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Local chuckwagon driver, Layne McGillivray sits in fourth spot

McGillivray is participating in the Ponoka Stampede from June 28 to July 3.

Dorothy Anderson and Rose Koenraadt/Halkirk Herald

Local chuckwagon driver, Layne McGillivray was sitting in fourth spot following the Medicine Hat Stampede. His outfit ran at High River this weekend and has been off to the Ponoka Stampede from June 28 to July 3. Good luck Layne.

New playground equipment and other features, gazebo, tables and trees etc. are almost complete on Main Street. A group of young parents started this project last year, with grant monies that originates from the Community Enhancement Fund of the Paintearth Regional waste management, made up of the towns of Coronation and Castor, Village of Halkirk and the Paintearth County, and operated by Waste Collection Canada. This group donates quarterly to the “ beautification of this Municipality.” Halkirk has received grants for the Playground, Hall and Senior Centre. All sorts of organizations will benefit from their generosity.

The playground is located next to the Hall, as is an eight-stall campground with an overflow area, and makes an excellent location for family reunions and other functions. Inquiries should be directed to the Village office at 403-884-2464.

Rain and wind hit our area this week but the only damage done was to several trees that lost their branches. Our countryside is lush and green, the seeding is finished, cattle are happy and the lilacs were the best in years.

The seniors held their wind-up barbecue and meeting on Tuesday, June 20. The next meeting and potluck is scheduled for the third weekend in September.

Congratulations to Matthew Koenraadt and Kim Fath who were married in an outdoor setting on Saturday, June 17, at the home of the grooms parents. A reception, open house and karaoke followed in the community hall. The newlyweds will make their home in Halkirk.

Sympathies are extended to the Dunkle family on the passing of Pam, wife of Brad and mother of Carly and Sydney. Services will be held on June 26 in the Castor Community Hall. The Dunkle family, Gary, Wendy, Brad and Brady, lived in Halkirk several years ago before making their home in Castor.

Sympathy to the Anderson families on the passing of their brother-in-law and uncle, Orest Schur of Lacombe on June 22. Services will be held on July 5 in the Lacombe United Church.

Bride-elect Jenna Nibourg is being honoured by her bridesmaids, Jennifer Hauck and Michelle Strome at a “garden party” shower to be held on Saturday, July 8, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the home of Ellyn Schaffner. All are welcome.

Tobias Schiebecker and Kenan Kopdog, both from Germany have spent a month with Darrell and Wendy Ashbacher. The young men are spending six months in Canada and then moving to New Zealand.

Hilda deMos from Holland is spending a week with John and Judy and celebrating her birthday here. She will meet up with more family on a trip to Wayne, Alta.

School is almost over for this year. And before it ends our students compete in Track and Field. From our elementary group we have Sage Gonda – trophy in standing broad; Colter Stirling – trophy in dash; Aspen Johnson – trophy in dash, long jump and standing broad; from Jr. high we have Bailey Musgrove – 1st in Discus and 1st in 400m; Devon Johnson – 1st in 100m, 200m, triple jump and long jump; Logan Perry – 1st in 1,500m, 2nd in 800m; Cale Nuefeld – 4th in triple jump; from Sr. High we have Tiana Gamroth and Liam Grice going on to Zones competing in 100m, relay, long jump and high jump. To anyone whose name has been missed, I’m sorry.

Also, don’t forget to celebrate Canada’s 150th this weekend by participating in some of the activities happening in your area.

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