Halkirk checks into school

Mother Teresa Catholic School in Halkirk opened its doors last Tuesday with 40 students, down slightly from last year.

Mother Teresa Catholic School in Halkirk opened its doors last Tuesday with 40 students, down slightly from last year. Veronica Pinkoski will share the principal duties for Mother Teresa and Christ-King Catholic School in Stettler.

The grades 1, 2 and 3 students have a new homeroom teacher. Lisa Gallon comes to us from Forestburg and is also the vice-principal.

Tracy Turre (nee Solden) remains the grades 4 to 6 homeroom teacher and the junior high classes are shared by Mike Courtney and Eric Neilson.

Maxine Baird wears many hats. She is the secretary, instructional assistant and librarian.

Bus drivers are Melody Kent, Connie Turre and Darcy Mabbott, with Bernice Doan (with help from Bernie) as custodian.

Junior high students will take shop on Wednesday afternoon in Castor. Karen Norman is offering piano lessons, commencing on Sept. 17. Mrs. Turre will organize cross-country running, which will prepare students for the Terry Fox run scheduled for Sept. 28 at Gus Wetter School in Castor.

Congratulations to Dave Godbersen and Sarah Cripse, who were married on Sept. 1 in the farmyard of Kent and Evelyn Johnson, surrounded by 100-plus relatives and friends. An open house and dance followed in the Halkirk Hall. Dave and Sarah will make their home in Stettler.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Harold Strandquist, who passed away on Sept. 6 in the Stettler hospital. The Strandquist story is on Page 211 of the history book. Funeral services were planned for Stettler.

Capital Power hosted a VIP bus tour of the windmill project, followed by a luncheon, on Wednesday.

Dale and Melody Kent — along with Dwight and Lina Kent — attended a 75th birthday celebration for  their sister, Helen Waterston, in Camrose last weekend.

Irene Schilling and her sisters, Ida Hallett of Sherwood Park and Doreen Johnston from Calgary, attended the 100th anniversary of their great-granddad’s homestead — the Duffield family farm in Cereal on the long weekend.

Dave and Linda Chick and their family, Tanya, Troy and kids from Castor; Chireen, Rory and girls from the Edmonton area; Mandy and girls, Kurt and Erin, all of Halkirk, spent the long weekend with Cathy and Greg Gabert in Rocky Mountain House.

The families gathered to celebrate a “mini-Olympics.”

Dick and Ann Creasey, Dan and Clara Fowler, along with Hoss and Allison Nichols, spent the long weekend at Watrous, Sask., enjoying the benefits of the mineral spa and the salt pool, a couple of dances on the famous hall with the horsehair under the floor boards, and a large flea market.

Greg and Laura Kent from Fort Nelson spent last weekend with Dale and Melody while attending the Godbersen-Cripse wedding.

Marjorie Baker from Penhold spent a few days this week with Irene Schilling and attended Sarah Cordel’s funeral on Thursday.

Capital Power is inviting the public to the rodeo grounds in Halkirk on Sept. 19 for a blade-signing ceremony. A barbecue, giveaways and kids’ activities will be part of the activities that take place from 4 to 7 p.m. A blade is 44 metres long, so there’s lots of room to leave your mark in history. The blade will be erected on one of the turbines.