Hand Hills Grapevine
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.