Halkirk students witness first-hand PARTY education

Halkirk’s six Grade 9 students joined three other area schools to attend an all-day session of PARTY

PURE POWER — The new Halkirk wind turbines dot the scenic Highway 12 landscape between Halkirk and Castor.

PURE POWER — The new Halkirk wind turbines dot the scenic Highway 12 landscape between Halkirk and Castor.

Halkirk’s six Grade 9 students joined three other area schools to attend an all-day session of PARTY (Prevention of Alcohol- Related Trauma in Youth) last Thursday in Castor.

Guest speakers were representatives of Alberta Health Services, the RCMP, Parkview funeral home, Castor fire department and EMS, each of whom provided educational information and demonstrations.

The day included a mock fatal car accident.

Castor and Coronation students joined their Halkirk counterparts for the daylong seminar.

Special birthday greetings go out to Louie Engel, who celebrated his 89th birthday last Wednesday.

Word has been received on the passing of Dora (Dartt) Etty in Calgary on April 17. Dora is survived by her husband, Bill, their three children, and her sister, Ina Dunkle of Red Deer.

Dora was raised in the coulees north of Halkirk on the farm of her brother, the late Lawrence Gormley. Nathan and Melody Neufeld and boys now reside on the homestead. The Dartt story is Page 637 of Home Fires. Funeral Mass will be Tuesday in Calgary.

Sympathy is extended to Kurt and Erin Chick on the passing of Erin’s granddad, Don Moxham of Stettler, on April 18.

Congratulations to Dwight and Lina Kent on the safe arrival of their fifth grandchild. They’re in Spruce Grove this weekend, getting acquainted with new grandson Jackson, who was born on Friday to Curtis and Belinda Kent.

The grades 1 through 6 students attended the musical “Cat Chat,” presented by the Christ-King Catholic School in Stettler on Monday.

On Thursday, the grade 7 and 8 badminton players, along with their teacher/coach Mike Courtney, met up with the kids from Theresetta for a trip to Wainwright and a tournament at the Blessed Sacrament School. Badminton season is just underway.

Wyatt Kent, Simon Muncy and Paden Williams, as well as Brandon Kent, are part of the Stettler midget lacrosse team playing in Three Hills this weekend, while McGuire Kent and Eric Williams are members of Stettler’s bantam team and visiting Sylvan Lake. On Friday, the teams travelled to Red Deer and Blackfalds.

Keith and Suzanne deMos from Calgary spent the weekend with sibling John and Judy. It will be a couple of more weeks before the miniature horses have their spring babies.

Dennis and Doris Cordel enjoyed a few days’ holiday on the West Coast. They visited with Doris’s aunt, Lena Knight, and her cousin, Bill, Trudith and Jordon, all of Chilliwack, as well as a few days on the Island.

JD Johnson counted 25 deer feeding on his hay bale stack on Sunday morning. They weren’t anxious to leave, as it’s tough finding feed in the snow-covered fields.

Peggy Vockeroth returned from a three-week vacation to Hoddesdon, England. While there, she met up with her brother and his wife from Edmonton. The three of them went on to Paris. They were in England visiting with relatives.

COMING UP: Thursday — family magic show in Castor; tickets on sale at the Halkirk Snack Shack; April 26 — Helping Hands playschool family bingo at the hall. Doors open at 6:30 and there’s lots of prizes for young and old; May 12 — Mother’s Day pancake breakfast sponsored by the Elks — a great time to have a family get-together!

— HALKIRK HERALD