Big family reunion at Red Willow

I like it! Stettler Independent has a new look!

I like it! Stettler Independent has a new look! An easy to read book format, no more clearing the kitchen table to read the paper. Way to go Mustafa!

Summer is a busy time of travel and visiting. Barb Carey, daughter Joanna and granddaughter Victoria flew to Vancouver Island, where they stayed in the majestic Empress Hotel in Victoria. They rented a car and toured the island, taking in Butchart Gardens, the Butterfly Garden up to Chemainus, to the world famous Mural Display at Sidney to the Aquarium. Barb’s sister Laurie from Chilliwack and her two girls, Tammy and Amanda joined them for two days.

Meanwhile, Vic Carey, son Wesley and grandsons Lincoln and Jonah flew into Trout Lake, Saskatchewan for a five day fishing trip, had a great time on the water, fishing and they report catching lots of fish. Everyone arrived home Friday.

Around sixty family and friends gathered in Red Willow for the Reg and Vada Lyster reunion. Of the original siblings only Iver was able to make it. Brothers Oris and Lyle were unable to attend. The Argyl Lyster family were well represented with Kathy, Dale, Susan, Linda and families all there. From the farthest points were Susan from Queen Charlotte Island; Christa Sieben (Lyle’s granddaughter) and family from Macklin, Saskatchewan; Doug Lyster from Grand Cache and Karen Dorin (cousin) and family from Brooks, Alberta. The youngest was Emmerson Lyster (Lyle’s great-grandchild) at seven weeks and the oldest were Iver Lyster and Lucy Lutz (Camrose) at 80 plus!

Organizing the event were Dale and Anne Lyster and daughter Amber. Bean bag baseball, spite and malice, challenging crib games, washer toss and water sports were among the activities. The Calgary Stampede is over for another year, but it was exciting to watch brothers Curtis (calf roping) and Cody (steer wrestling) compete on the final day, Showdown Sunday. Way to go! Curtis won the SW at Reno prior to participating in the Calgary Stampede.

Larry and Kathy Tuck have returned home after an 18-day trip to Eastern Canada in June. Kathy’s sister Marilyn and Terry O’How (Consort) went with them. They flew into Halifax, rented a car and took to the road. They went to Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, New Brunswick and P.E.I. Took in Peggy’s Cove, Rita MacNeil’s Tea House, the Anne Murray Centre, ran across Hank Snow’s Camp, and saw the 40-foot cement lobster. For Larry the highlight was visiting Cornwall, Nova Scotia where he was stationed there for boot camp 40 years ago. The camp is still there and is now used as a cadet camp. They were allowed to drive around the camp, which brought back many memories for Larry. After a few days rest at home Larry and Kathy headed to Kelley, North Saskatchewan for a week of fishing and relaxation The fishing was great, the largest (catch and release) was a 19-pound pike.

Congratulations to Hazel Thomas and Harold Holdal who were married June 6 in Lacombe. This followed by a short trip to Canmore and on into B.C. They returned home for a few days before heading on into Saskatchewan to visit family.

Another afternoon of cribbage was enjoyed at Heritage Place last Thursday. Best scores went to Myrt Hoopfer and Shirley Reynolds while Annette Muyres took home the booby prize. Everyone is welcome to join the fun and the next tournament on Thursday, July 17 at 1:30 p.m.

Don’t forget the monthly bingo at the Bank Building this Saturday. Doors open 6:30.

Sincere sympathies to Candice Charlton and family on the sudden passing of Candice’s mother in Edmonton.