Firemen in Halkirk cook pancakes to celebrate start of Fire Prevention Week

A good-sized crowd turned out on Sunday morning to enjoy the first Halkirk firefighters pancake breakfast at the fire hall, held to kick off the start of Fire Prevention Week.

Fire-fighting equipment of the village was on display. On Thursday, Oct. 7, the fire department will assist during a fire drill at the school. This is a good time to remind everyone to test their smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. One of the most common causes of household fires is in the clothes dryer. Be sure to clean the lint trap on your dryer after each load of laundry. The fire department is always on the lookout for volunteers. Practice is every second week.

Phone fire chief Lorne Dewart at 403-741-6172 to find out the date of the next practice.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Lorne Theaker, who passed away on Sept. 28 in the Stettler hospital complex. Services were held at the Stettler United Church with interment in the Halkirk cemetery.

Lorne is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Ann, five daughters, Helen, Lois, Thelma, Clara and Cory, twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren plus six sisters.

We send birthday greetings out to Jean Plouvier, who celebrated her 87th birthday this week. Niece Carol Kauppi from Eckville organized an afternoon tea for friends and neighbors and then it was out for supper with family.

A very happy birthday is extended to Verna Dunkle, who was 93 years young on Friday. Paul and Beth Thibault and Mel Haeberle were among the family and friends who gathered at the extended care in Castor to help Verna celebrate.

Jacquie Dietrich returned from a trip to Victoria, B.C., where she visited with family members. While there, Jacquie took a side trip down to Washington.

Please note: Winter hours at the Halkirk Transfer Station are Wednesdays from 1 to 5 and Saturdays from 9 to 4.

We hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving. We know the local farmers are hoping the good weather will last long enough to get the crops in the bin. At least, the country side looks great with the brilliant fall colors.

Coming up: Oct. 7 – Thanksgiving Ham or Turkey Bingo at the hall – 7:30 pm; Oct. 23 – Elks annual oyster fry at the hall (phone Dale Kent for tickets) and don’t forget, it’s a good time to hunt out your white elephants. Profits from the white elephants are donated to the youth groups in and around our community. Please be generous.