Verdant Valley Eye Opener
The Verdant Valley Community Center has been busy the last three weeks. The Verdant Valley and Dorcas Women’s Institute met at the Center on Wednesday, October 9. The group will be supporting the Morgan Jane project and making bibs for Long Term Care in Drumheller. The roll call was an exchange of home canned goods or baking.
On Saturday, October 19 the Thomas family held a family gathering at the Community Center with a turnout of around 60 even though some members of the family were still harvesting.
On Tuesday, October 22 a meeting of the strategic planning committee of the Verdant Valley Ag Society met with professional consultant Max Fritz from Calgary. A working draft was presented and much discussion followed. The board will meet on Wednesday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. to finalize the proposed vision, mission, goals and objectives to be presented to the membership at the annual meeting on Tuesday, November 19.
The Alberta Rural Crime Watch Association Zone One meeting was held at the Verdant Valley Community Center on Saturday, October 26. Zone One covers a large area of southern Alberta from Carstairs south to the US border and from the mountains to the Saskatchewan border. In spite of the stormy day members from Medicine Hat, Taber, Cochrane, Hanna and Drumheller Rural Crime Watch district were in attendance. At the business meeting in the morning Diana Rowe was elected as a director of Zone One for a three year term. A presentation of the Wise Owl program of Rural Crime Watch outlined preventing fraud and scam crimes especially targeting Seniors. The afternoon program was a panel discussion. Taking part in the panel discussion were Staff Sgt. Kevin Charles, RCMP District Advisory NCO for Southern Alberta; Constable Marcel Hienstra of the Drumheller RCMP Detachment; Hugh Sommerville, Rural Criminal Defence Lawyer; Officer Gareth Thomas, Starland County Peace Officer; Cora Bolt, AHS Mental Health and Addictions, Misty Griffith, Project REACH Program Manager; Lorrenda Southern, Project REACH; Staff Sgt. Ed Bourque, RCMP Drumheller Detachment by telephone and a letter from an insurance agent. It was an impressive presentation and covered many of the concerns of people about crime and mental health in the rural areas.
We are thankful that most of the harvesting in this community was completed last week. We wish you luck and good weather to other communities who have not yet finished.
Belated birthday greetings for October since the last column on October 2 are sent to Celeste Poland, Michael Lowey, Lisa James, Lacey (Wilson) Beatty, Tyson Powell, Kyley Poland. This coming week we wish happy birthday to Randy James on October 31, Cliff McDougald on November 1.
Best wishes on your wedding anniversary in October to Frank and Eunice Wilson on October 12, Barry and Carol Keirle and Dale and Bev Wilson on October 13, Ken and Phyllis Chambers on October 18 (their 71st!!) and Mickey and Percy Poland on October 28.