Bonspiel season sweeps the Rumsey region

Another bonspiel has wrapped up as this hits the newspaper.

Another bonspiel has wrapped up as this hits the newspaper. The women’s bonspiel had 12 teams enter this past week’s competition and the winners of each event were:

First event — first place went to Julie Primrose’s team, with Peggy Freeman, Melissa Danes, Claire Swanson; second was Carolin Schofer, with Kim Wasdal, Betty Campbell and Krissy Gallagher.

Second event — first place went to Norah Watts, with Cindy Krywcun, Melaine Moniko, Diana McBride; second was Carol Wilkins, with Rosalie MacFarlane, Trina Mac- Farlane and Sandy Pederson, Carol’s friend who felt the urge to curl came all the way from Outlook, Sask. … now, that’s dedication!

Third event — the top prize went to Leah Watts, with Elaine Weisse, Wendy Watts and Lisa Rosland (a friend of Leah’s); second was Jordanna Fergusson, with Stacy Hopkins and Chelsey Black.

The mixed doubles weekend isn’t far away. Keep it in mind if you’re a curler. It will happen on Feb 22 and 23. Brooks and Jackie Watts are in charge of the event, so give them a call at 403-368-2357 for more information.

The school curling teams competed in their zone bonspiel last weekend. They did a great job of winning gold in every event. There was a young men’s team with Bradley Nelson, Matt McNaughton, Marcus Herd, Garrett Holowath and coach Kent Holowath; a young women’s team of Katie Primrose, Brittany Cawiezel, Amy Adams, Jessica Wolf and coach Betty Primrose; and a mixed team of Evan Hampton, Caitlyn Wolf, Lowell Nelson and Jordan Ferguson, with coaching from Melaine Nelson. All of them were representing our area, so that’s definitely something to be proud of. There was a second mixed team with Robert Sinclair and Kevin Devaleriola.

All of these curlers started their curling with the Rumsey junior curling program. This is a real boost for the good things that this program has accomplished over the many years it has been running. They will be going onto the provincial level now, so be sure to congratulate them the next time you see them.

At the college level, Julie Primrose has something great to celebrate. The curling team she’s competing with at Red Deer College has qualified at Edmonton last weekend to go onto the college provincials in Olds this weekend. Well done! She’s definitely making Mom and Dad proud!

The junior high girls’ basketball home tournament was all wins for them. They played off in the finals and beat Olds 22-18. They now have an amazing season record of 16 wins and no losses!

The boys’ basketball team has another local in Levi Hampton. Bryce and Levi’s team played in a tournament last weekend in Acme. They didn’t win a medal, but had a great time with good competition, and will be heading to Carbon for the zones on March 1 and 2. Good luck, boys.

Another local kid, Russel Steen, is busy with his basketball team north of the border at the Big Valley School. Russel is in Grade 9 and enjoying a good season. His team will be heading off for their district finals on March 3.

Don’t forget about the Morrin Figure Skating Carnival coming soon. We have a lot of our local children involved in this, so it’s guaranteed to be entertaining.

For years, the women in our community have hosted a monthly birthday party at St. Mary’s Health Care Centre in Trochu for the seniors at the hospital. This takes place every third Monday of the month. Rumsey Ag Society supplies the birthday gift for each person celebrating their birthday in the current month. The hostesses for each month enjoy supplying the birthday treat of cake or any sweet for each guest. Entertainment is provided by the talented bands of Marion Stickle and, in alternating months, the Duffs.

We would appreciate any volunteer help. We do need a volunteer hostess for the month of February 2014. This is the current list of hostesses, so if you see a month that you would be available to help with, just let that person know: January — Judy Stoneman, March — Helen Steen, April — Donna Sengaus, May — Pat Hatt, June — Pat Holowath, July — Kendra Kiemele, August — Dariel McNaughton, September — Marilyn Olmstead, October — Lois Kiemele, November — Elaine Wiesse, and December — Linda Helmer.

The 4-H club held its weigh day out at Melanie and Tracey Nelson’s ranch on Sunday. The  highest weight was close to 1,100 pounds and all the calves are progressing really well. They looked really good. There were a few attempts at the kids and leaders leading the calves off the trailers with halters, as it gets closer to mock achievement day in April. They finished up the day with a meeting to discuss the speak-offs that were held on Tuesday night in Rumsey. Keep in mind their annual bottle and battery drive — save your recyclables for them.