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.