Canada Day Gymkhana not to be missed

The 12th annual Wade Buchwitz Memorial Gymkhana is set for July 1 at the Endiang Riding and Roping Club's outdoor arena in Endiang.

The 12th annual Wade Buchwitz Memorial Gymkhana is set for July 1 at the Endiang Riding and Roping Club’s outdoor arena in Endiang; starting at 11 a.m. Entries will be taken on June 25 from 8-10 p.m. by calling Twila at 403-579-2173 or Bobbi at 403-579-2432. Entries will be taken until 10 a.m. on July 1, but pre-entries are preferred. Be sure to take in the gymkhana, it’s a great way to celebrate Canada Day. The day ends with a fireworks display.

The students and teachers of the Byemoor School traveled to Edmonton by chartered coach on Monday for their year-end trip where they enjoyed touring Fort Edmonton.

Byemoor Parks and Recreation Association was fortunate to be the recipient of a $500 donation from ATCO Electric. The donation will go towards the volunteer association’s plan to purchase 80 trees and a commercial lawnmower. The mower will be used to trim the hamlet’s campground, RV park, ball diamonds, rest areas, walking paths and two parks.

Jason Rossing, ATCO Electric representative from the Castor office, made the cheque presentation in Byemoor. The donation was accepted by Doreen Nixon, a volunteer with Byemoor Parks and Recreation.

Former Endiang residents Marilyn Boehlke and Linda Conners (daughters of the late Alex and Anne Smith) have returned from an enjoyable vacation to Scotland, where their family roots began. They were joined by their cousin Jennifer (daughter of George “Sonny” Smith) from B.C. They were able to look up some of their Smith relatives and take a bus tour of Scotland.

Sympathy is extended to Shirley Campbell and family on the passing of Shirley’s brother Donald Riggins on June 11 at age 83. Donald was raised north of Byemoor in the Leo district. At Donald’s request there was no funeral service but a memorial luncheon was held at Delburne on Tuesday. Our thoughts are with his wife Lorraine and their family.

Byemoor kindergarten had a trial-run for first-time students on Thursday. The four excited little people attending their first day of kindergarten were Alerie Sorensen, Ava Gallagher, Joclyn Stimson and Memphis Jones.

Patrons of the Byemoor Hotel will be happy to know the hotel is open again on Mondays, from 12-8 p.m.

Dale and Derek Green flew to Ucluelet, B.C. last week for a salmon and halibut fishing excursion off the coast of Vancouver Island. It was an early Father’s Day present for Dale.

Keep in mind the 80th birthday open house for Vi Grams at the Endiang Hall on June 27 from 2-5 p.m.

A gymkhana clinic is scheduled for June 30 at the Endiang Riding and Roping Club’s arena in Endiang. Instructor is Jill Barron. Jill was recently profiled in Cowboy Country magazine. Call Twila at 403-579-3755 or 403-323-0397 to register.

Dwight, Heather, Callie and Kai Tucker enjoyed a fishing trip to Heart Lake, near Lac La Biche, on the Father’s Day weekend.

Congratulations to Garry and Shirley Keibel who will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on July 4 at the Haunted Lake Golf Club and Campground near Alix.

Ruthie’s Roost will be having entertainment on Sunday, June 28 during its turkey supper. Irene Brooker, Shirley Lumsden and Donnie Johnson, who are no strangers to Endiang, will be providing some old-favorites music from 5-8 p.m. during the supper.

Mark your calendars for a bridal shower for Lorisa Schilling, bride-elect of Danny McAllister, on July 25 at 2 p.m. at the Halkirk Hall. Lorisa was a longtime member of the Byemoor 4-H beef club and in recent years has been an assistant leader for the club.

Thought for the day — “Why is it that when someone tells you that there are one billion stars in the universe you believe them, but if they tell you there is wet paint you have to touch it to check?”