Ver­dant Val­ley Eye Opener

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Helen Leon­hardt 403-823-9823

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the McDougald fam­ily who were awarded the BMO and Cal­gary Stam­pede Farm Fam­ily Award for Star­land County on Mon­day, July 11 at the Cal­gary Stam­pede. Seventeen farm fam­i­lies from south­ern Al­berta were recognized for sus­tain­able farm­ing prac­tices and com­mu­nity in­volve­ment. This is the 20th year that this pro­gram has hon­oured farm fam­i­lies for com­mit­ment to com­mu­nity and agri­cul­ture. At­tend­ing the cel­e­bra­tion brunch and presentation and the af­ter­noon rodeo were Pat and El­son, Cliff and Chrissie, Con­nor and De­laney, David and Ja­clyn, Brad and Koren, Raine, Liam, Cam­ryn and Elli-Anna. The en­tire McDougald fam­ily is a very ac­tive and hard­work­ing part of our Ver­dant Val­ley com­mu­nity and the Drumheller com­mu­nity. We ap­pre­ci­ate their ef­forts.

What a busy ten days the Drumheller and Dis­trict 4Hers and fam­i­lies have had this past week as they hosted ten 4H mem­bers and two chap­er­ones from Ox­ford County, On­tario on an ex­change trip. They ar­rived on Thurs­day, July 7 and two mem­bers and one chap­er­one stayed with Brad and Koren Mc- Dougald and fam­ily. The first day that they were here they vis­ited the Blue Sky Hut­terite Colony, the big Drumheller di­nosaur and stopped at Row­ley for pizza and a tour. They were re­quired to do a ser­vice project as part of their trip so they painted ta­bles at the Rum­sey Agriplex and then toured the McNaughton Fish Farm. They spent two days in Banff do­ing all the tourist things and then did a lo­cal tour of the lo­cal Buf­falo Farm, Mor­rin sod house and a cruise down the river in ca­noes and Kayaks. They took in the Cal­gary Stam­pede at­tend­ing the rodeo and Grand­stand Show. On July 13 they spent a fam­ily day at home and the next day toured Drumheller see­ing the Hoo Doos, At­las Coal Mine, Mu­seum and Ble­riot Ferry. They played a mud ball­game at Orkney and beach vol­ley­ball, swim­ming, hay rides and barbecue on their last day here. I don’t think they missed a thing! Drumheller and Dis­trict 4H mem­bers and chap­er­ones will be go­ing to Ox­ford County, On­tario on July 25 and re­turn­ing on Au­gust 3. Koren, Liam and Cam­ryn McDougald will be part of that ex­change trip.

July 8 – 10 Mick and Percy Poland ac­com­pa­nied by Gerri Shad­lock at­tended the 50th wed­ding an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion for friends, Peter and Mar­garet Velichko in Ed­son. Peter and Mar­garet lived there for many years be­fore mov­ing to Drumheller ten years ago. Mar­garet then joined the Ver­dant Val­ley and Dor­cas Women’s In­sti­tute. In May of this year they moved to Medicine Hat to be nearer fam­ily. Dave Daly and his band of Mu­si­cians pro­vided mu­sic af­ter a de­li­cious sup­per for over 200 guests. Mar­garet and Peter will be missed in this com­mu­nity. We wish them the best in their new home.

Happy birth­day this week to Ja­son Ewing on July 23, Mickey Poland on July 26, Fay Hnetka, Charli Anne Calon and Kim­berly Polzin on July 27.

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