Bad weather helps Elk Lodge meeting in Big Valley

At the starting line – Big Valley School students

With the weather finally cooperating, a warm and sunny fall afternoon greeted Big Valley students for their annual Terry Fox Run held last Thursday, Sept. 30. Starting at the school grounds, the kids ran through the Big Valley golf course, down beautiful country lanes and leafy village streets before returning to the school. The top fund- raiser was Zachary Duncan who won the Terry Fox T-shirt, with honourable mentions going to Owen Wilkie and Abigail Webster. The top fundraising grade was the Grade 3 class who raised $976.50. The total for Big Valley School, grades 1 to 9 was $2,720.43. Great work!

In Elks happenings, we held our first meeting after the summer break and the bad weather resulted in a good turn out. Brother Lloyd Duncan has once again taken over the reins to finish out this term for Brother Ernie Goddard. Brother Goddard has given a lot to ensure the success of this lodge and we thank him for all his past efforts. Once again, we have donated to the Village Whistle and thank the editor for her efforts in putting out a fine little publication for getting the news out.

Bursaries (scholarships) have been decided and we are proud to announce that Cody Goddard from Rumsey and Courtney Bauman from Big Valley are this year’s recipients. Congratulations to both of you and good luck in your future endeavours. We are also supporting our Big Valley Oil Kings by purchasing two squares on their fundraising board. Good luck and have a good year.

A fine young entertainer, originally from Saskatchewan, has been booked for our annual supper and show on Nov. 13. Watch for further advertisements and posters. Plan to come out, enjoy and support our lodge.

The Hanna Lodge will be holding their initiation night and supper on Nov. 17. September Club 200 Winners are: Linda Green, Emmerson Briggs, Mike Sobeliski, and Mike Wass for $100.

Is there “stuff” cluttering up your garage? Do you find yourself tripping over “things” in your basement? Why not free up some of your space while contributing to your community? The Friends of the Big Valley Library along with the Big Valley Municipal Library Board will be holding a fundraising rummage sale at the Legion Hall on Saturday, Oct. 16. Donations can be dropped off at the hall on Friday, Oct. 15 or arrangements can be made for pick up. All types of donations are welcomed and don’t forget to check out the sale. For more information call Linda at the Library @ 876-2642 or Cindy @ 876-2132.

With the tourist season quickly coming to an end, only four train trips are scheduled for October, all on Saturdays and all pulled by a diesel locomotive.

Vivian Hulley will be celebrating her 65th birthday at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8 at the Big Valley Drop-in Centre. She invites everyone to come out and join her for an evening of snacks, fun and games. No gifts please.

Don’t forget to attend the “Meet the Candidates” public forum at the Big Valley Drop-in Centre, Wednesday, Oct. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. Get to know your candidates, find out about important issues and be prepared to make an informed decision.

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