Hand Hills Grapevine

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Hello Hand Hills…with the mixed bag of weather of late one never knows what to ex­pect. We are look­ing green here in the Hills but sure have had a lot of south east winds. Sum­mer is on its’ way, just wait for it.

The 101st Stam­pede was a great suc­cess. There were more campers this year than we had in 2015 but way less than 2016. Thanks to the Cam Veno Fam­ily for keep­ing track. ( 2015 /319, 2016/ 482, 2017/ 332.) The weather co­op­er­ated, mak­ing for a great Stam­pede. Keith Quaschnick runs a tight ship and the rodeo flowed awe­some. Lay­ton Rosin, as Pres­i­dent, gave an awe­some speech for the Mor­ris Beck Me­mo­rial that was given as a Judy Siep­pert Me­mo­rial. He touched on how Judy would do any­thing asked of her, would peel pota­toes for hours even with arthritic hands, loved to talk and tell sto­ries of her fam­ily so much that Lay­ton felt like he knew more about them than the fam­ily did. Lay­ton said that Judy’s laugh­ter and hu­mor is go­ing to be missed and too of­ten we take peo­ple for granted. Char­lie Field­ing opened the Show and he rem­i­nisced about the changes that he has seen since his first Stam­pede in 1933. He men­tioned the vol­un­teers and what a great show it is. Char­lie, at 98, was very proud to be asked and we were very proud to have asked this Cana­dian War Vet­eran as a trib­ute to Canada’s 150. The Booth was a pop­u­lar place as usual as was the Dances in the big Tent. The Cal­gary Stam­pede Show Rid­ers were pop­u­lar again and they help out by vol­un­teer­ing. The Bouncy Cas­tles kept the younger gen­er­a­tion busy but there was one 91 year old who had to try out the Or­bi­tron. Bernie Popovich thrilled the owner of the ma­chine when he asked to go for a ride. Bernie has been an in­valu­able part of the Hand Hills Stam­pede as he, at his young age, will do any­thing to help out. For years he was the one that would clean up the Club­house af­ter the Cow­boy Cabaret. Thanks Bernie! Bernie and Larry Mor­ton can be seen do­ing var­i­ous chores for the Stam­pede. Larry Mor­ton is an­other per­son who we value as a vol­un­teer. A jack of all trades he gets a lot of things done and we would be lost with­out him. We hope that you had a chance to stop and view the slideshow that was play­ing in the Booth. It fea­tured the song, the Hand Hills Rodeo, that was writ­ten by the Bixbys. Jenny Fin­ni­more put a lot of pic­tures on a slide show with the sound as the back­ground. We have so much go- ing on that I could go on and on. To be con­tin­ued…

Ada Bene­dict is turn­ing 90 and the fam­ily wants to in­vite ev­ery­one to come and cel­e­brate. June 24 from 2-5:30 at the Hanna Com­mu­nity is the place to be to help cel­e­brate this awe­some lady’s birth­day Bash.

The Ball Tour­na­ment held this past week­end in the Hills was a huge suc­cess. 16 teams played ball from 6:30 Fri­day night right up to 5 o’clock Sun­day, when the win­ner of the four di­vi­sions were de­clared. I will have to catch up with the head or­ga­niz­ers, Mr. Cud­die, to get the names of the win­ners but I do know that the A Fi­nal had the Man­glers win­ning. This team has some play­ers that have played to­gether since they were six years old. Con­grat­u­la­tions! See you all next year. Big O had the tent rocking both nights. He came out of re­tire­ment for the sec­ond year in a row. Deb­bie kept the partiers happy by run­ning the booth and feed­ing ev­ery­one till three in the morn­ing. Our hats off to the Olm­steads for this ser­vice! The young vol­un­teers in the Hills did a bang up job of or­ga­niz­ing this. Hand Hills is in good hands with this crew and we need to be thank­ful and ap­pre­ci­ate what we have in them! We have the best vol­un­teers!

The two peo­ple who had to re­ceive med­i­cal at­ten­tion be­fore the Satur­day Rodeo are re­ported to be do­ing fine. Bev Bergman, in her col­umn last week, stated that the car­diac pa­tient is back in the States. The lady with the bro­ken leg had surgery, in Cal­gary, on the Mon­day. Rose­mary and Bob Hamer, de­cided that this was the year to come back to the Stam­pede for a re­lax­ing day away from the city. At 75 years young Bob re­ported that thru all bu­reau­cracy at the hos­pi­tal his wife fared well. On the lighter side, he said that the Stam­pede should go into the Guin­ness Book of World Records for the most am­bu­lance in­ci­dents be­fore the Rodeo even started. Our hats off to all the peo­ple who helped out in the sit­u­a­tions; our Dry­land Emer­gency Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, Kari Ma­son and Randy and Betty Lan­dis to name a few. Where would we be with­out them!

I do not know his name but an older fel­low from Hanna stopped at the booth and I started to talk to him about whether this was his first time at the Stam­pede. He said that they used to al­ways come but had not for a few years be­cause they had sold their trailer. Any­ways on the Fri­day he said that he and his wife were away for eye ap­point­ments and just out of the blue he said to his wife that he was go­ing to buy a trailer and go to the Stam­pede. They did just that, packed it up Fri­day night and came out. If you are read­ing this please phone me and give me your name. That is a crazy good story!

Till next week… thanks to ev­ery­one who thought of us through the fire and made a point to stop and ask how we were do­ing. The site is cleaned up thanks to Ted, Mike and Chris from the Colony, it looks so much bet­ter and the site for sore eyes is gone. On with life….

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