Many birthdays marked over the weekend

A large group of family and friends gathered on Saturday afternoon to help Vera Airey celebrate her 95th birthday...

…at the East wing in Paragon Place.  Our community joins in wishing Vera a very happy birthday.

On April 29, Jim Duncan celebrated his 85th birthday joining with  Ross and Karen at the home of Murray and Linda in Stettler for supper and birthday cake.  We send birthday greetings to Jim, who makes his home in Paragon Place.

A happy birthday goes out to Alvin Peoples, who was the guest of honor on Saturday when his family and friends hosted a surprise 70th birthday party at the Halkirk Seniors’ Centre.

Melody Kent celebrated a very special birthday on Sunday afternoon in the hall.  The “come and go” afternoon tea was attended by many friends and lots of family on the occasion of her big 6-5.  Congratulations Mel.

Donna Hall also had birthday on this very busy weekend.  Happy birthday to Donna, whose milestone was the double 5s.

Our community extends condolences to the members of the Berry family, who gathered on Saturday in Castor at a memorial service honoring the lives of Gordon and Sandi ( Berry ) Klaus and their daughter Monica.

The family of Alice Duke gathered on Sunday at the seniors’ centre following the placing of her ashes at the Halkirk cemetery.  Alice passed away last November.

Congratulations to Andrew and Dena Boxma on the arrival of a 9 lb. 1.5 oz. baby girl, Sadie Angela, born on April 26 in Stettler.   Sadie has two big sisters, Leah who is four and Abby who is almost two.  Proud grandparents are Angie Boxma and Basil and Christine Nichols.  This is another great grandbaby for Joyce Neilson.

Our community bids farewell to David and Jill Brodersen and their family Derek and Breann as they start a new chapter in life and make a move to Stettler.  Their farm sale was held on Saturday, May 2.

Friends of Mike and Shirley Vanak will be interested to hear that they have moved to Medicine Hat, to be nearer to their family, as of the end of April.  We extend our best wishes to them.

Congratulations to six badminton players from our school who will advance to CWAJHAA  in Red Deer next Saturday.  Abby Musgrove and Brooklyn Perry received a gold in Grade 8 girls’ doubles;  Devon Johnson and Bailey Musgrove received a silver in Grade 7 girls’ doubles and Cale Neufeld and Trey MacGillivray received a silver in Grade 7 boys’ doubles.

Rae-Anne Cordel and Katelyn Dahmer, members of the Ladies of the Heartland equestrian drill team, participated in the Mane event at the Westerner in Red Deer last weekend.  The ladies will participate in parades and/or rodeos at Stettler, Coronation and Halkirk this summer.

May 3 to 9 is Volunteer Firefighters week.  The Village of Halkirk and its residents salute our firefighters. An appreciation and recruitment BBQ will be held at a later date.

Coming up:  May 6 – Open house at Mother Teresa at 7 p.m.;  May 10 – Elks annual salute to moms pancake breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m.;  May 20 – Grade 9 farewell and pot luck supper;  May 27 – Mrs. Norman’s piano students recital at 7 p.m. in the hall;  May 30 – Hazardous waste disposal at fire hall.