Breakfast kicks off Fire Prevention Week

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HALKIRK

Halkirk’s volunteer fire department hosted a pancake breakfast Sunday at the fire hall to kick off the upcoming Fire Prevention Week.

Money made at last year’s breakfast was used to buy a pump for the bush truck. This year’s profits will go toward refurbishing a different, gently used, bush truck with a water tank, lights and a siren.

A bush truck is a smaller, 4-wheel-drive vehicle that will travel easily through fields and bush.

The fire department wishes to remind readers that smoke detectors save lives.

They ask you to check your smoke alarm monthly to make sure it’s working.

Our community wishes to acknowledge a generous donation made to the Mother Teresa School from Greengate Power Corp. of Calgary this week. Greengate worked in our area implementing Phase 1 of the Halkirk wind farm project, which has been sold to Capital Power, which will see it to completion.

Greengate remains in the area, working on a feasibility study for Phase 2 in windy east central Alberta.

Reminder: A fire ban is in effect in the Paintearth County. It’s very dry and a good rain would be most welcome. Harvest is nearing completion.

Our school students participated in the Terry Fox run/walk for cancer at the Gus Wetter School on Friday afternoon.

As we give thanks this Thanksgiving weekend, we remind our residents to remember those less fortunate. The school has set up a donation box that will go to the Castor food bank this weekend.

Get-well greetings go out to Sarah Cordel, who is presently a patient in the Stettler hospital.

Rheal Labelle recently had his nephew, Steven, from Hull, Que., visiting with him.

Wally and Linda had Wally’s son Kerry visiting with them from Ottawa.

Ross and Pat Stewart from Red Deer visited with Mary Stewart on Saturday.

Charlie and Nicole Taylor and daughter Michelle from Red Deer called on Rose and Elsie McColman for a quick visit last week.

Irene Schilling accompanied by her sister, Doreen Johnston of Calgary, motored to Sherwood Park for a week of activities and shopping while staying with their sister, Ida Hallett.

Bob Baird and three rodeo buddies flew out to Windstrum Lake in Northern Saskatchewan for a week of pike and lake trout fishing.

Coming up: Thursday — Thanksgiving ham and turkey bingo at the hall at 7:30 p.m.: Oct. 18 — awards night at the school at 7 p.m.: Oct. 22 — Elks annual elephants and oysters — call Dale Kent for info and support this fundraiser supports the youth in our communities.

— Dorothy Anderson & Rose Koenraadt