Verdant Valley Eye Opener
The Verdant Valley and Dorcas Women’s Institute met on Wednesday, April 12 with 8 members present. The group donated to the Drumheller Music Festival and pledged support for Holly Guterson in the Jayman BUILT MS Walk in Drumheller on May 7, 2017. They adopted a yearly subscription for Home and Garden magazine through the Drumheller Public Library’s Adopt – a - Subscription program. Roll call was items for the Comfort Closet program being run out of the old Central School. The annual AWI District Five Conference will be held in the Trochu Community Center on Saturday, April 22 starting at 11:30 am. Everyone is invited to come and view handicraft, art and baking and hear guest speaker Mel Foat at 1:00 pm. Connie Tremblay gave a report on the benefits of practicing permaculture and how it aids conservation. Tea prize was won by Diana Rowe. Next meeting will be May 10 at the home of Holly Guterson.
80 parents, students, teachers and chaperones returned home on Saturday from the trip of a lifetime to Europe to attend the Vimy Ridge 100th anniversary celebration. In their ten day trip they also visited the home of Ann Frank, Juno Beach, several cemeteries where World War I and II Canadian soldiers killed in action were buried. Each member of the group had researched the name of a soldier and visited the grave and left some mementos. This whole trip was a very moving experience especially for the students who learned about Canada’s history in the wars. They finished their trip in Paris. Some highlights of an eventful trip were seeing fields of poppies, pristine kept cemeteries honouring our soldiers, monuments listing thousands of names and Canadian flags on hundreds of homes. We had a good representation from our community on this trip – Organizers Lynn and Clint Hemming, chaperone Belinda Wilson, Neil, Donna and Jared Duncalf, Lisa and Spencer James, Brad and Liam McDougald, Koby and Alisha Ewing and Wyatt Grey (grandson of Doris Wade).
Happy belated birthday to Brad McDougald and Chrissy McDougald on April 7, Nonnie Donais on April 11, Natalie Panisiak on April 13 and Tim Dekeyser on April 17. Happy birthday this week to Kassidy Powell and Brent Grieve on April 21, Dale Wilson on April 22.
Best wishes on your anniversary to Gene and Nonnie Donais on April 14, Carson and Susan Brown on April 15 and Rob and Deana Lehne on April 26.