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The Drumheller Mail - - Classified­s - He­len Leon­hardt 403-823-9823

On Satur­day, July 20 the McDougald fam­ily hosted a bar­be­cue beef sup­per for a bus load of farm­ers from Aus­tralia and some lo­cal Star­land peo­ple in­volved in agri­cul­ture. The group from Aus­tralia ar­rived in Van­cou­ver, flew to Regina, Saskatchew­an, and then by bus to Saska­toon. They vis­ited in Drumheller and then travelled to Banff be­fore re­turn­ing to Van­cou­ver and home. It was a cool rainy day when they were here and they said they ex­pected hot­ter weather in Canada at this time of year.

On this week­end Vi Adie and Ron and I joined 50 other King and Howard fam­ily mem­bers for the an­nual week­end cam­pout. This year it was held in Forest­burg, Al­berta. This cam­pout is a tra­di­tion that goes back 29 years. The Karl and Mil­dred King and Ernest and Alice Howard fam­i­lies lived at Michichi and Mun­son for years and spent many happy times to­gether as our moth­ers were very close friends. Forest­burg is on the Bat­tle River Short Line Rail­way that goes from Al­liance to Cam­rose. This rail­way was pur­chased from the CN by the farm­ers of that area. They use it for ship­ping their grain and also op­er­ate train ex­cur­sions. We took a train trip from Forest­burg to Heisler and saw some very heavy crops. There are a lot of in­ter­est­ing lit­tle towns in cen­tral Al­berta.

Neil and Donna Dun­calf held a twenty fifth an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion at their farm for over 100 peo­ple on Satur­day, July 27. Con­grat­u­la­tions on this spe­cial oc­ca­sion.

Hope the wind storm didn’t do too much dam­age for every­one on Satur­day. We lost one of our favourite trees in it.

Happy birth­day this week to Cam­ryn McDougald on Au­gust 3, Shelly (Keirle) Polzin on Au­gust 5, Carol Keirle and Robyn McDougald on Au­gust 7.

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