Ver­dant Val­ley Eye Opener

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

Our sym­pa­thy to the Ewing fam­i­lies at the pass­ing in Grand Prairie of Rose Ewing. Rose just cel­e­brated her 95th birth­day on Jan­uary 20. She passed away on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 8, 2017. Rose is mother of Fred Ewing, Tim and Marge Ewing, Dave and Su­san Ewing, Louise Jin­gles and Shirley Martin and fam­i­lies. There are many grand, great and even great, great grand­chil­dren as a legacy to Rose. Rose and hus­band Lewis farmed in the com­mu­nity for many years be­fore their re­tire­ment. What an amaz­ing woman and a lucky fam­ily to have her for so many years! Fu­neral ar­range­ments will be an­nounced at a later date.

Some peo­ple must live right or are just lucky! When plan­ning the Ver­dant Val­ley Ag So­ci­ety Fam­ily Fun Day the com­mit­tee faced the prospect of – no snow for the horse drawn sleigh rides and then af­ter the snow came the weather was bru­tally cold. Well, Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 12 turned out to be a per­fect day for this out­door ac­tiv­ity – Good snow cover and sunny and warm for mid-Fe­bru­ary. Nearly one hun­dred peo­ple en­joyed the day. Two teams of heavy horses, Chrome and Levi the Cly­des­dales, and Max and Destiny, owned by the McDougald fam­ily, were pulling two sleigh loads of happy chil­dren and adults all af­ter­noon. The team­sters or driv­ers were El­son McDougald and Austin Veno and his fam­ily. Ev­ery­one gath­ered around a bon­fire and roasted wieners and marsh mel­lows, drank hot cho­co­late and ate chips. The kitchen crew of Pat McDougald, Gerri Shad­lock, Percy and Mickie Poland and Diana Rowe kept ev­ery­one fed and we en­joyed the mu­sic pro­vided by Brian Fraser. It was a day to rem­i­nisce for older adults and for the chil­dren a new ex­pe­ri­ence rid­ing in a horse drawn sleigh. One tiny girl kept ex­claim­ing – Look the horses are pulling me, the horses are pulling me! An­other group of kids were singing Jin­gle Bells as they went around the yard. A very suc­cess­ful fun day en­joyed by all.

The next op­por­tu­nity to see heavy horses in ac­tion will be the Chore Horse com­pe­ti­tion on July 29 at the Ver­dant Val­ley Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

Happy birth­day this week to Michael Dun­calf on Fe­bru­ary 16 and Gray­den and Mor­gan Ewing and Gage Poland on Fe­bru­ary 18.

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