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This weeks col­umn doesn’t have too much news but there is a re­minder to at­tend the Remembrance Day ser­vices in your area, wear a poppy and pay hon­our and re­spect to our veter­ans.

Last week­end I was in Cal­gary with friends and on Satur­day we at­tended har­ness rac­ing, tried our luck bet­ting on the win­ners and also at the casino. This com­plex east of Balzac is some­thing else. Lovely sur­round­ing and friendly staff. It was our first time to see har­ness rac­ing and I’m sorry to say I didn’t pick any win­ners. The friends had bet­ter luck!

Satur­day night we met friends at the casino in Cal­gary and again I left with no win­nings but on Sun­day stopped there again on our way home and left with a lot of money in my pocket, so came home happy. My friends were very lucky Sun­day too and now think they might go again some­time. We en­joyed the har­ness rac­ing and are plan­ning to go again in the sum­mer when they have thor­ough­bred horses.

Har­vest­ing seems to be some­thing sim­i­lar to a yo-yo as it is up and down de­pend­ing on the weather, which changes so quickly. The nu­mer­ous morn­ings with fog cer­tainly doesn’t help.

If you col­lect stamps from the gro­cers why not put some in the col­lec­tion box at the store for the food bank? They al­ways need our help and with Christ­mas com­ing along soon it is more ur­gent. Another ur­gent need is a do­na­tion to the Poppy Fund for our veter­ans. Some peo­ple in Cal­gary are again do­ing their stupid sticky-fin­gered ways. If they are ever caught it would be nice to know they would get more than a warn­ing or a slap on the wrist.

Have a good week, en­joy the weather we have and as An­drew Carnegie said, “You can­not push any­one up a lat­ter un­less he is will­ing to climb.”

Our con­do­lences to the Shad­lock fam­i­lies on the pass­ing in Ed­mon­ton on Oc­to­ber 18, 2016 of Art Klan at the age of 89 years. Art was mar­ried to Flossie Shad­lock (sis­ter of Fred Shad­lock) in 1951. In those early years Art worked in this area on farms for Craig Wil­son, Arnold Wil­son, Julius Jul­son and Mil­bradt Dairy be­fore re­turn­ing to the fam­ily farm in Es­ton, Saskatchewan to farm un­til he re­tired. Art and Flossie had three sons, Doug, James and Bruce. Fu­neral ser­vices were held at Word of Faith Church in Ed­mon­ton on Oc­to­ber 29, 2016.

Pat McDougald, Diana Rowe and Gerri Shad­lock at­tended a meet­ing in Trochu of three Women’s In­sti­tute Con­stituen­cies to de­cide on plans for a joint Con­stituency Con­fer­ence in the spring of 2017. These con­stituen­cies are Olds/ Sun­dre, Knee­hill and Aca­dia.

The Novem­ber meet­ing of the Ver­dant Val­ley Women’s In­sti­tute will be held on Wednes­day, Novem­ber 9 at the home of Holly Guter­son.

Our deep sym­pa­thy to Ger­ald Ras­mussen and fam­ily on the death of wife and mother, Maryann on Oc­to­ber 26, 2016. Ger­ald and Maryann co-wrote the Dalum Dis­patch News in this paper for five years and we al­ways en­joyed their com­ments on life and events. We are sorry to say good­bye to a lo­cal cor­re­spon­dent at too young an age.

I missed last week’s paper and so wish be­lated birth­day greet­ings to Aaliyah Mar­tynes on Novem­ber 7, Pat McDougald and Har­ri­son Mar­tynes on Novem­ber 8 and Angie Landry on Novem­ber 9. Happy birth­day this week to Dalan Wil­son on Novem­ber 10, Kelsey Calon on Novem­ber 11, Dustin Ire­land and Frank Wil­son on Novem­ber 12, Chris (Calon) Pick­er­ing on Novem­ber 15 and Tim Calon on Novem­ber 16.

Happy an­niver­sary this week to El­son and Pat McDougald on Novem­ber 13.

We re­ally en­joyed the Hal­loween spooks that vis­ited us on Oc­to­ber 31 and have en­joyed the great har­vest weather this past week.

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