Fire staved off with minimal damage

A grass fire at Boehlke Pond north of Endiang burned a sizable amount of grass and brush on the west side

A grass fire at Boehlke Pond north of Endiang burned a sizable amount of grass and brush on the west side of the fish pond on Thursday. Firefighters from the Byemoor and Stettler fire departments responded to extinguish the fire, which was of unknown origin. It was a challenge to fight as the area has a lot of brush and trees. Luckily, no structures were lost, the fire was contained within the fish pond property and damage was kept to a minimum thanks to the good work of the firefighters.

The Endmoor floor curlers held their windup party to conclude their 32nd season on Monday at the Endiang hall. About 30 curlers and guests enjoyed a bountiful pot-luck dinner followed by an afternoon of floor curling and visiting. Floor curling will resume again in the fall, when new members will be welcome to join.

Byemoor junior high school students Bill Hawkins, Jesse Jack, Gunnar Keith, Avery Smyth, Ally Walker and Rachelle Yates were joined by four students from the Big Valley School on a school exchange trip to Cornwall, Ont. They arrived home on Thursday from the weeklong stay. Some highlights of the trip included a visit to Ottawa where they visited Parliament Hill and witnessed the “Speaker’s Parade” at the Parliament Buildings. They also visited Old Montréal and toured the Biodome in Montréal. One day they took a boat tour on the St. Lawrence River and also visited Thousand Islands National Park. Upper Canada Village was also in their itinerary.

Adult supervisors on the trip included principal Corey Van Zandbergen as well as Krissy Jack, Caitlyn Keith and Tania Smyth. The Cornwall students will be returning the visit to Byemoor on June 6-12.

Mickey Tucker accompanied Donnie and Blanche Johnson to Calgary on Monday to pick up Velma Gore of Westbank, B.C. from the bus depot. Velma plans an extended visit with Mickey and other Boehlke relatives.

The Endmoor floor curlers sent two teams to the Botha bonspiel on Thursday. Enjoying the Botha hospitality were Joe Knowles, Eva Nielson, Jack and Vi Grams, Ernie Angel, Joan Morrison and Dave and Carol Sisley.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Bill Baird who passed away at the age of 66 years. Bill was raised at Byemoor and following his marriage he and his late wife Pat moved to the former Alex Hogg place south of Endiang where they were successful farmers and raised a family of three children — Sandra, Russell and Wendy. Bill was a school bus driver and an avid curler in his younger years. Our thoughts are with Bill’s family at this sad time.

Keep in mind the bridal shower for Jordan Wasdal, future bride of Kyle Smith, on May 23 at 7 p.m. at the Byemoor community hall. Women of the community are asked to please bring lunch.

Maureen Wasdal, Lee Hunt, Harold Hunt and Beate Wasdal were in Calgary for a performance of the Cavalia horse show at Canada Olympic Park on the weekend.

Dan and Verla Buchwitz’s former antique store on main street in Hanna has been levelled. The old grocery store and National Hotel are also coming down to make room for the expansion of the Special Areas office. A lot of history and memories in those old buildings and it will certainly give the street a different look.