Gymkhana, fireworks mark Canada Day in Endiang

The ninth annual Wade Buchwitz Memorial Gymkhana took place on Canada Day at the Endiang Riding and Roping arena.

The ninth annual Wade Buchwitz Memorial Gymkhana took place on Canada Day at the Endiang Riding and Roping arena. Hallie Sunstrum sang O Canada as flag-bearer Dara Green loped the arena with the Canada flag. There were 95 entries, which was down a bit from previous years, but those who came had an enjoyable day.

High-point winners were: Tiny Mite — (tie) Macey Burns and Kelly Cholach; Peewee — Taylor Cholach; Junior — Mikenna Schauer; and Senior — Dawn Gertner.

Sportsmanship awards: Tiny Mite — Avery Staples; Peewee (tie) — Denton Burns and Owen Schauer, Junior — Kennedy Cox; and Senior — Carson Rock.

The evening concluded with a fantastic set of fireworks to cap off Canada’s 145th birthday.

Byemoor School students went to the Calgary Zoo for their year-end trip on Tuesday. Anita Mappin was the bus driver.

Dara Green was honoured with a bridal shower on Tuesday evening at the Byemoor Hall, where she received many useful gifts. Dara and Cody Hallett will be married on Aug. 4 at the farm.

Congratulations to Gordon and Priscilla Brown on the birth of their fourth son, Ardin William Walker Brown, on June 26. He is a little brother for Kingston, Kingsley and Rogdon. Congratulations also to the grandparents, Ron and Marguerite Brown and George and Rhoda Walker.

We welcome Josh and Jamie Harden and their twin boys, Tyke and Hunter, to the community. They recently moved to the Helm place. The babies are about a month old.

The Byemoor 4-H Beef Club held their awards supper at the Byemoor hall on Thursday evening to wrap up their 58th year of operation. Congratulations to all the members on another successful year.

A memorial service for Pastor Brian Patterson was held Thursday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, with interment of his ashes in the adjoining cemetery. Pastor Patterson passed away in Edmonton in November at the age of 67 years. He will be long-remembered for his ability to bring people together. Through that ability, the restoration of St. Peter’s and a new church building for Redeemer Lutherans in Hanna was achieved. During his time here as a minister, he fell in love with the historic church at St. Peter’s and chose the peaceful country setting as his final resting place. Pastor Patterson’s new granddaughter, Paige Patterson, was baptised at the service.

Sympathy is extended to the Duncan and Plouvier families on the recent passing of Jean Plouvier. Jean was a daughter of early pioneers Harry and Celia Duncan Sr. of the north Endiang area.

There will be a bridal shower for Nikki Paulsen, future bride of Kevin Pivert, on July 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Endiang Hall. Women are asked to please bring lunch.

Congratulations to Jay and Rena Walker of Lethbridge on the birth of their son Holt, a little brother for London and Cash. Holt weighed in at 10 pounds. Congratulations also to grandma Dawn Walker.

Eldon and Sharon McCrindle, along with Winston and Darlene Webb and boys of Veteran, travelled to Victoria, B.C., for a holiday and visit with the Ackerman cousins.

The Longshore family have an international guest, Issi Zielke of Germany, staying with them. Jenna stayed with the Zielke family for the year she lived in Germany. The Longshores showed Issi the many sites of Alberta during her stay.

The Nixon family held their family reunion at the Byemoor hall on the weekend with a good turn out of relatives.

Members of the Campbell family attended the wedding of Jim Gonda and Val Golby at Pigeon Lake on the weekend. Jim is the son of Joann (nee Campbell) Gonda. Best wishes to the newlyweds.

Congratulations to Emily Andres on being chosen to the cast of Grease by the Stage Hanna Theatre Group. The Andres family — Kevin, Amanda, Emily and Rowyn —moved to our community from Victoria, B.C., last year and live on the former Art Eggins acreage, which many might remember as the Herman Schultz place.

Les and Rosemary Stulberg, along with Bob and Dorothy Diprose of Stettler and Terry and Diane Diprose of Red Deer, took in a performance at the Rosebud Dinner Theatre on Saturday.

Be sure to get your tickets for multiple–award–winning Gary Fjellgaard, coming to Endiang on July 27. Tickets are available at Ruthie’s Roost or by calling Ruth at 403-585-8379.

Anyone wishing to contribute promotional material to the packages being made up for the 32-team slo-pitch tournament held in Byemoor in August are asked to contact Raelynn Knowles at 403-579-2166 or Bobbi Buchwitz at 403-579-2342.