Hand Hills Grapevine

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Mar­i­lyn Vre­de­goor 403-665-2473

Hello Hand Hills…we are still in the heat wave but ev­ery morn­ing gives us slight re­lieve from the heat as it stays cooler. Things are turn­ing colour here in the Hills and not in a good way. Silage is be­ing done and talks of com­bin­ing peas and win­ter wheat are in the air. Root crops are do­ing amaz­ing in my yard but the flow­ers not so much as it is a con­stant bat­tle to quench their thirst. My apples trees are loaded and so the grand­kids will be able to en­joy lots of Grandma’s Ap­ple Sauce. Oh that sil­ver lin­ing.

There was a sil­ver lin­ing a week ago as the Len­festy Fam­ily had a fire in the hay­field. Quick ac­tion by the neigh­bors and the po­ten­tial for a huge fire was put out. Again it was the Neu Muehl Colony that alerted the Com­mu­nity to the fire. Len­festy had their wa­ter trucks in the field and within 20 min­utes there were five or six more trucks with wa­ter there to help. The Hanna Fire De­part­ment came in record time and to­gether the fire was stopped be­fore it got to the neigh­bor’s pas­ture. With the wind howl­ing it was a scary sight but again we live in a com­mu­nity that is al­ways on the alert. Some­one said that we should have a fire truck at the Club but my re­sponse was this.

We have a great Fire Plan in place at the Club that has 911 and Neu Muehl Colony on speed dial. With the re­spon­des that we get from the Com­mu­nity and Hanna/ Home­stead we are cov­ered as good as any re­mote com­mu­nity can be. If any­one has any ques­tions about this Fire Plan please phone me and I can re­as­sure you that things are in place. For your part, put a small wa­ter tank on any truck, hook it to a pump and you will be ready for an emer­gency. 150 gal­lons does won­ders on a fire as was ev­i­dent at this last fire. And re­mem­ber to keep an eye out for strange things hap­pen­ing in your Com­mu­nity.

This is late but con­grat­u­la­tions to Larry Mc­Don­ald who was the re­cip­i­ent of a very pres­ti­gious Award at this year’s Cal­gary Stam­pede. The Rana­han Award is given to an in­di­vid­ual who is at the top of their game and is an in­te­gral part of the ac­tion and who ex­em­pli­fies the true mean­ing of a top hand or good all round cow­boy. Larry has been help­ing out at the Cal­gary Stam­pede Ranch since he was very young. Larry and Laura spent the whole ten days in at the Stam­pede and have done so for many years. Their ded­i­ca­tion is this award. Again Con­grat­u­la­tions on be­ing rec­og­nized for a job well done!

An­other Lady with ties to the Hills has reached a Mile­stone! Merna Shields turned 90 years young on July 29 and fam­ily and friends came to cel­e­brate with her at the Hanna Se­nior Cir­cle. Merna, you have been there, done that and are still do­ing great. Happy Birth­day from the Hills and many more are wished.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Pat Learn and Pat Scott who said their vows on July 22. Fam­ily and close friends gath­ered at the Shiloh Ranch to wish Pat and Pat the very best. May you en­joy many happy years to­gether in the Hills. Re­mem­ber…. Hap­pi­ness is be­ing mar­ried to your best friend!

We had the plea­sure of see­ing He­len and Doug Ta­bor cou­ple of weeks ago as all of us were en­joy­ing a great din­ner at Lukes. Doug and He­len were on their re­turn trip to Drumheller with their 4-H Beef pack­age. I wish I had thought to ask how many years they have been sup­port­ing 4-H as I am sure it is many. Even af­ter years of be­ing off the farm this cou­ple still sup­ports 4-H. Some things run deep in a per­sons’ blood. Great to see you and get in a quick visit!

Colt has hung up the reins. Af­ter Cal­gary, Colt had a sale of some of his horses and has de­cided that life is much bet­ter here in the Hills. Af­ter years of go­ing down the road with the Chuck­wag­ons the de­ci­sion must have been a hard one. If Colt gets an in­vite back into Cal­gary for 2018, he will go to the CPCA next Spring to run and get his horses ready for the Big Show and then plans to sell the re­main­der of the horses af­ter that. I asked Charleigh how it feels but she said that it is too early as it hasn’t sunk in yet and with lots of horses still on the ranch it is hard to imag­ine. Big changes in the Cos­grave Fam­ily and the Chuck­wagon world too!

Jenny Fin­ni­more flew to Columbus Ohio for a Na­tional Lead­er­ship Con­ven­tion with her home based busi­ness of thirty-one. Here she met with the brass from the com­pany and she was pro­moted to a Se­nior Di­rec­tor within the com­pany. Jenny is a nat­u­ral sales lady and her wide cir­cle of fam­ily and friends help sup­port her in this ven­ture. Con­grat­u­la­tions Jenny! Jenny has also earned a free trip to the Ba­hamas with this com­pany. This is the se­cond trip that she has earned! While she was away we had the plea­sure of hav­ing Grey­din, our Grand­son, for three full days. Bonus!

Glad to see that Robin Beck is out of the hos­pi­tal and re­cu­per­at­ing at home. Sport­ing an air cast, life is bet­ter in the Hills than the hos­pi­tal, right Robin? I know that Vickie will keep him in­line so that re­cov­ery is faster and on track.

Also speedy re­cov­ery is wished to Ella Beck, who had the mis­for­tune of a fall at Grand­daugh­ter Amanda’s wed­ding. A cast on her arm will not slow this ac­tive lady down I am sure.

Till next week…en­joy the re­main­der of the sum­mer. Take a hike, go camp­ing, get to­gether with fam­ily and friends and just en­joy! (Okay, that be­ing said, I might have to lis­ten to my­self and if there is no news for a week or two you will know why!)

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