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Gadsby was hit hard last week with strong winds

Strong gusts of wind ripped through the community, creating a lot of destruction in its wake.

Paulette Heer/Gadsby-Westwoods News

The community was hit hard this past Tuesday when winds clocked near 100km/hr and hit the area. Trees, barbecue sets and lawn chairs got the worst of it. Joyce Hansel drove to Red Deer the following day and witnessed some of the destruction there.

Mother Nature can do in minutes what it takes mere mortals to build in a lifetime.

Congratulations to the Stettler FC U12 girls soccer team who took home gold on Saturday in Wetaskiwin. On the team from Gadsby is Ashley Lang and her soccer coach mom Nadine.

Omega Circle raffle tickets are now available with any member. Gearing up for Decoration Day in August and the annual bazaar in October.

The big news this past week is the arrival of Bill and Joyce Hansel’s 19th great grandchild on June 19! Alisha Sophia was born in Lloydminister, Alta. in the early morning hours (one of seven babies born that morning). Mom Leila Botting and Dad Ryan Botting of Cadogan are doing fine. Alisha is a sister for Bentley and Dustin Botting, Alisha weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz.

Proud grandparents are Mary Lou and Stan Botting of Cadogan. Congratulations to all!

Bill and Joyce were in Red Deer earlier in the week to help grandson Calvin Trenerry celebrate his birthday with dinner and cake. An honourable mention, that evening Bill and Joyce stopped in at Percy and Paulette’s upon which the girls won seven out of eight games of 500. Just saying.

Also on Saturday, June 17, Bill and Joyce drove to Red Deer to Cason Trenerry’s first birthday and his sister Willow’s third birthday. Willow’s pink t-shirt announced the 20th great grandchild coming in December!

It might be noted that in the early hours of June 23, temperatures in the area dropped down to plus one. very close to freezing.

The Farmer’s Day Picnic at Westwoods saw lots of adults and 18 kids to run the races and play games. All enjoyed the bonfire and food served. The council presented Smitty and Lavonne Smith with a retirement plaque thanking them for their many years of volunteering as they retire off the board. Westwoods still have a couple of available weekends for your summer events. Go online to Westwoods Recreation and Ag Society to book your events.

The United Church was overflowing on Thursday, June 22 to say farewell to Joe Hansel. Almost every family in the Gadsby district were represented as well as Stettler and beyond.

Some news missed last week, should have read: Sympathies to wife Maxine, daughters Deborah Bince (Lethbridge), Susan and Jim Renschler (Botha), Aleta and Eugene Nichols (Botha) and son Lyne and Marina Hansel of Gadsby. It was great visiting with Debbie who hasn’t been home for several years.

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