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Hello Hand Hills…Things are look­ing like Spring and I think that ev­ery­one is ready for it. Bring it on!

The Hand Hills Com­mu­nity sends its’ Con­do­lences to the Fam­i­lies of Tony Metz who passed away two weeks ago. Tony came to the Hand Hills from the Rose­bud area and here he worked for Blue Rib­bon Ranches for many years. While work­ing in the Hills, Tony and Alice Wil­son met and formed a re­la­tion­ship that lasted for 32 years. They ranched to­gether, on the Gam­mie Ranch, over all of these years, mov­ing to Drumheller five years ago. Tony leaves a fam­ily of four chil­dren, four grand­chil­dren and four great-grand­chil­dren. Here in the Hills he leaves to mourn his adopted fam­ily of three daugh­ters, eight grand­chil­dren and one great grand­son. They spent many years with Tony and he saw them all grow up. They were very spe­cial in Tony’s life. Rest in Peace Tony. We are sure that Tony and Alice with the help of grand­son Travis are up there chas­ing cat­tle around in the lush green grass.

This may be late but it is never too late to men­tion the ef­fort put for­ward by the Hanna Ban­tams at this years’ Provin­cials. Sil­ver is a great ac­com­plish­ment and all should hold their heads up high. What an ex­pe­ri­ence!

Two Skat­ing Car­ni­vals were held this past week­end and from all the re­ports I am hear­ing, they were both awe­some per­for­mances put on by the young skaters. Way to go kids and coaches!

I did not get to see ei­ther of the car­ni­vals but I did have the plea­sure of at­tend­ing the Shiloh Cat­tle Bull Sale. That in it­self is an ex­pe­ri­ence. Blake and Darcy held a great sale with high prices be­ing brought for the year­ling heifers and the 40 bulls. All of their Cat­tle Show ac­co­lades are reap­ing them the ben­e­fits. This sale is a real fam­ily af­fair. I be­lieve that all but one of Merle and Irene’s fam­ily was home. Even Irene, who has been in the hospi­tal of late, man­aged to get a day pass to at­tend the Sale. No one was sur­prised at this as Irene is a very im­por­tant part of the whole Ranch. It was great to see Irene out en­joy­ing the Sale and vis­it­ing. Com­ing from Medicine Hat to help was Un­cle Mur­ray and Aun­tie Dianne. They, like all of us in at­ten­dance en­joyed vis­it­ing with neigh­bors and friends.

They got the keys! We are so happy that Tommy and Gabrielle Vre­de­goor are in their new house. This house was built by Big Coun­try Con­struc­tion of Hanna and it is sure to stand the test of time. What an ex­cit­ing time for this young cou­ple. Can’t wait for the House­warm­ing! They had been liv­ing in the for­mer Doug Len­festy House and now that they have moved on young Joey Len­festy will be re­sid­ing there. Hello Joey! Al­though not a stranger to the Hills, Wel­come to the Hills!

Things are still be­ing done down at the Club with the ren­o­va­tions. The floor­ing in the old kitchen and the new ad­di­tion will be go­ing in this week­end, and then it is time to tile the kitchen walls and put in the dish­washer, re­place the ceil­ing tiles and fin­ish­ing the light­ing. It is get­ting close. Please phone if you can help! Don­nie Quaschnick is go­ing to tackle the tiling so come on down and lend a hand. Tally Quaschnick is look­ing at op­tions for re­plac­ing the wain­scot­ing in the Club so a new look is in the works. Ex­cit­ing!

Be sure to check out the new look of the Hand Hills Web­site. www.hand­hills.ab.ca If you ever have ideas for this or have a pic­ture that you think we might be able to use, please talk to Jenny Fin­ni­more as she can make it hap­pen!

If you have signed up to work the Casino, the Club Thanks you whole heart­edly! Char­lotte Pre­ston, of Hanna, re­cruited enough peo­ple to cover both days in the count room for the Casino. She did this on her own and it sure helped with the sched­ul­ing. These vol­un­teers are go­ing to be putting in the late shifts and will be do­ing a min­i­mum of 10 hours each. Thanks to Richard and Char­lotte Pre­ston, Barb Burge­meis­ter, Diana McQuaig, Carol Mam­mel and Bev Hall. Have I ever told you that Hand Hills has the best Vol­un­teers?

Till next week….Be ready for that April Fool’s Joke or get one ready for your fam­ily or friends. Have some fun with it as that is what Life should be… Fun…fun…fun! (Oh yeah we have to add a lit­tle work once in a while).

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