Hand Hills Grapevine

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Hello Hand Hills… It has been a long time since I have had any news to re­port. I tried last week but as many of you may know we ex­pe­ri­enced a fire here on the Ranch. Things like this re­ally make one think about life and so I hope I can con­vince ev­ery­one to slow down, take the time to smell the roses and en­joy life as it can be re­ally frag­ile at times. Hug your loved one and stop in for cof­fee with that neigh­bor. Speak­ing of neigh­bors, we are so for­tune to call the peo­ple at the Neu Muehl Colony friends. They are al­ways there when one needs them and would do any­thing to help out. They proved this on Mon­day morn­ing as they came with their wa­ter truck, food and sin­cere words of support for Tony, my­self and our Fam­ily. The stars were lined up for us that day and we have a new ap­pre­ci­a­tion for life.

Bob and Pinky know how to en­joy life and they did it for three weeks as they toured Scot­land and parts of Eng­land. They have been home for quite a while but it sounds like they had a trip of a life­time. Their daugh­ter, Nancy and her hus­band Steven are liv­ing in Scot­land for a year as Steven takes his Doc­tor­ate in AI. No not the AI we as Ranch­ers know but Ar­ti­fi­cial Intelligence of a com­puter. (No use even try­ing to ex­plain that to this Rancher). Nancy took her par­ents on a whirl­wind tour of the coun­try­side over there as they walked for miles and miles, toured lots of mu­se­ums and saw the high­lights of the coun­try.

If you are a quil­ter and want to go to the Mecca for Quil­ters then you should talk to Mau­reen Bene­dict. Mau­reen and her sis­ter Rhonda, went on a whirl­wind tour to Mis­souri where the Star Quilt Co is lo­cated. This small town now has 12 quilt shops and it re­vived a town that was dy­ing. The story has it that a cou­ple lost their pen­sion so their kids bought the mother a long arm quilt­ing ma­chine to start a busi­ness. This turned into a huge en­ter­prise that now em­ploys 300 peo­ple. All the shops are in build­ings that were aban­doned on the main street. I bet there was some ma­te­rial com­ing back across the bor­der on this trip. They also toured an Amish com­mu­nity and they went to a Horse Auc­tion. Sounds like a great trip. Mau­reen re­ally de­served this trip as she had been do­ing dou­ble duty at the farm. Glenn had a hip re­place­ment last Fall and Mau­reen was his nurse. Both sur­vived and things went well with the surgery.

Con­do­lences to the Fam­ily of the late Tom Owen, who passed away in Hanna. Tom was a quiet man and he and Mary lived just north of Home­stead Coulee School be­fore re­tir­ing to Hanna.

The Grad­u­a­tion this past week­end at J.C. Charyk had the fol­low­ing Grade Twelve Stu­dents grad­u­at­ing that had ties to the Hills. David Len­festy, is son of Tim and Carol Len­festy , Kolton Moench is the son of Rod and Jen Moench, Daw­son Veno is son of Cam and Do­ray and is the Grand­son of Don Veno and the late Doreen Veno ( Moench), Jor­dan Moench is the son of Brian Moench and is the grand­son of Butch and Anola Moench. Bray­den Fo­den is the son of Brad Fo­den, who is the step­son of Ce­cil Ernst. Con­grat­u­la­tions and thanks for mak­ing Hand Hills proud! Go take on the world!

The Stam­pede is com­ing fast and we hope you are plan­ning on at­tend­ing the 101st Edi­tion of the Hand Hills Lake Stam­pede. There will be lots of rodeo, en­ter­tain­ment and fun for all ages. Vol­un­teers are needed for the booth, the gate and the beer gar­dens. Please phone if you can help. Re­mem­ber that all the Vol­un­teers are in­vited to an Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Steak Sup­per on the Sun­day fol­low­ing the Stam­pede. Just an­other way to say Thank You to the Best Vol­un­teers in the Coun­try!

Till next week…look on the sunny side, al­ways on the sunny side of life, it will re­ward you.

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