Hand Hills Grapevine
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).