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Amanda Hemming returned on the weekend from spending six weeks in Taiwan and Vietnam. She and two other medical students from the U of A School of Medicine spent a month in the emergency ward of the hospital in Taipei – the biggest emergency ward in the world. The ward has 200 beds and usually close to 500 patients a day waiting for treatment. It was a great learning experience as she was living in the city of Taipei. They then spent two weeks vacationing in Vietnam on marvellous beaches and great restaurants.
This past weekend we had family here to visit and attend the Passion Play. Cheryl Leonhardt, her mother Barb Pedersen and Caden Leonhardt and friend Presley of Camrose and Cheryl’s niece and nephew, Sara and Chris Pedersen of Dubai were here. On Saturday morning we all went to Red Deer to see Caden’s graduation from ArtsTrec at Red Deer College. This is Caden’s sixth summer attending ArtsTrec. Everyone enjoyed the Passion Play that evening.
We have several celebrities in or from our community. If you have noticed the Alberta government TV ad about climate change you may have recognized Doug Wilson sitting on his horse and saying “Never thought I would see the day”. Doug is son of Dale and Bev Wilson and brother of Keith. He has been doing some acting bits as an extra on such locally televised shows as Heartland and Hell on Wheels. This is just a fun side line for Doug from his regular business in computers. Then you may have seen Matt Howard on TV in the Boys Steer Riding at the Calgary Stampede. Matt has been following the rodeo circuit all summer and it is quite an accomplishment to get to ride at the Calgary Stampede. Good luck for the rest of the summer, Matt. He is the son of Darrin Howard and grandson of Don and Carmen Howard of Munson. I see that Jay Dekeyser, son of Bert and Penny Dekeyser was once again a volunteer at the Calgary Stampede and got to meet champion chuckwagon legend Kelly Sutherland. Fun times for everyone.
The Verdant Valley Ag So- ciety is helping to sponsor a Chore Horse (Draft Horse) Competition at the Community Center this summer on Saturday, August 13 with the competition starting at 1:00 PM. There is free admission and the afternoon will also feature other displays of the pioneer days such as quilting, weaving, antique auto and machinery displays, old time home making displays and pictures of old time horse powered farming. Come and renew your memories of the past and introduce the younger generation to some interesting events from the past. There will also be bouncy castles and a playground for kids and concession for snacks. A Beef on a Bun supper with old time music will conclude the day starting at 5:00 pm. Tickets may be picked up at Riverside Value Drug Mart in Drumheller. For more information contact Lyle at 403-820- 6779.
Happy birthday this week to Lynn Hemming on July 29, Camryn McDougald on August 3.
Best wishes on your wedding anniversary to Clint and Lynn Hemming on July 28, Brad and Anita Mepham and Neil and Donna Duncalf on July 30 and Larry and Cindy Poland and Ashley (Hemming) and Kyle Green on August 31.