Lots of Christmas events lined up

Local floor curlers were in Big Valley on Wednesday for their floor curling bonspiel.

Byemoor/Endiang News

Local floor curlers were in Big Valley on Wednesday for their floor curling bonspiel. Participating were Ernie Angel, Jim and Shirley Bates, Herb and Helen Gutsche, Eva Nielsen, Ken and Eleanor Schultz, Dave and Carol Sisley, Carol Stulberg and Mickey Tucker.

Doreen Nixon and Evelyn Walker have returned from a month-long stay in Arizona.

We extend sympathy to the family of Bill Lane, who passed away in Stettler on Dec. 3. He was 77. Bill and his late wife Jean were long-time residents of the Byemoor community before retiring to Stettler. They were active members of the community and Bill had a long association with the 4-H beef club. Bill and Jean raised their two daughters Susan and Karen here. Bill will be long remembered for his quiet nature and friendly manner. Our thoughts are with the family in the loss of this fine gentleman.

His funeral is on Wednesday at the Stettler Funeral Home at 2 p.m.

Variable winter weather brings with it all sorts of conditions; many of them include snow and ice. It is important to exercise extra caution these months, whether driving or walking, to avoid any mishaps.

We send belated anniversary greetings to Ervin and Thelma Bossert, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 14. We wish you many more happy anniversaries, Ervin and Thelma.

The last crib meet on Tuesday at the Endmoor Drop-in Centre on Tuesday saw Lawrence Wilkie place first and Eleanor Schultz come in second. The next crib match is on Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

The seniors’ dinner sponsored by the Endmoor Drop-in Centre on Thursday was attended by about 75 Endiang-Byemoor seniors. Verla Buchwitz and her helpers catered a turkey dinner. The program that followed included the talents of cowboy poet extraordinaire B. J. Smith as well as some well-received Christmas numbers from the Byemoor School students.

We send get well wishes to a former Endiang resident Ruby Hausher, who is recovering from surgery at the Red Deer hospital and is now recuperating at the Hanna hospital.

Santa Claus Day in Byemoor on Saturday was well-attended and many were able to purchase a Christmas tree and some Christmas gifts or baking. Santa made his appearance to the delight of the children who all received a candy bag and a photo with the jolly fellow.

Some of the local curling enthusiasts were in Camrose last week for some or all the Canada Cup curling games.

Shannon Knowles, her daughter Denny Dettmer, along with Kristin (nee Nixon) Coates and her cousin have returned from an enjoyable trip to Las Vegas.

We send birthday greetings to former Endiang resident Gladys Groat, who recently celebrated her 80th birthday. Congratulations on this milestone Gladys and best wishes for many more.

Also, happy 84th birthday wishes to Jack Grams, who celebrated this special birthday on Friday.

Lots of Christmas events are coming up:

Calgary Fiddlers’ Christmas Concert at 2 p.m. at the Endiang Hall on Sunday, Dec. 14. Tickets are available at Ruthie’s Roost café, the Byemoor Store or at the door.

Byemoor School Christmas Concert is on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Byemoor Hall. The school concert is always a popular event in the community.

The Scapa Community Christmas Concert is on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Scapa Hall. Everyone is welcome. The evening starts with a potluck supper (meat supplied). Folks are asked to bring their talent along for the program that follows. Parents please bring a Santa gift for your children, as well.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church candlelight church service is on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. at the quaint country church located between Scapa and Endiang. All are welcome to attend.

In hockey action, the Peewee Thunder team had a good weekend. They played in Eckville on Friday winning 13-0 and on Saturday they won 10-1 against Sylvan Lake in Big Valley.

The Mites team played in Alix on Saturday. Alix won 7-4.

The Novice Thunder team won against the Stettler Yellow team on Saturday with a score of 7-3.

On Saturday the Atom Swordmen lost to Consort 10-6 but came back on Sunday to tie Stettler 3-3.

Christmas trivia — “Christmas carolling began as an old English custom called Wassailing – toasting neighbours to a long and healthy life.”