The Sullivan Lake West Agricultural Society hosted a snowmobile poker rally Sunday, with 252 hands sold and taken around by 45 riders. The colder weather on Sunday likely hampered the participation.
Best hand was won by Darren Benson of Erskine (carried by Jim Wasdal). Second went to Gordie Gallagher and Dale Green placed third.
Ruthie’s Roost was filled for the Sunday afternoon entertainment of Jim Peace and John Buckley. The duo from the Cochrane area provided good western and folk tunes, many of which they wrote. They were well-received by their Endiang audience.
The afternoon was also a surprise party for Verla Buchwitz, celebrating her 65th birthday. Happy Birthday, Verla, hope you enjoy being on the government payroll now.
Dwight Tucker was elected the new president of the Sullivan Lake West Agricultural Society at their meeting last week.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Bob Beckett, who passed away Jan. 13 in Victoria, B.C., at age 61. He and his wife Gurcharn and daughters Shannon and Sarah lived in Endiang for a short time in the early 1990s. Bob was a cousin to Rick Laak and a good friend of the Hayden family.
The Laak and Hayden families travelled to Victoria for the funeral, where Jack gave the eulogy. Jill stayed to spend some time with Gurcharn.
Dave Longshore travelled to Colorado for the Denver National Western Stock Show. He had one of his champion Angus bulls on display there.
Some local travellers are home from Mexico. Marty Brooker, Terri Simpson, Bob and Janet Campbell, Brian and Theresa Christie and Shawn and Jodi Sunstrum all enjoyed a break from winter to the Mayan Riviera area.
Florence Tucker is in Toronto, visiting with Darcy and Shannon Tucker and family.
There will be a memorial service for Rocky Allen on Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. at the Byemoor hall. Rocky died in Mexico last month while on vacation.
Maureen Wasdal and her daughter, Mandy Pusey, DeAnna Groundwater, along with Wilma (Hunt) Paetkau and her daughter Janean, have returned home from Houston, Texas, where they attended a NuCerity conference.
The Byemoor Hotel will host “pizza night” every Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. The first one held on the weekend was well-attended.
Also at the Byemoor Hotel on the last Sunday of the month is a breakfast buffet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Patrons are reminded it is family dining at the hotel until 8 p.m.
If you haven’t already got your tickets to the Ben Crane concert at the Scapa hall on Feb. 9, you might still get them at the UFA or Willow Creek in Hanna or by calling Doris Nelson at 403-854-2452.
There’s lots of local hockey news to report this week.
Congratulations to the Endmoor Vipers, the girls’ bantam team, on winning the tournament in Banff last week. It was an “awesome” achievement for the girls, as the small-town girls showed them how it’s done.
In their quest for provincial playoffs, the Big Valley-Byemoor atoms team tied Alix 4–4.
The third period was reported to be a nail-biter — in the last two minutes of the game, the local boys came back with two goals to earn the tie.
Since they were up by two points in the standings, the Big Valley-Byemoor atoms will move on to the next round. Good luck, guys.
The atoms hosted their tournament in Big Valley on the weekend. They were edged out of the A final by Beiseker in a 5-4 decision. Valiant effort, guys.
The Endmoor mites hosted their tournament in Byemoor on Saturday, with teams from Big Valley, Byemoor, Consort and Delia participating.
Congratulations to the local players on winning both of their games.
Alberta trivia — The largest parking lot in the world is in Alberta. With 20,000 parking spaces, the West Edmonton Mall holds the Guinness world record.