Craigmyle Car­di­nal

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Bev Bergman 403-665-2492

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!

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