Curling wraps up this week, with spring fling on horizon

Welcome to winter, again. I hope this miserable weather didn’t hurt your calving season.

Welcome to winter, again. I hope this miserable weather didn’t hurt your calving season.

Just more moisture, I guess. My mom-in-law is enjoying seeing her geranium slips take root and tomatoes, squash, watermelon seedlings stretch out of the ground in her mini-greenhouse by a bright window in her house.

If you happen by the window of the library, you can enjoy petunias, geranium and lilies flowering in the window.

The plants just love it there — I don’t know why — it’s cold and drafty, but there’s lots of light, I guess.

To anyone interested in gaining knowledge about how to exhibit flowers and vegetables, and also to judge exhibits, this might be up your alley. The Alberta Horticulture Association has planned a judges’ workshop for anyone interested in becoming a horticultural judge.

It will be held at the Carstairs curling rink June 22 and 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The cost will be $75 for the weekend, and organizers need a minimum of 10 to 12 people to register to make the program possible.

Please contact Helen Steen at 403-368-2117 for more information or register with Ann Owens at 1-780-963-7489.

She is the AHA chairperson for horticultural judges.

The deadline to register is June 1.

Lorne McArthur and the Canadian Glad and Dahlia Association will have 2,000 dahlia tubers and 5,000 glad bulbs for sale at the Bower Mall in Red Deer on April 13 from 10 till 4 p.m. These will be a great addition to your garden and later to the Rumsey Garden Show in August.

Two of our locals did well recently when the Alberta Bison Association held a show and sale in Ponoka on March 22 and March 23.

Brian and Amanda Newton won grand champion with their breeding bull. They also won second with a bull calf and fourth with their heifer calf.

It was the second year the Newtons have competed. There were 70 animals in the show, so that is excellent for them. Well done, Buddy.

The Morrin Mixed Bonspiel began this week and continues through Saturday. It will be your last chance this season to watch curling “live” in our area.

We have a few teams from Rumsey headed down there, so I hope to hear from them after it’s all done.

Keep the spring fling in mind, as well. It’s planned for April 20, with supper, and silent and live auctions for the Rumsey Ag Society. It’s always a great time!

Badminton season has started up at area schools. So let me know who is involved and how they do, as well.

Russel Steen is teamed up with his partner, Kyle Lawrence, for boys’ doubles and they plan to compete in various games and the CARA tournament in three weeks.