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The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - He­len Leon­hardt 403-823-9823

Merry Christ­mas and Happy New Year! This may be the last col­umn I write in 2016 as next Mon­day is Box­ing Day and if I don’t get any news this week be­fore Fri­day, the next col­umn will be in 2017. How fast the years go by!

On Satur­day, De­cem­ber 17 the Howard fam­ily held their an­nual Christ­mas Hag­gis break­fast at the home of Ron and He­len Leon­hardt with 29 fam­ily present. This tra­di­tion goes back to our grand­mother and later our mother who made Ir­ish hag­gis for a spe­cial break­fast. Ir­ish hag­gis con­tains no meat as the Scot­tish hag­gis does. My grandma used to say that the Ir­ish were too poor to have the meat kind. Ir­ish hag­gis is made from mashed pota­toes, un­cooked rolled oats, chopped onions and lots of black pep­per. It is steamed for two hours and made into rolls that are then sliced and fried with ba­con and eggs. Not a low calo­rie or low choles­terol meal but once a year – not a prob­lem. I am sure that most fam­i­lies have spe­cial tra­di­tions and we would like to hear about them.

One tra­di­tion that has been go­ing on for 23 years in Drumheller is the Se­nior’s Christ­mas Din­ner at the DVSS. What a lot of se­niors there are in Drumheller! There must have been 400 se­niors there on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 16. What a lot of great stu­dents who wel­come, es­cort, check your coat, seat you, serve juice and tea and cof­fee, serve a de­li­cious turkey din­ner that other stu­dents have pre­pared, en­ter­tain with band and choir and read­ings. Hats off to the staff and stu­dents of DVSS for this great event to bring young peo­ple and se­niors to­gether. Thanks from all the se­niors.

An­other worth­while tra­di­tion in Drumheller is the Free Santa’s Christ­mas Din­ner for those who are alone at Christ­mas. It is spon­sored by Yavis Fam­ily Restau­rant, Cen­tury 21, The Drumheller Mail and other anony­mous donors. This is the 34th an­nual din­ner and of­fers free rides, and take out din­ners. Fam­i­lies are wel­come. There are a host of vol­un­teers who help take phone call orders, serve din­ner, pick up peo­ple and de­liver meals. What a great gift to the com­mu­nity. Hats off to ev­ery­one who takes time on Christ­mas Day to par­tic­i­pate in this ex­traor­di­nary event.

While we are on the sub­ject of Christ­mas tra­di­tions, The Sal­va­tion Army needs to re­ceive a shout out for all the Christ­mas cheer they dis­trib­ute at this time of year and through­out the year for that mat­ter. Many vol­un­teers are man­ning the ket­tles in busi­nesses around town. They de­serve our sup­port all year.

I know there are many in­di­vid­u­als, or­ga­ni­za­tions, churches and busi­nesses that make very worth­while con- tri­b­u­tions to the well­be­ing of oth­ers and I hes­i­tate to men­tion only th­ese few. But know that you are ap­pre­ci­ated and de­serve our thanks. Your con­tri­bu­tions to our com­mu­nity are what makes liv­ing in our great coun­try so great!

Happy birth­day for the next two weeks to Holly Guter­son on De­cem­ber 22, Shir- ley Mor­row on De­cem­ber 23, Clint Hem­ming on De­cem­ber 25, Doris Wade and Ed Hnetka on De­cem­ber 27, Lori (Ewing) Pow­ell and Toni Wil­son on De­cem­ber 28, Bev Wil­son and Michelle (Keirle) Dry­dale on De­cem­ber 29, Doreen Pas­coe on De­cem­ber 30, John Dun­calf on Jan­uary 1, Penny Dekeyser and Cindy Poland on Jan­uary Larsen on Jan­uary 3.

A good way to start the Christ­mas week­end would be to at­tend a Christ­mas Eve ser­vice at a church of your choice. Grace Lutheran Church has two can­dle­light ser­vices at 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 24. You are wel­come to come. Have a joy­ful Christ­mas! 2, Kylie

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