Hand Hills Grapevine

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Mar­i­lyn Vre­de­goor

Hello Hand Hills…..Where has the month of Septem­ber gone to? At this rate we will be hear­ing Christ­mas Carols be­fore we want to. Hope the har­vest is go­ing good for ev­ery­one and that Mother Na­ture will co­op­er­ate. Mice, mice and more mice has made haul­ing the bales home a real chal­lenge as those pesky ro­dents are chew­ing the strings off. Never a per­fect storm!

It has been a real baby boom as I have three more fam­i­lies that have lit­tle ones to brag about.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Marvin and Diane Quaschnick on the safe ar­rival of their new­est grand­daugh­ter, Har­lee Pearl. She was born on Au­gust 23 and is a baby sis­ter for Ti­tus. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Mom Me­gan and Hubby Jor­dan, life is go­ing to be real busy up in the northern part of Al­berta.

It is a girl! And it is the first grand­daugh­ter for Larry and Lyla Nel­ner. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Dar­ren Nel­ner and Bob­bie Brew­ster on the birth of Emily Ruth. Ruth is Lyla’s mid­dle name so how fit­ting is that! Con­grat­u­la­tions to All!

Merna Shields has an­other great-grand­daugh­ter to cud­dle and spoil. Grand­daugh­ter Christina and hus­band Rollin Mor­ris welcome baby num­ber 4 into their world. Mariah is an­other grand­child for Anna and Mike Bab­cock. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Shields Fam­ily!

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Scott and Sarah McDon­ald on their re­cent mar­riage. Scott is the old­est son of Dean and Cheryl McDon­ald. What an ex­cit­ing time for the fam­ily! Scott and Sarah make their home in Ed­mon­ton.

Larry and Rose­mary Rosin spent three weeks trav­el­ling and en­joy­ing the coun­try­side from the Hills to the Yukon. They camped along the way and had the com­pany of Strat­ton and Adrian Peake. I can only imag­ine the sto­ries that made it back to Lukes’ as Larry would have en­joyed that trip like no other. It was great to get away but Rose said it was def­i­nitely time to come home.

What a suc­cess it was! The Donna Griffth Memo­rial Fam­ily Rodeo was an over­whelm­ing suc­cess. So much that it has a date set for next year of Septem­ber 16. The day was beau­ti­ful and ev­ery minute of day­light from 10 in the morn­ing un­til 8 at night was used for fam­ily fun. The All Round Fam­ily was the Brady Fam­ily. The All Round Cow­girl was Abi­gail Brady and the All Round Cow­boy was Kent Thorkel­son. In all there were 200 con­tes­tants. Our Hats off to all the Hand Hills vol­un­teers, all the par­ents who helped, all the spon­sors and all the con­tes­tants who made the day so great. This brain­child of Ta­mara Quaschnick is sure to be an­other great Hand Hills Tra­di­tion.

On the sub­ject of Rodeo, Mor­gan Burge­meis­ter, who is the daugh­ter of Ja­son and Shantelle, has been com­pet­ing and win­ning her fair share of events this summer. She com­peted in Cal­gary at a 4-H com­pe­ti­tion, she rides at the Rid­ing and Rop­ing Club and she com­peted at the Fam­ily Rodeo. She is an ac­com­plished Horse Per­son who ob­vi­ously loves what she does. Con­grat­u­la­tions Mor­gan.

The an­nual Delia Fall Fair is quickly com­ing up on Oc­to­ber 15 at the Delia Arena. While you are vis­it­ing and see­ing all the Fair has to of­fer, you don’t want to miss the “Fine Art Pho­tog­ra­phy Art Show and Sale” (sponsored by the Delia His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety) at the “His­toric St. Pa­trick’s Church” they will be show­cas­ing the work of lo­cal pho­tog­ra­phers from Delia, Craigmyle, Hanna, Hand Hills, and Drumheller. Hope you will mark this on your cal­en­dars!

The Hand Hills Turkey Sup­per is com­ing up fast and is sched­uled for the 23rd of Oc­to­ber. With the new ovens all hooked up and ready to go, no one will be asked to cook a turkey this year but we will need lots of help with the pies, pre­par­ing the tur­keys at the club, the veg­gies and set up. Belinda Hau­gen, Jac­quie Gal­ster, Day Len­festy and I will be phon­ing around for help so please vol­un­teer.

We have the new ovens and Day and Bill will be putting them to the test at a Hal­loween Pizza Night. Plan to get dressed up for Hal­loween, bring down your candy and join in the fun, Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 28. It is go­ing to be a fun night!

The Ranch­ers Ball is get­ting close so mark the 19th of Novem­ber on your cal­en­dar. It is a great night out with a roast beef sup­per, ma­gi­cian/co­me­dian. Watch for ticket sales!

The Hanna Rodeo cel­e­brated their 30th year in style. Con­grat­u­la­tions on car­ry­ing on this tra­di­tion. It is great for the town of Hanna and the peo­ple from the area. Keep up the good work. I see that Merna Shields is still pre­sent­ing the Steer Rid­ing Buckle af­ter 25 years. What a tra­di­tion!

Till next week…take a trip to Delia and see the High­land Mar­ket, you never know what you might come home with! Con­grat­u­la­tions to the new own­ers!

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