The hamlet of Endiang was bustling for the 11th annual Wade Buchwitz Memorial Gymkhana on Canada Day. The event enjoyed perfect weather and the grounds of the Endiang Riding and Roping Club were packed with participants and spectators. It was a bigger gymkhana this year with more events. High-point awards were presented to Wyatt Elder — Tiny Mite; Denim Ross — Pee Wee; Mikenna and Madeline Schauer — Junior and Rocky Ross — Senior. Fireworks at dark were the grand finale to another successful gymkhana.
Word was received of the passing of Carl Runions in Medicine Hat on July 2. He was 76. Many will remember Carl and his wife Audrey when they lived in the Birkhiem house in Byemoor. Our thoughts are with Carl’s family in their loss — wife Audrey, daughter Brenda and son Carl Jr. There was no funeral service by Carl’s request.
Lane and Cash Buchwitz along with Bobbi’s brother Reid Olson joined in on the Olson family’s annual fishing trip in Saskatchewan in June. They enjoyed a very successful fishing excursion at Minnow Lake, which only has access by quad. The lake is in the Meadow Lake area.
Congratulations to Jordan Wasdal and Kyle Smith on their marriage on Saturday in Byemoor. They were married in a pretty outdoor ceremony in the beautiful yard of the bride’s parents Kim and Murray Wasdal. Kyle is the son of Doug and Mavis Smith. The couple’s many guests joined them for the reception and dance held in a huge tent set up by the community hall. We send best wishes to Kyle and Jordan a long and happy married life. The newlyweds reside in Lacombe.
Cody and Dara Hallett had the good fortune of winning a set of four tickets to the Ponoka Stampede chuckwagon races last Saturday through an Agricultural Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) draw. Congratulations Cody and Dara. They were joined by friends from Red Deer.
Several other folks from the district took in some of the Ponoka Stampede. We noticed at the Western Art Show held at the stampede there was a First Nations display that showed the Cree names of locations in central Alberta. It was interesting to note Sullivan Lake’s Cree name is Kakinokamak. In translation, Kakinokamak means a long lake. Cree territory came as far south as Sullivan Lake.
Congratulations to Tim and Shawna (nee Rappel) Young of Strathmore on the early arrival of their son Jaxon Blair Young at the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary on July 5. Jaxon was a month early and weighed five pounds 12 ounces.
Congratulations also to the grandparents Fred and Marilyn Rappel — Jaxon was born on their 34th wedding anniversary — and to great-grandma Gail Irion.
Ken and Eleanor Schultz invite friends and neighbours to all or part of their 32nd annual campout and pancake breakfast on July 18-20. Camping goes all weekend and there are a campfire and fireworks on Saturday night. On Sunday is the pancake breakfast, 11th annual Great Endiang Balloon Race, Frisbee Golf Tournament and a potluck supper. All are welcome.
On Saturday Les and Rosemary Stulberg hosted a family gathering to celebrate some family birthdays. Celebrating was Rosemary’s dad Bob Diprose — his 88th birthday — and her brother Terry Diprose — his 64th.
Attending were Bob and Dorothy Diprose, Stettler; Don Diprose, Edmonton; Terry and Diane Diprose, Red Deer; Travis Stulberg, Tyler Stulberg and Samantha Huskinson, Stettler and Carol Stulberg, Endiang.
There is still room for teams to enter in the Byemoor slo-pitch tournament Aug. 15-17. Contact Bobbi Buchwitz at 403-579-2432 or Raelynn Knowles at 403-579-2166 to enter.
Canadian trivia — In 1986 Canadian scientist George Wong corrects previous figures for the speed of sound. Wong’s figure: 331.29 metres per second.