Hand Hills Grapevine
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!)