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!