Big Valley school sees increased enrolment

Slight increase in numbers

By Les and Rosemary Stulberg

Big Valley School welcomed its students back for the new term on Sept. 4. The school enrolment is up by 11 students to 95. The principal is Charlee Mappin. Teachers are Tara Switzer, Lorissa Jackson, Melitta Sorensen, Michael Knight (new to the staff this year) and Jessica Rairdan. Support staff includes Carmen Tizzard and Cheryl Bartley.

Bus drivers are Nanita Cook, Tami Blomquist, Allan Clark and Shelly Currier and the high school bus to Stettler is driven by Michelle Pinder.

Byemoor School doors opened on Sept. 4 and students are back at the books once again. Staff includes Principal Gwen Keith, teachers Mandi Rietmann and Tara Hallett, teacher aide Erin Wilkie, secretary-librarian Bobbi Buchwitz and play school instructor is Paige Jones.

Bus drivers are Rosemary Stulberg and Shalene Grover and the high school bus to Stettler is driven by Anita Mappin.

Byemoor School hosted a welcome back pancake breakfast at the school on Sept. 6 for the students, staff and any parents who wished to attend.

Jenelle Hassett is the teacher at Byemoor Colony and her teacher’s aide is Theresa Christie.

Congratulations to Jayme Laak and Johnny MacDonald on their recent engagement.

Shannon Knowles, along with her daughter and grandsons Denny, Turner and Nash Dettmer, enjoyed a trip to Victoria, B.C. where they visited with members of the Ackerman family.

Sympathy is extended to Marj Sorensen and family on the passing of Marj’s sister Dorothy (Hronek) Evers on Sept. 1 in Ontario. Dorothy was 73. Our thoughts are with the Sorensen and Hronek families in their loss.

Wes and Robin Walker attended a triple birthday celebration in Drumheller on Sept. 2. It was the 80th birthday celebration for Robin’s mother Bernice Cosgrave and her twin sister Bonnie and older sister Shirley was also celebrating her birthday.

Les and Rosemary Stulberg and family joined a family gathering in Stettler on Sept. 2 to celebrate the 91st birthday of Rosemary’s mother, Dorothy Diprose.

Larry and Lorene Stulberg have returned home from a 10-day holiday to Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee. They took in many popular attractions including the Grand Ole Opry and Graceland.

Happy birthday wishes are sent to Gail Irion, 81, on Sept. 5 and Mickey Tucker, 82, on Sept. 10. Best wishes for many more happy birthdays, ladies.

Big Valley School is hosting its Terry Fox Run on Sept. 26 at 11:30 a.m. followed by a welcome back barbecue.

The Big Valley United Church building has become too large for its small congregation. The church board has made the decision to sell its building to the Evangelical Free Church so it will continue to be used as a place of worship.

In October the United Church congregation will find another location in Big Valley for worship.

Big Valley United Church will continue with its traditional fall suppers and extend an invitation to all to attend its turkey supper on Oct. 14 at the Big Valley Community Hall.

Big Valley Artists’ Group is back for another season and meets every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the train station or outdoors when weather permits. Bring a bag lunch. Call Rose at 403-741-9800 for more information.

Art and Drawing Lessons are now available in Big Valley. A five-week commitment is required and each lesson is two hours long. All ages are welcome. Contract Rose at 403-741-9800 for further info.

Anymore interested in earning a few extra dollars and helping out the community at the same time, the Big Valley Agricultural Society is looking for an arena caretaker and a kitchen caretaker. Resumes/proposals may be sent to

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