Hand Hills Grapevine
Hello Hand Hill s…It has been awhile and pr obably over t he summer my column will be more inactive t han ac tive. But ple ase send me your ne ws and I w ill make a story out of it. The weather ha s b een hot , hot and we ar e in ne ed of a rain. This we ather is great for haying but that too is sparse. The smoke the last couple of days has been an i ssue but we are still more fortunate than B.C. so the silver lining is there.
Congratulations t o t he D elia Graduating Cla ss of 2017. T wo young men f rom t he Hills wer e among the g raduates. She a Fullerton and Andrew Echlin are off to take on t he world. Shea is the son of Stan and Tracy and Andy is the son of Rob and B onnie (Ripper/Wilson). Parents you must be so proud.
The Ch urch w as f ull and t he Clubhouse w as f ull. This w as a real t estament t o Ir ene M orton and how many lives she touched. Our Community has lost a g reat one and Ir ene w ill b er eally missed. She was an intricate part of t he Hand Hill s Comm unity for her whole lif e. She live d her whole lif e in t he Hill s and w as very proud of t hat. Among ot her things, she volun teered for 60 years at the Turkey Supper. This will pr obably ne ver b e ma tched. Thank-you Ir ene f rom t he Hill s. Rest in P eace. Condolenc es t o Merle and Family.
Best W ishes t o two young couples who said I D o over t he last couple of weeks. Darren and Bobbie Ne lner wer e mar ried on July 8. Colton and Amanda (Zollner/Beck) Bibby said t heir vows on July 15. The Hand Hills wishes these two couples years of Happiness. The Vredegoor Family came to Canada in June of 1957. Looking for a b etter life for the Family. They left Holland and came to this v ast op en c ountry that they now c all home. In Ce lebration of 60 Years in C anada, they held a F amily Re union a t t he Clubhouse on t he Weekend of J uly 8. About 100 p eople g athered t o reminisce and r enew f riendships with old f amily f riends. L ots of good Dutch Desserts, cheese and candy were on the menu. In reminiscing a bout t he tr ip 60 ye ars ago t he c ommon memor y f rom the siblings was that Canada was vast, hot and dr y, the garlic sausage and t he g rapefruits on t he train were disgusting and ho eing the sugar beets was hard work. I for one am r eally glad t hat t hey made the trip!
The V erdant V alley Comm unity is ho sting a H eavy H orse Competition on J uly 29. B e sure to mark it on your c alendar and see what they have to offer.
What a w ay t o w ind-up t he Branding S eason! Ed and T ina Gammie did it up r ight. The weather f orecast w as f or 30+ weather so the round up st arted at 6 a.m. and by 1 o’clock the cows were pr ocessed and t he c alves branded. A c atered st eak dinner w as a highlig ht but t hat was topped by t he h uge w ater figh t that f ollowed. Not man y dr y souls c ould b e s een. The s wimming pool was the place that people wer e dunke d in and no one complained m uch a s it w as s o hot. Everyone left wet but full of good memories from a great day. Sure to be a r epeat next year! ( I heard all this thru the Grapevine as I had to clean the Hall after the Reunion s o miss ed ge tting we t! Darn!!!! )
The Hand Hill s Club would like t o Thank t he Ne u M uehl Colony f or t heir p art in he lping the Club f ulfill t heir Emer gency Fire Plan for the grounds. Gr eat neighbors are so essential in our busy wor ld and g reat neighb ors they are!
Till ne xt time…..en joy t he summer w ith f amily and f riends and be sure to let me know what you did for the summer.