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

Wel­come to Oc­to­ber, ev­ery­one. I guess all I can say is “let’s hope for sun­shine and warm winds.” This last del­uge of rain was re­mark­able to say the least and has put a def­i­nite de­lay on the har­vest­ing ef­forts of our farm­ing com­mu­nity.

I am a lit­tle late in spread­ing this news so my apolo­gies to Mar­i­lyn. The Mor­rin Se­niors are look­ing for folks who like to play cards, specif­i­cally cribbage. The start date for this was Thurs­day, Septem­ber 22 at 1:30 p.m. and will con­tinue ev­ery Thurs­day at the se­nior cen­ter in the lower level of the Mor­rin Arena. Ev­ery­one wel­come. With this in mind, I would also like to start a cards af­ter­noon at the Dropin for all those cribbage play­ers in our com­mu­nity as well. I was think­ing that the third Sun­day of each month, start­ing Novem­ber 20 at 1:00 p.m., let me know your thoughts. I would love to see how many in the com­mu­nity would like to join in. You can con­tact me at home, the li­brary or through face­book.

The Rum­sey Com­mu­nity Li­brary has put to­gether the 2017 com­mu­nity cal­en­dar with the win­ning pho­tos and there is a beau­ti­ful col­lec­tion again this year. I hope to have the cal­en­dar ready by the Fall Sup­per, which is Novem­ber 5 this year. Also the li­brary will be con­tin­u­ing our Craft evenings start­ing in Novem­ber. Ev­ery­one who joined in last year en­joyed the evening of shared projects so I hope that more peo­ple will join in this year. We will ex­plore Knit­ting as our first craft so re­mem­ber to join us on Tues­day, No- vem­ber 8 with your projects, your nee­dles and yarn and will­ing­ness to give some­thing new a try.

If you haven’t pur­chased your new his­tory book there are al­ways copies avail­able at the Rum­sey li­brary as well as with Mary New­ton and Dariel McNaughton. They in­clude a wealth of knowl­edge about our com­mu­nity and its mem­bers.

With thanks­giv­ing fast ap­proach­ing, I thought I would share some Cana­dian trivia for your thanks­giv­ing ta­ble.

1. Al­go­nquin In­di­ans were among the first to har­vest wild cran­ber­ries. They used them as food, medicine, and a sym­bol of peace.

2. Cana­di­ans pur­chased three mil­lion whole tur­keys for Thanks­giv­ing in 2011, ac­cord­ing to the Turkey Farmers of Canada - about 32% of all whole tur­keys sold dur­ing the year.

3. Thanks­giv­ing was first cel­e­brated in Canada when English ex­plorer Martin Fro­bisher held a feast in what is now New­found­land to mark his safe ar­rival to the New World in 1578.

4. But, iron­i­cally, Thanks­giv­ing is a statu­tory hol­i­day in Canada, ex­cept in P.E.I., New­found­land and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Sco­tia.

5. Amer­i­cans did not in­vent Thanks­giv­ing. It be­gan in Canada. Fro­bisher’s cel­e­bra­tion in 1578 was 43 years be­fore the pil­grims gave thanks in 1621 for the bounty that ended a year of hard­ships and death.

6. Even though Cana­dian tra­di­tion dic­tates that Thanks­giv­ing be held on the sec­ond Monday of Oc­to­ber, we, in the farm­ing com­mu­nity, tend to fol­low more tra­di­tional ways which are “when the har­vest is done and the gar­den is stored, the cel­e­bra­tions can be­gin”.

Have a great thanks­giv­ing ev­ery­one, I hope you are com­bin­ing!

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