Folks hitch on for Hand Hills stampede

The verdant countryside is looking beautiful, and with much-welcome rain on the weekend

The verdant countryside is looking beautiful, and with much-welcome rain on the weekend, the pastures, hayfields and crops should continue to prosper.

Folks will likely be busy mowing grass and swatting mosquitoes.

A few weeks ago, 34 members of Eleanor Aaserud’s family gathered at the Hanna Lodge for a family celebration. The multi-generation event, staged between Mother’s Day and Eleanor’s birthday, was co-ordinated to fit in with Kris and Lorraine Peterson’s visit from Hay River, N.W.T.

Eleanor will celebrate her 94th birthday June 19. Congratulations on this milestone and best wishes for many more, Eleanor.

Ruthie’s Roost in Endiang had a sold-out crowd for its “Beef and Balladeer” night. From all reports, everyone enjoyed the roast-beef supper and the country music entertainment.

Women in the community honoured Delaine Green with a bridal shower Saturday afternoon at the Byemoor hall. She was showered with many beautiful gifts. Delaine and Jonathan Bennett will marry July 27 in Innisfail.

Kate Woelk and Sandy Gallagher, along with two other friends, travelled to Watrous, Sask., to spend time at the Manitou Beach spa. They returned home Monday.

A bridal shower is planned for Kristina Peters, bride-to-be of Justin Jones, on June 19 at 7 p.m. at the Byemoor hall.

Congratulations to Doris Schilling on the arrival of her great-grandson, Oliver Eric Kramer, on May 29 in Calgary. He weighed eight pounds and six ounces. Congratulations to first-time parents Andrew and Erica Kramer and grandparents Ewald and Rhonda Steinwand.

Congratulations to Chad and Kim Woelk on the birth of their daughter, Jazlyn Annika, on May 29 in Stettler. Jazlyn weighed six pounds and one ounce.

Congratulations also to grandmother Debbie Woelk and great-grandparents Dick and Joyce Moore.

Coincidentally, the two babies, both great-great-grandchildren of the late Harry and Bessie Walker, were born one minute apart.

Congratulations to Florence Storch, a longtime resident of the Garden Plain district and now a resident of the Hanna Lodge, on her 100th birthday. The special milestone will be marked with an open house Sunday at the Hanna Senior Circle from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Sympathy is extended to Carla and Steven Johnson on the passing of Carla’s grandfather. A memorial service was held in Hanna on Sunday.

Several folks from the district took in the 97th annual Hand Hills Lake Stampede on the weekend. The long-running event is the oldest consecutively held stampede in Alberta.

Bill and Linda Smith participated in a Texas Longhorn cattle show and meeting in Hanna last Saturday. Their cattle garnered some ribbons in the show.

We are continually getting requests for copies of the Endiang history book. The latest came from a woman in Quebec, a descendent of the Kammerle family. If anyone has a copy they would be interested in selling, please call 403-579-2403.

Thought for the day — A man who can smile when something goes wrong has thought of someone to blame.

— Endiang Enterprise