Rum­sey & District Reg­is­ter

The Drumheller Mail - - SPOTLIGHT ON BUSINESS - Patty Steen

The Gar­den Show was a big suc­cess in spite of our month of drought and early frost in places. I salute the ex­hibitors who rose to the chal­lenge and en­tered some beau­ti­ful bou­quets and dif­fer­ent en­tries. There were fewer en­tries this year with 326 en­tries in the adult cat­e­gories and 51 en­tries in the Ju­nior sec­tions but still they were very nice. There were 20 adult ex­hibitors and 7 ju­niors down 1 in the adults and 4 in the chil­dren. Four of the ju­niors com­peted in the home gar­den plot cat­e­gory with Ash­ley McNaughton win­ning first prize from Mary New­ton and the Ge­orge and Mary Storch Me­mo­rial Tro­phy. Sec­ond Ju­nior gar­den Plot went to Ca­dynce Richmond do­nated by the Rum­sey Gar­den Club. Gil­lian Gri­d­ley also tied for sec­ond place so she en­joyed a prize from the Rum­sey Gar­den Club as well. Brody Nyrerod also had en­tered this cat­e­gory but had a few sheep ex­plore his gar­den the night be­fore the judges came to visit which, as we all know, there isn’t much a sheep will leave un­turned be­fore he is done ex­plor­ing.

Though there were fewer glad­i­o­lus and dahlia, the en­tries were still just beau­ti­ful. The win­ner of the best Glad­i­o­lus and glad­i­o­lus ag­gre­gate was Lorne McArthur. The novice glad ag­gre­gate win­ner was Doreen Map­pin. The Dahlia ag­gre­gate was won by Lorne McArthur. Betty Pen­nock brought in a beau­ti­ful be­go­nia which took first prize contribute­d from Ken and Sharon God­dard. Roy Ashcroft also brought in a gor­geous rose which awarded him a very nice gift from Stan and Sheila Richmond. The pot­ted plant ag­gre­gate was awarded to Al Ger­dung and the Ar­range­ment Ag­gre­gate was won by Denise Daniels who re­ally has the touch for putting to­gether beau­ti­ful things. There is al­ways a fun com­pe­ti­tion be­tween Mary New­ton and Eleanor Richmond in the bak­ing sec­tion so this year Mary was awarded first place and Eleanor re­ceived sec­ond bak­ing ag­gre­gate. The Her­itage Ag­gre­gate was won by Jill Brodie and the Veg­etable ag­gre­gate was given to Ken Jensen. There were many more win­ners, I only named a few, I would like to thank all the ex­hibitors who were able to put to­gether en­tries, the vol­un­teers of the gar­den club and the crowd who came to en­joy a de­li­cious supper cour­tesy of the Coun­try Cook­ers and wan­dered through the ex­hibits, sup­port­ing the si­lent auc­tion and raf­fle.

It is with sad­ness that I share with you the news of Betty Ryn­ings’ pass­ing on Septem­ber 2, 2018. The fu­neral was held in the Row­ley Hall on Satur­day, Septem­ber 8. The fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion I will share with you is from the 2016 edi­tion of the Rum­sey His­tory book. Betty (Marston) Ryn­ing was a na­tive of Nuneaton, War­wick­shire, Eng­land. Dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, she worked at a num­ber of jobs, in­clud­ing as a riveter on Lan­caster bomber in­stru­ment pan­els, be­fore be­com­ing a nurse. In 1959, she trav­elled to Canada for what was in­tended to be a two year work­ing ad­ven­ture at the Drumheller hos­pi­tal be­fore re­turn­ing home to the UK. How­ever, fate - in the form of an Al­berta farmer - in­ter­vened when she met John at a dance in Drumheller. They were mar­ried in 1960. They had five chil­dren; Tim, Su­san, Karen, David and An­drea. For both John and Betty, po­etry and lit­er­ary ref­er­ences were light­hearted staples of ca­sual con­ver­sa­tion. You may re­mem­ber John’s pas­sion for land­scape paint­ing. He had a true gift for cap­tur­ing our na­tive scenery. Betty worked hard on the farm as well as rais­ing their five chil­dren. She spent a lot of time gar­den­ing, some for ne­ces­sity and some for beauty. She would de­vote count­less hours to tend­ing large plots of veg­eta­bles and sev­eral flower beds on the farm. She also made pe­ri­odic trips back to her na­tive Eng­land to visit fam­ily and friends, usu­ally with kids in tow. Betty re­mained on the farm un­til fall 2014, when she moved to an apart­ment in Ed­mon­ton. She en­joyed get­ting vis­its from fam­ily and friends.

The Ag So­ci­ety will take a break from ac­tiv­i­ties for the next month or so as har­vest is on the move around the county. Our next event will be Fall Supper on Satur­day, Novem­ber 3rd. Then curl­ing sea­son will start up quickly af­ter that with Su­per League be­ing up first on the cal­en­dar. There will also be Ju­nior league, Open league and Women’s league to con­sider so if you are in­ter­ested in join­ing up con­tact an Ag mem­ber for more in­for­ma­tion. En­joy. Some peo­ple just don’t have a green thumb. When my son Bill learned his friend was go­ing to Home De­pot, he asked, “Would you pick up some tulip Bulbs? I need some for my mom.” “Sure,” his friend said, “How many watts?”

Have a great week, ev­ery­one.

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