Hand Hills Grapevine

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Hello Hand Hills…….it has been a while and I will take the blame for not hav­ing a col­umn for a cou­ple of the weeks but Mother Na­ture also played a huge part in last week’s missed col­umn. The wind blew strong and in blew an Oc­to­ber storm like many had never seen. The sav­ing grace for us was the warmer tem­per­a­tures but this is not al­ways a good thing for the an­i­mals, they can’t get dried off once they are wet. Lots of snow drifted into 12 foot high drifts (or more) that filled the trees and the ditches. Peo­ple are still round­ing up their cat­tle and un­for­tu­nately still find­ing dead ones. The partly frozen, snow cov­ered du­gouts were a real con­cern and many calves were pulled out, some alive and some dead. Tram­pled calves piled in cor­ners were also a very un- set­tling site. Ranch­ing is not for the faint of heart and our thoughts to all our ranch­ing neigh­bors. The old ranch­ers in the area think that some of this snow will linger on so I guess we are in win­ter mode in some as­pects. I am happy to re­port that har­vest was ba­si­cally wrapped up around here. The area peo­ple will be able to cel­e­brate at the Delia Fall Fair this com­ing week­end. Not many years is har­vest done at this time!

Power out­age was a huge st­ing to many peo­ple dur­ing the storm and I hear that Roy­lene and Bill Bed­son were out for 66 hours. Many have trans­fer switches that help out with the long wait pe­ri­ods that we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing due to worker lay off at ATCO and our old lines. Not the work­ers fault but bad de­ci­sions by the Pow­ers to Be! ( Just an­other one of my opin­ions).

Ev­ery­one knows by now that the Hand Hills Stam­pede was voted the Small Com­mit­tee of the Year. Thanks to those who voted for us and more im­por­tantly, thanks to our great vol­un­teers. Hats off to US! Stam­pede 102 is June 1, 2 and 3, 2018. Get in­volved!

Hand Hills sends Con­do­lences to the Brown Fam­ily on the pass­ing of Dar­wyn Brown. Dar­wyn was born in Hanna in 1963 and was raised on the farm in the Hills un­til the un­timely pass­ing of his fa­ther Ken in 1974. Up un­til then Dar­wyn at­tended Elmer School. His school chums will re­mem­ber him well and thoughts go out to his wife and two boys as well as sis­ter Nola ( John). I know that Dar­wyn is still telling jokes way up there and mak­ing ev­ery­one smile. Rest in Peace Dar­wyn.

Our Con­do­lences to the Hand Hills Hut­terite Colony on the un­timely death of one of their young fam­ily mem­bers. Re­mem­ber him fondly and he will al­ways be close. Rest in Peace.

Bon­nie Rip­per ( Wil­son) (Gam­mie) and Rob Ech­lin said I Do at the beau­ti­ful Church in Dorothy. They were sur­rounded by fam­ily and friends. Fol­low­ing pic­tures, with the Val­ley as the back­ground, they cel­e­brated at their place in the Hills. Con­grat­u­la­tions and may you en­joy many happy years in the Hills.

40 years of Mar­riage and it was time to cel­e­brate! Glenn and Mau­reen Bene­dict spent three weeks in Italy and Mau­reen said that it was the most in­cred­i­ble trip. Happy An­niver­sary to the Bene­dict’s! What a way to cel­e­brate.

Plan to at­tend the “Stand Up For Your Com­mu­nity” Public Meet­ing at Craigmyle on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 11 at 7. We all know and see that ru­ral crime is on the up rise so let’s help stop it in its tracks by be­ing in­formed. It is not just a Craigmyle Area prob­lem, we see it in the Hills too. Plan to at­tend. Thanks Craigmyle for mak­ing this meet­ing hap­pen, as it af­fects us all.

Oc­to­ber is a busy place at the Club. The Turkey Sup­per on Oct. 22, Hal­loween Pizza Party on the 27th , Club Meet­ing on the 26th and to top that off the ce­ment for the ve­randa has been poured. Hope that it didn’t freeze Mother Na­ture!

Mark it on your Calendar! The Ranch­ers Ball is Novem­ber 18 and it is go­ing to be a great din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. (I am hear­ing 5-6 cour­ses) and a high en­ergy dance. We have Lisa Dodds and her Dandy Lit­tle Orches­tra play­ing. She won the ACMA (As­so­ci­a­tion for Coun­try Mu­sic in Al­berta) award for mu­si­cian of the year in Jan­uary. In 2012 and 2015 Lisa won the CCMA Bass Player of the Year. This was her 6th CCMA nom­i­na­tion. It is go­ing to be a great night. Get your ta­ble booked.

Till next week…Hello to Brian and Sandy Brown of Cal­gary. Brian just loves to keep in touch with his Hand Hills roots so if any of his old school chums are up to any­thing let me know and I will help keep Brian in touch! Thanks for read­ing my col­umn. That goes to ev­ery­one. We all have so much to be thank­ful for so let’s let ev­ery­one know! Hint Hint…phone me, email me, with your news!

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