­pi­tal­ity that was shown that day was next to none. Merle and Irene had the whole fam­ily home for the week­end and it was a true fam­ily af­fair. Mur­ray and Dianne Mor­ton, Colleen Feeney were also there to help make it a great day. Con­grat­u­la­tions to every­one in­volved. Alisha Min­chau sold her first pure­bred bull at the sale and she too had her fam­ily there to sup­port her. The end re­sults showed that all that hard work paid off. Con­grat­u­la­tions!

Things for the 100th are com­ing along. The Pa­rade Com­mit­tee wants to re­mind you that you need to phone them to put an en­try in to the pa­rade. Phone Merle or Glenn.

The 100th Cel­e­bra­tion Book is for Sale now and if you can vol­un­teer please phone me. We need lots of help.

Till next week…

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