Hand Hills Grapevine

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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.

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