Helping Hands gains help from playschool fundraiser

John deMos was awarded a Shining Star award at the volunteer appreciation tea in Stettler on Thursday for achieving 10 years

John deMos was awarded a Shining Star award at the volunteer appreciation tea in Stettler on Thursday for achieving 10 years as a volunteer with FCSS preparing tax returns for seniors and low income residents. John also volunteers with the Halkirk Elks and Halkirk Seniors. Congratulations, John!

The Helping Hands playschool committee held a successful fundraiser on Friday at the Hall. There were many prizes won by the large crowd, all donated by community supporters of the Mother Teresa Catholic School. There were three major prizes – A portable BBQ was won by JD Johnson; A toy Case tractor was won by Cathy Potter and an autographed Shane Doan hockey stick was won by Corrie Reynolds. A big thank-you to all who attended.

Our badminton players were at tournaments in Consort or Veteran on Monday. Congrats to Simon Muncy who placed 1st in 16 and under boys’ singles. Playing 14 and under doubles were Krista Barthel and Taegan McGillivray; Tiana Gamroth and Madelyn Schauer; Leif Neufeld and Liam Grice. Several players also played at Gus Wetter on Wednesday.

The Elks Spring district meeting was held in Halkirk on April 24.

Alberta Elk president John Christie from Trochu attended. District lodges presented reports and discussed coming events. Lunch was served.

We send special greetings out to Vera Airey, who will celebrate her 93rd birthday on May 3.

Clint and Lauren (Potter) Saruga and their one-year-old daughter, Jailyn have purchased the former Jim and Bette Hronek home quarter northeast of town. They moved in late fall. In the same area Greg and Candace (Potter) Boxma have built a new home and settled on the Boxma farm. Greg and Candace have two daughters, Jessica is 4 and Ava is 2. Lauren and Candace are cousins. We welcome these two young couples to our community.

The “Chick “ Relay for Life team will hold a bake sale at the Elks annual Mother’s Day breakfast. They would appreciate it if you would stop by to support them as they support a cure for cancer.

Lowell and Janette Berry had all their family home at the weekend to attend the memorial service for Lowell’s sister Ida Bailey in Stettler on Saturday. There were many former Halkirkites in attendance.

Jack and Shirley Haeberle from the Edmonton area along with Paul and Beth Thibault from Red Deer called on Roy Haeberle at the weekend.

Dawn Elsasser, along with her daughters Megan and Brittany and friend Connie Bargholz, spent a week at the Mayan Riviera helping Dawn to celebrate her 50th birthday.

George and Margret Rowland are home, having spent their winter in Arizona. The temperate was hitting 100 F when they left, so it’s taking them awhile to acclimatize. They stopped in Lethbridge to visit with Scott, Heather and 10 mo. old Amina as well as with Tracey and Kent.

Rick and Lisa Kent returned from Mazatlan last weekend, spending a week there.

Justin Perry from Calgary spent the weekend with his parents Dana and Verna, who just returned from a couple of months holidaying South of the border.

There was a full house enjoying the Magic show at the Gus Wetter school late Thursday night.

Coming events: May 2 – Halkirk hall board bingo at 7:30 p.m.; May 12 – Halkirk Elks pancakes and all the trimmings breakfast at the hall from 9 to 11 a.m.

— Halkirk Herald

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