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The amazing Endiang balloon race touches the US

Ken and Eleanor Schultz received word that two of the balloons have reached eastern US.

Les and Rosemary Stulberg

Byemoor/Endiang News

The Great Endiang Balloon Race had some amazing results this year. Ken and Eleanor Schultz received word on three balloons already found from their July 23 launch. Two made it as far as the eastern US.

The first balloon reported found travelled an astonishing 3,000 km and was located by a resident of Powell, Ohio. That balloon, number 48, was launched by Terry Gallant of Endiang and was found on Monday, July 24.

Another balloon was also found on July 24 and it was recovered at the Road America Race Track in Plymouth, Wisconsin. Balloon number 78 was released by Jim Wasdal of Endiang.

A third balloon, number 100, was located at Wilkie, Sask. It was launched by Len Strydnaka, married to Bonnie Boehlke of Calling Lake, Alta.

Air currents must have been favourable for the balloons to travel that distance so quickly.

The Byemoor Ball Tournament is fast approaching — mark Aug. 18-20 on your calendars. Those interested in entering the 32-team slo-pitch tournament may contact Bobbi Buchwitz or Kary Lyn Keith.

The parade goes on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. Be sure to be thinking of your parade entries early as a way to celebrate Canada 150. The Sullivan Lake West Agricultural Society is looking for someone to assume the duties of parade marshal. Anyone interested please contact Paige Jones.

The Ag. Society is also looked for a club, group or individual to operate the concession booth during the tournament, Aug. 18-20. As well, anyone willing to help out with the Kids’ Carnival or working door and bar shifts at the dance are asked to contact Rebecca Schofer.

It takes many volunteers to stage an event this size, so hopefully folks will step forward to help out.

Sympathy is extended to the Smyth and Knowles families on the sudden passing of Sandra Smyth on July 19 at age 71. Sandra was the youngest of 10 children born to William and Eva Knowles and was raised on a ranch southwest of Byemoor. Our thoughts are with Sandra’s family in their sad loss.

The Lilac Room, located south of Endiang, has closed for the season — with July 29 being the last day of business for a while. Karyn Ironside, operator of the popular eatery, says she will re-open in November and December with a desserts and beverage menu, in conjunction with Cattlemunn’s Ranching Gift Shop’s Christmas sales season.

Twila Buchwitz and her four boys enjoyed some holiday time in Saskatchewan visiting with family members and taking in activities, including the North Battleford rodeo, where Ryder and Bronc were contestants.

Gail Pattinson Fourie of Vancouver, B.C. is visiting our district and staying with her sister Jean Curry and family at Endiang. Gail caught up with some former classmates for lunch at the Byemoor Hotel one day.

Charleen Jennings-Jones has returned home to Nova Scotia after enjoying time spent with her dad Warren Jones and other members of her Jones family.

Lorene Stulberg and Marg Cousins travelled to Kaslo, B.C. for a wedding and family reunion. Kaslo is on Kootenay Lake.

Members of the Pogmore clan enjoyed a Pogmore family reunion in Stettler on the weekend.

Ken and Eleanor Schultz, John and Jacky Chop, Val Schultz, Judy Crawford and Greg Chop enjoyed a northern Alberta holiday. They took in the chuckwagon races at Bonnyville, Canadian Air Force museums and sights at Cold Lake, world’s largest Easter Egg at Vegreville and other sights along the way.

A grass fire on Tatesons – former Albert Baes farm – was brought under control by the quick action of neighbours. Continued dry conditions are causing a real fire hazard.

We send birthday wishes to some seniors with ties to the Endmoor community. Happy birthday to John Kisser, 86 on July 19; Fred Rappel, 70 on July 28; Gordon Groat, 75 on July 30; Art Gutsche, 87 on Aug. 1 and Margaret Jones, 82 on Aug. 3.

We also send birthday wishes and congratulations to Endmoor’s newest senior citizen, Bruce Gallagher. Bruce turns 65 on Aug. 7 — enjoy being on the government payroll, Bruce.

Thought for the day — “Think once before you act, twice before you speak, and three times before you post on Facebook.”

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