The summer moisture has definitely made our countryside a green paradise. The paltry hay crop from the spring has made a remarkable recovery with farmers struggling to get that feed up between showers and rains. Heavy barley crops are lodging and a common topic of conversation is, “What is going to be the best way to pick up our crops?” Some are even talking about bringing their swathers out of mothballs! For farmers, each year presents its own unique challenges, which definitely takes boredom out of the occupation. Such is our world and green is a good colour!
August 6 was an eventful day in our small hamlet. That was the day Corey Bergman and Kelly Goehring exchanged wedding vows at the Craigmyle Historic Church. As strains of “Feel this Feel,” a song written and performed by Netty Mac of the Netty Mac Train, filled the tastefully decorated church, Corey entered on the arm of his daughter, Erin, and Kelly was escorted down the aisle by her daughter, Tessa. At the front of the church the couple were met by their attendants: Corey’s father, Art, and son, Carson, and Kelly’s very close friend Alyssa. A short ceremony followed, witnessed by approximately 70 close friends and family. At the conclusion of the ceremony, all guests were greeted outside the church door with a serving of champagne to toast the newlyweds. Kelly’s convertible Camaro whisked the happy couple off for “nature” pictures taken by Corey’s sister.
Following the ceremony, many guests proceeded to the Craigmyle “Old Store” where proprietor Doug dished up a large number of ice cream treats. Folks also enjoyed Doug’s great variety of collectibles and antiques, as well as the Craigmyle History Wall displayed in the store.
Following that, a bounteous feast was held at the Bergman Farm, thanks to a great many volunteers. The bride and groom cut a wedding cake, baked and decorated by Craigmyle’s BH Creations, then shared their first dance around a campfire.
For the weekend, the Bergman farm took on the look of a campground, with trailers strategically located around the perimeter of the yard.
Guests came from as far as Nakusp, BC; Lethbridge, Edmonton, Leduc, Calgary and other closer points in Alberta Other interesting guests were a collection of children and dogs, all enjoying the freedom of the farm as well as Pheobe, the pot bellied pig. All in all, it was a great weekend, despite the mosquito infestation!
I am saddened to report the recent and unexpected death of Pat Cranton from New Brunswick. Pat was born and raised in our community and received all her schooling in the Princeton, Craigmyle and Delia Schools.
Pat spent her life teaching and mentoring many students at the numerous Canadian and American universities where she taught. A “Google” search of her name (Patricia Cranton) reveals the significance and impact of her various books and publications. Pat was one of 69 new appointments to the Order of Canada in 2016. She was to receive this insignia at a ceremony in Ottawa this September.
The Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, was established in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Over the last 45 years, more than 6,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.
Condolences go out to John Cranton as well as the extended Cranton family at this time.
Birthday greetings go out to Karen Irwin on August 24. Happy Anniversary to Sean and Shelagh Olmstead on August 22. Have a great day!