The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Lo­rilee Dun­das

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@ cci­wire­

Un­til next week: Re­mem­ber: “Win­ning is not ev­ery­thing, but the ef­fort to win is.” Zig Zigkar.

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