Cody Cassidy advances to the semi-finals of the Houston Rodeo

Another blast of winter weather makes us appreciate the warmer days coming soon.

GADSBY/WESTWOODS NEWS — Another blast of winter weather makes us appreciate the warmer days coming soon.

Bill and Joyce Hansel headed to Stettler Bowling Alley on Saturday, March 4 to help great granddaughter Shaya celebrate her seventh birthday, her actual birthday being March 8. Also there were Curtis and Corrine Trenerry, and their three children, from Provost; Devin and Heather Trenerry from Metiskow; Calvin and Steph and family from Red Deer, along with Rod and Sandy, and Avery from Gibbons; Mareena Davits and girls, Thelma all of Stettler. Jason and Denee hosted the day. Shaya also enjoyed several classmates from school who took part in the bowling birthday party as well. Happy birthday Shaya.

Frank Dahlgren celebrated his birthday, first with Bill and Joyce who brought birthday cake with them on Monday, Feb. 27; then on Tuesday, Feb. 28 Tammy and Darcy Hronek and family took Frank and Eleanor to supper.

Congratulations to Cody Cassidy who has advanced to the semi-finals of the Houston Rodeo recently, qualifying in the steer wrestling event. Best of luck Cody.

Dale Van Straten dropped in for coffee at her brother Percy and Paulette’s this week. They enjoyed a recap of Dale and her daughter Shandele Battle’s recent trip, a seven-day Country Music Cruise. Imagine being on the same ship with such legends as Charlie Pride and Tanya Tucker as well as several Elvis impersonators. Also on board were Vince Gill, Lee Greenwood, Moe Bandy, The Oak Ridge Boys, Brenda Lee to name a few.

Velvet enjoyed a short visit from nephew Tristan on his way home from northern Alberta.

We extend sincere sympathies to the McKay and Merchant families on the passing of Margaret Merchant, nee McKay who was born and raised north of Gadsby in the Westwoods District, one of twelve children born to Archie and Martha McKay. When her mother passed away Margaret lived with her sister Mary and Elmer Smith (he taught school at Willow Park, north and west of Gadsby), Margaret went to Normal School and taught school until she retired in 1987. Her husband of 44 years, Don Merchant, passed away in 1995. She remained on the farm in Coronation until her passing. Margaret was 86 years young. Nephew Doug and Shirley McKay presented their gift of music at the funeral.