We helplessly watch our landscape burning up day by day. Pouring water on lawns, vegetable gardens, flower beds and containers almost seems futile.
A fire that started last Thursday afternoon, approximately 14 miles north-west of Craigmyle, proved to be a challenge for local firefighters. A half ton truck, driving across dry fields, stopped in an approach at which time the heat from the engine ignited straw and dried grass material which had accumulated in the chassis of the truck, setting both the truck and the surrounding pasture land on fire.
The Craigmyle Volunteer Fire Department, the Blue Sky Hutterite Colony, Star West and a good number of local farmers responded as quickly as possible to fight the fire. The fire was eventually contained, but not before it had burned approximately one square kilometer of pasture land including lengths of fence line.
Our local Fire Department was on scene for eight hours, missing the Starland Volunteer Appreciation Night planned for all volunteer fire fighters in the county.
The Craigmyle Fire Department was back on duty early Friday morning to determine and extinguish any surviving hot spots. Confident that all was well the fire department returned to the hamlet until the mid afternoon when they received a call from the tow truck operator, assigned to towing the now burned out half-ton, who observed more smoke and smoldering material at the site.
We, as Craigmyle and area residents, need to give a special thank you to our volunteer firefighters. They are on duty 24-7 to help fight fire in our community. This is a volunteer department, so many give up hours at work to help extinguish local fires.
A HUGE THANK YOU to the volunteers of the Craigmyle Volunteer Fire Department!
The Craigmyle Civic Center was bustling with activity this past weekend when the Schafer family met for a mini family gathering. Approximately 30 immediate family members of Linda (Schafer) Bryant; Gail (Schafer) Olmstead and Rick Schafer enjoyed the quiet and peacefulness that Craigmyle has to offer. Family came from Fort Macleod to Gull Lake and Alberta points in-between, including one out of country guest from Cut Bank, Montana. All enjoyed relaxing and “catching up” with each other.
The recent Craigmyle Historic Society meeting dealt with a number of pertinent issues. Further discussion regarding the restoration of the Historic Church exterior ensued and Susan was instructed to contact Chambers Restora- tion to see if a mock up could be done yet this summer.
It was decided to order a minimum number of stainless steel insulated coffee mugs with the Craigmyle Historic Society logo for resale as a fundraiser and a promotion for this organization.
The ever so popular Pumpkin Fest date has been moved from September 15 to September 22 as the CHS chose not to have an event on the same weekend as the Donna Griffith Memorial Family Rodeo.
Plans were finalized for the concession for the Byemoor Ball Tournament on August 17, 18 and 19. If any good readers can volunteer time for this event please contact Linda at 665-2427 or Bev at 6652492.
The Craigmyle pancake breakfasts will resume in the fall, beginning with the October breakfast on October 7 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Please note that there will NOT be a breakfast in September.
Birthday greetings go out to Karen Irwin and Joy Bjorn on August 24; Wally Stern on August 27; Keven Minchau on August 28 and Leah and Sarah Meyer on August 29. Happy Anniversary to Sean and Shelagh Olmstead on August 22 and Brent and Debi Olmstead on August 27.
Have a great day!