Decoration Day set for this month

The class of 1972 is alive and well. The 40th William E. Hay Composite High School class reunion was held last Saturday

The class of 1972 is alive and well. The 40th William E. Hay Composite High School class reunion was held last Saturday at Rochon Sands, with about 100 of the 237 graduates, including myself.

There were lots of hugs and laughter and name-tag reading.

Betty Hadwin took in Consort’s centennial celebrations this month. She camped in town and found lots of old friends to visit with.

Dave Thomas has returned home from his second trip to Peru. This time, he was in Tacna with a humanitarian/medical clinic group of doctors, nurses, dentists and optometrists.

Gadsby was active with the Wiltsie / Hoopfer / Curris reunion. There were 110 family members in attendance. Of the original Hoopfers from Gadsby and area were the Jim Hoopfer, Dan Hoopfer, Laurie Hoopfer and Alice Rowles families.

The gathering was held at the Gadsby ball diamonds, where they enjoyed camping, a play area for the kids and lots of room to spread out.

July weddings at Westwoods included Kenny Baird and Kayla Volker on July 6, with close to 300 guests and family in attendance.

A shower will be held for MaryBeth Baird on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. at Westwoods. Everyone is invited. The following day, Westwoods is hosting its annual fair. More details, next week.

Donna McKay has had a busy summer with her son Jim Stenberg visiting for two weeks. Jim has recently moved from Rochester, N.Y., to Toronto, where he now has his own parish, along with two other priests.

Donna and Jim drove to Eaglesham, where on July 30 they enjoyed a family reunion at Donna’s parents’ place. Ann and Gordon Donaldson have been married for 66 years and still are in their own home.

Back home, Donna and Jim rested a couple days, and then took Lexi to meet her mom Tammy and John in Saskatoon, where Lexi stayed for 10 days.

August is whizzing by and Decoration Day is fast approaching. It’s the 82nd annual event and will be held Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Gadsby Omega Cemetery. Services start at 2 p.m. Coffee and donuts right after the service. Bring your umbrella, rain or shine!

Please note the change of dates for the coming monthly suppers at the bank building. Because so many will be participating and enjoying the Derr wedding at Westwoods this Saturday, the monthly supper and summer barbecue at the bank building will be held Aug. 25, followed by the bingo. The fall beef supper will be held Sept. 22 (we have five Saturdays in September).

Westwoods saw several reunions this summer, with the Stenson family, the Helmig family and the Kneeland family reunions.

Inez (Skaley) and Doug Baldwin camped at the Heer farm for three days while visiting with Percy and Paulette. They also stopped at Gertie Savage’s place.

Percy and Paulette drove to Morrin for a memorial service for Paulette’s cousin Marie (Avramenko) Jensen, who died suddenly July 30. The service was held Aug. 11. Marie was 74.

Percy Heer enjoyed a birthday celebration with Christy and Burtis and family, John and Jewel and family, Doug and Shirley, Frieda, Wayne and Margery, Jeanne, Velvet, Barry and Lorna. Happy birthday, Percy!

Velvet Nickerson has news about her nephew, Tristan Pagura, as he has made the Hockey B.C. short list to play in the U16 Western Canadian Challenge Cup. He will find out in October if he earns a Team B.C. berth. After being drafted by Kelowna Rockets, he goes to the WHL team’s camp later this month before reporting to Kootenay Ice major midget AAA team in Nelson B.C.

Velvet also had her brother Ben and Kristy Nickerson and sons Tye and Nash from Kimberley, B.C., visiting for a few days.

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