Well, winter came in a fury and I see no forecast that shows it is leaving anytime soon. I hope you are all bundled up and managing the quick adaptation that we have all had to do to at the start of this year’s winter season.
The 4-H beef club did their weigh day back on Nov. 9 and signed up 14 members and one cleaver. They would like to welcome the new and returning members. The steer calves came in good starting weights, so it’s right into the pens and onto the feed for them.
The district is hosting a Gord Bamford “Why 4-H is Great” concert down in Drumheller at the Badland Community Facility on Nov. 21 starting at 7 p.m, doors open at 6:30. Melanie and Tracey Nelson still have some tickets for sale if you are interested. They are $25 each, so give them a call at 403-772- 0000. The Rumsey club’s next meeting will be Dec. 9 at the Agri-plex and they will be taking food donations for the Drumheller Salvation Army, so anyone can drop their donation off during the meeting from 7:00 – 8:30.
Lowell Nelson is this years’ ambassador for the district club and is spearheading a toy drive for the Ronald McDonald House in Red Deer. You can drop off any new toys during the Dec. 9 meeting as well and Lowell will make sure it gets over there. If Dec. 9 doesn’t work in your schedule, you can drop them off at the library on Tuesdays or Wednesday up until Dec. 17 and he will pick them up.
Carol Wilkins stopped by to let me know that the first Tuesday afternoon of drop-in curling was a success. They had eight curlers and are looking for more. There are different ways that they are planning to play the game each Tuesday, so odd numbers will not deter them. Stop by and give it a try, it starts at 2 every Tuesday afternoon.
The Rumsey Community Calendar is on sale at the Library. They are $15 each and the library’s only fundraiser of the year. It features pictures from lots of our local amateur photographers and we have some real talent in this community. There are only 75 (and counting) for sale, so get yours early.
Since I didn’t write a column last week, due to lack of news, I thought I would include my one piece of trivia this week. Daylight savings time was developed in New Zealand by a fellow named George Vernon Hudson in 1895, but wasn’t put into use until 1916 and in Germany and Hungary, not New Zealand. Many countries have adopted it into their yearly calendar since then, but it really became popular in the 1970’s during the energy crisis. Increasing the amount of daylight hours after quitting time benefited recreational activities, sports and reduced the evening use of lighting in our homes. I know it has always caused lots of controversy through the generations, as far as I am concerned, the clocks can stay on summer time because in the summer I want it to stay light until 10:00 p.m. because I am not interested in getting up at 4 am to enjoy that daylight. In the winter, it is dark in the morning and dark in the afternoon, so what does it really matter?