Community meets to plan reunion


Playing for Slave Lake – Halkirk rock band Paper Bag Skirt held a fundraiser for Slave Lake on June 12 at Halkirk Hall. L to R back - Daniel Godbersen

Halkirk Herald

A small, but inspired group attended a community meeting at the hall on June 15 to discuss a book launch and reunion to celebrate Halkirk’s 100th birthday as a village. A tentative date of July 7 and 8, 2012 was suggested. A committee of nine was selected to organize ideas, accept donations, apply for funding, look into planning of meal, entertainment etc. A large undertaking like this is only successful with the cooperation of the whole community. All volunteers are welcome.

A reminder to get your stories in for the history book. Time is running out.

The musical benefit concert held last Sunday at the Hall featuring our local teen rock band, Paper Bag Skirt, was well attended and close to $1500.00 will head toward the Slave Lake disaster relief fund. The band, Tork, originally from Castor, featuring Mitch Blauel, Eugene Gustafson and Marc Spady, offered a musical workshop in the afternoon. Great job.

The Paintearth mine participated in a rescue competition held in Edson. There were twelve teams participating. Locals were Marty Rowland, Matthew Koenraadt, and Joey Boxma as well as several others on the team.

Castor/ Halkirk Elks jointly hosted a golf tournament on Friday with 13 people enjoying the day.

Tiara Hronek, bride-elect of Doug Janke, was guest of honor at an informal bridal shower held on Thursday night at the Rec Centre in Stettler. The bride was assisted by one of her bridesmaids, Jodi Ko of Stettler. Tiara’s mom Frankie and her aunt Debby were among the guests who enjoyed the evening of games, gifts and lunch.

A bridal shower was held in Botha on Thursday evening to honor Candace Potter, bride-elect of Greg Boxma. Seated at the head table with the bride were her bridesmaids, her sister, Dani, and friends Sarah Carstairs, Whitney VanLanduyt and Rianne Vanderburg. Also attending was Greg’s mom, Angie and his grandma, Joyce Neilson, Candace’s mom, Cathie and her grandmas Carol Trenholm and Lorraine Potter plus several aunts and many friends.

Sympathy is extended to Darrel and Wendy Ashbacker and family on the sudden passing of Darrel’s brother in Sask.

Fifty – one immediate family members of Bill and May Jamieson gathered at the Hall and campground on this rainy weekend for a supper and social get together. The rain prevented their outdoor activities but it didn’t dampen their spirits.

Descendants of Milton and Pearl Strome gathered at the Bull-a-rama grounds for their annual family reunion this weekend. They had 14 camping units and 70 plus relations who enjoyed a pot-luck lunch on Saturday. Cards and board games with lots of visiting kept everyone busy while the rain came down.

Several Halkirkites enjoyed the music of the Country Legends in Castor on Friday night, the kick off to a fundraiser for STARS.

Alex and Deanna Montbriand from Qu’Appelle, SK were weekend visitors with Kent and Evelyn Johnson.

Irene Schilling had her sisters Doreen Johnston from Calgary and Ida Hallett from Sherwood Park visiting with her.

Lisa Kent and family visited with Don and Joy Walker in Big Valley on Father’s day.

Last Bingo of the season was held last Thursday. Next one scheduled for Sept. 8.

Last day of school will be Monday, June 27.

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