Museum will look great when completed

Progress continues at the Big Valley Historical Society’s new museum building.


Progress continues at the Big Valley Historical Society’s new museum building. They now have lights and the heat should be soon turned on. Some people have been surprised to hear that this new museum will be more than a tool museum. Although there will be many, many antiques tools of all sorts, this new building will also house loads of Rod and Ione Miller’s other collectibles. Rod’s wife, Ione had amassed a collection of almost a hundred dolls of all sorts. Some are antique but many are newer and dressed in beautiful Victorian style costumes and there are even a couple of Princess Diana collectible dolls.

The collection also includes a number of her Depression glass items and china. In addition, Rod has about 300 toy trucks, cars, tractors, and other collectible items. If the item had John Deere or Case or Massey written on it, Rod bought it, so there are some John Deere salt and pepper shakers as well as other knick-knacks. He also has numerous books on tractors, trucks, etc. It will be exciting to begin setting up the displays later this spring and everyone should enjoy viewing this fascinating collection.

The Big Valley Historical Society’s monthly meeting is coming up on Tuesday, March 17 at 7 p.m. at the train station. Everyone is welcome to attend. Many thanks to those who have phoned in to volunteer for this summer’s train arrivals.

Thirteen people came out for crib at the Big Valley Inn on Sunday, March 8. Dorothy Annabel and Stan Nattestad tied for first place, so split the winnings for first and second. Vi McCarty took third spot and Caroline Pound took home the booby. Dorothy Annabel won the regular draw and Judy Armstrong won the 50/50. See you all next Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Big Valley Legion’s annual St. Patrick’s Stew Day is next Tuesday, March 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Legion Hall.

The Big Valley Drop-in Centre’s March schedule includes crib every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Canasta is scheduled for Mondays and Fridays at 7 p.m. and floor curling takes place every Tuesday and Friday afternoon at 1 p.m.

Due to the Legion’s annual St. Patrick’s Stew Day, the drop-in centre’s March potluck and meeting has been changed to just a meeting beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17.

The drop-in centre is open from 8 a.m. to 9:30 or 10 a.m. every morning for coffee. Don’t forget memberships are due by the end of March.

Volunteers are still needed to act as hosts at the Jubilee Hall for various Friday, Saturday and Sunday time slots during next week’s Hockey Alberta Peewee D Provincial Tournament. As volunteers you will be expected to direct team members, managers and parents to local amenities and to ensure the safety of the hall and the participants. Bring along something to read or some handiwork as it should be a relaxing time. For more information or to volunteer, please call Cindy at 876-2132.