Rain, a few showers, more rain and then another two inches of rain; with all that moisture the crops continue to look great and the hay is ready to be cut. As soon as the forecast shows dry weather ahead we expect to see bales appearing in the ditches and across the grasslands. The weather did cooperate on Thursday when another good crew of volunteers came out to cut and trim at the church, fire hall, community hall and park. A few were nervous about the possibility of evening showers and got some of the grass cut earlier in the day while the after supper crowd finished the job with time to spare before the next precipitation arrived.
I hear from Pastor Dan that sixteen children attended Summer Vacation Bible School last week. Included in the activities was construction of table top volcanoes which were activated on the final evening. It must have been an explosive conclusion to the event as some of the volcanoes were energized by the traditional baking soda and vinegar mixture while a few were powered by the more extreme process of combining Mentos candy and diet Coca Cola. At last report the church and the children were all still standing.
Best wishes to Edward and Carol Vogstad who mark sixty years of marriage on Wednesday, July 20, and who invite their friends to join them for an afternoon coffee party at their home near Sylvan Lake on Thursday.
Birthday greetings this week go to Esther Nielsen who celebrates number 96, to a set of twins, Flemming Peters and Ebba Dyck, to Myrtle Pentelchuk (n. Christensen), and to Jenny Doyle (n. Pallesen), best wishes to all.
We have had the pleasure of seeing Mountain Bluebirds in our yard this summer and I am reminded of the many birdhouses built by Ray Hummel of East Coulee. Ray placed scores of nesting boxes on fence posts throughout the area and they seem to have had a positive effect on the local population of this species. The male is very eye catching with its brilliant blue plumage while the female is less colourful and modestly shows a slate grey back with a speckled grey and white underside and only a hint of blue along the wings until she takes flight, displaying a beautiful shade of powder blue across the wings, back and tail. Mr. Hummel is not producing as many bird houses these days and does not get out to the country as often now but we gratefully enjoy seeing the result of his past labours.
The Alberta Summer Games were held at Leduc last weekend and among those participating from our area were members of the Senior Titans football team who were part of the Zone Two “Big Country Badgers” team. Representing the Titans as defensive coach was Ken Fournier; linebacker, Marshall Johnston; and cornerback, Raiden Kipling. The Badgers played three games over the weekend with one victory and two losses. While winning is the desired outcome of a contest, the overall experience of participating in such an event was very rewarding and Raiden reports that it was a lot of fun from the team building and practices right through to the final game.
Good advice to all parents comes from American author, H. Jackson Brown Jr. who stated: “Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you”.
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