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B.C. outing for area residents

The Endmoor Gophers rookie ball team held its wind-up and final game on Wednesday evening in Byemoor.

The Endmoor Gophers rookie ball team held its wind-up and final game on Wednesday evening in Byemoor. The T-Ball team wound up its games on June 13. Thanks to the coaches Bobbi Buchwitz, Heather Tucker and Paige Jones for coaching the teams. Its great fun for the young people to have the opportunity to play on organized ball teams to learn the game. Ball can become a lifetime pastime of enjoyment.

A few folks from our district attended the Rotary Club of Stettler’s Farmer Appreciation Night in Stettler on Monday evening. It is always nice to see recognition and appreciation to those folks who put the food on our tables, since Farmers’ Day is no longer observed.

School doors at the Byemoor School closed on Friday for the summer. We hope students, teachers, staff and bus drivers have an enjoyable summer break.

A group of former classmates from the Endiang – Byemoor area along with a friend attended the Pacific Northwest Elvis Festival in Penticton, B.C. on the weekend. The three-day event featured Elvis Presley tribute artists from all over the world in competition for the title of best Elvis impersonator.

The group was celebrating a milestone birthday (60th) for some of the classmates and just enjoying an all-girl weekend friend get-away. Those attending were Shannon (Ballinger) Knowles, Maureen (Hunt) Wasdal, Brenda (Crawford) Jones, Shirley (Crawford) Hawco, Florence (Mappin) Tucker, Doreen (Schuler) Nixon and Lynnette Schellenberg from Alberta. They were joined by Peggy (Ackerman) Byatt, Audrey (Ackerman) Noel and Geraldine (Groundwater) Stimson who now live in B.C. Sounds like a fun time.

Congratulations to Vi Grams on the celebration of her 80th birthday. Vi was the guest of honour at an open house on Saturday afternoon at the Endiang Hall hosted by her family. Vi had many family, friends and neighbours join her in celebrating this special milestone. We wish Vi many more happy birthdays.

Dara Hallett, Brittiany Hebert, Paige Jones and Kristin Coates enjoyed a day at Spruce Meadows taking in the Canada One Tournament, a world-class equine show jumping competition.

Les and Rosemary Stulberg and family attended the 65th birthday celebration for Rosemary’s brother Terry Diprose in Red Deer on Saturday.

Ron and Marguerite Brown and Albert and Jean Mappin invite friends and family to help them celebrate their 50th wedding anniversaries at the Byemoor Hall on July 4. Supper is at 6 p.m., open house at 7:30 p.m. and an old-time dance to follow.

Some local folks braved the heat and took in the Ponoka Stampede. During the stampede the late Charlie Chick was among the 2015 inductees honoured by the Canadian Rodeo Historical Association. He was inducted into the Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame Legends. Charlie’s family, well-known to the Endmoor community, was present for the induction. They included daughters Loree Nixon, Leanne Anderkson (who operated the Byemoor Store for many years), Glenda Chick and Kelly Armstrong and brother Frank Chick, with son Greg Chick unable to attend. It was a wonderful honour for the Chick family. A banquet will be held in Calgary in October as an additional part of the formal induction.

We extend sympathy to the family of Betty Nixon who passed away on June 29 in Stettler at the age of 93 years. Betty was a longtime resident of the Byemoor community before retiring to Stettler. Betty and her late husband Dave were active members of the community. Our thoughts are with her family in their time of loss.

Despite receiving some spotty showers but with the record breaking heat the district is still in crucial need of a good general rain very soon to avert a severe major drought.

Thought for the day — “Worrying won’t stop the bad stuff from happening; it just stops you from enjoying the good.”