Fjellgaard shows he’s ‘as Canadian as they come

Gary Fjellgaard was well-received by a good-sized crowd at the Endiang Community Hall on Friday evening.

Award-winning entertainer Gary Fjellgaard attracted “a good-sized crowd” to the Endiang Community Hall last Friday evening. He included many of his well-known hits.

Gary Fjellgaard was well-received by a good-sized crowd at the Endiang Community Hall on Friday evening.

Among his many accolades, he was named best country male artist by the Canadian Country Music Association and also received a Juno award for the same honour.

Fjellgaard’s performance included well-known hits such as “Somewhere on the Island,” “Dance with this Old Cowboy” and “Winds of October.”

Writing most of his own material and often described “as Canadian as they come,” Fjellgaard drew much of his inspiration from growing up on a farm in central Saskatchewan and his time working in the logging industry in B.C.

Fjellgaard was accompanied to the show by his wife of 56 years, Lynne. The couple married when they were 18 and 16 years old.

B.J. Smith, a longtime friend of Fjellgaard’s, opened the show with a performance of cowboy poetry.

The show was brought to Endiang by Ruthie’s Roost, and Ruth plans to bring more artists to town in the future.

Congratulations to a former Endiang resident, Ervin Hausher, on celebrating his 87th birthday last week. Best wishes for many more, Ervin.

Maureen Wasdal, along with her daughter Mandy Pusey of Red Deer, attended the NuCerity conference in Las Vegas last week. NuCerity produces skincare products, which Mandy markets.

Congratulations to Lou and Carrie (nee Jones) MacDougall of Stettler on the birth of their son, Steele Douglas MacDougall, on July 25 in Calgary. Steele weighed seven pounds and has two big sisters, Arya-lyn and Kyara. Congratulations also to local grandparents Miles and Lynne Jones and great-grandma Irene Duncan.

Brenda Zeimer of Vancouver spent a week visiting with her sister, Linda, and Bill Smith, and her mother, Bernice Zeimer, in Hanna, along with other relatives.

Congratulations to Nikki Paulsen and Kevin Pivert, who were married on Saturday in Lacombe, with the reception and dance held in Bentley. Nikki is the daughter of Brad and Shellbea Paulsen and granddaughter of Winnie Paulsen. We wish the newlyweds all the best in their marriage. The young couple plans to reside in Lacombe.

Some local folks took in the 15th annual Old Time Music Jamboree in Hanna on the weekend, featuring about a dozen bands. Of local interest, Marty Brooker and Heather (nee Brown) Scheler performed with one of the bands.

Also, former Endiang resident Betty Halverson was co-chair of the event, and Ken Halverson was in a band.

Some from our district attended the 80th birthday celebration for Elmer Mohl in Hanna on Saturday. Best wishes for many more, Elmer.

Weekend visitors with Les and Rosemary Stulberg were Frank and Jean Gallant of Moncton, N.B., Terry and Diane Diprose of Red Deer and Bob and Dorothy Diprose of Stettler.

Thought for the day — Some people are always complaining because roses have thorns; others are thankful that thorns have roses.

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