Happy New Year! Another year has slipped away; we hope 2015 brings lots of good things your way.
Local folks enjoyed mild weather throughout the holidays for their travels and basked in plus temperatures on New Year’s Day. That has quickly changed since, with snow and frigid temperatures.
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Christmas service was well attended. As per tradition, Silent Night was sung by candlelight in both English and German.
The Sorensen families held their annual Christmas celebration at the Endiang Hall on Dec. 27 with more than 60 family members enjoying the get-together.
Members of the Walker family gathered on New Year’s Day at the Byemoor Hall for their annual celebration with about 70 attending.
Get well wishes go out to Gordie Gallagher who has been in the Red Deer hospital since before Christmas. We hope you are on the mend and home soon, Gordie.
Sympathy is extended to Rod and Lynnette Schellenberg and family on the passing of Lynnette’s brother Ron McCaskill on Dec. 22 while visiting in Stettler. He was 47. Besides his mother and siblings, Ron also leaves behind two young children. Our thoughts are with the Schellenberg and McCaskill families in their sad loss.
Sympathy is also sent to the family of Linda Hoath who passed away in Drumheller on Dec. 31. She was 67. Linda lived in Byemoor with her husband Merritt in the former Mary Kobi residence. Their daughter Laurel also lives in Byemoor, in the former Birkheim house. Our thoughts are with Linda’s family at this time.
Rob and Rhonda Maginn and their son Hunter spent time during the holidays in Saskatchewan at their cabin at Fishing Lake. They were joined by family members from Ontario and Saskatchewan.
The hamlet of Endiang welcomed three new residents recently. Leaha Medland and Jason Paquette and their wee son William Michael have joined Leaha’s parents Marianne and Garnett McLearn’s household.
Congratulations to Tyler Stulberg and Samantha Huskinson on their recent engagement.
Get well wishes are sent to Ken Schultz who had surgery in the Red Deer hospital. We hope you are feeling better soon, Ken.
Remember Byemoor will be hosting the North Central Minor Hockey Association’s All-star Bantam Midget tournament at the Endmoor Arena on Jan. 10. Games are at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Be sure to come out and support our local players from the Endmoor Vipers girls’ hockey team.
The Peewee boys’ hockey team played in Rimbey on Sunday, winning 8-0. Congratulations guys! Their next games are Jan. 10 in Big Valley at 3 p.m. against Eckville and on Jan. 11 in Byemoor at 3 p.m. against Alix.
Big Valley was successful in its bid to host the Peewee “D” Provincial playoffs on Mar. 19-22. This is exciting news for several of our local boys who play Peewee hockey on the Big Valley host team.
The Novice hockey team played in Drumheller on Dec. 27-28. They won all five of their games. The last game in the A final ended in a tie, and the locals lost in the shoot-out. The young players did very well.
The Novice team played in Stettler on the weekend and won two out of their three games, defeating Cochrane and Red Deer, with a loss against Blackfalds.
We send birthday greetings to Herb Gutsche, who celebrates his 89th birthday on Jan. 8. Congratulations Herb on this milestone and best wishes for many more.
New Year’s humour — “May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.” “A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.”