Airplane visit at Byemoor School a hit with students

Pilot was former Byemoor student

An early blizzard on Monday knocked out power, closing the Byemoor School and forcing cancellation of other events. Its too early for snow.

Byemoor School students enjoyed a special experience on Thursday, Sept. 29 when local pilot Jim Wasdal and his wife Maureen landed their airplane near the school and gave the students a close-up look. Jim was once a student at the Byemoor School himself.

Jim answered many questions from the students about his M7 Maule 260 horsepower single-engine plane. The Gr. 4-6 classes are studying aerodynamics and flight in science class and this was an excellent opportunity for them to gain knowledge first-hand.

Afterwards, Jim gave teachers Mr. Rich Martel and Mrs. Gwen Keith a ride in his plane. It was the first flight in a small plane for Mr. Martel so he enjoyed the experience a lot.

Dance lessons will soon be offered in Byemoor by Jaclyn Gallagher. Classes will be beginning the end of October and are open to children three years and older. To register or for more information please contact Jaclyn at 403-579-2643.

Former Endiang resident Lois Ballinger, now residing at Points West Living in Stettler, enjoyed a visit to Byemoor on Tuesday, Sept. 26. She enjoyed a luncheon at the Byemoor Hotel with family and friends and caught up on much visiting. Lois will be 91 in December.

Wednesday, October 4 is the last Wednesday the Byemoor Landfill Transfer Station will be open until spring. After the Thanksgiving weekend the transfer station will operate with winter hours and will be open only on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

We extend sympathy to the Duncan families on the passing of Randy Duncan on Sept. 19 in Coronation. He was 61. Randy was a twin to Ross. Randy, the son of Jim and Elsie Duncan, grew up on the family farm in the south Halkirk – north Endiang area.

Randy is survived by four children, his dad and two brothers and their families. He was predeceased by his mom and sister Gwen. A family graveside service was held at the Halkirk Cemetery on Sept. 22. Our thoughts are with the Duncan family in their loss.

Congratulations to Dot Wasdal who celebrated her 90th birthday on Sept. 27. She enjoyed birthday cake with her family and residents of the Heart Haven Lodge in Stettler. Best wishes for many happy occasions, Dot.

Mark your calendars for entertainment at the Byemoor Hotel on Oct. 27-28. The talents of Mark Fecho and Heather Brown will be featured starting at 9 p.m. each evening.

Rhonda Maginn was the guest of honour at a surprise 60th birthday party held for her at the Stettler Legion on Saturday evening. What started as a supper out with friends turned into a hall filled with friends and neighbours who gathered to wish Rhonda a Happy 60th and celebrate her special milestone. This was all much to Rhonda’s shock and surprise. We hope you enjoyed your party, Rhonda.

Ken and Eleanor Schultz received word another balloon from the Great Endiang Balloon Race that they annually host has been located. Balloon number 61 launched by Carol Stulberg was found about 12 miles east of Unity, Sask.

Construction has been active in the Endmoor area this fall. A number of new farm shops and garages have been built; as well construction has begun on Jonathon and Raelyn Knowles’ new home.

Thanksgiving is coming up this weekend. We would like to wish friends, neighbours and readers of this column a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. May you enjoy the bounties of your labours with your families as we celebrate how thankful we are for all we have here.

Some dates to remember:

Oct. 11 — “Stand Up for Your Community” public meeting with the RCMP at the Craigmyle Civic Centre at 7 p.m. to address the rural crime wave. All communities welcome.

Oct. 16 — Municipal Election. Candidates running for councilor for Byemoor – Endiang Ward 1are Rob Somerville and Les Stulberg (incumbent). Candidates for Clearview school trustee are Steve Davies and John Schofer (incumbent).

Polls are open Monday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. at the Byemoor Hall and Stettler Agriplex. Advance polls are open on Oct. 12-13 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. at the Stettler Agriplex.

Oct. 21 — Byemoor Fall Roast Beef Supper at the Byemoor Hall from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Quote for the day — “Being positive in a negative situation is not naïve. Its leadership.” — Charles F. Glassman

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