Mother Teresa students pitch in for town cleanup

Local postmistress Virginia Duke retired this month after 30 plus years with Canada Post.

Halkirk residents Max Schaffner (left)

Local postmistress Virginia Duke retired this month after 30 plus years with Canada Post. She began her career at the Castor Post Office before her appointment to the Halkirk depot, replacing Estelle Haeberle, who retired in June 1984.

We send out our best wishes to Virginia — enjoy your retirement.

Sue Rausch is the acting postmistress.

We send congratulations to our former Halkirk students who graduated last weekend. The spring prom was held at Gus Wetter School in Castor on Friday evening. Ryan Dahmer, Liam Malloy, Jonathan Muncy and Max Schaffner were part of the senior class.

Ellyn Schaffner, who had taught the Class of 2013 in kindergarten, was the guest speaker and Halkirk’s own band, Paper Bag Skirt, provided a musical number.

The William E. Hay graduation exercises were held on Saturday evening in Stettler. Elliott Mabbott and Kourtney Schilling were part of that graduating class.

Our thanks to the Mother Teresa students who went around town Wednesday doing a general pickup of garbage. They were awarded with treats from the town office and drinks from the Snack Shack. All of our school students participated in the Hoops for Hearts campaign to raise funds for the Heart and Stroke fund.

Our little school raised more than $2,000. Way to go, Halkirk!

Congratulations to Dallas and Vickie Lang on the birth of their son, Austin Joseph, born in Stetttler on May 15 weighing seven pounds and four ounces. Austin has a big sister, Shelby, and a big brother, Cameron.

Halkirk grandparents are Dennis and Katie Turre and Donna and Dwayne Lang from Gadsby.

Congratulations to Brian and Ashley Issler of Calgary on the birth of a seven-pound, five-ounce baby girl, Heidi Elizabeth Grace, on April 24. The Isslers have a two-year-old son, Jude. This is the eighth grandchild for Tim and Julie Neilson and the great-grandparents are Joyce Neilson and Bud McFarland.

We send sympathies to Todd and Alison Schauer and family on the passing of Alison’s grandmother, Elsie (Jackson) Blume, who passed away on May 23 in the Castor Extendicare.

Sympathy goes out to family of Edna (Coulthard) Dryden, who passed away in the Stettler hospital on May 24 at the age of 96 years. Edna remained in her farm home in the Paintearth area until the time of her passing.

Leona Robertson and her daughter, Shelly, recently returned from a quick holiday in Las Vegas. They were celebrating their shared birth date, which is May 7. Happy birthday, ladies!

Jean Anderson’s grandson, Brad Jr., and his wife Vicky from Red Deer, were in Oklahoma City last week during the deadly tornado. They were visiting relatives and were able to take shelter in their storm cellar. A very scary situation.

Visiting with Anne Nielson and family was Dick and Joan Neilson from Parksville, B.C. Harold and Velma Chick attended the confirmation ceremony for their great-granddaughter, Geri Slemp, at the United Church on Sunday. They joined family members at Huber dam in the afternoon.

COMING EVENTS: May 30 — Hall board bingo at 7:30; June 15 — Town-wide garage sale. Tables also available for a fee at the hall.

— Halkirk Herald

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