Gophers go to bat for first season

The Endmoor Gophers, a group of beginner ball players aged four to 10, have wrapped up their first season.

The Endmoor Gophers ball team made strides in its first year of operation. In the back row (from left) are coach Bobbi Buchwitz

The Endmoor Gophers ball team made strides in its first year of operation. In the back row (from left) are coach Bobbi Buchwitz

The Endmoor Gophers, a group of beginner ball players aged four to 10, have wrapped up their first season. The youngsters were coached by Bobbi Buchwitz and Heather Tucker, and the kids made considerable strides during the fun season.

The funnel clouds and tornado that touched down near Endiang last Tuesday afternoon have been a main topic of conversation. The farm of Jack Hayden received the most damage, with one building totally destroyed. The ultra-light airplane that was stored inside was found upside down on the corral. Debris was scattered for one-half mile from the farm site.

Congratulations to our neighbouring community of Halkirk on its centennial celebration on the weekend. They had a great parade, a weekend full of activities and fireworks that could be seen from Endiang. Best wishes for another 100 years.

Ken and Eleanor Schultz host their 30th annual pancake breakfast and campout weekend July 20-22. Also included will be the ninth annual “Great Endiang Balloon Race,” and everyone is welcome to take in all or part of the weekend activities.

Remember to get your tickets for Gary Fjellgaard, who is coming to Endiang on July 27 for an evening performance. Tickets are $20 and available from Ruthie’s Roost or by calling Ruth at 403-585-8379.

Members of the Gutsche and Stulberg families attended the wedding of Lorissa Blake and Jesse Robar in Hanna on Saturday. Lorissa is the daughter of Lori Blake and Grant Blake and granddaughter of Gordon and Shirley Robertson.

We welcome Jennifer (nee Knowles) Dittman and her four children to the hamlet of Endiang for the summer. They will be living in grandma Lois Ballinger’s house. Hubby Corey remains at his job in Calgary and is getting their home there ready to sell, as they’re looking to relocate somewhere closer to here.

There are a couple of bridal showers coming up this week for local brides-to-be.

The first is for Nikki Paulsen, bride-elect of Kevin Pivert, on July 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Endiang Hall.

The other is for Lindsay Jennings, future bride of Warren Jones, on July 14 at 2 p.m. at the Byemoor Hotel.

Women are asked to please bring lunch to both showers.

B.J. Smith and Ruth Fowler, owners of the restaurant in Endiang, were away for a week on a trail ride. The ride started at Rafter Six Ranch at Canmore, with B.J. as the Trail Boss.

The invitational ride was hosted by the Cowley family to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. It took five days to get to Calgary. The wagons and horses had a police escort to get through the city to camp at Fort Calgary on Thursday night.

On Friday, the entire group was in the Stampede parade. Sounds like an exciting adventure. Terry Gallant operated the restaurant in Ruth’s absence.

Sue Harris, a country singer from Phoenix, Arizona, will be entertaining in Endiang at Ruthie’s Roost this Thursday at 7 p.m. She will be accompanied by Ed Brown of Manitoba.

Thought for the day — Why do they call it a TV “set,” when you only get one?