Rum­sey & District Regis­ter

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Patty Steen 403-368-3820

The sun­shine is work­ing its magic and slowly dry­ing out the fields so the farm­ers can get into them and get the hay­ing and silag­ing done. Good luck and be safe on the equip­ment, ev­ery­one.

I would like to apol­o­gize to Judy and Jim Nel­son. Judy came in two week ago with news of their Euro­pean cruise and I promised to get it into the col­umn but we were gone camp­ing so I sub­mit­ted my col­umn us­ing my mem­ory and my phone tech­nol­ogy. Well, the phone worked bet­ter than my mem­ory so you might have no­ticed how brief the col­umn was last week. This week I am safely at home with my PC so I should be able to re­mem­ber ev­ery­thing. Judy re­ported that the cruise was won­der­ful and very mem­o­rable. They saw a lot of re­mark­able things as they trav­elled but to­wards the end of their jour­ney they stopped in Hol­land and with the con­nec­tions of friends in Hol­land they were able to visit the Royal Flora Hol­land Auc­tion. This amaz­ing place, the size of 220 foot­ball fields, sup­plies flow­ers to the world ev­ery­day. It is an auc­tion house that deals specif­i­cally with flow­ers and plants. They sell 12.5 bil­lion flow­ers and plants an­nu­ally; their top sell­ers are 3.7 bil­lion roses, 1.7 bil­lion tulips, 117 mil­lion Pha­laenop­sis, 77 mil­lion kalan­choe, 20 mil­lion hy­drangea. There are 34.5 mil­lion flow­ers go­ing out the door ev­ery day. The flow­ers and plants are shipped in through­out the night, the auc­tion starts at 7:00 am and runs to 11:00 am dur­ing which time the view­ing bal­cony is open to vis­i­tors so you can ob­serve the may­ham. Then the af­ter­noon is spent ship­ping the flow­ers all over the world. Ev­ery­thing hap­pens at a fran­tic pace to main­tain fresh­ness at all times. Their top 5 ex­port coun­tries are Ger­many, Bri­tian, France, Italy and Rus­sia. The 5 top coun­tries they im­port from are Kenya, Ethiopia, Is­rael, Belgium and Ger­many. There are over 100,000 transactions ev­ery day. This truly sounds phe­nom­e­nal.

The S.T.A.R.S Ride con­cluded Sun­day with another suc­cess­ful year un­der their belts. Well done to all the vol­un­teers who work hard on this ev­ery year. Joanne Rich­mond re­ported that the rough to­tal of the pledges and fundrais­ing ef­forts were over $40,000.00 as the sup­per and silent auc­tion hadn’t been added in yet. There were $36,000.00 in pledges alone. There were 102 rid­ers for the day, the old­est rider was 88 years old so thank you to Marvin Don­aghy for par­tic­i­pat­ing and the youngest rider was Ch­es­ney An­der­sen who was only 4 years old. May you both en­joy many more years on the ride. The top pledge col­lec­tors were: Lynne Tan­ner who brought in $9330.00, Ernie God­dard with $5900.00, and Nikki Hiron who col­lected $4415.00. In the ju­nior pledges, Rylee Jones brought in $2201.00, Te­nial Hunt came with $2020.00 and Meah Rich­mond brought $1475.00 to the table. Thank you to all of the rid­ers for your ef­forts to raise money for such a wor­thy cause. The raf­fle was once again a big hit with the prizes go­ing to Tayler Hiron, who won the quilt made by Joanne Rich­mond, Rob Rich­mond, who won the Frieson Gift Cards, Lo­gan Duncan, who will be en­joy­ing the Al­berta Prairie Steam Train Tick­ets, Peter These, who will cash in on the Grouches Shop­ping Spee, Dariel McNaughton will get to en­joy a Pen­cil sketch of John Wayne by Lee Caweizel and Jim Gard­ner will en­joy a $100 gift card from Cen­tral Al­berta Co-op’s. Thank you to all the do­na­tors and to all who en­tered the raf­fle.

The Rum­sey Ag So­ci­ety still have a few spots left to fill for their casino dates on Au­gust 24 and 25 so please con­tact them asap and put your name down. It is the eas­i­est fundraiser you will ever vol­un­teer for and it raises so much money for the Ag So­ci­ety. I have worked at many of them and I will be go­ing again as it is the sim­plest thing you can do with the great­est re­turn for your ef­fort.

Lastly, the Ver­dant Val­ley Draft Horse com­pe­ti­tion is on this week­end start­ing at 1:00 p.m. on Satur­day, Au­gust 13. It will be held at the Ver­dant Val­ley Com­mu­nity Cen­ter 15 kms east of Drumheller on hwy 576. This is a chance to see some real power at work as those horses charge around the field. It is Free ad­mis­sion to the grounds with a beef on a bun sup­per. Check it out.

I found this joke par­tic­u­larly funny be­cause in our world of point­ing out the ob­vi­ous, I think that we tend to get a lit­tle car­ried away. If you have ever no­ticed that on the in­gre­di­ents list of a jug of milk, the man­u­fac­turer has pointed out that this prod­uct con­tains milk! Re­ally ?!?!

I swear, the other day I bought a packet of peanuts, and on the packet it said ‘’may con­tain nuts.’’ Well, YES! That’s what I bought the bug­gers for! You’d be an­noyed if you opened it and a socket set fell out!’’

Have a great week.

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