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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.

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