Local girl to carry Olympic torch on Feb. 2

Chantel Rompfer, daughter of Hugo and Eileen, has been selected to carry the Olympic torch in Port Hardy, BC on Feb. 2.

Chantel Rompfer, daughter of Hugo and Eileen, has been selected to carry the Olympic torch in Port Hardy, BC on Feb. 2. Chantel, who graduated from Gus Wetter High in 1997, has been employed by EPCOR out of Edmonton for the past six years. She is one of 10 EPCOR employees, an official supplier for the 2010 Olympics, carrying the torch across Canada and was chosen because of her strong leadership skills and dedication to the many work projects that she is involved in. Watch for her picture in a February issue of the paper.

Congratulations to Bill and May Jamieson, who celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Jan. 10 (actual date Jan.12) with a gathering at Heart Haven Lodge in Stettler.

Approximately 20 family members and friends, Anna Taylor and Helen Bailey were present for the occasion.

Congratulations to Aaron and Crystal (Doan) Stewart of Big Valley on the birth of a 6 lb 10 oz baby boy, Owen Jake, born of Jan. 10 in Stettler. The Stewarts also have a 20-month-old daughter, Rilynn; just 10 days later Owen’s uncle and aunt, Cameron and Kim Doan from Three Hills welcomed a 8 lb 10 oz daughter, Claira Lynn. Claira has a big brother, two year old Jack, at home.

Several power outages occurred in and around the village on Friday and Saturday due to the heavy buildup of hoar frost on the lines. South Halkirk reported that the power was out up to 22 hours.

Congratulations to Jacey Gamroth, who qualified with a first place in Zone 4 trials which makes her one of five Nancy Green skiers from the Valley Ski Club who will compete at the Alberta Winter Games in Bonneville on Feb. 4 to 6.

On Saturday, Jan. 23, 137 race participants skied in Hardisty’s race meet at the Valley Ski Hill. Jacey and Tiana Gamroth each received a first place, Natalie Schilling placed fourth, Nicholas Ruddell and Madeline Schauer each received a fifth place. Mckenna Schauer, Kiara Gamroth, Owen Schauer (his first race) and Zachary Schilling each received participation ribbons. Well done kids.

Kathy Muncy, along with her son Charles and daughter Rhonda Walgenbagh, returned Monday from a week long holiday with her son Keith, Abbi and family from Midland, Texas, located five hours west of Dallas.

The weather was windy and cool, but it didn’t stop them from daily tours of the area. They attended an indoor pro-rodeo, visited the original Fort Worth stockyards and stood in the Dallas book depository where Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly stood when President John F. Kennedy was shot.

Tyler and Jamie (Jackson) Patroch, Grayden and Qwynn from Sooke, B.C. visited during the week grandparents, Stan and Dorothy Anderson. They were here to help grandparents, Howard and Grace Jackson, of Castor celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary at the Castor Legion on Saturday.

Coming up: Halkirk Hall board bingo on Thursday evening, January 28.