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Hello Hand Hills and welcome to 2017. Out with the old and in with the new… here is hop­ing that 2017 is a great year. Read some­where that what­ever the weather is 9 days after Christmas that is what we can ex­pect for 5 weeks. It is hold­ing true so far. Win­ter is here and it is cold.

I hope that you cel­e­brated the New Year in style. The skat­ing party held at the Delia Arena was a pop­u­lar spot for some Hand Hills folks and they re­ported hav­ing a great time. Pat and Stan Hansen al­ways seem to make sure of that.

A house warming/New Year’s Eve party was hosted by Kelby Stevens and Te­nille Beau­doin. They have re­cently moved into the (late) Don and Merna Stevens house and so are per­ma­nent res­i­dents of Hand Hills/Delia. Welcome to this young cou­ple and I hope that you cel­e­brated this mile­stone and the New Year’s in style. It is so nice to have the next gen­er­a­tion com­ing home.

Speak­ing of cel­e­bra­tions, the Grif­fith fam­ily sur­prised Keith with a 60th birthday party at the club on De­cem­ber 28. Keith was over­whelmed and was so touched that two com­mu­ni­ties; Cess­ford and the Hills; came to­gether to cel­e­brate with him. It was a good time with lots of vis­it­ing, good food and the young kids just had a blast. Here’s to many more Keith.

The kids are head­ing back to school. I hope that all en­joyed their hol­i­days and are ready to take on the rest of the year. A big change is hap­pen­ing for the Hanna K-4 Stu­dents, as upon their re­turn they will be in the Big JC Charyk School. The old Pri­mary School will be de­mol­ished as it has served its’ time. Changes are a part of life.

2016 was a very busy year for the com­mu­nity here in the Hills. We lost some dear com­mu­nity mem­bers and we gained some new lit­tle ones. Our vol­un­teers proved, over and over again, that we have the best in the world, with their ded­i­ca­tion to our com­mu­nity.

2017 is shap­ing up to be busy as well. Not sure if we can top the 100th Stam­pede Cel­e­bra­tion but Stam­pede 101 is on the plan­ning block now.

The first item on the cal­en­dar is the An­nual Gen­eral Meeting slated for Thurs­day, Jan­uary 26 at 7 p.m. Please plan to at­tend as there are lots of po­si­tions to fill and new faces are al­ways welcome.

The Build­ing Com­mit­tee will be meeting this week and plans will be made to con­tinue with the build­ing ren­o­va­tions. We are hop­ing to com­plete most of them soon.

Plans are in the works for the Valen­tines’ Steak and Lobster Din­ner and Dance on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 11. Phone to re­serve your ta­ble or your spot now. This will be a fundraiser for the new sound sys­tem and the build­ing ren­o­va­tions. If you wish to do­nate an item to the live/ silent auc­tions please let us know. It would be ap­pre­ci­ated. Last year’s auc­tion was a huge suc­cess, let’s do it again.

The date for the Char­ity Sale has been changed to Fri­day, March 10. The Char­ity that will ben­e­fit from this event has yet to be de­cided but if any­one has any ideas please bring them to the meeting on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 26. Also at this event changes to the park­ing at the Stam­pede will be ad­dressed. The Best Ten Sites will be auc­tioned off at the Char­ity Sale. ( With pro­ceeds go­ing to fur­ther ground im­prove­ments not the char­ity) Watch for de­tails and plan to at­tend.

Till next week…. Re­mem­ber this is a new year, leave the past be­hind and start new!

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