Craigmyle Car­di­nal

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS -

There is some­thing in­vig­o­rat­ing about walk­ing across the yard in De­cem­ber and Jan­uary and hear­ing “crunch, crunch” un­der your foot­steps. It is not quite so in­vig­o­rat­ing to hear in July! There have been many droughts in our farm­ing years, but this one is one of the worst, if not the worst. It brings to mind the find­ings of Cap­tain John Pal­liser when he ex­plored and sur­veyed this part of the prairies in the late 1850’s. His re­port to the Bri­tish Par­lia­ment in 1863 stated that: “This re­gion was too arid for sub­sis­tence agri­cul­ture.” Yes, we are part of the in­fa­mous Pal­liser Tri­an­gle – lush when the rains come, but parched when they do not!

The dry con­di­tions con­trib­uted to what could have been a ma­jor dis­as­ter had it not been for prompt re­sponse. This past Mon­day, a lo­cal farmer quickly re­al­ized that his hay­bine had sparked a flame in his hay­field. He im­me­di­ately called 911 and fire trucks were dis­patched from Hanna and Craigmyle. The fire, which be­gan in Star­land County, rapidly spread onto ad­join­ing Spe­cial Ar­eas prop­erty due to the northwest wind. The Craigmyle fire truck was first on the scene, but quickly ran out of wa­ter and awaited the ar­rival of the Hanna Fire De­part­ment who ar­rived with three units. Shortly af­ter, the Craigmyle Hut­terite Colony, the Star­land Hut­terite Colony and a lo­cal farmer, who I have not been able to iden­tify, ar­rived with wa­ter tanks to as­sist the fire trucks. In the end, the fire en­com­passed close to 20 acres and burned up a num­ber of bales, but could have been so much worse.

Ku­dos to both fire de­part­ments, both colonies, the uniden­ti­fied farmer and the lo­cals who turned up with fire ex­tin­guish­ers, scoop shov­els and other tools to help con­tain this near dis­as­ter.

Our com­mu­nity was for­tu­nate that a num­ber of the mem­bers of the Craigmyle Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment were avail­able to re­spond to this call. How­ever, this vol­un­teer de­part­ment is des­per­ately short of fire­fight­ers. Folk from in­side and out­side the ham­let are strongly en­cour­aged to call Fire Chief Brent Olm­stead at 403-854-6508 to see if you can help the Fire De­part­ment in any way. To­day, the av­er­age age of the vol­un­teers is 50+ and al­though vol­un­teers of any age are wel­come, younger folk are def­i­nitely en­cour­aged to be­come part of this valu­able com­mu­nity ser­vice. Just re­mem­ber, you never know when you will need this ser­vice!

I had the re­cent plea­sure of ac­com­pa­ny­ing good friends to Dani Doo­ley’s Lily Farm east of Drumheller. Dani shared with us her most amaz­ing dis­play of lilies, as well as her other gar­dens. If you are in­ter­ested in learn­ing about the great va­ri­ety and hor­ti­cul­ture of lilies or pur­chas­ing some, you need to plan to make a trip to this won­der­ful place.

I am deeply sad­dened to re­port the re­cent and un­ex­pected pass­ing of San­dra Smyth of Red Deer. San­dra was a long time very ac­tive mem­ber of the Vic­tor, Craig- myle and Delia com­mu­ni­ties. She was the “brain­storm” be­hind the Vic­tor Swing­ing Stitches 4-H Club, which even­tu­ally ex­panded into the Craigmyle – Delia 4-H Multi Club, which was a driv­ing force for youth in the 1980’s. Con­do­lences go out to Terry, Lor­raine, John and their fam­i­lies at this time, as well as the ex­tended Knowles fam­ily. San­dra’s life will be re­mem­bered at a gath­er­ing in Red Deer on July 31.

Birth­day geet­ings go out to Vern Han­son on July 29; Grace Kop­penol and Taylor Olm­stead on July 31; Shae­lyn Eg­gins on Au­gust 2; Rae­lene Min­chau on Au­gust 3 and Herb McDonough on Au­gust 5. Happy An­niver­sary to Brian and Leanne Blades on July 31 and Keven and Norma Jean Min­chau on Au­gust 1. Have a great day!

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