Coming up very quickly in Craigmyle is the March pancake breakfast this Sunday, March 5 from 9:00-11:00 am. See you there!
Tuesday’s regular Coffee Break in the Craigmyle Church basement saw almost 30 folk come out to recognize the 92nd birthday of the Craigmyle Historic Society’s matriarch, Mabel Burrows, who faithfully manages the till at the Craigmyle breakfasts, suppers and other events, as well as taking on many other duties for the Society. Mabel arrived at the church for the regular coffee time completely unaware that she would be the guest of honour. As she entered the basement, she was greeted by the vocal chorus of “Happy Birthday.” Graciously, Mabel made a point of personally hugging and speaking to each person there, although she said the men did not give quite as good hugs as the ladies did. Lots of lively visiting and sharing birthday cake followed. It was a great week for Mabel as her non-restricted driver’s license was also renewed.
There is a most exciting project on the horizon for our small community! Going back to 2013, Leah Hunter had an innovative and amazing idea. The vision initially was that, in preparation of Craigmyle’s Centennial celebration, our community should feature Craigmyle history vignettes as a fundraiser for our event. Leah and another volunteer crafted several vignettes and some local folk were approached to help with the production. Unfortunately, the pressure of the tasks for the Centennial celebration nixed this wonderful idea.
Now, Stage Hanna has had an opportunity to look at the original vignette drafts and that talented group is very interested, as well as the Hanna and District Museum Society. Meetings have been held with these three organizations and an awesome potential plan is beginning to percolate. Details will be forthcoming.
This week’s Craigmyle Historic Society meeting was fruitful. The CHS was pleased to have Stefan Ceizlik from Alberta Heritage Resources Foundation in attendance. Stefan evaluated the historic church and was very pleased with the work that has been done. The CHS had asked Stefan to evaluate the issue of the deteriorating paint on the church exterior and he presented the members his thoughts and recommendations. Stefan will provide the CHS with potential resources who may have the solution to end the continual blistering and peeling paint problem.
Treasurer Bev Rees’s resignation was reluctantly accepted. Bev has agreed to train Linda Norlie for the position of Treasurer and the official transfer of power will take place at the annual meeting in May.
CHS members also met this week with Jeff DeMott from DeMott’s flooring to investigate the staining and shrinking of the resilient flooring in the church basement. Jeff offered some suggestions to reduce the moisture level in the cement floor. Volunteers will be busy following through during the next month.
The CHS has decided to submit an application to apply for a Casino weekend. If approved, this funding would be used for the restoration of the church exterior and/or replacing the 40 year old furnaces.
Birthday greetings go out to Alisha Minchau on March 4; John Kippenol on March 5; Everette Alderdice and Amber Maksymchuk both on March 7 and Shelagh Olmstead and Mitchell Rohrback sharing March 8. Have a great day!