Big Valley jumps high in CARA championship

District Deputy Lyle Howard was in attendance at the February meeting of the local Elks where he brought everyone up to date

District Deputy Lyle Howard was in attendance at the February meeting of the local Elks where he brought everyone up to date on other lodge activities in the district. Plans have been finalized for the annual Oyster Feed and Past Ruler night to be held on Tuesday, March 26, here in Big Valley.

Initiation of new members will also take place. If you are contemplating joining the Elks, now is the time.

Disbursements were made to Canadian Northern to help defray costs for the new roof on the Big Valley Station and to the Morrin Figure Skating Club. The local Lodge will also be helping the two Morrin curling teams that recently qualified for provincial play. Congratulations to them.

Big Valley School’s basketball teams are also worthy of congratulatory wishes for their participation in the CARA championships last Saturday at Stettler.

The Big Valley boys proved to be the little team that could. They had to make the trip out to Coronation earlier in the week for a challenge game because the two schools were tied for last place in the division. Big Valley won that game after a tightly contested battle.  That placed them in seventh position, not a strong seed, entering the tournament. They played their first two games against strong teams — and won — then went up against Stettler Middle School, the top dog in this district. Big Valley lost the game after a very close match. Stettler goes on to Tier 2 competition and Big Valley qualified for the Tier 3 competition. Unfortunately, the Big Valley boys couldn’t fully commit to attending the CWAJHAA tournament, so Gus Wetter School from Castor earned the berth.

Regardless, last weekend was an exciting day for both the players and parents.

Dates and functions to mark on your calendars: the Hanna Elks fundraising supper and auction will be on Saturday, April 6, and the district meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, at Halkirk.

The club draw was won by Larry Meyer, who donated his winnings to the Children’s Fund. Club 200 winners for February are: Fran Alison, Bill Kirtley, Len McCook, Mel Craig, Jan Winners, Gavin Hunter, Dave Watson, Matt Elines, and Raj Duncan.

Don’t forget the first meeting of the Big Valley Homecoming/Centennial Committee at the Legion Hall on Thursday, March 14, at 2 p.m. Anyone interested in taking part in planning this celebration is invited to attend. For more information, call Jan at 403-876-2381.

There were 33 people out for Bingo on Thursday, Feb. 28. Once again, the progressive jackpot was not won. Consolation winners were Buster Watts, Ron Milton and Myra Greig. Next week, the jackpot will be at $266. The bonanza winner was Brenda Woods, with the consolation going to Darlene Deer. Lois Mercier won the Loonie Pot. The next Bingo is this Thursday, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Come on out and join the fun.

The Big Valley Inn had eight diehard players out on Sunday in the “not so nice” weather. Len Shaw took first, Stan Nattestad took second and Margaret Levesque took third place. Trudy Spence won the booby. Margaret Levesque won the regular draw and Trudy Spence took the 50/50.

At the Drop In Centre, 12 players came out for crib on Sunday. First went to Ed Whiteside, second to Ron Milton, and third to Lynne Palmer. This week, the booby went to Connie Whiteside.

March birthday wishes go out to Clifford Ross – 3, Biff Balcom – 3, Pat Loria – 3, Melanie Gridley – 3, Ken Christensen – 4, Judy Christensen – 4, Shannon Burnstad – 6, Marilyn Jehn – 7, Holly Skocdopole – 8, Danny Houle – 11, Tracey Forde – 13, Janet Annable – 18, Harvey Christensen – 18, Carmen Tizzard – 19, Caitlan Forde – 20, Bob Woods – 21, Lynne Gjaltema – 22, Clara Mayhew – 22, Shirley Stormoen – 23, Millie Woods – 23, Lori Gordon – 25, Leila Ternes – 26, Chris Janke – 30, and Jara Colp – 31.

Happy anniversary to Kelly and Robyn Armstrong – 11, Darcy and Teresa Greig – 15, George and Mrytle Upton – 29 and Rick and Bobbie Kargaard – 29.


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