Big Valley turns page after festive season

Happy New Year and welcome to 2013. The holidays zipped by much too quickly, again.

Happy New Year and welcome to 2013. The holidays zipped by much too quickly, again.

December was filled with shopping, baking, gift-wrapping, tree-decorating, and all the usual rushing around, trying to make all those Christmas preparations “just right.” Most of us secretly love the hustle and bustle of the holidays and look forward to the gift- giving, great food, holiday gatherings and the opportunity to celebrate the season with all those who matter most to us.

Here in Big Valley, we all enjoyed another festive season with our various community celebrations, dinners, fireworks, holiday light displays and, of course, the great concert put on by our Big Valley School students.

But now it’s over. The trees have been taken down and the decorations have been packed up for next year. We’ve said our goodbyes to the holidays and returned to our daily routines of jobs and school, hopefully well-rested and ready for an exciting new year.

Dec. 21 came and went without the world coming to an end, and when the clock struck 12 on Dec. 31, people all over the world wished each other a Happy New Year.

For many of us, each new year sparkles with the possibility of a fresh beginning and grand expectations of the wonderful things that might lie ahead.

Best wishes to everyone. May you achieve all of your goals and may health, happiness and prosperity find us all in the new year.

The Big Valley Royal Purple would like to thank everyone who supported the group’s New Year’s Eve Gala. The event was a great success and it seemed a good time was had by all. The meal was delicious and the hypnotist show had the audience well-entertained.

The continued support from the whole community, including the Elks, is greatly appreciated. The Royal Purple also thanks all the new members who joined in the past year.

A reminder to Big Valley dog owners — pet licences are due to be renewed. For more information, stop in at the village office.

January birthday greetings go out to Ross Annable – 1, Gillian Gridley – 1, Nicole Zoller – 1, Rick Kargaard – 2, Tom Fraser – 3, Jim Brenchley – 4, Art Tizzard – 8, Ariane Jensen – 8, Marguarite Kerbes – 12, Mike Noon-Ward – 12, Don Saar – 15, Rod Miller – 17, Keelan Stefanik – 17, Reece Stefanik – 17, Peggy Melnyk – 18, Micah Toews – 19, Ryan Stormoen – 21, Curt Watts – 22, Marian Reinhart – 25, Katherine Stillinger-Winegarden – 26, Charlese Gridley – 27, Chase Skocdopole – 28, Brady Duncan – 28, and Ann Tizzard – 30.