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Informational meeting on ‘Rails and Tales 2017’ on March 14 at Jubilee Hall

For Canada’s 150th birthday, Alberta Prairie Railways will host an eight-day exposition on the history of steam rail transport in Canada.

BIG VALLEY BULLETIN -- In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations, Alberta Prairie Railways, the Alberta Railway Museum and Rails and Tales 2017 will be celebrating the history of steam rail transport in Canada with an eight-day exposition. Current partners include Alberta Prairie Railway (Stettler, AB), the Metis Association of Alberta, East Central Alberta Heritage Society (Stettler, AB), Canadian Northern Society (Camrose/Big Valley, AB), The Village of Big Valley (Big Valley, AB), the Alberta Railway Museum (Edmonton, AB) and the Rocky Mountain Rail Society (Calgary, AB).

The exposition, running from June 28 to July 5, will be hosted in the Village of Big Valley and Town of Stettler. There will be train trips between Stettler and Big Valley from June 29 to July 3 along with many extra indoor and outdoor displays set up during this time.

As part of local preparations, Big Valley is hosting an informational meeting for Rails and Tales, with guest speaker Alan Willis on Tuesday, Mar. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Big Valley Jubilee Hall. All non-profit organizations and local businesses are encouraged to attend. We are expecting thousands of visitors to our village to participate in these celebrations, so if you have any ideas of what your business or organization could do for this event, please attend.

There were 14 players who came out for crib at the Big Valley Inn on Sunday, Feb. 12. Len Shaw took first place, Lawrence Wilkie took second and Gladys McLeod took third. Dorothy Annable went home with the booby and Betty Bell won the regular draw. The next crib afternoon is on Sunday, Feb. 19 beginning at 1 p.m.

At the Big Valley Drop-In Centre, nine players came out for crib on Sunday, Feb. 12. Lynne Gjaltema took first place, Ed Whiteside took second, and Donna Clark took third with Ron Milton taking booby. Drop-In crib takes place every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

Remember to mark your calendars for the next Drop-In community pancake supper, sponsored by the Big Valley United Church taking place on Feb. 28 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The Big Valley Historical Society meets in the Train Station Museum at 7 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month for their regular meetings. Anyone interested in the history and preservation of Big Valley and the area’s past is welcome to come out and see what they are all about.

The next meeting is on Tuesday, Feb. 21.