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Decoration Day Service will be on Aug. 27

The 87th annual will be held at the Gadsby Omega Cemetery at 2 p.m.

Paulette Heer

Gadsby/Westwoods News

The 87th annual Decoration Day Service will be held at the Gadsby Omega Cemetery on Sunday, Aug. 27 beginning at 2 p.m. with the Legion march of the colours. Prior to this the Gadsby Heritage Society will be holding their annual pancake breakfast in conjunction with the event. Doors will open at the old church building in Gadsby at 11 a.m. and the breakfast will run until 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Decoration Day services began when the local Legions, Stettler and Gadsby, realized the beauty of the local cemetery, then called Fairview Cemetery and wished to hold a province-wide gathering at the cemetery to honour the World War I veterans. The new cenotaph had just been built as well. They approached the newly formed Omega Circle ladies, who offered to provide coffee and homemade donuts for the event. This became a tradition through the years. With the downward decline of population and activities in the area, this has become a homecoming of sorts where people from all over come home to once again honour their past family members and visit with friends and past neighbours. Coffee and donuts will once again be served by the ladies of the Omega Circle following the service.

The long wait for the first grandson of Fred and Velvet Entwisle has finally ended. Congratulations to their daughter Haley and Nick Dodgson on the birth of their son on Friday morning, Aug. 4 at 1:53 a.m., in the Stettler hospital. Greyson Benjamin Malcolm, 8 lbs. 3oz., 21 1/2 inches long. Proud great grandparents are Ben and Linda Nickerson of Kimberley, B.C. A brother for Cooper and Rowyn, nephew to a host of aunts and uncles, and the newest cousin for rest of the family.

On the July long weekend a Connon/Coleman family reunion was held at the home of Roxanne and Wayne Dickie, the daughter of Daphne (Coleman) and Terry Ziegler. There were close to 100 family members present for the occasion and it was a great get-together for all.

Happy birthday to Eleanor Dahlgren who celebrated her birthday on Thursday, Aug. 3. A quick trip to Red Deer, back to Stettler and dinner with husband Frank, friends Bill and Joyce Hansel and back to Frank and Eleanor’s for birthday cake that Joyce had baked and presented to her. That night the four of them headed out east of Castor to Huber Dam for supper. Next day, Bill and Joyce headed to Cadogan, out to the family “Cabin by the Lake” to spend time with family.

A correction on my part. A couple weeks ago I asked if anyone had a picture of, and I should have said, Haner Brothers Garage. There are lots of pictures of the garage in Gadsby as it is now but the Haner family is looking for one with the family name above the door. Please contact me if you have one and it could be photocopied.

Dale and Corina Deer, daughters Rae-Ann, and Charlee, in convoy with Corina’s sister Denise and Shane Jacobson and family, Austin, Keagan and Cheyanne, headed to B.C. for eight days of fun in the sun. They rented a house at Winfield, enjoyed boating, swimming, museums and 132 steps down to the beach! On their travels they took in Three Valley Gap and Kangaroo Creek where they got to hold baby kangaroos. They arrived home on July 28, tired but happy.

We are sad to hear of the passing of Verna (Hoopfer) Herbert, originally of Gadsby. Verna was born in Gadsby in 1927, took her schooling here before graduating from her class of 1948 Nursing School in Calgary. And was known as “Auntie Tuffet” to all her Stettler and Gadsby gang. She is mourned by her sons Bill, Ken (Charmaine), Brian (Pam), David(Lori), nine grandchildren, and four great grandchildren, as well as sisters-in-law Myrt Hoopfer and Elpha Hoopfer/Senft. She was predeceased by her husband Johnny, brothers Laurie, Jim and Dan Hoopfer and sister Alice Rowles. A memorial at the Omega Cemetery will be held at a later date. Verna was 90 years young.

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