After a successful pancake breakfast at the church building, hosted by the Gadsby Heritage Society last Sunday, Aug. 31, the annual Decoration Day service saw around 150 people gather at the cemetery. The service began with the march in of the color party, O Canada, remarks from Legion member Susan Mitchell, Omega remarks by secretary Viola Imrie and the invocation, led by Legion Padre Reverend Carolyn Langford. Two musical selections by 10-year- old Chloe Shingoose was enjoyed by all. On behalf of Joanne Allen of Red Deer, Ken Bradey read an essay Joanne had written about the history of the cemetery and the Omega Circle. Last Post, lowering of the flag, two minutes silence, veterans memorial service and wreath laying completed the service. An hour plus of coffee and donuts, visiting followed.
It was great to see so many past Gadsbyites back for the day: Dewey, Mary Ann (Russell) and Richard Rowles; Kay (Glasier) and Doug Hankinson; Harvey and Barb Glasier (who is in the process of moving from Dawson Creek, B,.C. to Lacombe); Agnes Fisher; Ken and Linda Bradey; Keith and Bernadine Andersen; Glenn and Ellen Neeser; Warren and Eileen Berry to name a few.
A note: There has been a change of executive for the Omega Circle: President Deborah Hansel, Vice President Barbara Carey; Secretary Viola Imrie and remaining Treasurer Paulette Heer. The Omega truly needs the younger generations to step up, bring their new ideas and energetic youth to the table.
The last days of summer have seen visitors coming and going. Donna McKay enjoyed a two-week visit from son Jim Stenberg of Ontario. While here, they traveled to Fairview for a few days with Donna’s mother Anne Donaldson, sister Irma Atkinson and brother Greg Donaldson and their families.
Percy and Paulette Heer hosted a turkey supper after Decoration Day, enjoying Percy’s cousin Alan and Vi Coultis of Camrose (Alan took part in the service); daughter Christy and Curtis Wideman, Matthew, Clayton and Josie of Three Hills and close friend Jeanne Beisel of Stettler. Get well wishes to John and Jewel and family who were unable to come due to sickness.
Recently Brenda Laboucan and her four grandchildren spent a week with Frank and Eleanor Dahlgren, visiting them and her siblings and their families.
On Tuesday, Dwayne and Bonnie Kobi and daughter Kristina; Neal and Lorna Walgenbach, Frank and Eleanor Dahlgren attended the funeral services for Frank’s younger brother Don Dahlgren in Wainwright, who passed away after a short but severe diagnosis of ALS. Sympathies to Frank and Eleanor and family as well as Don’s wife and three children and two grandchildren. Don was 70.
This past Sunday Eleanor accompanied granddaughter Tammy and her kids Kayla and Luke Hronek to Hanna for a gymkhana event. All did well and Kayla won the Mite’s “All Round” award. Congratulations!
Get well wishes to Charlie Cassidy who is in hospital in Stettler.
Mark September 20 on your calendar for the monthly bingo at the bank building.
Bill and Joyce Hansel have been busy this past week. On Saturday, Aug. 30, they, along with sister Betty Stotz, attended the wedding celebrations for Miranda (Bauman) and Cole Radomske in Trochu. Bill and Joyce’s family were almost all there minus a couple grandchildren that had to work: Mary Lou and Stan Botting and most of their family; Sandra Trennery and most of her family; Larry and Erika and all their family; Sue and Brad Bauman and their family
This past Sunday, Sept. 7, Bill and Joyce, Betty Stotz and Sue Bauman headed to Cadogan to Jeff and Kathy Botting’s for Bill and Joyce’s “Lucky #13” great grandson Brett Botting’s baby shower. Lots of pictures were taken, including one with Brett wearing his 13” sleeper, specially made for the day.