Craigmyle Car­di­nal

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This past week has kept lo­cal fire de­part­ments def­i­nitely busy. Early in the week, a Craigmyle res­i­dent had en­gaged the ser­vices of a lo­cal taxi. Shortly fol­low­ing the Taxi’s ar­rival to Craigmyle, the ve­hi­cle caught fire, re­quir­ing the ser­vices of the Craigmyle Fire De­part­ment.

This past Thurs­day saw a ma­jor amount of thun­der­storm and elec­tri­cal ac­tiv­ity in our area. A wooden struc­ture grain bin south of Craigmyle was struck by light­ning and burst into flames. Once again the Fire De­part­ment was called into ac­tion and the blaze was quickly con­tained.

No sooner had the tired vol­un­teers al­most re­turned to their warm beds, when they re­ceived an­other call; this time about 1:00 am when a dili­gent Craigmyle res­i­dent, who was sleep­less at the time, ob­served sparks shoot­ing out of the west side of the Craigmyle His­toric Church. Once again both the Craigmyle and Delia Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ments were called into ac­tion. The fire seemed to have been orig­i­nated from the ex­te­rior me­ter box lo­cated on the west wall of the church. How­ever, this is only spec­u­la­tion on the part of those present at the time, and once a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­pleted by in­sur­ance in­ves­ti­ga­tors the Craigmyle His­toric So­ci­ety will have more in­for­ma­tion. The com­mu­nity is thank­ful to the lo­cal res­i­dent who promptly called in about the church fire. With­out your dili­gence, we might not have a Craigmyle church to­day! Thank you!

The church has a charred wall on the west side; the in­te­rior wall un­der the power breaker was re­moved by fire­fight­ers to en­sure there was no fire in the wall. There will be some re­pair but it could have been so much worse. At the worst, the build­ing would have been lev­eled or this dam­age might have hap­pened at -40º which could have frozen all the wa­ter lines in the church.

Some­times you just have to try to find the pos­i­tive and be­lieve that God is truly look­ing af­ter this fa­cil­ity.

The last week­end in June saw much hap­pier events in our com­mu­nity, both tak­ing place on June 25:

Long time Craigmyle res­i­dent, Betty Rew, was hon­oured by a cel­e­bra­tion for her 90th birth­day in the church base­ment with ap­prox­i­mately 25 close fam­ily mem­bers in at­ten­dance, some from as far as Drat­ton Val­ley. All in at­ten­dance en­joyed a boun­ti­ful sup­per, as they ex­pressed their best wishes to Betty. Betty was an aunt; a great-aunt; and a great-great aunt to a good num­ber in at­ten­dance. Betty was thrilled about the event, and is look­ing for­ward to her 100th cel­e­bra­tion!

Art Bergman also cel­e­brated a mile­stone birth­day when his chil­dren and grand­chil­dren hosted a birth­day party at the Bergman farm in hon­our of his 80th birth­day. Well over 70 peo­ple turned up to wish Art con­grat­u­la­tions on this mile­stone. At­ten­dees were treated to food and snacks, as well as their choice of liq­uid re­fresh­ments. All en­joyed the so­cial time as they gave Art their best wishes. Art told many of his much younger guests that he wants to come by and have a steak on their 80th birth­day. The con­sen­sus was that Art needs to for­get that he is 80 and con­tinue with the valu­able vol­un­teer work he does around this com­mu­nity! Keep truck­ing, Art!

A blue lawn chair with a brand on the back was left at the Bergman farm the evening of the party. Owner of such can call the Bergman’s and make ar­range­ments to re­trieve their pos­ses­sion.

Birth­day greet­ings go out this week to Al­lan Nor­lie on July 7; Harry Litwin on July 9 and Ash­ley Smyth on July 14. Have a great day!

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