Monday, October 2 people woke to a full-blown blizzard. Power out in both the towns and country in south central Alberta, including the Gadsby area. Buses couldn’t and didn’t run, schools were closed and some who did brave the elements didn’t get home that night. For some, power was out for seventeen hours, for others it continued into the second and third day. Frank and Eleanor Dahlgren reported their power went out Monday at 1 a.m., and was out until Wednesday night, 6 p.m. ATCO workers worked around the clock to bring the power back on line, roads impassable, downed lines and power poles as well as trees on the lines were only some of the problems they faced. Thank you to all the workers!
Wayne and Margery Glasier were visiting Wayne’s sister Kay and Doug Hankinson in Wandering River last weekend, October 6-8, when the storm hit. They were advised to stay put. They returned home Wednesday.
Thoughts are with Jacque Purvis-Smith who was air lifted by STARS to Edmonton on Wednesday morning, following a car accident one mile west of Gadsby on Highway 12. She is reported to be in ICU with a broken neck, two broken wrists, head injuries and broken ribs. Get well soon Jacque.
Congratulations to Brody Lang who received the Achievement Award last week. There is one award given by the teachers at Wm E Hay in Stettler to an individual in grade 7, 8 and 9 who showed outstanding personal growth academically from the beginning of the year to the end. This year Brody achieved this award.
There is much to be thankful for this year, and Thanksgiving weekend is a time to gather and reflect on another bountiful year. Bill and Joyce Hansel spent Saturday with granddaughter Denee and Jason and family, in Stettler then on to daughter Sue and Brad’s for Sunday dinner where all their family gathered.
Prior to this, on Thursday Bill and Joyce headed to daughter Sandy and Rod’s in Gibbins. On Friday the four of them drove to Edmonton where Joyce had a doctor’s appointment then enjoyed a day of touring around and back to Sandy and Rod’s for a fish supper. They came home Saturday.
Stan and Gloria Diegel hosted Thanksgiving on Sunday with Arden and Deanne and girls, Yviett and family (Wade away at work), Tasha and Aaron and family, Richelle and Greg and family.
Word has come of the passing of Leonard Gurney of Rimbey, Alberta. Leonard married Barbara Taggart of Gadsby. They lived in Gadsby for awhile before heading to Brooks, 100 Mile House and Turner Valley. Leonard was a mechanic by trade as well as a trucker and welder. They were blessed with three children, Stephen, Corrine and David. They retired to Rimbey in 2002. Leonard was sadly predeceased by his three children. Sincere sympathies to Barbara. Leonard will be interred in the Gadsby cemetery at a later date. He was 85 years of age.