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Haying is almost done, as farmers still hope for some rain

Last week’s strong winds and storm destroyed crops and some gardens, north of Gadsby.

Paulette Heer

Gadsby/Westwoods News

Luckily farmers have about 90 per cent of haying done as Mother Nature had plans of her own. Sunday night menacing clouds rolled in over the Gadsby area, and awesome pictures have been posted on social media. An inch of rain in ten minutes along with various sizes of hail followed. North of Gadsby saw crops and gardens damaged, with severe damage to Hazel Thomas’ garden, while Wade Diegel and Dwight Quance received severe damage to their crops. Some of us were still picking peas and beans the following days. There was a tornado watch in place too, but nothing was sighted.

Birthday greetings to Gloria Diegel who celebrated her birthday with 12 days of “All girls camp out” at Lakeview on Gull Lake. With her were Richelle Skocdopole and family, Ybiett Diegel and family, Tasha Cordel and family for three days, and Deanne Diegel and girls for six days. Richelle snuck into Lacombe where she had ordered an over-the-top birthday cake, which she presented to her mom that night. They had a blast!

Paulette Heer enjoyed a brief but great visit from school mate and best friend Marie Zimmer Flahr and her husband Rick when they pulled in on Tuesday afternoon, July 25. They were heading home to Luseland, Saskatchewan after a month in B.C. They shared their experiences, dodging smoke and road closures due to the forest fires, but were kept safe with rerouting and various change of plans. They had left Marie’s sister Margaret and Glen Brozinsky in Vulcan, where they all camped.

Larry and Kathy Tuck flew from Edmonton for a five-day holiday to Ottawa from the June 22 to 27. Their mission was to join the military reunion of Larry’s unit. There were 93 people there, and the event was held at the local Legion, with about 45 military and spouses. They started the reunion with a breakfast, a meet and greet and lots of visiting. There was a supper for everyone as well. Larry and Kathy took in the sights around Ottawa with a canal cruise, museums and touring around a very beautiful city. Kathy and Larry arrived home in time to head to Keely Lake, Saskatchewan for a week of fishing. It’s been a busy but fun time for them.

Curtis Cassidy had a good weekend, placed at all three rodeos in the south west, winning over $9,000 and moving into the top 12 in Canada. Cody Cassidy won Kennedy, Saskatchewan and was 3.4 at Klondike Days rodeo in Edmonton but broke the barrier.

Area residents should be careful, as there has been three separate break-ins at the Westwoods Community Center recently. So please lock up your stuff!

Happy birthday to Violet Turre. Daughter Kathy and Larry Tuck were among the celebrants on Friday, July 28 at the Castor Paintearth Lodge, along with many other family members to mark the day with birthday cake and coffee. Violet is 92 years young.

Happy sixth birthday to Bailey Heer who celebrated on July 16 with birthday supper, cake and a family game of aggravation.

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