Hand Hills Grapevine
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!