New Year welcomes a warming trend in Halkirk

Anna Taylor passes away three months shy of 100 years

Severe cold weather, with the new normal of – 30 plus temperatures, descended on our community during the Christmas holidays causing frozen water lines on many farmsteads. No new snow fell in the area so at least the roads were bare for traveling. By Jan. 2 the weather had started to improve with temperatures above zero.

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Anna Taylor who passed away on January 3 just three months away from her 100th birthday. Anna and her late husband, Gordon, moved to Stettler and retired to the Heart Haven Lodge in the early 2000’s. Gordon passed away in 2004. The Taylor story is on page 429 with an update on 147 of Home Fires 1 and 2. Anna was well known for her yard and bountiful garden at their home in Halkirk.

Congratulations to Darrell and Wendy Ashbacher on the birth of twin granddaughters Tori Rose and Bria Grace born on December 10, to Clint and Lea Ashbacher from Surat, Queensland in Australia. These are grandbabies number 9 and 10 for Darrell and Wendy and two sisters for big brother Levi, who is two and a half years old.

Our community bids farewell to Les and Cathy Kneeland who are now making their home in Stettler, as of the New Year. Enjoy!

Congratulations to Jillian Schaffner who was nominated by the University of Calgary to study at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland for the next five month semester. What a wonderful experience.

Wendy Ashbacher along with two of her daughters, Erin and Kelly and family enjoyed five wonderful days at Disneyland, an early Christmas treat.

Mike Neilson from Burnaby, BC was home for the Christmas holidays and a visit with his mom, Anne, and family.

The Johnson family had lots of family home to celebrate the season. Kim and Darrel, Kandice and Scott from Vancouver and three grandchildren who are attending University in London and Hamilton, On. and in Calgary. They also spent time with JD, Sandra and girls who are now enjoying a few days of mountain skiing. Despite the cold they were able to host their annual fireworks display.

Coming up: Next hall board bingo on Thursday, Jan. 18: The Elks annual Alaskan Seafood dinner and Comedy night on Saturday, Feb. 10: Seniors annual Valentines Day floor curling Bonspiel (phone Jacquie or Paul at 403-884-2565) on Thursday, Feb. 15.

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