Craigmyle Car­di­nal

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Bev Bergman 403-665-2492

The Craigmyle cel­e­bra­tion for Canada 150 hon­oured both our coun­try and our small com­mu­nity as a part of this great na­tion. The evening be­gan in­side the Craigmyle Civic Cen­ter, rather than out­side as orig­i­nally planned, due to the evening rain­storm. At least fifty peo­ple gath­ered and those present stated that they would sac­ri­fice the out­door cel­e­bra­tion for the much needed rain any­time! Hot dogs with sauer­kraut, cheese, chili and other condi­ments were served and a beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated Canada 150 cake was cut and en­joyed by all. Al­though the “hot dogs roast­ing over an open fire” was cur­tailed, the rest of the evening pro­ceeded ac­cord­ing to plan.

Sue Eg­gins de­liv­ered a mov­ing speech on be­half of the Craigmyle Beau­ti­fi­ca­tion Com­mit­tee. She stated that at the con­clu­sion of the Craigmyle 100 Cel­e­bra­tion in 2015, a por­tion of re­main­ing funds was des­ig­nated for the con­struc­tion of a new sign at the en­trance to Craigmyle un­der the man­age­ment of the Beau­ti­fi­ca­tion Com­mit­tee. Sean Olm­stead of “Metal Workz” sub­mit­ted a pro­posal to the group, which was im­me­di­ately ac­cepted and the new sign was born.

Sue pro­ceeded to say that to­day the new sign is ded­i­cated in honour of Canada’s 150th birth­day. She con­tin­ued to say that Canada holds the pride of our her­itage, the strength of friend­ship, the beauty of the land and the love for the peo­ple. This makes us a very rich land.

At the con­clu­sion of Sue’s pre­sen­ta­tion, the as­sem­bly arose and rev­er­ently and proudly sang, “O Canada.”

When the wel­come rain sub­sided, the evening cul­mi­nated with a roar­ing bon­fire and a mag­nif­i­cent fire­works dis­play.

Per­haps the most sig­nif­i­cant event of the evening for us was that our son, Corey, who has been dubbed “the mir­a­cle man,” was present.

Also hap­pen­ing at the Civic Cen­ter on the July 1 week­end was a Shafer fam­ily re­union. Ap­prox­i­mately 25 souls from the Rick Shafer; Gail (Shafer) Olm­stead and Linda (Shafer) Bryant fam­i­lies gath­ered for the week­end to re­new ac­quain­tances with the younger gen­er­a­tions. This fam­ily needs to be com­mended for their ef­fort, as it is all too com­mon to­day for fam­i­lies to be­come es­tranged just be­cause the ef­fort is not made to keep them con­nected.

Prince­ton Com­mu­nity Club held their an­nual meet­ing on June 27. Busi­ness con­sisted of ad­dress­ing re­pair work needed on the build­ing and grounds. Ex­ec­u­tive and di­rec­tors will re­main the same for the com­ing year, namely: John Cran­ton as Pres­i­dent; Don Moe as Sec­re­tary-Trea­surer; and Mable Bur­rows, Ed Brinkman, Rhonda Munns , Shirley Chost­ner and Art Bergman as Di­rec­tors. Cof­fee with snacks and great sum­mer so­cial­iza­tion fol­lowed the meet­ing.

Just a re­minder that the Craigmyle twice weekly cof­fee time is con­tin­u­ing for the sum­mer months. All in­ter­ested folk are in­vited to come out to this no-charge event held on Tues­day and Thurs­day morn­ings from 9:30 – 11:00 am in the church base­ment.

A long-time for­mer Craigmyle res­i­dent, Vi Rees, was laid to rest in the Craigmyle Ceme­tery on June 28. Those present were im­pressed with the neat ap­pear­ance of the ceme­tery grounds. Ku­dos to Star­land County for con­tin­u­ing to keep our ceme­tery in such ex­cel­lent shape!

Fol­low­ing the in­ter­ment a fu­neral ser­vice was held in the Craigmyle Church with a sump­tu­ous lun­cheon served later in the church base­ment. De­spite the sad oc­ca­sion, it was so good to see so many fam­ily home.

I am sad­dened to re­port the sud­den pass­ing of Car­rie (Nielsen) Creel­man of Camp­bell River, BC, on May 17. Car­rie, daugh­ter of Rod and June Nielsen, grew up in Craigmyle where her par­ents op­er­ated the busi­ness known as Craigmyle Farm Sup­plies. Car­rie, who at 52 died much too young, leaves to mourn her par­ents, her brother Chris and fam­ily and her 20 year old son, James. Con­do­lences are ex­tended to the fam­ily at this time.

The job of a ru­ral colum­nist is re­ward­ing but time con­sum­ing. I fre­quently find my­self not want­ing to in­vest the many hours that can go into a col­umn. Then lo­cal folk turn up and make the dif­fer­ence. Thanks go out this week to Gail and Sean Olm­stead and Joy Bjorn for their help with this col­umn.

When tour­ing our beau­ti­ful coun­try­side, it is dis­heart­en­ing to watch crops go­ing back­wards; grass turn­ing brown; and hay­fields with dis­tances be­tween bales. One would ex­pect that the sear­ing heat would gen­er­ate some thun­der­storms, but it is not yet hap­pen­ing in our area. Such is the lot of liv­ing in Al­berta!

Birth­day greet­ings go out to Ash­ley Smyth on July 14; Norma Jean Min­chau on July 15; Susan Rees on July 16 and Tanya Smyth on July 19. Happy An­niver­sary to Ed and Lynn Brinkman on July 18. Have a Great day!

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