Orkney Or­a­cle

The Drumheller Mail - - Mail Works! - Cathy Bell

As we move our way through June, we are past the long­est day of the year and the kids are get­ting ready for their sum­mer break. We’ve had some beau­ti­ful days and we need to en­joy them all as Al­berta has such a short sum­mer sea­son.

We are sad to re­port that Norma West was back in hos­pi­tal last week, although it sounded like a tem­po­rary set­back as she was plan­ning to get home again soon.

On Thurs­day, Wanda Moar re­turned home from a trip to Swift Cur­rent to see her mother, Cathy Berg. To­gether they did a south­ern Saskatchew­an road trip to Maple Creek and Cy­press Hills Provin­cial Park. Those are fa­vorite haunts for both of them.

Nathan Bell also did a Saskatchew­an trip. He made a quick ex­cur­sion to Saska­toon to visit univer­sity friends there, as well as to help his brother, Evan, pack some be­long­ings home.

Sheri Mueller was busy ar­rang­ing a light lunch for the cen­tral Al­berta Pres­bytery which met at the Orkney Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Thurs­day. Del­e­gates from around the cen­tral part of the province make their way to Orkney on an al­most an­nual ba­sis for these meet­ing, so one can as­sume they en­joy the drive, the scenery and the chance to get to­gether here.

Kirsti and Cathy Bell headed south for a bar­be­cue and sea­son kick-off for the Wilder­ness Ranch Camp. This is a horse­back rid­ing camp for kids si­t­u­ated in the Por­cu­pine Hills west of Claresholm and the foothills just north of Lund­breck. The drive to the south west cor­ner of Al­berta usu­ally pro­vides some ab­so­lutely spec­tac­u­lar scenery, and this trip was no ex­cep­tion.

Cathy Bell got news on Sun­day her brother, Dan Wahl, from the Gle­ichen area, passed away af­ter a long and dif­fi­cult strug­gle with PLS and, later, ALS. ALS, some­times known as Lou Gehrig’s dis­ease, is a heart­break­ing and de­bil­i­tat­ing dis­ease. Our thoughts are with his fam­ily as they deal with this loss.

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