Another week of dry weather and good haying for everyone. The farmers are looking for rain as well, but can’t have it both ways.
Summer is also a time for reunions and family and friends getting together. Dale and Anne Lyster were the organizers of another successful Lyster reunion on July 14, 15 and 16. The weekend consisted of pancake breakfasts, roast beef supper Saturday night, games, a major cribbage tournament, water fights and evening bonfire. And bubbles for all, with lots of laughter and visiting. Among the faraway were Doug Lyster (Irwin and Ethel’s son), and Susan Lyster. The oldest member was Lawrence Doren from Brooks and the youngest were local boys TC Bible and Teegan Walstrom. I was thrilled to reconnect with Susan and catch up on her activities. Susan and I graduated from Wm. E. Hay in 1972, probably with a last visit about 15 years ago. Susan is staying with her sister Kathy and Doug Kruger who also enjoyed the reunion. There were about 55 family members there at Red Willow.
Another past Gadsbyite, Irene (Haner) Liston was in the area on Thursday, July 20. We started school together in Gadsby in 1960, her parents, Kelly and Margaret left Gadsby in 1963. Irene came back for the 1979 Gadsby homecoming , which was the last time I had visited with her. She has been back occasionally to visit relatives in Stettler and Red Willow, but hadn’t touched base with friends for many years. Irene spent Thursday with me, reminiscing. Irene is looking for a picture of the Kelly Brothers Garage in Gadsby when it was owned by Kelly. Anyone having a picture can contact me at 403-574-2442. Kelly also drove school bus for Gadsby and delivered fuel for the Gadsby area farmers.
Kerri Pothier’s nephew Timothy is heading to Guatemala on a missionary trek. We wish him well.
Bill and Joyce Hansel helped Gordon Reynolds celebrate his 83rd birthday on Tuesday, July 18. Also there for the morning were Bernard and Lois Garland, Harry and Doreen Martin and Maxine Hansel. Then on Sunday it was back into Stettler to Maxine’s to celebrate her birthday.
Sunday afternoon, Bill and Joyce headed to daughter Sue Bauman’s, Erskine, to have some great grandparent time with little Tenley who entertained them as she is now talking.
On Thursday, July 19, the ladies of the Omega circle met at the home of Viola Imrie. Caretakers Dale and Melody Kent are hard at work, mowing and maintaining as needed. We have a youth, Grady Jackson also doing odd jobs at the cemetery. The most recent project has been the continued purchase of concrete benches, five more have been ordered for this year. Also a reminder, memorial stories for the cemetery book are still needed. These can be handed in at the Decoration Day service, which will be held at the cemetery on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2 p.m., so mark your calendars.
The last days of the Calgary Stampede were exciting as we watched our own Cody and Curtis Cassidy in the steer wrestling events. Cody had already qualified for Sunday; Curtis came in on wildcard Saturday to also qualify. Cody took second place with only three-tenths of a second difference behind first place. Way to go boys.
Omitted from last week, were sympathies to Aleta (Charlie) Cassidy who is a cousin to Winston Bruce, and to the Cassidy family.
Also sympathies to Dixie and Jim Skocdopole and family on the passing of Dixie’s brother Murray Savage. Murray was only 60 years young.