In 2015 Craigmyle was proud to construct a community park and playground as a legacy project for the Craigmyle Centennial. The park was designed as a relaxing place for folk to enjoy the day: picnic, read a book, enjoy the sun or read the point of interest sign information while children played in the fine playground. Unfortunately irresponsible citizens have interfered with the pleasure of those who wish to enjoy the park. Negligent dog owners have chosen to use the park as the personal bathroom for their pooches. The beautiful park is littered with dog feces making it an unpleasant place to visit and certainly not a good environment for children to play in.
As well, a number of home owners are complaining about the collection of dog doo on their lawns. Dog owners please have some respect for others and pick up your dog poo. It is the responsible thing to do. Offenders, I am sure the bylaw officer is interested in knowing your identity. Citizens of Craigmyle, perhaps you need to take pictures whenever you observe this irresponsible behaviour and submit it to the County by-law officer. Hopefully, dog owners who cannot pick up after their best friends will have their dogs confiscated. You are not worthy of the trust and love of a devoted dog.
Condolences go out to Don Gordon, Christian and Lisa and Yvonne and children on the recent passing of wife, mother and grandmother, Ruth Gordon. Gentle soul Ruth has struggled for many years with a horrific illness that struck her much too young. When I think of Ruth I think of her sweet smile, encouraging manner and gentle voice. Our community mourns with the Gordon family.
Sympathy is also extended to Linda Hutton, Cheryl and Harley and their families on the recent passing of Les Huttton. Les will be missed by family and many friends alike for his ready wit and jovial personality.
I have often said that there is nothing like living in a small community. I have also said that there are angels around us. Both these statements have proven true to our family these past few weeks.
As many of you know, our son Corey, was felled by a brain aneurysm that burst on May 19. For the first 36 or so hours, we feared that we would lose our beloved son. For the next week we thought he might be spared (except for the fact that he was at high risk for a subsequent stroke) but had no idea what the level of his recovery might be. The Calgary ICU staff (the angels around him) were unbelievable where his care was concerned as well as the sensitivity and support expressed to our family. He was moved from ICU a week ago and I am so happy and relieved to report that he is making a miraculous recovery. Oh yes, he still has a distance to go, but the medical people are astounded by his recovery to this point. Many have said this is due to his age; his strong body; his good health; his will; and I am sure all of the above are a factor, but I think the biggest factor is the power of prayer. Thank you to all of you who remembered Corey and our family in your prayers and also all those in the prayer chains and circles who may not know him but remembered him. You have definitely been the angels around us.
We were pleased to have good friends from Washington State here for a number of days. The express purpose of their visit was to attend the Hand Hills Stampede. We loaded our trailer on Friday and took off for the Hand Hills, where we had a most enjoyable evening watching chariots and chucks and catching up with a great many friends. Saturday morning dawned and the four of us went for pancake breakfast and settled down on the bleachers to enjoy the afternoon events. At this point our gentleman friend from Washington collapsed and became unresponsive. A young lady seated above us, who was an off duty EMT from Calgary, immediately sprang into action (another angel). When she called for water and aspirin, bottles and tablets immediately appeared from other angels in the stands. Perhaps the angel who stands out the most was Diane Quaschnick who just happened to turn up as our friend was being loaded into the onsite ambulance. She quickly assessed the situation and the next thing I knew she was thrusting her car keys into my hand so that we could join our friend at the Drumheller hospital. After six or seven hours of evaluation, our friend returned to our home feeling quite well, although our American friends cut their trip short and headed for the good old U.S. of A the next day. Also thanks to those burly angels who were immediately on site to guide Art as he competently manoeuvred our trailer out of a very tight spot Saturday night.
There are many angels around us and sometimes we do not need to look very far to find them. We, who live in these small communities, are so blessed.
Birthday Greetings go out to David Lenfesty and Ryan Reding on June 9 and Teddy Brinkman on June 14. Have a great day!