The Historical Society Casino will be on September 29 and 30. If anyone can help out, please contact Pam Collett. The Historical Society is very good at donating to many different events around town! Any help would be great!
Bill and Kay Slemko travelled to China with a group of New Zealand and Australian farmers on an agricultural tour from June 4 – June 30. While learning about China they also learned a lot about farming in those two countries.
They were amazed by the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, as true wonders of the world. From Beijing, a mega city of 23 million to their so-called small villages of 720,000 people, high rises, 6 lane highway systems and subways were all being built. There are “Ghost Cities” completely built with no one living in them. Farms were small, but as younger rural people move to the city for a better life, farms are growing. Each person might have 2 acres. Crops grown were winter and spring wheat, barley, sunflowers, cotton, corn, canola, rice, lotus and lots of vegetables, mostly irrigated.
They cruised through the Three Gorges, going through the locks and visited the Three Gorges Dam that displaced 1.3 million people to build. China is a very interesting country, but it was nice to come home to clean air, wide open spaces and a steak.
On July 11 and 17 Wade and Lorilee Dundas worked at the Alberta Beef Producers booth at the Stampede. Both days were very wet as Calgary was the recipient of over five inches of rain if not more. Attendance numbers were down, however, the last Sunday saw more people with free admission to grounds from nine to noon. It was an interesting experience talking to different people from England, Australia, France, Mexico and China. There were some very emotional conversations about Britain separating and of the bombings in France. It only brought it home to us that we are so lucky to live in Canada, and we have the best beef!!
Wade, Lorilee and Brad Dundas and Beth Lein took in the Junior Stock show finale (Synergy) in conjunction with 4-H and the Calgary Stampede on July 17. The Simmental cow/ calf pair that won Supreme Purebred Overall was won by a young 4-H’er who had bought the cow last year as an open heifer from Outlaw Cattle Co. (Brad Dundas). The young man ( Wacy Townsend) won a scholarship and prize money. We were very proud to be there to see him win. Brad got to have his picture taken with the family and the cow/calf pair for the Stampede.
Hopefully the rain will stop for a while so the farmers who hay can get it cut and baled before the next storm.
Condolences from the Hussar community go out to Ken, Troy and Todd Hager on the passing of Lil Gustavsen. A family service was held on July 23 at Strathmore. Lil was a long-time resident of Hussar before she moved to Strathmore. She taught school in Hussar for many years. She was at the opening of Hussar school and recently she attended the closing of Hussar school.
Hats off goes out to Paul Larsen for making the Hussar Cemetery Gate. It’s a lovely addition to our beautiful cemetery. You do awesome work Paul!
On July 26, the Hussar Seniors filled a charter bus to take them to Jubilations Theatre to watch the play Pretty Women and had a wonderful lunch. The group had a great time and stopped off to try their luck at a casino. Thanks to John Jensen for organizing this trip.
Lorilee and Wade Dundas had their two granddaughters Payton and Madi Shuman from Strathmore stay with them from July 24 to 30. They kept busy helping Grandpa and Grandma around the farm and spending a night camping at Crawling Valley.
It was a busy week for the Hales. Brad, RoxAnne and kids had a Jensen family reunion in Bassano the weekend if July 22-24. Bright and early Saturday morning took Jayna to Rockyford for a trick-riding competition. She performed her 5 tricks well enough to earn her a first place win in the junior category. She also brought home the rising star award for the competition. She then went back to Bassano to join in all the family reunion shenanigans. Brad and Rox headed to Calgary where Brad competed in an Ironman race on Sunday. Brad had a personal best bike time which also gave him a personal best overall race time. He placed 5th in his age category which earned him a spot in the 70.3 (Half Ironman) World Championships which will be held in Chattanooga, Tennessee September 9/10, 2017. His next race will be a Full Ironman August 21 in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho.
Please send or call in your news for August to Kay Fraser – 403787-2261 or dkfraser@ cciwireless.ca
Until next week: Remember: “Winning is not everything, but the effort to win is.” Zig Zigkar.