National birthday a kids’ hit

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Dressed for the occasion – A group of participants including a representative of the RCMP’s Red Deer Rural detachment was on hand to lend historical authenticity to Big Valley’s Canada Day festivities.

Big Valley Bulletin

The Big Valley Library’s Kids Canada Day Celebration (co-sponsored by the Village of Big Valley) was a great success. The children enjoyed an afternoon of fun games, treats, races, and creative crafts expertly organized by our summer student, Kelsey Mailer.

Pat and Tommasina Loria from the Inn brought hotdogs, iced tea and watermelon for everyone in the park.

The Elks’ last meeting for the summer is now history. Brother Hugh Campbell gave a briefing on the past Provincial Elks Conference in Drayton Valley. The trials and tribulations of his and Brenda’s trip were very humorous, although it is suspected that at the time it was not the case.

Campbell reported that Bob Shave from Breton is the new provincial president. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Elks of Canada and Big Valley Elks 85th anniversary. Plans are in the works for a big celebration with more information to come.

The postponed interlude golf will be held on July 16 and Hanna has changed their golf date to August 7. The Elks cooked Canada Day breakfast in Trochu at their parade. In the past few years upwards of 500 people have been served at this event. The Elks are also sponsoring the Rumsey Ag Society for their upcoming annual stars ride.

The Elks are in recess for the summer with no meetings until September. If any assistance is required before then, please contact John Palmer, Lloyd Duncan or any Elk. Brother Hugh Campbell won the club draw and is using it to buy propane for his camper. Club 200 winners were Miles Greiner, Neil Sandburg, Mike Was and the $100 quarterly winner was Doug Duncan.

The First Annual Kastik Cup (David Kastik Memorial Golf Tournament) will be held at the Big Valley Golf Course on July 9 beginning at 9 a.m. This challenging, quaint course is run by dedicated volunteers who enjoy the sport.

The course boasts finely manicured prairie wool and some of the finest and most challenging sand greens in Alberta. Everyone is welcome. Pick up your registration at the Sojourn Day Spa or Granny’s Fudge Factory. Don’t miss out, only limited spots are available.

Donations can be made directly to the Cancer Society in Dave’s honour at the following website: http://cco.convio.net/goto/The.Kastik.Cup

July Birthday greetings go out to Ryan Erickson – 1, Abby Tizzard – 14, Ernie Petrussa – 14, Jim Paul Jr. – 16, Craig Gordon – 18, Allan Rowland – 19, Wilf Dressler – 21, Bob Authenac – 22, Scott Schell – 22, Rick Tizzard – 26, Jenny Houle – 26, Lorne Fraser – 27, Les Mulbach – 29, Kelsey Mailer – 29, and Ella Hockley – 31.

Happy Anniversary to Ed and Judy Adminis – 1, Jim and Marie Brenchley – 7, Roy and Vi Needham – 14, Edgar and Gaby Siegrist – 19, Doug and Crystal Bardwell – 20, Ron and Vi Milton – 29, Paul and Ariane Jensen – 28 and Allan and Florence Johnston– 30.

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