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Sum­mer is the sea­son for wed­dings and Faye McGhee, along with her sis­ter, Pam Melcher, had a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity last week to ac­com­pany Faye’s niece, Carly Melcher, in look­ing for wed­ding dresses at the for­mal dress shop in La­combe. It sounds like a great ‘girls’ day out’ shop­ping and go­ing for lunch at the Cilantro and Chive res­tau­rant. Faye said it was the most fun she’s had all sum­mer.

Les Bell was in­volved in a ‘guy’s week­end away’ last week as he joined his brother, Steph, and his nephew Mike Bell of Cal­gary, for a Hori­zon’s Un­lim­ited Moun­tain Mad­ness event in the Nakusp area of BC. This was a week­end of mo­tor­cy­cle ori­en­teer­ing, or, as Les ex­plains, “geo­caching for old guys”. The team of ‘Bell Boys’ did them­selves proud by tak­ing home the first place tro­phy in the sin­gles, GPS class.

On Tues­day a group of ded­i­cated ‘Orkneyites’ con­gre­gated at the com­mu­nity cen­ter to spruce up the place, mow­ing and trim­ming the grass. Af­ter the work was done they re­laxed with some re­fresh­ments, and took the op­por­tu­nity to catch up with every­one’s news and tell some their trav­els.

A cou­ple of an­tique ma­chin­ery en­thu­si­asts, Dar­rell Wed­man and John Seills from the Merville area on Van­cou­ver Is­land, stayed with Les and Cathy Bell last week. They were here scout­ing out the trea­sures at Jim and Tony Wilson’s auc­tion sale in Ver­dant Val­ley. They seemed to en­joy the event, and took home some in­ter­est­ing finds.

Elaine Moses was out to ar­range an­other tea at the ex­tended care hos­pi­tal­ity room. This was a birth­day party for Dorothy Ber­gos who had 4 gen­er­a­tions of her fam­ily there to help her cel­e­brate; her hus­band, Alex, her chil­dren, Sharon Schafer and Grant Ber­gos, as well as Grant’s wife, Tweet, at­tended. Dorothy’s grand­daugh­ter, Kia Stahl, brought along 1-yearold great-grand­son, Theo Stahl. About 16 friends and neigh­bours were there to en­joy the cake and con­ver­sa­tion. Un­for­tu­nately, Elaine, who pre­pared the whole thing, was not able to join the party as she was in Cal­gary to at­tend a friend’s funeral.

Joan McGhee, who was also at the tea/birth­day party, men­tioned that her daugh­ter Alise McGhee just re­turned home from a 2-week road trip to Utah. Alise and a friend jour­neyed a lot of miles, did some camp­ing, as well as at­tended a con­fer­ence on their hol­i­day.

On Sun­day, Les and Cathy Bell travelled to La­combe to visit their daugh­ter, Kirsti. They at­tended an out­door church ser­vice, toured the Mich­ner House Mu­seum, watched a demon­stra­tion of Ja­panese drum­ming, and en­joyed cof­fee and can­noli as part of the La­combe Days cel­e­bra­tion.

Cheers - en­joy sum­mer.

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