Don Petersen reports that he and Lynn have returned home from 5 days in Sacramento, California, where they took in a Paul McCartney concert. To see and hear a part of musical history along with 17,000 other people was electrifying and part of the thrill was to be at only the second concert in Sacramento’s brand new $535 million dollar Golden 1 Center. It opened on Tuesday and they were there on Wednesday. The Golden 1 Center was built for the NBA Sacramento Kings and the Petersens found it nice to see a Canadian Flag hanging alongside the American Flag due to the fact that the Toronto Raptors are one of the visiting teams during the basketball season.
Get well wishes go out to Susan Boe (n. Mortensen) who is walking with a limp these days, we hope your ankle mends quickly.
Had a chat with Lanny and Bev Holmen not long after Hurricane Matthew pounded its way through the Caribbean and up the east coast of North America and they are happy to report that their winter residence at Sosua in the Dominican Republic escaped the brunt of the storm. The worst damage occurred at the southwest tip of Haiti which lies several hundred kilometers from Sosua which is located on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the Island of Hispaniola, the second largest island in the Caribbean, after Cuba, with the Dominican Republic occupying about 5/8 of the territory. While Haiti has suffered economically and socially after decades of political corruption and natural disasters, the Dominican Republic has performed better and has the ninth largest economy in Latin America with tourism being a significant factor in its growth.
The October meeting of the Friendship Club will be hosted by Maryann Rasmussen on Thursday when the roll call will be answered by members describing their favorite season. For many country folk it is autumn but that may not get a lot of votes this year.
A reminder to friends and neighbors of Don and Carol Ostergard that they will be hosting a party celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary at the Badlands Facility in Drumheller on Saturday, October 22. The fun starts at noon and Don comments that gifts and speeches are not required but that a phone call to 823-8813 or an email to cdgard@ magtech.ca as an indication of how many might attend would be nice.
Fans of the Senior Titans football program were pleased with the results when the Olds Spartans visited Drumheller last Saturday evening. A good crowd was on hand to watch the boys put on their best showing of the season in a game where the passing attack was more successful than it has been in the past. By half time the Titans were ahead by a score of 35 to 0 and ended the game with a final score of 41 to 6. Next Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm they will host Canmore in a game which will determine playoff match ups.
I often comment on wildlife and, like my Dad who always kept his Audubon bird book near his easy chair, I enjoy the variety of birds in our area. Lately my gaze has wandered to the east where I have been keeping an eye on a flock of Blue Jays which spends most of the summer in Toronto. They can be aggressive and fought off a bunch of Baltimore Orioles last week but after leaving the comfort of their Toronto nest they had their feathers badly ruffled in Cleveland. With the next three games scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Toronto it is possible, but unlikely, that the series could be over by the time this column appears. Blue Jays baseball fans are hoping for another species, the Edwin Encarnacion Parrot, to fly around the bases carrying victory on his wings.
The weather has continued to be unstable, enough said.
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