Hand Hills Grapevine
Marilyn Vredegoor 403-665-2473
Hello Hand Hills. We still have fairly nice weather temperature wise here in the Hills. A little bit of fog has been creeping in once in a while. Power was out for 7 hours with the frost on the lines but it is the end of November.
These last couple of weeks have been trying times for some families in the Hills. Our Condolences are with the Family of Alice (Gammie) Wilson who passed away on November 23. Alice moved to the Hills in 1953 with her parents and her four brothers. Alice lived on the original place until four years ago when her and partner Tony Metz moved to Rosedale. Alice was a very active part of the Ranching life style on the Gammie Ranch. She loved her animals. Alice could always be found in the barnyard feeding her pet calves, cats, dogs or cows. Alice worked hard all her life and in her later years (75 plus) we would often see Alice walking down the road at a pace that a young person would have a hard time keeping up to. Rest in Peace Alice. You will be missed by family and neighbors.
Our condolences go out to Debbie Werner and her family on the passing of her sister Eileen Herron. Eileen lived and worked in Drumheller. For 20 plus years Eileen was the first person that one would see when entering the Royal Bank. Banking will not be the same without Eileen at the front desk. Rest in Peace and may you find comfort in her memory, Debbie and Family.
I was informed about the passing of Janet (Maetche) Reiniger. Janet lived in B.C. and was 69 at the time of her passing. She was the second oldest of the five children born to Betty and Elmer Maetche. A school chum of Janet’s remembers her as witty, clever and creative. Rest in Peace Janet.
While in Drumheller last week, Tony and I ran into Doug and Carol Mil- ligan. They live in Ontario and were in town to finish up a real estate deal. In the course of the conversation Tony asked about Doug’s Dad. Mac is still living in the Bowden area and at the age of 96 he still goes and helps Harvey with the combining. Never too old to work and work makes one stay young. Hello from the Hills.
Congratulations to Barb Burgemeister on a very prestigious Award for Volunteering. She was one of six people chosen for the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award. There were two youth, two adults and two seniors from all Alberta chosen for this award. On top of all the volunteering that she does in Hanna Barb also shares her love of volunteering with the Hand Hills. Thank-you Barb and congratulations on this well deserved tribute!
It is time for this Grandma to do some bragging. Our granddaughter Tatum McCuaig volunteers at the SPCA after school and she wanted to raise some money to help out the cause. She asked me if she could set up a table at the Ranchers’ Ball for donations. I said that she would have to bring it to a Club Meeting to get approval. She prepared a speech for the Club Meeting and it met with unanimous approval. With the generous support of the people at the Ranchers’ Ball she managed to collect $170.15. Proud of you Tatum!
Till next week.... Christmas is a coming.... get excited about it! Remember to shop local!