Lots of 4-H success for Big Knife club

GADSBY/WESTWOODS -- Feast or famine! This week many in the area suffered from hail storms. Some doing damage to young plants.

GADSBY/WESTWOODS — Feast or famine! This week many in the area suffered from hail storms. Some doing damage to young plants and leaving enough hail to scoop up; Friday’s hail remained in piles along buildings the next day.

Congratulations to all the 4-H members and their leaders for another year well done. Our local Big Knife Club did well with Katherine Dolliver being awarded Grand Champion; champion for three year old and Reserve Champion for female overall and Showmanship. Katherine and her brother Chase received first in Team Grooming. Everyone was pleased with a successful sale on Tuesday night, thanks to the community support.

Then, on the weekend, Grade 12 graduation at the William E Hay, Friday night Grad, Saturday commencement and Safe Grad. Congratulations to all. So far I’ve only two names from the area, Joseph Ventnor and McKenzie Hankins.

A reminder the county/village fruit tray will be presented at Heritage Place (Gadsby church building) on Thursday, June 9 2 p.m.. Everyone is welcome. There will be coffee as well, and a great time to visit and catch up on the news. The Gadsby Heritage Society have postponed the Saturday market for June 11. With so much going on in the Stettler area, they will try for a later date, perhaps in the fall. Meanwhile the cribbage tournaments will be starting soon.

Gloria and Stan Diegel had a short visit with daughter Tasha and Aaron and family at their home on Saturday afternoon.

Friends and neighbors gathered at the United Church in Stettler on Friday to bid farewell to Alex Taggart, who passed away recently. After the service, lunch was served at the Anglican Church basement with south Gadsby community neighbors; family members and friends; a time of reminiscing and fellowship.

Word has come of the passing of Ken Long, Lacombe. Ken married local girl Marie McMillan in 1947 after serving in the RCAF during WWII. He received the Distinguished Flying Medal (35 successful bombing operations). His beloved wife Marie passed away in 2015. Ken and Marie kept in touch with many old and dear friends in the Gadsby area and leave to mourn their loss their children Connie (Luke); Dianne (George); Jim (Vicki); Gayle (Daryl); Sereta (Don); Noreen (Ron); 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren as well as sister-in-law Margaret Sacuta.