Gadsby man returns from helping rebuild Turks and Caicos

A bit of history on Gadsby’s Santa Claus Day

We seem to be breaking records for the number of cold days in a row and the amount of snow that has already fallen. This according to the Environment Canada stats and my arthritis!

Special birthday greetings go out to Evelyn Milner on her 82nd birthday, November 11. The Clarke family, Larry and Sheila and family were part of the birthday celebration at her home in Stettler. Granddaughter Megan (Clarke) McPhee made and decorated the cake. Pictures with the great-grandchildren were taken. Another milestone for Evelyn was the taking down of three evergreen trees in her yard. These trees totaled over 40,000 pounds and were 90+ years old, the bases were sound but the tops were cracking and ready to come down.

Chance Derr surprised his grandmother Wilda Nichols as well as parents Corina and Dale by arriving home after two months in Turks and Caicos, helping restore power to the region. He arrived home Saturday and showed up at Wilda’s door. Great fun! Welcome home Chance.

Gloria and Stan Diegel headed to daughter Tasha and Aaron and family for a visit Saturday. A belated birthday celebration for Tasha and always a chance to see the grandchildren, Mac, Clyde and Jules.

A bit of history on Gadsby’s Santa Claus Day. Bill and Phyllis Morlock started this event back in the 1970’s with candy bags and a visit from Santa at the Gadsby Hall. When they retired and Bill passed away, Phyllis moved to Stettler.

There was a brief period where there was no Santa Day, until the Gadsby District Hobby Club, Bank Building, took over (in the late 1980’s). It began quite small, with candy bags and a visit from Santa, but soon there were hayrides, first with tractor and a borrowed hayrack, then with the Clarke family, Lawrence, Larry and their family supplying the horses and sleigh or wagon. Some years held no snow, some pure ice and others snow. The day morphed into a turkey supper and bingo and saw close to 200 people there.

When the Gadsby District Hobby Club folded it was a pleasure to announce that the Gadsby Community Hall Board had immediately picked up the tradition and has continued on. This year it has grown again with Santa, sleigh rides, crafts, snacks, chili, and the Christmas Light up at James and Kerri Pothier’s with hot dogs and cookies galore. I have it on good authority that Kerri has been baking up a storm.

Our deepest sympathies to Carla and Dan Tuck and family on the sudden loss of Carla’s youngest daughter.

Don’t forget the annual AGM at Westwoods Ag building on December 7, more details next week.

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