Alberta Prairie Steam train comes back to Big Valley

Big Valley Bulletin

The familiar sound of those old train whistles were heard once again here in Big Valley as the first two trains of the tourist season arrived this weekend. Saturday’s train arrived at 4:10 p.m. with the meal served in the big tent set up south of the station. Sunday’s train was a Masonic Lodge charter, arriving at 1:40. In spite of the windy weather, it was great weekend.

Canadian Northern Rail would like to thank Big Valley’s Grade 5 and Grade 6 classes for the wonderful job they did cleaning up the yard at the railway station.

The Big Valley Beautification and Cultural Society’s annual plant swap will be held at the railway station on Friday, May 20 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. In addition to a selection of perennials, shrubs and small trees, coffee, tea and goodies will be served.

The annual Legion Literary and Poster Awards were held at the Big Valley School on Friday, May 6. Nominal monetary prizes and certificates were presented to the deserving students. The judges, led by Comrade Arline Grover, had a particularly difficult task as all the entries were of exceptionally high quality and several were very close when judged. Posters by Ryland Stefanik, Nicole Zoller, and Hayley McNeil won at district and/or command level. This is one of the best programs for getting the Legion’s message out and the Legion would like to thank the school staff, the parents, and of course, the students for all their efforts. Congratulations to all the winners.

Don’t forget, the annual Bottle Drive of Big Valley School’s Grade 3-4 Class is Thursday, May 19. Please leave your contributions on the sidewalk by 9 a.m.

The Strawberry Tea, hosted by the Friends of the Big Valley Library Society on Saturday, May 7, was very well attended and everyone had a great time.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped to make the decorations and serve the tea. Congratulations to Nathan Houle, Tammy Webster and Helen Leeshan who were the winners of the raffled gift baskets.

CORRECTION: The Big Valley School Play School Information Night will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. (not 4 to 7) on Thursday, May 19. For more information, please call 403-876-2271.