Author reflects on the struggle to beat MS

On Saturday, Mar. 29 local author William Boulton paid a visit to the Big Valley Library for a truly inspiring author talk and book signing.

Author William Boulton was at the Big Valley Library to promote his book which is based on his real life experience of fighting the MS and trying to lead a normal life despite the disease.

Author William Boulton was at the Big Valley Library to promote his book which is based on his real life experience of fighting the MS and trying to lead a normal life despite the disease.

On Saturday, Mar. 29 local author William Boulton paid a visit to the Big Valley Library for a truly inspiring author talk and book signing. In 2007, Boulton was diagnosed with relapsing, remitting Multiple Sclerosis which left him trapped inside himself, unable to walk, talk, taste, see, feel or hear.

In his recently penned “I Miss Me” William invites us to walk with him as he recounts his extraordinary journey with this baffling and insidious disease. His inspirational true story revealed his determination to never give up as he fought to reclaim all he had lost. William says that his encounter with MS “changed something within me…it gave me a whole new focus, and whole new appreciation for this fragile thing we call life”. He hopes his book will not only help to explain what Multiple Sclerosis can do to a life, but also inspire people to become “owners” and not just “victims” of the all the circumstances around them.

Congratulations to the Men’s Bonspiel winners at the 2014 Big Valley Curling Wrap Up. In the “A” Event Ritchie Chapman (Erskine) came in first, Dallas Rock (Stettler) was second, John Schofer (Byemoor) was third and Brian Mose (Elnora) fourth.

In the “B” Event Dan McArthur (Huxley) placed first, Jim Muhlbach (Big Valley) second, Chad Ponto (Big Valley) third, and David Webster (Big Valley) was fourth; and in the “C” Event Chris Laisnez (Big Valley) was first, Dale Brown (Elnora) was second, Terry Annable (Big Valley) third, and Rod Nelson (Rumsey) came in fourth.

The team of Chris Laisnez, Curtis Kaiser, Mike Fahey and Dave Lucki were the league champions, with help from Ashton and Kyler Kaiser, Braden and Julie Ponto, Seth and Ainsley Lucki, Rowan Laisnez and Shaye Skelton. Thanks to all the curlers, volunteers, sponsors and Mick. Hope to see everyone again next season.

17 people were out for crib at the Big Valley Inn on Sunday, April 6. Two tables of eight players resulted in Phil Bryant and Lawrence Wilkie placing first, Vi McCarty and Stan Nattestad placing second and Betty Bell with Mary Wilkie placing third. Dorothy Annable and Bill Kirtley took home the booby. Joanne Murphy won the regular draw while Betty Bell won the 50/50. Congratulations go out to Lawrence Wilkie for seven perfect games. The Big Valley Inn crib players welcome back to Margaret and Ernie and hope to see everyone out again next Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Don’t forget the final crib tournament and supper will be on Sunday, Apr. 27.

Don’t forget to register for Big Valley and Area Minor Ball. If you have children 4 years of age and up, please contact Erin Wilkie at 403-876-2548 with your child’s name and date of birth. Team arrangements will be dependent on the number of registrations and ages for each category. Coaches and adult helpers are always needed and appreciated at practices and games. Practice days and possible game times will be up to the coaches. Registration deadline is April 11.

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