Ver­dant Val­ley Eye Opener

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - He­len Leon­hardt 403-823-9823

Ron and I and Les­lie had a visit with my aunt, Ruth Howard in the hos­pi­tal in Black Di­a­mond last week. Ruth is 97 years old and is amaz­ing. She gets The Drumheller Mail and reads it from front to back and says it is bet­ter than the Cal­gary pa­pers.

Glo­ria Wil­son An­der­son, Loretta Wil­son, Kasen Wil­son and their friend Lind­say Ar­mitage from Kin­sella vis­ited Nanaimo and Qualicum Beach on Van­cou­ver Is­land last week. They spent a lot of time at dif­fer­ent beaches sun tan­ning, col­lect­ing seashells, sand dol­lars and look­ing at star fish. They went hik­ing at English­man Falls, walk­ing through Cathe­dral Grove For­est, driv­ing to Port Al­berni and sit­ting at the har­bour, fish and chips on the pier in Co­mox, shop­ping at Coombs Mar­ket where there are goats on the roof and very in­ter­est­ing gro­ceries, kayak­ing at Lady­smith and eat­ing with Lind­say’s won­der­ful Aunts and Un­cles who treated them like their own. They saw a sand­cas­tle com­pe­ti­tion in Parksville where there were some amaz­ing sculp­tures. Kasen and Lind­say ex­pe­ri­enced the tide change while swimming in the ocean. While it was over 30 de­grees here at home it was a beau­ti­ful 24 de­grees on the is­land.

Lynn and Clint Hem­ming re­cently trav­elled to Peru where they spent 18 days tour­ing spec­tac­u­lar Inca sites and learn­ing about the his­tory and cul­ture of the in­ter­est­ing South Amer­i­can coun­try. One of the high­lights was meet­ing the child they spon­sor with Com­pas­sion Canada. They have spon­sored this boy for eleven years (he is now 15 years old) and have ex­changed many let­ters. They got to spend two days with him and his fam­ily in Lima. They were im­pressed by the front­line work that Com­pas­sion is do­ing in some of the poor­est ar­eas of Peru. Other high­lights in­cluded a few days in the Sa­cred Val­ley, amaz­ing Inca ru­ins at Ol­ly­tay­tambo, the unique float­ing is­lands of Uros, and ma­jes­tic Machu Pic­chu. A few days of their ad­ven­ture were spent in the Ama­zon rain­for­est in an Eco lodge where they saw unusual an­i­mals like caiman and capy­bella and unusual birds and but­ter­flies, not to men­tion a mother taran­tula. They also saw prim­i­tive farm­ing meth­ods through­out Peru in­clud­ing har­vest­ing with ma­chetes and stok­ing grain in bun­dles and thrash­ing by hand. Their trip be­came a bit more of an ad­ven­ture when 22,000 teach­ers went on strike in Peru and rolled boul­ders and logs onto the ma­jor high­ways and rail lines. They were stranded on a train out­side Machu Pic­chu for sev­eral hours and had to jump off the train and had a po­lice es­cort to safety. The teach­ers there make about $400 Cana­dian a month and strug­gle to sur­vive on such wages. It was an ad­ven­ture filled, ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence.

Nearly 60 mem­bers of the Shad­lock fam­ily gath­ered at Bow­ness Park, Cal­gary, on July 22 for a fam­ily re­union hosted by the Cal­gary Shad­locks. All four re­main­ing Shad­lock sib­lings were in at­ten­dance and all seven fam­i­lies of the Bill and Muriel Shad­lock fam­ily were rep­re­sented. As well present were two of the Wil­son cousins, Rita and Ralph Gallinger from Grand Prairie and Ron and Lynn Wil­son from Buck Lake.

El­son and Pat McDougald made a whirl wind trip last week­end to Saskatchewan. On Thurs­day they stayed in Saska­toon with El­son’s brother and wife Al­lan and Gil­lian. Fri­day they went to War­man Saskatchewan to visit school friends then on to Regina to stay with Pat’s brother and wife Mike and Dona­lene McMillen. On Satur­day they were in Carn­duff, Saskatchewan to visit Par’s niece Jackie and Michael Veriy and Pat’s sis­ter Agnes. Sun­day they vis­ited var­i­ous McDougald cousins and El­son’s Aunt Jean who is 94 years old. Sun­day evening they at­tended the 50th wed­ding an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion for Pat’s brother Jim and Ge­orgie McMillen. Mon­day they trav­elled to Tem­ple Gar­dans and en­joyed some re­lax­ation at that spa in Moose Jaw re­turn­ing home on Tues­day.

What bet­ter way to cel­e­brate Canada’s 150th an­niver­sary than to take a trip into the past and see the draft horse com­pe­ti­tion at the Ver­dant Val­ley Com­mu­nity Cen­ter on Satur­day, July 29. The day be­gins at noon with a pony driv­ing com­pe­ti­tion. The chore horse com­pe­ti­tion starts at 1 pm. Ad­mis­sion is free. Con­ces­sion is on site as well as Beef on a Bun sup­per with live mu­sic. Tick­ets for the sup­per avail­able on site. Other dis­plays and an­tique ex­hibits and ac­tiv­i­ties for kids also on site. Con­tact El­son at 403-823-9820 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Happy birth­day this week to Fay Hnetka, Charli Anne Calon and Kim­berly Polzin on July 27, Lynn Hem­ming on July 29.

Best wishes on your wed­ding an­niver­sary to Clint and Lynn Hem­ming on July 28, Brad and Anita Mepham and Neil and Donna Dun­calf on July 30, Larry and Cindy Poland and Ash­ley (Hem­ming) and Kyle Green on July 31.

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