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!