Craigmyle Car­di­nal

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Ru­ral Al­ber­tans are a hardy bunch! This past week­end the an­nual Craigmyle Pump­kin Fest took place de­spite the al­most half foot of snow that ar­rived dur­ing the night. Plans had to be re­vised quickly; the hay ride was can­celled and all pump­kins and ac­tiv­i­ties were moved to the Civic Cen­ter. Lo­cal vol­un­teers ven­tured out de­spite the fact driv­ing was a white won­der­land with no dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion be­tween road and ditch!

Vol­un­teers or­ga­nized them­selves and their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties all the while fear­ing that the 100 pump­kins wait­ing for young­sters would go un-adopted and the lunch pre­pared would be en­joyed by the vol­un­teers only. Sur­prise! Over 30 young­sters and their par­ents, as well as a num­ber of ham­let folk, turned up on this mis­er­able day to take part in the planned events. Each young­ster chose their spe­cial pump­kin and took it home fully dec­o­rated. White pump­kins went home black; an alien pump­kin with 5 eyes of vary­ing sizes was car­ried out along with many oth­ers, each tak­ing on their own per­son­al­ity. Chil­dren en­joyed the in­door ac­tiv­i­ties as well as a kid friendly lunch.

A fairly large num­ber of pump­kins re­mained be­hind at the con­clu­sion of the event. A Delia teacher, who had vol­un­teered to help, was thrilled to col­lect enough pump­kins for each stu­dent in her class to be carved for Hal­loween. Vol­un­teers took home pump­kins to process for their Thanks­giv­ing pies. The group that man­ages the Craigmyle Beau­ti­fi­ca­tion project ear-tagged a num­ber of pump­kins to dis­play at their homes as well as in pub­lic spa­ces in Craigmyle.

Thanks to the many vol­un­teers who grew pump­kins this year: John Cran­ton, Lloyd and Cher­ryle Faech­ner, Linda Hoover, Linda Storch, Susan Rees, Greg and Jane Smith and Bev Bergman. Your ef­forts were very much ap­pre­ci­ated.

Watch for next year’s event – the or­ga­niz­ers will try to avoid the sea­son-change week­end!

Please note there will not be a Craigmyle pan­cake break­fast in Oc­to­ber due to the Thanks­giv­ing week­end. The first pan­cake break­fast for the sea­son will be held on Novem­ber 4 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Com­ing up quickly is the Hanna Rum­mage Sale which is sched­uled for Oc­to­ber 6. Vol­un­teers are needed to work with the Craigmyle His­toric So­ci­ety on Oc­to­ber 4, 5 and 6. If you can spare a few hours on any of those days, please con­tact Linda Nor­lie at 665-2492 and of­fer your time.

Un­for­tu­nately, the Drumheller Mail is ar­riv­ing in our mail­boxes al­most a week late now. Please un­der­stand the re­spon­si­bil­ity for this de­lay is Canada Post, not the Drumheller Mail. Last week a plea went out from the Drumheller Mail editor for any­one who trav­els from Delia to Hanna on Wed­nes­days to con­sider de­liv­er­ing the news­pa­pers from Delia to Hanna. If a good reader is able to do this, please con­tact Ossie Sheddy at the Drumheller Mail, 403-8232580. This ser­vice would be ap­pre­ci­ated by all Craigmyle and area res­i­dents.

Birth­day Greet­ings go out to Wally Red­ing, Lane Rees and Ron Seeger on Oc­to­ber 4; Sue Eg­gins on Oc­to­ber 6; and Lily Allen and Ben Brinkman on Oc­to­ber 8.

Have a great day!

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