Signs of fall are all around us. The farmers are busy in the fields, garden produce is ripe and the kids are back to school.
The Elks begin their regular meetings on the first Tuesday of each month with a new slate of officers in place for the September meeting. Dennis Cordel will be the new Exalted Ruler and Matt Koenraadt is past E.R.. Dan Fowler takes the position of Leading Knight, Tony Nibourg is Lecturing Knight with Rocky Dahmer as Loyal Knight. John deMos remains as Secretary-treasurer. The Esquire is Doreen Blumhagen, the Tyler is Mary Stewart and Jacquie Dietrich is Chaplin. Trustees are Charles Muncy, Jody Anderson and Terry Vockeroth with Dale Kent as Historian. The Halkirk Elks are working at the casino on Sept. 8 and 9. The annual oyster fry is slated for Oct. 18.
AESO meeting was held in Halkirk Aug. 25 talking about transmission development in Alberta.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Glenna (Jackson) Creasey, who passed away on Aug. 25 in Lacombe. A memorial service will be held on Sept. 2. Her story is on page 341 of Home Fires.
Congratulations to Scott and Heather Rowland on the arrival of a 9 lb. 2 oz. baby boy, Paxton Chase born on August 27th in Lethbridge. He was born on his great- granddad, George Rowland Sr.’s birthday. Proud grandparents are Sonny and Margret Rowland and Lonnie and Cindy Nelnor. Paxton has a big sister, Amina, who is two years old.
Congratulations to Tanner Duncan and Michelle Barkley who were married on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the bride’s home near Red Willow. A reception and dance followed in the Stettler hall. The newlyweds make their home in Stettler.
Word has been received on the passing of Don Bouma at Provost on Aug. 7. Rosemary Fetaz is Don’s niece. Don was the last of four brothers who immigrated to Canada from Holland in the early 1950s. He was married to Madelyn Schaffner. His brother Ted married Barbara Ann Hepp, Dick married Lauretta LeClair and Joe married Suzzane Wiart. Our sympathies go out to the large extended families.
Paul and Jacquie Deitrich went to the Alberta +55 games recently held in Strathcona County. Paul played baseball on Team Alberta. The team came away with the bronze medal. There were approximately 800 participants from Alberta in a wide variety of games and over 2000 participants from across Canada. Next games will be in two years.
Anna Weyant of Calgary, granddaughter of Stan and Dorothy Anderson, has placed 3rd in a young Canadian art exhibition and contest. Her oil painting titled ”Isabelle” has been hung in the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa for the summer.
Mary Stewart was among the guests helping to celebrate her great – granddaughter, Brooklynn’s 6th birthday on Wednesday evening in Stettler.
Ron and Dianne (Taylor) French from Calgary visited with Dianne’s aunt, Anna Taylor in Stettler this weekend. They stopped in Halkirk, toured Castor and Bulwark and attended the Decoration day services in Gadsby.
Coming up: Sept. 4 – First Bingo of the season – sponsored by the Hall board – starts at 7:30; Come and bring a friend.